Industrial Networks Design Guides

Proven Architectures with Design and Implementation Guidance

Industrial Networks Design Guides

Rockwell Automation and Cisco collaborated to develop Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) Architectures. These industrial-focused reference architectures provide users with the foundation to successfully deploy the latest technologies. The design and implementation guides include plant-wide focused, tested, validated, and documented reference architectures. Comprised of Rockwell Automation and Cisco expertise, the documents provide a foundation to help reduce risk and successfully deploy the latest technologies optimized for both OT and IT engineers.

Industrial CPwE Whitepapers

Read about the latest network and security technologies in our industrial whitepapers.

Device Level Ring within a CPwE

November 10, 2020
See our use cases for designing and deploying DLR technology across OEM and plant-wide IACS applications.

Deploying a Resilient CPwE Architecture

September 1, 2020
Best practices and implementation considerations to help with successfully designing and deploying a holistic resilient plant-wide network architecture.

Physical Infrastructure within a CPwE Architecture

August 1, 2020
See our use cases for designing and deploying a robust physical infrastructure for plant-wide or sitewide IACS applications.

Deploy CIP Security within a CPwE ArchitectureMay 20, 2020
See our IEC 62443 based security architecture use cases for designing and deploying CIP Security™ technology across plant-wide or site-wide IACS applications.

Secure Cloud Connectivity to a CPwE Architecture

January 5, 2020
Application guide for security use cases to design and deploy end-to-end connectivity with FactoryTalk® software from the machine, to the enterprise, to the cloud within a CPwE architecture.

Deploying PRP within a CPwE Architecture

November 14, 2020
See our use cases for designing and deploying Parallel Redundancy Protocol (PRP) technology with redundant network infrastructure across plant-wide or site-wide IACS applications.

Scalable Time Distribution in a CPwE Architecture

May 8, 2019
See our use cases for designing and deploying IEEE 1588 PTP and CIP Sync technology throughout a plant-wide network infrastructure.

Deploy Network Security in a CPwE Architecture

January 15, 2019
Outlines several network security use cases for plant-wide Industrial Automation and Control System (IACS) network infrastructure.

Deploy an IDC in a CPwE Architecture

May 1, 2018
See use cases to design and deploy an IDC within plant-wide industrial automation and control system (IACS) applications.

Deploy Identity and Mobility Services

February 1, 2018
Guidelines for protecting IACS assets through deploying a centrally manageable defense-in-depth security approach that addresses internal security threats.

Lightly Managed Industrial Switch Deployment

October 1, 2017
Guidance to design and deploy Stratix® 2500 lightly managed ethernet switches within OEM applications and CPwE architectures.

Deploy a Fiber Optic Physical Infrastructure

June 1, 2017
This application guide provides direction for the fiber optic cabling used in a Converged Plant-wide Ethernet architecture. Tested and validated by Cisco, Panduit, and Rockwell Automation.

Securely Traverse Data Across IDMZ

May 15, 2017
Guidelines to help with the successful design and deployment of an Industrial Demilitarized Zone within Industrial Automation and Control System (IACS) architectures.

Deploy Firewalls Within a CPwE Architecture

December 31, 2016
Read about use cases for designing, deploying, and managing industrial firewalls throughout a plant-wide IACS network infrastructure.

Site-to-Site VPN to a Ethernet Architecture

March 28, 2016
Outlines the concepts, requirements, technology and design considerations for connecting remote industrial automation and control system (IACS) assets to a plant-wide network architecture.

Migrating Legacy IACS Networks

January 19, 2016
Outlines requirements and solutions for specific applications of migrating a traditional Industrial Automation and Control System (IACS) network architecture to standard Ethernet and IP.

Deploying Network Address Translation (NAT)

May 29, 2015
Guidelines for deploying Network Address Translation (NAT) technology enabling the reuse of IP addresses, while allowing those IACS applications to integrate into the larger architecture.

Deploying 802.11 Wireless LAN Technology

September 30, 2014
The CPwE-WLAN design and implementation guide builds on the existing CPwE architecture by introducing 802.11 Wireless LAN network capabilities, with emphasis on equipment connectivity.

Deploying the Resilient Ethernet Protocol

June 30, 2014
This guide explores deploying the Resilient Ethernet Protocol within the CPwE reference architectures by showing convergence functions.

Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) Design

September 30, 2011
Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) Design and Implementation Guide.

Guidance for Selecting Cables for EtherNet/IP

January 30, 2009
Designed to help the user select cabling based on the application, environmental conditions, and mechanical requirements.