Flashing PanelView Plus 7 Firmware

In this article I'm going to walk you through flashing the firmware on a PanelView Plus 7.

Step 1) In this example we'll be flashing the PanelView Plus 7's firmware over Ethernet, and so our first step is to open RSLinx Classic and insure it finds out PanelView Plus on our local Ethernet network:

Note: If you're not sure how to setup your PanelView Plus's Ethernet address, check out our previous article below:

Step 2) Since we will be using a direct Ethernet connection (as opposed to flashing firmware using a memory card) we'll select “Upgrade firmware on terminal” and then click on next:

Step 3) Here the utility notifies us that we need to backup all of the .MER files on the terminal before proceeding. Once done, click on Yes:

Step 4) Now we choose “Network Connection” and click on Next:

Step 5) Then we'll select the Ethernet driver and allow it to browse our local network to find our PanelView Plus 7:

Step 6) Once our PanelView Plus 7 is found on our local network, we'll select it and click on Next:

Step 7) Here we need to select the version of firmware to download to our PanelView Plus 7 and click on Next:

NOTE: If you don't have any firmware installed, visit www.ab.com, click on “Compatibility and Downloads,” search on PanelView Plus 7, select your model from the list, and then select downloads for that model and download the desired firmware.

NOTE: If you download and install firmware newer than the version of FactoryTalk View you have installed, that action could break your Firmware Transfer Utility. The suggested fix for that issue is to reinstall the older Firmware Transfer Utility that came with your version of View Studio.

Step 8) On this page chose any required KepServer drivers and click on Next:

Step 9) Now review the summary information, and if it is correct click on Finish:

Step 10) Click Yes is you are ready to continue AND are sure your connection to the PanelView Plus 7 will not be interrupted. Note that losing the connection during a firmware upgrade could result in the PVPlus no longer functioning:

Step 11) Once done, click on Ok and close the utility. Then go to the PanelView Plus 7 and view it's display:

Step 12) Note that newer firmware versions for the PanelView Plus 7 require you to setup a password before you can use your device:

Step 13) The password must be between 8 and 20 characters, and it must contain at least one upper case letter, one lower case letter, and either a number or special character. I typically use “Rockwell1” for systems which don't require security (trainers, demos, etc):

Step 14) As a last step, be sure to record your password in a safe place! If you do misplace it, in my next article I cover how to reset the password by resetting the PanelView Plus 7 to factory defaults.

To watch a video demonstration of the above, check out Episode 37 of The Automation Minute Season 4 below:

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Shawn Tierney
Automation Instructor and Blogger

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Shawn Tierney

Shawn began sharing automation news and know-how online in 1996 when he launched his first BBS. Then in 1999 he moved to the internet launching ShawnMichael.com, which he later renamed ShawnMTierney.com. In 2013 he moved his automation efforts to a new website, TheAutomationBlog.com, which has since become the most popular independent industrial automation blog on the web.

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