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Cerbo GX ESS Mode 2 Intermittent Code 2 "Connection Error"

I have a Multiplus-II, SmartSolar MPPT, with a Cerbo GX for the brains. I've written an ESS mode 2 control program that runs on a dedicated Raspberry Pi. The program queries the Cerbo on a one-minute cycle using Modbus TCP, sleeping between queries, and gets an intermittent code 2 (Connection Error) communicating with the Cerbo several times over the course of a 24-hour day.

The error has shown up at all times of day and generally lasts for 10 minutes or less. I know the Raspberry Pi is still online because that's how I access it during the error. I know the Cerbo is still online because I can see it on the router. I suspect the Cerbo is not locked up or rebooting because it still feeds data to the VRM portal while the code 2 is going on. My program has code to retry querying the Cerbo up to four times over the course of 12.5 minutes -- all the retry loop does is reissue the "read register" request, it doesn't close or open the connection.

Any ideas? All firmware is current as of this date.


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lifeingalicia answered ·

Could be another unit using same IP e.g. printer waking up - phone connecting etc...

Does it show any error on the GX / Cerbo under modbus...

https://www.victronenergy.com/live/ccgx:modbustcp_faq

at the bottom is advanced error checking maybe this helps

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@Lifeingalicia It definitely isn't another device stepping on the IP address. I have a static IP address set for the printer and my router almost always reuses the same address for the same mac address.

I should add that I have seen that the Cerbo has uploaded data to the VRM portal while this error is occurring. And, I'm pretty sure I was able to "ping" the device during the error.

Another "symptom" I'll add is that I am unable to establish a Remote Console connection to the Cerbo while this is happening.

I used to work data communications; LANs, WANs, routers, bridges, etc, and am fairly convinced the cause is software within the Cerbo and not its network connectivity. I really have to wonder if there's some sort of event taking place in the Cerbo that causes a daemon or something similar to reset/restart.

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lifeingalicia answered ·

Only other I can think of is the connection is closed just when you hit it thus repeat requests will fail

When repeating requests try a ful blown communication or make sure


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