A method for automatically configuring a local network in a windfarm, comprising the steps of (a) automatically assigning an IP address to a device connected to said local windfarm network, (b) automatically receiving an identifier tag from said device, and (c) relating the automatically assigned IP address of the device to a specific wind turbine in the windfarm which is identified by said identifier tag.
The method involves connecting the device to a port of a switch, transmitting an identity of the port from the switch to the device using a neighborhood detection protocol, transmitting the identifier of the port from the device to an address server and allocating the Internet Protocol address to the device based on the identity of the port.
A method of network addressing based on the physical location of the devices in a network communications system. Accordingly, each the devices in the network communiations system is equipped with a physical site locator to identify the physical location of the device so that the physical location can be used as an address to allow the device to communicate with other devices in the network.
This prior art is a fairly broad automatic network configuration patent, which appears relevant to the networking solution disclosed in the current application. This prior art does not discuss wind farm networks, but I don't see how the current application can avoid such prior art simply by claiming domain specifics of a wind farm network, when many network applications face similar issues.