Productivity Suite version 2.4 provides two new software communications enhancements for Productivity Series controllers. Custom Protocol over Ethernet (CPE) is a new feature that allows programmers to create their own Hex-based communications protocol between the Productivity series CPU and 3rd party Ethernet devices. Ethernet based ASCII is one possibility with this new feature. Productivity Network (ProNET) is another new option and allows data sharing between two or more networked Productivity series CPUs. Simply broadcast and/or receive data messages "behind-the scenes" without the need for any communications instructions in ladder. Productivity Series CPUs can support up to 32 unique Global IDs for each networked PLC in any combination of publishers and subscribers. The full Productivity Suite software package is available as a free download.