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SICK LMS500 connection and drivers

asked 2013-02-26 21:41:15 -0500

dkc gravatar image

updated 2014-01-28 17:15:26 -0500

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Hello everyone.

I would like to ask the ROS community, if anyone had any success on compiling a node or wrapper for the SICK LMS500 Lidar scanner. I have already examined the sicktoolbox and the links from adept robotics and github but still I can't receive any data from the scanner. Apparently the problem occurs because the LMS200 and LMS500 use different connection interfaces, RS232 & Ethernet respectively. Does anyone have any thoughts or experience to share regarding this scanner? My Os is Ubuntu 12.04 and my distro is Fuerte.

Thank you all in advance.

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Do you happen to have the Sick USB driver for the LMS5xx that comes on the CD with the scanner. We need it. Thanks.

TimElery gravatar image TimElery  ( 2014-01-23 15:14:23 -0500 )edit

did you get the problem solved?

romi gravatar image romi  ( 2018-05-02 03:06:06 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-02-27 17:45:10 -0500

Ryan gravatar image

We're currently using this repo fork (also on our github) to connect to an LMS511. Didn't need to do any kind of reconfiguration in the node or LIDAR aside from changing the IP of the LIDAR in the sicklms5xx.cpp file.

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Thank you Ryan for the quick reply. I just wanted to ask if you connect the scanner directly to your PC with the Ethernet cable or via a switch. I have an error "ERROR: I/O Exception - SickLMS5xx::_setupConnection: socket error on connect()!" and I would appreciate your thoughts about this.

dkc gravatar image dkc  ( 2013-03-19 02:43:31 -0500 )edit

We usually use a switch, but I recall a direct connection works as well. You'll just need to make sure your PC IP is on the same subnet as the LIDAR. Also, the LIDAR may be set to DHCP by default. We work with so many LIDARs, I can't remember off hand (use SOPAS to reconfigure if it is).

Ryan gravatar image Ryan  ( 2013-03-19 08:43:06 -0500 )edit

Do you happen to have the USB driver for the LMS5xx. We need it. Thanks.

TimElery gravatar image TimElery  ( 2014-01-23 15:13:45 -0500 )edit

For others who might be interested in how Tim & I solved his problem offline, you don't in fact need the USB driver. However, if you're building your own cable, you should wire it as per the pinout in the manual (, not as a crossover.

Ryan gravatar image Ryan  ( 2014-01-24 03:16:16 -0500 )edit

Thanks again Ryan!

TimElery gravatar image TimElery  ( 2014-01-24 13:36:44 -0500 )edit

@Ryan i get this error when i run the launch file ERROR: I/O exception - SickLMS5xx::_setupConnection: socket error on connect()! And also I'm connected over Ethernet...

Please help!

Aakash gravatar image Aakash  ( 2016-12-07 09:09:58 -0500 )edit

answered 2017-04-04 09:06:06 -0500

vik748 gravatar image

After trying a number of driver and packages for our SICK LMS511, the best one I found to work with my ROS Indigo installation was from

All I had to do was initialize a workspace, copy the folder laser_node into the src folder and then catkin_make. Hope this helps someone else.

Cheers, Vik

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I m getting an error as described here Could yolu solve it ?

sai gravatar image sai  ( 2017-06-06 02:18:52 -0500 )edit

answered 2013-02-27 15:22:11 -0500

Gav gravatar image

I'm not familiar with the LMS500, but if the protocol is the same as the LMS200, (just the physical interface is different) then you might be able to solve the problem by redirecting the serial data to ethernet. Netcat is good for this sort of thing: E.g.

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answered 2013-03-07 10:23:10 -0500

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It's (mostly) the same protocol as the LMS100, so the LMS1xx ros node may work (but I haven't had a chance to test it yet... I know that the lms1xx interface library that the LMS1xx ROS node uses was updated at some point to fix a bug to work with the lms500, not sure if that is in most recent LMS1xx ros node package.)

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Didn't seem to work for us when we tried recently.

Ryan gravatar image Ryan  ( 2013-03-07 12:41:01 -0500 )edit

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