Multiple node boards out almost sounds like a cable issue. Make sure all the ethernet cables are plugged in properly. Give them a small jiggle and make sure they are snug and making contact. Mainly the ethernet cable between the cabinet board and the first node board.
Checksum error sounds like an error in the rs485 communication. MPF doesn't detail out the exact register format Stern is using in their communication protocol, but CRC is very common for rs485. And if the cable is disconnected completely, then it would absolutely get a bad crc (probably nothing lol)
Also one last thing to check is to make sure the DIP switches is set correctly as noted in the user manual. One of the DIP switches enables/disables a termination resistor for the rs485 communication. If the termination resistor is improperly set, it can mess with the rs485 signal and cause communication issues.