Industrial Hotspots Target Video/Voice Apps

Prosoft has announced the 802.11n Industrial Hotspot solutions, which are designed to provide greater flexibility and performance to a range of manufacturing and production applications. The 802.11n Industrial Hotspots improve performance for high-bandwidth video/voice applications and high-packet-rate control applications. They also provide better signal sensitivity and range in environments such as mobile factory settings.

Options are available to suit the application, including Single (RLXIB-IHN), Dual (RLXIB-IH2N) and Watertight Dual (RLXIB-IH2N-W) Industrial Hotspots. The radios utilise MIMO (Multiple Input, Multiple Output), a technology that uses up to three antennas to enable high-speed data rates up to 300Mbps, providing advanced performance in industrial environments. Where concerns about network crowding exist, the radios can operate in the 5GHz band, which contains 23 non-overlapping channels. 5GHz also provides an alternative to the 2.4GHz Band, which may have limited availability if already used in existing installations.

The 802.11n Dual Industrial Hotspot solutions provide two radios in one and only require a single Ethernet connection. The dual radios can be used in lieu of a repeater to extend the range of a wireless network, without sacrificing speed. The Radiolinx Wireless-N Discovery Tool is a configuration and monitoring instrument for the Radiolinx 802.11n Industrial Hotspot radios. It can be used to view a network topology, assign IP addresses to radios for configuration, monitor network diagnostics, update radio firmware and detect the presence of other vendors' 802.11 radios on the network. Prosoft Technology's free OPC Server allows for HMI-based wireless network diagnostics.

User-selectable automatic or manual network configuration can be prioritised or fixed with self-healing network and master redundancy for reliable large networks. The RLXIB-IHN includes the industrial features of Radiolinx products, including hazardous-location certifications (UL1604 Class I Div 2, ATEX Zone 2 Category 3), extended operating temperature range, high vibration/shock resistance, DIN-rail mounting, Power over Ethernet and simultaneous bridge/repeater/access-point mode.


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