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Wireless industrial Ethernet modem

February 6, 2012
By Mary Del

Weidmuller’s new industrial Ethernet device (2.4Ghz, Wi-Fi), created with the demands of the industrial marketplace in mind, can be easily dropped into any existing network, the company says. Designed for wireless connections in process/automation applications connecting to PLCs, DCS/SCADA, data loggers or field instruments with an RS232/485 or Ethernet port/interface, the new WI-MOD-E-G wireless Ethernet modem was built around the 802.11b/g standard and has a throughput speed of up to 108Mbps. The modem can operate as a Router/Bridge, Access Point/Client and Serial Server (RS232/485). It has the ability to serve as a Wi-Fi device, and handle serial communications simultaneously over a very intuitive interface, according to the company. By attaching an I/O expansion unit to the device, a user can send or receive up to 16 digital or eight analog signals and Ethernet (Wi-Fi) at the same time.

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