Industrial hotspot radios
February 7, 2011
By Mary Del
ProSoft Technology’s new 802.11n Industrial Hotspot solutions, the RLXIB-IHxN series of radios, provide plant-wide network integration and deployment in the field using a single webpage setup. The radios are designed to provide reliable I/O message delivery, industrial temperature range and hazardous location ratings, as well as RADIUS security for centralized management of security policies, VLANs for network traffic segmentation, and Quality of Service (QoS) for data prioritization and dual radio functionality. The radios utilize MIMO (Multiple Input, Multiple Output), a technology that uses up to three antennas to enable high-speed data rates up to 300 Mbps, providing advanced performance in industrial environments, the company says. Where concerns about network crowding exist, the radios can operate in the five-GHz band, which contains 23 non-overlapping channels. 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, according to the company. Features include 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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