Wireless access point extends the reach of Ethernet/IP

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Wireless access point extends the reach of Ethernet/IPTo make accessing critical production data easier within the manufacturing enterprise, Rockwell Automation has launched the Allen-Bradley Stratix 5100 wireless access point (WAP) featuring a work group bridge. Unlike typical wireless clients that only connect a single IP address, the Stratix 5100 WAP enables engineers to connect up to 20 IP addresses simultaneously – helping reduce design time when integrating machines and equipment into the industrial control network.

The Stratix 5100 WAP is suitable for industrial networks needing secure and reliable wireless connectivity. Enterprise-class silicon and optimised radios deliver a robust mobility experience that includes 802.11a/b/g/n with 3 by 4 multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) technology and three spatial streams.

Rob Snyder, product manager, Rockwell Automation, says: “Automation engineers increasingly need access to more detailed production data and to solve automation network connectivity problems. With the Stratix 5100 wireless access point and work group bridge, users can access production data from remote and difficult-to-reach areas. They can share this data between automation systems or feed it into information systems for analysis and improved decision making.”

The Stratix 5100 WAP uses Cisco IOS, providing world-class performance and configuration options. In addition, the Stratix 5100 WAP provides premier integration to the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture system with detailed network diagnostic information. The Stratix 5100 WAP is currently available and complements the Allen-Bradley ControlLogix EtherNet/IP communication modules and full portfolio of Stratix switches from Rockwell Automation. For more details about the Allen-Bradley Stratix 5100 wireless access point (WAP) and wireless design considerations for securing industrial automation and industrial applications, click here.

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