Data Acquisition & Telemetry


Versatile wireless I/O adapter

November 2009 Data Acquisition & Telemetry

The ProSoft Technology Wireless POINT I/O Adapter is a high-speed, standards-based 802.11g wireless input/output (I/O) communication adapter offering a convenient wireless alternative for linking Rockwell Automation controllers to distributed process I/O modules. Combining Rockwell Automation’s field proven I/O with ProSoft Technology’s Integrated Wireless Architecture technology and support, the Wireless POINT I/O Adapter provides users with an optimal distributed I/O communication solution.

The Wireless POINT I/O Adapter add-on profile (AOP) utilises the familiar RSLogix 5000 programming environment and connection-based EtherNet/IP protocol to simplify configuring and communicating with POINT I/O racks scattered throughout the process facility. The compact size of POINT I/O systems, when coupled with the Wireless POINT I/O Adapter, make them ideal for collecting data from and controlling moving systems like robots, automated carts, overhead cranes, earthmovers, as well as fixed-position racks in hard-to-reach areas of the plant.

The adapter can be used in networks with RadioLinx Industrial Hotspots or third party 802.11g access points to provide high-speed, low latency 802.11g client communication over widely spaced plant areas. This ability to work with existing standards-based wireless technology protects and leverages the end-users' investment. For security, the Wireless POINT I/O employs 802.11i WPA2 with AES Encryption.

Configuration

Both wireless and I/O configuration is done using the ILX34-AENWG Add-On Profile in RSLogix 5000 v17 (or later). Configuration of wireless parameters may be done using the integrated web pages to enable configuration of I/O modules over-the-air.

General specifications

* Data communication interface via IEEE 802.11g 54Mb Wireless standard.

* Configuration interface via 10/100 full/half duplex Cat5 cable.

* EtherNet/IP messages encapsulated within standard TCP/UDP/IP protocol.

* Half/full duplex 54 Mbps wireless operation.

* Communication to and from other POINT I/O modules on the same DIN-rail.

* Communication supported by RSLinx software.

* I/O configuration via RSLogix 5000 software.

* No network scheduling required.

* No routing tables required.

* Support of connections from multiple controllers simultaneously.



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