Fieldbus & Industrial Networking


Wireless data transfer in the automation environment

May 2014 Fieldbus & Industrial Networking

With its industrial WLAN Access Point/Client WLAN 5100, Phoenix Contact presents a new device for wireless communication in accordance with the WLAN standard IEEE 802.11n. The wireless component supports Mimo (Multiple Input Multiple Output) technology with three antennas. This represents a significant increase in the degree of ruggedness, range and speed of wireless communication when compared to the WLAN802.11a/g systems generally used today. Both in the 2,4 and 5 GHz bands, this Access Point/Client WLAN 5100 achieves data rates of up to 300 Mbit/s.

The special feature of this device is the new cluster management function. This facilitates central configuration and monitoring of the WLAN network. The access point is suitable for wireless data transfer in the automation environment and for use in industry-related areas such as logistics. It is also suited for transportation systems and connecting network subsections.


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