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Wireless access point supports up to 19 IP addresses

10 June, 2014

Rockwell Automation has announced a wireless access point (WAP) with a work group bridge that allows users to connect up to 19 IP addresses simultaneously – thus helping to cut design times when integrating machines and equipment into industrial control networks. The Stratix 5100 WAP is said to make it easier for manufacturers to access critical production data, and is suitable for remote and difficult-to-reach areas.

“Automation engineers increasingly need access to more detailed production data and to solve automation network connectivity problems,” explains Rockwell product manager, Rob Snyder. “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 WAP extends the reach of EtherNet/IP and is said to provide secure and reliable wireless connections. Its supports 802.11a/b/g/n with 3 x 4 multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) technology and three spatial streams.

Rockwell Automation's wireless access point can connect up to 19 IP addresses

The access point uses Cisco IOS, and provides integration with Rockwell’s Integrated Architecture system to offer detailed network diagnostics.

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