Wireless access point extends reach of EtherNet/IP, eases access to production data

Rockwell Automation has launched a new wireless access point to simplify access to critical production data within the manufacturing enterprise.

The new Allen-Bradley Stratix 5100 wireless access point (WAP) features 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 19 IP addresses simultaneously, reducing design time when integrating machines and equipment into the industrial control network.

The Stratix 5100 WAP is ideal 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.

According to Gordon Bartlett, business manager, architecture & software, Rockwell Automation South Pacific, 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, and 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. The new wireless access points also provide premier integration to the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture system with detailed network diagnostic information.

The Stratix 5100 WAP complements the Allen Bradley ControlLogix EtherNet/IP communication modules and full portfolio of Stratix switches from Rockwell Automation.

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