Hannover Fair 2005: ProSoft shows wireless Ethernet solutions

Hannover, Germany—ProSoft Technology is exhibiting its Industrial Hotspot RadioLinx RLX-1H and its first ProLinx wireless gateways this week in the Wireless Pavilion at Hannover Fair 2005.


Hannover, Germany— ProSoft Technology is exhibiting its Industrial Hotspot RadioLinx RLX-1H and its first ProLinx wireless gateways this week in the Wireless Pavilion at Hannover Fair 2005 . RLX-IH is an IEEE 802.11b-compliant industrial access point.

ProSoft specializes in industrial automation communication, offers wireless, industrial Ethernet solutions, and reports that it’s known for its protocol interface gateways and its in-rack communication modules for PLCs. The company entered the wireless industrial market in 2002, with its frequency-hopping, spread-spectrum (FHSS) RadioLinx FH range operating in the 2.4 GHz band. RadioLinx wireless solutions provide real-time access for remote, difficult to reach, and/or mobile equipment. They reportedly decrease labor and installation costs, eliminate leased-line or wireless service fees, and greatly reduce downtime due to maintenance and production stops.

Industrial Hotspot RadioLinx RLX-IH uses 2.4GHz direct-signal spread spectrum (DSSS), and can be used with any IEEE 802.11b (WiFi) client device. This allows it to work simultaneously as a:

  • Non-wired access point. Because

  • Wire-to-wireless interface for field devices and equipments, such as PLCs, sensor/actuators, and HMIs, which

  • Repeater. While used as a wireless repeater, RLX-IH also can support wired device/equipment connections.

With a maximum 11-Mbps baud rate, RLX-IH also integrates redundancy of master radio and self-healing functionalities. These add to the security and reliability of RadioLinx's industrial wireless networks. These fast radios create a global solution with networking flexibility, antenna diversity, and software for deploying and diagnostics.

ProSoft will also introduce at Hannover 2005 its ProLinx 6000 series of wireless gateways, which reportedly will give users more flexibility by allowing them to connect field devices using different networks or protocols, and wirelessly share data between them. Users select the appropriate protocol/network that provides a connection to the hardwire device, and then converts the protocol into a common radio packet.

The company uses its ProSoft Wireless Protocol (PWP) or standard industry protocols to access other wireless gateways. Presently, the company supports more than 40 standard or proprietary protocols, which allow users to access more than 250 gateways.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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