EC: FL WLAN 5101

Network Integration - Wireless products: FL WLAN 5101 offers wireless networking at up to 300 Mbps via the 802.11n standard in a narrow, industrial package. This is a Control Engineering 2014 Engineers’ Choice honorable mention.

By Control Engineering October 17, 2013

The FL WLAN 5101 offers high-speed wireless networking up to 300 Mbps via the 802.11n standard. The radio meets the needs of the most bandwidth-demanding applications such as IP-based video surveillance, plant networking and mobile operator access for programming and maintenance. This opens up new possibilities for creating production and logistics processes more efficiently, reliably and simply.

The new cluster management (CM) technology simplifies wireless network management. All access points in a WLAN network can be easily configured and managed via a single web interface using any access point within the network, without additional costs for expensive hardware or software.

The new FL WLAN 5101 is just 40 mm wide in a metal housing, saving valuable space on the DIN rail. Most other industrial radios on the market are wider, but the FL WLAN 5101 was developed for confined spaces, such as control cabinets, compact switch cabinets, boxes for field mounting or automated guided vehicle systems. The data and antenna ports are conveniently placed on the top and bottom of the housing, so that issues with clearance to close the enclosure door are no longer a problem.

The FL WLAN 5101 offers an SD card slot for saving and uploading configurations. The ability to load a configuration from the SD card compared to web-based configuration will save the user time and money on labor costs. 

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