Ethernet bridge wirelessly extends industrial Ethernet

Digi International introduced the Multipoint XPress Ethernet Bridge (XEB) for wirelessly connecting multiple Ethernet devices in one network when Wi-Fi range is insufficient, when an Ethernet cable is impractical or too costly to install, or when industrial grade, highly resilient wireless connectivity is needed.

By Control Engineering Staff December 10, 2007

Digi International introduced the Multipoint XPress Ethernet Bridge (XEB) for wirelessly connecting multiple Ethernet devices in one network when Wi-Fi range is insufficient, when an Ethernet cable is impractical or too costly to install, or when industrial grade, highly resilient wireless connectivity is needed.

The Multipoint XEB makes it easy to connect equipment like industrial programmable logic controllers (PLCs), electronic LED signs, security cameras, Internet kiosks and other Ethernet-enabled devices wirelessly, securely and cost effectively.

“In many ways the Multipoint XEB functions like a Wi-Fi network, but uses the 900 MHz frequency to communicate over a greater distance and often more reliably than Wi-Fi, especially in industrial settings,” says Larry Kraft, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Digi International. “It also provides another wireless connectivity option in our industry leading line of Drop-in Networking solutions.”

By using the 900 MHz band, the Multipoint XEB does not interfere with Wi-Fi networks and can communicate reliably in industrial situations where Wi-Fi and other wireless connectivity solutions fail. The Multipoint XEB has an external DIP switch, allowing it to be switched effortlessly from access point to subscriber unit mode. Up to 16 subscriber Multipoint XEBs can be associated with a single XEB access point.

The Multipoint XEB is ideal for use when Wi-Fi range is insufficient or won’t work due to interference, when an Ethernet cable is cost prohibitive or impractical to install, when broadband speed throughput is required or when an industrial long-range Ethernet bridge is needed.

Approved for use in the U.S. and Canada, the Multipoint XEB is available with prices starting at $479 per unit.

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