Radios for long-distance use in industrial mesh network

High-power industrial radios from Phoenix Contact provide secure wireless communication over a long-distance wireless mesh network of up to 40 radios.

By Control Engineering Staff November 14, 2008

Middletown, PA – High-power industrial radios from Phoenix Contact provide secure wireless communication over a long-distance wireless mesh network of up to 40 radios. RAD-80211-XD/HP and RAD-80211XD/HP-BUS high-power industrial radios feature 400 mW (26 dBm) transmit power and 128-bit AES encryption. An auto-bridge mesh mode allows the network to self-form and heal if a radio drops out of the network, to result in an uninterrupted flow of data even if other bridge devices or network segments in the data’s path fail.

RAD-80211-XD/HP and RAD-80211XD/HP-BUS from Phoenix Contact are high-power industrial radios.

Radios support access point, client and bridge/repeater modes and conform to standards 802.11b/g, and operate in the 2.4 GHz band. With IT-friendly embedded software, any network PC with a Web browser can configure the devices. Built-in RS-232 and RS-422/485 device servers allow integration of serial devices onto the wireless Ethernet network.
Up to 64 digital, analog, and pulse I/O points can be interfaced directly to the radio by connecting the RAD-Line expandable I/O modules, which can be addressed via Modbus TCP or legacy serial Modbus RTU over the 802.11 network to provide a standard solution for facilities undergoing incremental upgrades. Multiple wireless communications streams allow simultaneous Ethernet, I/O control, and serial ASCII device communications from a single radio without external gateways or additional serial wireless converters. Units are approved for use in Class I, Division 2 hazardous locations.

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