5 Things You Need to Know About Industrial Wireless

February 25, 2016 at 8:00 AM


Wireless networks have gone beyond commercial applications and taken industrial communication to the next level. Today’s industrial wireless Ethernet networks offer reduced cost and increased return on investment (ROI), improved productivity, heightened security and have created a mobile workforce that is more nimble and effective.


To see the full impact, here are 5 things you need to know about wireless industrial Ethernet that is revolutionizing the way many industries do business.


1. Cost

Implementing a wireless network can cost 50% less than a wired installation. Material cost is reduced because you don’t need to buy cables and faster installation times and reduced labor costs add to the savings. Industry studies have proven that wireless networks continue to deliver significant savings over the lifetime of a project.


2. Standardization

First standardized in 1997, IEEE 802.11 wireless Ethernet is a proven technology with years of improvements and enhancements.  Ethernet is an open standard with development support from hundreds of device manufacturers.


3. Multivendor Support/Interoperability

There are many companies manufacturing wireless Ethernet equipment designed for industrial environments. Since there are so many “players” in this space, competitive pricing is abundant. Furthermore interoperability between different manufacturers’ products is almost guaranteed because all products are all built to the 802.11 standards.


4. Scalability

By adding a single wireless access point to your network you can typically support 50 to 100 users/devices, depending on data rates and the specific model of access point. Using 100 Mbps and Gigabit connections back to the wired network from connected access points provides plenty of bandwidth for industrial applications that generally use very little bandwidth.


5. Security

Keeping your information and assets secure is a major concern in industrial communication applications. Wireless Ethernet technology provides unrivaled security by supporting 802.1x authentication and Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) to keep connections protected. With an ultra-secure and ultra-reliable wireless network infrastructure, all types of plant safety, reliability and efficiency requirements are seamlessly supported.


With so many benefits it’s no surprise that wireless networks have taken the industrial world by storm. Whether you are designing an industrial network from scratch or adding wireless to your existing wired industrial network, the benefits are clear.


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