Customers’ Choice

September 29, 2016 at 8:00 AM

 

The votes are in and a winner has been chosen! No, not those votes – your votes for our Customers’ Choice blog post.

 

Customer Experience (CX) Day is October 5th and we want to take this opportunity to make sure we’re giving our customers what they want. For CX Day, we let you choose the topic for our weekly blog post. The winner is (drumroll, please):  Wireless Mesh Networks.

 

Here is an overview of wireless mesh networks and links to additional materials that are sure to please. Thank you and Happy CX Day!

 

Industrial wireless networks have very different needs than traditional enterprise networks. If a business network or small home office loses its wireless connection, it may be an inconvenience but it can be tolerated. If an industrial network loses its connection, the entire operation is put at risk. Industrial networks rely on wireless connections to provide real-time communication between devices, keep production lines running and ensure safe and efficient operation of plants and processes.

 

Wireless mesh networks are one of the most popular technologies being deployed to support industrial applications. They were specifically designed to provide redundancy and self-healing capabilities.

 

Each node in the mesh network is connected to at least one other node and uses intelligent routing to make sure that data reaches its intended destination. This allows the nodes to seek out other nodes to maintain communication if the primary connection is disabled. The technology is so intelligent that the decision of which node forwards the data is made dynamically in that moment. 

 

There are two basic types of mesh networks, partial mesh and full mesh. In a partial mesh network nodes are only connected to some of the other nodes. In a full mesh network every node is connected. Your specific application will determine whether a full or partial mesh network is needed.

 

Many mesh networks use IEEE 802.11 standards that operate in the 2.4GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands. ZigBee and WirelessHART are both self-organizing, self-healing wireless mesh networks that provide the high levels of redundancy and availability needed to maintain a reliable connection.

 

To learn more about wireless mesh networks, read our wireless mesh whitepaper.

 

If there are other topics you would like us to cover, or if you have comments, please email us at engineeringhub@l-com.com.

 

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