WLAN access point is ruggedised for industrial use

Paul Boughton
Belden is extending its range of Hirschmann products to include the new WLAN Access Point BAT54-Rail Single. This device is designed for mounting on a top-hat rail and can be used both as an Access Point and Access Client. Unlike the BAT54-Rail, this new Access Point has only one WLAN interface, making it a cost-effective alternative for applications that do not require a second interface. In common with the other product, however, the BAT54-Rail Single still offers the full range of functions supported by the powerful Hilcos operating system.
This Access Point offers transmission rates of up to 108Mbit/s in either the 5GHz or 2.4GHz waveband. Fast roaming facilitates uninterrupted connections, even while changing from one radio cell to another. Network management can be carried out using browser-based, Telnet or Windows software that supports rogue AP detection, and all standard encryption methods, as well as authentication that is compliant with IEEE 802.1x, are also available. The series is equipped as standard with integrated firewalls and IP routers, enabling network segments to be isolated and safeguarded reliably. An RJ45 LAN port (10/100Base TX) is available for connection to terrestrial networks.
The BAT54-Rail Single device comes in a robust aluminium housing and is designed to operate within a temperature range of -30 to +50 degrees C. The units fulfil all requirements with regard to shock resistance, vibration resistance and electromagnetic compatibility, making them eminently suitable, for instance, for vehicle installation. In addition, a high level of operating security is provided by the redundant power supply that possesses two 24V DC and one 48V DC connection supporting power-over-Ethernet in compliance with IEEE 802.3af.
With this new Access Point Belden says it has rounded off the lower end of the Hirschmann BAT range. Product manager Olaf Schilperoort explains: "Like all the products in this range, the BAT54-Rail Single is optimally suitable for industrial use and is exceptional for its highly stable broadband wireless connection. Our comprehensive antenna program makes a further contribution, offering a total of 13 radial and sector antennas as well as leakage waveguides."
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