Wireless bridge opens new possibilities for industrial wireless solutions

Jon Lawson

HMS Industrial Networks now introduces a new, upgraded version of its Anybus Wireless Bridge.

The Anybus Wireless Bridge II supports  up to 400 metres of reliable wireless communication, and can communicate via both Bluetooth or WLAN. It is suitable for replacing Ethernet cabling in hard-to-reach or hazardous locations.Cable replacement or access point.

By using the Anybus Wireless Bridge II, automation engineers can achieve new and smarter network infrastructures.

Often used as an Ethernet cable replacement (point-to-point communication), the Wireless Bridge II can also be used as an access point for several WLAN/Bluetooth nodes such as smartphones or tablets within range. In the process, savings are achieved thanks to the reduced amount of Ethernet cabling.

The new Anybus Wireless Bridge II supports a longer wireless range (400 metres, 437 yards) and an even more powerful integrated wireless antenna. It is easily set up via push-button configuration or via the new integrated web interface.

Anybus Wireless Bridge II is built on the same wireless technology as the family member Anybus Wireless Bolt, a connection point for on-machine mounting which HMS released in 2016, making them able to communicate seamlessly, opening up for even more innovative wireless system solutions.

By connecting industrial devices and networks over a wireless link, the Anybus Wireless Bridge II makes life easier for system integrators and automation engineers needing to create connections through, eg hazardous areas, hard-to-reach locations, or moving installations where cables are not desirable.

The Anybus Wireless Bridge II is a proven solution to bridge popular industrial Ethernet standards such as PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, BACnet/IP and Modbus TCP and provides users with a robust and maintenance-free wireless connection.

The product comes with two M12 connectors for power and network connectivity and is an IP65 protection class rating.