Belden’s new OpenBAT range from Hirschmann™ is the first modular system to enable industry-standard WLAN access points and clients to be configured via the internet.
(Belden’s new OpenBAT range from Hirschmann™ is the first modular system to enable industry-standard WLAN access points and clients to be configured via the internet)
This range, comprising the BAT-R (IP20) and BAT-F (IP67) series, supports the IEEE 802.11n transmission standard, which facilitates data speeds of up to 450Mbps in both the 5GHz and the 2.4GHz bands.
Both series are based on entirely new hardware and also have a powerful HiLCOS operating system with extensive management, security and quality of service functions plus layer 3 IP routing.
The number of wireless modules and Ethernet LAN ports can be configured individually, as can the power delivery concept.
Ideally suited to the power supply industry, the gas and oil sectors and rail transportation, they can be used to set up fast and stable infrastructure and meshed networks plus wireless distribution systems (WDS) or point-to-point connections. Several thousand different designs can be configured using these OpenBAT devices.
The core component of this new hardware is a patented wireless module specifically designed for applications in industrial environments, with integrated ESD protection and bandpass filters. MIMO technology (Multiple Input Multiple Output) ensures a stable wireless connection even in the presence of reflections or other forms of interference. Fast roaming guarantees uninterrupted connections when transferring from one radio cell to another.
The CPU platform facilitates a LAN connection via Gigabit Ethernet. The access points and clients also possess potential-free contacts as well as one V.24 and one USB interface that can be used for analog or DSL modem connections for WAN routing or remote maintenance. All combinations operate at temperatures to +70°C and also fulfill stringent demands as regards shock and vibration resistance.
The access points and clients can be equipped with one or two wireless modules as desired. The LAN connections can also be configured with one or two ports and these can be used for twisted pair cables or SFP transceivers.
Product Manager Olaf Schilperoort said the new OpenBAT range makes Belden the first manufacturer to offer industrial standard WLAN access points and clients that can be configured via the internet.
"This concept gives users maximum flexibility because they can configure the optimal equipment version for the requirements of their application, hence they only pay for the features they really need."