Telecoms, Datacoms, Wireless, IoT


Industrial wireless access point

28 April 2010 Telecoms, Datacoms, Wireless, IoT

Advantech’s EKI-6311G is a combined wireless access point, client bridge and repeater, which offers standards-based and licence-free wireless connectivity for industrial devices, equipment and applications. The device supports multiple operating modes: as an access point, it allows wireless devices to communicate with each other and with 10/100Base-TX Ethernet wired networks; for applications where a wireless ‘extension cord’ is required, client bridge operation connects one or more wired devices to a wireless network; combining both of these modes, the unit operates as a wireless repeater to extend coverage areas.

The module is enclosed in a dust- and water-tight, weatherproof plastic enclosure. With an IP65 rating it can be used for a number of different applications, ranging from indoor plant/factory locations to outdoor use. A single conduit connection is all that is required for both external power and wired network connections.

Addressing security and data integrity concerns, the EKI-6311G supports enterprise standards such as WPA2 (WiFi Protected Access 2) and 802.1x remote authentication for secure wireless communications and to ensure that only authorised users and devices are permitted access. The unit is also SNMP (simple network management protocol) manageable, which means it is easily integrated with enterprise performance and availability monitoring systems.



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