Belden has launched from its Hirschmann™ product range an industry-grade IP65 WLAN client called BAT-C. This basic and inexpensive client can be cost-effectively deployed in any WLAN installation where there is no need for high-end clients. Supporting the new IEEE 802.11n transmission standard, the BAT-C has a data rate of up to 150 Mbps. Fast roaming ensures an uninterrupted connection while switching from one radio cell to another. Other features include management and encryption functions, a temperature range of -40° C to +70° C, a 24 V power supply, and a compact design. All this means the client is suitable for a wide range of stationary and mobile WLAN applications in industrial environments. Thanks to its E1 approval, it can also be used to set up a wireless connection from buses and other vehicles to an Ethernet network.
The robust metal housing can be installed vertically or horizontally and requires very little space due to its compact measurements. The client is simple to configure thanks to an integrated web interface. Management can be performed using either SNMP MIB 2 or an AT command interface. Secure encryption functions are available in the form of IEEE 802 11i, WPA2 and PSK/AES. Two LEDs on the front of the housing indicate the current network and power supply statuses.
Operating at either 5 GHz or 2.4 GHz, the radio module’s antenna connection is designed for a N-type plug. An M12 port is provided for connecting to Ethernet networks.
The 24 V power supply also uses this type of connection, a method that has proved to be extremely reliable in industrial environments over a good many years.
With the BAT-C client, Belden has added a device to its Hirschmann™ BAT range of products that is inexpensive but nevertheless suitable for use in industrial applications. Product manager Olaf Schilperoort: ‘This client has been specially developed for less-demanding WLAN applications. In other words, the customer is paying for only those features he really needs. Thanks to its robust and compact construction, the BAT-C can be employed in the manufacturing area as well as in production logistics or the transport sector.’
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Belden designs, manufactures and markets signal transmission solutions, including cables, connectors and I/O modules, wireless network systems as well as network devices and control, load sensing and load moment limitation systems designed for safety-critical applications ranging from industrial automation to data centers, broadcast studios and the aviation and aerospace industry. The company focuses on segments of the worldwide cable and automation markets that require both highly specialized and readily available products. With manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and Asia, Belden has recorded a total revenue of USD 1.62 billion for the fiscal year 2010.
Together with its brands Hirschmann™ and Lumberg Automation™, Belden offers an extensive and highly specialized product portfolio covering the full range of data communications – from the information and control levels down to the field level. The company has more than 15 offices throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with manufacturing facilities in Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, UK, Denmark, Italy and Hungary.