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Moxa introduces AWK-1131A IEEE 802.11n wireless AP/client

September 252014
Moxa introduces AWK-1131A IEEE 802.11n wireless AP/client

September 25, 2014 - Moxa introduces AWK-1131A IEEE 802.11n wireless AP/client with high-speed transmission rates up to 300 Mbps, and protection against harsh industrial environments, including power surges, electrostatic discharge, broad temperature swings, and vibration from production machinery.

The benefit of galvanic isolation is that it breaks ground loops to help prevent unwanted current caused by different ground potentials from entering the device, therefore better protecting the AWK-1131A from voltage or other electrical surges up to 500V. In addition, Moxa has increased the electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection on the AWK-1131A's power inputs and antenna ports to Level 4 isolation to prevent damage from external environmental sources.Remarkably, all this has been achieved within a form factor that is one of the smallest in the industry, measuring at a mere 2.29 inches wide, 4.53 inches tall, and 2.76 inches deep.

The AWK-1131A includes software features that give it enhanced flexibility across a wide range of applications. For example, Turbo Roaming allows the AWK-1131A to roam almost instantly between access points, therefore ensuring a nearly constant wireless connection for complex applications, such as an automatic guided vehicle (AGV) navigating through a warehouse. In addition, MAC clone technology lets the AWK-1131A pass the MAC address of a connected device through to the network. This solves an issue for SCADA systems where end-devices such as PLCs are on Layer 2 networks, and both the device and the MAC address must be seen for proper communication.

The AWK-1131A can operate on either the 2.4 or 5 GHz bands and is backwards-compatible with existing 802.11a/b/g deployments to future-proof wireless investments. MIMO (multiple-input, multiple-output) technology increases data throughput and link range without additional bandwidth or increased transmit power.

There are a number of benefits to adopting wireless devices in industrial applications. Not only do wireless devices reduce deployment costs compared to wired devices, they also increase mobility for hard-to-wire applications while enhancing scalability when expanding the network backbone. With the release of the AWK-1131A, Moxa now offers a comprehensive portfolio with both single-radio and dual-radio IEEE 802.11n industrial wireless solutions for the bandwidth-hungry systems found in industrial environments.