Multipoint XPress Wirelessly Extends Industrial Ethernet - Embedded.com

Multipoint XPress Wirelessly Extends Industrial Ethernet

Minnetonka, Minn. – Digi International has just introduced the Multipoint XPress Ethernet Bridge (XEB) for wirelessly connecting multiple Industrial Ethernet devices.

It is designed for use when a single network when Wi-Fi range is insufficient, when an Ethernet cable is impractical or too costly to install or when industrial grade, highly resilient wireless connectivity is needed.

According to Larry Kraft, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Digi International, the Multipoint XEB is designed to facilitate connections to equipment like industrial programmable logic controllers (PLCs), electronic LED signs, security cameras, Internet kiosks and other Ethernet-enabled devices wirelessly, securely and cost effectively.

“In many ways the Multipoint XEB functions like a Wi-Fi network, but uses the 900 MHz frequency to communicate over a greater distance and often more reliably than Wi-Fi, especially in industrial settings,” he said.

By using the 900 MHz band, said Kraft, the Multipoint XEB does not interfere with Wi-Fi networks and can communicate reliably in industrial situations where Wi-Fi and other wireless connectivity solutions fail.

The Multipoint XEB has an external DIP switch, allowing it to be switched effortlessly from access point to subscriber unit mode. Up to 16 subscriber Multipoint XEBs can be associated with a single XEB access point.

The XEB has line-of-sight range of up to 15 miles, and indoor range up to 2,000 feet with the ability to transmit through up to 10 walls with a 1.5 Mbps RF data rate. It also provides 128-bit encryption for secure connections.

The Multipoint XEB is now available with prices beginning at $479 per unit.

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