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HardwarePT has added the Advantech EKI-6311G 802.11b/g wireless access point, client bridge and repeater to its range of hardware.

The company said this enables standards-based and license-free wireless connectivity for industrial devices, equipment and applications.

The EKI-6311G supports multiple operating modes, enabling high flexibility.

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 needed, client bridge operation connects one or more wired devices to a wireless network.

While combining both of these modes, the unit operates as a wireless repeater to extend wireless coverage areas.

The EKI-6311G is enclosed in a dust-tight and water-tight weatherproof plastic enclosure.

It is IP65 rated, meaning 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, meaning it can be easily integrated with enterprise performance and availability monitoring systems.

All required installation hardware is included in the box.

Two detachable antennas are included, in addition to a wall- or mast-mounting bracket.

Plus, an in-line Power over Ethernet injector simplifies installation, by providing power to the unit over the same Cat5e cable that connects it to the network.

For setup, all that is needed is a PC or laptop equipped with a web browser.

The EKI-6311G is an ideal solution for adding wireless capability to plant and factory wired networks.

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