The access points and clients in the Hirschmann BAT54-Rail and BAT300-Rail series have both ATEX IEC/EN 60079 Zone II and ISA 12.12.01 Class 1 Div 2 certifications. Equipped with suitable protective cases, they can be used in potentially explosive environments.

All BAT devices using the HiLCOS 8.50 WLAN firmware compliant with the European 5 GHz standard (EN 301893 V1.5.1) can be seamlessly integrated into Profinet and EtherNet/IP networks.

Hirschmann BAT controllers in the WLC series facilitate comprehensive WLAN coverage for the industrial sector. These are designed for use in switch cabinets and can be used to centrally manage hundreds or even thousands of access points.

Compatible with all access points in the BAT family, there is no need to replace existing devices, enabling the network to be gradually modified in line with growing requirements. These controllers also support Voice over IP using Layer3 tunneling, opening up new areas of application for WLAN.

Belden offers Hirschmann Industrial HiVision software for integration and convenient management of WLAN devices in cable-based Ethernet networks allowing the visualisation of access points, clients and controllers. Further WLAN-specific functions include monitoring of signal strength and data rate of the wireless connection.

“We can offer our customers everything they need to create a wireless network from a single source,” says product manager Olaf Schilperoort. “It is possible to implement complete solutions for LAN/WLAN architectures.”