Ethernet Radio Provides Flexible and Secure I/O Capability


Phoenix Contact introduces the RAD-80211-XD-BUS, a Wireless Ethernet Radio with modular I/O and firmware capabilities.  The radio, the newest addition to the RAD-80211…series, combines truly secure wireless communication with control of up to eight I/O modules.  

Up to 64 digital, analog and pulse I/O can be interfaced directly to the radio.  This flexibility saves installed cost for distributed Ethernet wireless I/O monitoring and control applications.

The I/O modules can be addressed via Modbus TCP or legacy serial Modbus RTU over the 802.11 network.  This allows a standard solution for facilities undergoing incremental upgrades.  Multiple wireless communications streams allow simultaneous Ethernet, I/O control, and serial ASCII device communications – all from a single radio without external gateways or additional serial wireless converters.

The radio has individual I/O module fault response modes and has received Class I, Div. 2 approval, making it suitable for applications in difficult environments.  It features 802.11i/WPA2 security with AES and 802.1x, the most advanced security measures available.
The XD-BUS radio includes the new firmware revision 2.4.1, which is also available in the complete RAD-80211… Ethernet radio line.  New functions include enhanced serial ASCII com server functionality, RS-232/485 data rates expanded up to 460 kbps and a new link-monitoring diagnostic function.

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