Wireless Ethernet for industry: Trends and implementation considerations

March 22, 2005

From Prosoft

THE BENEFITS of Ethernet has led to increasing rates of adoption for industrial applications. Use of wireless technologies as the Ethernet physical media increases industrial Ethernet connectivity and flexibility, often with a substantial upfront and lifetime cost savings. Wireless Ethernet technologies have advanced in a similar manner to their cable and fibre tethered counterparts, and wireless is now a practical option in the factory.

Once the question of whether wireless can be used is answered, the question becomes which of the many wireless technologies is suitable for industrial Ethernet. This White Paper purports that the answer depends to a great deal on the applications environment, throughput and latency requirements, distance between nodes, and the local wireless regulatory situation.