While Ethernet/IP has many advantages, cable installation is often expensive, and communications to remote sites or moving platforms may not be reliable or cost-effective. Wireless Ethernet Technologies have emerged that can now reliably reduce network costs while improving plant production.
However, applying these technologies is not a simple matter as the industrial Ethernet system vary greatly in terms of bandwidth requirement, response times and data transmission characteristics. This paper will explore applying IEEE 802.11a/b/g and proprietary frequency hipping wireless technologies to EtherNet/IP based networks for industrial automation systems.
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