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White Paper: Applying Wireless to EtherNet/IP Systems

The ODVA EtherNet/IP network standard is gaining popularity as a preferred industrial protocol. Plant Engineers are recognizing the significant advantages that Ethernet-enabled devices provide, such as ease of connectivity, high performance and cost savings.

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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