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industrial Wireless Bridge Options

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  • 1.  industrial Wireless Bridge Options

    Posted 10 days ago

    We used to use the 501 wireless bridge in some industrial scenarios.  With the EoS passed, i'm looking for alternatives.

    One of my upcoming uses it to provide wireless connectivity to warehouse cranes. We have single terminals located in the crane cabs, which have poor reception in the cab (warehouse area has good coverage).  Our environment prefers some ruggedization due to the particulate in the air and the temperature.

    We would normally install a wirelsss bridge with an omni antenna on the Crane bridge, with an ethernet link directly into the crane cab's terminal. Most of the Aruba AP's do the point-to-point mesh, but they seem like overkill on single device connection where a regular wireless bridge would suffice.

    I'm interested in hearing what products would be recommended as alternatives to the 501.

  • 2.  RE: industrial Wireless Bridge Options

    Posted 9 days ago

    You may consider an outdoor or hardened AP as mesh (or WLAN client) and bridging to the ethernet port.

    Herman Robers
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  • 3.  RE: industrial Wireless Bridge Options

    Posted 9 days ago

    I'd prefer to do a pure bridging option instead of mesh to bridge, but this is the path i'm likely to take as this is the standard that Aruba has moved towards by discontinuing their bridging hardware. I'd consider a thrid party vendor with bridging hardware if it integrates with Aruba products well, if there are recommendations.

  • 4.  RE: industrial Wireless Bridge Options
    Best Answer

    Posted 9 days ago

    We normally recommend looking at PepLink, other options like Moxa and Siemens are often talked about.

    Mesh can still make sense for cranes, especially when a PtP link can be used.  There have been some improvements with mesh in regards to faster roaming but the roam still isn't fast enough for most usages.

    Carson Hulcher, ACEX#110