Applying Wireless To EtherNet IP Automation Systems

The use of Ethernet for industrial networking is growing rapidly, and the ODVA EtherNet/IP network standard is gaining popularity as a preferred industrial protocol. Plant engineers are recognizing the 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. This paper will explore applying IEEE 802.11a/b/g and proprietary frequency hopping wireless technologies to EtherNet/IP based networks for industrial automation systems.


The use of Ethernet for industrial networking is growing rapidly, and the ODVA EtherNet/IP network standard is gaining popularity as a preferred industrial protocol. Plant engineers are recognizing the 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. This paper will explore applying IEEE 802.11a/b/g and proprietary frequency hopping wireless technologies to EtherNet/IP based networks for industrial automation systems.

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