WiFi is also the best-understood wireless technology amongst engineering personnel and service staff—ensuring effective, lower-cost technical support. However, WiFi’s origins as a consumer-oriented technology mean that wireless device manufacturers need to enhance some WiFi features to better handle industrial applications. These include:
- Reducing access point handover delays to provide seamless roaming,
- Hardening WiFi devices to avoid severe damage from natural and manmade sources such as lightning, static electricity (ESD), and power surges.
This white paper discusses how to best address these critical issues, as well as other important considerations that will help users realize the unique advantages of WiFi in a network with high mobility requirements—and as a key enabling technology for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).