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Moxa's New AirWorks AWK-1100 Gives Industrial Networking Applications an Easy Jump to Wireless

Moxa Networking is releasing an industrial IEEE 802.11g wireless product that can be used as an AP, bridge, or AP client. AWK-1100 is designed to be used with Ethernet switches and other Ethernet-ready devices to provide ready access to a wireless LAN. Attractive features include WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) security capability, operating temperature range from 0 to 60oC, and redundant power inputs.

Connecting industrial Ethernet devices to a wireless LAN is not just another fad. Wireless networking is a good choice for many networking requirements due to the flexibility that comes from being able to set up a network anywhere and anytime. Another major benefit is easy deployment—wireless networks can be set up quickly in areas that are not yet wired, or are too hard to wire. In addition, the high performance that wireless networks provide, and the cost savings that comes from using fewer cables are also a plus. One of the biggest concerns raised by potential users is safety. Since data is transmitted through the air by radio waves, how can users guarantee the confidentiality of their information? Moxa overcomes this problem by providing Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) security specifications to overcome weaknesses in Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP).

AWK-1100 is designed for industrial applications that require connecting an Ethernet-ready device to a wireless LAN. AWK-1100 can authenticate and authorize wireless users by IEEE 802.1X and RADIUS (Remote Authentication User Dial-In Service), and communicate with a back-end RADIUS server to see if a wireless user is allowed to access the wireless network. The DIN-Rail mounting feature, wide operating temperature range, and IP30 case with LED indicators make AWK-1100 a convenient plug-and-play and reliable solution for industrial wireless applications.

About Moxa: Your Trusted Partner in Automation

Moxa is a leading provider of edge connectivity, industrial computing, and network infrastructure solutions for enabling connectivity for the Industrial Internet of Things. With over 30 years of industry experience, Moxa has connected more than 50 million devices worldwide and has a distribution and service network that reaches customers in more than 70 countries. Moxa delivers lasting business value by empowering industry with reliable networks and sincere service for industrial communications infrastructures. Information about Moxa’s solutions is available at www.moxa.com.