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3 Questions You Need to Answer to Get the Right Industrial Wireless Network

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Whether Ethernet or serial, industrial radios and industrial wireless networks aren't a one-size-fits-all proposition. But three very basic questions can provide the necessary information to ensure you get the right industrial wireless network to meet your needs. Visit http://www.esteem.com/ to learn more.

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3 Questions You Need to Answer to Get the Right Industrial Wireless Network

  1. 1. 3 Questions You Need to Answer to Get the Right Industrial Wireless Network
  2. 2. If you’re looking for an industrial wireless network, you’ve probably already identified the mobility, distance or accessibility challenges your operation faces that demand a wireless solution. You may even feel you’ve identified the right industrial radios for your application, and you may have even found a provider willing to give you exactly what you’ve asked for. … Which is where problems can begin to arise. Demanding a specific radio or network design can be the same thing as telling a doctor to remove your appendix because you have a stomach ache, and the doctor doing exactly what you’ve asked for – regardless of whether it will stop your stomach ache. Prepping for a Wireless Network
  3. 3. A reputable provider, on the other hand, will ask you these three seemingly simple questions to ensure you get the best industrial wireless network for your operation: 1. What distance do you need to cover? 2. What do you need to interface with? 3. What environment will the radios operate in? The answers to those three questions will provide all the information necessary to design an industrial wireless network that meets your needs. What Do You Really Need to Know?
  4. 4. Distance The distance and line of sight (LOS) between antennas has a direct bearing on the best frequency to use. Generally, greater distances require higher output power or high-gain antennas. This answer also informs decisions regarding antennas and the height your radios should be mounted.
  5. 5. Interface The interface provides information on your communication goals – are you simply monitoring conditions? Or are you also displaying video, controlling certain actions or providing emergency communications? Each function can require a different type of radio. For instance, public service applications, like fire, ambulance and police communications, often rely on incredibly fast response times, which demands a specific kind of industrial radio.
  6. 6. Environment The environment – outdoor vs. indoor, noisy vs. quiet, dry vs. humid – dictates the type of hardware needed to create your industrial wireless network. Oceanside applications, for instance, require clear-coated components to prevent rust.
  7. 7. Once You Know Those Three Things … Your industrial wireless network provider can answer an even wider range of complex questions, like: • What frequency and licensing are required? • What kind of antennas are needed and what is their best placement? • What power is needed? • What data throughput or bandwidth is required? • Is spread spectrum or frequency hopping necessary or advantageous? • What signal-to-noise ratio is acceptable for the terrain and application to produce reliable, trouble-free communication • Will point-to-point or point-to-multipoint network topologies work best for your application? Taken together, all these answers will allow a reputable provider to create the best industrial wireless network for your operation.
  8. 8. The ESTeem Advantage We have 35 years of experience designing, engineering and manufacturing industrial wireless radios and modems - all in the US and all specifically focused on solving our customers’ most difficult networking challenges. Through all of those years, we’ve stuck to the philosophy that applications will not bend to fit the hardware. The solution must fit the application, and we work with our customers to ensure they get the right industrial wireless solution to fit their needs. To that end, all of our models come with full compatibility baked in (195E/Horizon, 192/195 Narrowband), and we write our software/OS specifically for the components used for optimum efficiency and performance. To learn how ESTeem can deliver the cost-effective, reliable wireless network your operation needs, visit our website or submit this simple contact form.
  9. 9. ESTeem Corporate Information Electronic Systems Technology • Incorporated 1982 • Public Offering 1984 • Symbol: ELST • dBA ESTeem Wireless Modems - 2007 Corp/MFG Headquarters • Kennewick, WA • Rockwell Automation Encompass Partner – 25+ years • CSIA Member/Supplier • Control Systems Integrator Association 45,000+ Radios in Service Worldwide • Industry’s most complete portfolio: 10 models • FCC Licensed Frequencies • License-Free Frequencies

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