Quatech introduces APXG-Q5420 wireless access point

Airborne industrial wireless access point features dual wireless serial device server functionality


The ruggedized external Airborne Access Point Model APXG-Q5420 - includes a 10/100 Ethernet port and up to two serial ports. The Airborne adapters have the most flexible port configuration options of any device in the market. The Ethernet port supports both bridged and router modes. The serial interfaces provide compatibility with RS232/422/485 devices and allow simultaneous use of all the ports in any serial data configuration. The external AirborneAP Access Point also includes a wide range power supply input (5-36 VDC) with terminal block and barrel jack connections packaged in a rugged metal enclosure. Airborne is a family of fully integrated 802.11b/g wireless LAN bridge, serial device server, and access point products designed specifically to provide wireless LAN and Internet connectivity to industrial, scientific, medical and automotive applications.

Quatech’s AirborneAP Access Point technology enables M2M equipment to become the center of a self sufficient WiFi network, allowing easy access to equipment data or resources from WiFi-enabled devices, including laptops, tablets and handhelds powered by Android, iOS, or Windows. AirborneAP Access Point technology includes secure authentication using WPA2 (AES-CCMP) and a fully functional DHCP server to provide unique addresses for each authenticated client. The Airborne Access Point supports up to 8 clients on a local network.

Utilizing Quatech’s expertise in highly secure and reliable device networking firmware, AirborneAP Access Points have been designed specifically to address the functional and packaging demands of M2M solutions providers. As an example, an integrated AirborneAP Access Point can turn an isolated piece of equipment in a service truck into a wireless gateway; this creates a WiFi network around the vehicle that enables multiple handhelds and tablets to talk to each other. This local WiFI network can also enable access to other equipment with embedded WiFi capability in the truck, and even provide access to the internet using a cellular modem.

AirborneAP Access Points support Ethernet and serial interfaces. The
Ethernet interface can be placed in bridge mode to support connection to an existing network of devices, effectively extending access to the network for wireless devices. Alternatively, the Ethernet interface can be set to wireless router mode, enabling advanced networking to wide area network (WAN) and internet connections. Utilizing the serial interfaces wireless clients can access the serial devices using the wireless network.

AirborneAP Applications

In the manufacturing and industrial fields, communicating with mobile machines is critical to maintaining workflow efficiency. The AirborneAP Access Point enables reliable data transfer, monitoring and machine configuration, and communication over a plant's wireless 802.11 network.

AirborneAP Access Point can be integrated and deployed into a wide range of applications across various industries including:

- Vehicle telematics & diagnostics
- Material handling & logistics
- Industrial Automation Test & measurement
- Security & access control