Belden’s WLAN access points and clients belonging to the Hirschmann BAT54-Rail and BAT300-Rail series of products have both been ATEX IEC/EN 60079 Zone 2 and ISA 12.12.01 Class 1 Div 2 certified.

Equipped with suitable protective cases, they can now be used in potentially explosive environments such as oil, gas or mining industries. Mountable on top-hat rails, these devices are also flexible enough for a range of applications such as installation in control cabinets or distribution boxes. In addition they can be centrally configured and managed.

Compliant with protection class IP40, BAT300-Rail access points support the IEEE802.11n (300 Mbit/s) wireless communications standard as well as MIMO technology, ensuring a stable wireless connection even in cases of hindrances such as reflections. The BAT54-Rail devices have up to two radio modules, operating at either 5GHz or 2.4GHz. A version with a single WLAN interface is also available.

Both device series support all standardised encryption procedures in accordance with the IEEE 802.1x standard. Integrated firewalls and IP routers enable network segments to be isolated and reliably safeguarded. It is also possible to connect both analog and DSL modems, for WAN routing or remote maintenance purposes.

Further features include management and QoS functions, fast roaming and a shock and vibration resistance.

All access points and clients have a metal case measuring 80mm x 100mm x 135mm (H x W x D). The temperature range extends from -30°C to 50°C, and operational reliability is further ensured through quintuple power supply redundancy (2 x 24V DC and 48V DC PoE and 1 x 12V DC).