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Rockwell Automation and Cisco released a white paper and design and implementation guide to help control system engineers, IT network engineers, and system integrators implement standard, IP-based wireless networks in a secure manner.

Entitled, “Deploying 802.11 Wireless LAN Technology within a Converged Plantwide Ethernet Architecture,” the guide provides in-depth information on 802.11 wireless LAN (WLAN) solutions within a Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) architecture, including design considerations for fixed position, nomadic and mobile equipment use cases.

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It also includes explanations for how to configure, maintain and troubleshoot the WLAN and detailed documentation on how the architectures ended up tested and validated by Cisco and Rockwell. With this new resource, network designers can create a small network within a plant using a single autonomous access point, and scale up to create a larger, unified WLAN architecture.

“Wireless has an increasingly important role in the industrial network infrastructure,” said Ashok Patel, Network Architect at Owens Corning, the world’s largest manufacturer of fiberglass technology. Managing data collection and automation control over 802.11 is viable if you understand and deploy the architecture and design best practices.

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Click here to download the guide.

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