The Allen-Bradley Stratix 5100™ can function as a wireless access point (AP) or a work group bridge (WGB) in both autonomous and unified networks. Now, one device can provide the ability to create a complete wireless network. When you have devices that cannot connect to the wireless network organically, you can use the WGB mode. Using the Stratix 5100 as a work group bridge allows you to connect up to 19 IP addresses, while providing wireless connectivity to wired clients that are connected using TCP/IP like EtherNet/IP. This design flexibility makes accessing critical production data easier in a network with multiple remotely accessible devices – helping reduce design time and operational costs when integrating machines and equipment into the industrial control network.
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