Anybus Wireless Bridge enables you create a robust wireless connection to an industrial device.
The solution is ideal for communication through hazardous areas or hard-to-reach locations where cables are not desirable.

Wireless transmission is made via Bluetooth™ or WLAN technology and there are several versions available for both serial and industrial Ethernet communication.

Serial or Industrial Ethernet

Anybus Wireless Bridge comes in different versions for serial communication (RS232/422/485 - Bluetooth only) or industrial Ethernet (for example PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, Modbus-TCP and BACnet/IP).

Point-to-point or multipoint
Wireless Bridge is often used as cable replacement in point-to-point communication (serial or Ethernet). But it can also be used as an access point for several Bluetooth nodes within range.

Redundant operation for critical applications
Combine WLAN and Bluetooth Wireless Bridges to provide a redundant operation used in critical operations. Very fast 1-2 msec hand-over and also features seamless roaming with Bridge Discovery Protocol (patent pending).

  • Overview
  • Ethernet
  • Serial
  • Bluetooth
  • WLAN
  • Technical

Wireless transmission is made via Bluetooth or WLAN technology. While the WLAN solution provides higher bandwidth thanks to a wider frequency range of the transmitted wireless signals, the Bluetooth solution offers an even more reliable and noise immune wireless link since Bluetooth switches between different frequencies.

Simple push button configuration
Configuring the Wireless Bridge is made by a simple push button or via web pages. There is also SNMP and AT commands for advanced setup.

    Wireless bridging of Industrial Ethernet protococls: BACnet/IP, EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP, Profinet
    Unique method to handle interference without consequences to the other devices or with conformity
    Built in antenna with a unique half globe radio coverage pattern, making installation easy and cost efficient
    Support for redundant wireless networks for critical applications
    Easy configuration via push button or via web configuration pages
    Proven and trusted solutions

Point-to-Point Industrial Ethernet applications
Any TCP/IP based protocol can be bridged. The example below shows point-to-point configurations using Rockwell Allen Bradley, Siemens and Schneider Electric equipment on EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP and Profinet. In addition BACNet/IP used within buidling automation can also be bridged. Any other PLC vendor equipment using these industrial networks can be connected similarly.

Example using Rockwell Allen Bradley equipment:

Example using Siemens equipment:

Example using Schneider Electric equipment:

Bridging serial RS232/422/485 based equipment
The example below shows point-to-point bridging of serial cables via Bluetooth and shortly, also via WLAN. The Anybus Serial Bridge via Bluetooth can quickly and efficiently replace serial cables in an unwanted application environment.

Serial via WLAN coming Q2 2015

Ethernet/Serial based devices to in a point-to-point or multipoint Bluetooth LAN infrastructure

Bluetooth™ is an even more reliable and noise immune wireless link since Bluetooth switches between different frequencies.

In addition it is the preferred physical media for wireless PROFINET (PNO) and approved for PROFIsafeAnother unique feature is the "Low Emission Mode" which solves potential interference disturbances between Bluetooth and Wireless LAN that is not handled by the Bluetooth implementation of Adaptive Frequency Hopping.

Bluetooth Access Point
Can be used as a Bluetooth Access Point in a Multi-point setup.
Connects upto 7 slaves (only accepts connections)
- External antenna
- Can be configured as a client

Connecting Ethernet devices to a WLAN infrastructure

Communication over WLAN offers greater bandwith and also is available in Dual Band 2.4/5 GHz.

Use cases
• Point-to-point Ethernet cable replacement (both in Ad-Hoc and Infrastructure mode)
• Wireless LAN client adapter in an Infrastructure setup
• Wireless transmission over EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP, Profinet and BACnet/IP is supported
• Serial point-to-point available from Q2 2015

WLAN features
• IEEE802.11b/g specification
• Security: Supports WEP64, WEP128,WPA-PSk, WPA2-PSk, TkIP, CCMP (AES) and LEAP
• 2.4 GHz: Range up to 400 Meters
• 5 GHz: Range up to 200 Meters
• 2.4/5 GHz dual-band: Range up to 400 Meters