AutomationDirect teams up with Cirronet to offer wireless radio modems

Industrial Wireless ModemsCumming, GA --- April 15, 2004 --- AutomationDirect® and Cirronet™ Inc., have teamed up to offer Cirronet’s wireless radio modems. A variety of wireless serial and Ethernet radio modems are available, along with associated antenna, cable, adapter and power plug accessories. The new line of modems was designed specifically for the industrial automation market and employs proprietary Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) radio transmission technology.

Two series of modems are available: The CR-HN series are versatile, 2.4 GHz FHSS wireless data modems. CR-HN radios are ideal for SCADA applications (as remote modems in multipoint configurations) and are a cost-effective solution for point-to-point installations. A DIN-rail mounted Serial Adapter Box, one of the major components of the CR-HN series, resides in the control panel while the NEMA 4X radio module is mounted externally to the control panel to achieve the best line-of-sight link to the other radio antennas in the system. For most purposes, the CR-HN radio module incorporates an integral 6dB antenna, creating a “single piece” modem. CR-HN modems start at $595.

CR-SE series Ethernet radios are based on the same patented technology as the CR-HN serial radios. CR-SE series are low-cost, 2.4 GHz FHSS wireless data modems. They provide long-range, high-speed wireless connectivity among Ethernet devices in industrial settings. CR-SE radios have exceptional multipath fade rejection, as well as immunity to jamming. Typical CR-SE applications include wireless industrial automation and data collection, network bridging, PLC networking and SCADA. CR-SE radios can function as a high-speed bridge to a distant Ethernet network node, or a CR-SE radio base station can be connected to multiple remote CR-SE radios to build a wireless Ethernet network. The higher gain antennas increase the range up to five plus miles. All CR-SE models enable long-range connectivity far beyond cabled Ethernet maximums. CR-SE modems start at $1,195.

AutomationDirect sells over 5,000 feature-packed products through its Online Automation Superstore and new 1,600-page catalog. The company offers its customers high-quality automation products, which are often priced at half the industry average, 24-hour order entry and overnight delivery, the best
documentation in the industry, and outstanding sales and technical support. For a free catalog, access their Web site at or call 800-633-0405.


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