3 Types of Wireless Technology

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Wireless Technology

Wireless applications are flexible, clean and convenient. Wireless solutions can help when you want to communicate with a tank out in a remote area, want to check the status of something from a remote location, or when you don’t want to install any wires. Here is a short list of 3 types of wireless technology.

ZigBee Wireless Technology

Zigbee Wireless Technology operates in the 2.4 GHz frequency. It supports mesh, star and cluster tree topologies. It is an inexpensive, general purpose, self-organizing and robust. Zigbee networks require one host or master like ZT-2550 to be the coordinator for the network which will initialize and determine the most optimal transmission path between nodes. ZT-2550 can bring RS-485 or RS-232 to zigbee wireless communication. Zigbee networks may have many slave routers like ZT-2551 for transmitting and receiving with end devices. ZT-2551 can bring RS-485 or RS-232 to zigbee wireless communication. The typical communication distance for zigbee hardware like ZT-2550 and ZT-2551 is 100 meters and the standard antenna is omni-directional. Longer range versions can communicate up to 700 meters. Directional antennas like ANT-15YG or omnidirectional antennas like ANT-15 may extend communication transmission up to 9 Km. Each zigbee network has an RF channel, a PAN ID, and each node has a unique node ID. Configuration of the network is done through a software utility. Zigbee networks support transparent, broadcast or Modbus communication modes.

Infrared Technology

Infrared Technology uses electromagnetic radiation. IR-210 is a universal learning remote module that can learn up to 176 IR commands and save them to a file. It operates in the 32 to 56 KHz frequency. IR-210 has an RS-232 port and an RS-485 port so it can allow Modbus RTU based master devices to communicate with IR slave devices like televisions, projectors, and lighting controls. IR-210 is set up with a software utility which lets you configure Baud Rate, Net ID, Device Name, and commands. The typical communication distance between the IR-210 and end devices like digital picture frames is up to 7 meters.

Radio Frequency Technology

Radio Frequency Technology can operate in the 900 Mhz frequency. It supports point to point or multi-point topologies. SST-900B for example has 16 adjustable RF channels and different AP modes like Slave/P2P and Slave/Broadcast. Radio Frequency Technology supports peer to peer or broadcast communication modes. SST-900B’s RF network is configurable with a software utility which lets you configure an RF channel, group ID, AP mode, data format and baud rate. SST-900B has an internal self-tuner and its typical wireless transmission range is 1000 meters.

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Maria Lemone, Sales Manager.
ICP DAS USA, Inc.
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