Moxa, a provider of hardened networking, communication and computing solutions, announced that all models in its 802.11n series of wireless access points will gain significant enhancements in speed and functionality through a free firmware upgrade.
The new firmware provides Moxa’s AWK-3131 and AWK-4131 models with improved throughput up to 150 Mbps, automatic backup configuration through Moxa’s ABC-01 unit, auto-negotiation for 4-pin Ethernet cables, and a number of other performance improvements. AWK users can download the new firmware for free, here.
The AWK-3131 and AWK-4131 are engineered for high-speed WLANs deployed in factory automation, petrochemical plants and other challenging RF environments. Supporting MIMO (multiple in, multiple out), they can operate on both 2.4 and 5 GHz bands and are backwards-compatible with existing 802.11a/b/g networks. Enterprise-class throughput is combined with a broad operating temperature, resulting in the most reliable wireless access point available for industrial users.
As an example, Drivdahl cites support for Turbo Chain and automation-certified profiles, important value-added features that were introduced to Moxa managed switches through free firmware upgrades. According to Drivdahl, Moxa is already developing the next generation of firmware for the AWK-3131 and AWK-4131, which will add support for long distance wireless and Turbo Roaming.
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