Introduction to Industrial Wi-Fi Mesh Networks

Industrial networking never stops advancing. There will always be new technologies and techniques to improve your communication, and it’s essential to keep up. One of the latest trends for industrial Wi-Fi is mesh networking. While mesh networks have been around for a while, they have only recently been seen at an industrial scale. Now, products are available that enable large-scale industrial mesh networks, so it’s meaningful to understand what they can do for you.

What Is a Mesh Network?

Also called ad-hoc networks, mesh networks are defined by the multipoint connections between each node in the network. A traditional cellular network will have a single radio tower direct communication for every endpoint device, whereas the nodes of a mesh network assist each other with routing traffic.

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5G Network Slicing

Among the impressive features that 5G is bringing to the world of technology is the opportunity for improved network slicing. With 5G network slicing, operators can create very specific networks for very specific purposes with just a single physical network if need be. Learn how 5G networking slicing works, how it is set up, and most importantly, how to implement it for your own needs.

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Best Practices for Utilizing 5G Connection Density

5G is not just coming, it is already here. 5G towers and devices have been available for a few years now, and we are rapidly entering the “boom” phase of 5G deployment. Soon, industrial networks will need to have 5G capability to keep up data-intense applications. Unfortunately, incorporating 5G is not as simple as replacing the old 4G radios and routers. 5G is a fundamentally new technology, and it will force you to think about network design in new ways.

One of the significant changes coming from 5G is a massive increase in connection density. A single 5G router can handle a magnitude more simultaneous connections than its 4G counterpart. The capabilities are mind-boggling, and it will take network engineers some time to maximize this benefit. Until then, a few best practices can help you think about utilizing and designing around 5G connection density.

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Massive MIMO Gives 5G Cellular Service Its Wings

The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) is a consortium of standards-making organizations that develop mobile telecommunications protocols. When 3GPP began working on 5G in 2015, it realized that a new kind of radio would be needed to transmit and receive signals carrying voice and data on 5G networks. This new radio would have to broadcast and receive on a range of frequencies as high as 300 GHz — the so-called “millimeter wavelengths” bands — and as low as 6 GHz. This requirement, along with others aimed at dramatically improving 5G wireless service as compared to 4G, led to the development of the aptly named “New Radio,” which is simply referred to as “NR.” The NR uses an array of technologies that set 5G service apart from all that preceded it. Chief among these is Massive MIMO — Multiple Input, Multiple Output.

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Cellular Router Failover Strategies: A Life Jacket for Your Network (Part 1)

Organizations are rarely able to continue their operations unimpeded when their primary wide-area network (WAN) connection goes down. Most businesses now run their workloads from the cloud, and employees use an increasing number of cloud-based applications to collaborate with other workers, process payments, and share files.

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How Do Combo-antennas Work?

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The air is filled with electromagnetic radio waves, both indoors and out. If they were visible to the human eye, we would see the space around us constantly alight with these waves as they are always travelling by us. Radio waves have different frequencies and wavelengths, and they’re modulated in hundreds of different ways to carry information. Because of this, radio has become an indispensable fabric of daily life.

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How Do Cell Phone Signal Boosters Work?


Curious how cell phone signal boosters work? Well, understanding the answer depends on how much you know about cellular radio communication. First, we are going to talk about the very basics behind cell phone communication, then get more into signal boosters and how they work. If you’re already familiar with the basics, feel free to skip to the discussion below.

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The 5 Best MIMO LTE Antennas for 5G

The Cradlepoint 170760-000 LTE Antenna

There are a lot of benefits to using MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) LTE antennas on 5G. These antennas contain a huge number of elements and connections with the ability to send and receive large sums of data simultaneously. This way, more people (or systems) can simultaneously connect to the network, and all the while, the system can maintain a high throughput.

But which MIMO antenna is right for your needs? We will break down the five very best MIMO LTE antenna solutions, their features, and what makes them unique to help you in your decision making.

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5 Ways to Optimize Electrical Usage and Distribution in Your Industrial Network

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Optimizing industrial networks is something of an endless pursuit. New technologies are available every year, and each upgrade can lead to superior communication, more powerful tools, and opportunities to optimize the facets of any operation. Within the realm of network optimization is designing for electrical usage and distribution. Much of the operating cost of your network will come from raw electricity consumption.

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WiFi 6 Standards Are Here. Here’s What You Need to Know.

WiFi 6 is officially here. While the technology has been in play for the better part of two years, the standard has only recently been finalized. The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) conducted trial deployments and came to final conclusions on their standards for WiFi 6. You can expect manufacturers to follow this standard moving forward. The new designation is IEEE 802.11ax, and it will identify technology that is adherent to the standard. Here’s what you will need to know.

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How to Improve Cell Service with a Signal Booster

The Pew Research Center conducted a study in February 2019 to determine who in the U.S. uses a cell phone. Not surprisingly, they discovered that 96 percent of Americans use some kind of cell phone. With cell phones in the purse or pocket of nearly everyone, people today take cellular communication for granted. Until that is, they cannot get reliable service — a problem that people using landline phones rarely experience. Low signal strength in the service area is the most common reason for poor reception. Fortunately, signal boosters solve that problem and restore solid, reliable communication. Let’s look at how they work and how you can tell if a booster will help.

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Wireless Network Design Strategies for Outdoor Surveillance


Video surveillance is vital for businesses and public spaces. Building a remote outdoor surveillance system presents significant challenges, especially one that is off-grid and requires wireless communication. How will your video be recorded and accessed? How will you power the cameras? Which cameras should be used? There are plenty of options to consider when installing cameras on a cellular or wireless local area network (WLAN). Three of the most significant issues to resolve are bandwidth, power, and security.

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Trending Applications for PoE++

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Power over Ethernet (PoE) is a vital technology for many network engineers and administrators. In decentralized network nodes and components, getting power and data can prove unbelievably challenging. PoE has offered a direct, efficient solution for years, and it’s massively popular for a reason.

PoE, in general, has grown dramatically in use over the past five years. Since 2016, it has been maintaining a 13-percent annualized growth rate in total sales, and PoE alone expects to be a billion-dollar market by 2022. It’s easy to see why. The convenience and efficiency of running power and communication through a single line make networking design easier, cheaper, and more flexible. With ports each supplying from 15 to 100 watts (W) on various iterations of PoE, there are plenty of options to precisely build a network the way you want. 

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Why Use Conformal Coating? Ultimate Protection for Industrial Equipment

Antaira Technologies LNX-C500-CC off-the-shelf Ethernet switch with conformal coating.

Electronics are distributed everywhere. However, there are countless environments wholly unfriendly to circuit boards. Electronic equipment needs specialized protection to be able to work through adversity and deliver the technological promises they make. One of the standards for industrial protection of electronics is conformal coating. This coating provides a layer of defense that protects against high temperatures, moisture, corrosive chemicals, and even electric shocks. For example, salt fog from coastal regions, exhaust fumes from traffic, particulates from factory operations, and airborne chemicals from refineries are locations where industrial equipment, such as Ethernet switches, will need extra protection to operate.

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