SENA Delivers Wireless Capabilities with LS100W Serial Device Server

9/23/2005 - Sena, the leader in Device Networking, announced the release of wireless serial device server, LS100W. The device server connects RS232 serial devices such as printers, scales, medical equipment, manufacturing machinery, barcode readers, card readers, point-of-sale equipment, and other data acquisition devices to a host computer via an 802.11b wireless LAN.

The LS100W is a Wireless Serial Device Server that connects RS-232 serial devices to the industry standard 802.11b Wireless Network. It is designed to connect devices such as printers, scales, medical equipment, manufacturing machinery, bar code readers, card readers, point-of-sale equipment, and other data acquisition devices to a host computer via an 802.11b wireless LAN network. On the serial side, the unit features a nine-pin male DB-9 connector, 9-30 VDC input, and supports data transfer speeds up to 115Kbit per second.

The LS100W supports both Infrastructure and Ad-hoc (peer-to-peer wireless networking) operation modes. When working in infrastructure mode, the LS100W transmits serial device data to the host PC via an access point. Ad-hoc mode provides a full-duplex serial exchange between serial devices through the LS100W and without using any access point.

The LS100W uses standard 64/128-bit WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) protocol to protect data being transmitted over a wireless LAN network.

The LS100W supports COM/TTY drivers for Windows and Linux systems, ensuring that existing PC software will still work when used with the new Wireless LAN infrastructure. TCP Server and TCP Client modes are also supported, so that IP-based software can access the serial device directly by knowing the IP address and TCP port number.

The unit comes with LED indicators for Power, Status and act of Wi-Fi link, and Serial Rx/Tx signals. In addition, the device server supports both wall and DIN Rail style mount kits for flexible installation.

Application Areas
The LS100W is suitable for connecting devices used in M2M automation applications such as industrial, building and point-of-sale where running Ethernet cables is not practical or possible.

Benefits
Integrating the LS100W into a control or automation system benefits in reducing cabling costs and increased mobility. Further, the serial data is routed using IP addressing which means the data can be forwarded using a wireless or wired or LAN.

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About SENA Technologies
SENA Technologies is a leading manufacturer of console servers, terminal servers, serial device servers, embedded device servers, and wireless device servers, for device networking solution in the areas of IT/Telecommunication, Industrial Automation, Building Automation, Retail/POS, and Medical Automation. SENA markets its products through a global network of distributors and resellers, systems integrators and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

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