Belden introduces new WLAN firmware that extends the useful life of industrial wireless devices

Hirschmann HiLCOS 8.8 is first industrial wireless firmware to support IPv6



Belden Inc., a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, has introduced Hirschmann HiLCOS 8.8, the latest version of its WLAN firmware to manage its highly successful range of OpenBAT industrial wireless devices. This version is an industry first as it supports IPv6, which is intended to replace IPv4. A key benefit is that the useful life of installed wireless devices can now be extended, as they will still be able to communicate via public WLAN networks for which IPv4 addresses are now no longer being allocated. Product Manager Pascal Unterdorfer explains: “The new HiLCOS 8.8 firmware opens up new possibilities for using WLAN in automation, for example, in power supply applications. These use public networks to control power distribution, making IPv6 routing an absolute must.”

HiLCOS 8.8 is now available as a free download. The new firmware also offers extensive management, redundancy and security functions. When used in combination with the robust hardware of the OpenBAT access points, HiLCOS 8.8 enables 450 Mbit/s WLAN connections for maximum stability and reliability. This firmware can also be installed in most of the devices in the BAT54 and BAT300 series and in BAT controllers.


Belden Adds Hirschmann HilCOS 8.80 to its Product Portfolio.
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To ensure uninterrupted service, the new firmware features a band steering function, which transfers clients’ radio communications to the 5 GHz frequency band if the 2.4 GHz band is overloaded. In this band, it is also possible to carry out frequency analyses to determine whether any Bluetooth devices, wireless HART sensors or microwave ovens are using it.

Technical data

IPv6 routers can be used to set up both WAN connections and hardware-encrypted VPN tunnels. The management functions available via LANconfig, LANmonitor and WLANmonitor include SNMPv2, Telnet, HTTP(S), SSL, serial COM port, (T)FTP and LLDP. Dual roaming, rapid spanning tree and port grouping ensure high network availability. In addition to WPA and WPA2, the data security features include all encryption methods compliant with IEEE 802.11i. Clients can be authenticated via IEEE 802.1x and RADIUS servers. Unauthorized access points that attempt to penetrate the network are detected via WLANmonitor using Rogue AP.

Industrial IT

An early innovator in industrial Ethernet, Belden knows Industrial IT and is delivering the next generation of industrial networking solutions. Belden’s industry leading brands—Hirschmann, GarrettCom and Tofino Security—are leading the way in the evolution to Ethernet/IP, wired and wireless connectivity and embedded networks with a purpose-built networking portfolio that provides the highest confidence of reliability, availability and security. Belden’s excellent warranties and dedicated customer to support minimize downtime, protect critical infrastructures and provide peace of mind.

About Belden

Belden Inc., a global leader in high quality, end-to-end signal transmission solutions, delivers a comprehensive product portfolio designed to meet the mission-critical network infrastructure needs of industrial, enterprise and broadcast markets. With innovative solutions targeted at reliable and secure transmission of rapidly growing amounts of data, audio and video needed for today's applications, Belden is at the center of the global transformation to a connected world. Founded in 1902, the company is headquartered in St. Louis and has manufacturing capabilities in North and South America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit us at www.belden.com; follow us on Twitter: @BeldenInc

For more information, contact:

Nancy van Heesewijk
Tel: +31 164 317 018

Berry Medendorp
Tel: +31 77 387 8555

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