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Opto 22's SNAP-PAC-R1-W Programmable Automation Controller

Opto 22's SNAP-PAC-R1-W Programmable Automation Controller

The SNAP PAC rack-mounted Wired+Wireless Programmable Automation Controller (SNAP-PAC-R1-W) is the most powerful and versatile I/O and controller combination available. This controller works like a laptop - plug an Ethernet cable in for traditional networking, or switch on the Wi-Fi radio for wireless networking. No additional I/O hardware is required to use wireless and all functions work the same no matter which networking method is used. Also, all standard industrial protocols currently supported by the SNAP-PAC-R1-W's Ethernet interface are fully supported over wireless as well, including OptoMMP, ModbusA(R)/TCP, EtherNet/IPTM, FTP, SNMP, SMTP, and more. The dual (wired plus wireless) functionality of this controller gives automation professionals more industrial networking options, thereby making it easier for them to design, build, and modify their control systems. It allows them to use controllers and I/O in remote or inaccessible areas, or where network wiring is difficult or impossible to install. They can realize significant cost savings by eliminating typical network wiring and termination. At the same time, users can easily switch from wireless to a wired network if necessary, or use both simultaneously, thereby effectively segmenting the two networks. The SNAP-PAC-R1-W is the first system of its type to provide each of the major 802.11 variants (a, b, g) in one offering. Part of the product's uniqueness is that the wireless capabilities are built into Opto 22's standard product line. This approach contrasts with competing solutions from other vendors that typically offer separate and distinct wired and wireless product lines. This approach increases risk and adds costs in software, training, and stocking of spares. With the SNAP-PAC-R1-W, however, end-users, system integrators, design engineers, machine builders, OEMs, and others make one investment and gain the ability to design using Ethernet wiring, wireless, or both.

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