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Which Unlicensed Frequency is Best for Your Industrial Wireless Network?

By |January 28th, 2019|Best Practices, Wireless Network Design|Comments Off on Which Unlicensed Frequency is Best for Your Industrial Wireless Network?

Selecting the best frequency band for an industrial wireless network is one of the most challenging issues. The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has three primary frequency bands designated for unlicensed operation.  Unlicensed means the operator of the radios does not need to file directly with the FCC to use the radio.  The three frequency [...]

4 Considerations in Designing a Mobile Industrial Wireless Network

By |December 17th, 2018|Best Practices, Wireless Network Design|Comments Off on 4 Considerations in Designing a Mobile Industrial Wireless Network

Mobility is one of the defining features of an industrial wireless network. But designing and testing for mobile applications have their own, unique challenges, requiring a separate set of considerations and even different RF design software. Rather than blindly buying and implementing a wireless network, designing the system and testing the concept beforehand will ensure [...]

Industrial Wireless Networks & Ethernet Over Low Bandwidth

By |November 12th, 2018|Best Practices, Ethernet Radios|Comments Off on Industrial Wireless Networks & Ethernet Over Low Bandwidth

Circumstances always dictate the requirements of your industrial wireless network. The need to communicate Ethernet data over long distances and difficult terrain may require the use of a licensed, lower frequency, high output power radio for your network. These licensed radios have a significantly lower bandwidth but are quite compatible with Ethernet communication – half of the radios we deploy use Ethernet on a licensed VHF/UHF frequency, providing Ethernet connections for difficult applications. [...]

The Tools for Industrial Wireless Success

By |October 8th, 2018|Best Practices, Wireless Network Design|Comments Off on The Tools for Industrial Wireless Success

At ESTeem, we design and manufacture industrial wireless radios that meet application challenges across a broad range of industries. But those aren’t our only roles: We’re also a steadfast promoter of industrial wireless, and we’re here to make your job easier. That’s not quite what you expect from a modem manufacturer, is it? It makes sense, though, when you think about the significant tools we provide to help ensure your success through every stop of the design process. [...]

4 Steps for a Successful Industrial Wireless Network

By |September 10th, 2018|Best Practices|0 Comments

We’ve emphasized over the last few months that successful industrial wireless network design isn’t simply a matter of buying some hardware and then throwing it up someplace that looks like it might work. It’s not rocket science, but good wireless network design requires careful consideration of a number of issues, including the distance that needs to be covered by your network, the interface you’ll be dealing with and the type of environment you’re operating in. [...]

Commercial vs. Industrial Wireless Hardware: The ESTeem Advantage

By |August 6th, 2018|Best Practices|0 Comments

A question often posted is, with the availability of wireless network hardware at every commercial retail outlet, what makes the ESTeem radio unique? ESTeem has over 35 years’ experience building radios to solve the most difficult wireless problems in the harshest of conditions, and we have refined all our wireless solutions to meet these demands.  Most of our customers use our radios in industrial applications with high heat, vibration and difficult environmental conditions that would destroy a commercial wireless device. [...]

Radio Frequencies & Your Industrial Wireless Network

By |June 25th, 2018|Best Practices|1 Comment

The term frequency used in wireless applications describes the primary radio carrier where the data is modulated.  In trying to identify the best frequency for your application, there’s no such thing as a good frequency or a bad frequency. Each frequency simply has advantages and disadvantages. It’s the balancing of those characteristics that allows us to identify the most appropriate frequency for your specific application. [...]

Industrial Wireless Network Antennas Simplified

By |May 7th, 2018|Best Practices|2 Comments

Antenna design and development are their own science. We could do a deep dive into antennas and their role in wireless network design and not come up for air for weeks. But the more useful approach for the wireless user is a basic understanding of the major types of antennas and the terminology used.  Antennas can be grouped into two major categories: [...]

The 3 Questions You Need to Answer to Get the Right Industrial Wireless Network for Your Operation

By |April 2nd, 2018|Best Practices|2 Comments

If you’re looking for an industrial wireless network, you’ve probably already identified the mobility, distance or accessibility challenges your operation faces that demand a wireless solution. You may even feel you’ve identified the right industrial radios for your application, and you may have even found a provider willing to give you exactly what you’ve asked for. … Which is where problems can begin to arise. Demanding a specific radio or network design can be the same thing as telling a doctor to remove your appendix because you have a stomach ache, and the doctor doing exactly what you’ve asked for – regardless of whether it will stop your stomach ache. [...]

Why Would You Want a Wireless Network?

By |March 8th, 2018|Best Practices|2 Comments

All sorts of companies use industrial wireless networks in all sorts of situations. But, regardless of the industry or application, the basic need for wireless communication comes down to one of three simple reasons: Distance Mobility Inaccessibility In all three situations, wireless provides distinct advantages over other options, delivering the cost-effective, reliable communication that today’s operations depend on. We’ll look at each factor separately. [...]