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‘First industrial 5G router’ allows users to test the technology

23 February, 2021

The Swedish industrial communications specialist HMS Networks has announced what it claims is the first commercially available industrial 5G wireless router optimised for private industrial networks. The router supports Ericsson Industry Connect 5G networks and allows users to get started with 5G. HMS is also offering a starter kit for testing and evaluating 5G in industrial settings.

The Wireless Router 5G, developed by under the HMS Labs technology initiative, will allow early adopters of 5G to try out the new technology. It is said to be the first commercially available industrial 5G router optimised for private networks that has passed the CE conformance test.

The router has been tested with Ericsson’s Industry Connect 5G system in standalone operation using the n78 band. It supports both 4G and 5G cellular technologies, and could be used for industrial machines and automated guided vehicles.

The starter kit includes the 5G router and two IO-Link sensors capable of sending data across the 5G network. This data can be accessed using the Modbus TCP and MQTT protocols, as well as the JSON format. There is also a Web-based demo that shows the sensor data in the 5G network via a standard browser.

HMS claims that its 5G router is the first to be commercially available and to pass a CE conformance test

“We take pride in always being at the forefront of technology, and this first commercially available industrial 5G router is further proof of that,” says HMS Labs development manager, Dr Jens Jakobsen. “The wireless router 5G and the 5G starter kit with IO-Link sensors will allow users to easily get started with 5G in an industrial environment and make use of a technology that will undoubtedly be very beneficial for the industry.”

Initially, the router is available only for use with Ericsson’s Industry Connect system. Qualification is under way to use it with other infrastructure providers and telecoms operators.

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