When used as a Bridge, it makes it possible to turn any 10/100 Ethernet device into a wireless device, or to connect two network segments together to make a single network (without the interconnecting wire or fibre optic).
Additionally the module may also be used in its Wireless Repeater (WDS) mode to extend the range covered by a wireless network. The 9469-ET is designed for Zone 1 hazardous-area mounting inside a suitable IP6x enclosure and has intrinsically safe ATEX and IECEx approvals with FM and CSA approvals pending.
The approvals cover both surface industry and mining applications. The unit may be powered by an intrinsically safe power supply or by Power over IS Ethernet (PoEx) providing intrinsically safe power and Ethernet communications over a single Cat5e cable.