SCALANCE W-780 Access Points and HiPath Wireless

SCALANCE W Access Points offer reliability, ruggedness and security for both non-critical communication such as diagnostic tasks, and process-critical data such as fail-safe transfer by means of PROFINET with PROFIsafe.
The SCALANCE W Access Points are used to construct the wireless network and provide radio clients with access to them, e.g. SCALANCE W Clients, wireless devices or laptops. For larger infrastructures, several access points span the wireless network and also support the seamless changeover of clients between access points. Depending on the product version, they can be used either as indoor or outdoor access points.

With all SCALANCE W Access Points, the configuration data can be saved on an optional C-Plug. In the event of a fault, this configuration plug can simply be inserted in a new device without the need to reconfigure the device.

SCALANCE W-788 Access Points for cabinet-free design

SCALANCE W788-1 Access Points
SCALANCE W788-1 Access Points are available in two versions: SCALANCE W788-1PRO and SCALANCE W788-1RR. In both cases, the access points are of the same construction with an integral radio interface.
In addition to the functionality of the SCALANCE W788-1PRO, the SCALANCE W788-1RR Access Point has a rapid roaming function that enables particularly fast transfer of information. Rapid roaming is an expansion of Industrial Wireless LAN, and offers real-time wireless communication even if stations move from one radio cell to another and updating times of up to 20 ms are required. Additionally in the case of SCALANCE W788-1RR, up to 50 stations can be operated at the same time under real-time conditions in one radio cell.

SCALANCE W788-2 Access Points
A wide range of different applications can be implemented with the second wireless card for WLAN 802.11b/g and 802.11a, which distinguishes the SCALANCE W788-2 Dual Access Points from the SCALANCE W788-1 Access Points. For example, redundant point-to-point links or a wireless backbone can be implemented with one of the radio cards and the other can be used to construct an infrastructure at the location of the Dual Access Point. The SCALANCE W788-2 Access Points are available in the versions PRO and RR.

The Access Points of the SCALANCE W-786 product line are equipped with up to three built-in radio modules (W786-1PRO, W786-2PRO, W786-3PRO) and available with internal and external antennas, RJ45 and fiber-optic connectors (BFOC). This device series also includes a Rapid Roaming variant, the SCALANCE W786-2RR. All devices can be operated as Ethernet Client Modules.

  • Extended temperature range
    The W-786 Access Points are particularly suitable for applications with high climatic requirements (from -40 °C to +70 °C).

  • Extreme ruggedness
    The impact-resistant plastic enclosure provides protection against destruction in particular when used in public areas. The UV and salt spray resistance of the devices permit installation and operation of the Access Points e.g. in ports, offshore equipment or in container logistics

  • For use in hazardous areas

  • Approved for operation in hazardous areas in Zone 2

The Access Points of the SCALANCE W-786 product line are equipped with up to three built-in radio modules (W786-1PRO, W786-2PRO, W786-3PRO) and available with internal and external antennas, RJ45 and fiber-optic connectors (BFOC). This device series also includes a Rapid Roaming variant, the SCALANCE W786-2RR. All devices can be operated as Ethernet Client Modules.

SCALANCE W-786HPW Access Points for implementation in the HiPath Wireless Controller in areas subject to harsh environmental conditions
SCALANCE W786-2HPW can be used as a "thin access point" for operation with the HiPath Wireless Controller, thus opening up the advantages of this architecture to industrial and outdoor areas.

  • Use with HiPath wireless LAN controller for comprehensive solutions in office and production environments. Integration of optiPoint WLAN phones (Voice over WLAN) is possible

  • SCALANCE W786-2HPW can only be used with the HiPath WLAN controller

  • Approved for operation in hazardous areas in Zone 2


SCALANCE W-784 Access Points for installation in a control cabinet or integration in devices (IP30 degree of protection)
The SCALANCE W-784 Access Points are especially suitable for space-saving integration into the control cabinet. They correspond in their functionality to the access points of the SCALANCE W-788 product range and they have a wireless module. The access points are available in two versions:

  • W784-1 (functionally compatible with W788-1PRO)

  • W784-1RR (functionally compatible with W788-1RR)

Access points and Ethernet client modules of the SCALANCE W-784 product range are characterized by IP30 degree of protection and an extended temperature range from -20 °C to +60 °C. In addition, the SCALANCE W-784 products are suitable for wall mounting as well as for for standard rail mounting (35 mm DIN) with the optional MS2 mounting set, and for mounting on the S7-300 mounting rail.