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Wi-Fi for Automated Vehicles

In this episode François talks about a recent project he worked on. He was asked to assess a couple of Wi-Fi environments for the use of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) in manufacturing environments.


  • Wi-Fi assessment for use of automated vehicles in manufacturing environments
  • Make sure that the AGV will have a stable and reliable connection to the Wi-Fi while operating along their path


  • Automated vehicles might use specific hardware to connect to the Wi-Fi network
  • This hardware might be located very close to the ground
  • Automated vehicles have defined path programmed
  • Wi-Fi configurations gotchas
    • Wireless bridge
    • Lost of connection when the bridge connects to the Wi-Fi network
    • Review DHCP and bridge settings if multiples devices are connected behind the bridge
    • If static IPs are used, the passive client feature enabled on Cisco WLC
  • What is the AGV carrying and how it is going to affect the signal

Hardware used for the project:

  • HPE Aruba 501 Wireless Client Bridge:
  • MP Antenna: 

Wireless Network Engineer and Owner at SemFio Networks. CWNE #180. Living in London ON Canada, born and raised in Dijon, France.

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  • Great episode Francois. I was curious what EAP method was being used with the 501 client bridge? Was it EAP-TLS with certificates? Also wanted to know how the AGV interfaced with the 501 – was it using the RS232 serial interface or was it via Ethernet? I support AGVs for a large US Federal entity and had lots of challenges with keeping the TCP Serial Server connection from crashing during roaming with the 501. The customer ended up using a client bridge from Modas, which worked well. Also was wondering what brand of AGV they were using. Thank you!

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