Belden adds HiLCOS 8.80 to its Hirschmann™ product portfolio

First industry-standard WLAN firmware for IPv6 routing

The new Hirschmann HiLCOS 8.80 WLAN firmware offers a whole new range of possibilities for using WLANs in automation. This update to our proven firmware will be installed on all access points of the OpenBAT platform as of October 2013. HiLCOS 8.80 includes a full range of Windows-based LANconfig, LANmonitor and WLANmonitor tools – and also supports IPv6 routing for the first time. This latter feature means that these devices will still be able to communicate via public WLAN networks for which IPv4 addresses are now no longer being allocated. IPv6 has become particularly important in power utility applications.IPv6 routing an absolute must in such applications as power supply where power distribution is controlled via such networks.


In combination with the robust hardware of the OpenBAT access points, which feature integrated protection against electrostatic discharges of up to 25 kV and a bandpass filter with patented Clear Space® technology, HiLCOS 8.80 enables stable 450 Mbit/s WLAN connections. This firmware update also includes new features such as band steering, which can be used to transfer clients’ radio communication to the 5 GHz frequency band if the 2.4 GHz band is overloaded. In this band you can also carry out frequency analyses to determine whether any Bluetooth devices, wireless HART sensors or microwave ovens are using it. The new firmware also offers extensive management, redundancy and security functions.

You can use the IPv6 router to set up WAN connections and hardware-encrypted VPN tunnels. Management functions available via LANconfig, LANmonitor and WLANmonitor include SNMPv2, Telnet, HTTP(S), SSL, serial COM port, (T)FTP and LLDP. Dual roaming, rapid spanning tree and port grouping guarantee maximum network availability. For maximum data security, HiLCOS 8.80 offers not only WPA and WPA2 but also all encryption methods compliant with IEEE 802.11i. Clients can be authenticated via both IEEE 802.1x and RADIUS servers. Unauthorized access points that attempt to penetrate the network are detected via WLANmonitor using Rogue AP.

You can download the new WLAN firmware, which can also be installed in most of the BAT54 and BAT300 series devices as well as in in BAT controllers, free of charge.

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Belden Adds Hirschmann HiLCOS 8.80 to its Product Portfolio

Software Overview


Hirschmann™ offers the following software for use with its world class industrial network equipment. Here is an overview.