WLAN Radio Modem for 802.11 a/b/g/n networks / Serial / Ethernet / USB
The client adapter HG G-76343/4/5/6 is used for operation in Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN) according to the standard 802.11a/b/g/n. The usage of a 32-Bit ARM processor enhances the throughput performance. In addition to standard encryption according to WEP64/128 and TKIP/AES further security measures according to the 802.1x standard are available (WPA(2), EAP and more).
The radio modem is conform to EN 300 328 V1.8.1.
Starting with Firmware 2.11b a fix is included for the vulnerability issue known under the name KRACK ("Key Reinstallation Attack") in the security standard WPA2.
The radio modem is available in different variants. The differences are the casing and the number of available interfaces. All variants can use the firmware file and can be configured with the MC-Config program attached at the bottom of this page. You can find a detailed variant overview in the data sheet attached below. The variants are:
- HG G-76343 (1x serial / 1x LAN)
- HG G-76344 (1x serial / 2x LAN)
- HG G-76345 (no serial / 4x LAN)
- HG G-76346 (small AGVs / KATE)
Connection of 1 serial device (RS 232) and 1 LAN device to a WLAN
- No modification of hard- or software required
- Transparent, bidirectional transmission with all control lines
- Transmission rate on the serial interface up to 460,8 kBaud
- Optional usage of the serial interface with RS485/RS422 protocols
- LAN Port with 10/100/1000MBit Auto MDIX
Perfectly suited for mobile vehicles like fork lift trucks and AGVs
- Input voltages from 10 to 72 VDC galvanically separated for battery operation or Power over Ethernet (PoE)
- Current consumption
- Temperature range 0 to 60o C
- Relay contact triggered via WLAN for re-activation of vehicles in standby mode
- Robust aluminium casing with different options for fixing (strap, top hat rail)
- Voltage supply and relay contact via screwable M12 plugs
- 2 antenna connectors (Diversity)
- Different antenna plugs, RP-SMA (standard), RP-TNC (optional)
Latest technology and superior usability
- Powerful processor with low current consumption and enough memory resources for fast roaming and short authentication times, start-up time approx.15 s
- Configuration and software updates with a web browser via LAN and WLAN
- MC-Config: Dedicated program for the localization, configuration and status monitoring of several
- HG 76343 in a network
- Encryption according to WEP with 64/128 Bit + TKIP/AES
- Security according to 802.11i WPA(2) and 802.1x with certificate management (EAP-PEAP, -TLS, -TTLS, -LEAP)
- Data rates of up to 300 MBit/s, frequency band 2,4 GHz resp. 5 GHz
- Compatible to former Access Points according to 802.11b / 11MBit
- USB interface for firmware updates and for the logging of system messages on USB memory sticks
- The USB port can also be used to connect extensions that give e.g. additional serial or I/O interfaces
Release Notes for the Firmware Updates (Changelog)
Changelog 2.04b –> 2.12a
- Linux Kernel 4.0.0-rc5+ --> 4.0.0+
- Change in the roaming strategy. With the firmware 2.04b the roaming has been controlled by the bridge application. With the 2.04e roaming is completely left to the WLAN driver of the Linux kernel.
- access point parameters that prevent a connection to the client are now show in red in the accesspoint list.
- DHCP-Server with clear function for reservations
- MWLC Bridge-Mode added
- (Wireless --> Roaming) Lower SNR Threshold Parameter removed.
- (Wireless --> Roaming) in AP Denisty Modus : "Auto detect" Mode the roaming decisions are done by the bridge application and not only by the WLAN driver of the operating system. The focus is now more on a good signal strength of the APs and not so much on the potentially possible transmission speed. It is recommended by us to set the AP Density Mode to "Auto Detect".
- new Linux-Kernel 4.1.5+
- DHCP problem in "Level 2 Pseudo-Bridge" Mode solved
- DHCP-Server revised. Now the processing of the reservations is better.
- new parameter "Stay connected" in "LAN Client Cloning" - Mode added
- Improved processing of certificate files
- NTP RTC Config --> now a start date can defined by a parameter that is set at start up. at “Admin” the HTTPS - Port can be configured.
- No downgrade of the firmware to 2.04x should be done with 2.06d. The device will crash and needs maintenance.
- Some unnecessary parameter in the config were removed.
- SCEP (Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol ) Function added („Wireless --> SCEP“)
- „MWLC Master“ Mode corrected
- Bugfix: The firmware 2.06k in bridge-mode „Single Client NAT“ generates a reboot of the device. The rebooting can only be stopped by doing a default reset of the device
- Changes in the firmware to serve new radio modems.
- Additional function to send the state of the WLAN connection to a node connected to the LAN side of the radio modem. This information is send with UDP datagrams.
- Changes to the definition of NAT rules: In a simple NAT rule now several ports can be defined for forwarding to an IP address
- The MC-Config-Program can now communicate with unicast datagrams via the LAN site of the radio modems. This will fasten the firmware upgrade.
- Changes to the USB-Printerserver: So far, the manufacturer and the product info has been registered when a printer is connected to the radio modem. Without this information, the printer server has not been started. Some printers do not provide this information. The Firmware 2.06q starts the printer server even without this information.
- Small changes to the website.
- Bugfix in the serial interface modul: Falsification of the serial received data could happen, when the interface received special character sequences and the mode “no parity” was active.
- Change in the roaming module: To make a decision for a change to another AP a “Probe response” has to be received from that AP in the last 10 seconds.
- Handshake handling in serial COMSERVER mode revised.
- Error found in the processing of NAT rules.
- Re-worked the Ping function in „Roaming“.
- Resolved error in Timer module. This error could under certain circumstances lead to a re-boot of the radio modem or make it necessary to reset it manually.
- Serial interface: improved treatment of the XON - XOFF protocol
- The state of the LAN-Ports are now transferred to the MC Config-Program.
- The LAN-Status is now shown correctly by the LAN-Port-LEDs
- The optional temperature sensor is integrated into the firmware
- The state of the serial port (Ser1) and the USB-Memory-Stick is now transferred to the MCConfig-Program.
- Now up to 16 DNS-Server-IPs can be registered by the DHCP-Client (WLAN side).
- Now 2 NTP-Server can be configured.
- Now DHCP-Server-Rules can be defined as config parameter, to ensure that the LAN clients gets there right IP addresses.
- A list of BSSIDs can be defined that will be preferred or avoided by the roaming algorithm to select the best access point.
- It is now possible with the MC Config program (v. 18.104.22.168) to send a preliminary configuration to a device. Only when the configuration is confirmed via the MCConfig program within a predetermined time after restart, this configuration is marked as permanent. This can prevent a permanently access via WLAN to the device by an erroneous input of a parameter.
- If the LAN-Client-Cloning Mode is selected and the LAN Client Type is Static or Autodetect DNS Server IP addresses can now be configured. If the LAN-Client has a static IP address the device does not have any DNS information. The device can not resolve given hostnames for NTP or SCEP. With the configured DNS IPs the device can do the name resolutions
- The number of entries for specific tables was designed variable. These tables have Add and Remove button at the end of the table. This simplifies the configuration pages and can make them clearer.
- Bugfix in the serial module. In UDP mode with not defined remote IP the fist datagram should be registered by the radio modem to send the answer back to that IP. There was an error that the information of the first datagram war not registered correctly. The second received datagram solves that problem. With the firmware 2.07i the first datagram will be registered correctly.
- Fixed error in Pingtest mode (Roaming). Due to a faulty evaluation of the sequence numbers after several days of operation this function becomes inoperative (depending on the interval parameters).
- Extension of the wireless dump function:
- It is possible to set what is to happen when the available Flash memory is used up during wireless-dump:
- Stop recording
- Deletion of oldest recording
- It is possible to set what is to happen when the available Flash memory is used up during wireless-dump:
- Change in DHCP client module. With some DHCP servers the request of an IP address did not work correctly. With this change it supposedly works better.
- Revision of the Dump function (wireless + Ethernet) for better storage of the wireless and Ethernet recordings.
- The SNMP function has been significantly expanded. The MIB file of the radio modem can now be downloaded from the website of the radio modem (-> Admin -> SNMP)
- Error in the HTTPS function. If the initial generation of the self-signed certificate was for some reason not fully completed, the HTTPS access to the radio modem website could not be used. The firmware 2.08a will start the generation again when a defective certificate is detected.
- new: Multi-SSID. Several (up to 8) WLAN profiles can now be configured.
- The number of instances for the serial interfaces are now also displayed dynamically in the MC-Config program and on the web page
- The function to limit the transmission bit rates has been revised. With the firmware 2.09d, however, only the bit rates for the mode 802.11 b / g can be set.
- In some WLAN systems it happens that the WLAN controller allocates BSSIDs, which occur twice, whereby a BSSID exists in 2.4GHz and the same BSSID is also used in the 5GHz band. The firmware 2.09d takes this into account and runs both BSSIDs separately in the access point list.
- There is now possible to prioritize traffic through the tunnel in MWLC mode.
- A time zone can now be configured to get the right local time stamp in the debug log files. -> see “realtime clock”
- New Linux kernel version 4.9.13+ integrated
- Improved response of the radio modem to malfunctions during the authentication phase
- Fixed an error while handling multiple active WLAN profiles.
- The processing of the files for the trace recordings (WLAN + LAN) has been improved so that now individual files can be selected for download via the MC Config program. These files can be downloaded from the internal flash and from a plugged USB stick
- Additional informations are now displayed on the home page of the radio modem in the list of APs. As far as the AP supplies this information, the following is displayed in the "Extra Info" column:
- Amount of logged in clients
- Workload (%)
- TPC Specification of AP
- Fixed an error in the NTP client. If the IP of the timer server had to be determined via DNS and the first attempt of this address resolution failed, the attempt was not renewed. Thus, no time was obtained via an NTP server.
- Error in the roaming module when compiling the channels to be scanned..
- Introduction of a new parameter "Hostname" in the DHCP client module. This means that the "Hostname" parameter, which the DHCP client transmits to the DHCP server, can be set independently of the "Device name" parameter.
- Fixed bug in the checking certificate validity function. A date beyond 2038 was considered invalid.
- Wireless Status Information Service extended by some status queries
- Improved scan behavior in the 5 GHz band. Now also "hidden" SSIDs are recognized.
- Improved the transmission of broadcast packets in the pseudo-level 2 bridge mode. These packets are sometimes sent by the WLAN system as unicast (level 2) packets.
- With the 2.10k firmware it came isolated to reboots when roaming, if the signal values (SNR) were only relatively weak. It could be determined that these reboots were triggered by overly intensive debug messages of the Linux kernel. After switching off these messages, this behavior could no longer be observed.
- The SNMP function has now a CommunityName parameter so that a value other than public can be set.
- In bridge mode Level 2 Pseudo-Bridge you can now activate a DHCP Relay Agent.
- Implementation of a monitoring function which ensures that the bridge process is restarted after an unintended termination.
- A "memory leak" caused the free memory to be used up. This was especially the case when the LAN client often opened and disconnected new TCP connections. Depending on the intensity, this could lead to a standstill of the bridge function and require a manual reboot.
- The Serial Port Config has a new option that determines how to handle data that is received when a wireless connection is not yet available.
- Bug found that can terminate the bridge process. This could happened in conditions of a weak signal level with many faulty transmission attempts.
- Linux kernel Version 4.9.46+ integrated
- In the debug log messages, the date is now also given in the time stamp.
- Correction in the SNMP module. Some counters defined as 64-bit values were previously supplied as 32-bit values only.
- Additional option in NAT & Single Client NAT Mode: With the "Forward DNS requests" option active, the DNS queries that arrive via the LAN side on the local LAN IP are routed to the DNS server defined on the WLAN side.
- During repeated failed attempts to authenticate, the WPA Supplikant has blocked the affected SSID for 10 seconds. However, the resulting interruption is very troublesome in some applications. Therefore, an algorithm has been installed, which cancels this lock very soon after activation. The interruption is thus limited to approx. 3 seconds.
- Linux kernel version 4.9.53+ integrated
- Update of the WPA supplicant due to the vulnerability issue known under the name KRACK ("Key Reinstallation Attack") in the security standard WPA2.
- Linux kernel version 4.9.61+ integrated
- Zero pointer error in DHCP client fixed.
- Bug in the log server function fixed.
- Implemented a NTP server on the LAN side. This NTP server is only active in NAT or Single-Client-NAT mode and transmits the data received by the NTP client on the WLAN side.
- Linux kernel version 4.9.105+ integrated.
- Memory error in "Level2 Bridge Mode" fixed. If the LAN client often went offline, memory was reserved that was not freed. This could lead to the MC being unable to communicate after a longer time.
- Additional parameter "AP Scoring" in the “Roaming” section: This parameter can be used to determine whether all information such as transmission power, channel load, bandwidth (20 or 40 Mhz) and signal strength (SNR) is used for the rating of an AP or whether the stronger signal alone is rated.
- Additional "Connection Watchdog" function introduced in the "Roaming" section: This function enables a monitor that registers the incoming WLAN data from the currently connected AP. If any data is not received for the given time, a new scan is performed. The current AP is rated lower in the following "scoring", so that the AP is likely to change.
- New parameter in "LAN Client Cloning Mode": “MAC to Clone" can be used to define a MAC address that is to communicate via WLAN.
- “Logging” --> WLAN Dump Event function deactivated. It turned out that this function has no practical benefit.
- At „Roaming“ --> "Preferred / avoided access points" there is now the option "strictly avoid" with which an access point can be blocked.
- Fixed an error in the relay function in UDP mode.
- Fixed an error in the ranking of the APs in the 2.4GHz band.
- Linux kernel version 4.9.140 integrated
- The interfaces via which the MC-Config program can access the MC can now be restricted:
- LAN + WLAN (default)
- Access blocked
- integrated support for AC radio cards
- The switching status of the relay can now also be queried via the WLAN info from the LAN client.
- If WLAN or LAN recordings are active on an MC (-> Logging), this status is displayed in the MCConfig in the Status column (MCConfig from version 22.214.171.124).
- Experimental power save function implemented. This allows the radio modem to be put into sleep mode for a certain time. In this state, the energy requirement is reduced to approx. 30% of normal consumption.
- Port MAC authentication for LAN clients implemented in NAT mode
- Faster start-up of the radio modem at the same location (first test last WLAN frequency)
- If a default reset is done via the reset button, the MC checks whether a USB stick with the file "Default.cfg" is plugged into the device. If yes, this Config is stored internally and activated.
- LAN cloning: Improved and corrected procedure for handling ARP packets
Open Source Compliance Information
Note to Firmware Versions starting with 2.12
Firmware versions 2.12a and higher may only be installed on radio modems that already have at least firmware version 2.11b installed.
Radio modems with an older firmware version have to be updated as described below. The latest MCConfig program (see downloads below) should be used for the upgrade. For the operation of the MCConfig program as well as descriptions of the program functions named in the list please refer to the the device description that is also available from the download section below.
- Download firmware version 2.11p1 (see Downloads below) and install it (MCConfig: Select the device > Button Upgrade)
- Save the device's configuration into a file (MCConfig: Select the device > Button Config > Save to File)
- Perform a factory default reset (MCConfig: Select the device > Button Default, after the reset the device automatically restarts)
- Download firmware 2.12a or higher (see Downloads below) and install it (MCConfig: Select the device > Button Upgrade)
- Re-upload the device's configuration from the file (MCConfig: Select the device > Button Config > Load from File)
|Data Sheet HG G-76343-76344-76345 Rev. 03 (PDF)||202.64 KB||29.06.2017|
|Device Description HG G-76343-76344-76345-A Rev. 02 (PDF)||5.71 MB||17.01.2019|
|MC Config Configuration Program Version 126.96.36.199 for HG G-76343-76344-76345-76346 (Win EXE in ZIP)||1.82 MB||09.01.2019|
|Firmware version 2.11p1 for HG G-76343-76344-76345-76346 (BIN in ZIP)||14.44 MB||10.01.2019|
|Firmware version 2.12a ATTENTION SEE UPDATE NOTE ABOVE for HG G-76343-76344-76345-76346 (BIN in ZIP)||15.83 MB||10.01.2019|