RailBox

Rugged dual 802.11ac WiFi access point, client & repeater for railways
RailBox
Dual radio RailBox

Overview

  • Single or dual radio 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (MIMO 3T3R), up to 1.3 Gbps (radio bit rate), optional LTE mobile broadband router and GPS
  • MESH, WMM QoS, multiple SSID and centralized RADIUS security supported
  • WaveManager centralized management software
  • Supports DFS and TPC
  • Auto-sensing Gigabit 10/100/1000 Base TX auto MDI/MDIX network interface
  • Dual insulated redundant power supply input 24 to 110 VDC (EN50155 nominal) or 12 to 36 VDC or PoE+
  • Shock & vibration proof, rugged aluminum enclosure, IP66 seal rating

Introduction

RailBox is a rugged device designed for railway and light rail applications. It can be mounted in trains, subways, trams or in any equipment that requires robustness and mobility.

RailBox can be implemented by system integrators and rail vehicle manufacturers who are seeking to establish high availability for:

  • uninterrupted train-to-trackside communications (CBTC, CCTV, VoIP, preventive maintenance, PIS...)
  • carriage coupling (to support any train composition change and provide a redundant & reliable onboard network)
  • reliable onboard vehicle network (WiFi onboard, train announcements, infotainment...)

The device relies on the multi-streams MIMO technology that contributes to an expanded coverage, higher data throughput and increased radio link reliability.

Furthermore it combines an optional LTE mobile broadband router plus a GPS for maintenance applications.

 

It fulfills the most severe requirements in terms of operating environment: from -25°C to +70°C (extended :-40°C to +75°C), shock and vibration proof, protection against dust and water projections (IP66).

 

RailBox also exists in cellular router + WiFi version, click here to access RailBox LTE.

Technical characteristics

 

 

Ethernet interface

 

2-port Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000 auto-sensing, water and vibration proof rapid connect 8-point M12 X-coded connectors (CAT-6A) plug & play mode & auto MDI/MDIX cross-over, optional Ethernet bypass that redirects the network traffic in case of device or power supply failure (for daisy chain topologies)

 

 
 

 

Cellular interfaces +
navigation

 

1 LTE radio category 4, 3GPP E-UTRA release 10, MIMO DL with Rx diversity
Dual SIM
LTE, UMTS/HSPA+, GSM/GPRS/EDGE (worldwide)
Multi-constellation GNSS (GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, Beidou). Requires an active antenna.

 

 
 

 

Cellular radio data rate

 

 

150 Mbps ↓ & 50 Mbps ↑

 
 

 

Cellular operating
frequencies

 

 

FDD LTE: B1/B3/B5/B7/B8/B20
TDD LTE: B38/B40/B41
WCDMA: B1/B5/B8
GSM: 900/1800

 

 
 

 

WiFi interface

 

1 or 2 radios IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n or IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, MIMO 3T3R, 2.4 / 5 GHz, ANI (Adaptive Noise Immunity)

 

 
 

 

WiFi radio data rate

 

802.11a: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48 and 54 Mbps
802.11b/g: 1, 2, 5.5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48 and 54 Mbps
802.11n: MCS0-7, 3 streams (6.5 to 450 Mbps)
802.11ac: MCS0-9, 3 streams (6.5 Mbps to 1.3 Gbps)

 

 
 

 

Operating frequencies

 

ISM : 2.4-2.483 GHz (up to 14 channels)
UNII : 5.15-5.25 GHz (up 4 channels)
UNII-2 : 5.25-5.35 GHz (up to 4 channels)
UNII-2 ext : 5.470-5.725 GHz (up to 11 channels)
UNII-3 : 5.725-5.825 GHz (up to 4 channels)

Supports DFS and TPC

 

 
 

 

Output power

 

Up to 24 dBm (aggregate), depending on radio card model

 

 
 

 

Radio connectors

 

3 or 6 QMA connectors (no antenna provided)

 

 
 

 

Security

 

Firewall, DoS, https, MAC filtering, WPA/WPA2-Personal & Enterprise (IEEE 802.1X/RADIUS), WEP, tunnels L2 (GRE), VPN (OpenVPN), SNMP V3

 

 
 

 

WiFi Modes

 

AP, client, MESH (IEEE 802.11s), infrastructure, AD-HOC, fast roaming (less than 30 ms), WMM QoS

 

 
 

 

Ethernet networking

 

 

Frames filtering, bridging, repeater, STP/RSTP, VLAN, DHCP (server & client), DNS relay

 
 

 

Ethernet routing

 

 

Multicast (PIM), IP redundancy (VRRP), static routes, NAT router, router, carriage coupling system (SRCC)

 
 

 

Administration

 

http, https, SNMP agent (V1, V2C, V3), WaveManager administration software, save / restore configuration key (C-Key)

 

 
 

 

LEDs Signaling

 

Radio : quality, activity and status | Ethernet : link 10/100/1000, activity | Power : on-off

 

 
 

 

Alarms & Inputs

 

A 3-pin Waterproof M8 connector with :
- one solid state relay output warning (with configurable action), 1 Form A, 60VDC 80mA max
- one input for external device control 24VDC max

 

 
 

 

Power supply

 

Dual insulated redundant input (1500V insulation, M12 connectors 4-pole A-coded) 24 to 110 VDC (EN50155 nominal) or 12 to 36 VDC depending on the model, with ground lug.

PoE + (IEEE 802.3at Type 2 Class 4) model with ground lug also available.

 

 
 

 

Consumption

 

16W typical power consumption (dual radio), 20W max

 

 
 

 

Dimensions & weight

 

Product : compact shockproof rugged aluminum enclosure, (L: 80 x l: 175 x h: 57 mm), 900g
Removable fixing plate : 4-point fixing plate with ground lug (L: 80 x l: 225 x h: 4 mm), 200g

 

 
 

 

Standards

 

Radio : • WiFi : EN 300 328 (2.4 GHz), EN 301 893 (5 GHz, DFS) • LTE : EN 301 908 [-1, -2, -13], EN 301 511, EN 303 413
EMC : • WiFi : EN 301 489 [-1], [-17] • LTE : EN 301 489 [-19], [-52] • Railway : EN 50155, EN 50121-3.2
Safety : EN45545-2 (HL3), NF F16-101 (M1F1) (Fire and Smoke), EN 62368-1:2014+A11, EN62311
Environmental : EN61373 (shocks and vibration), EN60068 (climatic)

 

 
 

 

Environment

 

IP66 seal rating
Operating : -25°C to +70°C (HR 0-99%) or extended -40°C to +75°C (+85°C for 10 mn, EN 50155 class TX), storage: -40°C to +80°C
GORE ® protective vent (dehumidifying membrane)

 

 

References to  order

 

 

RailBox/RRXB

 

Single or dual WiFi Access Point, Ethernet Bridge, Repeater, MESH point (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac) or LTE mobile broadband router for railway and mobile applications, shipped with a fixing plate (already mounted). Cables must be purchased separately.

 

 
 

Accessories :

 
 

 

WL-M12U/8X-ETH-2M

WL-M12U/8X-ETH-5M

WL-M12U/8X-ETH-10M

 

WLg-M12U-PWR-2M

WLg-M12U-PWR-5M

WLg-M12U-PWR-10M

 

 

SPEEDCON Ethernet cable, 8pts X-coded M12 to RJ45, 10 Gbps, 2 meters 

SPEEDCON Ethernet cable, 8pts X-coded M12 to RJ45, 10 Gbps, 5 meters

SPEEDCON Ethernet cable, 8pts X-coded M12 to RJ45, 10 Gbps, 10 meters

 

Ultra-Lock waterproof 4-point M12 power supply cable, 2 meters

Ultra-Lock waterproof 4-point M12 power supply cable, 5 meters

Ultra-Lock waterproof 4-point M12 power supply cable, 10 meters

 

NB: PoE version of RailBox can't be powered by an external power supply cable