WaveOS : ACKSYS products operating system


WaveOS is the universal operating system for all ACKSYS wireless communicating products offering a user-friendly web interface to configure the various access networks (WiFi, LTE, Ethernet), network functions (VLAN, routing, VPN, firewall …) and different types of services (DHCP, DNS, SNTP, SNMP …).

Thanks to the many years of experience acquired by ACKSYS in designing products used in industrial applications, WaveOS has been enriched with numerous switching and routing functionalities that allow the creation of simple or complex industrial networks, according to its customers’ needs.

By standardizing its wireless product portfolio with a single operating system, ACKSYS offers simplified installation, operation and maintenance of devices that are isolated or integrated into complete networks. Thus, once a user has familiarized himself with an ACKSYS product, his knowledge can be easily reused with the other products of the ACKSYS wireless range.

WaveOS benefits from regular improvements and incorporates a wide range of features:

  • mobility: different roaming methods for all types of industrial applications (production plant, railway, warehouses, etc.)
  • creation of a wireless local network (train-to-train or car-to-car connections)
  • WiFi Mesh connectivity to increase network resilience
  • WiFi access point: Hotspot 2.0 / Passpoint, band steering, load-balancing

Key features

Sustainable technology

  • Available on current and future devices
  • Layer 2 and Layer 3 functionality
  • Regular updates with new features

Resilient and secure network solution

  • WLAN/WiFi, WWAN/LTE, LAN/Ethernet
  • Layer 2 ring solution for network resilience
  • VPN tunnels
  • Built-in firewall
  • Load balancing
  • Band steering

Ease of use

  • Ergonomic web interface
  • Advanced diagnostic utility (WaveManager)



Solutions for industrial applications

  • Compatible with existing IT infrastructures
  • Secure remote access functionality
  • Advanced support for IEC 61375

Solutions for railway applications

  • SRCC (Smart Redundant Carriage Coupling) and STC (Smart Train Coupling)
    ○ Reliable on-board LAN consisting of at least one WiFi coupler at each end
    ○ Self-forming network : automatic and easy passenger cars and trains association
    ○ Smart pairing system preventing interconnection with other nearby trains
  • CBB (Connect Before Break©) optimal WiFi mobility management technology
    ○ Instantaneous roaming allowing uninterrupted communications
    ○ Paquet error rate (PER) <0,1% (CBTC, SCADA…)
    ○ Ultra high speed for 4K live video stream


WaveOS block diagram


Overview – WiFi interfaces


Overview – network configuration


Technical characteristics

Layer 2

Resilience and high availability

IEEE 802.1ax/802.3ad link aggregation (LACP and static)
IEEE 802.1d Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)
IEEE 802.1w Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP)



IEEE 802.1q (static VLAN et VLAN tagging)
VLAN transparency
Management VLAN
Static frame filtering



IEEE 802.1p Class of Service



IEEE 802.1x, MAC authentication (WiFi only), WPA2 / WPA3, 802.11w



GRE (Generic Routing Encapsulation)


Layer 3

IP routing, cyber security

Static IP routing, dynamic multicast routing, stateful inspection firewall, NAT, 1-1 NAT, port forwarding, IP



DSCP/TOS modification



Open VPN (client and server)







Hotspot 2.0 / Passpoint, band steering, load-balancing, 802.11k/v*



Web interface (HTTP and HTTPS), SNMP v1/v2c/v3 (MIB-2, ACKSYS MIB), C-Key (backup/restore key), event handling system, digital I/O, port monitoring



Syslog (log files and remote syslog server), SNTP (NTP client), DHCP server, DHCP relay, DNS relay



Roaming < 30 ms

Dualband, limitless channels
Highly versatile roaming algorithm able to handle two-way traffic of a train
IEEE802.11r fast transition protocol
WiFi pre-authentication, OKC


Connect Before Break©

Rear lobe management
Compatible with all types of access points
Single or dual radio


* coming soon