In industry, in addition to the need for local wireless connectivity, there is an increasing demand for
remote access to machines and plants. Public mobile networks can be used to access devices that are located
at a considerable distance, for example in other countries. In addition, service technicians can connect to
machines to be serviced via the mobile network while on the go.
With the Scalance MUM856-1, the first industrial 5G router from Siemens is now available. The device
connects local industrial applications with public 5G, 4G (LTE) and 3G (UMTS) mobile networks
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In this context, public 5G networks are becoming an important element of remote access and remote
maintenance solutions. Particularly at the edges of the radio cells, 5G networks provide significantly more
bandwidth with higher reliability than LTE or UMTS, for example, and the average data rate for users within
a radio cell also increases.
The new router can be integrated into public and private 5G networks. The Scalance MUM856-1 thus enables
trend-setting applications such as mobile robots in manufacturing, autonomous vehicles in logistics or
augmented reality applications for service technicians. Thanks to its robust design in an IP65 housing, the
router can also be used outside the control cabinet, for example under harsh conditions in production or in
outdoor installations in the field of water management.
Supports up to 1000 Mbit/s in the downlink
To ensure the powerful connection of Ethernet-based subnetworks and automation devices, the Scalance
MUM856-1 supports Release 15 of the 5G standard. The device offers high bandwidths of up to 1000 Mbps for
the downlink and up to 500 Mbps for the uplink – providing high data rates for data-intensive applications
such as the remote implementation of firmware updates.