Multi-protocol wireless router connects ZigBee sensor networks to the Internet

Multi-protocol wireless router connects ZigBee sensor networks  to the Internet
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The Meshlium Xtreme multi-protocol router from Libelium supports five wireless standards, WiFi, ZigBee, GPRS, Bluetooth and GPS, as well as wireline Ethernet. This gives designers a wide choice of methods for connecting wireless sensor networks to the Internet. It also supports the storage of the sensor data in its internal database system as well as with external Internet servers.
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The WiFi Mesh radio and antennas can work at both 2.4GHz (802.11b/g) and 5GHz (802.11a), so it is possible to change the WiFi radio frequency dynamically without any physical changes to the router itself. Meshlium clients can use the WiFi AP radio both to access internally-stored sensor data and as an access point for the Internet.

The Bluetooth module includes a "discover and store" application, which allows Meshlium to scan and store the MAC addresses of users in a database in order to track their routes. For mobile applications, a GPS module enables real time location by providing parameters such as latitude, longitude and speed in real time.

The product is supplied with an aluminium IP67 waterproof enclosure which makes it suitable for any kind of outdoor deployment including those with harsh environments. Special holders enable Meshlium Xtreme to be installed on streetlights and in vehicles, where a car battery adaptor supplies the router with power. When deploying in outdoor scenarios, where there is not an electric power source, a solar panel kit works supplies the necessary power.

The product runs a Linux system based on Debian with the package system available. Developers can easily use this to install any library (python, java, php, etc) and service (e.g. apache, ftp, mail) that they need in order to extend Meshlium Xtreme to meet the needs of their applications.

The router’s modular architecture enables different combinations of the radio modules to be used depending on the end application. Customers may choose from 10 different configurations enabling them to order the product that best matches their radio requirements.

Visit Libelium at www.libelium.com

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