Tiny M2M Wi-Fi module enables mobile access to machines

Tiny M2M Wi-Fi module enables mobile access to machines

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Lantronix has launched a compact, embedded Wi-Fi device server designed for easy and fast machine-to-Wi-Fi connectivity.
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Simultaneous access point and client functionality is a key differentiator for the xPico Wi-Fi module as it allows the creation of its own secure Wi-Fi network for direct access as well as maintaining a Wi-Fi client connection to the existing Wi-Fi network. This allows machines to be directly accessed via smartphone or tablet.
"xPico Wi-Fi addresses a critical need in the M2M market, and further entrenches Lantronix as a leading connectivity and solutions provider," said Ron Frederickson, vice president of product development for Ticker Communications, a provider of broadcasting digital content for LED signs and other digital media. "Our development strategy requires smaller footprints, seamless integration, and easy deployment — along with the ability to support applications with more and more robust feature sets including Soft AP, Wi-Fi capabilities, and zero-host load, to name a few. xPico Wi-Fi fits the bill, and we look forward to leveraging it in our future designs."
"We have already found the new xPico Wi-Fi to be an easy-to-use, yet incredibly powerful chip alternative for our designs," said Claudio Foscan, head of development for technology and engineering consulting firm ECOnovis Engineering AG. "Not only does the product significantly speed the time to market for our new designs, but the ability to access and manage device data from iPhones and iPads, as well as Android devices, puts us on the cutting edge."
The Lantronix Zero-Host Load architecture means there is no need to manage or load drivers on the system or write a single line of code. The xPico Wi-Fi has been optimized to bring easy and secure wireless functionality to a wide range of machine to machine applications from small battery powered devices to large industrial installations.
"We have been an xPico Wi-Fi beta customer for the past few months, and have found it to be much more than just a module — it provides a full-featured production quality software platform," said Michael Springmann, head of development for A2000 Industrie-Elektronik, GmbH. "From the robust device management capabilities to its unified configuration interface to the network services offload engine, the xPico Wi-Fi will be a welcomed addition to our development team and product offering.
"We believe the xPico Wi-Fi offers the ideal combination of small size, power efficiency and functionality to the M2M marketplace," said Kurt Busch, President and CEO of Lantronix. "With the secure access point functionality, instead of looking up cryptic codes, a technician or operator can now use a tablet as the primary interface to a machine, bringing increased productivity along with a rich user experience."
The xPico Wi-Fi device has a footprint of 24mm x 16.5mm, and is pin and form factor compatible with other members of the Lantronix xPico product family and supports the simultaneous Soft-AP and Client mode to allow easy points of access while maintaining a secure network.
xPico Wi-Fi end-user volume pricing begins at $27.80 for 5,000 unit quantities, and is available for purchase globally through Lantronix.com, as well as through the company’s distribution channels and partners on a worldwide basis. www.lantronix.com

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