B&B Electronics Launches Next Generation 802.11 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Platform for Industrial Wireless M2M

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AirborneM2M Wi-Fi connectivity technology enables secure self-sufficient communications for rugged, mission-critical M2M networks.

B&B Electronics, Inc., a leading developer of network connectivity solutions, today launched its next generation AirborneM2M 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi platform to provide secure, dual-band (2.4 and 5 GHz) Wi-Fi connectivity to rugged and mission-critical M2M networks. With dual-band support and robust, enterprise-class security options, AirborneM2M is designed to enable integrators, VARs and OEMs to reduce the risk of obsolescence as enterprises both upgrade their security policies, and increasingly migrate their Wi-Fi infrastructure to the 5 GHz band. B&B’s AirborneM2M products feature industrial strength packaging and a wide temperature rating (-40 to 85 C) to withstand challenging M2M environments.    

The Wi-Fi connectivity technology is useful for rugged, mission-critical applications that need both Ethernet connectivity and wireless mobility, such as transportation vehicles (forklifts in warehouse shipping/receiving), mobile printers (rental car companies), medical (hospital patient monitoring systems, nurses stations), and more.

The AirborneM2M Wi-Fi technology is available in several forms:

  • A full line of industrial Wi-Fi Access Points (APXN), and Wi-Fi Clients (ABDN), including Ethernet bridges, Ethernet routers and serial servers, can seamlessly connect most any equipment - RS-232, 422, 485, Ethernet 10/100M and even I/O - to the Wi-Fi network. Power options include 5-36VDC and 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE).
  • Embeddable Access Point (APMN) and Client (WLNN) modules, which are plug compatible with B&B’s previous generation modules, allow OEMs to easily and cost effectively integrate Wi-Fi into their own M2M equipment without having to invest in the Wi-Fi engineering and certification effort. Leveraging B&B’s WLNN series modules with I/O flexibility enables rapid time to market with Ethernet, UART-based, or GPIO connectivity over Wi-Fi. B&B also offers a Design and Development Kit that provides a starting point for customers.

The 5 GHz support gives system designers and installers improved flexibility and reliability, as enterprises adopt 5 GHz in order to avoid the crowded 2.4GHz band, which hosts competing wireless transmissions.    

Security protocols, including robust authentication and encryption, are also important to mission-critical wireless M2M applications. AirborneM2M products are designed to handle the processor-intensive advanced encryption techniques defined for enterprise-class security that are not available on entry-level Wi-Fi products. Features include network security (EAP), wireless security (802.11i and WPA2-PSK), access security (authentication and firewalls), communication security (SSH) and device security (encryption).    

B&B Electronics’ Airborne Management Center (AMC) device discovery, control and management application software, included with all AirborneM2M devices, helps customers manage large networks.

The AirborneM2M Wi-Fi Access Points (APXN) and Clients (ABDN) range from $249 to $449 while the embeddable Access Point (APMN) and Client (WLNN) modules start at $89. The Design and Development Kit is $299.

Product information is available for the Wi-Fi Access Points and Clients at http://www.bb-elec.com/Products/Wireless-Cellular/AirborneM2M-802-11-a-b-g-n-Dual-Band-Wireless.aspx, and for the embeddable modules at http://www.bb-elec.com/Products/Wireless-Cellular/AirborneM2M-Embedded-Dual-Band-802-11-a-b-g-n-Wire.aspx.

About B&B Electronics:
Founded in 1981, B&B Electronics Manufacturing Co., Inc. provides mission-critical network connectivity solutions for wireless and wired networks based on Ethernet, serial, wireless and USB communication technologies. The company is known globally for its easy to use, rugged and reliable device networking products, as well as for its knowledgeable technical support, field applications personnel and responsive customer service. B&B Electronics is located at 707 Dayton Road, P.O. Box 1040, Ottawa, IL 61350, 800-346-3119 and at http://www.bb-elec.com on the Internet. EMEA support is provided from the company’s sales and support office in Galway, Ireland.

Editorial Note: The press release page contains downloadable photographs: http://www.bb-elec.com/About-Us/News/Press-Releases.aspx.

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