802.11ac WiFi module supports simultaneous AP & SoftAP

11th May 2016
Nat Bowers

Acal BFi has launched an enterprise Grade WiFi module for Ethernet devices, the Lantronix PremierWave 2050. Delivering reliable WiFi connectivity at 2.4 or 5GHz, robust security and networking, the Lantronix PremierWave 2050 is specifically designed for sensitive, mission critical, industrial applications.

According to Acal BFi, the Lantronix PremierWave 2050 is the first embedded dual band 2.4 and 5GHz enterprise WiFi module that supports simultaneous AP (Access Point) and SoftAP (Client Access) functionality.

The production ready networking solution has extensive built in features and a wide operating temperature range from -40 to +85°C, making it suited for use in industrial and rugged environments. The PremierWave 2050 enables customers to easily integrate enterprise WiFi connectivity for Ethernet enabled devices whilst reducing development and deployment risks.

Ton Middelman, Technical Business Development Manager, Acal BFi, commented: “The PremierWave 2050 is particularly unique from other embedded IoT modules in that it not only allows for simultaneous AP and Client mode when connected to an Access Point; but Client connections can also be made to the SoftAP making the setup and configuration of the device a lot easier. This direct WiFi service interface will allow operational technology and/or technical support crews to service a particular device without interrupting the device or requiring full access to the network. By adding this embedded IoT module to Acal BFi’s wireless solutions portfolio, we can help our customers keep up with the pace of innovation in WiFi connectivity technologies and future proof their module footprint.”

“For industrial and commercial OEMs involved in building connected machines, incorporating secure wireless connectivity can become an expensive and resource-draining obstacle to IoT-enablement. With the PremierWave 2050 solution, our objective is to help OEMs eliminate the complexity of wireless IoT enablement by delivering an elegant and robust solution that allows them to speed up their ‘time-to-confidence’ and reduce development and solution deployment risks. Featuring certified 5G WiFi connectivity, an advanced wireless software stack, integrated enterprise-level security and an industrial-rated compact design, the PremierWave 2050 is the perfect solution for mission critical applications,” added Vishal Kakkad, Director of Product Marketing, Lantronix.

PremierWave 2050 series of modules will be available for sampling from the Acal BFi website in June 2016. Evaluation kits can be ordered now.

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