Companies who have been considering deploying the Sierra Wireless GX400 or GX440 intelligent gateways in their applications but have been holding off for WiFi capability can start the procurement process.
The WiFi X-Card launch has been announced and orders are now being taken for this expansion card (for upgrading existing units) and WiFi-capable versions of the GX400 and GX440.
Sierra announced the release with the following description;
Utilizing the expansion slot standard in all AirLink GX400 and GX440 intelligent gateways, the Wi-Fi Expansion Card (Wi-Fi X-Card) dramatically increases the capability of the device by providing 802.11b/g/n Access Point (hotspot) or Client Mode functionality. This enables applications for mobile office, temporary office locations, mission critical environments and more.
The Wi-Fi X-Card is a standards-based wireless local-area network (WLAN) card, enabling communication with any other WLAN equipped device, including laptops, smartphones, printers, fingerprint readers and much more. The Wi-Fi X-Card can also operate in client mode giving you the ability to connect to your own Access Point and give the flexibility of using your Wi-Fi network instead of the cellular network when available. All Wi-Fi parameter settings (such as security encryption) are available through point-and-click menu-driven web pages.
Key Features: 802.11 b/g/n access point and client support; easily installed; same rugged environmental specifications of the GX devices; security protocols
The card seamlessly integrates with the GX device and user configuration is easily performed through the web-based graphical interface and ALEOS embedded intelligence.
The card itself will be offered for $100 through authorized sellers, while the GX400 will retail for $699 and the GX440 for $899. Sierra Wireless expects to start shipping in late April.