8/4/2004 - Lantronix®, Inc. (Nasdaq: LTRX) continues to lead the way in device networking, with the introduction of WiBoxTM external device server, bringing 802.11 wireless network capabilities to virtually any device with serial connectivity. Legacy devices can now enter the wireless age in a matter of minutes by simply plugging into the WiBox, allowing connectivity of deployed equipment to the network and Internet without wires. Cost-effective and scalable, WiBox increases the lifespan of previously non-networked devices, integrating them into newer networked systems and maximizing their return-on-investment.
The second in a family of wireless device networking solutions from Lantronix, WiBox joins WiPortTM wireless embedded device server, the industry’s first product to offer both IEEE 802.11 wireless and wired Ethernet connectivity in a compact integrated module. Both of these devices are compatible with virtually all wireless access points sold through computer resellers, in addition to “hot spots” found commercially in coffee shops, libraries and airports around the world. With both an embedded and external solution, hundreds of wireless manufacturers now have tremendous flexibility in designing and deploying their wireless access points.
“We continue to see increased demand for wireless solutions, and we’re committed to meeting our customers’ needs for technology that solves real world problems,” said Chris Humphrey, vice president of marketing for Lantronix. “Adding an external solution to our family of wireless offerings delivers a huge cost savings to a variety of commercial applications; when legacy equipment is working just fine, companies don’t need to spend thousands or even millions of dollars to replace it, instead they can simply network them using our external device servers. With WiBox, additional flexibility and mobility is enabled through its wireless capabilities.”
Now using 802.11 wireless data transmission, IT administrators and field service managers can remotely monitor, diagnose, upgrade and control their electronic devices over a network from any location by simply using the Internet. A formerly isolated device such as a bedside analyzer found in a hospital or a factory automation machine at a manufacturing plant, can be turned into a fully functioning component of a network. By adding the value of a wireless interface, the expense of cabling and the high cost and technology disadvantages of modem setups are also eliminated.
Wireless connectivity can be applied to just about any device. It is a particularly strong solution for applications in medical, retail point-of-sale (POS) and logistics where device mobility is important and in some areas of building and industrial automation where wired solutions are not a viable option. “Lantronix is not only enabling a new level of device networking, but is also opening a whole new set of wireless services and technology opportunities,” said John Williams, managing director of The FocalPoint Group, LLC. “In fact, Lantronix’ WiBox device server can become a critical enabler for new forms of distributed computing.”
To enable access to a local network or the Internet, the WiBox integrates a fully developed TCP/IP network stack and OS that includes a built in web server for configuration or to display operating and troubleshooting information. With the highest serial port speeds in the industry (920kb), WiBox features 802.11b to serial communications (without needing a PCMCIA card) two DB9 serial ports, serial RS-232/422/485 flexibility, WEP security, and robust data handling capabilities.
Using a method called tunneling, the WiBox encapsulates serial data into packets and transports it over 802.11b wireless networks. Virtual serial connections can be extended across a company’s facilities or around the world.
Leveraging wireless mobility and bandwidth to eliminate dedicated modems and phone lines (in building management for example), WiBox can also replace dial-up modems by accepting modem AT commands on the serial port, then establishing a network connection to the end device.
“We spent a lot of time designing WiBox with human factors in mind to ensure it is the easiest and quickest to install,” said Mark Prowten, product line manager for Lantronix. “Our customers appreciate the thinking we put into our products such as dual ports, rugged design, customizable web interface and the smallest form factors in the industry.”
Pricing and Availability
Lantronix’ WiBox External Device Server is available now through Lantronix authorized resellers. (For more detailed technical information, pricing or to find an authorized solution provider, please visit the company’s web site at www.lantronix.com or contact the company at 800-526-8764.
About Lantronix, Inc.
Lantronix, Inc. (NASDAQ: LTRX) provides technology solutions that deliver Net IntelligenceTM, helping businesses remotely manage network infrastructure equipment and rapidly network-enable their physical electronic devices. Lantronix connectivity solutions securely link a company's electronic assets through the network, allow access to business-critical data within each device and convert that data into actionable information. With this new intelligence, companies can achieve greater efficiencies, reduce resource consumption and proactively transform the way they do business. The leader in device networking and secure remote management solutions, Lantronix was founded in 1989 and has its worldwide headquarters in Irvine , California . For more information about the company, visit www.lantronix.com.
Lantronix is a registered trademark of Lantronix, Inc. WiBox and WiPort are trademarks of Lantronix Inc.
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