Mini Socket iWiFi Embedded Serial-to-WiFi Module

The Mini Socket iWiFi, from Connect One, is a new embedded serial-to-WiFi module that quickly and easily connects embedded devices running machine-to-machine (M2M) applications to 802.11b/g wireless LANs with minimal programming. Mini Socket iWiFi’s extremely compact size, battery save modes, and advanced roaming features make it an ideal solution for mobile M2M devices. The module operates at an industrial temperature range of -40° to 85° C (-40° to 185° F) and is RoHS-compliant. Mini Socket iWiFi is available now. Pricing starts at $59.

Mini Socket iWiFi Embedded Serial-to-WiFi Module - Connect OneBased on Connect One’s iChipSec CO2128 Internet Protocol (IP) communication controller chip, Mini Socket iWiFi includes a full suite of Internet protocols and applications, enabling immediate and full featured connectivity for embedded solutions. Mini Socket iWiFi includes the latest wireless and SSL encryption algorithms and serves as a firewall, protecting the embedded application from the Internet.

The Mini Socket iWiFi’s compact size (only 31×41 mm, antenna connector integrated onto the module) and advanced features make it an ideal solution for mobile, battery-operated embedded devices. Mini Socket iWiFi supports seamless roaming between access points. With several sleep modes and the ability for the host application to turn off WLAN, power requirements are kept to a minimum. In deep sleep mode, the Mini Socket WiFi’s power consumption is only 30 micro-amperes, allowing battery operated devices to use the module for extremely long periods of time.

Connect One can effectively and quickly WiFi-enable non-PC devices that use any kind of embedded real-time operating system. Designers do not need to significantly reprogram their applications to connect WLAN using the Mini Socket iWiFi. Driven by simple text commands, Connect One’s Mini Socket iWiFi offloads the WiFi drivers, WPA supplicant, Internet security, networking protocols, and all communication tasks from the host application. This frees up host processing time and simplifies the wireless design process. As a coprocessor with remotely updateable firmware, new security or connectivity protocols do not require application redesign, increased memory or faster processor speed to meet future wireless demands.

Mini Socket iWiFi supports 10 simultaneous TCP/UDP sockets; two listening TCP sockets; SMTP, MIME, POP3, FTP, Telnet, and HTTP/HTTPS clients; an embedded Web server with a website for the host application and one for configuring the module; and SerialNet mode for serial-to-IP bridging. Mini Socket iWiFi supports 64/128-bit WEP, WPA1 and WPA2 encryption, AES-128/256, SHA-128/192/256, 3DES; the SSL3/TLS1 protocol for a secure client socket session and a secure FTP session.

More info: Connect One