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Wireless gateway boasts multiple connectivity

Posted: 06 Jan 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:access point gateway? M2M? Bluetooth? Ethernet?

Laird Technologies Inc. has unleashed a gateway geared for M2M wireless communications and for connecting Bluetooth-enabled devices in a personal area network to IP network via Ethernet or WLAN. The APG BT W400 wireless access point gateway is designed to act as a network node and can bridge common types of wireless, network and serial data protocols for remote data acquisition and control, added the company.

Based on Laird Technologies' Bluetooth platform, the APG offers four class 1 Bluetooth modules, Ethernet and WLAN communication as a standard package. Built on an embedded Linux OS, the device supports application development and customization using Lua scripting language and optional support for Python, and Java (JVM). Laird Technologies said the gateway delivers versatile functionality to add applications, offers flexible configuration via web or console, and provides multiple connectivity options using USB, RS232 and RJ45 ports.


The APG BT W400 integrates Bluetooth, Ethernet and 802.11b/g.

"The APG W400 features a multiradio modular architecture and builds on Laird Technologies' family of Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum radios, including the BISM2, or an optional LT2510, and integrates Bluetooth, Ethernet and 802.11b/g in a compact form factor," stated Sachin Andhare, Laird Technologies product manager. "The gateway is an innovative platform that can bridge two different networks, aggregate data from up to 28 nodes, enable data processing using custom application scripts and log to a remote server, thereby simplifying the deployment of M2M applications."

The APG BT W400 is targeted for the M2M market segment, particularly Bluetooth Point of Sale (POS), scanners, and handheld devices for retail and healthcare applications.

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