In today's podcast we talk to Andy Ross, Director of Wireless Applications for B&B Electronics, who is speaking with us about the new airborne technology.

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About Andy Ross:

Andy Ross is currently the director of wireless applications for B&B Electronics and is an expert in M2M device networking. After serving as general manager of Mosaic Semiconductor, Ross moved to DPAC Technologies as director of technology, where he was responsible for the definition and development of advanced 3D packaging.  Ross has served on the board of the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association, which sets the standards for the packaging and interfaces of semiconductors.  He currently holds five US patents in advanced packaging technologies. Ross graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in the United Kingdom.

B&B Electronics Launches its First 802.11 WiFi Access Point for Industrial M2M Applications

B&B Electronics has launched its first 802.11 b/g WiFi access point to provide M2M equipment with wireless networking capabilities. This industrial-grade wireless access point is the first fruit of B&B’s October 2011 acquisition of Quatech, whose Airborne wireless networking devices feature WiFi connectivity technology to network-enable industrial M2M devices.

B&B Electronics’ new Airborne 802.11 b/g Access Point appears in two forms:

• An embeddable module (APMG-Q551) allows original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to WiFi-enable their own products so they can either serve as self-sufficient M2M wireless communications hubs, or tie into existing wireless networks.

• An external Ethernet access point (APXG-Q5420) provides the same functionality in a ruggedized stand-alone box, and adds serial device server capability as well. 

The Airborne technology allows the access-point-equipped device, whether it’s the external APXG or an OEM’s device fitted with the APMG, to become the center of its own self-sufficient Wi-Fi network.

The external APXG is equipped with a typical Ethernet port, plus two serial ports not typically found on wireless access points. With the ability to connect and route between any of its ports, the APXG can serve as an access point (handling up to eight simultaneous client connections) or as a bridge (tying WiFi devices into Ethernet networks), while simultaneously serving as a serial device server (bridging serial devices into either wired or wireless LANs.)


Posted by Janine E. Mooney, Editor

May 22, 2012