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GainSpan Corporation, a leader in wireless connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), announces that its Wi-Fi solutions now feature concurrent mode, which allows devices using GS2000-based modules to operate in Wi-Fi station and Access Point (AP) modes simultaneously, instead of requiring two radios. This capability enables Wi-Fi IoT products to be easier to provision, use, maintain and upgrade.

GainSpan’s patented concurrent mode is made possible by utilizing the powerful dual core architecture of the GS2000 chip, along with extensive SRAM, and crypto engines for WPA2-PSK personal and enterprise security. In concurrent mode, the GS2000 can operate on different channels while in Station and AP mode, and support up to 64 client connections in AP mode.

Concurrent mode is especially useful when provisioning an IoT device. With other Wi-Fi solutions, when the device switches from an AP mode while connected to a smartphone for provisioning to a station mode to connect to the Wi-Fi router or the cloud, the user does not get feedback on the success of the connection. To resolve this, some providers add a Bluetooth Smart/Low Energy (BLE) radio along with Wi-Fi, so that BLE connects to the smartphone while the Wi-Fi connection is used to connect the device to the AP. With GainSpan’s concurrent mode, Bluetooth Smart is not required for this, as the connections to the AP and the smartphone are maintained concurrently, providing feedback to the user.

Also ideal for service technicians, concurrent mode allows them to perform diagnostics or upgrade firmware on a device from a local smartphone or PC (AP mode) without interrupting the normal device connection to the AP or cloud (Station mode).

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