Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Digi Adds Small ZigBee-to-IP Gateway for Drop-in Networking Applications

Digi International (NASDAQ:DGII) today introduced the ConnectPort X2, a wireless gateway about the size of a deck of cards that links ZigBee/802.15.4 device networks with IP networks over Wi-Fi or Ethernet connections. The ConnectPort X2 expands Digi's Drop-in Networking solutions, a combination of hardware components and software tools for network-enabling commercial grade devices where wired infrastructure does not exist or does not satisfy customer needs. The single function ConnectPort X2 is available in two configurations -- ZigBee-to-Wi-Fi or ZigBee-to-Ethernet, and provides easy, cost-effective IP connectivity to wireless ZigBee networks where access to an Ethernet or Wi-Fi infrastructure exists.

"As the third in our family of Drop-in Networking gateways, the ConnectPort X2 is ideal for customers requiring basic ZigBee-to-IP functionality," said Larry Kraft, senior vice president of global sales and marketing, Digi International. "We have a complete range of gateways, from basic to multi-function with connectivity options including Ethernet, Wi-Fi, USB, serial and cellular."

The ConnectPort X2 is ideal for connecting endpoints to applications residing on a local Ethernet or Wi-Fi network or where the application can be reached by using existing network infrastructure once the ZigBee/802.15.4 data traffic is converted to IP.

Like all ConnectPort X models, the ConnectPort X2 features a native Python engine for programmability. Python is an object based, open-source programming language for developing customized controlling applications and can be adopted and applied by both embedded developers and Web developers alike. The ConnectPort X2 also includes the Digi Connectware(R) Manager network management platform which provides a one-to-many interface for network configuration and maintenance.

The ConnectPort X2 ZigBee-to-Ethernet model lists for USD199 and the ZigBee-to-Wi-Fi version for USD299. Both models feature an industrial grade metal enclosure. For more information, please visit http://www.digi.com/products/wirelessdropinnetworking/connectportx8.jsp .

About Digi International

Digi International, the leader in device networking for business, develops reliable products and technologies to connect and securely manage local or remote electronic devices over the network or via the web. Digi offers the highest levels of performance, flexibility and quality, and markets its products through a global network of distributors and resellers, systems integrators and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

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