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AvaLAN offering alternative to Wi-Fi connectivity

AvaLAN Wireless Systems Inc., provider of outdoor long range industrial wireless Ethernet products,announced this week its entry into the embedded systems market.

According to a company release, AvaLAN has decided to expand into the embedded systems market by offering a number of radio modules designed for easy and rapid integration into industrial devices needing robust and reliable network connectivity. The company has begun demonstrating its new line of 900 MHz and 2.4GHz radio modules with Ethernet, RS232/485 Serial and Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) connectivity.

Each AvaLAN radio module product has an evaluation kit available so developers can quickly evaluate the functionality and easily design the technology into their products.

AvaLAN says it is offeringa new way to achieve robust and reliable data communication in the 2.4GHz frequency band, the most globally accepted unlicensed portion of the spectrum.

AvaLAN’s unique, secure, robust 2.4GHz solution offers 38 non-overlapping independent operating channels. This gives the AvaLAN products unique flexibility to avoid or penetrate interference. According to the company, AvaLAN products are an ideal replacement for installations where Wi-Fi systems are under-performing or failing completely due to insufficient range, excessive interference or unsatisfactory data reliability.

This new radio transceiver has been designed for point-to-point and point-to-multipoint wireless Ethernet applications, operating in the 2.4 GHz band with a range five times greater than Wi-Fi through walls or line-of-sight.

The ruggedized outdoor radio package meets the IP66 Standard and transmits up to 4 Watts EIRP with a 19 dBi antenna, no FCC license required. The AvaLAN 2.4GHz products have a built-in web browser interface providing easy configuration, status monitoring and an RF spectrum analyzer to diagnose interference issues. Other benefits of the AvaLAN 2.4GHz products include: the ability to be configured as a subscriber unit or as an access point serving up to 16 subscribers, automatic RF channel selection to minimize interference, 1.54 Mbps data rate, range of up to 30 miles depending on antenna and terrain and 128 bit AES encryption, FIPS 197.