Roving Networks Announces a Low Power Wi-Fi Module for Wireless Sensor, Remote Control and Machine-to-Machine Applications

Roving Networks, a leading provider of wireless solutions announced the RN-XVee, its new ultra-low power, through hole 802.11 b/g module that is drop in compatible with existing 802.15.4 modules.

The RN-XVee is designed for customers looking to migrate their existing systems to standard Wi-Fi based Internet protocol (IP) without modifying hardware.

The RN-XVee has a TTL UART pin-out that is compatible with common 802.15.4 footprints. The module provides ultra-low power and full speed 802.11 b/g rates. The RN-XVee is perfect for both legacy and existing designs such as sensor networks, utility meters, remote control, and M2M applications.

The RN-XVee is based on standard Wi-Fi, thus eliminating the need for proprietary network stacks and specialized gateway hardware,” explained Mike Conrad, Founder and CEO of Roving Networks. “This simplifies the application network architecture, reducing development time and cost while providing internet access to every node.

Like Roving’s other wireless products, the RN-XVee offers industry leading ultra-low power consumption characteristics (4µA sleep, 40mA RX and 180mA TX at 10dBm). It is built upon Roving’s RN-171 module which includes a complete onboard TCP/IP stack so no external microprocessor or drivers are required. The RN-XVee offers built-in network services including IPv4 addressing with full WEP/WPA/WPA2 security, HTTP, FTP, UDP, TCP, DNS, ICMP, ARP, DHCP, and Wi-Fi protected setup (WPS).

The XVee is competitively priced at $34.95 for a single unit. General release throughout Roving Networks’ extensive worldwide distribution network begins end of June, 2011.

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