Connect One has released Socket iWiFi, a secure serial-to-WiFi embedded device server that quickly and easily connects devices running machine-to-machine (M2M) applications to 802.11b/g wireless LANs and protects them from network attacks.
The new device uses Connect One’s iChipSec CO711AG Internet Protocol (IP) communication controller chip. Boasting the latest encryption, security and IP protocols this chip acts as a firewall and Wi-Fi controller for the onboard Marvell 88W8385 WiFi (News - Alert) chipset.
Devices using communication modules in the industry-standard SocketModem form factor can use Socket iWiFi to integrate into a wireless LAN network with a minimum amount of programming.
Socket iWiFi unbundles the wireless and security drivers from the application. Since Connect One's iChipSec and high-level AT+i API offload the Wi-Fi drivers, WPA supplicant, security and networking protocols, and communication tasks from the host application, designers do not need major reprogramming of the application in order to use Connect One's serial-to-WiFi device server.
Acting as a firewall-in-a-chip, iChipSec also protects the application from network attacks.
“Socket iWiFi enabled us to quickly design WiFi transmission of video surveillance images into our new building controller,” said Ravi Rao, chief technology officer at Asian Electronics Ltd. (AEL), a maker of energy-efficient lighting solutions based in Mumbai, India in a press release.
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