- Wireless mesh gateway for high-performance Drop-in Networking
- Multiple configuration options
- Full networking flexibility - ZigBee®/802.15.4, proprietary mesh, cellular, Wi-Fi®
- Python® development environment
- Optional GPS or mass storage up to 2 GB
The ConnectPort X8 mesh gateway provides IP backhaul of mesh network traffic to a central monitoring hub on a LAN/WAN via a secure cellular, Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection. By doing so, devices connected within the mesh network can be monitored and managed remotely, thereby minimizing, or even eliminating, the need to visit each device manually to collect data and verify its operating health.
The new mesh gateway is a key element of Digi's Drop-in Networking family of products – a collection of hardware components that also includes our XBee™ series of adapters, modules and extenders for connecting assorted electronic devices to mesh networks. Together, this family of products provides the ability to network devices or groups of devices where no pre-deployed networking infrastructure exists or where access to an existing network is prohibited.
The ConnectPort X8 provides integrated ZigBee/802.15.4 support and features two onboard PCIe modules that can be configured for cellular (3G, 2.5G and 2G options), Wi-Fi (802.11.b/g), GPS or mass storage (2 Gigabyte, user-defined). Configuration of the PCIe modules is flexible and can be defined as needed for the desired application. In addition, the ConnectPort X8 ships with one Ethernet port, one RS-232 port for connecting serial devices, two USB ports for additional device connectivity (e.g., camera, keyboard, memory stick, PDA) and a 1-Wire port for external I/O expansion. The 1-Wire port accepts both third-party electronic devices as well as Digi's Watchport® sensors for monitoring temperature, humidity, moisture, proximity and acceleration/tilt.
The ConnectPort X8 also features an embedded Python® engine, giving users a powerful software tool to develop custom applications to run on the gateway. The Python environment is noted for its simplicity and can be used to automate many monitoring, notification and device management tasks.