B&B Electronics has expanded its family of wireless Spectre routers to include the new Spectre LTE Cellular Router. Taking advantage of the fast data transfer speeds (up to 100 Mbit/s for download, 50 Mbit/s for upload) of the LTE cellular network, the router is specifically built for industrial remote M2M monitoring applications that demand speed, low latency, security and the ability to handle large data loads.
Designed for plug-and-play simplicity with extensive remote management, deployment and customization options, the robust Spectre LTE wirelessly connects Ethernet equipment and other devices to the Internet or Intranet via cellular telephone networks. It is now certified and ready for use on the AT&T and Verizon 4G/LTE US networks.
The Spectre LTE is a single-box solution that can serve as an Ethernet and/or serial backbone. A modular design allows for multiple configuration options. The router’s standard configuration includes a 10/100 Ethernet port, USB host port, binary input/output (I/O) port and dual SIM card holders for network redundancy. It also has two auxiliary ports for connecting to other types of networks, including additional Ethernet switch ports, serial RS-232/422/485 interfaces and additional Digital/Analog I/O. An additional option is integrated 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi technology, enabling Wi-Fi Access Point (AP) or “Hotspot” functionality.
As a customization option, the router can be programmed to aggregate data from monitored assets that use various standardized protocols, such as Modbus TCP and Modbus Serial RTU to name a few, organize and process that data specifically for a customer’s unique application, and then transmit the data that is relevant up to a cloud-based data analytics platform. This allows the analytics company to analyze meaningful data, providing actionable intelligence to help the customer cut costs or increase revenue. B&B is collaborating with multiple cloud platform and analytics companies for customers who desire this level of intelligence.