Bluetooth access point enables up to seven connections to 10/100 Base-T Ethernet

November 28, 2012 // By Julien Happich
The RBE221s from connectBlue is a rugged Bluetooth access point which provides a reliable and robust Bluetooth connection between the Ethernet based infrastructure and industrial equipment.

The unit is a complete Bluetooth to Ethernet enabler as it connects up to seven Bluetooth devices to the 10/100 Base-T Ethernet network, offering a maintenance-free connection that operates 24-7 regardless of EMC conditions, dust, humidity, temperature variations, and rapid movement changes. Supporting point-to-multipoint connectivity with seven slaves/clients simultaneously, the aggregate data rate between the Bluetooth clients and the RBE221s is 1 Mbps. Depending on the connected devices, the wireless range can be up to 300 meters. The RBE221s supports the two Personal Area Network (PAN) roles PAN User (PANU) and Network Access Point (NAP). 

It can be configured smoothly either via physical configuration buttons and indication LEDs or a web interface. For those that wish to access more advanced settings and use cases, one can also configure the RBE221s through AT Commands and SNMP protocol. Other sought for features include the connectBlue Low Emission Mode for not disrupting other 2.4GHz radios, Simple Pairing, Quality of Service (QoS), iPad support, and Android device support.

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