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PRESS RELEASE: connectBlue™ Launches a New Rugged Bluetooth Ethernet Port Adapter

December 6, 2011

Today, connectBlue launched the new Rugged Bluetooth Ethernet Port Adapter RBE231 which features Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and a communication range of up to 1000 meters. Suitable applications include industrial installations, transportation and data acquisition when there is a need to replace the Ethernet cable with a robust and maintenance-free Bluetooth connection.

The new Rugged Bluetooth Ethernet Port Adapter RBE231 replaces the RBEPA which was launched in 2008 as connectBlue’s first Rugged Bluetooth Ethernet Port Adapter. In addition to the features found in the former device, the RBE231 also offers greater throughput and longer range (1000 meters).

“The robust and water proof Rugged Bluetooth Ethernet Port Adapter RBE231 provides a plug-and-play solution to replace Ethernet cables,” says Rolf Nilsson, CEO of connectBlue. “We have implemented several features in order to make the 1000 meter long wireless link as reliable as is required in tough medical and industrial applications.”    

Robust wireless co-existence is achieved through Adaptive Frequency Hopping (AFH) and the connectBlue Low Emission Mode™ which solves potential interference disturbances between Bluetooth technology and Wireless LAN not handled by AFH. Further, the RBE231 supports Bluetooth roaming and has an IP65 classed housing.

Configuration of the device is simple and intuitive thanks to the SMART configuration mode and the availability of a web browser configuration tool. Like all connectBlue products, the new Rugged Bluetooth Ethernet Port Adapter RBE231 is compatible throughout connectBlue product generations and technologies, providing a seamless upgrade possibility without the need for product redesign, upgrade investments or qualification approvals. Thanks to the compatibility strategy, the RBE231 is a possible Bluetooth alternative to the Rugged Wireless LAN Ethernet Port Adapters RWE231 and RWE241.

The RBE231 is radio type approved for FCC, IC and R&TTE, compliant with EMC, Safety and Medical standards, and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR qualified (3.0 prepared via firmware upgrade). These certificates allow customers to save on development resources and easily integrate wireless communication without having to go through lengthy and costly approval and qualification processes.

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The Rugged Bluetooth Ethernet Port Adapter RBE231 gives the user high data throughput, long range, robust data transfer, roaming, and high system density. Thanks to the SMART configuration mode, the user can simply push a button when configuring and initiate automatic configuration. In addition, there is a web browser configuration tool.

 

About connectBlue
connectBlue™ is a leading provider of robust Industrial and Medical wireless solutions, designed and tested for the most demanding applications and environments. Based on Bluetooth technology, Wireless LAN (WLAN) and IEEE 802.15.4 / ZigBee, connectBlue provides ready-to-use products and modules as well as custom design solutions. connectBlue has its head office in Sweden and local offices in Germany and USA. For more information, please visit www.connectblue.com

The connectBlue word mark and logo are owned by connectBlue AB.

For further information

connectBlue – Americas:
Bill Saltzstein, President connectBlue, Inc.
Phone: + 1 425.442.5854
Email: bill.saltzstein@connectBlue.com  

connectBlue – Asia-Pacific:
Pelle Svensson, APAC Business Development Director
Phone: +46 40 6307103
Email: pelle.svensson@connectblue.com

connectBlue – Europe, Middle East & Africa:
Martin Engdahl, Sales Director
Phone: +46 40 6307123
Email: martin.engdahl@connectblue.com