Several companies are introducing easy to connect products for machine-to-machine connectivity. One of the latest entrants is the xDirect™ device server — a compact serial-to-Ethernet device server that quickly and easily connects to virtually any device or machine with a serial interface. With plug-and-play simplicity and a small form factor, xDirect suits a variety of markets from security to industrial automation to medical and more.
“The Lantronix xDirect fills our need for a very compact, easy-to-configure and easy-to-use TCP/IP connection to serial devices,” said Albert Putnam, vice president of technology operations for Cimetrics — a global provider of energy efficiency technology and solutions. “The power options, which include PoE (power over Ethernet) and USB, as well as the wide environmental operating range, LED serial activity indicators, and space-efficient form factor combine to make this device a fit for our environmental monitoring and metering applications.”
With an integrated Ethernet port and serial cable, and multiple power options including PoE, xDirect also features a built-in Web server that lets you access and configure the unit using a standard Web browser on a PC, smart phone or tablet. Measuring less than 240 cm in length, and weighing less than 3 ounces, the device server’s compact and flexible form factor has a built-in web server, allowing access using a standard web browser on a PC, mobile phone, or tablet, from anywhere.
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