Thread Border RouterJanuary 5, 2016 – Linx, a Merlin, OR based developer and manufacturer of Internet of Things (IoT) Products and Solutions is pleased to announce its new Thread Border Router and Gateway. Linx will be showing its Thread-based Gateway and Border Router at CES in Las Vegas this January at the Thread booth (#70560) in the Sands Expo.

The Linx Thread Border Router and Gateway is a compact, high performance and cost-effective solution to bridge Thread networks to the cloud. It combines an IEEE 802.15.4 radio running the Thread protocol with an Ethernet interface. It manages all of the communications and protocols, so no software development is required.

Unlike competitive solutions, the system runs embedded firmware on an ARM microcontroller instead of costly microprocessors running bloated Linux-based operating systems. As a Border Router, it allows IPv6 direct addressability from the Internet; as a Gateway it allows traditional firewall traversal to device cloud services.

Next Generation Designs

Latest generation silicon provides best-in-class standard link budget (-110 dBm) and sufficient memory (512k flash) to run Thread and applications stacks effectively and efficiently. In addition, dual crystals provide highly accurate wake-up timing for sleepy end devices, This combination of excellent link budget, increased memory space and accurate wake-up timing make the Raven™ Platform a very attractive wireless solution..

Functionality, Simplicity and Security

Based on its Raven™ platform, the Linx Border Router and Gateway is a flexible system with increased functionality, combining cost savings with ease of use. Key features include:

  • IEEE 802.15.4 radio running the Thread protocol with an Ethernet interface
  • No software development required
  • Simple bridge from Thread network to cloud-based services

The new Thread-Based Border Router and Gateway is an innovative solution for the Thread home automation ecosystem. Based on its new Raven™ Platform, this new product combines simplicity and security to home automation and we are excited to introduce this  in Thread’s booth at CES in 2016. – Kris Lafko, VP of Marketing & Sales at Linx Technologies

About Thread

Thread Modules
Thread is a wireless protocol designed for the Internet of Things to simply and securely connect devices in the home to each other and the cloud. Thread is a mesh network capable of reliably connecting hundreds of products around the home without blasting through battery life. Thread uses standard 802.15.4 radios and adapts the same Internet Protocol (IP) that is used by the Web. Adding features like mesh networking, multiple border routers, direct address-ability from the Internet, no single point of failure and the ability to cope with changing network conditions makes the system extremely robust.

About Linx Technologies

At its core, Linx Technologies is an RF module company. We are world leaders in supplying radio modules to remote control applications and we have extremely competitive modules for data transfer. Our tag line is Wireless Made Simple™, meaning that we specialize in making the complex world of radio frequency easy for engineers of all skill levels to use.  They are designed for small size, high functionality, low power and low cost for volume manufacturing.

We support our module line with one of the broadest lines of antennas in the industry and high-quality, low cost RF connectors. Linx rounds out its product portfolio with GPS/GNSS modules, a variety of remote controls and keyfobs, battery holders, and custom cable assemblies.

With the addition of Smartlinx™, an Internet of Things (IoT) solution, Linx offers solutions from wireless components and electronics to cloud services, data management and user interface solutions. With this customers can remotely connect and control, record, store, analyze, and visualize their information. Linx’s flexible Smartlinx™ IoT platform offers custom web and smart device applications tailored for the customers’ applications.

For more information about wireless products from Linx, visit www.linxtechnologies.com or call +1 800 736 6677 (+1 541 471 6256 outside the United States).