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Wi-Fi Radio Module Capabilities

Every Wi-Fi solution from Laird combines hardware, software, certifications, and support services to ensure optimal performance in business-critical mobile devices.




Hardware 

Laird's Wi-Fi product hardware is designed for business-critical mobile devices that operate in challenging environments. Hardware innovations enable Wi-Fi modules and cards to provide superior RF range while minimizing power consumption. Key hardware capabilities include:

  • Form Factor: Wi-Fi modules and cards are available in a variety of standard and customized form factors for use in vehicle-mounted terminals to small, light handhelds and wrist-mounted devices.
  • Dual-Band Support: While Wi-Fi G solutions operate only in the 2.4 GHz frequency band, Wi-Fi AG solutions support both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, maximizing flexibility in how mobile devices are deployed and managed.
  • Antenna Diversity: Every Wi-Fi solution supports transmit and receive diversity to maximize performance in high multipath environments.
  • Range: The enhanced transmit and receive capabilities and maximized delay spread of Laird's Wi-Fi radio modules and cards maximize RF range of distance from the infrastructure where a reliable connection can be maintained.
  • Low Power Consumption: Boosting range often comes at the expense of increased power consumption, but Laird Wi-Fi modules and cards maximize battery life to better provide for full-shift operation.
  • Extended Operating Temperature: To allow for operation in extreme environments such as factories, warehouses, freezers, and the outdoors, Wi-Fi modules and cards from Laird provide an extended operating temperature range.



Software

Business-critical mobile devices require specialized software to deliver the security, trouble-free operations, and manageability that customers require. Our Wi-Fi software includes a device driver, an integrated 802.1X security supplicant, and a full-featured management and monitoring utility called the Laird Connection Manager (LCM), formerly the Summit Client Utility (SCU). Key software capabilities include:

  • Operating System Support: Laird's software ensures trouble-free operation on a device that runs any supported version of Windows Embedded CE, Windows Mobile, or Windows XP. Click here for a list of supported operating systems for each Wi-Fi radio.
  • Connectivity and Roaming: Wi-Fi software ensures that a device obtains a secure wireless network connection quickly and maintains that connection reliably, even as the device moves among the areas covered by different access points. The voice-quality roaming supported by Laird's Wi-Fi software is sufficient for even the most latency-sensitive data application. For details, read our white paper on mobility.
  • Security: Every reliable Wi-Fi network connection can be secured with WPA2-Enterprise (IEEE 802.11i) security using one of six popular EAP types and AES-CCMP encryption. Other authentication and encryption methods are supported, too. For more information on Wi-Fi security, read our white paper titled, Wi-Fi Security and PCI DSS.
  • CCX: Because Laird Wi-Fi software supports all required features of Version 4 of the Cisco Compatible Extensions (CCX) specification, every Laird Wi-Fi solution is certified for CCX V4. For details on CCX for mobile devices, read our related white paper on this topic.
  • Administration: LCM enables a user to view and an administrator to configure all radio operation and security settings. LCM also enables a user or administrator to view status and troubleshoot issues. LCM is built on a published application programming interface than can be leveraged by other applications such as Wavelink Avalanche for remote management.
  • Integration: Laird Technologies provides device vendors with a manufacturing utility that allows them to set regulatory parameters such as channel set and maximum transmit power to provide for world-wide compliance across multiple platforms.
  • Upgrades: Laird Technologies regulatory provides software upgrades to enhance the features, capabilities, and usability of our radio modules and cards. Laird Technologies provides these upgrades free of charge to qualified device OEMs.

With LCM, users and administrators have complete control over key radio parameters including transmit power and SSID as well as security parameters inclusive of encryption and authentication. LCM supports multiple network profiles to allow for device operation in multiple facilities. For a closer look at LCM, click here.




Certifications

Laird Wi-Fi solutions can be used worldwide because they comply with all applicable regulations as set forth by agencies such as ETSI, the FCC, and TELEC. Laird Technologies provides software for all relevant IEEE and Wi-Fi Alliance standards as well as Cisco innovations. Our wireless solutions are Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ and certified for CCX V4.

Helping our customers achieve these certifications for their Laird-equipped devices is part of our product, our solution and our responsibility. With the existing grants, test reports and approvals for our family of wireless LAN modules, Laird Technologies can minimize the cost, time and complexity of attaining all required certifications. Please review our product-specific certification pages for more information.




Support Services

Laird Technologies provides engineer-to-engineer integration assistance to device manufacturers, as well as consultation and documentation to aid in custom device driver and application development. In addition, Laird Technologies' support extends to our Wi-Fi radio module and card operation in the field. Laird Technologies' system engineering team provides Level 2 technical support to device vendors and are well versed in radio frequency characteristics, wired and wireless network architectures, and security protocols. To contact Laird Wireless Support click here: ews.support@lairdtech.com.

 



45 Series 802.11n Wi-Fi Radio Modules

 
MSD45N    SSD45N 
MSD45N    SSD45N 
Enterprise-Grade SDIO
Dual-Band 802.11
  Enterprise-Grade SiP
Dual-Band 802.11n



40 Series 802.11n Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Radio Modules

 
SDC-MSD40NBT    SDC-SSD40NBT    WB40NBT Wi-Fi Prod Info Page 
Visit the SDC-MSD40NBT Product Info Page    Visit the SDC-SSD40NBT Product Info Page    Visit the SDC-WB40NBT Product Info Page 
Enterprise-Grade Dual-Band 802.11n
and Bluetooth® in a Pluggable Module
  Enterprise-Grade Dual-Band 802.11n
and Bluetooth® in a SiP Module
  Complete Wireless Communication
Subsystem



30 Series 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi Radio Modules

 
SDC-MSD30AG    SDC-SSD30AG 
Visit the SDC-MSD30AG Product Info Page    Visit the SDC-SSD30AG Product Info Page 
Enterprise-Grade Dual-Band
802.11a/b/g in a Pluggable Module
  Enterprise-Grade Dual-Band
802.11a/b/g in a SiP Module



15/25 Series 802.11n Wi-Fi Radio Modules

 
SDC-PE15N    SDC-EC25N 
Visit the SDC-PE15N Product Info Page    Visit the SDC-EC25N Product Info Page 
Dual-Band N PCI Express for Rugged
Windows Devices
  Dual-Band N ExpressCard for Windows
Devices


Laird's Wi-Fi® solutions are proven in business-critical mobile devices that operate in challenging environments such as factories, warehouses, hospitals, and retail stores.

Laird Technologies' hardware maximizes the RF range, supports an extended operating temperature range, and minimizes power consumption. Laird software ensures solid security, reliable connectivity, fast roaming, and easy administration of dozens or hundreds of devices.




40 Series 802.11n Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Radio Modules

Every 40 Series radio module combines a dual-band N (802.11a/b/g/n) radio with a Bluetooth® 2.1 radio in an integrated package. The combination of enhanced hardware and Laird software provides an enterprise-class solution that ensures secure and reliable connectivity for a medical device, a mobile computer, or any other business-critical mobile device.

40 Series hardware maximizes the RF range, supports an extended operating temperature range, and minimizes power consumption. 40 Series software ensures solid security, reliable connectivity, fast roaming, Cisco Compatible Extensions (CCX) support, and easy administration of dozens or hundreds of devices.

To complete each solution, Laird Technologies provides comprehensive support services as well as certification services. To contact Laird Embedded Wireless Support click here: ews.support@lairdtech.com.

For details on a specific 40 Series solution, select it from the products list below.

 

  • MSD40NBT: Enterprise-Grade Dual-Band N and Bluetooth® in a Pluggable Module
  • SSD40NBT: Enterprise-Grade Dual-Band N and Bluetooth® in a SiP Module
  • WB40NBT: Complete Wireless Communication Subsystem



30 Series 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi Radio Modules

Every 30 Series radio module is an enterprise-class dual-band Wi-Fi® (802.11a/b/g) solution that ensures secure and reliable connectivity for a medical device, a mobile computer, or any other business-critical mobile device.

30 Series hardware maximizes the RF range, supports an extended operating temperature range, and minimizes power consumption. 30 Series software ensures solid security, reliable connectivity, fast roaming, Cisco Compatible Extensions (CCX) support, and easy administration of dozens or hundreds of devices.

To complete each solution, Laird Technologies provides comprehensive support services as well as certification services. To contact Laird Embedded Wireless Support click here: ews.support@lairdtech.com.

For details on a specific 30 Series solution, select it from the products list below.

 

  • MSD30AG: Enterprise-Grade Dual-Band Wi-Fi® in a Pluggable Module
  • SSD30AG: Enterprise-Grade Dual-Band Wi-Fi® in a SiP Module



15/25 Series 802.11n Wi-Fi Radio Modules

Every 15 Series radio module or 25 Series card is an enterprise-class dual-band N (802.11a/b/g/n) solution that ensures secure and reliable connectivity for a medical device, a mobile computer, or any other business-critical mobile device.

15/25 Series hardware provides dual-stream (2x2) support for high throughput on enterprise 802.11n networks. 15/25 Series software ensures solid security, reliable connectivity, fast roaming, Cisco Compatible Extensions (CCX) support, and easy administration of dozens or hundreds of devices.

To complete each solution, Laird Technologies provides comprehensive support services as well as certification services. To contact Laird Embedded Wireless Support click here: ews.support@lairdtech.com.

For details on a specific 15 Series or 25 Series solution, select it from the products list below.

 

  • PE15N: Dual-Band N PCI Express for Rugged Windows Devices
  • EC25N: Dual-Band N ExpressCard for Windows Devices



Legacy Solutions

Laird's 10 Series radio modules and 20/22 Series cards are proven in over one million business-critical mobile devices worldwide.

Radio hardware maximizes the RF range, supports an extended operating temperature range, and minimizes power consumption. Radio software ensures solid security, reliable connectivity, fast roaming, Cisco Compatible Extensions (CCX) support, and easy administration of dozens or hundreds of devices.

To complete each solution, Laird Technologies provides comprehensive support services as well as certification services. To contact Laird Embedded Wireless Support click here: ews.support@lairdtech.com.

For details on a specific Legacy Solution, select it from the products list below.

 

  • EC15N: Dual-Band N ExpressCard with Antenna Connectors
  • MCF10G: Pluggable 802.11g Compact Flash Module in an Innovative Form Factor
  • MSD10G: Pluggable 802.11g SDIO Module in an Innovative Form Factor

This page provides access to Laird's Wi-Fi quick start guides and user guides, which are documents designed for administrators and users of Laird's embedded Wi-Fi  radios.

Complete documentation - including usage notes, release notes, and guides for special utilities - is available in the password-protected Wi-Fi Software Download Center. Access to the Wi-Fi Software Download Center is provided only to organizations that purchase directly from Laird. If you are not a direct customer and have questions about Laird's embedded Wi-Fi radios, then please contact the organization from which you purchased them or devices with our radios.

Quick Start Guide

Version 3.03 for Windows CE.NET and Windows Mobile 

Version 3.03 for Windows XP 

User's Guides

*NEW* Laird Connection Manager User's Guide 

 Summit Client Utility (SCU) End User's Guide Version 3.03 

Installation Guide

Installation Guide for Laird Wi-Fi Software and Wi-Fi Radios 

Laird Embedded Wireless Knowledge Center

For an encycopedia-style collection of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and wireless related terms and definitions, click here.

White Papers

For white papers on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other wireless related topics, click here.

Other Resources

Usage Notes for Version 3.03 


Wi-Fi Certifications

Laird's Wi-Fi  Radio Modules are certified for operation under the authority of many regulatory bodies around the world.  The following is a full list of certifications for the complete Wi-Fi product line.

For a more detailed explanation of device certification, refer to Laird's Device Certification Guide which includes device certification FAQs.

Wi-Fi Radio

 

FCC

 

IC

 

ETSI

 

MIC

 

NCC

 

AS/NZ

 
WB40NBT * X X X Pending X X
MSD40NBT * X X X Pending X X
SSD40NBT * X X X Pending - X
MSD30AG *  X X X X - -
SSD30AG  X X X X - -
PE15N * X X X X X -
EC15N  X X X X X -
EC25N  X X X X X -
CF10G * X X X X - -
CF10AG * X X X X - -
PC10G  X X X X - -
PC10AG  X X X X - -
MCF10G * X X X X - -
MCF10AG * X X X - - -
MSD10G  X X X X - -
MSD10AG  X X X - - -
CF20G  X X X X - -
CF22G  X X X X - -
CF22AG  X X X X - -
PC20G  X X X X - -
PC22AG  X X X X - -

Note: * denotes core product. Certifications for dependent products are carried over from core products.



ETSI, FCC, IC, and MIC Compliance

Laird is committed to strict compliance with all applicable regulations:

Click here to view a list of Regulatory Domains by country.




RoHS Compliance

All of Laird's Wi-Fi devices are fully compliant with European Union Directive 2003/95/EC or Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). Click here to view our Declaration of Compliance.




Core Product Table

Laird offers multiple versions of core products which provide for alternative physical interfaces and/or multiple antenna options. The radio performance of the versions is identical to the radio performance of the core product.

Laird uses the core Wi-Fi product certifications to certify multiple versions. The following table describes each core product and the devices that fall under its certification:


Core Product  Description Type  Associated Versions 
CF10AG  802.11a/g Compact Flash Module with Antenna Connectors Certifications for the CF10AG apply to the following devices:
  • CF22AG - 802.11a/g Compact Flash Card with Integrated Antenna
  • PC10AG - 802.11a/g PCMCIA with Antenna Connectors
  • PC22AG - 802.11a/g PCMCIA Card with Integrated Antenna
 
CF10G  802.11g Compact Flash Module with Antenna Connectors Certifications for the CF10G apply to the following devices:
  • CF20G - 802.11g Compact Flash Card with Integrated Antenna
  • CF22G - 802.11g Compact Flash Card with Integrated Antenna
  • PC10G - 802.11g PCMCIA Module with Antenna Connectors
  • PC20G - 802.11g PCMCIA Card with Antenna Connectors
 
MCF10AG  802.11a/g Mini Compact Flash Module with Antenna Connectors Certifications for the MCF10AG apply to the following device:
  • MSD10AG - 802.11a/g Mini SDIO Module with Antenna Connectors
 
MCF10G  802.11g Mini Compact Flash Module with Antenna Connectors Certifications for the MCF10G apply to the following device:
  • MSD10G - 802.11g Mini SDIO Module with Antenna Connectors
 
MSD30AG  802.11a/g Mini SDIO Module with Antenna Connectors Certifications for the MSD30AG apply to the following device:  
PE15N  802.11n PCI Express Mini Card with Antenna Connectors Certifications for the PE15N apply to the following device:
  • EC15N - 802.11n ExpressCard with Antenna Connectors
  • EC25N - 802.11n ExpressCard with Integrated Antennas
 
MSD40NBT  802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth module with dual band antenna capabilities N/A
SSD40NBT  802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth System in Package (SIP) module with dual band antenna capabilities N/A
WB40NBT  802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Device Server module with dual band antenna capabilities N/A


The certification process can be a complicated one. If you have questions that are not addressed here, please contact our wireless certifications group.

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