Option GlobeSurfer III+ for summer house or boat

You are always on the move or you go for a week end in your summer house or with your boat?

Option GlobeSurfer III+
Option GlobeSurfer III+ for summer house or boat

Bring the GlobeSurfer with you! Just plug in the SIM card of your smartphone into the GlobeSurfer and:

  • You can share your internet connection
  • You will receive all your GSM phone calls on an ordinary phone connected to the GlobeSurfer
  • You can read and send your SMS from a PC
  • You can plug in a simple non-expensive USB printer and have it shared by your family
  • Or you can plug in a USB disk drive and share your video/audio content with your family

Option GlobeSurfer III+ is currently available through our online stores:

Option XYFI Firmware 2.3.0

Option has updated XYFI firmware to version 2.3.0.  Features include:

  • Full support of sending and receiving text messages
  • Now supporting Windows Phone 7.5 Mango (IE9 Mobile)
  • Added support of DMZ
  • Mobile Network Usage (Data/Time)
  • Manually connect to WiFi networks
  • Added ‘Restore’ and ‘About’ in the mobile version
  • Improved WiFi scanning mechanism
  • Updated APN profile database
  • Bug Fixes
  • GUI Enhancements

Option XYFI is currently available via our global and EU online stores:

Option adds connection watchdog and remote device control to GlobeSurfer III+

Two new features were recently added to Option GlobeSurfer III+ in firmware revision R1N84:

  • connection watchdog
  • remote device control by SMS

The firmware update can be downloaded at: http://www.option.com/en/support/software-download/gs3plus/

Connection watchdog

Many of the GlobeSurfer installations are in remote sites where there is rare or no human presence. The device has to be remotely accessible 24/7 without interruption. A watchdog feature to monitor the connection will highly increase the reliability of the network connection and will decrease the frequency of on site human intervention.

The way it works is that if the modem is not receiving data after a pre-defined idling period, the Connection Watchdog will do domain name look ups to the DNS server of the service provider. If this operation fails, the 3G modem will be reset and the firmware will try to re-establish the connection.

Please refer to Reference Manual paragraph 3.6.4 for detail setup of this feature. The revised Reference Manual can be downloaded from the following link: http://www.option.com/en/support/software-download/gs3plus/

Remote device control by SMS

As a complement to the Connection watchdog feature, the remote device control by SMS can further enhance the availability of the device.
In case the GlobeSurfer gets blocked due to unknown reasons, with the existing setup, the only way to remediate the connection is to manually power off and on again. This needs on site human intervention. In case the device can still respond to SMS, this feature can remotely restart the device by sending a SMS with the REBOOT command.

With this feature, the device can also achieve connection on demand through the START and STOP SMS commands. Principal applications are:

  • Security – network is only accessible by authorized people
  • Traffic limitation – traffic is only established during desired period

Please refer to Reference Manual paragraph 3.6.5 for detail setup of this feature. The revised Reference Manual can be downloaded from the following link: http://www.option.com/en/support/software-download/gs3plus/

Option GlobeSurfer III+ is currently available through our online stores:

Option XYFI overview

Option XYFI Overview
Option XYFI Overview

The Option XYFI is the world’s smallest personal 3G WiFi hotspot with 14.4 Mbps download and 5.76 Mbps upload, concealed within the form factor of a USB 3G modem. The unit can be used either as a regular USB modem, or can optionally be used to provide wifi coverage to additional clients when connected to a PC, or can be used as a standalone wifi router without the need for a PC. Also featuring a microSD slot the XYFI can be used as a portable storage device and media server.

At a glance

When combined with its wide range of accessories, the XYFI quickly becomes

  • a WiFi router
  • a Wifi repeater
  • a file server

Ideal for use in a number of scenarios, including:

  • Construction sites
  • Business
  • Travel
  • Vehicular connectivity
  • Collaborative studying, playing, gaming
  • Mobile home
  • Secondary or temporary homes


The WiFi network created by the XYFI can operate in two modes, providing different levels of access to “trusted” users than to “guest” users, allowing trusted users to access the microSD storage whilst only allowing guests to browse the Internet, for example.

WiFi connections can be secured using WPA2 encryption and established using WPS so users do not need to remember SSID or passkey information. A maximum number of client connections can also be specified to ensure adequate Internet connection speeds.

Option XYFI Web User Interface
Option XYFI Web User Interface

SMS text messages can also be composed and managed via the XYFI’s web interface, providing pop-up notification of new messages.

Option XYFI SMS Features
Option XYFI SMS Features

The XYFI can also connect to other wireless networks, rather than mobile networks, to act as a wireless repeater, effectively extending the range of your existing wireless coverage.

Option XYFI WiFi Features
Option XYFI WiFi Features

The Media Server feature of the XYFI allows files to be uploaded to and downloaded from the microSD storage, providing mobile instant sharing and collaborative working possibilities.

Option XYFI Media Sharing
Option XYFI Media Sharing

The XYFI can also be administered from a mobile device, ideal for administrators if the unit is being used standalone without a connection to a PC. The built-in administration web interface re-sizes automatically to display on Smartphone browsers, be it iOS, Android, BlackBerry or Windows Phone.

Option XYFI will be available via our global and EU online stores in the coming weeks: