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 introduces Beemo, its new quad-band LTE USB modem

Option, a global leader in wireless connectivity, security and experience, establishes its credentials as an LTE provider with the launch of Beemo, its new, ultrafast, quad-band 4G LTE USB modem.

Option Beemo
Option Beemo

Beemo brings best-in-class 4G. It sets itself apart through its stylish design, high quality and great performance. It has proven superior heat dissipation and delivers exceptionally fast quad-band (800/900/1800/2600 MHz) connectivity. Beemo comes with an external antenna connector that enables users to improve the signal in areas with low signal strength.

Beemo has Option’s connection manager uCAN Connect 3.0 on board, which reduces the management costs associated with installing separate third-party connection management firmware and provides simple support for different branded skins, languages and settings.

“With Beemo, Option again shows its commitment to bring mobile solutions with a purpose to market,” said Jan Callewaert CEO at Option. “Its ultrafast LTE makes it easy for mobile users to handle high-quality streaming media and bandwidth intensive applications.”

Hardware specifications

  • External Antenna (MIMO) Connector
  • USB hinge connector
  • Multi-colour status LEDs
  • SIM card interface compliant with 3GPP 31.101 and 31.102 supporting 1.8 V and 3 V UICCs
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (1.1 compatible)
  • 90,5 × 35,4 × 11,7 mm
  • 35 g

4G (LTE)

  • Quad-band (800/900/1800/2600 MHz)
  • Download: 100 Mbps (Category 3)
  • Upload: 50 Mbps (Category 3)
  • 2 × 2 MIMO antenna

3G (DC-HSPA+)

  • Dual-band (900/2100 MHz)
  • Advanced receiver with equalizer
  • HSDPA: 42 Mbps (Category 24)
  • HSUPA: 5.76 Mbps (Category 6)
  • UE Power Class 3

E-GPRS

  • 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • GSM Power Class 4 (2 W) for 850/900 bands
  • GPRS/E-GPRS Multislot Class 12

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

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

Features

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:

Option introduces XYFI, the world’s smallest 3G & WIFI personal hotspot

Option XYFI

Option, a global leader in wireless connectivity, security and experience, today launches XYFI – the world’s smallest hotspot with integrated 3G, WiFi and hotspot connectivity.

Option’s XYFI, the world’s smallest 3G WiFi hotspot with 14.4 Mbps download and 5.76 Mbps upload, enables up to eight simultaneous connections, so users can connect their WiFi devices and invite others to share their broadband connection easily and securely. In addition to connecting to cellular networks to share WiFi, XYFI also connects to WiFi presenting the user as a hub to connectivity and providing carriers with significant WiFi offload benefits.

XYFI is powered via USB connection, meaning users can take advantage of a wide variety of USB-enabled power sources; in fact the XYFI will offer a set of elegant power accessories, including a wall and car plug, and a unique extended battery pack for the longest autonomy of any battery-powered personal hotspot router.

Jerome Nadel, Chief Experience Officer at Option, commented: “XYFI’s easy ‘out-of-box’ set-up brings instant connectivity to everyone, without the need to install any software or drivers. It can be powered in many different ways, making it ideal for use on the move anywhere that a user has 3G or WiFi coverage, a USB slot and power. The intuitive web pages are optimized for use on mobile devices and guarantee users the best possible connectivity experience.”

XYFI comes with smart interfaces. It can be easily managed from an intuitive web-based GUI and dedicated mobile pages. In addition to secure, seamless connectivity, XYFI’s integrated microSD memory card slot and streaming capabilities allow users to share media and files.

XYFI delivers easy and secure wireless information sharing anywhere, anytime.

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