QUATECH ADDS POINT-TO-POINT PROTOCOL TO INDUSTRY LEADING PORTFLEX TECHNOLOGY

Quatech, Inc., a division of DPAC Technologies (OTCQB: DPAC), and a leader in wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) networking solutions, announces the expansion of its industry-leading PortFlex technology to include PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol) support for the Quatech family of wireless serial device servers.

PortFlex is a unique capability included in the latest generation of Airborne wireless serial device server modules and external products that allows users to configure communication ports easily so that data can be accessed to and from any of the available ports without having to change the device configuration. Airborne PortFlex supports serial/UART, Ethernet and 802.11 interfaces.

With the new PPP functionality it is possible to connect PPP enabled devices, such as cell modems, to one of the available serial ports and leverage the powerful internal routing capabilities of the Airborne firmware to channel data to and from the Wi-Fi and Ethernet ports. With complete TCP/IP support over the serial port, the fully configurable PPP interface now provides network level access to devices with only serial port connectivity.

You can now double the number of IP network ports available on Quatech Airborne products by enabling PPP. This industry leading technology continues Quatech’s commitment to making device connectivity an option rather than a choice.

The PPP addition to PortFlex is available in the embeddable module (WLNG-AN/SE/SP-DP50x and DP55x) and board product (ABDG-SE-DP5xx) families, as well as all enterprise and industrial versions of the AirborneDirect (ABDG-SE-DP5xx, ABDG-SE-IN54xx) product line. The external Industrial and Enterprise class wireless serial device server families provide the industry’s most advanced security features. The multi-layered security approach addresses the requirements of Enterprise-class networks and corporate IT departments. These advanced security features include wireless security (802.11i / WPA2 Enterprise); network security (EAP authentication and certificate support); built-in firewalls on the Ethernet and WLAN interfaces; secure communications (built-in SSH functionality and fully encrypted data tunnels for secure management and data transfer); and device security (multi-level encryption capability to protect sensitive device configuration data).

In addition to providing the industry’s most secure, rugged and reliable 802.11 wireless products, Quatech’s unique Airborne PortFlex™ capability now enables OEMs to configure communication ports in any combination through software configuration only. Airborne PortFlex™ supports serial, Ethernet and 802.11 interfaces, and provides the ability to independently configure each port. Additionally, PortFlex™ provides the ability to use multiple data paths, enabling OEMs to leverage both serial and Ethernet communication ports simultaneously.

The Quatech Airborne Management Center (AMC) brings Enterprise class device discovery, management and control to the world of M2M wireless devices. This advanced device management application enables single-click maintenance. AMC is an application that supports individual and group management of all aspects of the devices—firmware updating, configuration management, access management (passwords), virtual COM port installation and more.

Virtual COM (VCOM) port drivers can be installed with one click, enabling the use of legacy software to communicate with networked devices seamlessly through standard COM port addresses in the system’s device manager. Quatech’s VCOM driver takes care of routing communication ports to the networked serial devices.

Quatech’s AMC software is included with all external Airborne Industrial and Enterprise Class 802.11 serial device servers, Ethernet bridges and embedded modules. The external Industrial and Enterprise class product families provide the industry’s most advanced security features. The multi-layered security approach addresses the requirements of Enterprise-class networks and corporate IT departments. These advanced security features include wireless security (802.11i / WPA2 Enterprise); network security (EAP authentication and certificate support); built-in firewalls on the Ethernet and WLAN interfaces; secure communications (built-in SSH functionality and fully encrypted data tunnels for secure management and data transfer); and device security (multi-level encryption capability to protect sensitive device configuration data).

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