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RFI attends IWCE 2017

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Thank you to everyone who visited us at IWCE 2017 in Las Vegas, the 40th anniversary of the premier global event for communications technology.

 

The team were kept busy over the 2 days with great discussions on our range of Technology solutions, including the NEW tower top amplifier and innovative LTE antenna range.

We look forward to the 2018 event on March 7-8, being held in Orlando, Florida!

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The new 43-10 and the Mini DIN confusion

The new 43-10 and the Mini DIN confusion

Connector manufacturers have released a new cellular connnector 4.3-10 (often referred to as 43-10), soon to the be industry standard in cellular applications. This new connector has recently been confused with a mini DIN. It’s important not to confuse 43-10 with 4.5-9.5 the so called “mini DIN”. The two connectors are not compatible. Although the Mini DIN will screw onto the 43-10, it will destroy the 43-10 female in the process. As you can imagine this would have catastrophic effect if the 43-10 female is on an antenna or a piece of transmission equipment!

For any additional information, please contact the sales team at enquiry@rfi.com.au.

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The NEW LTE antenna range

RFI's global-leading LTE Antenna Product Range

Introducing RFI’s global-leading range of LTE antennas. The LTE series of antennas are compatible with an enormous variety of hardware from various manufacturers and networks. Our antennas have been developed to help users maintain a dependable data connection and fast transfer speeds wherever they are in the world and whatever the application.

What is Long-Term Evolution (LTE)? LTE is a standard for high-speed wireless communication for mobile phones and data terminals which is based on the GSM/EDGE and UMTS/HSPA technologies. It increases the capacity and speed using a different radio interface together with core network improvements. Different LTE frequencies and bands used in different countries mean that only multi-band hardware and antennas which are able to use LTE in all countries where it is supported.

Any Band. Any Application. Anywhere.

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M2M Devices Using LTE CAT 1

M2M Communications Using LTE CAT1

M2M Devices using LTE CAT1

Higher speeds with mobile broadband was initially the main driver for the development of 4G LTE standards by 3GPP. The rising popularity of smartphones pushed many carriers to launch and expand their 4G networks much faster than initially planned.

Although lower category LTE devices were included even in the initial releases of 3GPP LTE standards, these weren’t fully supported by the carriers or the device vendors as the broadband applications were dominant.

Most of the M2M applications however have a very low throughput demand. With the recent introduction of CAT 1 cellular modules into the market, the maximum throughput can be reduced to 10 Mbps. This in turn allows reductions in the cost, power consumption and the complexity of the device as huge savings on the processing power, clock speeds and memory requirements can be achieved.

This trend will continue with the introduction of CAT M1 and CAT M2 (NB-IoT) devices in future where the channel widths will also be reduced to 1.4 MHz and 200 KHz respectively. This allows even greater reductions in the complexity, power consumption and the cost of the devices. A link budget improvement of 15 to 20 dB is also expected to be achieved with these devices that will considerably enhance the coverage.

by Alireza Etemadfar, Business Development Manager at RFI
by Alireza Etemadfar, Business Development Manager at RFI
The new Intelimax Lite 4G has all the essential functionality for today’s M2M environment including Packet Switch Data, 2-way SMS, Circuit Switch Data and IP Stack.
The new Intelimax Lite 4G has all the essential functionality for today’s M2M environment including Packet Switch Data, 2-way SMS, Circuit Switch Data and IP Stack.
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4G – Futureproof your M2M Communications

4G - Futureproof your M2M Communications

With the fast moving pace of technology in the mobile communications area, Australian carriers seem to be very keen to keep their infrastructure updated. As each generation of mobile technology is introduced, carriers tend to phase out older generations to keep the operation costs down and also to reuse the existing licenced spectrum for newer technologies.

Telstra recently switched off their 2G network with Optus and Vodafone to follow this year. It’s more than 10 years now since the first 3G network was launched in Australia. With the fast growing 4G coverage across the country and the upcoming 5G technology already in the horizon, Telstra has announced plans to phase out 3G by 2020.

Although telephony subscribers still form the majority of mobile network users, the number of M2M subscriptions is also rapidly growing. We all have heard of the famous forecast of 50 billion connected devices by 2020. As the industry is heavily investing in M2M devices, it’s very important to select the right technology that survives for a reasonable number of years.

When the first 4G network was launched in Australia back in 2011, higher download speeds and smaller latencies were the main differentiators that attracted customers. Ethernet 4G modems/routers were available in the Australian market shortly after as such devices are normally used in throughput demanding applications. Low cost 4G serial modem market on the other hand, didn’t really pick up because of the low speed nature of serial devices as well as the significantly higher cost of 4G cellular modules compared to the 3G devices.

As the cost of 4G devices continues to decline and the possibility of 3G shut down in the next few years gets more real, many industries now prefer to use 4G devices instead of 3G even if 3G satisfies their current requirements.

by Alireza Etemadfar, Business Development Manager at RFI
by Alireza Etemadfar, Business Development Manager at RFI
The new Intelimax Lite 4G has all the essential functionality for today’s M2M environment including Packet Switch Data, 2-way SMS, Circuit Switch Data and IP Stack.
The new Intelimax Lite 4G has all the essential functionality for today’s M2M environment including Packet Switch Data, 2-way SMS, Circuit Switch Data and IP Stack.
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Victorian Minister for Industry, Wade Noonan MP Visits our Facility

Melbourne, Australia; We were visited on January 25 by Wade Noonan MP, Victorian Minister for Industry showcasing our Advanced Manufacturing facility in Melbourne. RFI is proud to be an award-winning Australian manufacturer, exporting to over 50 countries.

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The Antenna System Monitor- ASM

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The Antenna System Monitor- ASM

A 24/7 truly channelized Antenna System monitor designed to make site management easy. Access your RF site from the office and on the go. The power is now in your hands.

The ASM gives you the ability to:

  • Measure and Monitor up to 80 channels
  • Perform maintenance tests from the comfort of your office!
  • Receive alarm alerts for system faults to solve outages fast!
  • Keep detailed history reports and graphs for easy reporting and identification of system issues!
The ASM's graphic user interface (GUI)

Check out our videos highlighting benefits of the Antenna System Monitor!

Download the App Note here
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Smartmax Firmware Upgrade

PRODUCT: SMARTMAX PRODUCT CODE: MA-2010 RELEASE VERSION: 1.5.0 RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 2016 We have now released new firmware for the Maxon Smartmax modem – an industry standard in serial point-to-multipoint wireless SCADA communications. The Smartmax can power up simple to advance M2M applications and enable secure two-way communications for numerous applications. The Smartmax modem is already providing proven remote monitoring, control, management and reporting applications.  Designed for reliable field performance and functionalities, the Smartmax allow solutions to deliver rapid, cost-effective deployment for any telemetry environment.

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Maxon maXcloud Services

MaXwan Site-to-Site VPN Service.

A Site-to-Site VPN is for connecting a network to maXwan devices, rather than maXvpn which connects a single computer to maXwan devices; therefore, extending the company’s network.

Where would you use Site-to-Site VPN?
An example of an application in which Site-to-Site VPN would be ideal is a company that manages various water treatment plants. They require information collected from data loggers via sensors at various sites in NSW and QLD – to be transmitted and made available to several different servers for reporting and monitoring.  Each data logger has a maXwan (Fixed IP address) and is part of a subnet; therefore forming one end of the Site-to-Site VPN.  In the image below one server is allocated to NSW, one server is allocated to QLD and the third server is a back up of all data.  Information from the data loggers is transmitted via a router to the applicable servers and multiple users can access and monitor the data loggers as required.
Click here for more information and to see how it works
Click here for more information and to see how it works

What is maXcloud?

maXcloud is the corporate umbrella that integrates Maxon Australia’s range of network services; maXwan, maXvpn and maXconnect.
maXcloud is a bundle offering that grew from a demand for static IP addresses and developed offering users the flexibility of private WAN and VPN services as well as device management. The maXcloud offering means that small to medium size businesses no longer need to outlay $1000’s in computer resources and software applications and there’s no long term commitment.

maXcloud allows you access to our reliable services via an Enterprise level data centre that offers rapid deployment and more importantly, superior security and quick response times.

Click here for more information and to see how it works
Click here for more information and to see how it works
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RFI becomes Authorised Reseller of the Tesla Powerwall

RFI is excited to announce that through collaboration with Tesla Energy they have become an Authorised Reseller of the Tesla Powerwall.

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