Digi Connect WAN IA Wireless Router Targets Industrial Automation

Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) today announced the introduction of the Digi Connect WAN IA, a new wireless WAN cellular router with features specifically tailored for industrial automation applications. It is the newest member of Digi’s industry-leading Digi Connect WAN family of wireless WAN routers. The Digi Connect WAN IA provides secure cellular GSM or CDMA connections for reliable primary and backup network connectivity to industrial automation devices such as SCADA devices, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and remote terminal units (RTUs). The new Digi Connect WAN IA will be on display at the ENTELEC Show, booth 106, April 19-21, 2006.

“The Digi Connect WAN IA uses wireless GSM or CDMA networks to create a TCP/IP connection to remote sites and devices for applications in utilities, water/wastewater, oil and gas, metering or any other industrial application,” said Larry Kraft, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Digi International. “Wireless can be a more cost effective solution than traditional landline connections and provides a broader coverage to remote locations. It also avoids wire-related vulnerabilities like outages caused by weather or construction.”

The new Digi Connect WAN IA is a wireless WAN cellular router/gateway that creates a secure WAN connection via an Ethernet-to-cellular or serial-to-cellular interface for remote mission-critical data operations. The Digi Connect WAN IA features industrial hardware/software components including a terminal block for power, DIN rail mounting, Class 1, Division 2 certification and Modbus protocol support.

In addition to standard cellular modem communications, the Digi Connect WAN IA also offers local intelligence with features such as network routing, persistent connections, firewall and a secure integrated remote management software package. Advanced features include TCP/UDP, DHCP support, NAT, port forwarding, GRE protocol tunneling and access control lists.

The Digi Connect WAN IA is supported by the Digi Connectware(R) Manager, enterprise-class management software that runs on a customer’s central server for managing Digi Connect WAN devices. Administrators have access to one device or thousands for management, monitoring, alerts and troubleshooting. It also includes built-in Dynamic DNS server for mapping an Internet host name to a dynamic/public IP address.

The Digi Connect WAN IA is available now.

About Digi International
Digi International, based in Minneapolis, makes device networking easy by developing products and technologies that are cost effective and easy to use. Digi markets its products through a global network of distributors and resellers, systems integrators and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). For more information, call 877-912-3444.