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Lantronix XPort Pro Lx6 is a Tiny Embedded Linux Server Fitted into an RJ45 Connector

December 15th, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Lantronix has recently launched XPort(R) Pro Lx6, a secure embedded device server supporting IPv6, that barely larger than an RJ45 connector. The device runs Linux or the company’s Evolution OS, and is destined to be used in wired industrial IoT / M2M applications.

Lantronix_XPort_Pro_Lx6Lantronix XPort Pro Lx6 Specifications:

  • Processor - Freescale ColdFire MCF5208 up to 166.67 MHz (TBC) 32-bit processor
  • System memory – 16MB SDRAM
  • Storage – 16MB Flash
  • Serial Interface -  Software selectable data rates from 300 to 921kbps
  • Programmable IO – 3 PIO pins (software selectable)
  • Network Interface – 10Base-T and 100Base-TX Link with support for IPv4 and IPv6, and the following protocols: TCP/IP, UDP/IP, ARP, ICMP, SNMPv2, TFTP, FTP, Telnet, DHCP, BOOTP, HTTP, SMTP, PPP, AutoIP, RSS, and SYSLOG
  • SecurityTCP/AES and UDP/AES
  • Temperature Range – Operating and storage: -40° to +85° C
  • Relative Humidity – 0% to 90% non-condensing
  • Regulatory ApprovalsFCC Part 15, Subpart B, Class B, ICES-003 Issue 4 (2004), Class B, EN55022:2006 and EN55024:1998 + A1:2001 + A2:2003, AS/NZS CISPR22:2006, VCCI V-3/2009.04, EN 61000-3-2:2006, EN 61000-3-3:1995+A1:2001+A2:2005
  • Power -  3.3VDC. I/O Max Rating: 3.3v
  • Dimensions – 33.9mm (L) x 16.25mm (W) x 13.5mm (H)
  • Weight – 9.6g
Lantronix XPort Pro Lx6 Block Diagram

Lantronix XPort Pro Lx6 Internals

The company provides two Windows based application namely “DeviceInstaller” and “Com Port Redirector”, to respectively install and configure the device, and control COM port-based equipment over the network. Management and control is also possible via the internal web manager, telnet, or the serial port, and configuration can customized using XML files.

XPort Pro Block Diagram

XPort Pro Block Diagram (Older IPv4 only version)

XPort Pro evaluation kit can be used for development, and includes an evaluation board with support for XPort Pro Lx6, a +5V power supply, an RS-232 DB9 cable, a Cat5e Ethernet cable, and a 25-to-9pin serial adapter.

Lantronix XPort Pro Lx6 is available now and sells for $39 per unit for 1,000 order, and comes with a 2-year limited warranty. For reference, XPort Pro, an earlier model without IPv6 support, sells for $62 per unit, and the evaluation kit goes for $90 (without XPort Pro (Lx6). You may want to visit Lantronix XPort Pro Lx6 page for further details.

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  1. December 15th, 2013 at 12:46 | #1

    Lantronix first version was in 2009, and there are also Ethernet Digi Connect solutions – http://www.digi.com/products/wireless-wired-embedded-solutions/solutions-on-module/digi-connect/ethernet/

  2. Antony
    December 15th, 2013 at 16:43 | #2

    the block diagram is old? It says 8MB SDRAM and the specification above suggest 16MB. Also it looks a lot like the old one http://www.lantronix.com/pdf/XPort-Pro_IG.pdf . wonder if it is a newer CPU with MMU.

  3. December 15th, 2013 at 21:41 | #3

    @Antony
    Yes, I took this diagram in this document which was linked from Lx6 doc. But it’s the old one, Lx6 is only available for 16MB RAM. I’ll update the post.

  4. onebir
    December 16th, 2013 at 15:59 | #4

    What could these be used for?

  5. December 16th, 2013 at 16:05 | #5

    @onebir
    It’s used to providing Ethernet connectivity to serial devices.
    The company lists the following applications in their website:
    ATM machines
    CNC controllers
    Data collection devices
    Universal Power Supply (UPS) management unit
    Telecommunications equipment
    Data display devices
    Security alarms and access control devices
    Handheld instruments
    Modems
    Time/attendance clocks and terminals

  6. onebir
    December 16th, 2013 at 16:29 | #6

    Ok – so actually quite a limited task domain (but applicable to many kinds of devices)… Ta!

  7. December 18th, 2013 at 20:30 | #7

    There’s a design contest with up to $5,000 for the winner for Lantronic Wi-Fi and Ethernet IoT products – http://www.lantronix.com/design-contest

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