Telecoms, Datacoms, Wireless, IoT


Programmable wireless RS-232/422/485 controller

26 May 2021 Telecoms, Datacoms, Wireless, IoT

The newest member of Tibbo’s family of programmable serial controllers, the WS1102, is a compact, cost-effective device combining Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) interfaces with a universal RS-232/422/485 port.

Like all members of the DS110x family, the WS1102 ships preloaded with Tibbo’s Serial-over-IP (SoI) application, which has been adapted for the wireless-first nature of this new programmable device server. When running the SoI app, the WS1102 is compatible with Tibbo's well-known TDST software, which includes the Virtual Serial Port Driver (VSPD).

To simplify deployment away from traditional Ethernet networks, the WS1102 also comes preloaded with the new SoI Companion App. It implements a configuration interface that can be accessed over BLE from the L.U.I.S. (Loadable User Interface System) smartphone app (available for iOS, Android, and as a web app). The SoI Companion App provides access to all SoI settings, making the WS1102 Tibbo’s first serial controller that can be fully configured from a smartphone.

While it was designed with the SoI app in mind, the WS1102 is still a fully programmable serial controller. Programmability makes it ideal for edge Internet of Things (IoT) applications. For example, the WS1102 can be tasked to query serial Modbus devices (something that a remote cloud server cannot reliably do) and then securely send the collected data to the cloud for aggregation and analysis.

The WS1102 is based on Tibbo's cloud-native WM2000 programmable wireless IIoT module and thus inherits the WM2000's capabilities. In addition to integrated Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n over 2,4/5 GHz) and BLE 4.2, the WS1102 can store two compiled Tibbo BASIC/C application binaries and supports over-the-air (OTA) updates, wireless debugging and transport layer security (TLS). Native support for TLS1.2 allows the WS1102 to communicate with Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, and virtually any other cloud services provider.

For more information contact Andrew Hutton, RF Design, +27 21 555 8400, andrew@rfdesign.co.za, www.rfdesign.co.za


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