The high-performance architecture of the Digi IX20 router provides automatic and software-selectable primary and backup WWAN connectivity over multicarrier cellular LTE. Digi IX20 supports advanced security (stateful firewall, MAC filtering, and VPN), cellular redundancy, and management (SNMP, event logging, analyzer trace, and QOS), facilitating use in PCI- or NERC-CIP-compliant applications. FirstNet Ready models are designed to meet the demands of primary responders for critical communications.
It’s a full-featured, ruggedized cellular router that supports use in mission critical applications, such as utilities and public safety. The IX20 comes equipped with two Ethernet ports and one RS-232 serial port with an option for Wi-Fi. This particular router model features 450-MHz band support that provides increased coverage and better signal penetration, including in-building/indoor and underground deployments.
The Digi IX20 is ideal for use in smart grid, smart city, and rural connectivity applications. In use cases, like smart meters or electric vehicle charging stations, where the equipment is in geographically dispersed locations — in buildings, underground, or both— the licensed 450-MHz band increases range, improving building and underground penetration.
One important feature that makes the IX20 router so unique is the interchangeable core modem, which provides the ultimate flexibility because cellular technology is constantly evolving.
“Take, for example, 5G deployment,” said Ken Bednasz, senior director of engineering for cellular products at Digi. ”By using our routers, when customers decide that they want to upgrade their equipment, we are able to make it happen with little to no interruption."
Second, because the router operates on a lower frequency, radio waves can better penetrate obstacles, such as foliage or buildings.