The First in a New Line
Sierra Wireless has launched the first 2 routers in its XR series, the XR80 and XR90. They are multi-network routers, supporting 5G, Wi-Fi 6, and 5Gbps Ethernet. They are also general purpose, intended for any high bandwidth, low latency, mission-critical application, with Sierra Wireless citing the specific example of real-time video streaming. The XR80 and XR90 are modular, their 5G components being stackable, due to multiplex cellular connections for a greater throughput rate, and removeable so that in the future they can be upgraded with new, better 5G chipsets. At present, both routers use Sierra Wireless’ EM9190 module, which is based on a Qualcomm 5G chipset. The purpose of multi-network routers is redundancy: to be able to choose the connection with the best performance at any given time. This feature is dynamically managed by Sierra Wireless’ AirLink operating system (OS), with AirLink OS’s patented cognitive radio being able to switch network connection types in under a second, according to the vendor.
Lastly, and most notably, Sierra Wireless’ new routers c…
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