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Insys plans routers for M2M and IoT

Steve Rogerson
December 8, 2016

Routers for M2M and IoT applications are due to be launched in April next year by German company Insys Icom, the company announced at the SPS IPC Drives show.
The MRO compact, professional routers are based on the established MRX modular router platform and support edge as well as cloud computing. These products will complement and expand the existing line of devices for the company's own smart IoT platform and other applications. 
Chief among the features is the built-in Icom SmartBox, an LXC-based Linux environment for edge computing: this allows for local storage and processing of data and enables programmes and scripts to be executed regardless of the router operating system and configuration.
This is made possible by Linux containers (LXC) that run different applications independently and completely closed off from each other. Since every individual container has its own IP and mac address, it can be addressed directly as a virtual device behind the router. Additional peripherals can also be virtualised to save costs. This also allows for implementing encryption as well as direct communications between containers, for example via APIs.
Users of the modular MRX series will find the same tools to be available, namely a profile manager that facilitates quick and easy configuration changes, testing configurations and reverting to previous configurations if necessary. In addition, automatic switching between several stored configurations can be done manually via the key switch function or be triggered by customisable pre-set events. New user roles also allow for flexible access levels to the router.
The series offers other IT security features including event-based messages, with which users of other Insys routers will be familiar. A firewall, mac filtering and VPN increase security. For instance, multiple parallel VPN tunnels can be set up and remote maintenance access connections can be segregated from each other by a firewall in the VPN tunnel.
To enable a secure subdivision of local networks, the five LAN ports can be separated into up to five IP networks (WAN or LAN).
The series also supports the company’s VPN service quick start.
The company staged a pre-launch presentation of the MRO-L200 LTE mobile wireless router at last month’s SPS IPC Drives trade show in Nuremberg. This router will also be available in a US version (MRO-L210). In addition to a five-port switch, both versions are equipped with an RS232 port, IO interfaces and two LTE antenna connections that enable an optional data rate enhancement (MIMO).