Meshlium v4.0 vs Meshlium v3.5

This evolution of Meshlium includes an important upgrade of the hardware capabilities. The most important changes are:

  • Big step forward in performance, CPU performance 10 times better and RAM capacity 8 times bigger.

  • Cellular connection upgraded to 4G for a very fast Internet connection and data synchronization.

  • WiFi AP upgraded to WiFi b/g/n (up to 144 Mbps).

  • New models of radio module for the 868 MHz and 900 MHz bands.

  • Up to two RF (XBee) modules can be installed in the device, working with the 4G radio at the same time (2.4GHz and 868/900 MHz).

  • GPS/GLONASS capabilities for a faster global location*.

  • New improved design.

  • Operating system updated including new versions of programs and system.

  • New Meshlium is Microsoft Azure Certified (More info: https://azure.microsoft.com/es-es/marketplace/programs/certified/).

(*) only for US models; EU, BR or AU models do not have a GPS receiver

Capabilities comparison

Previous Meshlium version

New Meshlium

CPU cores

1

4

CPU architecture

32 bits

64 bits

CPU frequency

500 MHz

1 GHz

RAM

256 MB DDR

2 GB DDR3

Storing

Compact Flash 8 GB

SSD disk 16 GB

Linux Kernel

2.6

3.16

Simultaneous cloud services

2-4

15-20

Boot time

~2 minutes

Less than 1 minute

WiFi

a/b/g (up to 54 Mbps)

a/b/g/n (up to 144 Mbps)

Cellular

Up to 7.2 Mbps downlink (SIM5218)

Up to 384 kbps downlink (SIM5215)

Up to 42 Mbps downlink

Antenna connectors

4

6

RF module sockets

1

2

Geolocation

GPS

GPS + GLONASS*

Root access

Yes

No

Power consumption

~ 10 W

~ 15 W (depending on num. of radios)

Enclosure (mm)

210 x 190 x 55

255 x 225 x 80

Certifications

CE / FCC / IC

CE (Europe) / FCC (US) / IC (Canada) / ANATEL (Brazil) / RCM (Australia) / PTCRB (US) / AT&T (US)

Compatibility with Waspmote and Plug & Sense! nodes

Old hardware

Compatible

Notes

Plug & Sense! (Waspmote v1.2) 802.15.4

YES

Plug & Sense! (Waspmote v1.2) ZigBee

NO

Old ZigBee modules are EoL

Plug & Sense! (Waspmote v1.2) DigiMesh

NO

Plug & Sense! (Waspmote v1.2) 900

NO

Old 900 MHz modules are EoL. Substituted by the new 900HP radios.

Plug & Sense! (Waspmote v1.2) 868

NO

Old 868 MHz modules are EoL. Substituted by the new 868 radios.

Plug & Sense! (Waspmote v1.2) WiFi

YES

Plug & Sense! (Waspmote v1.2) 3G

YES

Plug & Sense! (Waspmote v1.5) 802.15.4

YES

Plug & Sense! (Waspmote v1.5) 900

YES

Plug & Sense! (Waspmote v1.5) 868

YES

Plug & Sense! (Waspmote v1.5) WiFi

YES

Plug & Sense! (Waspmote v1.5) 4G

YES

NO

Meshlium does not support this RF module

Compatibility with current cloud software

Cloud software

Compatible

Notes

Amazon IoT

yes

Esri

yes

Only ArcGIS online

IBM Bluemix

yes

New name: IBM Cloud

IOT-Ticket

yes

Azure Event Hubs

yes

Azure Service Bus

no

Obsolete: use Event Hubs

MQTT

yes

Telefonica

yes

ThingWorx

yes

amplia

yes

Simfony

yes

Smart City Platform

yes

B-Scada

yes

DeviceLynk

no

Obsolete

devicify

yes

Eagle.io

yes

ElementBlue

yes

Extunda

yes

IoTSens

yes

Sentilo

yes

Sofia2

yes

Solwer

no

Obsolete

Thing+

yes

Compatibility with other software:

Software

Compatible

Notes

External DB synchronization of sensor data

yes

Some changes in the tables needed, can be done without losing data

XBee-PRO 868 vs XBee 868LP

The new XBee 868LP module supports some changes:

  • The new XBee 868LP operates between 863 and 870 MHz, making it deployable in several regions throughout the world including approved European countries and India by utilizing a software selectable channel masking feature.

  • The XBee 868LP is also the industry's first RF module using 868 MHz and surrounding frequencies for LBT + AFA (Listen Before Talk and Adaptive Frequency Agility). This virtually eliminates interference by listening to the radio environment before any transmission starts, and automatically shifting to a new channel when interference is detected. This patent-pending frequency scan occurs automatically and in a matter of microseconds so as not to impact performance.

Features comparison:

Feature

[Old] XBee-PRO 868

[New] XBee 868LP

Frequency band

868 MHz (1 channel)

863 to 870 MHz (32 channels)

RF data rate

24 kbps

10 kbps

Indoor/urban range

Up to 550 m

Up to 112 m

Outdoor/line-of-sight range

Up to 40 km

Up to 8.4 km

Transmit power

25 dBm

14 dBm

Receive sensitivity

-112 dBm

-106 dBm

Transmit current

500 mA

48 mA

Receive current

65 mA

27 mA

LBT + AFA

No

Yes

XBee-PRO 900 vs XBee-PRO 900HP

The new XBee 900HP modules support some changes:

  • The new XBee-PRO 900HP uses greater power transmission compared to the old version. Thus, the ranges achieved by these new modules are larger than before.

  • The XBee-PRO 900HP modules are certified for use in multiple countries: Brazil, Australia, US. Through the new channel selection it is possible to enable/disable the preferred frequency channels within the 902-928 MHz band.

  • The power consumption has been improved compared to the old modules. Better ranges have been achieved with almost the same TX power. On the other hand, RX power consumption has been reduced.

Features comparison:

Feature

[Old] XBee-PRO 900

[New] XBee-PRO 900HP

Frequency band

902-928 MHz (8 hopping patterns on 12 channels)

902 MHz to 928 MHz (64 channels)

RF data rate

156 kbps

10 kbps

Indoor/urban range

Up to 550 m

Up to 2000 ft (610 m)

Outdoor/line-of-sight range

Up to 1.8 miles (3 km)

Up to 9 miles (15.5 km)

Transmit power

17 dBm

24 dBm

Receive sensitivity

-100 dBm

-110 dBm

Transmit current

210 mA

215 mA

Receive current

80 mA

29 mA

3G (SIM5215) vs 4G (LE910)

The new 4G module supports some changes:

  • The new 4G counts with many different models, one specifically designed for each market:

    • LE910-EU (Europe / Brazil): CE, GCF, ANATEL.

    • LE910-NAG (US / Canada): FCC, IC, PTCRB, AT&T Approved.

    • LE910-AU V2 (Australia): RCM, Telstra Approved.

  • The GPS module also makes possible perform geolocation services using NMEA sentences offering information such as latitude, longitude, altitude and speed what makes it perfect to perform tracking applications.

  • The new 4G module offers the maximum performance of the 4G network as it uses two different antennas (normal + diversity) for RX (MIMO DL 2x2) choosing the best received signal at any time and getting a maximum download speed of 100 Mbps.

Features comparison:

Features

[Old] 3G (SIM5215)

[New] 4G (LE910)

Protocols

3G / GPRS / GSM

4G / 3G / GPRS / GSM / WCDMA / HSPA+ / LTE

Certifications

CE, GCF, FCC, IC, PTCRB

CE, GCF, ANATEL, FCC, IC, PTCRB, AT&T Compliant, KCC, RCM, NTT DoCoMo, KDDi

GPS

No

Yes*

Download max speed

384 kbps

100 Mbps

Upload max speed

384 kbps

50 Mbps

Antenna diversity

No

Yes

Cellular carriers

Any

(*) only for US models; EU, BR or AU models do not have a GPS receiver