The Optimizer wXa-122 is the new generation wifi router & gateway after the wXa-112.
This device is first and foremost a satellite router that allows you to share an existing satellite phone connection to different terminals on board: PC, tablet, smartphone etc..., making it easier to send and receive emails and request weather files.
But not only: the Optimizer wXa-122 allows to aggregate different types of communications, which are detailed below.
A communications node
It enables access to many communication networks (additional equipment required) :
No larger than a cigarette pack (10x7cm), the Optimizer wXa-122 is destined to become your communication centre on boat, 4x4, camper van etc. It allows you to create a WiFi entry point to different communication networks, depending on your equipment:
- connected to a satellite phone, it allows your on-board computer equipment (PC, Mac, tablet, smartphone) to access the satellite communication network with a valid satellite contract.
- connected to a 3G/4G dongle, it makes the 3G/4G connection accessible to all devices.
- connected to a WiFi amplifier antenna (product "Halo Wifi extender" available on this site available here), it allows you to connect to remote wifi hotspots.
- connected to a NMEA0183 output, it will be able to broadcast NMEA data from the boat to a tablet, smartphone and other PCs via WiFi.
Another interesting feature, the Optimizer is a small router that allows you to manage the simultaneous connection of several devices (PC, Mac, tablet, smartphone) to take advantage of the available data (up to 256 devices connected in theory). So your guests will also be able to take advantage of the wifi connection at the ports of call when it is available.
Use for sending/receiving emails and going on the web
The use of the Optimizer for email and internet can be done in 3 ways: with a simple web browser, with the Iridium Mail & Web application, or through the XGate software suite.
The use of a standard web browser is reserved for high speed networks, i.e. when the system is connected to a wifi hotspot via the Halo Wifi Extender antenna. In this case, there is no data compression or filtering.
For low speed networks (especially satellite), strict data compression and filtering is required to devote the entire bandwidth to the useful data. If you have a tablet or smartphone, you can use the free Iridium Mail & Web app (iOS and Android). For a PC, Mac, or for satellite networks other than Iridium, you will need to use the fee-based XGate* software from Global Marine Networks.
By adding the amplified Halo Wifi Extender antenna, the Optimizer will be able to connect to external hotspots networks. See the Halo Wifi Extender description for more details.
Access to NMEA data
You can get a NMEA0183 stream input on the USB port, using a Serial/USB cable connected to the NMEA output of your equipment (AIS, navigation center etc). This data can then be used through navigation applications such as iNavX, iSailor, Weather4D Routing & Navigation, Expedition, etc. This use is reserved for advanced users only.
Please note that it comes only with a US-type wall-plug transformer (110/220V > 12V). However it is possible to cut the cable for permanent installation on the 12V network onboard. Alternatively we offer this cigarette adapter cable.
On a boat or in mobile use, the product can be powered in 3 ways :
- By its 12V rear plug: you can use the 110/220V AC adapter supplied, or you can buy an optional cigarette lighter adapter cord. For a final installation, you can also cut the power adapter cable and connect it to a 12V source on board (protected by a 1A fuse and easily disconnectable).
- Via the USB 5V socket on the front panel, from the USB port of a PC or a USB charger with a standard USB cable (not supplied).
- Via LAN socket with passive 12V Power-Over-Ethernet system (not included)
et documentation très claire et précise. La mise en route s’est déroulée sans aucun problème, et la connexion au mobile iridium 9555 a été quasi immédiate. Le livre de Francis Fustier “ prendre la météo par téléphone satellite” est effectivement un complément utile.