Sierra Wireless Introduces Advanced 5G Router Portfolio

By Tiera Oliver

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

May 11, 2021


Sierra Wireless Introduces Advanced 5G Router Portfolio

Sierra Wireless, IoT solutions provider, launched its new XR Series of multi-network 5G routers.

In addition to the previously launched world’s first multi-network MG90 5G vehicle router, the first two routers in the XR Series, the XR90 and the XR80, enable customers to leverage the ideal data speeds and low latency of 5G. Per the company, the XR Series delivers the performance of 5G across any network (5G, Wi-Fi 6, Ethernet) whether used for mobile applications or primary, temporary, or backup fixed wireless connectivity.

Optimized for 5G throughput, both the XR90 and the XR80 enable customers to maximize suitable 5G data speeds across Wi-Fi 6 and multi-gigabit ethernet interfaces by employing quad-core processing and hardware acceleration, with an internal architecture that accelerates the data path, orchestrated by the AirLink Operating System (OS).

The XR Series routers are desinged to improve the performance and reliability of video streaming, video offload, and other data-intensive and time-sensitive use cases, by ensuring that the router connects to the most ideal network, at the right time. Per the company, this is achieved through AirLink OS, which features cognitive wireless, Sierra Wireless’ patented technology that automatically switches to the best available network in less than a second.

Solution Portfolio

Sierra Wireless’ XR Series routers are part of the 5G solution portfolio that includes management software and reporting systems, 24x7 support, routers, antennas, and accessories. XR Series routers are managed by the AirLink Management System (ALMS), a cloud-based management platform. Additionally, an embedded LPWA cellular radio, connected through Sierra Wireless Global Connectivity, provides an always-on out-of-band management link to ALMS. 

The XR Series routers provide additional benefits beyond 5G performance, including:

  • Reliability: A passively cooled, IP64 industrial design enables the rugged XR Series to operate in tough environmental conditions that can be experienced by routers integrated into police, transit and utility vehicles, autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), and other commercial and industrial equipment.
  • Flexibility: Built for both fixed and mobility applications, the XR Series offers single and dual 5G, and Wi-Fi 6 radio options. In addition, the XR Series’ cartridge design enables customers to expand and upgrade their routers without replacing the router.
  • Response: All XR Series routers include a dedicated LPWA cellular connection through Sierra Wireless Global Connectivity. Customers can deploy the routers through zero-touch configuration by using the intuitive, cloud-based AirLink Management Service (ALMS), and still maintain their routers, even if they are not able to connect to public or private 5G or LTE networks.
  • Security: The XR Series enables customers to reduce security risks in their 5G deployment with multi-layered end-to-end security. This modern platform approach to security protects data from device to the cloud, with a hardware-accelerated VPN for secure transport, secure boot, unique cryptographic keys that connect the router to ALMS, and use of the Wi-Fi Protected Access 3 (WPA-3) protocol.

The XR Series is available to order from the global network of Sierra Wireless partners. Pricing starts at US $1,299 for the XR80 5G and US $1,899 for the XR90 5G. The XR90 is shipping now, and the XR80 is expected to start shipping in Q3 2021. The XR Series is being certified on 5G networks globally.

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Tiera Oliver, Associate Editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits, product news, and constructing stories. She also assists with newsletter updates as well as contributing and editing content for ECD podcasts and the ECD YouTube channel. Before working at ECD, Tiera graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.S. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university’s student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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