ConnectPort X Gateways

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ConnectPort X gateways aggregate and transport ZigBee/802.15.4 network traffic to central data applications over cellular, Wi-Fi or Ethernet connections. ConnectPort X gateways are a key element of Digi's Drop-in Networking family of products – a collection of hardware components that also includes our XBee® adapters, modules, extenders and bridges – which together enable distributed electronic devices to be wirelessly networked where no wired infrastructure exists or where access to an existing network is prohibited. ConnectPort X gateways feature an integrated ZigBee/802.15.4 module plus cellular (3G, 2.5G or 2G), Wi-Fi, GPS and local storage options. Several physical interfaces are available as well, including Ethernet, serial, USB and a 1-Wire sensor port that accepts Digi's Watchport® sensors (X8 model only). ConnectPort X gateways are available in multiple configurations to suit various applications and connectivity needs. For programmability, ConnectPort X gateways offer an embedded Python® engine, giving users a powerful open-source software tool to develop custom applications to run on the gateway. The Python environment is noted for its simplicity and can be used to automate a variety of control, monitoring and notification procedures.


  • Network protocols: UDP/TCP, DHCP
  • LEDs
    • ConnectPort X2: Ethernet status, power, ZigBee link/activity
    • ConnectPort X4, X8: Ethernet status, power, cellular link/activity, signal strength (4 bars), ZigBee link/activity, Wi-Fi link/activity
  • Security - ConnectPort X4, X8
    • Security - SSL tunnels, SSHv2, FIPS 197 (serial port)
    • Real-time clock
  • Router/Security Features
    • NAT
    • Port forwarding
    • Access control lists (IP filtering)
  • VPN Features - ConnectPort X4, X8
    • IPsec with IKE/ISAKMP
    • Multiple tunnel support
    • DES, 3DES and up to 256-bit AES Encryption
    • VPN pass-through, GRE forwarding
  • Management
    • HTTP/HTTPS web interface
    • Password access control
    • IP service port control
    • Optional secure enterprise management via Digi Connectware Manager


  • Serial - ConnectPort X4, X8
    • 1 RS-232 DB-9M serial port
    • Throughput up to 230 Kbps
    • Full signal support for TXD, RXD, RTS, CTS, DTR, DSR and DCD
    • Hardware and software flow control
  • USB
    • ConnectPort X4: 1 Powered USB Type A connector (Host)*
    • ConnectPort X8: 2 Powered USB Type A connectors (Host)*
  • See for the list of supported USB devices
  • Ethernet
    • 1 RJ-45 port
    • Standard: IEEE 802.3
    • Physical Layer: 10/100Base-T
    • Data rate: 10/100 Mbps (auto-sensing)
    • Mode: full or half duplex (auto-sensing)
  • Sensor - ConnectPort X8
    • 1 RJ-45 port
  • ZigBee/802.15.4
    • XBee-PRO (Freescale and Ember supported)
  • Cellular
    • ConnectPort X4: EV-DO/1xRTT or EDGE/GPRS PCI Express Module (1)
    • ConnectPort X8: EV-DO/1xRTT or EDGE/GPRS PCI Express Modules (2)
  • Wi-Fi (802.11b) - ConnectPort X2
    • Standard IEEE 802.11b
    • Frequency: 2.4 GHz
    • Data rate: Up to 11 Mbps w/ fallback
    • Modulation: DBPSK (1 Mbps), DQPSK (2 Mbps), CCK (11, 5.5 Mbps)
    • Transmit power: 16 dBm typical
    • Receiver sensitivity: -82 dBm @ 11 Mbps
    • Connector: 1 x RP-SMA
  • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) - ConnectPort X4, X8
    • Ad-hoc & AP Client Modes only; Access Point Mode not supported
    • Not available when gateway is configured with a cellular module
  • Optional (via PCIe Module) - ConnectPort X8
    • Global Positioning System (GPS)
    • Local storage (up t**1 GB)
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