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Connect One's AT+i Command Set Updated to Facilitate Latest Wireless and Security Protocols.

Connect One makes updates public for network connectivity standard for non-PC devices

CHICAGO -- Connect One[TM], the Device Networking Using an Ethernet LAN to interconnect sensors, instruments, machine tools, medical monitors, restaurant appliances, POS terminals and other devices. In the mid-1990s, Comtrol Corporation created the first "device server," which converts serial transmission to Ethernet, enabling  Authority[TM], today announced the release of AT+i[TM] Version 8.0, an Internet command set that enables simple connectivity of - devices to networks. AT+i, Version 8.0, supports network access for devices via dial-up (PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) The worldwide voice telephone network. Once only an analog system, the heart of most telephone networks today is all digital. In the U.S. ), Ethernet, WiFi, GPRS/CDMA, WiMAX and any existing and future IP-based mediums. Connect One uses the AT+i protocol as the communication interface between an embedded application An application that permanently resides in an industrial or consumer device. Providing some type of control function and/or user interface, the software is typically stored in a non-volatile memory such as ROM or flash memory.  and its iChip[TM] family of IP controllers. The iChip manages network connectivity, security and remote management functions for machine-to-machine (M2M M2M Machine-to-Machine (communication, mainly mobile)
M2M Minutes to Midnight (Linkin Park album)
M2M Mobile to Mobile (cellular phone)
M2M Member-to-Member
M2M Month to Month
) applications.

"Standardizing embedded application access to the network is a key industry driver for accelerating the adoption of IP connectivity in many M2M market segments," noted Amit Resh, Connect One's vice president of business development. "If the vision of billions of devices connected to the network is to be realized, embedded application developers need a standard, simple, reliable and proven interface to networks."

The AT+i commands, modelled after the successful, modem-based Hayes AT command set, provide a simplified, high-level application program interface (API) that eliminates the need for complex network programming. Connect One originally developed this API and made it available to the public domain in 1998. Notably, the AT+i command set is on its way to becoming an industry-standard protocol for connecting devices Connecting devices allow hardware devices to communicate with each other. The most popular example of connecting devices nowadays is wireless connections. Wireless devices transfer and receive information through infrared or radio waves.  to networks.

"With the shift to wireless networks, the need for secure devices networks has grown," Resh added. "By continually updating the AT+i command set to meet current wireless and security needs, we have ensured that the AT+i command set is and will continue to be a universal standard for connecting devices to networks."

The AT+i protocol is communication platform independent, enabling the embedded host application to issue the same commands whether it is connected via a dial-up modem, cellular modem A wireless adapter that connects a laptop computer to a cellular telephone system for data transfer. Cellular modems, which contain their own antennas, plug into a PC Card slot or into the USB port of the computer and are available for a variety of wireless data services such as GPRS, , wired or wireless LAN. The AT+i commands are available for direct TCP/IP TCP/IP
 in full Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol

Standard Internet communications protocols that allow digital computers to communicate over long distances.
 socket manipulation and support of standard Internet protocols, including SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) The standard e-mail protocol on the Internet and part of the TCP/IP protocol suite, as defined by IETF RFC 2821. SMTP defines the message format and the message transfer agent (MTA), which stores and forwards the mail.  for text e-mail, MIME attachments, HTML HTML
 in full HyperText Markup Language

Markup language derived from SGML that is used to prepare hypertext documents. Relatively easy for nonprogrammers to master, HTML is the language used for documents on the World Wide Web.
 page retrieval, web serving, FTP FTP
 in full file transfer protocol

Internet protocol that allows a computer to send files to or receive files from another computer. Like many Internet resources, FTP works by means of a client-server architecture; the user runs client software to connect to
 file transfer, Telnet communications, secure Internet protocols, etc.

"Programming for Internet connectivity is typically complex," Resh added. "Even the wireless and security commands have been reduced to an extremely simple, concise and straightforward command interface that can be mastered and used in a matter of several days. Design-in time typically requires only one-man month--an unprecedented development time, particularly if you're developing and integrating your IP protocols in-house."

Connect One's iChip IP Controller is easily configured via one-time commands and configuration parameters using the AT+i commands, or remotely over the network via its embedded web server Web server software embedded within a hardware device such as a print server. It is widely used in a myriad of devices, because it allows access to the software via any Web browser, typically for configuring the device or obtaining reports. See ETI and Web server. .

The latest release of AT+i can be obtained from

Pricing and Availability

Connect One provides the AT+i command set to the public domain at no cost.

About Connect One

Established in 1996, Connect One Ltd. is widely regarded as the device networking authority, with many innovative firsts to its credit. The company manufactures semiconductors and device servers that facilitate reliable and robust Internet Protocol-based communication for everyday devices. Connect One is privately owned, with offices in San Jose, CA, Hong Kong, and Kfar Saba, Israel.

For further information, please visit our Web site at or send an e-mail to

Connect One, The Device Networking Authority, iChip, iChipSec, Internet Controller, IP Controller, AT+i, SerialNET, and Socket iWiFi are trademarks of Connect One Ltd. All other trademarks are property of their holder.
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