7 Things to Consider When Choosing a Connected Device

July 16, 2020

To work properly, devices need connectivity, and getting the right kind of connectivity is critical to a successful deployment. But are you and your customers considering everything when it comes to choosing an IoT or M2M device?

What’s the difference between M2M and IoT?
First, it’s important to understand the difference between machine to machine (M2M) and the Internet of Things (IoT). The two terms are similar in that they both refer to objects connecting. In the case of M2M, it’s machines connecting to other machines via local connections or dial-up modems over analog lines. IoT, on the other hand, refers to objects like watches, appliances, and cars connecting to the Internet. To connect, these devices need a wireless or mobile network.

How to choose the right device
As speeds increase and technology improves, more businesses are adopting IoT technology. But not all IoT applications are created equal. For example, applications like video surveillance continuously send massive amounts of data, while applications like credit card transactions send small amounts of data as needed. Not only that, but now that remote working is at an all-time high, employees need quick and reliable access servers and routers. And this makes a secondary mode of connectivity necessary. With that in mind, here are seven things to consider when choosing a connected device.

  1. Data
    Applications that transfer a large amount of data require the following types of connections.
    – Wired – IP over Ethernet, Fiber, or Broadband (cable or DSL)
    – Wireless. This may include Wi-Fi connected to a high-speed IP network (Ethernet, Fiber, etc.) or cellular 4G LTE-A Cat 6+
    Applications that transfer smaller amounts of data can use the connections above, but they also work with:
    – Cellular 4G LTE Cat 1, as well as Cat 0, M1, and NB1
    – LPWAN (Low-Power Wide Area Networking)
    – Analog (dial-up) with highly secure on-demand point-to-point connections
  2. Mobility and Power
    Applications fall under one of two installation categories: static and permanent or mobile and moving. As the name might suggest, static installations connect with wired IP or dial-up connectivity, though wireless connectivity is also a possibility. Local power utilities typically run the application and connectivity. Mobile installations, on the other hands, rely solely on wireless connectivity, which can limit their range or service area, and batteries to power them.
  3. Budget
    As with any purchase, it’s important to consider costs and budget. When choosing a device, think carefully about the cost of the hardware, ongoing service fees, installation, maintenance, and more.
  4. Location
    Connectivity options are not uniform, so location is one of the most important things to consider, especially if a deployment includes more than one site. Before choosing a device, carefully consider the service options and carriers available in each location.
  5. Hardware and Software Requirements
    Don’t forget about size. Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to devices as there may not be ample room for installation. Additionally, a device’s software or application may require a specific type of connection.
  6. Security
    Security is also important. When choosing a device, think about the level of security required. If the application involves personal information or data, then more security is necessary to protect against hackers. In some cases, a dial-up modem may be best as this technology is surprisingly difficult to hack.
  7. Manufacturer
    When it comes to connectivity devices, don’t trust any old manufacturer. USR has been providing connectivity devices for over 40 years. From “old-school” dial-up modems that connect to servers and routers to 4G LTE Cat 1 Cellular Gateways, USR offers it all.

For more information about how SYNNEX and USR can help your customers connect, contact your SYNNEX sales representative for more information.

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