Laird Releases New Version of Laird Connection Manager (LCM)
Popular Software Tool Upgraded To Include Bluetooth Administration
October 17, 2013 – Administrators of mobile computers and other business-critical mobile devices will soon be able to save time and resources by being able to configure and manage Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® radios from a single simplified interface, thanks to a new version of the popular Laird Connection Manager (LCM), released today by global technology leader Laird.
Previous versions of LCM (formerly known as Summit Client Utility, or SCU) have been used to configure and manage Laird’s Wi-Fi radios on over a million business-critical devices used in the world’s most challenging environments. LCM version 4, which is available beginning with 40 Series radio modules, configures and manages both the Wi-Fi (dual-band 802.11n) and Bluetooth (2.1) components of the module.
“Device administrators around the world depend on the Laird Connection Manager for straightforward, complete Wi-Fi administration on an easy-to-use interface,” said Laird Product Manager Chris Downey. “With the new version of LCM, those administrators get an updated, more intuitive interface not just for Wi-Fi but for Bluetooth device connections, too.”
Like the earlier version, the new LCM version 4 offers two levels of functionality: user and administrator. When using LCM version 4 on a device with a 40 series radio inside, a user can conveniently view the status of both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections on one screen, saving both administrators and users time. If a connection issue arises, a user can gather diagnostics information and run diagnostics tests. In addition to user functions, a device administrator can create and manage Wi-Fi radio and Bluetooth device profiles.
The new version of LCM also has a very different look from its predecessor. Five layout tabs have been streamlined to three – Status, Configuration, and Diagnostics – with Bluetooth information and functions integrated on each tab.
“Users and administrators no longer have to use two tools with very different interfaces to manage Wi-Fi and Bluetooth,” added Downey. “The integrated and intuitive interface of LCM version 4 saves users and administrators time, and allows them to be more productive.”
LCM version 4 operates on Windows Embedded Compact (formerly Windows CE) and
Windows Embedded Handheld (formerly Windows Mobile), with support for Android planned. Previous versions of LCM remain available for versions of Laird Wi-Fi radio modules other than the 40 Series.
For more information, view the Laird video “Introducing the Laird Connection Manager”, which covers new features and key improvements in the latest version of the LCM. To view the User’s Guide for the new version of LCM, click here.
Laird is a global technology business focused on enabling wireless communication and smart systems, and providing components and systems that protect electronics. Laird operates through two divisions, Wireless Systems and Performance Materials. Wireless Systems solutions include antenna systems, embedded wireless modules, telematics products and wireless automation and control solutions. Performance Materials solutions include electromagnetic interference shielding, thermal management and signal integrity products. As a leader in the design, supply and support of innovative technology, our products allow people, organizations, machines and applications to connect effectively, helping to build a world where smart technology transforms the way of life. Custom products are supplied to major sectors of the electronics industry including the handset, telecommunications, IT, automotive, public safety, consumer, medical, rail, mining and industrial markets. Providing value and differentiation to our customers through innovation, reliable fulfillment and speed, Laird PLC is listed and headquartered in London, and employs over 9,000 people in more than 58 facilities located in 18 countries.
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