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Rajant Breadcrumb July 6, 2021  |  Written by

Which BreadCrumb is the Best BreadCrumb?

Most people are familiar with the Hansel and Gretel fairytale by the Grimm Brothers. Set during a famine in medieval Germany, it’s a tale of how a brother and sister leave a trail of breadcrumbs from a single slice of bread to find their way home after being abandoned in the forest by their father and stepmother for a second time. However, Hansel and Gretel soon discover that birds had eaten all of their crumbs and they are now lost in the deep woods.

Hansel and Gretel are not the only ones who have ever gotten lost. In addition to people, so have pieces of equipment on a jobsite, vehicles on assignment and even robotics.

Losing signal is not an option with Rajant BreadCrumbs®—especially with how the landscapes of mines are always changing, warehouses and factory floors are frequently filled with static and moving obstructions, and public safety emergencies where communications are not only critical, but oftentimes vital.

Rajant BreadCrumbs, also known as radio nodes, are purpose-built to reliably enable voice, video, and data communications instantly and without fail almost anywhere by leveraging built-in multi-radio machine-to-machine (M2M) communication. Hundreds can be quickly linked together, self-configuring as part of a fully mobile, high bandwidth industrial network. Peer-to-peer, they form a fully redundant web of meshed connections to deliver more reliability, mobility, and resiliency using less infrastructure than other wireless networking options like Wi-Fi or LTE.

Additionally, all of Rajant BreadCrumbs are easy-to-install and can easily integrate with and enhance an existing network infrastructure, including third-party satellite, wired, point-to-point wireless, point-to-multipoint wireless, or can be deployed ad hoc to bring connectivity where no communications infrastructure yet exists.

But which of the BreadCrumbs is tops? The best of the best? Is there one better than the other?

Well, the best Rajant BreadCrumb depends on what the need or needs are. It boils down to finding the right radio for the right function.

Here’s a quick lowdown of eight BreadCrumbs that Rajant currently has on the market.

Peregrine, LX5, Hawk, ME4

Peregrine BreadCrumb
The Peregrine combines high speed, highly flexible mobile connectivity to reliably power new applications at the edge—from video and LiDAR processing to robotics that leverage machine learning—with the enhanced performance required to meet the needs of the ever-expanding deployment of CCTV for automation.

  • Ideal Applications: Military, Mining, Rail, Shipping Ports, Heavy Construction
  • Typical Radio Configuration: Quad 2×2 MIMO transceivers
  • Number of Radios: 4
  • Combined Data Rate: 3 Gbps
  • Dimensions: 9 x 253.7 x 46.2 mm (10.43 x 9.99 x 1.82 in.)
  • Weight: 2946 g (6 lbs. 7.9 oz.)

LX5 BreadCrumb
The LX5 is the ruggedized solution – with IP67 rating – ideal for rapidly deploying a resilient network able to relay transmissions via the best available traffic path and frequency in real-time.

  • Ideal Applications: Mining Autonomy, Heavy Construction, Ports, Automation, Tele-Operation
  • Typical Radio Configuration: Dual 2×2 MIMO transceivers plus dual 1×1 SISO transceivers
  • Number of Radios: 3 or 4
  • Combined Data Rate: 900 Mbps
  • Dimensions: 197 x 220 x 29 mm (7.75 x 8.665 x 1.125 in.)
  • Weight: 1850 g ± 150 g (4 lbs. 1.3 oz. ± 5.3 oz.) (weight depends on transceiver configuration)

Hawk BreadCrumb
The Hawk is reliable in extreme environmental conditions and has several mounting options, and contains two transceivers delivering MIMO operation over multiple frequencies for reliable and resilient connections.

  • Ideal Applications: Military, Mining, Rail, Shipping Ports, Heavy Construction
  • Typical Radio Configuration: Dual 2×2 MIMO transceivers
  • Number of Radios: 2
  • Combined Data Rate: 1.7 Gbps
  • Dimensions: 9 x 253.7 x 46.2 mm (10.43 x 9.99 x 1.82 in.)
  • Weight: 2600g (5 lbs. 13 oz.)

ME BreadCrumb
The ME provides the ultimate portability of Rajant’s network node innovation, bringing the power of multi-frequency access, high bandwidth, and everywhere communications to people and assets that are on the move.

  • Ideal Applications: Heavy Equipment, Agriculture, Industrial Security, Ports, Automation, Tele-Operation
  • Typical Radio Configuration: Dual 2×2 MIMO transceivers
  • Number of Radios: 2
  • Combined Data Rate: 600 Mbps
  • Dimensions: 189 x 95 x 51 mm (7.46 x 3.75 x 2.00 in.)
  • Weight: 1162 g ± 100 g (2 lbs. 9 oz ± 3.5 oz.) (weight depends on transceiver configuration)

ES1, KM3, JR3, DX2

ES1 BreadCrumb
The award-winning ES1 comes in a compact, lightweight, IP67 package that provides Ethernet and Wi-Fi access point interfaces to enable data, voice, and video applications without the need for squid cables and with multiple mounting options.

  • Ideal Applications: Energy, Plants, Warehouses, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Commercial, Light Vehicles, Public Safety, Industrial Security
  • Typical Radio Configuration: Dual 2×2 MIMO transceivers
  • Number of Radios: 2
  • Combined Data Rate: 600 Mbps
  • Dimensions: 735 x 143.154 x 57.15 mm (5.462 x 5.636 x 2.25 in.)
  • Weight: 1074 g +/- 100 g (2.37 lb. +/- 0.22 lb.) (weight depends on transceiver configuration)

KM3 BreadCrumb
The KM3 has all of the same ME4 performance, capabilities, and features with the same temperature specs but without the IP67 housing and with a lower temperature range.

  • Ideal Applications: Energy, Plants, Warehouses, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Commercial, Public Safety, Industrial Security
  • Typical Radio Configuration: Dual 2×2 MIMO transceivers
  • Number of Radios: 2
  • Combined Data Rate: 600 Mbps
  • Dimensions: 155 x 149 x 41 mm (6.079 x 5.830 x 1.575 in.)
  • Weight: 440 g ± 10 g (15.5 oz. ± 0.4 oz.)

JR3 BreadCrumb
Ideally suited to meet the growing demand for IIoT applications at the edge of optimal network coverage, the JR3 nodes provide reliable data, voice and video transmissions for teams, light-duty vehicles, and other roving assets that require network connectivity and constant access to real-time communications.

  • Ideal Applications: Any end-point IoT application
  • Typical Radio Configuration: Single 1×1 SISO transceiver
  • Number of Radios: 1
  • Combined Data Rate: 150 Mbps
  • Dimensions: 177 x 44 x 44 mm (6.97 x 1.73 x 1.73 in.)
  • Weight: 193 g (6.8 oz.)

DX2 BreadCrumb
The very low payload weight of the DX2 make it extremely mobile and completely adaptive for both military and commercial applications, its pocket-sized form factor includes a MIMO-antenna system and Ethernet and Wi-Fi Access Point interfaces to enable data, voice, and video applications.

  • Ideal Applications: Drones, Small Robots, Drone Swarming, Military, Public Safety, Industrial Security, Remote CCTV, Telematics Monitoring
  • Typical Radio Configuration: Single 2×2 MIMO transceiver
  • Number of Radios: 1
  • Combined Data Rate: 300 Mbps
  • Dimensions: 108 x 43 x 40 mm (4.252 x 1.693 x 1.575 in.)
  • Weight: 123 g ± 10 g (4.4 oz. ± 0.4 oz.)

The bottom line is that Rajant BreadCrumbs have been proven in numerous industrial markets and are the industry-leading radio nodes for two decades with the promise of robust fault tolerance, high bandwidth, low latency, ‘never-break’ mobility, cost-effective network scalability, and military-grade network security.

Click here to learn more about the BreadCrumbs and their differences to determine the best node for your network. 🖉

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