MaxStream announced the 9XTend-PKG-R, a one-watt modem that offers long-range communications for wireless data applications. It features AES 256-bit encryption and frequency hopping on 50 channels to ensure data remains secure. The 9Xtend offers ranges of more than one-half mile in urban environments and up to 40 miles line-of-sight with a high gain antenna. Housed in a durable aluminum casing, the 9XTend-PKG-R includes a dip-switch that lets users select either an RS-232 or RS-485 connection. The stand-alone 9XTend RF modem sells for $299 with volume discounts available. (MaxStream, Lindon, Utah)