We’re happy to announce the discontinuation of one product, and the launch of another. Starting early in 2014 we will be discontinuing the VEXnet USB Adapter Key (276-2245) and replacing it with the new VEXnet Key 2.0 (276-3245).
The new key utilizes the new VEXnet 2.0 communication prototcol. This consists of a custom 2.4 GHz data radio instead of the 802.11b/g wireless link used in the original VEXnet key.
The new VEXnet Key 2.0 is designed to be a functionally identical replacement to the current VEXnet key.
The new VEXnet Key 2.0 requires a firmware update of both the VEX Cortex Microcontroller, and the VEXnet Joystick. The new firmware version will include support for both new and old keys (so users won’t need to switch versions back and forth depending on what key they use). However, the old keys are not compatible with the new keys.
The keys only work in matched pairs. (You can’t use a first generation key on one side of the link and a VEXnet Key 2.0 on the other side of the link). To help make it easy to troubleshoot this, the new VEXnet Key 2.0 is molded in a white plastic housing, which makes it easy to contrast with the black colored 1st generation key.
The new key will be available for $39.99 in January. P/N: 276-3245 - VEXnet Key 2.0