It's been a long time coming, but Arduino.cc has finally launched its next-generation Wi-Fi Shield 101 for Arduino boards. Announced back in September 2014, the Wi-Fi Shield 101 takes Atmel's WINC1500 radio module and gets it ready for use with modern full-size Arduino and Arduino-compatible microcontrollers - and at significantly less cost than the original Arduino Wi-Fi Shield.
Supporting 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connections, the Arduino Wi-Fi Shield 101 promises to be an easy way to add connectivity to your projects. Better still, the Shield includes an ATECC508A cryptographic authentication chip - which, simply put, makes it as simple as possible to add key-based authentication to your Internet of Things (IoT) projects.
The only catch? Currently, as Arduino.cc has announced, the Wi-Fi Shield 101 is only available in the US with international availability scheduled for the near future. For now, we just have to keep ourselves amused with the getting started guide and an MQTT-powered example project on the Arduino Cloud.
In this increasingly connected world, the Arduino Wi-Fi Shield 101 will help drive more inventions in the IoT market. Expanding our portfolio of Arduino extensions, this new shield can flawlessly connect to any modern Arduino board giving our community more options for connectivity, along with added security elements to their creative projects.