AV Control Systems Technology Showcase
Feb 23, 2011 12:00 PM, By Bennett Liles
Fully embracing Ethernet control while keeping its Cresnet roots, the Crestron MC3 3-Series control system is built around the all new Core 3 control engine and offers a unified solution to AV distribution along with security and environmental control. The MC3 can run device-specific programming independently, and it can be updated and run from anywhere on Crestron interfaces or a computer using Crestron's e-Control. It can also provide an onscreen interface through a TV connection and use built-in audio rendering for audio feedback with chimes, phone ringers, and other sounds. The unit also features two bidirectional RS-232 com ports, five IR ports for AV device control, two relay ports, and two sensing inputs. As with other Crestron controllers, the MC3 can also use the CNXRMIRD IR receiver for wireless control.
The ipCUE-alpha from Cue USA is an Ethernet-enabled controller equipped with a CUEwire bus connection for operation with Cue touchpanels, touchpads, and other interfaces. The unit features an internal IR sensor for IR code capture, Cue IR link, realtime clock, 5VDC, 1-amp power output, two bidirectional RS-232 ports, four bi¬directional RS-232/-422/-485 ports, eight IR ports also usable as unidirectional serial ports, and two relay ports. The front panel includes an LED status indicator for each port along with power, link, activity, and CPU indicators. Remote control, monitoring, firmware upgrades, and configuration are all done through the internal web server and browser interface.
DNF Controls designed the AnyWhere Interface Box to receive commands from an operator, from detection devices, or from an event schedule and respond with commands to a wide range of devices using GPO output in the form of relay closures, serial transmit by RS-232 or RS-422 and Ethernet transmit via TCP/IP, UDP, and SNMP. Configurations can be saved to and restored from a PC. The unit can be powered over Ethernet or external 12VDC supply and configured using a web browser. The interface includes eight opto-isolated inputs and a USB port. The GPI/GPO ports are D-sub 25, and the front panel includes port activity LEDs and a power indicator.
The Elan Home Systems IP-based TS2 is the beginning of a line of planned devices that will be used for control of home AV, security, lighting, and climate systems. Featuring a 3.75in. diagonal, 18-bit, 262,000-color OLED display, the TS2 provides an integrated IR receiver, multipage menus, and feedback from controlled devices. The 220x176 pixel display is programmed using Elan's configuration software. It can be wall-mounted in a double-gang electrical box, or it will fit into a tabletop stand using the VL2 Conversion Kit. Connection points include a five-position screw terminal interface port, the RJ-45 system port, and a mini USB download port. The unit ships with a standard white frame, but options include almond, light almond, ivory, and black.
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