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Crestron Transmitters, Access Point Now Shipping

Crestron officials said the latest additions to its QuickMedia line of transmitters and the company's new Wireless Access Point are now shipping.

Crestron officials said the latest additions to its QuickMedia line of transmitters and the company's new Wireless Access Point (WAP) are now shipping.

The QM transmitters come in a variety of form factors, including portable/rack-mountable, wall, and floor mount. A key new feature is the built-in Extended Display Identification Data (EDID) chip, which supports the computer graphics VESA standard. Other features include built-in signal sensing on each input to trigger automatic input selection and other operations, such as device power control. A single IR output port enables programmable control of a local DVD player, multimedia computer, or other IR-controllable AV device.

The QM-TX2-MC and QM-TX2-CC each have built-in 2x1 switchers. Local switching control can be accomplished through the front panel, without additional programming. The UM-TX2-MC has RGB and video (Composite, S-video, or Component) inputs, while the QM-TX2-CC has two RGB inputs.

The QM-WMC-VCC, with a built-in 3x1 switcher, and the QM-WCC-2, with a 2x1 switcher, are wall-plate models

 that fit in standard, two-gang electrical boxes using a Decora-style faceplate. Both include audio breakaway, to allow the audio inputs to be switched independently of or linked to their corresponding video/RGB inputs. The QM-WMC-VCC has individual video inputs for Composite, Component, and RGB signals, each with corresponding stereo audio to accept connections from portable devices and computers. The QM-WCC-2 has dual RGB and stereo audio inputs to support two separate computers or other RGB sources.

Finally, both the QM-WCC-1 (wall mount) and QM-FBCC-1 (floor mount) have a single RGB input with stereo audio to connect with a computer or other RGB source. The QM-FBCC-1 has the smallest form factor of the series and installs in a Hubbell SystemOne floor box or poke-through using Hubbell's Style Line Sub-plate and Universal Cover.

For wireless network setup, the new CEN-WAP-ABG-CM WAP is the latest of Crestron's Power over Ethernet (PoE) solutions. It supports 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi, and boasts a low-profile ceiling-mount installation, 360-degree coverage, and enterprise-level security and management capabilities, according to the company.

The access point mounts onto a flat ceiling surface using a standard one-gang plaster ring or wall box. Its white finish is meant to help the WAP blend in with a typical ceiling, but its cover can also be removed and painted.

Each unit ships with a unique network name key, says the company. To wirelessly connect it, enter the information in the touch panel upon setup and the connection is instantaneous. The WAP supports up to 152-bit WEP encryption as well as the WPA and WPA2 authentication and encryption methods for secure wireless networking.

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