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Extron Introduces New Models in IP Tools

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Extron Electronics has expanded its IP Tools=81 Series of compact Ethernet-to-serial interfaces with integral Web servers. The two new models are the IPL T S4 with four serial ports and the IPL T S6 with six serial ports. These complement the previously announced IPL T S2, which provides two serial ports.

The IPL T S4 Ethernet-to-Serial Interface, with four serial ports on four 9-pin D-sub connectors, can control four independent RS-232, RS-422, or RS-485 serial devices. When configured for pass-through mode, the IPL T S4 can pass through commands from an existing control system and control two other attached devices. On the other hand, the IPL T S6, with a total of six serial ports, provides two 9-pin D-sub connectors and four captive screw serial connectors, and can control six independent RS-232, RS-422, or RS-485 serial devices.

The previously announced IPL T S2, with two serial ports, provides two 9-pin D-sub connectors that can control two independent RS-232, RS-422, or RS-485 serial devices.

All models in the IP Tools Series enable any AV device to be controlled, monitored, and accessed from any computer connected to a Local Area Network (LAN), Wide Area Network (WAN), or the Internet. IP Tools give users the ability to remotely monitor and troubleshoot projectors, plasma displays, switchers, and other serially controlled products.

The IP Tools models are equipped with Extron's exclusive IP Link technology, a high-performance intelligent network solution specifically engineered to meet the needs of professional AV environments, from large universities and businesses to residential installations. Multiple Ethernet-enabled AV products can be managed and supported by a technician or administrator at any time from any computer with a Web browser.

IP Tools products use an integrated, high-performance Web server with 1.5 MB of flash memory for storing HTML, JavaScript, Flash=81 animation, and graphics files.

With Web-based software and a Graphical User Interface (GUI), users can access a variety of AV products connected to a network. For example, users can check the activity and status of a projector's power, connections, lamp life, or temperature, or even turn off all projectors at once--all from the convenience of a single monitoring station.

All IP Link products can run sophisticated user-programmable scripts. This feature enables automated functions to operate based on assignable criteria, such as turning connected equipment on or off at predetermined times and alerting individuals if an attached unit is disconnected. The IP Tools models use industry standard Ethernet communication protocols, including ARP, DHCP, ICMP (ping) TCP/IP, Telnet, HTTP, and SMTP.

Web pages are served up to 50 times faster (6 Mbit/sec transfer rate) than many similar products. With multi-user support, 200 simultaneous connections enable each IP Link device to support concurrent users and improve system throughput by sending information in parallel. Each individual port can control independent AV devices, or when configured for pass-through mode, the IP Tools models can pass through commands from existing control systems. The IP Link Global Viewer=81allows the user to control, monitor, and schedule various functions of serially controlled products connected to IP Tools products.

For added flexibility, users can power up IP Tools products two different ways. With power over LAN (IEEE 802.3af) capability, there is no need for a local power supply. The included external, international power supply provides worldwide power compatibility.

The IPL T S2 (part number 60-544-01) lists for $495.00 (USD), the IPL T S4 (part number 60-544-03) lists for $625.00 (USD), and the IPL T S6 (part number 60-544-04) lists for $695.00 (USD).

For more information, call 800-633-9876 or visit Awww.extron.com.

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