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Just Add Power AV-Over-IP at InfoComm

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Just Add Power (J+P) showcases its 3G Ultra HD over IP transmitter and receiver range at InfoComm 2017, with products designed for any size UHD distribution and matrixing application.

Just Add PowerThe range offers a variety of devices enabling installers to mix and match models to better manage hardware budgets over 4K HDMI projects, including 4K HDR distribution.

"The 3G Ultra HD over IP family uses the same switches, cabling, and control system drivers, while offering a range of features and performance that allow integrators to build upon their existing systems-- much like they would with building blocks," the company says. "As demand for 4K signal distribution increases, integrators can update and integrate new J+P devices into existing systems and overcome the difficulty of distributing 4K in installations that combine new 4K displays and legacy 1080p sources."

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Asus Blows Hole in Blue Cave Router

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The Asus Blue Cave is an AC2600 dual-band wifi router unlike any other-- the design features a antenna-less design with a hole in the middle, making it look like a Dyson bladeless fan.

Asus Blue CaveFirst presented at Computex 2017, the Blue Cave promises "smooth wifi" and "smart protection." It runs on the latest Intel wifi chipset, and includes Trend Micro protection for "every connected smart devices on the network, including IoT devices." A companion app provides granular control (such as network usage, family time limits and app internet access) while IFTTT support provides means for users to create formulas to run their smart homes and digital lives.

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Ihiji Monitors Networks With APP-750

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Ihiji presents an sequel to the APP-500 network management appliance-- the APP-750, featuring an upgraded chipset and a network bus able to more accurately test modern IP speeds up to 1Gbps.

ihijiThe Remote Systems Management (RSM) solution can be paired with eithe rof the recently announced Ihiji Invision licensing plans. The Ihiji Invision Lite license allows installers to monitor ISP uptime and speeds, and enables remote reboots of IP-based PDUs, UPS and Managed PoE at any job site, with no monthly increase in the monthly Ihiji subscription price.

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Luxul Adds WyreStorm NetworkHD Support

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WyreStorm announces Luxul is the latest networking equipment maker to add support for its NetworkHD AV over IP system, reflecting the rapid growth of the networking platform.

Wyrestorm LuxulLuxul switches with NetworkHD support include the AMS-2624P, AMS-1208P and AMS-4424P models-- all part of the Luxul AV Series  purpose-built for use with AV equipment. The switches feature rear panel ports and front-facing LEDs for clean integration with AV rack systems, and offer user-selectable blue/green LEDs for consistency with other rack mount equipment. Also supported is the XMS-2624P, a traditional front-facing port alternative.

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RTI (Finally) Ships AD-16x Audio Matrix Switcher

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RTI starts shipping the AD-16x-- a long-awaited 16x16 audio matrix switcher designed for large multi-zone installations first announced back at CEDIA Expo 2013.

RTI AD-16xThe AD-16x provides routing for 16 audio sources across 16 zones, with RTI Cool Power amplifiers (CP-450/CP-1650) driving each speaker. It also features 8 remote source inputs, allowing devices located in other rooms to act as global sources.

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WyreStorm Launches H2L Series Switchers

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Wyrestorm switcherWyreStorm announces the H2L Series-- Class B HDBaseT additions to its matrix switcher line, available in 6x6 and 8x8 models able to switch between 2K and 4K UHD video sources (30Hz 4:2:0).

The matrix switchers handle HDR, HDCP 2.2 and multi-channel audio up to DTS:X and Dolby Atmos, and installers can send out the HDBaseT outputs up to 35m for 4K and 70m for 1080p.

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Pakedge Upgrades PowerPak PDUs

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Control4 announces a new range of Pakedge PowerPak power control devices-- PDUs providing centralised power control and management, together with surge protection for all equipment in a connected home.

Pakedge PDUThe PDUs are BakPak-enabled, allowing installers to remotely monitor and manage their entire PowerPak customer base from a single interface. Outlets are individually controllable via telnet or web browser, and can also be pre-programmed. A Control4 driver enables automated and programmed outlet control within a Control4 project, adding intelligent power control to any device not connected to the network.

New PowerPak features include thresholds for current and voltage draw, and self-healing for non-responsive devices. Built-in UL1449 surge protection safeguards connected devices against power spikes, while SafeStart boot sequencing powers devices such as modems, routers and switches in the appropriate order for proper reset and optimal functionality.

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