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Z-Wave Devices Get Mandatory Security

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The Z-Wave Alliance announces all Z-Wave devices require "strict and uniform" adoption of the Security 2 (S2) framework, the most advanced security for connected devices, controllers, gateways and hubs available.

Zwave secureThe alliance board unanimously voted in favour of the addition of the S2 framework back in November 2016. From April 2017 a technical certification program administered through 3rd party test facilities in Europe, US and Asia will check all new certified devices carry the correct implementation of S2 security solutions containing rules for command classes, timers and device types. S2 devices should also be backwards compatible with existing devices on the market.

S2 removes the risk of devices getting hacked while included on the network, since devices are uniquely authenticated on the network via QR or pin-code included on the device itself. The addition of secure key exchange via Elliptic Curve Diffie-Hilman (ECDH) eliminates the threat of common hacks such as man in the middle and brute force, while the tunneling of Z-Wave over IP (Z/IP) traffic through a secure TLS 1.1 tunnel secures cloud communications.

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Crestron Ships DigitalMedia NVX Series

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Crestron starts shipping the DigitalMedia NVX series-- a means for installers to transmit 4K60 4:4:4 HDR video over standard 1 gigabit ethernet cable, with zero latency.

DVM NVXThe DVM NVX series is an "infinitely scalable" software-defined matrix able to share 4K60 4:4:4 HDR content securely over a dedicated 1Gb copper or fibre network, with no latency or limits. It has a focus on security, with 802.1X authentication ensuring every DV NVX device is explicitly authorised, Active Directory credential management ensuring only authorised administrators gain access and Secure CIP handling secure connections between DM NVX and Crestron control systems.

It consists of encoder/decoder Boxes (DM-NVX-350, DM-NVX-351), encoder/decoder cards (DM-NVX-350C, DM-NVX-351C), and a card chassis(DMF-CI8). DM NVX encoders/decoders feature built-in USB 2.0 routing, DSP and breakaway audio, HDCP 2.2 support, auto-switching, all-in-one encoding/decoding, and native ethernet support, as well as fibre via optional SPF modules.

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Flexson Adds Connectivity to Playbase

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Installers facing the lack of connectivity options offered by the Sonos Playbase get a Flexson solution-- a quartet plug-in upgrades featuring audio converters and HDMI switches.

Playbase addonCustomers get an Analogue to Digital converter for displays or sources with only analogue outputs, a Digital Coax to Optical converter to adapt digital sources and an HDMI converter featuring an optical digital audio breakout for the Playbase and 4K pass-through for HDMI.

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Netgear Expands Orbi System

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Netgear adds a pair of devices to the Orbi mesh wireless system-- the RBK30 and RBK40, both similar to the original RBK50 kit but featuring a smaller AC2200 router instead of an AC3000 unit.

Netgear OrbiThe RBK30 consists of a single AC2200 router and a small signal-boosting wall plug satellite, and covers around 325 square metres. The RBK40 consists of a pair of AC2200 routers and covers 370 square metres.

Like the RBK50, the routers use what Netgear calls a "tri-bend mesh system." Essentially the router sends out three channels, one to extend internet to the satellite and two others to feed the connections of other devices. The router supports 802.11ac wifi with speeds reaching up to 3Gbps, and the satellite can be placed anywhere to create a unified network with a single user-selectable SSID.

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Extron Presents HD 4K 101 Plus Equaliser

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Extron starts shipping the HD 4K 101 Plus-- an HDMI cable equaliser supporting video signals at resolutions up to 4K@60Hz with 4:4:4 chroma sampling.

Extron equaliserUsed at the destination end of a long cable run, the HD 4K 101 Plus actively equalises poor or marginal sources signals, reduces jitter and skew, and adds output pre-emphasis to reliably extended HDMI signals. Extron says it can handle longer distances of up to 22 and 10m for 4K@30Hz and 4K@60Hz signals respectively if paired with an HDMI Pro Series cable.

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Luxul Ships Epic 4 Routers

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Luxul announces the Epic 4 routers-- a range of commercial-grade routers the company says is optimised for smart homes, as well as SMB and retail applications.

Luxul Epic 4The routers feature integration with 3rd party embedded software, including content filtering from Router Limits and a remote management tool from Domotz. Further applications will be available in the near future, such as Ihiji remote network management tools and Luxul Roam-Assist wireless controller technology. Installers can implement any of these advanced features as required.

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ELAN Showcases Video Distribution at ISE 2017

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ELAN MatrixELAN debuts a line of HDMI products at ISE 2017, including matrix switchers, HDBaseT receivers and transmitters, a VoIP receiver and transmitter, and a VoIP control module.

Set to ship on Q1 2017, the lineup is ideal for light commercial applications as well as the residential market. As the company puts it, the products meet the specific needs of residential installations, and provide custom installers with a range of state-of-the-art options for end-to-end home control and automation solutions.

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