posted on Wednesday, 19th April 2017 by Steve May
Control4 has announced a new Pakedge PowerPak family of power control devices. The PowerPak PDUs provide centralised power control and management with surge protection for all equipment in a connected home. Installers can monitor and manage PowerPak PDUs for their entire customer base in a single interface.
PowerPak outlets are individually controllable through telnet or web browser, and can also be pre-programmed.
New features include thresholds for current and voltage draw, and self-healing for non-responsive devices. PowerPak PDUs self-heal devices that have become non-responsive to network pings by cycling power.
The Pakedge PowerPak PDUs have built-in UL1449 surge protection to safeguard connected equipment against power spikes. The new PDUs also offer SafeStart boot sequencing to power on devices such as modems, routers, and switches in the appropriate order.
The range comprises eight IEC plugs for international markets, and nine socket models for the US.
Devices powered with a PowerPak PDU can be managed in a group or individually with port-level control and monitoring. Using BakPak, installers can define voltage and current thresholds for connected devices, receiving alerts if a device exceeds these thresholds .
“On average, there are over 40 connected devices in a Control4 smart home. The high-impact combination of BakPak and our new PowerPak line gives our dealers powerful tools to monitor and manage virtually all the gear in their customers’ homes, stepping in to remediate issues before they even become apparent to the homeowner,” explains Paul Williams, VP, Product Management, Control4. “Having the ability to remotely troubleshoot issues will save our dealers time and money.”
An all-new Control4 driver enables automated and programmed outlet control within a Control4 project, allowing dealers to add intelligent power control to any device not connected to the network. Locally,
The PowerPak PDUs join an existing line of power distribution units with models from 2 outlets up to 20.
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