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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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TP-Link Gets on Mesh Networking Bandwagon

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TP-Link is the next company to announce a home wireless mesh networking system-- the Deco M5, a means to blanket the home with wifi using three access points.

Deco M5Similar to other mesh networking offerings from the likes of Google, Netgear and Eero, the Deco M5 covers up to 450 square metres using 3 access points. In case customers need more coverage the system scales scales to 10 access points. Wireless comes through a dual-band system using the AC1300 wireless standard, and promises speeds of up to 400Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 867Mbps on the 5GHz band.

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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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