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New Gefen ToolBox Mini PACS Offers Control of IR, RS-232 and IP Devices from a Central Interface

Digital connectivity solutions provider Gefen today announced that its Mini PACS (Professional Automation Control System) is shipping. This wall-mountable enclosure offers mobility and flexibility when controlling A/V systems over a network. It can control HDTV displays, Blu-ray players, add-on switchers, computers, scalers and more from a central interface, using a web IP to RS-232 and IR conversion.

Equipped with three IR emitters, two relays, one RS-232 port and one Ethernet 10/100 BaseT connection, the Gefen ToolBox Mini PACS offers a reduced price version of PACS for distributed control systems where devices can be located anywhere there is network access, or smaller systems.

Like PACS, the Mini PACS provides control of A/V devices, but in a convenient wall-mount enclosure. A web user interface is used to communicate using IR and RS-232 to control devices from a remote location or to automate functions. IR and RS-232 ports are configurable to be compatible with all A/V devices. The Mini PACS can learn, store and manage IR commands from other manufacturers' remotes. Two relay ports allow for control of screens, blinds or draperies.

“The new Gefen ToolBox Mini PACS features a nice and easy method of accessing A/V devices equipped with RS-232 or IR over a network,” said Hagai Gefen, president and CEO, Gefen. “Volume, video distribution, power and more can be controlled using web IP so A/V systems can be accessed or automated from anywhere.”

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