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Card Access ZigBee-to-IR Module facilitates Total Automation

The Salt Lake City-based manufacturer Card Access says its ZigBee-to-IR module saves installers time and money, and cosmetically the product blends into a home environment much easier than traditional home run wiring methods.

Card Access' new Z2iRZigBee-to-IR Module carries a retail price of $149, and the company says the device is available from either Card Access or Control4.
Robert Archer · October 9, 2012

The bottom line is always important, but with today’s economy so unstable, the bottom line is more important than ever. With just about everyone obsessed with their spending it is important for electronics professionals to offer solutions to their clients that meet the financial goals of consumers while balancing their technology desires.

Card Access, Inc., a Salt Lake City-based manufacturer of wireless communications products, is addressing the costs of home automation in existing homes through the release of its new Z2iRModule which it says provides electronics professionals with a solution that saves time and money without having to add bulky, awkward electronics into a home environment. According to Card Access, the ZigBee-to-IR module ships with two IR emitters, a 110-220VAC-to-USB power adapter, a two-meter USB cable and adhesive strips to attach the module to the device it’s working with to convert its control functions. The retrofit friendly solution incorporates two IR ports and each module is said to have the ability to control as many as four IR products.

The company explains the module saves time and money by eliminating the need to home running wires back to a main control unit. “Control4 dealers know running wiring behind existing walls can be the biggest risk to a job’s profitability because of what might be hiding behind the wall,” says Kent Hansen, president and CEO of Card Access, Inc. “Almost every Control4 dealer has also faced being unable to run an IR control wire or forgetting to run an IR control wire to where one is needed. Z2iR represents a significant opportunity for dealers looking to include the maximum number of devices in their installations while reducing the labor costs and risks associated with running control wires.”

Card Access says electronics professionals can order the device directly or they can purchase the product from Control4. The Z2iR ZigBee-to-IR module carries an MSRP of $149, and the device measures 2.8125 inches long by 1.75 inches wide by .05625 inches thick to allow the product to be easily hidden in most homes.

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  About the Author

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at

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Card Access · Control4 · Home Automation · Home Control & Automation · IR Control · Retrofit · All Topics
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