Fred Harding on Xantech, Mid-Atlantic, NuLEDs

CE Pro Blog Mobster Fred Harding shares a few of his favorite things from the CEDIA Expo 2012 show floor:

Xantech XtraNet IR over IP
Fred Harding · September 10, 2012

Xantech IR over IP

Xantech launched the XtraNet line of IR products that work over Ethernet, allowing for routing and controlling of remote devices over a home network. It does all sorts of things, including giving you the ability to control using old-fashioned IR repeaters, without having to rely on double-plugged emitters.

The XtraNet XLIP200 is a basic IR input and output device that supports native IR I/O over wired networks, to which it interfaces via an RJ-45 connector, and is configured as an input by default. The XLIP400, configured by default as an output, adds support of up to 128 macros. These macros may be accessed via a web page from any computer, tablet, smartphone or similar smart device connected to the network. Alternatively, users may create personalized control pages for the iPhone or iPad using commercially available third party apps. The macros are configured as eight system-wide buttons plus four groups of 30 macro buttons that may be dedicated to specific devices in the A/V system.

The XtraNet XLIP400K Kit combines an XLIP400, DL95 universal IR receiver, four 283D IR emitters and a power supply for applications where a standalone native IR repeater is required. That control can be expanded over a wired network, into a second room, for example, with the addition of an XLIP200. The XLIP400K Kit also provides the flexibility for customers to either use their cable remote/TV remote or universal IR-based remote, as well as an iPhone or iPad, to access those devices.

Xantech XtraNet [Shot with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1, the official camera of the CE Pro Blog Mob at CEDIA 2012]

Mid Atlantic space-saver

Middle Atlantic always makes great racks and great rack accessories, but the piece that caught my eye was a 1u rack space component cooler on the front side with an outlet strip across the back.

It’s part of the aptly named PowerCool series. I saw the PDCool-1015RA and was impressed; it does a lot in a space-saving form factor.


Space saving 1 rackspace design
—Fan speed proportional to temperature of enclosure to extend fan life, reduce dust and maintenance
—2 stage surge suppression protects against damage from power surges and spikes
—Provides notification when surge protection is compromised via local LEDs and dry contact (depending on model)
—Quiet operation, 29 dB
—Available keyswitch model prevents unauthorized control of unit

Frank Sterns at home with NuLEDs

Longtime industry veteran Frank Stearns has landed at NuLED, a slick-as-heck company that plays in the LED field. Essentially, they offer LED lighting solutions that connect to PoE network switches.

Think about that. LED offers lots of options for energy savings, and is a long lasting platform. It can have drivers to control color, so that depending on mood, application or what have you, you can have blue lights, red lights, green lights, you name it.

Since it’s run through a switch, you can integrate easily with control systems, allowing for dynamically controlled energy management.

It’s nice to see Frank land at a really cool place.

Xantech XtraNet [Shot with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1, the official camera of the CE Pro Blog Mob at CEDIA 2012]

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  About the Author

Fred Harding is in sales and technical support at Capitol Sales, a full service distributor of electronic installation hardware. He is a frequent contributor to CE Pro, writing hands-on product reviews and technical tips. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Fred at

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