Niles Adds Networked Audio to ICS Multiroom System

IM-Net card delivers multiroom audio from Rhapsody, NAS drives, DLNA devices, and other IP-enabled sources.

IM-Net delivers IP-based content and metadata throughout the Niles IntelliControl ICS ecosystem.
Julie Jacobson · August 12, 2008

Niles is introducing at CEDIA Expo 2008 the IM-Net integration module for its IntelliControl Intelligent Control Solution (ICS) card-based system. And they mean it this time. The “IM-Net” that was introduced last year is now called the IM-Server, and it enables users to interface ICS with music servers from Niles and ReQuest.

The new “IM-Net” is a plug-in card that “will connect to a home network and find any computers, DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance)-compliant NAS drives or go on the Internet for Rhapsody,” says Niles chief Frank Sterns.

The card, which slides into the Niles ICS GXR2 Modular MultiZone Receiver, creates a table of contents on the fly, showing all media that is available on the network at any given time.

The module does not need to go through a computer to access Rhapsody. That feature was added to the unit based on feedback from Niles dealers last year.

While the first version of the IM-Net supports only Rhapsody, “the hardware is capable as we write new drivers to work with Internet radio or Napster or any of the other services,” Sterns says.

The IM-NET can obtain an IP address automatically in a DHCP-configured network and can also assign its own IP network using UPnP if the available network is static.

Other cards in the ICS lineup deliver music from iPods, HD Radio, XM and Sirius satellite radio, AM/FM radio for US and Europe, and select digital media servers.

IM-Net was one of three finalists for CEDIA’s Best New Technology award.

In 2006, CE Pro named Niles the Innovator of the Year for its ICS system.

The IM-Net card slides into the Niles ICS GXR2 Modular MultiZone Receiver

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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at

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