Comtrol has released its RocketLinx ACS7106, billed as the first UL294B -listed PoE switch especially designed for the access control market. The RocketLinx ACS7106 offers access control integrators and systems builders the full benefits of a PoE Plus Ethernet switch for connecting card readers, electric strikes/locks, keypads and camera equipment. The company notes that UL294B listing states compliance with the strict UL safety standards for access control equipment being increasingly mandated by state and local governments.
“The RocketLinx ACS7106 simplifies the installation of access control equipment by offering a connectivity solution combining the most stringent UL safety standards with the latest PoE Plus switch technology,” comments David Boldt, director of product management at Comtrol.
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With an extended operating temperature from -40° to 55°C, the RocketLinx ACS7106 is easily installed in outdoor or indoor industrial settings and is ideally suited for access control integration with four 10/100BASE-TX PoE Plus ports for providing power and data to remote PDs [powered devices] and two 10/100/1000BASE-TX Gigabit uplink ports, assuring maximum throughput for high-bandwidth applications. Plug-and-play installation eliminates costs and cabling complexity typical with rack-mounted or individual PoE midspans, notes Comtrol.
With voltage boost technology that allows direct 12-24VDC input power for easy integration with alarm, security and access control power systems, the ACS7106 also features a compact, rugged aluminum housing and small form factor for panel and cabinet deployment, 100W PoE total power budget for driving high power devices, and a relay alarm supporting 24VDC at 1A for notification of Ethernet link and PoE power events. PoE Plus (802.3at support) ensures the most power-intensive devices such as IP cameras with heaters and PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) controls are supported.
“The switch not only reduces cabling while addressing space and power issues common to PoE access control systems, but also facilitates integration of both low- and high-power PoE devices," concludes Boldt. "There is no need for separate power injectors wired to complex rack mount equipment to deliver reliable power and data connections.”