Ethernet-connected AV control panels
Extron’s PoE-capable Network Button Panels bring Ethernet-based control to a variety of AV applications.
Extron recently introduced the NBP Series Network Button Panels, a product family that brings control to a variety of audio-visual (AV) applications. “Network Button Panels connect to a control processor using standard Ethernet,” the company explained. “These customizable, easy-to-use control panels work in conjunction with an IP Link Pro control processor, HC 403, or HC 404 to perform a wide variety of AV system functions such as display on/off, input switching, volume control, and more.”
The company further explained that the buttons can be customized using Extron Button Label Generator software, or by using the Custom Button Builder application, which is available online.
Network button panels can be powered via Power over Ethernet; the buttons’ PoE capability allows them to receive power and communication over a single Ethernet cable.
Casey Hall, vice president of worldwide sales and marketing for Extron, commented, “Our new Network Button Panels are another way we are bringing easy-to-use and easy-to-deploy AV control solutions to our customers. NBP Series panels allow you to extend control over your network, basically eliminating distance limitations between the panels and the processor.”
The NBP 100 and NBP 200 are two- and three-gang network button panels with field-labelable, dual-colored backlit buttons and a control knob with LED indicators for controlling various functions on virtually any device. The NBP 105 D, NBP 106 D, NBP 108 D, and NBP 110 D are decorator-style in single-gang form factors. Decorator-style button panel models ship with black and white wallplates and mud rings for easy installation.
Extron’s Custom Button Builder enables customization of soft-touch, backlit buttons for a variety of Extron control products, including NBP Series panels. “This dynamic online tool allows individual button customization as well as graphical representations of whole product button layouts with many options for easy edits,” Extron says. “The sign-off page provides a detailed order summary and graphical representations of all buttons ordered.”