AV & Presentation

New Ethernet Controllers Now Available for Classroom AV Systems

Extron Electronics has introduced a series of new Ethernet controllers that should provide additional security and easy on/off functions, all designed to handle data delivered to projectors and AV systems in the classroom via the Internet.

The new MediaLink Plus 50, 100 and 200 controllers are all fully-configurable with beveled edges, rounded corners and backlit buttons.

All five new models:

  • Can manage, monitor and control AV devices using a standard Ethernet network;
  • Are customizable using Global Configurator Plus or Professional;
  • Have a variety of ports for more flexibility;
  • Come with Power over Ethernet that allows them to receive and control power over a single Ethernet cable;
  • Support Ethernet-controllable devices;
  • Support iPad room control; and
  • Are Section 508-compliant.

The Plus 50 model has backlit up and down volume controls, and the 100 and 200 models also feature multi-function volume knobs that allow for more precise control of amplifiers. Magnetically-attached faceplates hide the mounting screws giving the controllers a more uncluttered appearance.

The Plus 100 and 200 models are available in AAP versions, meaning they provide openings for up to four single-space Architectural Adapter Plates allowing for more connectivity possibilities.

"These simple pushbutton controllers are equally at home in a single-projector classroom or an advanced AV control system," said Casey Hall, Extron vice president of sales and marketing.

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Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.