Control4 Announces Pakedge Wireless Router

Control4 Corporation today announces the immediate availability of the Pakedge WR-1 with BakPak Lite, an integrated network router and wireless access point with built-in cloud-based network management. Pakedge provides networking capability for connected homes, and at $300 U.S. MSRP, the WR-1 with BakPak management software enables Control4 Dealers to provide a new consumer segment the benefits of a monitored, intelligent home network. The WR-1 implements new 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi technology, providing solid reliability and throughput to support the growing number of connected devices in homes. Included on the WR-1, BakPak Lite provides integrators the ability to proactively manage a customer’s home network by delivering real-time visibility of network health and remote diagnostics for the wireless router, enabling troubleshooting options to mitigate downtime and reduce the costs of on-site service calls.

The WR-1 supports 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless and 500MB LAN-to-WAN, blending high-performance wireless and fast throughput. It also enables multiple connected devices to leverage the bandwidth in the home more efficiently through multi-user multiple-input, multiple-output (MU-MIMO). When the Wi-Fi coverage needs to be increased within the home, the WR-1 can also be expanded with up to two additional wireless access points.

Dealers can use the WR-1 with BakPak to efficiently support a new customer base, without adding monitoring devices to a project or paying additional monthly fees. A single interface provides convenient remote network management from a desktop or smartphone with the ability to run speed tests, check internet connectivity status, and change wireless settings on the WR-1. BakPak Lite enables the remote management for the WR-1 wireless router itself, remote management for the entire network, including home automation products, is available with BakPak on the Pakedge RK-1 Router and NK-1 Wireless Controller. The Pakedge WR-1 with BakPak Lite is available and shipping today for $300 U.S. list.

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Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, is one of the most prominent personalities in the audiovisual industry. He has been a contributor to WIRED magazine and a technical advisor and columnist for Sound & Communications magazine as well as an opinionated columnist for rAVe [Publications] since 2003. In addition to his writing and market analysis, Gary has been a product, marketing and business operations consultant to dozens of AV companies in the U.S. and overseas. Clients have included companies such as Sony, Sharp, Epson, Lutron, InFocus, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, NEC and Philips.   Gary, who has been involved with the audiovisual market for over 20 years, was the recipient of the InfoComm 2003 Educator of the Year Award and the 2007 NSCA Instructor of the Year Award. Over the years, he has donated much of his time as an active volunteer in the AV industry’s trade association and served as chairman of InfoComm’s Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC), chairman of the ICIA Design School Committee and chairman of InfoComm’s Installation School Committee. In addition, he has served on the InfoComm board of governors. He also helped grow the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out as the premiere AV industry trade show special event serving on the committee from 1991 through 1997, and was instrumental in launching the Shoot-Out in the European market at the Photokina Expo in 1994 and 1996 as well as the Asian market at the 1995 and 1997 INFOCOMM Asia shows.   Prior to founding his own company, Gary was vice president of sales and marketing for AMX Corporation (www.amx.com), a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (www.extron.com), rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 from the University of North Carolina and is currently Adjunct Faculty at UNC in the School of Journalism teaching a class on how future technologies will affect the future of advertising, PR and marketing.   He is also the founder of Swim for Smiles, a non-profit that raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital through swimming and other fitness-related events for kids. You can contact him at gary@ravepubs.com..