San Diego, CA – CEDIA Expo 2017, September 7, 2017 – Control4 Corporation (NASDAQ: CTRL), a leading global provider of smart home solutions, today announces the immediate availability of the Pakedge WR-1 with BakPak® Lite, a high-performance integrated network router and wireless access point with built-in cloud-based network management. Pakedge provides robust 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.
“Network stability and performance are fundamental requirements for every connected home – regardless of its size or scope,” said Paul Williams, VP of Product Management, Control4. “The WR-1 with BakPak enables dealers to efficiently deliver this as a standard for all customers. Dealers gain visibility into their entire customer base through one complete cloud-based network management system.”
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. MSRP, with a three-year warranty.