Archives for February 2015

Discount Low Voltage welcomes MuxLab!

In stock now! MuxLab is a leading designer and manufacturer of connectivity solutions that allow Audio-Video, Broadcast, and CCTV equipment to be connected via cost-efficient Cat5e/6 copper twisted pair in the structured cabling environment.

For 30 years, the MuxLab brand has been synonymous with quality, performance and reliability. MuxLab solutions streamline cabling by reducing material, space and installation costs. Even after installation, MuxLab products help save time and money by facilitating moves, adds and changes. Whichever market you love and serve MuxLab has a solution for you! Our products are found in applications such as CCTV security and surveillance, classroom video, digital signage, home theater, guestroom entertainment, podium presentation and boardroom projection systems, to name a few.

Proud to be Canadian, all MuxLab products are designed and manufactured in Canada, by Canadian professionals. Your #1 Choice for CCTV and Audio-Video Connectivity Solutions. Let’s get a better look at a couple of there products that’ll provide a solution to your problem.

Need to convert HD-SDI to HDMI via Cat5e?


Need to convert HDMI to VGA?

What about extending your HDMI signal via Cat5e?

Need a further VGA signal?

These are just a couple of examples of how MuxLab provides connectivity solutions via twisted pair. For price and availability visit Discount Low Voltage.

More than just a wiremapper?

Ideal industries has been making some cool tools for a long time now and they recently redesigned the VDV Pro tester and looks like it now has some new tricks. Let’s see what going on with the new VDV II Pro.

The new VDV II Series are easy to use cable verification testers that check the integrity of copper cables commonly found in domestic, commercial or industrial voice, data or video installations, including telephone wiring, data network and video/security cabling.

  • Accurate – Advanced TDR (Time Domain Reflectometry) measures cable length and provides distance to fault information in the VDV Pro
  • Fast – Identifies wiring errors instantly and displays the results all on one screen
  • Intelligent – Quickly determines which phone service is running over cables, such as ISDN or PBX. Identifies voltage, pin and polarity for PoE (Power Over Ethernet) applications.

If you’re like me you can see print all day and who cares! I want to see it in action so let’s check in with our buddy Ron Kipper with Ideal Industries as he gives us a kick ass demonstration of the new VDV II Pro.

Currently we are stocking the VDV II Pro and it includes all the features of the VDV II, VDV II Plus and…

  • TDR measurement to identify distance to opens and shorts for accurate and advanced troubleshooting.
  • PoE Detection with Voltage, Pin, and Polarity Information
  • Phone Service Detection: PBX / ISDN
  • Ethernet Detection with Network Rate & Duplex Information. Identifies 10/100/1000Mb and Hd/Fd on connected ports/devices.

Both the VDV II Plus and the VDV II Pro include a carrying case that can hold all optional VDV II accessories plus an optional Tone Probe (62-164). Included in the carrying case are:

  • 2 RJ-45 to alligator clip cable assemblies
  • 2 RJ-45 patch cables
  • 2 RJ-11 patch cables
  • 1 Coax F patch cable
  • 1 F-81 barrel splice
  • 1 BNC female to F male adapter
  • 1 BNC female to F female adapter
  • 1 RCA female to F male adapter
  • 1 RCA female to F female adapter

Less talk more action? Got it, here’s the unboxing video on it.

Now I know you have a tester that’s probably on it’s last battery, looks like the VDV II Pro is your next tester. Order online!

What is P-Iris?

So recently I was at a IP camera training class at Everfocus and training went well and good but I can’t stop thinking about how awesome some of the cameras looked. They mentioned that some of the IP cameras have a lens called P-iris and I got an explanation on it but with so much to cover in class we did not have that much time to dive into it extensively. So I though I’d dive into it more once I got back into the office and here’s what I found regarding it.

P-iris is an automatic lens and uses precise iris control in combination with specialized software that optimizes image quality and greatly improves contrast, clarity, resolution, depth of field and more! The entire field of view on the screen looks fantastic. With the DC auto iris lens you’ll get a great shot of your focus point, for example, if you wanted to focus on a sign that was 5 feet away the DC-iris will look excellent but the background that is 20 feet away will be a bit blurry and not as sharp, but with P-iris everything in the field of view looks fantastic. Let’s compare by using the photo below.

iris p d

Looks awesome right! Now let’s see some video in action.

P-iris is a new technology and if you haven’t heard of it before I’m sure you’ll start hearing it more and more. For IP cameras with P-iris check out Everfocus.

Easy, Simple, 4 Door Access Control Kit

So we’ve sold a few of these and so far the installation contractors have given me a big thumbs up on the ease of installation, quality of the product and the support that the manufacture has given them. Let’s check this kit out from out YouTube channel.

As you can tell, all the parts are simple and easy enough for the end-user to get familiar with so they know who came in and out and when, but you need to know this system in and out so let’s check out the parts that are involved with this system. Let’s start with going over the features of the Access Control Panel.

Features of the InBio-460 Access Control Panel

  • Over-current protection, over-voltage protection, and reversal protection for the power supply and all of the input and output terminals
  • Reliable network system of controllers using either TCP/IP or RS-485 Serial communication
  • Supports different Wiegand formats, and connects to ZK readers as well as HID, Mifare, and generic ID card readers
  • Connects with a variety of electric locks, sensors, exit buttons, alarm devices, and indicators
  • Can be integrated with other security systems such as CCTV, Intrusion Detection, Fire Alarm Release, and elevastor Control for total security system. Directly compatible with ZK’s biometric reader controllers.
  • Easy-to-use and intuitive programming with ZKAccess Software
  • System management by browser from client PC’s. No need to install software on each client
  • Programming of special logic between doors is set up with simple pull down menus. No special scripts or code is required.
  • Management software allows indication of real-time door status and remote commanding of door open/close state. Alarm conditions such as forced open and extended open alarms are reported.
  • Advanced access control capabilities are built into the hardware, including anti-passback, Dual and multi-Card Authentication, and Duress Mode.

I know this panel has a a lot of features but the software was probably the most talked about feature, people loved the real-time door status.

zk fingerprint

Let’s check out another part of the system that people love, the finger print reader.

Features of the FR1200

  • FR1200 can transfer fingerprint template to inBIO controller or F8 series fingerprint access controller through RS485 communication, so the latter is much more stable and secure
  • FR1200 has passed IP65 certification, so it can be applied to outdoor working environment
  • FR1200 has standard 125Khz ID Card module
  • FR1200 is very easy to be installed due to small size and only needs the RS485 communication
  • After upgrading the firmware of standalone access controllers, the FR1200 can work with them, which have RS485 communication
  • FR1200 works with inBIO controller or F8 series fingerprint access controller
  • The fingerprint is verified by internal access controller or inBIO controller.
  • Even if FR1200 is destroyed,the relay is on master device, so it can not open door
  • FR1200 uses ZK infrared detection fingerprint sensor creatively, it could detect fake fingerprints
  • User could feel if their fingerprint is verified or not, which is user-friendly and improves the accuracy and safety of access control data greatly.
  • FR1200 works with inBIO biometric access controllers to provide “one-stop” access control solutions for small and medium-sized enterprises

The IP65 rating allows it to be weatherproof and the time that it takes to calculate a print to open a door is very timely, nothing more irritating than a reader that takes it time.

If you want more ZK Access, Eli the computer guy has a great introduction on ZK, check out his video.

I think you get the point that this kit is loaded with features and if you need more information on this ZK 4 door kit, visit Discount Low Voltage.com

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