Crestron has begun shipping its TPS-6XNL six-inch wireless touchpanel, a non-locking version of the TPS-6X.
Crestron's TPS-6XNL touchpanel
Just like the TPS-6X, the 6XNL provides a tabletop form factor while also offering portability. What makes the 6XNL different is there is no latching hardware, making it very simple to dock and undock.
“The TPS-6XNL is perfect for users that don’t require or want the panel and dock to lock together,” Crestron director of marketing Vincent Bruno said.
While docked, the TPS-6XNL is a wired Cresnet- or Ethernet-connected panel with full-motion video display (lift the panel off the dock, and the panel automatically switches to a wireless RF device.)
According to Crestron, the TPS-6XNL features long-range, high-speed two-way RF communication up to 200 feet and one-way IR. Sitting on the docking station, the TPS-6X is recharging its battery and communicating as a wired touchpanel via Ethernet or Cresnet. The high-speed Ethernet connection enables full-motion video display in a scalable or full-size window, the company says.
The TPS-6X operates within IEEE 802.15.4, which Crestron says is more reliable than Wi-Fi. One-way IR communication is also built-in for direct control of various consumer devices.
TPS-6X ships with default settings to go to sleep when it's not in use to preserve the battery, and the timing can be adjusted. The TPS-6X wakes up and works immediately just by touching the screen or a button. There's no lag time; it doesn't need to connect or power up, according to Crestron.
Illuminated pushbuttons on the TPS-6X provide quick access to volume adjustment, channel selection, and on-screen menu navigation. Button text is easily viewable in variable lighting conditions thanks to backlit laser engraving. The TPS-6X ships with both a pre-engraved backlit button bezel and a blank bezel, in luxurious black or white glossy or matte finishes.
TPS-6X features the same Isys graphic engine as all of the latest Crestron touchpanels, including dynamic text and graphics, and while docked, the 6XNL also displays full motion video in any size window or full screen.