Custom-install brand On-Q is expanding its focus on networking and retrofit solutions to complement its traditional structured-wiring solutions for home-wide audio, video, lighting control and home automation, said Fritz Werder, VP and brand general manager of Legrand’s home systems division.
A Wi-Fi module connects to the structured-wiring enclosure of a LyriQ multi-room audio system to stream music wirelessly from Apple and Android mobile devices and from PCs.
On-Q, a Legrand-owned brand, “has been a leader in structured wiring for years, and we’re looking beyond structured wiring and beyond new construction,” he said.
The network solutions will include wired Ethernet products and, for retrofit installs, network products based on the Wi-Fi, powerline and MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance) standards, he said. On-Q will adopt the no-new-wires standards to become an “infrastructure enabler” of audio, video and data over a home’s existing wires rather than offer source products with the technologies embedded, he said.
The brand is also considering the adoption of the ZigBee wireless-control standard, but such products won’t be display at September’s CEDIA Expo, he said.
Before the CEDIA Expo, the company will ship its first wireless device that streams music via Wi-Fi from PCs, Macs and Apple and Android mobile devices to the Studio and Classic lyriQ multi-room audio systems, which are built around a structured-wiring enclosure. The new device, called the LyriQ AirQast Main Source, incorporates Wi-Fi and multiple audio decoders. Main Source mounts next to the structured -wiring enclosure so that users can send music wirelessly to a LyriQ system for home-wide distribution over CAT-5 cables. Music that can be streamed includes songs stored on PCs and mobile devices as well as songs streamed from select compatible services, including Pandora, SiriusXM, Last.fm and YouTube. Additional music services will be supported in future versions of the company’s app and PC software.
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