Control4 Corporation is now shipping the new Pakedge PowerPak family of power control devices. Enabling Control4 and Pakedge dealers to remotely remediate problems and avoid onsite service visits, PowerPak PDUs provide centralized power control and management with surge protection for all equipment in a connected home. BakPak-enabled, dealers can monitor and manage PowerPak PDUs for their entire customer base in a single interface.
New features of the PowerPak line include thresholds for current and voltage draw, and self-healing for non-responsive devices. The Pakedge PowerPak PDUs have built-in UL1449 surge protection to safeguard connected equipment against power spikes. The new PDUs also leverage SafeStart boot sequencing to power on devices such as modems, routers, and switches in the appropriate order, helping ensure proper reset and optimal functionality. The PowerPak family of power control devices consists of nine outlets for the U.S. and North America, and eight with IEC plugs for international markets.
Devices powered with a PowerPak PDU can be managed in a group or individually with port-level control and monitoring. Using BakPak, technicians can now define voltage and current thresholds for connected devices, receiving alerts if a device exceeds these thresholds and may be experiencing issues.
“On average, there are over 40 connected devices in a Control4 smart home. The high-impact combination of BakPak and our new PowerPak line gives our dealers powerful tools to monitor and manage virtually all the gear in their customers’ homes—stepping in to remediate issues before they even become apparent to the homeowner,” said Paul Williams, VP, product management, Control4. “Having the ability to remotely troubleshoot issues will save our dealers time and money.”
PowerPak outlets are individually controllable through telnet or web browser, and can also be pre-programmed. An all-new Control4 driver enables automated and programmed outlet control within a Control4 project, allowing dealers to add intelligent power control to any device not connected to the network. Locally, PowerPak PDUs self-heal devices that have become non-responsive to network pings by cycling power to a troubled device.
Available and shipping today, PowerPak PDUs join an existing line of power distribution units with models from two outlets up to 20. The new PowerPak 9 and PowerPak 8i have an MSRP of $600 U.S. and are available now to all Control4 and Pakedge dealers.