Orlando, FL–Universal Remote Control has introduced the wireless, dual-use KP-900 Wireless keypad that controls all audio and video equipment in a home. It can be mounted on a wall and used as a handheld remote, making it ideal for retrofitting into homes with existing entertainment systems, as well as for new homes.
Four simple screws attach the KP-900s bracket to a wall, eliminating the expense and inconvenience of running new wires or opening the wall to add new wires. The keypad can be mounted in any room, and anywhere in a room. It can be used on the wall in its bracket, independently as a handheld, or affixed to a refrigerator or other metal surface thanks to a built-in magnet. The keypad is compatible with iPods and other portable music players, and comes in three decorator-friendly finishes: white, light almond, and black.
The KP-900 is equipped with a bright, easy to read, backlit LCD screen, and injection-molded backlit buttons with laser-etched labeling. Six buttons to the right of the screen are labeled based on what a user is watching or listening to, and change accordingly. Someone Watching TV, for example, will see a list of buttons useful to that activity. If he selects DVD, the buttons will automatically change to control the DVD.
To further enhance customized installation, the keypad comes with three sets of keycaps for the top buttons. One set has no labels. The other two simplify volume control (Volume Up, Mute and Volume Down) and transport control (Seek, Shuffle and Seek+). They help installers more perfectly adapt the keypad to specific systems and user preferences, and cannot be removed once installed.
The KP-900 operates using Infrared (IR) signals with a range of 30-50 feet, or Radio Frequency (RF) signals with a range of 50-100 feet when used with an optional MRF-350 or MRF-260 RF Base Station. In RF mode, components can be controlled without pointing at them, and even if they are in other rooms, hidden in cabinets, or are behind closed doors.
The KP-900 is also compatible with URCs MSC-400 Master System Controller, which provides installers with options, including triggered macros, RS-232 and relay control, video and voltage sensors, among much else.
For homes that already have wall-mounted volume controls, adding a KP-900 keypad lets users operate their systems from whatever room theyre in. They can turn the system on or off, select what to listen to or watch, change songs, CDs, channels, sources, and more. They can harness previously unused features their components might already possess, like second zone outputs, and use the keypad anywhere in the room by simply lifting it from its home bracket.
The KP-900 is designed to be professionally programmed using proprietary URC software through a Windows PC equipped with a USB port. The software is available at no extra cost from the URC Web site, www.universalremote.com. While a basic set-up only takes a few minutes, fully automating an A/V system requires a detailed knowledge of the equipment, the users preferences, and how the system is connected.
The KP-900 boasts 4 Megabits of user-configurable Flash memory, which supports up to 400 full pages of commands that can be distributed into as many as 255 devices. Additional features include a 255-color backlighting palette for the LCD display, one-touch blue backlighting for all the hard buttons, the ability to learn new IR commands, a small integrated speaker for audible feedback, a built-in sleep timer, and a USB cable. Four AAA batteries supply reliable, long-lasting power.
The KP-900 Wireless Keypad is available now from authorized Universal Remote Control dealers at a suggested price of $599.