The CEN-RFGW-EX is a 2-way RF gateway/transceiver designed to enable communications and management for a complete infiNET EX wireless network of dimmers, keypads, remotes, and other devices. The CEN-RFGW-EX links the infiNET EX network to a Crestron® control system via high-speed Ethernet or Cresnet®. "Wi-Fi friendly" RF technology permits selection from 16 ISM channels within the 2.4 GHz spectrum to minimize the possibility of interference with other RF equipment including 802.11 devices. Built-in Dynamic Frequency Allocation continuously monitors RF conditions, automatically selecting the clearest channel to prevent interference from neighboring networks, cordless phones, and microwaves.
Ultra-reliable infiNET EX wireless technology provides steadfast 2-way RF communications throughout a residential or commercial structure without the need for physical control wiring. Employing a 2.4 GHz mesh network topology, nearly every infiNET EX device on the network functions as a relay station, passing command signals through to every other device within range (approximately 150 feet or 46 meters indoors), ensuring that every command reaches its intended destination without disruption. Each infiNET EX device that is added to the network effectively increases the range and stability of the entire network by providing multiple redundant signal paths.
Setting up a complete infiNET EX network is simple, utilizing dynamic discovery to locate and acquire each RF device automatically. At all times, the CEN-RFGW-EX monitors each device on the network, ignoring any other 2.4 GHz signals, and reconfiguring the entire network automatically in response to new sources of interference and other changes in RF conditions.
Up to 100 infiNET EX dimmers, switches, keypads, thermostats, and other devices can be linked to a control system via a single CEN-RFGW-EX gateway. Additional gateways may be installed to support more devices, with up to 16 gateways possible in a complete system (RF conditions allowing). Wireless expanders (model CLW-EXPEX) may be added wherever needed to extend the network by filling in gaps between devices.
Handheld Remote Gateway
The CEN-RFGW-EX also provides a wireless gateway for Crestron MLX-3 and MTX-3 Handheld Remotes. Up to 6 remotes can be associated with a single gateway. Each wireless connection is monitored continuously, diligently keeping track when any remote goes to sleep or wanders out of range, restoring communications seamlessly when it reappears on the network.
Wired communications between the CEN-RFGW-EX gateway and the control system can be via Cresnet or Ethernet, with power for the gateway delivered over the same Cresnet or Ethernet connection. Power over Ethernet (PoE) simply requires the presence of an 802.3af PoE power source. Crestron offers the PWE-4803RU PoE Injector, which connects inline with the Ethernet cable, allowing for installation at any convenient location between the gateway and the network switch. The PWE-4803RU is capable of powering a single gateway, and is available separately or packaged with the gateway as model CEN-RFGW-EX-PWE.
Crestron also offers Ethernet switches with built-in PoE (models CEN-SW-POE-5 and CEN-SWPOE-24), affording a complete high-performance networking solution capable of providing PoE for multiple gateways and other PoE devices. Using an Ethernet switch with built-in PoE eliminates the need for separate PoE Injectors.
Emerge Alliance Registered
This device is EMerge Alliance® registered and designed to work within a 24VDC room-level power distribution system. The EMerge Alliance is a non-for-profit open industry association leading the rapid adoption of safe DC power distribution in commercial buildings through the development of Emerge Alliance standards. Crestron is a proud member and supporter of the Alliance. For more information about Crestron Solutions for EMerge Alliance Applications visit: www.crestron.com/emerge.
- infiNET EX™ wireless gateway
- Ultra dependable mesh network technology
- Dynamic discovery for fast, easy setup
- "Wi-Fi friendly" channel selection for trouble-free operation
- Dynamic Frequency Allocation prevents RF interference
- Built-in RF network diagnostics
- Up to 150 feet (46 m) range indoors, 250 feet (76 m) outdoors
- Supports up to 100 infiNET EX devices and 5 expanders
- Supports up to six MLX-3 and MTX-3 handheld remotes
- Cresnet or Ethernet control system interface
- Single-wire Cresnet or PoE network powered
- EMerge Alliance® Compatible