Crestron 2-Series Control Systems are the brain of a complete integrated AV or automation solution. Every audio, video, and environmental element of the home, boardroom, classroom, or command center becomes integrated and accessible through the control system. Crestron 2-Series control systems are unmatched for power, performance and scalability, providing the ideal choice for today's demanding control applications.
The RACK2 is designed for large-scale commercial and residential applications requiring maximum options for customization and scalability. It provides an integrated 12-slot Y-Bus card cage that supports any combination of plug-in Y-Bus control cards for IR, RS-232/422/485, relay, digital I/O, analog I/O, digital audio processing, and MIDI. The integrated 4-slot Z-Bus card cage is designed for Crestron's high-speed single and dual-port Ethernet cards.
At the heart of the RACK2 is the powerful 32-bit Freescale ColdFire® processor. Crestron's exclusive enhanced real-time operating system makes the RACK2 the fastest, most reliable control system available.
Dual Bus Architecture
The RACK2's unique dual-bus architecture affords ultra fast communications. The 40Mbps Y-Bus provides a high-speed backplane for IR, serial, and other control ports via the 12 Y-Bus control card slots. At a blazing 300Mbps, the Z-Bus supports Fast Ethernet with future support for other emerging technologies via the 4 Z-Bus slots.
Built-in Cresnet® Hub
The Cresnet bus is a simple, yet flexible 4-wire network that provides rock-solid bidirectional communication and power for many Crestron touchpanels, keypads, lighting controls, and other devices. The RACK2's built-in Cresnet hub serves as a repeater, splitter, and wiring block for large Cresnet networks. Each of its eight ports (or segments) has a dedicated driver/receiver, allowing every port to support up to 3000 feet of Cresnet cabling and approximately 20 Cresnet devices.
Cresnet Slave Mode
Selectable Cresnet Slave Mode enables the RACK2 to be configured as a Cresnet slave device, effectively transforming it into a Cresnet expansion module. Such flexibility can offer a cost-effective solution for system expansion, providing a host of additional control ports in a single card cage.
Crestron pioneered the IP-based control system to harness the vast possibilities of Ethernet and the Internet for remote control, monitoring, programming, and diagnostics, and the RACK2 is designed to deliver the world's most advanced IP control solution. A choice of single or dual port Ethernet cards enables a full-duplex 10/100 Ethernet connection with built-in Web server and email client, and support for both static and dynamic IP addressing.
Crestron's award-winning e-Control 2 XPanel solutions offer the most flexible range of IP control possibilities available. Using a Windows® computer or CE/PocketPC™ PDA device, e-Control 2 provides an amazing control GUI that looks and behaves just like a Crestron Isys® touchpanel.
Every Ethernet-enabled 2-Series control system works directly with Crestron's exclusive RoomView Help Desk software for the industry's most comprehensive facility-wide asset management solution.
Built-in SNMP support enables network management of Crestron control systems using third-party SNMP software. As an alternate or supplement to RoomView, SNMP allows full control and monitoring from the IT Help Desk or NOC in a format that's familiar to IT personnel.
All Ethernet-enabled 2-Series control systems support SSL (Secure Sockets Layer), the industry standard for protecting sensitive network communications.
The RACK2's onboard NAT (Network Address Translator) acts as a firewall and router to facilitate the configuration of a private control LAN with a single-point connection to the client's LAN (Dual-port Ethernet card required).
A memory card slot accessible on the rear panel allows for easy expansion of the RACK2's internal memory using any Type II Compact Flash memory card up to 2 GB.
Front Panel Control
The RACK2 includes a programmable front control panel with LCD display and card slot status indicators. The RACK2's front panel serves as a ready user interface for system configuration and diagnostics, and can also be custom programmed to enable menu-driven control capability.
To minimize downtime in the event of a fatal processor failure, the RACK2 is designed with a field-replaceable CPU card that is easily accessible from the rear panel.