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AMX Large Chassis Devices

AMX Cardframe

AMX CardframeThe AMX Residential Systems CARDFRAME acts as "mission control" for the entire Landmark system. Equipped as an MCU (Master Control Unit), the cardframe supplies onboard processing and memory, controlling interactions between internal plug-in control cards as well as additional cardframes, keypads, touch panels, lighting, audio routing, and other controllers distributed across a AMX Residential network. Housed in an elegant black enclosure that matches other Landmark large-chassis products, AMX cardframes can be rack or shelf mounted. The cardframe contains 10 card slots for AMX cardframe devices. One slot in the first cardframe is used by the AMX MCU (Master Control Unit) card. Below the card slots is a built-in hub for AMX Residential devices.

This hub is identical to the AMX Hub Card and contains 15 RJ-45 connectors for connecting AMX Residential devices such as keypads and dimmers. The cardframe also has two additional RJ-45 connections for communicating with additional AMX cardframes, standard hubs, or microphone hubs. The cardframe can act as a stand-alone Landmark system controller, or it can operate interactively over a high-speed Ethernet connection with a PC running Landmark Designer software. The cardframe contains a switchable 120V/220V power supply.

Up to 10 cards can be installed in each card frame. This modular approach means that you only purchase the control cards that are required for your specific needs. This gives you maximum power and performance without having to buy something you won't use. It also allows you to easily, quickly, and economically update your system as your needs change. Additional cardframes can be added if you are installing a very large system or expanding beyond your original system size.

AMX Residential Systems Cardframe Devices

The AMX cardframe contains one or more of the following cards:

Master Control Unit Card (MCU)

Master Control Unit Card (MCU)The MCU is the master controller for the Landmark system. It occupies one slot in the first cardframe. If additional cardframes are added, they are linked to the MCU in the first cardframe. Only one MCU is needed per system.

The MCU communicates with a wide array of available control cards that can be installed in the card frame and is designed to carry out a specific range of tasks quickly and reliably.

The MCU has one RJ-45 connector. This is the AMX LAN (Local Area Network) connection, which is connected to a user-supplied 10Base-T Ethernet hub for connection to AMX LAN devices such as a computer for programming the Landmark system. Each AMX LAN device must have its own Cat 5 wire home run to the Ethernet hub. A null modem cable can be used to connect a single computer without the need for an Ethernet hub.

The MCU uses non-volatile RAM for the program memory. No battery back-up is necessary. However, as with any computer the use of a good surge suppressor or UPS is very important.

Memory includes 2MB of nonvolatile program memory (expandable to 4MB) and 2MB of volatile memory (expandable to 4MB). The MCU can be programmed from any PC running Windows 95/98 using the AMX Residential Systems Landmark software.

To take advantage of the Landmark system's Voice message or WAV file playback features, a PC-compatible computer is required. The computer is used to store voice messages and play the WAV files over the audio system. One input and output on the audio switch are needed for the computer.

8-Relay Card (RL8)

8-Relay Card (RL8)The RL8 has eight dry-contact relays. These relays can be configured as normally open or normally closed by setting jumpers located to the right of the relays. These relays all have independent common connectors, allowing a variety of devices to be used with a single relay card. The LED on the front of the RL8 is configured to illuminate every time a message is sent from the RL8 device.

7-Contact Input Card (IN7)

7-Contact Input Card (IN7)The IN7 has seven contact inputs for sensing a dry-contact closure. The first position on the Phoenix connector is +12VDC; the second is +5VDC. These voltages can be used to power contact devices such as a motion detector. The supplies are rated at 1 amp. Check the power requirements for the devices that you want to connect. The first position (C1) on the Phoenix connector is the contact input. The second position (Gnd) is common to all contact inputs. The LED on the front of the IN7 is configured to illuminate every time a message is sent from the IN7 device.

4-IR Output Card (IROUT)

4-IR Output Card (IROUT)The IROUT has four outputs for IR-controlled devices. The card will queue commands if the outputs are already active. The card will handle up to a 10 MHz carrier. The carrier can be turned off with the software to allow control of devices with a serial jack. The connectors are standard mini-phono connectors that are compatible with standard Xantech emitters.

4-IR Input Card (IRIN)

The IRIN allows the Landmark system to be controlled by IR remote control. The input card does not pass the IR data to the IR outputs. The card has three IR input ports, using Phoenix connectors that are compatible with standard Xantech IR receivers.

Dual Serial Card (SER)

Dual Serial Card (SER)Port 1 (the upper connector) of the SER can be software selected as an RS-232 DTE-DCE interface or an RS-485/422 full duplex differential transceiver. Port 2 (the lower connector) of the SER is an RS-232 interface only. The LED on the front of the SER is configured to illuminate every time a message is sent from the SER device.

Dual-Tone Multifrequency Card (DTMF)

Dual-Tone Multifrequency Card (DTMF)The AMX DTMF card provides several important communications and system control capabilities in a Landmark system, including:

Auto telephone answering. Caller ID (displayed on keypads), call screening, etc. Incoming messaging services. View, play back, or erase telephone messages recorded by the system. Phone remote control of Landmark System. Select up to 99 programmed Landmark system events that can be activated over the telephone. This gives you almost complete control of the Landmark system via a telephone keypad from any location in the world with Touch-Tone service or any service that sends a standard DTMF (dual-tone, multi-frequency) signal. Audio recording control. Record custom messages for telephone answering, remote control menu items, password/command status, and control event messages and status.

AMX Emulation Card (AMX)

AMX Emulation Card (AMX)The AMX is used to connect AMX keypads, touch panels, or remotes and AMX touch panels to the Landmark system. The AMX has a single AXLINK Phoenix connector for connection to AMX devices. AXLINK devices use a 4-wire bus and require at least a 4-conductor shielded wire. Up to 253 AXLINK devices can be connected to a single AMX.

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