The 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
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)
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
The AMX DTMF card provides several
important communications and system control capabilities in a Landmark
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
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.