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Control4 Adds Small Home-Automation Controller

Salt Lake City –


has begun shipping a
$599-suggested home-automation controller that controls a home entertainment
system but can also be used to control lighting, climate control and security systems throughout the house.

 The 1.2- by 8.6- by
4.9-inch HC-250, small enough to fit
behind a TV, is designed for use with Control 4’s ZigBee-based handheld RF
remotes, which control a Control4 GUI appearing on a connected TV set.

 Home systems can also
be controlled from Control4’s dedicated in-wall and
tabletop touchscreens and from Wi-Fi tablets and smartphones running
the Control4 MyHome application.

The device is
also suited for light commercial installs, the company said.

Compared with
its predecessor, the device is smaller and adds a 1GHz processor and
next-generation wireless ZigBee processor for faster response to commands, the
company said.

The HC-250 also
features power-over-Ethernet (PoE) to get power via the same Ethernet cable
that provides network and home automation capabilities.

component incorporates Wi-Fi 802.11 n/g at 2.4GHz, front-panel IR blaster and
IR receiver, four 3.5mm IR ports, two RS-232 ports, one relay, one contact
control, and one USB port to connect an external hard
drive that stores music and pictures.

also features HDMI output for digital audio and on-TV GUI, a component-video
one 3.5mm analog audio output and one 3.5mm analog
audio input.

recently launched controller, the HC-800, is larger, at 2 by 17.3 by 9.2 inches and features a dual-core 1.8GHz processor and more inputs, outputs,
contacts and relays.