Crestron Enters RF Home Control

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Rockleigh, N.J. - Crestron plans to broaden its customer base with the launch of a Prodigy line of home-control gear that uses wireless control signals and a software setup wizard to help bring the company's brand to lower priced installations.

Crestron's Prodigy line includes an RF remote, wireless media controller, wireless light switch, wireless thermostat and wired in-wall touchscreen.

Wireless devices include a handheld RF remote, home theater/media controller, in-wall lighting controls and dimmers, thermostat, wireless in-wall multizone audio keypad, wireless repeater, and gateway to control wireless lighting and thermostats. A more traditional wired in-wall touchscreen is also available.

The line will also include more traditional multizone audio components, consisting of an AM/FM/XM tuner. iPod interface, and a four-zone, six-source 8x50-watt multizone amplifier that sends speaker-level audio via wires to custom-installed speakers in other rooms. The amp is expandable to 12 zones. Some of these products ship in September, while others ship in November.

The handheld remote, home theater/media controller and gateway retail for a combined $825, excluding installation.


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