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Control4 Ships New Pakedge S3 Series Switches for Layer 2 and Layer 3 Routing in Professional AV Applications

The new S3L-24P and updated S3-24P are designed for professional audio video installations with Avnu-certification, support for Dante, and Q-LAN technology

Salt Lake City, UT – October 19, 2017 9:00 a.m. EST – Control4Corporation (NASDAQ: CTRL), a leading global provider of smart home solutions, announces the Pakedge® S3L-24P Layer 3 Lite Switch and the updated S3-24P Layer 3 Switch, both with Avnu-certification and support for quick setup for DanteTM and Q-LAN technology.

Support of time-synchronization technologies such as Audio Video Bridging (AVB)/Time Sensitive Networking, Dante, and Q-LAN provides professional AV integrators with an interoperable platform providing seamless management for performance-sensitive audio and video applications. The Pakedge S3 Series switches feature 24 Gigabit PoE+ capable ports, and four dedicated 10Gb SFP+ ports for increased throughput and faster reliable transmission of audio and video streams. Both switches support high-density network traffic with Layer 2 and Layer 3 switching functionalities, as well as static routing, IGMP v1/2/3, Audio over IP, and Quality of Service (QoS). The switches support advanced IGMP Snooping for superior Video over IP streaming across complex AV networks.

The S3L-24P supports a quick setup configuration for the industry-leading audio video networking technologies including AVB, Dante and Q-LAN, enabling a straight-forward setup process for even the most complex AV networks. Pro AV networks are known for being complex. The S3L-24P minimizes complexity with simplified, quick setup configurations, via the two-step processes that AVB, Dante and Q-LAN enable, reducing installation time and implementation costs.

If a network requires the use of more than one pro AV protocol, such as the combination of AVB with Dante, the pro AV quick setup on the S3L-24P smartly adjusts to allow coexistence on the same switch without interference between the protocols.

The S3L-24P delivers lite Layer 3 functionality and features needed for pro AV and smaller commercial AV installations like recording studios and conference rooms. The updated S3-24P suits larger AV installations, such as corporate campuses, retail centers, or concert venues. The S3-24P delivers complete Layer 3 functionality with additional dynamic routing for greater isolation and control, as well as a greater capacity for IP routing entries, IPv4 multicast groups, multicast entries, and AVB streams.

“We’re really excited to add the new Pakedge switches to the Avnu-certified ecosystem. Avnu works with member companies to test the interoperability of switches and end-devices for highly-reliable delivery of low latency, synchronized audio across a network, and to simplify professional AV system design, installation and service,” said Avnu AlliancePro AV Chairperson Patrick Prothe. “More certified switches offer professional system designers and installers more options in building AVB/TSN systems.”

“As networks move toward greater complexity, deterministic switches will become much more of an inevitability – especially for larger networks,” said Brad Hintze, Control4 Senior Director of Product Marketing. “As Pro AV and IP continue to converge, the predictability that comes with routing network traffic in more intelligent ways and the ability to stream with full 10G speeds will keep even complex networks running at their peak. The increased power and abilities of the Pakedge S3 Series switches ensures future-ready networks for Pro AV and commercial AV projects.”

Both switches are available now with the standard three-year Pakedge product warranty. The S3L-24P Layer 3 Lite Switch is now available at $2,200 MSRP, and firmware version 2.0.0 is now available for the S3-24P Full Layer 3 Switch, which has a $4,800 MSRP.

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About Control4

Control4 [NASDAQ: CTRL] is a leading global provider of automation and networking systems for homes and businesses, offering personalized control of lighting, music, video, comfort, security, communications, and more into a unified smart home system that enhances the daily lives of its consumers. Control4 unlocks the potential of connected devices, making networks more robust, entertainment systems easier to use, homes more comfortable and energy efficient, and provides families more peace of mind. Today, every home and business needs automation horsepower and a high-performance network to manage the increasing number of connected devices. The Control4 platform interoperates with more than 10,500 third-party consumer electronics products, ensuring an ever-expanding ecosystem of devices will work together. Control4 is now available in over 90 countries. Leveraging a professional channel that includes over 5,200 custom integrators, retailers, and distributors authorized to sell the full-line of Control4 products, Pakedge branded networking solutions and Triad Speakers, Control4 is delivering intelligent solutions for consumers, major consumer electronics companies, hotels, and businesses around the world.

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