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STARGATE-IP

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STARGATE-IP is a powerful integrated automation system that centralizes control of lighting, security, heating/cooling, home theater, audio/video, pool/spa, irrigation, and much more while maintaining the ability to control these systems manually.

It can be operated in a variety of ways including: Touch Screen, Pocket PC PDA, LCD Keypad, LED Keypad, IR remote, X-10 controller, computer, ascii, analog and digital inputs, time/event schedule and by voice (using a computer with voice recognition software).
STARGATE-IP adds comfort, convenience, security and saves time and energy throughout a home or business.

HOMERUNNER

The Ultimate User Interface

Pocket WebX

HomeRunner is a powerful user interface designed to control STARGATE from a touch screen pc (such as our i215) and/or any computer on the network.

Creating with HomeRunner is so fast and easy, you'll be up and running in minutes!  A right click of the mouse gives you access to all editing functions for adding or changing backgrounds, defining button attributes and sizing control spots.  Use the included graphics, photos, import images from the internet or create your own.  Any picture can be easily turned into an interactive user interface.  Let your imagination go wild.  You'll even dare to call the whole process fun!

WIRELESS POCKET PC TOUCH SCREEN CONTROL

Pocket WebX Pocket WebX

Pocket WebX is an optional graphic user interface program designed specifically for controlling STARGATE-IP from a Wi-Fi enabled PDA (Pocket PC).  It operates comfortably without a stylus by simply touching any of the defined button images with your fingertip.  You can even use it at airports, on cruise ships, and other public places with Wi-Fi "hot spots" for control of your home or business while traveling!

Pocket WebX can also be used on notebooks, laptops, web pads and desktop computers for similar control from anywhere on the network or via the internet!  It can be placed on your pc desktop next to your workspace for convenient control of your TV, music, thermostat, etc. while working or surfing the internet.  Multiple pages can be spread across your desktop for instant access to various system functions on a single screen (lighting, A/V, thermostats, security, etc.).

MULTI-MENU LCD KEYPAD

The LCD-96M keypad with sample 'top level' menu

The LCD-96M Multi-Menu LCD Keypad provides menu-driven control of the entire STARGATE-IP system.  From any keypad you can select modes (home/away/vacation), adjust lighting scenes, open/close the garage, arm/disarm the alarm system, adjust thermostats, control the home theater, audio and video components, run the sprinklers, set wake-up times, send messages, schedule reminders, monitor system activity and much more.

Each keypad stores up to 96 user-defined menus which can be individually customized with text and graphics for easy operation, plus predefined menus for thermostats, security, variables and time-labels.  The LCD-96M also has 3 LED's which can be used as signals or status indicators.  Up to 16 each LCD-96M keypads can be connected to STARGATE-IP's RS-485 network using catagory-5 cable.

LED KEYPAD

The LED-7B 7 button keypad controls X-10 directly, or can access any of STARGATE's Then Macros.

For areas that only require several control functions, the LED-7B Keypad provides 7 programmable push-buttons, each with an LED indicator and label, that can be individually programmed to control any system function such as lighting scenes, motorized blinds, garage doors, audio/video, etc.  Up to 16 each LED-7B keypads can be connected to STARGATE-IP's RS-485 network using catagory-5 cable.

Each of the 7 buttons can be defined to control a light (X-1o/UPB/ALC) or a specific Then Macro.  When defined as a light control button, the associated LED will indicate the status of that lighting address, regardless of the origin of the command.  When defined as a 'Then Macro', the associated LED can be controlled independently by the schedule to turn on, off or blink.

The faceplate can be easily removed to give access to the designation labels.  Labels can be customized for any application and printed on any printer.  Different colors and/or graphics can be used to easily identify specific buttons.

LIGHTING

Sample lighting control menu.

STARGATE-IP supports all X-10 compatible and UPB dimmers, switches and modules with 32 dim levels, allowing elaborate lighting scenes and scheduled routines to be implemented without special wiring.  Complete systems with up to 256 different lighting loads can be retrofitted into existing homes or businesses at a fraction of the cost of comparable wired systems.

For wired lighting control, STARGATE-IP also supports ALC dimmers and switches from OnQ via its RS485 network and Lutron HomeWorks lighting systems via RS-232, allowing it to trigger any Lutron scene and respond to Lutron keypads.

HOME THEATER, AUDIO & VIDEO

The InfraRed Xpander.

STARGATE-IP's optional InfraRed Xpander integrates control of TVs, stereos, home theater and other infrared-operated components.  Custom routines can be programmed to turn on power, select sources (am/fm, tv, vcr, cd, etc.), switch channels, set volume levels, and even close the drapes and dim the lights - all at the touch of a button or at preset times!

In addition to issuing IR commands, STARGATE-IP can respond to learned IR commands, allowing any IR remote to be used as a controller.  For instance, pressing the "power" button on your tv remote can also dim the lights and close the drapes.  Unused remote control buttons can be assigned specific STARGATE-IP functions.  IR wrist watches (Casio, etc.) can even be used as convenient inputs to STARGATE-IP.

Sample TV access and control menu.
Sample CD contol main menu.

The InfraRed Xpander connects to STARGATE-IP auxiliary expansion port.  It stores up to 500 IR commands which can be issued to any of its four zoned emitter outputs.  Each output can directly control a component or feed an amplified connecting block to control an entire system or room full of components.  Optional Power Status Sensors can be connected to sense on/off status of TV's, VCR's, receivers, etc. and keep the audio/video system in sync with STARGATE, regardless of how the components are controlled.  They can also be used to trigger events such as monitoring TV usage.  A unique IR sequence feature allows events to be triggered based on a sequence of received IR commands.
For example, pressing the TV mute button 3 times within 5 seconds can dim the lights.

HEATING & COOLING

RCS Communicating Thermostats
Thermostat menu.

STARGATE-IP has built-in support for RCS and Aprilaire communicating thermostats to allow management of heating and cooling systems.  RCS thermostats connect to STARGATE-IP's RS-485 network.  Aprilaire thermostats connect to one of STARGATE-IP's three RS-232 serial ports.

Up to 32 thermostat zones can be managed automatically by STARGATE-IP or controlled manually via computer touch screens, PDAs, IR rmotes, over the internet or via modem.  Up to 16 thermostat zones can be monitored and controlled from any LCD-96M keypad.  Temperature and humidity sensors can also be incorporated to monitor additional zones and their readings displayed on any LCD-96M keypad.

SECURITY

Caddx NX8E Security Panel

STARGATE-IP directly supports the GE-Caddx NX series alarm panels (NX-4, NX-6, NX-8 and NX-8E) via a single RS-232 serial connection.  STARGATE-IP can also be interfaced with virtually any other wired alarm panel (via relays and digital inputs) to allow remote arming and disarming, energy management and automation based on room activity and occupancy.

When at home, with the alarm system disarmed, indoor motion sensors can be used to signal STARGATE-IP to turn off lights in unoccupied rooms.  Outdoor motion sensors can detect visitors and switch TVs to the corresponding camera channel.  Opening specific doors or windows can turn off heating/cooling in the area to prevent wasted energy.

This 'Digitpad' menu can be used to enter your security access code.

When away or on vacation, with the alarm system armed, STARGATE-IP can set back thermostats, turn on audio components and cycle specified lights on and off at random times to make a home appear occupied.  Visitors (or would-be burglars) can be recorded on a standard VCR for several minutes as they approach the house.  When you return home and open the garage or front door, STARGATE-IP can adjust lights and thermostats to their appropriate settings based on time of day.  As you enter your security code on a keypad or touch screen to disarm the alarm system, it can rewind the video tape for you to review.

ADVANCED TWO-WAY POWER LINE CONTROL

In addition to sending X-10 and UPB commands, STARGATE-IP monitors and identifies X-10 and UPB activity on the power line, allowing intelligent "If-Then" control based on received commands and/or other input conditions.  Programmed routines and complex macros can be set or triggered at the touch of a button from any X-10 or UPB controller (desk top, wireless remote, wall-mounted, etc.).  STARGATE-IP also supports X-10 Status Request commands and Preset Dim and Micro-Dim/Bright commands available with PCS brand dimmer modules.

EASY "POINT & CLICK" PROGRAMMING

Use your PC to program STARGATE ... Once programmed, STARGATE runs with or without a computer connected.

The intuitive Event Manager software makes programming easy and offers many advanced control features that can be customized to suit any residential or commercial application.  Time and event-based schedules are easily programmed by selecting from simple "pop-down" menus.  No language to learn or program code to write - the Windows-based Event Manager software writes it for you!  Intelligent "If-Then" routines can be triggered by time, date, sunrise/sunset, received X-10 or UPB commands, received IR commands, analog & digital inputs, ASCII text, timers, flags, variables and other input conditions.

Once programmed, STARGATE-IP can be disconnected from the computer or used together for monitoring, manual control and a host of multi-media functions.  STARGATE-IP's internal clock/calendar tracks sunrise & sunset and automatically adjusts for daylight savings and leap year!

DIGITAL INPUTS

STARGATE's digital input terminals with jumpers and jumper pins only shown.

16 opto-isolated digital inputs accommodate motion detectors, security sensors, thermostats, assistive switching devices and other hardwired devices.  Digital inputs can be connected to alarm system zones for interfacing automation with security.  Input status can be logged to a file or printer and monitored/reviewed locally or remotely via modem or over the internet.  Digital inputs can accept 4-24v ac/dc or dry contacts.  A pair of jumpers next to each digital input selects between "Voltage Input" or "Switch Input".

ANALOG INPUTS

Power your analog devices form STARGATE's built in 5 volt supply.

8 analog inputs accommodate temperature and humidity sensors or any device with variable output from 0-5vdc.  The inputs are 8 bit, with 256 increments of measurement over the 5 volt range (19.5mv/increment).

Built-in calibration software provides gain and offset adjustment.  Analog values can be logged to a file, printer and monitored/reviewed locally or remotely via modem or over the internet.

RELAY OUTPUTS

Relay output terminals showing the NO and NC contact access.

8 single-pole-double-throw (S.P.D.T.) relays (expandable to 136 using 16 Relay Xpanders) allow connection to security systems, speakers, sprinklers, low-voltage lighting, etc.  Relay output status can be logged to a file or printer and monitored and controlled locally or remotely via modem or over the internet.  Relay outputs are rated 2A @ 28v ac/dc.

8R5PR RELAY XPANDER

Relay output terminals showing the NO and NC contact access.

The optional 8R5PR 8-Channel Relay Xpander provides 8 relay outputs (S.P.D.T., 5A@30V) on a single chassis with screw terminal connections.  Up to 16 Relay Xpanders can be connected to STARGATE's RS-485 port or 8AH485 distribution hubs to provide up to 128 additional relays.

ASCII INPUT & OUTPUT

STARGATE-IP can be programmed to respond to ASCII text data (up to 32 character in length) to trigger any programmed action.  It can also send ASCII text data to trigger other computer programs or control an external modem or other peripherals.

MULTIPLE SERIAL PORTS

STARGATE's RS485 terminals and the 3 RS232 serial ports.

Three RS-232 serial com ports support simultaneous connection to a pc, security system and other peripherals.  Com Port 2 and Com Port 3 have adjustable baud rates (300, 600, 1200, 2400, 4800, 9600, 19200).  An RJ11 to DB9 adapter and data cable is included to connect STARGATE-IP's Com Port 1 to your PC.

DOWNLOADABLE FIRMWARE

STARGATE-IP's firmware code is stored in flash memory allowing upgrades to be downloaded from our website then loaded into your STARGATE-IP without having to replace eproms or power down the system.

MODEM ACCESS

With an external modem connected, STARGATE-IP can be programmed, monitored and controlled from any computer.  Keypads can also be reconfigured remotely, allowing additions and changes to scheduled routines, keypad menus and button functions without a visit to the customer.

INTERNET & LOCAL NETWORK ACCESS

Web Xpander.

The included Web-Xpander gives STARGATE-IP network accessibility allowing monitoring and control from any computer connected to your local network and remotely via the internet.

With the optional NetSerial third-party software utility, you can make changes to schedules, keypad menus and button functions via your network and remotely over the internet.

RS-485 NETWORK

STARGATE-IP's RS-485 port (9600 baud, half-duplex) supports a network of keypads (LCD-96M, LED-7B), RCS thermostats (TR16 or TR40), temperature sensors (RS-20/21), Relay Xpanders (8R5PR) and other input/output devices.  Connected devices can be daisy-chained with category-5 cable or "home run" to optional 8AH485 RS-485 hubs with structured wiring.

EXPANSION PORT

STARGATE-IP AUX Expansion Port supports the IR-XP2 InfraRed Xpander for adding two-way IR control to your system.

STARGATE-Lite

STARGATE-Lite is a STARGATE-IP without the Web-Xpander for those who do not require control via the local network or internet.  STARGATE-Lite provides all the other functions, supports the same peripherals (keypads, thermostats, etc.), uses the same WinEVM software and can be later upgraded to a STARGATE-IP by purchasing the add-on Web-Xpander.

STARGATE SYSTEM MONITORING & CONTROL

The multi-purpose "MegaController" allows total system monitoring and manual control in a single, on-screen interactive workspace!

MegaController features include:

Interactive Status Display
Displays on/off status of all 256 X-10 addresses and allows manual control of the entire system.
Activity Log
Logs and displays date, time, origin, and letter/number/function code of all X-10, IR & I/O commands as they occur.
History button
Recalls system activity (previous 200 commands) for review, file or print out.  (An invaluable tool for monitoring or troubleshooting any X-10 system.)
I/O Access
Displays status of digital inputs and relay outputs and allows direct control of relays via mouse or keyboard.
Analog Access
Reads and displays status of analog inputs.
IR Access
Allows manual control of all learned IR commands.
HVAC Access
Allows direct access to HVAC functions.

SPECIFICATIONS

Power 16.5VAC @ 40VA
Connections RS232: (3) RJ45, RS485: (1) Screw Terminal
Compatibility IBM or compatible w/ asynchronous serial port
Required Operating System Windows 95, 98, 2000 or XP
Required Available Disk Space 3 MB
Digital Inputs 16 (expandable), 4-24V AC/DC
Analog Inputs 8 (expandable), 0-5VDC
Relay Outputs 8 (expandable), NO & NC Contacts, 2A @28VDC
Transmission Rate 9600 bps asynchronous
Data Format 8 Data Bits, No Parity, One Stop Bit
Delay Timers Unlimited
Defined Timers 32
Variables 256
Flags 256
Time Labels 32
ASCII 32 characters/line
Max. Lines of Code Approx. 9,000
History Log Last 200 commands
Message Log 12,000 characters
Dimensions 9" x 12" x 2.5"
Weight 6 lbs.
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