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URC Prices MRX-8 Home Automation System Controller at $599 – Electronic House
The third time’s definitely a charm!
URC has introduced its third home automation system controller, known as the MRX-8. This compact network system controller is big news for the company, because it will allow installers to add automation into just about any home. Designed to sit in any room or nestle in a central equipment rack, the MRX-8 can handle entertainment, lights, security, door locks, temperature, and more.
Of course, both the MRX-10 (original) and MRX-20 (on-screen GUI) are still available. However, adding in the MRX-8 means that Total Control dealers can now choose from three System Controllers to accommodate just about any install. The company says it’s a great choice to introduce homeowners to home automation and control. It works in both small and mid-range homes, as well as condos and offices.
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The MRX-8 home automation system controller can store and issue control commands for all of the components in your home, as long as the system is connected to the network. It can tie IP, IR, RS-232, relay, sensor and 12-volt controlled devices into one system.
Compatible with URC’s TRF-ZW1 for control of a thousand different Z-Wave-enabled products, the MRX-8 also features unlimited IP one-way control, two-way feedback from URC Total Control line products (in most cases), six variable IR outputs, two RS-232 ports, two sensor ports, one 10/100 Base T Ethernet port, and much more. Also worth mentioning is that the MRX-8 can control up to 32 audio/video zones or areas of the home, but it’s also expandable via a LAN with URC sub-base stations MRX-2, MRX-4IR and MRX-4SEN.
“This changes everything,” says Cat Toomey, URC’s director of marketing. “URC dealers can now offer Total Control entry level systems at an exciting, new lower price point without sacrificing robust features set.”
URC has started shipping the MRX-8 home automation system controller for $599. During an introductory period, it will be packaged with the URC Mobile app for iOS and Android devices for free.
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