Legrand is most well-known for its variety of in-home technologies, including its OnQ whole-home control system. The company makes a little bit of just about anything you can think of when it comes to technology in your home, and that list of products now includes networking and Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) solutions.
In today’s connected home, the network has become the backbone of pretty much everything. It carries video, audio, computer data, and control data. Up until now, though, installers integrating all of those systems together were mainly forced to buy off-the-shelf networking products from the usual online and big-box retailers. These products work, but their reliability and technology are lacking. The enterprise market offerings are there, but often these products are cost prohibitive.
Legrand’s goal here is to offer networking products, in the custom installation channels, that are up to the task of running today’s connected homes. The first products they have announced are centered around wired Ethernet and power distribution, but there are plans to cover the installer’s every network need, including wireless access points, coax network, powerline distribution, and more.
At the center of the new lineup is the DA1054, a versatile and reliable triple-speed Ethernet interface that can operate as either a 4-port Gigabit Broadband Router or a 5-port Gigabit Switch, selectable with the flip of a switch. In Router mode, the DA1054 is capable of up-linking with virtually any ADSL or Cable modem, with support for Static IP, Dynamic IP, PPPoE, PPTP, and L2TP protocols, and features a robust SPI/DoS firewall to protect users from Internet attacks, as well as DHCP server support for wired client IP address assignment. The DA1054 is designed with custom installers in mind, with a double-bay design built to fit into most structured wiring enclosures.
For powering access points, IP cameras, touch screen remotes, IP phones, and other devices that rely on Power-over-Ethernet, Legrand is also introducing a pair of PoE Injectors. Each is designed to power up to four compatible devices safely and reliably, with built-in overload and short circuit protection. The difference between them is a matter of power needs: the DA2400 provides 15 watts of power via Cat5/Cat6 cable to each of its four connected devices; the DA2401 is a high-performance model delivering up to 30 watts of power to each device.
For installations where a more centralized power distribution solution is required, Legrand is also introducing the DA1458, an 8-port 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet Switch with four PoE ports. Each of the four 802.3af PoE injector ports in the DA1458 delivers up to 15.4 watts of power, along with high-speed data, to compliant powered devices up to 100 meters away, perfect for a centrally controlled IP camera system, or even four wireless access points in a large roaming wireless network. It features auto detection for powered devices and is powered by intelligent green technology to ensure the utmost in energy efficiency.
With the addition of these products, and the products to come, Legrand has positioned itself to be the go-to networking source for integrators. In addition to providing reliable equipment, in an install-friendly form factor, these products should also allow integrators to increase their margins, especially when compared to readily available, consumer-grade networking products.