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The NET Link is a modifiable interface device build to provide sensor information as input signals and / or to control relays by sending output signals.
Those signals are processed by the software Widget Designer that is connected to the NET Link via network. Widget Designer is an interaction software and can be for example programmed to control layer and sequence parameters in Pandoras Box. In return, Pandoras Box, or any other device connected to Widget Designer, can trigger the output relays.
The hardware features are explained in the following chapter in detail. In short, the NET Link is a customizable device and comprises:
- a housing, also called base unit: the small chassis depicted above
- min. one processor unit
- changeable boards: Christie delivers the NET Link ready-to-use as ordered by you. However, you may modify the NET Link by changing the boards at any time. Currently, eight boards are available covering analog and digital boards as well as input and output ones. Show examples...
The "Calibration Link" is a NET Link device equipped with two analog fibre input boards for the input of 16 fibre cables (single-core, diameter of 0.98mm²). It is specially designed for an automated re-calibration of a projection setup, e.g. in a fixed installation where a projector or a screen have been moved. Show example...
The NET Link supports a sensors range from standard industrial encoders, distometers as well as analog potentiometers and contact closures to specially designed Phidget sensors or self-build solutions. As long as a sensor can be connected to one of the offered boards, meaning that it meets the technical specifications, its data can be send to Widget Designer. More details regarding the software are included on the following pages.
Currently, the smaller 4 slot high base unit is the only housing available. The 19" rack module is discontinued.
Furthermore, the current version for the housing, processor and boards is version 2. The front panel is labeled with "Pandoras Box" and the power input is 24V. The former version 1 sold via coolux was labeled with "coolux" on the front plate and had a 12V input. Bear in mind that it is not possible to mix parts from version 1 and 2!