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The Multi-Room Company Launches Russound’s KNX to RIO Gateway in the UK

The Multi-Room Company, exclusive distributor for Russound, is introducing the KNX-RIO-1 gateway device that allows KNX panels and keypads to operate Russound controller amplifiers that support Russound’s RIO open IP protocol, to enable integration of distributed audio of up to 16 zones, including the latest in streaming media sources, throughout the entire home.

The Russound KNX-RIO-1 is installed on 35mm DIN rails and is powered by the power supply for the DIN rail via standard KNX Bus connections. It can be easily configured in the standard KNX ETS Software program to perform a number of control functions, including basic Zone control and basic Source control. Two LED lights both red and green indicate connection status and programming download status. The KNX-RIO-1 also supports metadata feedback for devices that display metadata, e.g. Russound Streamers and KNX keypads and panels.

Connected via its Ethernet connection to the home LAN, the KNX-RIO-1 gateway allows installers to create a link between a KNX system and a network-connected Russound distributed audio system. This delivers an effortless, unified operation of up to a two-controller, 16-zone system using a single KNX-RIO-1 module. Designed for use with Russound MCA-series controllers — including the MCA-C3, C5, 66, 88, and 88X (as well as the XStream X5) — KNX installers have a powerful new tool in the KNX-RIO-1.

“The KNX standard and the RIO protocol confirm how interoperability can improve the work of our installation partners, and the enjoyment of their customers,” noted Mike Bonnette, product director at The Multi-Room Company. “By creating a communications link between the two with the KNX-RIO-1, Russound has successfully integrated the best technologies available for seamless whole-house audio configuration and control.”

KNX-RIO-1 Standard Features

· Allows KNX keypads and panels to operate Russound controllers via RIO protocol

· Connection to the local LAN for IP control

· Supports up to 16 zones and 8 sources

· Supports up to 32 System Favorites

· Supports Source Metadata – Source Name, Channel, Playlist, Artist and Song Title

· Standard KNX bus connection

· LED indicators for programming status and connection status

· Standard connection to DIN rail for power and ease of installation

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