LifeSafety Power Unveils Remote Monitoring Device for Enterprise Applications

The NetLink NLX network communication module expands remote device monitoring capability from four to 24 devices using only one network drop.

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. — LifeSafety Power introduces the NetLink NLX network communication module, a remote monitoring device engineered to handle enterprise applications and specifications which require large numbers of network-managed outputs.

The newest member of the NetLink family, the NLX is the next generation of network communications from LifeSafety Power, offering eight serial peripheral interface (SPI) ports compared to the four of the NL4 – allowing users to connect up to eight local devices.

The NLX also adds RS-485 communication which is compatible with Generation 2 FPO and M8 boards with the optional RS-485 module installed. This allows connection of up to 16 additional remote devices across the enterprise for a total of 24 devices — up to 192 managed outputs — all from a single network drop, according to the company.

LifeSafety Power says the module is designed for the increasingly larger networked systems now common in access control and physical security integrations, and reduces network drops, wiring and hardware required for remote monitoring.

Previously, multiple power enclosures each required separate network drops. With the NLX, multiple power enclosures can run off a single network drop and installers achieve field cost-savings while increasing the capacity to remotely monitor additional locks and other devices, according to the company.

NetLink is designed for users to monitor, control, program and report on system power and connected devices. It features patented battery management that includes health reporting, remote battery testing, email/SNMP alerts and other proactive notifications.

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