IPL 250

IP Link Control Processor
Key Features
  • Ethernet monitoring and control
  • Supports TouchLink® touchpanels
  • Three bidirectional RS-232 serial ports for universal control of display devices, switchers, and other equipment
  • Four IR ports
  • Four relays
  • Four contact closure inputs
The Extron IPL 250
Model Version Description Part #
IPL 250 IP Link Control Processor 60-1026-81

The IPL 250 is an Ethernet control processor for use as part of a TouchLink® configurable touchpanel control system. The IPL 250 provides vital AV system control capabilities including bidirectional serial ports, IR ports, relays, and contact closure inputs for interfacing with displays, switchers, sources, screen control, lighting systems, and other devices. The IPL 250 is configured using the free, easy-to-use Extron Global Configurator software. Using the Free GlobalViewer® Web-based AV resource management and remote control application, users can manage, monitor, and control both Extron and third-party equipment like projectors, plasmas, monitors, VCRs, DVD players, and other devices in an Ethernet network with the IPL 250.

Serial Ports

The Extron IPL 250 features three bidirectional RS-232 ports. When configured for pass-through mode, the IPL 250 can pass through commands from an existing control system without losing the ability to communicate with the AV device.

IR Capability

The IPL 250 includes four fully programmable IR ports. Each IR port can output IR signals with or without the carrier signal using a wired IR emitter or through an IR broadcaster. IR control data can be collected and stored in two ways: IR data file download and IR learning. Extron maintains a vast library of IR data files that can be downloaded from our Web site for storage in the IPL 250. In addition, the IPL 250 has the ability to learn IR commands for virtually any IR controllable device. IR learning is a simple and easy process using Extron IR Learner software and the IR remote provided with the device. The IPL 250 will power four IR emitters, each up to 400 feet away.

Contact Closure and Relays

Four contact closure inputs interface with other systems in the room and provide a connection to a variety of devices, such as sensors, switches, and relays. In addition, the IPL 250 contains four relays for controlling screens, projectors, lights, security gates, and more.

E-mail Capabilities for Proactive Service

By using Extron GlobalViewer software, a free Web-based AV resource management and remote control application for institutional AV environments, users can manage, monitor, and control both Extron and third-party equipment like projectors, plasmas, monitors, VCRs, DVD players, and other devices in an Ethernet network with the IPL 250. GlobalViewer supports e-mail notification, where technical support staff can receive failure and service messages through an e-mail enabled cell phone, PDA, pager, or Internet e-mail account. For secure installations that do not allow Internet access, online monitoring can still be performed proactively. Within an existing secure infrastructure, e-mail notification of failures and repairs is possible without compromising the security of the AV systems or facility.


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IPL 250
Ethernet control interface
   Connectors 1 RJ-45 female connector
   Data rate 10/100Base-T, half/full duplex with autodetect
   Protocols ARP, ICMP (ping), IP, TCP, UDP, DHCP, HTTP, SMTP, Telnet
   Default settings Link speed and duplex level = autodetected
IP address =
Subnet mask =
Gateway =
DHCP = off
   Web server Up to 200 simultaneous sessions
7.25 MB nonvolatile user memory
   Program control Extron Global Configurator 3 for Windows®
Extron Simple Instruction Set (SIS)
Microsoft® Internet Explorer®, Telnet
   Global Viewer requirements Microsoft® Internet Explorer® ver. 6 or higher
Serial control interface
   Quantity/type 3 bidirectional RS-232
   Connectors (1) 3.5 mm captive screw connector, 5 pole
(2) 3.5 mm captive screw connectors, 3 pole
   Baud rate and protocol 300 to 115200 baud
Default settings (adjustable): 9600 baud, 8 data bits, 1 stop bit, no parity
    NOTE     The 5-pole port supports both hardware and software flow control.
The 3-pole ports support software flow control.
   Pin configurations 
      Serial, 5-pole captive screw Pin 1 = Tx, 2 = Rx, 3 = GND, 4 = RTS, 5 = CTS
      Serial, 3-pole captive screw Pin 1 = Tx, 2 = Rx, 3 = GND
IR control interface
   Quantity/type 4 IR (carrier and non-carrier)
   Connectors (2) 3.5 mm captive screw connectors, 4 pole
   IR output carrier frequency 30 kHz to 1 MHz
   Pin configurations Pins 1, 3, 5, 7 = IR signal ports 1, 2, 3, 4 (respectively)
Pins 2, 4, 6, 8 = GND
   IR learning carrier frequency 30 kHz to 1 MHz
   IR learning capture distance 2" (5.1 cm) to 12" (30.5 cm) from the front panel
Relay control interface
   Quantity/type 4 normally open relays
   Relay control connectors (2) 3.5 mm captive screw connectors, 4 pole
   Relay control contact rating 24 V, 1 A
Contact closure control interface
   Quantity/type 4 contact closure inputs
   Contact input control connector (1) 3.5 mm captive screw connector, 5 pole
   Contact closure (input only) 
      Input voltage range 0 to 5 VDC, clamped at +5.1 V
      Input impedance 10k ohms
      Threshold 1.6 VDC
   Pin configuration Pins 1, 2, 3, 4 = inputs 1, 2, 3, 4; pin 5 = GND
   Power Supplied by an included external power supply
   External power supply 100 VAC to 240 VAC, 50-60 Hz, external; to 12 VDC, 1 A, regulated
   Power input requirements 12 VDC, 0.5 A
   Temperature/humidity Storage: -40 to +158 °F (-40 to +70 °C) / 10% to 90%, noncondensing
Operating: +32 to +122 °F (0 to +50 °C) / 10% to 90%, noncondensing
   Cooling Convection, no vents
      Rack mount Yes, with optional 1U rack shelf
      Furniture mount Under-furniture mountable with optional kit
      Projector mount Yes, with optional projector mount kit
   Enclosure type Metal
   Enclosure dimensions 1.7" H x 4.3" W x 3.0" D (1U high, quarter rack wide)
(4.3 cm H x 10.9 cm W x 7.6 cm D)
(Depth excludes connectors.)
   Product weight 0.7 lbs (0.3 kg)
   Shipping weight 2 lbs (1 kg)
   Vibration ISTA 1A in carton (International Safe Transit Association)
   Regulatory compliance
      Safety CE, c-UL, UL
UL rated for use in plenum airspaces: meets UL 2043 for heat and smoke release, excluding the power supply; meets UL 60950 for safety.
      EMI/EMC CE, C-tick, FCC Class A, ICES, KC mark, VCCI
      Environmental Complies with the appropriate requirements of RoHS, WEEE
   Product warranty 3 years parts and labor
   Everlast power supply warranty 7 years parts and labor
    NOTE     All nominal levels are at ±10%.
    NOTE     Specifications are subject to change without notice.
Shipping Dimensions and Weights
    Part # Height Width Depth Weight
    60-1026-81 3.0" (7.6 cm) 7.25" (18.4 cm) 10.25" (26.0 cm) 1.9 lbs (0.86 kg)


Application Diagram

Panel Drawing

Panel Drawing
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