IPL 500 Retired

IP Link® Control Processor
Key Features
  • Supports TouchLink® touchpanels
  • Eight bidirectional RS-232 ports
  • Eight configurable IR/Serial ports for one-way control of external devices
  • Eight relays for controlling room functions
  • Four switched DC power ports
  • Four Flex I/O ports
The Extron IPL  500
Model Version Description Part #
IPL 500 IP Link Control Processor 60-1071-01 Retired

This product has been retired.
Suggested Replacement
IPCP 505

The IPL 500 is an Ethernet control processor designed to support larger TouchLink® configurable control systems that require a wide range of control ports and support for multiple TouchLink touchpanels. The IPL 500 provides powerful AV system control capabilities through bidirectional serial ports, configurable unidirectional IR/serial ports, Ethernet driver ports, Flex I/O ports, and relays for interfacing with displays, switchers, sources, screen control, lighting systems, and other devices.

The IPL 500 is configured using Extron’s free, easy-to-use Global Configurator software. Combined with our extensive library of ready-to-use device drivers, Global Configurator’s intuitive step-by-step menus allow non-programmers to configure all functions of the control system as well as create sophisticated monitoring conditions and schedules.

The IPL 500 integrates seamlessly with Extron’s award-winning GlobalViewer® Enterprise software and Free GlobalViewer® Web application for complete AV resource monitoring, management, and control over a computer network.

Serial Ports

The IPL 500 features eight bidirectional RS-232 ports. When configured for pass-through mode, the IPL 500 can pass through commands from an existing control system without losing the ability to communicate with the AV device.

IR/Serial Capability

The IPL 500 includes eight configurable, unidirectional IR/serial ports for one-way control of external devices. Each 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 driver files that can be downloaded from our Web site for storage in the IPL 500. Having unidirectional IR or serial control allows more control options. 

Flex I/O Ports

Four Flex I/O ports allow the  IPL 500 to accept an input voltage and then send out a serial command or trigger another event. These ports can support TTL and analog signals from 0 to 24 volts, allowing a wide variety of devices to be controlled and monitored. The Flex I/O ports can be configured in three ways: analog in, digital in, or digital out.

Flex I/O ports can be configured to receive analog voltages for use with photo sensors, level feedback, strain gauges, thermocouples, variable potentiometers and other devices. Incoming analog voltages from 0 to 24 volts are sampled with 12-bit precision. For example, a thermal sensor installed in an equipment rack can be connected to one of the Flex I/O inputs then the IPL 500 can be configured to send an e-mail message, turn on auxiliary cooling fans, and turn off equipment if the rack temperature exceeds a specified temperature value.

Configured as digital inputs, the Flex I/O ports can connect to switches, motion sensors, moisture sensors and tally feedback. This provides the ability to receive status from a variety of devices including projector lifts, motorized projection screens, room partition switches, and push buttons.

When configured as digital outputs, the Flex I/O ports can drive LEDs, 24 volt incandescent lamps with an additional external power supply, or other devices that accept a TTL input signal.

E-mail Capabilities for Proactive Service

Extron GlobalViewer, the Web-based AV resource management and remote control applications for institutional AV environments, 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 500
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
48 MB nonvolatile user memory
   Program control Extron Global Configurator 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 2 bidirectional RS-232, RS-422, RS-485
6 bidirectional RS-232
   Connectors (2) 3.5 mm captive screw connectors, 5 pole
(6) 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 ports support 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
Flex I/O control interface
   Quantity/type 4 analog input or digital input/output (configurable)
   Connectors (1) 3.5 mm captive screw connector, 5 pole
   Digital inputs 
      Input voltage range 0 to 24 VDC, clamped at +30 VDC
      Input impedance 28k ohms
      Programmable pullup 2k ohms to +5 VDC
      Threshold low to high Programmable range: 100 mV to 24 VDC, default = 2 VDC
      Threshold high to low Programmable range: 100 mV to 24 VDC, default = 1 VDC
   Digital outputs 250 mA sink from 24 VDC max.
   Analog inputs 12 bit A/D, 0 to 24 VDC
   Pin configurations 1, 2, 3, 4 = digital I/Os 1, 2, 3, 4; 5 = GND
Control — IR/serial ports
   Quantity/type 8 programmable: unidirectional RS-232 (±5 V), or TTL level (0 to 5 V) infrared (carrier and non-carrier) up to 1 MHz
   Connectors (4) 3.5 mm captive screw connectors, 4-pole
   Baud rate and protocol (RS-232) 300 to 115200 baud (9600 baud = default); 8 (default) or 7 data bits; 1 (default) or 2 stop bits;
no parity (default), or even or odd parity
   Pin configurations For each port, pin 1 = signal, 2 = GND
   IR output carrier frequency 30 kHz to 1 MHz
   IR learning carrier frequency 30 kHz to 1 MHz
   IR learning frequencies 30 kHz to 150 kHz
   IR learning capture distance 2" (5.1 cm) to 12" (30.5 cm) from the front panel
Relay control interface
   Quantity/type 8 normally open relays
   Relay control connectors (4) 3.5 mm captive screw connectors, 4 pole
   Relay control contact rating 24 V, 1 A
Switched DC power output
   Quantity/type 4 switched 12 VDC outputs
   Connectors (4) 3.5 mm captive screw connectors, 2 pole
   Power Maximum 40 watts total
   Power sense 
      Range 0.1 watt to 40 watts
   Power 100 VAC to 240 VAC, 50-60 Hz, 65 watts, internal
   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
   Enclosure type Metal
   Enclosure dimensions 1.7" H x 8.7" W x 10.5" D (1U high, half rack wide)
(4.3 cm H x 22.1 cm W x 26.7 cm D)
(Depth excludes connectors.)
   Product weight 2.5 lbs (1.1 kg)
   Shipping weight 5 lbs (3 kg)
   Vibration ISTA 1A in carton (International Safe Transit Association)
   Regulatory compliance
      Safety CE, c-UL, UL
Meets UL 60950 for safety.
      EMI/EMC CE, C-tick, FCC Class A, ICES, VCCI
      Environmental Complies with the appropriate requirements of RoHS, WEEE
   Warranty 3 years parts and labor
    NOTE     All nominal levels are at ±10%.
    NOTE     Specifications are subject to change without notice.


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