MLC 226 IP

Enhanced MediaLink Controller with Ethernet Control
Key Features
  • Ethernet monitoring and control
  • Bidirectional RS-232 port for universal display control
  • Three IR/Serial ports for one-way control of external devices
  • Six internal relays for control of room functions
  • Two Digital I/O ports
  • RS-232 port for MediaLink Switcher support
The Extron MLC 226 IP
Model Version Description Part #
MLC 226 IP Black & White Faceplates 60-600-02
MLC 226 IP Controller Only Controller Only - No Faceplate 60-600-00 Retired
MLC 226 IP White Faceplate 60-600-03 Retired
MLC 226 IP Brushed Aluminum Faceplate 60-600-04 Retired
MLC 226 IP RAL9010 White Faceplate 60-600-05 Retired

The Extron MLC 226 IP MediaLink Controller is an enhanced control panel for controlling AV equipment in any classroom or conference room. It standardizes the control interface for all systems, making display systems simple to use. Standardization also makes setup and maintenance easier to support. The MLC 226 IP also includes IP Link® with GlobalViewer®, a free Web-based AV resource management and remote control software application.

The MLC 226 IP MediaLink Controller offers several enhanced control capabilities including six input selection buttons, two bidirectional serial ports for display and switcher control, three unidirectional serial/IR control ports, six relays, and support for optional IRCM - Infrared Control Modules to control VCRs, DVDs, and other IR controllable equipment.

The flexible MLC 226 IP acts as an extended remote control panel. It is not a switcher; instead, as a controller, it tells the display when to switch between its various inputs. Presenters with little or no training can walk into any multimedia classroom and operate the AV system. The MLC 226 IP includes universal display control for a display's power, input switching, and volume control. The MLC 226 IP features backlit buttons that can be custom-labeled for easy identification. Because the buttons illuminate, they are helpful for presenters in low-light environments. The input selection and room/function buttons on the MLC 226 IP can be utilized for source selection and relays, as well as sending various RS-232 or IR commands.

Especially vital for high traffic areas, the MLC 226 IP is housed in a secure, three-gang enclosure. It has the same look and functionality regardless of where it is mounted: a lectern, desk, wall, rack, or wall box.

Easy System Configuration using Global Configurator Software

The MLC 226 IP is designed to be configured with Extron's Global Configurator. With Global Configurator, the MLC 226IP can be configured with a wide selection of commonly used display control drivers. These RS-232 or IR drivers are essential for the MLC 226 IP to effectively communicate with a display device. They enable the MLC 226 IP to control basic display functions such as power, input selection, and volume adjustment. Users can create their own drivers or go to the Extron Web site to download RS-232 or IR drivers compatible with the latest and most popular display devices. Global Configurator also adds support for GlobalViewer, a free Web-based AV resource management and remote control software application specifically designed to work with products that include IP Link technology.

The MLC 226 IP is designed to work with almost every Extron switcher, including the MediaLink Switchers, which are specifically designed to complement MediaLink Controllers. MediaLink Switchers are available to accommodate a variety of video, RGBHV, and audio signals while providing unique features that expand AV system capabilities. The MLC 226 IP can also work as a stand-alone device to control a display without the aid of a switcher.

Ethernet Control

The MLC 226 IP is equipped with Ethernet control and is designed to work in conjunction with GlobalViewer, Extron's Web-based AV resource management and remote control application. Together, these form a powerful control solution with the following features:

  • Proactive maintenance — GlobalViewer can store and display information about connected devices like serial numbers, owner identification, maintenance history, and installed firmware versions. This centralized data can be collected and used to reduce maintenance costs and guide future purchasing decisions. For instance, a projector can be polled routinely to track lamp usage and total life time. When lamp usage reaches a predetermined number of hours, the MLC 226 IP can send a report via e-mail.
  • Event scheduling — User-defined tasks are easy to configure and schedule with GlobalViewer without the need for traditional programming. For instance, an administrator may want to turn off all projectors every Friday at close of business. The administrator can schedule the system to turn off all projectors at a specified time, and raise all projection screens that were left down.
  • Remote technical support — Technicians can troubleshoot systems remotely because GlobalViewer provides the real-time status of connected devices. Information such as connection status, power state, and current input selection is displayed in a central location. For many connected devices, technicians can toggle power on or off, switch sources, control volume, and more without leaving their office. Many common problems can be resolved without traveling to the equipment.
  • Theft alerts — IP Link-enabled products are always on and routinely poll their attached devices for status information. If any serially controlled device such as a projector or display is physically disconnected from the network, the MLC 226 IP monitoring its status will know immediately. In such an event, it can send an e-mail message notifying security personnel of the possible theft. For fast action, e-mails can be sent to multiple addresses including cell phones and wireless devices.

Data Logger

Data Logger is a free Microsoft® Excel-based spreadsheet application that allows administrators to automatically gather up-to-date lamp hour and usage statistics for multiple rooms of AV equipment. It provides a simple, convenient way to retrieve AV system usage statistics into a single document for data analysis, collecting critical system information such as frequency of usage for each front panel input and current lamp hours of connected projectors.


Part number 60-600-00, 60-600-03, and 60-600-05 have been retired. The suggested replacement is Part # 60-600-02.

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MLC 226 Series
IP Intercom
   Connection type (IPI–MLC) RJ-45 jack for CAT 5/5e/6 cable
      Frequency response 20 Hz to 3.3 kHz, ±1 dB
      Audio processing 
         Audio format PCM, µ-law companded
         Sampling rate 8 kHz
         Sample size 16 bit, µ-law companded to 8 bit
         Audio latency Software: 30 ms through 160 ms
Network: <150 ms, typical
   Audio output 
      Number/signal type 1 mono (for use with an optional IP Intercom)
      Line level output -10 dBV (316 mVrms), unbalanced (via 3.5 mm captive screw connector, 2 pole)
      Transport bandwidth for IPI control and audio, half duplex 80 kbps (0.08% of 100Base-T)
      Ethernet protocol IP (control), TCP (control), UDP (audio)
Control — host ports
   Serial host port 2 bidirectional RS-232: 1 rear panel female 9-pin D connector (shared with digital input), 1 front panel 2.5 mm mini stereo jack
   Baud rate and protocol 38400 baud, 8 data bits, 1 stop bit, no parity
   Serial control pin configurations 9-pin D connector: 2 = Tx, 3 = Rx, 5 = Gnd
Mini stereo jack: tip = Tx, ring = Rx, sleeve = Gnd
   Ethernet host port 1 female RJ-45
   Ethernet data rate (for network communication) 10/100Base-T, half/full duplex with autodetect
   Ethernet protocol ARP, ICMP (ping), IP, TCP, DHCP, HTTP, SMTP, Telnet
   Ethernet default settings Link speed and duplex level = autodetected
IP address =
Subnet mask =
Default gateway =
DHCP = off
   Web server Up to 200 simultaneous sessions
7.25 MB nonvolatile user memory
   Secondary control panel (SCP) (1) 3.5 mm 5-pole direct insertion captive screw connector (shared with control module port)
   Program control Extron Global Configurator for Windows®
Extron Simple Instruction Set (SIS)
Microsoft® Internet Explorer®, Telnet
   IR learning frequencies 30 kHz to 62 kHz
   IR learning distance 2" (5.1 cm) to 12" (30.5 cm) from the front panel
   Number/type 6 momentary or latching (configurable via software)
   Connectors (3) 3.5 mm captive screw connectors, 3 pole
   Connector configuration Groups A, B, C; each with 1 common and 2 normally open relays (default)
   Contact rating 24 VDC, 1 A
   Display control port (1) 3.5 mm direct insertion captive screw connector, 3 pole, programmable for bidirectional RS-232 control (±5 V) or TTL level (0 to 5 V) infrared control up to 1 MHz
   Switcher control port (1) 3.5 mm direct insertion captive screw connector, 3 pole, for bidirectional RS-232 control (±5 V)
   Baud rate and protocol (RS-232) 115200 to 300 baud (9600 baud = default); 8 (default) or 7 data bits; 1 (default) or 2 stop bits; no parity (default), or even or odd parity
   IR/serial control ports (3) 3.5 mm direct insertion captive screw connectors, 2 pole
Programmable: unidirectional RS-232 (±5 V) control, or TTL level (0 to 5 V) infrared control up to 1 MHz
   Baud rate and protocol 115200 to 300 baud (9600 baud = default) ; 8 (default) or 7 data bits; 1 (default) or 2 stop bits; no parity (default), or even or odd parity
Digital I/O
   Number/type 1 digital input/output (configurable), 1 digital input
   Connector 1 rear panel female 9-pin D connector (shared with the serial host port)
(1) 3.5 mm direct insertion captive screw connector (shared with power sense port)
   Pin configuration 9-pin D connector: 1 = digital input, 5 = Gnd; power sense = digital in, GND = Gnd
   Digital inputs 
      Input voltage range 0-12 VDC
      Input impedance 28k ohms
      Programmable pullup 2k ohms to +5 VDC
      Threshold low to high >2.8 VDC
      Threshold high to low <2.0 VDC
   Digital output 250 mA sink from 24 VDC, maximum
   Power supply External
Input: 100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz
Output: 12 VDC, 1.5 A, 18 watt
   Power consumption 
      MLC 226 IP DV+ Includes MLC 226 IP and IRCM-DV+
         Device 5.4 watts, 12 VDC
         Device and power supply 6.5 watts, 100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz
      All other models 
         Device 5.0 watts, 12 VDC
         Device and power supply 6.4 watts, 100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz
    NOTE     If the MLC powers accessories (control modules, SCPs), the MLC must be powered by its own external power supply, not by a switcher. If accessories are powered separately, the MLC may be powered by an MLS or PVS switcher.
   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
   Thermal dissipation 
      MLC 226 IP DV+ Includes MLC 226 IP and IRCM-DV+
         Device 18.5 BTU/hr
         Device and power supply 21.9 BTU/hr
      All other models 
         Device 17.0 BTU/hr
         Device and power supply 21.8 BTU/hr
      Rack mount 
         MLC 226 IP DV+ No
         All other models Yes, with optional rack mounting kits
      Furniture or wall mount 
         MLC 226 IP DV+ Yes
         All other models Yes, with optional mounting kits
   Enclosure type 
      MLC 226 IP, MLC 226 IP DV+ High-impact plastic faceplate, metal rear enclosure
      MLC 226 IP AAP, MLC 226 IP L Metal faceplate, metal rear enclosure
   Enclosure dimensions 
      MLC 226 faceplate 4.50" H x 6.42" W x 0.10" D (115 mm H x 163 mm W x 2.6 mm D) (3 gang)
      MLC 226 AAP, MLC 226 IP DV+ faceplates 4.50" H x 10.04" W x 0.10" D (115 mm H x 256 mm W x 2.6 mm D) (5 gang)
      MLC 226 L faceplate 3.15" H x 6.50" W x 0.10" D (80 mm H x 166 mm W x 2.6 mm D)
         MLC 226 IP DV+ 2.74" H x 5.26" W x 1.94" D (70 mm H x 134 mm W x 50 mm D) and
2.74" H x 2.60" W x 0.90" D (70 mm H x 66 mm W x 23 mm D)
(Depth excludes knob and buttons. Fits some 5 gang boxes. Allow at least 2.1" (53 mm) depth in the wall or furniture.)
         All other models 2.74" H x 5.26" W x 1.94" D (70 mm H x 134 mm W x 50 mm D)
(Depth excludes knob and buttons. Fits some 3 gang boxes.)
   Product weight 
      MLC 226 IP DV+ 1.0 lbs (0.5 kg)
      All other models 0.7 lbs (0.3 kg)
   Regulatory compliance CE, C-Tick, c-UL, FCC Class A, ICES, KC mark, UL, VCCI
Complies with the appropriate requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d).
   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
    60-600-02 2.75" (7.0 cm) 9.13" (23.2 cm) 13.31" (33.8 cm) 4.0 lbs (1.81 kg)


Application Diagram

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