PowerCage 401

Modular Power Enclosure for Fiber Optic Extenders
Key Features
  • Space-saving design with a compact, 1U rack-mountable enclosure
  • Accommodates up to four extender modules
  • Modular, field-upgradeable, and hot‑swappable design
  • Ethernet monitoring and control
  • Dual-redundant and hot‑swappable power supplies
  • RS‑232 insertion from the Ethernet port
The Extron PowerCage 401
Model Version Description Part #
PowerCage 401 Enclosure 1U, 4-Slot Frame 60-1492-01
PowerCage 401 Power Supply Kit Replacement Power Supply Kit 70-1087-01

The Extron PowerCage 401 is a compact, 1U rack-mountable enclosure that supports Extron modular fiber optic extenders. Engineered with uncompromising quality and proven performance, it provides an efficient way to power, manage, and mount multiple extenders. Front panel controls enable system setup and configuration without a computer. The four‑slot enclosure also features thermal management and dual-redundant power supplies to ensure reliability in mission-critical environments where continuous, 24/7 operation is essential. The hot‑swappable, modular design of the PowerCage® enclosure allows for addition or replacement of modules and power supplies in the field, without having to power down the system. The PowerCage 401 simplifies integration for large, rack-mounted systems as well as user workstations with multiple computers.

Modular Design Provides Maximum Flexibility

The PowerCage 401 can be populated with up to four dual-extender modules to meet system needs, making it an ideal solution for larger systems that need to support remote devices. For example, matrix switchers generally reside in equipment racks, which are typically at some distance away from both the source equipment and display devices. In general, a mixture of transmitters and receivers are utilized to distribute signals to and from these locations, often with the need to overcome specific challenges such as limited conduit space as well as distance limitations. The ability to accommodate multiple extenders within a single enclosure streamlines system design and installation. The modular hot-swappable design also offers a degree of future-proofing, whereby unpopulated slots are available to support system growth without additional rack space, system downtime, or equipment relocation.

System Monitoring and Control

The PowerCage 401 is ideal for use in applications with a centralized control system that require the long-haul transmission of video, audio, and control signals over fiber optic cabling. Bidirectional RS‑232 signals can be sent from a control system to the modules via the Ethernet port on the PowerCage enclosure. Each module can be configured to provide the RS‑232 signal on its local port or to insert the command data into the fiber optic signal, enabling RS‑232 control of a local or remote device and eliminating the need for separate control system wiring. Additionally, two independent control signals can be sent to each module to allow simultaneous control of up to eight devices, when used with the PowerCage 401 FOX D HD.

The front panel LCD display and real-time status indicators offer instant feedback for power status, communication, and alarm for each of the four slots. RS-232 and USB configuration ports on the enclosure enable communication to each module slot for configuration and convenient setup of the fiber optic extenders.

Robust Design for Mission-Critical Installations

For added power reliability, some 24-hour environments require two separate AC power sources, one as the primary source and the second for redundancy. The PowerCage 401 offers dual redundant and hot-swappable power supplies along with dual AC power inputs for continuous connection to both power sources. Exceptional thermal management enables optimal cooling and superior reliability. Air flows from the front of the unit, and exhausts out the rear of the enclosure for optimal cooling. These features ensure continuous operation in crucial installations.

Housed in a compact 1U enclosure, the PowerCage 401 can be mounted in a rack as well as within a lectern or under a desk. It eliminates the need to manage individual power supplies and minimizes required rack space when factoring in the dual transmission capabilities of each extender module and reduced rack units necessary for heat dissipation and cooling.


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PowerCage™ 401 Enclosure
Communications — Enclosure host ports
   Serial control port 1 bidirectional RS-232, 3.5 mm captive screw connector, 3 pole (rear panel)
      Baud rate and protocol 9600 baud, 8 data bits, 1 stop bit, no parity
      Pass-through baud rate 9600 to 115,200 baud
      Pass-through protocol Data bits = 5 - 8
Stop bits = 1 or 2
Parity = odd, even, none
Flow control = XON/XOFF, none
Defaults: 8 data bits, 1 stop bit, no parity, flow control = none
      Serial control pin configuration 1 = Tx, 2 = Rx, 3 = Gnd
   USB control port 1 female mini USB (front panel)
      USB standards USB 2.0, low speed
   Ethernet control port 1 female RJ-45
      Ethernet data rate (for network communication) 10/100/1000Base-T, half/full duplex with autodetect
      Ethernet protocol ARP, ICMP (ping), IP, TCP, DHCP, HTTP, SMTP, SNMP, 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
7.0 MB nonvolatile memory
      Program control Extron control/configuration program for Windows® (PCS)
Extron Simple Instruction Set (SIS)
Microsoft® Internet Explorer® ver 6.0 or higher, Telnet
   Power supply Internal, 2 (positive-negative), primary and redundant, hot-swappable
100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz
   Power consumption 6.1 watts with no boards installed.
   Power input requirements for boards 12 VDC, 1.0 A, supplied by the PowerCage 401 enclosure
   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 Fans, front to back
   Thermal dissipation 20.6 BTU/hr
      Rack mount Yes
   Enclosure type Metal
   Enclosure dimensions 1.72" H x 19.00" W x 14.00" D (1U high, full rack wide)
(4.4 cm H x 48.3 cm W x 35.6 cm D)
(Depth excludes connectors on the optional boards.)
   Product weight 8.0 lbs (3.6 kg)
   Vibration ISTA 1A in carton (International Safe Transit Association)
   Regulatory compliance 
      Safety CE, c-UL, UL
Additionally, for FOX boards: FDA Class 1
      EMI/EMC CE, C-tick, FCC Class A, ICES, 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.


Panel Drawing

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