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Pakedge Appoints RGB Communications as UK Distributor (15/10/2012)
As from 1st September, 2012 RGB Communications has been appointed as the exclusive UK distributor of the Pakedge Device & Software range of high performance, easy to install, reliable, wired and wireless home networking solutions specifically developed for the CI marketplace.
The Pakedge product range consisting of wireless access points (WAPs), switches, routers, IP power distribution units and its Virtual Cell technology, which delivers seamless roaming, meets the demand for low cost entry point installations right up to the most sophisticated wireless requirements.
"Pakedge's Virtual Cell technology will enable our channel partners to take home networking solutions to new levels of reliability by completely eliminating any drop in connection as their customers move around their homes carrying their Wi-Fi devices," explained David Webster, RGB's CTO.
"We were looking to replace our existing UK distributor so discussions with RGB, who for some time had been searching for a robust but simple solution to add to its market leading distribution portfolio in order to build up its home networking offering for the CI market, were very timely," said Nickolas Phillips, VP of Sales and Marketing, Pakedge.
"It quickly became clear that RGB, with its long standing expertise in the CI marketplace, would be a great fit for us. Particularly as the Pakedge range will meet the growing demand of RGB's accredited Savant dealers for a more reliable network with which to underpin their Savant Apple®-based home automation <http://www.savantsystems.com/home_automation_and_control.aspx> solution installations," added Phillips
All home wireless networks, however small, require at least one WAP and Pakedge offers on-wall or in-ceiling models for unobtrusive mounting.
For larger homes that require multiple WAPs to achieve adequate coverage, users can experience extremely frustrating interruptions in audio, video, data or phone calls as they move from the coverage area of one WAP to another. This is due to the dropped connection as one WAP 'hands off' to the other.
Additionally, any wireless touch panels and increasingly smartphones or laptops used to control devices via the home network, need to connect reliably to ensure commands are executed without delays or errors for the smoothest user experience.
Pakedge's wireless networking products with Virtual Cell technology eliminate service interruption as it links the operation of all the WAPs in a network so they all appear as a single WAP to any Wi-Fi device. This means there is never a need for the network connection to be handed off from one WAP to another.
Having talked to installers within the CI market, RGB had become increasingly aware that networking, especially wireless, can fall outside of the installer's comfort zone. To overcome this, some have been using costly third party networking specialists or low performance consumer products to deliver solutions for their customers. "At Essential Install Live North (Oct 3, The Point, Lancashire County Cricket Club, Stand Nos 44/45) we will be demonstrating how, with a little help from RGB as to which of the Pakedge pre-configured, packaged solutions best suit individual customers' home networking requirements, installers can quickly and easily carry out successful installations themselves," said Webster. "The Pakedge range will quickly become an important element of our CI's tool-kit."
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