The JL Cooper gBOX is a general purpose interface box that allows you to convert up to 48 GPI (General Purpose Interface) or Tally inputs and outputs into 100/10baseT Ethernet, USB or to a serial interface. Up to 8 gBOXes may be slaved to a master gBOX to convert up to a total of 432 GPI inputs and outputs.
It's an economical and professional GPI interface for computer- based automation and control systems. gBOX provides a portal for controlling devices across your facility or across the world. It's ideal for LAN, WAN and Internet control with switchers, computer based switching and monitoring systems, cameras, video monitors, projectors and other devices.
gBOX can also be remotely connected to other gBOX units to allow longer runs than traditional GPI cables. Since gBOX typically uses TCP/IP, traffic can be routed over internal LANs, wireless LANs, MANs, WANs and internet.
It's the perfect solution for broadcast television, streaming media networks, multi-room editing facilities, news production or in any audio/video/multimedia studio where you need to transfer a large number of GPI contacts over long distances.
When the gBOX has a "Standard" JLCooper P/n #920394 Ethernet Interface installed, it has two distinct modes of operation that are set by the rear panel DIP switches. It functions as either a server or client using standard TCPIP messages.
An ethernet equipped gBOX communicates over TCP/IP which allows it be used with any host computer running any operating system that uses TCP/IP protocol. When configured as a server, it passively waits for client devices to connect to it. The device can be a computer or another gBOX configured as a client.