DNF Controls’ IP Control Buddy interfaces with BrightEye NXT routers

DNF Controls has developed the IP Control Buddy, which provides operational confidence over any Ethernet enabled device.

When space is at a premium, such as on flypacks, in ENG trucks, or helicopter cockpits, touch screen controls take up too much of the operator’s focus. So when Ensemble Designs was looking for an ultra-simple method of controlling their ultra-compact BrightEye NXT routers, they turned to DNF Controls.

BrightEye NXT Compact Routers feature an exclusive front panel LCD display of router sources

BrightEye NXT Compact Routers feature an exclusive front panel LCD display of router sources

“We like to let your fingers do the working,” began Dan Fogel, CTO of DNF Controls during a one-on-one interview with The Broadcast Bridge, “and we are moving into a production world that is IP-based.

That’s why we designed our IP Control Buddy to readily command any Ethernet, RS422 or RS232-enabled device from a button press, GPI trigger, relay closure or Web page button.”

It’s a very simple design approach: just four buttons that can be allocated to any function that is needed.

The four simple buttons of the IP Control Buddy can be assigned on a Web browser

The four simple buttons of the IP Control Buddy can be assigned on a Web browser

Configuration is simple, using a programmer-free, browser-based setup with simple drop down menus and fill-in text boxes.

“We’re not the first one to say it, but ‘Keep it Simple, Stupid’ is a pretty good design philosophy,” Fogel said. “Under production pressure, there is nothing like a button to give you operational confidence.”

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