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Snell Debuts ‘Luna Series’ of Router Control Panels

The panels can be powered by external power supplies making them useable on onsite broadcast trucks

Snell, a producer of digital media technology for broadcasters, unveiled the Luna Series of 1RU router control panels that includes four light-emitting diode models and two liquid crystal display models.

The Luna panels feature an ultra-shallow rack mount depth of less than two inches, and the panels can be powered by external power supplies making them useable on outside broadcast trucks or other installations where space and power are at a premium, the company says.

“At a quarter of the depth of similar systems and with the industry’s most flexible power options, the new Luna Series is an important addition to Snell’s versatile family of control panels,” said Kim Francis, Snell’s senior product manager. “Like our other panels, the Luna Series is designed to meet the exacting requirements for hardware control panels in simple or complex routing systems.”

Compatible with all current Snell routers and soft panels, the Luna Series offers maximum flexibility for broadcast operations and users, according to the company. The LED panels in the Luna Series include a high-density version with 78 button keys, 72 of which can be configured as source or destination keys for increased flexibility, Snell says. In addition, the LCD panels include a rotary encoder control knob for user-friendly “paging,” the firm says.

With all Luna panels, users have the freedom to configure each keypad layout to match a specific application exactly, and each button can be color-coded to identify easily groups of buttons or specific functions, driving greater efficiency while saving both time and money, Snell says.