- Written by Jim Clements
- Published on 10 February 2011
Design and Installation
The most prominent feature of the Panamax M4320-PRO power conditioner is its BlueBOLT functionality. The M4320-PRO comes with an Ethernet card installed and an assigned MAC address. The installer connects the unit to the internet through the Ethernet card. They can access the BlueBOLT server over the internet to set up their account and connect remotely to the device. The user can then basically monitor and control their system over the internet from anywhere in the world. The BlueBOLT system was conceived as a power management tool, but you will see that it has many other significant uses and Panamax is adding more features to the system on a regular basis.
The user can have several BlueBOLT-enabled devices attached to their account. This is useful for custom installers who have numerous clients. The CI professional can connect to their client’s BlueBOLT-enabled power conditioners and then remotely reboot components, tell if a component is on or off and perform other vital system checks all from their office or, perhaps, from a beach in Borneo. Hmmmm.
The Panamax M4320-PRO has total of 4 filter banks with two outlets per bank. One of the banks is high current and has two 20- amp receptacles. EMI/RFI noise filtration is handled by a linear filtration circuit that Panamax calls “LiFT Technology”. According to the manufacturers’ claims, this circuit does effectively attenuate much of the noise you probably have on your AC line.
The M4320-PRO also includes Panamax’s patented power monitoring circuit, “AVM”. This circuit is said to constantly monitor the AC line voltage for unsafe conditions like voltage spikes, sustained over-voltage or sustained under-voltage. The M4320-PRO will shut off power to components to protect them from any dangerous voltage conditions. In many cases, the unit can self-reset. At other times, the front panel breaker might trip. The most severe events will require servicing of the unit after shutdown. Panamax calls this the “Protect or Disconnect Circuitry”.
The Panamax M4320-PRO has protection circuits for cable/satellite coax, LAN and telephone lines as well. These circuits are claimed to have low signal loss.
All this circuitry leads to Panamax’s concept of a “Bubble of Protection”. They introduce this in the Owners’ Manual with an ellipse surrounding a schematic of a system being powered through the M4320-PRO illustrating that your whole system is protected from potential damage by way of external forces.
The upcoming wireless wall modules will have surge suppression and power filtering. They will also be able to monitor power usage. The working prototypes I saw at CEDIA were based on the Panamax MD2 family form factor and were approximately 3” x 5” x 2”. Expected availability of these modules is sometime in 2011.