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iCOMPEL Wi-Fi Module  

For distributing iCOMPEL content wirelessly to your digital signage.


1 YEAR DoubleDiamond™ Warranty (Standard)

Product Highlights

  • Adds 802.11a/b/g/n wireless capabilities to an iCOMPEL player.
  • Great for areas where wired signage connections aren't possible.
  • Also use for redundant wired/wireless links to screens.

  • Further Details

  • 802.11n provides the bandwidth to transport HD media more reliably.
  • Simple to configure, manage using tab in iCOMPEL graphical user interface.
  • Easy to integrate into an existing WLAN's access point infrastructure.
  • Includes wireless card and dual-band antennas (installed by Black Box only).
  • 64-, 128-, and 152-bit WEP encryption and 802.1x authentication.

  • Looking at setting up digital signage in areas not easily reached by conventional network cabling?

    Or are you simply seeking a way to back up wired player links to ensure continuous signage uptime?

    Then go wireless by adding this iCOMPEL Wi-Fi Module to a new or an existing iCOMPEL player*.

    With Wi-Fi capabilities enabled, you can distribute bandwidth-intensive iCOMPEL content to players in applications where wired LAN connections aren't possible or practical. It can also save you the cost and time of having to build out your existing wired LAN network to reach screens.

    Typical deployment.
    If you're like most customers, you will likely connect a standard (non-Wi-Fi-enabled) iCOMPEL publisher to a wireless network switch in a server room or wiring closet and then use an existing WLAN's access points to communicate with Wi-Fi-enabled iCOMPEL subscribers at the network edge.

    But to establish redundancy, you'll want to use both wired network and wireless connections from your iCOMPEL publisher(s) to your iCOMPEL subscriber(s).

    For reliable transmission of data-heavy multimedia files, the module uses an 802.11a/b/g/n chipset with its 802.11n dipole antennas receiving signals in the 5-GHz band.

    Ideal applications:
    • Signage in historic buildings where cables would be unsightly.
    • Temporary signage deployments (in lobbies or seasonal rooms).
    • Buildings with ornate marble, brick, or similarly finished surfaces.
    • Always-on signage applications where redundancy is a must-have.
    • Retail end-cap displays or islands not easily reached by cabling.
    • Any display application where cable runs would create a hazard.
    • Trade show or conference hall signage (including rental and staging setups).
    • Any signage that needs to be rapidly deployed without disrupting nearby operations.

    Easy to configure and manage.
    Tabs in the iCOMPEL software interface enable you to configure your Wi-Fi network security settings and easily integrate the unit into existing WLAN and/or wired LAN networks.

    Using the iCOMPEL GUI, you can:
    • See visible networks and which ones you're currently subscribing to, as well as enable or disable wired or wireless networks.
    • Assign priority to networks, choosing the wired network, for instance, as the preferred path while using Wi-Fi as its backup.
    • Choose either DHCP or static IP settings for your wireless networks.
    • Under the Test tab, test for network connectivity (using ping, trace route, and DNS lookup tests).
    • If your DHCP server supports DNS host name entries, assign unique names to iCOMPEL units.
    • Set network security for WPA-PSK or WEP protocols.
    • Discover access point IP addresses.

    Also, you can see your wireless Ethernet settings, SSID, and what bit rate you're getting, which is very important for signage communications. You can see if the rate is acceptable for communicating back to your wired network and if it's sufficient enough for signage content extension.

    Similarly important, the iCOMPEL user interface shows you signal strength. WLAN access points may operate on different frequencies, and you can identify if signal problems are occurring when transferring data between the access points.

    * Module can be ordered factory-installed in a new iCOMPEL player or as a retrofit for an existing iCOMPEL player. For information on the latter option, please contact Tech Support or your Digital Signage Success Manager.

    Antennas (2) 5-GHz dipole antennas on RP-TNC connectors
    Encryption/Security Protocol AES-CCM/TKIP
    Data Rate (Maximum)* 802.11a: 54 Mbps; 802.11b: 11 Mbps; 802.11g: 54 Mbps;
    802.11n: 20-MHz bandwidth: 144.4 Mbps; 400-MHz bandwidth: 300 Mbps
    Frequency Range (U.S.) 2.400-2.483 GHz, 5.15- 5.35 GHz, 5.47-5.725 GHz, 5.725-5.825 GHz
    Number of Channels (U.S.) 802.11a/n: 11 non-overlapping channels;
    802.11b/g/n: 11 (1-11)
    RoHS Yes
    Distance (Maximum)* 802.11a: Outdoor: 164 ft. (50 m) at 54 Mbps, 984.2 ft. (300 m) at 6 Mbps;
    Indoor: 98.4 ft. (30 m) at 54 Mbps, 328 ft. (100 m) at 6 Mbps;
    802.11b: Outdoor: 492.1 ft. (150 m) at 11 Mbps, 984.2 ft. (300 m) at 1 Mbps;
    Indoor: 98.4 ft. (30 m) at 11 Mbps, 328 ft. (100 m) at 1 Mbps;
    802.11g: Outdoor: 492.1 ft. (150 m) at 54 Mbps, 984.2 ft. (300 m) at 6 Mbps;
    Indoor: 98.4 ft. (30 m) at 54 Mbps, 328 ft. (100 m) at 6 Mbps;
    802.11n: Outdoor: 98.4 ft. (30 m) at 300 Mbps, 98.4 ft. (30 m) at 130 Mbps, 820.2 ft. (250 m) at 6.5 Mbps;
    Indoor: 65.6 ft. (20 m) at 300 Mbps, 65.6 ft. (20 m) at 130 Mbps, 328 ft. (100 m) at 6.5 Mbps
    Wireless Card PCI Express half mini-card

    * Maximum speed and distance under optimal conditions depending on a number of supporting factors (including the number of WLAN users, the amount of environmental interference and traffic on access points, the types of files transmitted, line of sight, etc.). Be sure to speak with Black Box Tech Support to discuss your intended signage application.

    NOTE: If you want to add Wi-Fi capabilities to an existing iCOMPEL, please call Black Box Tech Support or your Digital Signage Success Manager for instructions on how to retrofit your iCOMPEL. You will also need iCOMPEL V.8.1.1. firmware installed for wireless networking to work.

    NOTE: Technical specification weight is the unit weight. It is not the packaged shipping weight. For shipping weight, please contact Black Box customer service at 1-800-316-7107.

    Product Data Sheets


    • Scalable, robust digital signage solution.
      Deliver more compelling digital signage with iCOMPEL. (Version 1)
    • iCOMPEL Brochure
      Award-winning digital signage for 1 to 100s of screens. (Version 7)

    Double Diamond Warranty
    1 YEAR DoubleDiamond™ Warranty (Standard)

    Double Diamond™ Warranty (Standard)


    Take the risk out of equipment purchases with the Double Diamond™ Warranty from Black Box Network Services.

    The Double Diamond Warranty is our warranty that protects your Black Box® brand products* from accidental damage, including drops, water, and power surges.

    The iCOMPEL Wi-Fi Module comes with a standard 1 Year warranty already included.

    During the warranty period, Black Box Network Services will repair or replace your damaged equipment within one week of receipt at NO CHARGE!*

    Plus, get an Extended Double Diamond Warranty.

    You can also extend your warranty or protect a previously purchased Black Box® brand product** for an additional year—for only 10% of the purchase price! Or, extend your coverage for a full three years for only 20% of the purchase price!

    Ordering an extended warranty is easy: When viewing a product in your shopping cart, just select the one or three years of additional coverage in the dropdown menu under “Warranty Options.” For details, contact Customer Service at 724-746-5500.

    * Warranty subject to certain exclusions and limitations
    ** Certain products may not be eligible.

    What’s more, we also have a 45-day return policy. Simply call Customer Service for a Return Authorization (RA) number, return your product in new condition and in the original package, and receive a full refund.

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    Weight: 0.125 lbs.
    HxWxD: 0.5 x 2 x 7 in.

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