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Logisys Remote Multifunction Panel Review - Page 1 of 2

INTRODUCTION

I like convenience. Of the dozen or so mods I've done to my car, perhaps the most utilized mod is a car alarm system with remote start. Living in the Midwest, having cold winters and hot summers, it's great to turn my car on from inside the building so the heater or air conditioner is running by the time I get there. Well, thanks to Logisys, I have this same convenience with my PC.

A Look at the Box

Logisys has created a low-cost Remote Multifunction Panel, complete with remote control for powering up and rebooting your PC. It's about as convenient as you can get.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Remote Control Buttons: Power On and Reset
  • Panel Input Power: 5VSB DC, and 12VDC
  • Remote Control Input Power: Alkaline Batteries
  • Remote Range: 10 to 15ft
  • Fan Control: 3 Pin
  • Temperature Sensor: 2 Independent Sensors and Meters
  • Antenna: Single Telescopic Antenna Included
  • Dimension: 14.7 x 4.2 x 10cm, 5.75'x 1.63" x 5.94" (LxWxD)
  • Color: Black or Silver

INSTALLATION

The manual that comes with the Remote Multifunction Panel is in full color, and is large enough for my Dad to read without his glasses. Some of the pictures were a little fuzzy, but I don't think my Dad would notice. The case I was installing the Panel in uses drive rails for the 5 1/4 inch drive bays. Because of the holes in the rails, it meant that I would either have to have the Panel stick out from the case slightly, or have it recessed from the front of the case slightly. I chose to have it slightly recessed.

It's not a big deal, but not exactly desirable. They included an extension for the motherboard power connector from the power supply so that the Panel gets its own specialized power connection. In addition to this extension, the case power has to be rerouted and the buttons from the motherboard reset to the Panel, which takes a couple of extra wires that are included.

Package Contents

The remote works thanks to a plate with an antenna that is mounted to the rear of the case. The plate is attached to the front panel via a long cable. The USB ports on the Panel have a cable that connects to a free motherboard header. The FireWire port has a cable that you must feed through a hole in the back panel for the antenna and plug into another external FireWire port.

The Panel contains a sliding indicator that acts as a rheostat for a single fan header. I connected my front case fan to this fan header. Also included were 2 temperature sensors. I placed one in a very open area of the case, not near any heat sources, to test the ambient temperature inside the case. The other, I placed near the processor.

Next Page: Operation and Conclusion

Last Updated on August 1, 2005


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