LEVITON HAS TEAMED UP WITH DEDICATED Devices to develop a home entertainment system that runs over a structured wiring network that manages a homeowner's digital audio, photo, and video files.

The product, Leviton Entertainment & Applications Platform (LEAP), started shipping last month. LEAP consists of a digital distribution center, which acts as the audio, video, and photo server, and a digital player, which functions as a digital media adapter that delivers the digital content.

The digital distribution center sells for $2,250 and resides in the structured wiring panel. The digital player costs $289 and connects to existing stereo and television equipment.

Ian Hendler, director of business development for the Leviton Integrated Networks group, says LEAP is positioned to be an alternative to the Microsoft/Intel multimedia PC on the low end and media servers from Kaleidescape that sell for $27,000.

“If you look at the products out there, only the most expensive products do video distribution,” says Hendler. “We offer a system at a much more attractive price, plus it fits in new and existing structured wiring systems, and since the system is Linux-based, it is much less susceptible to viruses,” he says, adding that the idea is to make audio, video, and photo distribution more a part of the infrastructure of the home.

The digital distribution center is also a residential gateway and firewall that can handle up to eight ports. In addition, the unit has stateful packet inspection, which means it monitors the full contents of a packet and can handle multiple virtual private network connections. For more information, visit www.leviton.com.

GREAT LEAP: Leviton is offering a media device built for a structured wiring network that can handle digital music, photos, and video.
GREAT LEAP: Leviton is offering a media device built for a structured wiring network that can handle digital music, photos, and video.