Raytec upgrades Vario2 illuminator series


Raytec has upgraded and added new features to the company’s series of Vario2 IP PoE illuminators. Already delivering effective performance and reliability, the latest upgrades provide an even greater level of control and security.

The latest Vario2 IP PoE illuminators allow for easier setup and access. During setup, each individual lamp is now automatically assigned a random IP address. This ensures lamps never become ‘lost’ during setup and increases the ease and speed of commissioning. Combined with Discoman, Raytec’s new discovery & management tool which was released earlier this year, setup and access of Vario2 IP PoE illuminators has never been easier.

Vario2 IP PoE illuminators now also provide users with more advanced diagnostics. Accessed via the integrated web interface, lifetime diagnostics are now available to provide information about the lamp’s usage and history, such as the max voltage input and total illuminator on-time since being installed.

Vario2 IP PoE now offers greater diagnostic functionality for those using the illuminators as part of a third-party system. Fault triggering is now available which allows the user to detect faults using the external output. As well as enabling the user to monitor the illuminator’s input voltage status, it can also be used to identify any LED faults or power outs. These new features allow users to obtain more detailed diagnostic information quickly, and remotely. Ultimately this saves time and money and provides the user with greater confidence in the illuminator’s overall health.

With high levels of security being paramount for many applications, Raytec has established higher levels of security through stricter access control and the availability of a secondary access port. Stricter access control means that Vario2 IP PoE means now, even before being able to access the integrated web interface, the user is forced to change the password. This means the user is no longer able to use a default password to set up the lamp and ensures a greater level of site security.

Access via a secondary HTTP Port is now available with Vario2 IP PoE. The standard Port 80 can be disabled, and the lamp accessed via a secondary HTTP port. With generic web pages normally hosted on Port 80, having a secondary access port increases the overall security of the lamp, decreasing the risk of the lamp being hacked. The secondary port also makes Vario2 IP PoE an ideal solution for applications where port 80 has been blocked for greater system security.

In addition to these new features across the IP PoE range, i8, w8 and hy8 variants are also now BT compatible and can be used with equivalent BT compatible power equipment and injectors. The introduction of BT compatibility into the Vario2 IP PoE range brings new opportunities and will allow the illuminators to be used as part of a wider range of security systems than ever before.