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AVPro Edge MXnet 1G Control Box

AVPro Edge MXnet 1G Control Box

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The CBOX is the system control component for an MXnet 1G ecosystem and is responsible for setup, control, diagnostics, troubleshooting, and endpoint updating. An AC-MXNET-CBOX-HA is a specially-equipped CBOX featuring a High Availability port tethered to a second, identical AC-MXNET-CBOX-HA. Configuration software in System Utilities provides naming conventions to designate one CBOX as being in a Main/Active operational state while the second CBOX remains in Backup/Standby status. The RJ45 communication interface connecting the two units enables RS-232 heartbeat monitoring, with the backup CBOX checking for the presence of the Active CBOX, launching the standby unit into active mode if, during the repetitive three-second status interval check, the main unit fails to deliver its active RS-232 ‘heartbeat’ acknowledgment.

AVPro Edge developed the AC-MXNET-CBOX-HA for large deployments, which are prohibited from experiencing a single moment of control absence. However, installed systems of any size may enjoy the backup control redundancy security provided. Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol software is pre-installed on every AC-MXNET-CBOX-HA device.

After configuration as a high availability system, each CBOX (active and standby) has a fixed IP address. An external service virtual IP manages all control requests for encoders and decoders to ensure seamless failover and service continuity regardless of which box is active.


  • Two identical AC-MXNET-CBOX-HAs are required for High Availability to function. An AC-MXNET-CBOX-HA is NOT compatible with previous MXnet CBOX versions.
  • For planning purposes, each AC-MXNET-CBOX-HA must connect to the network used by the control PC or automation controller, with each CBOX occupying a network switch port.

Key Benefits

High Availability – A deployed system will operate at a high level, continuously,
having 99.999% control availability shared between two AC-MXNET-CBOX-HAs.
Control will only be lost by a system-wide catastrophic event like a power failure.

Failover Monitoring – An RJ45, RS-232 communication interface monitors ‘heartbeat’ signals from Main CBOX.  Pre-installed Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol software facilitates the failover process. The Standby box assumes the active IP address if a temporary or permanent event occurs to the Main CBOX.

Virtual IP-Based Switching – Configured for High Availability, each CBOX has a fixed IP address, while a third external IP address functions as virtual. All management and control requests for endpoint devices must be sent to this VIP address, ensuring both AC-MXNET-CBOX HA units have identical data should a failover event occur. This allows the system to continue functioning interruption-free and without reconfiguration.

Simplified Network Management – By using VIP-based switching, an installation or programming team is only required to know a single IP address, the VIP, regardless of which AC-MXNET-CBOX HA is designated as active.

Additional information

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 8 × 4 in

PVC-coated Products; PVC-coated Wires and Cables

WARNING: This product may expose you to chemicals including DINP and/or DEHP, which are known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to or our information page: California Proposition 65 Info.