MC3

MC3

3-Series Control System™
The debut control system from Crestron featuring the all new Core 3 OS, the MC3 delivers an entirely new level of power and performance with a unique set of features.

The Crestron® MC3 presents a giant leap forward in control system design. Featuring the all new Core 3™ control engine, the MC3 forms the core of the modern networked home, unleashing more power than ever for integrating home entertainment, AV distribution, security and environmental systems. And, with built-in infiNET EX® wireless technology, on-screen display, native mobile and Web-based control, and onboard media rendering, the MC3 affords vast new, more affordable ways to control everything in the home through a streamlined hardware approach.

Core 3 OS™
Today's commercial buildings and custom homes comprise more technology than ever before, and all these systems need to be networked, managed, and controlled in fundamentally new ways. The IP based Core 3 platform is engineered from the ground up to deliver a network-grade server appliance capable of faithfully handling everything from boardroom AV and custom home theater to total building management.

3 Series LogoMore than a mere AV controller, the MC3 embodies a distinctively robust, dynamic, and secure platform to elevate your system designs to higher levels of performance and reliability. Compared to other control systems, the MC3 provides a pronounced increase in processing power and speed with more memory, rock solid networking and IP control, and a unique modular programming architecture.

Modular Programming Architecture
Designed for enhanced scalability, the MC3 affords high-speed, real-time multi-tasking to seamlessly run multiple programs simultaneously. This exclusive programming architecture lets programmers independently develop and run device-specific programs for AV, lighting, HVAC, security, etc., allowing for the optimization of each program, and allowing changes to be made to one program without affecting the whole. Even as your system grows, processing resources can easily be shifted from one 3-Series™ processor to another without rewriting any code. The end benefit is dramatically simplified upgradability with minimal downtime, whether implementing changes on site or remotely via the network.

Robust Ethernet & IP Control
IP technology is the heart of Core 3, so it should be no surprise that its networking abilities are second to none. High-speed Ethernet connectivity enables integration with IP-controllable devices and allows the MC3 to be part of a larger managed control network. Whether residing on a sensitive corporate LAN, a home network, or accessing the Internet through a cable modem, the MC3 provides secure, reliable interconnectivity with touch screens, computers, mobile devices, media servers, video displays, security systems, and other equipment — whether on premises or across the globe.

e-Control® Remote Access
Years ago, Crestron pioneered the world's first IP-based control system unleashing vast new possibilities for controlling, monitoring, and managing integrated systems over a LAN, WAN, and the Internet. Today, our many e-Control solutions offer more ways than ever to control your world the way you want.

With e-Control, you can control anything in your home or office from anywhere in the world using a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Built-in Core 3 UI™ XPanel technology affords virtual touch screen control through any popular Web browser running on a laptop or desktop computer. Our Crestron Mobile Pro® app delivers the Crestron touch screen experience to your iPhone®, iPad®, or Android™ device letting you safely monitor and control your entire facility using the one device that goes with you everywhere.

Remote access is simplified using the myCrestron Dynamic DNS service to establish a friendly URL for your home system. And should you ever need technical support, your Crestron system installer can even perform diagnostics and implement updates to the system remotely without coming on site.

Fusion RV™ and SNMP
As part of a complete managed network in a corporate enterprise, college campus, convention center or any other facility, the MC3 works integrally with Crestron Fusion RV Remote Asset Management Software to enable remote scheduling, monitoring, and control of rooms and technology from a central help desk. Built-in SNMP support enables integration with third-party network management software, allowing control and monitoring in a format that's familiar to IT personnel.

infiNET EX® Wireless Control
Integrated infiNET EX technology provides an extremely easy and cost-effective way to add control of lighting, temperature, and other functions using Cameo® Wireless Dimmers and Keypads[1], and infiNET EX Thermostats[1]. Adding an infiNET EX remote like the Isys® MTX-3 Handheld Wireless Touch Screen[1] or MLX-3 LCD Handheld Wireless Remote[1] enables sophisticated portable control over everything, whether simply watching TV or adjusting whole-house audio distribution, lighting, and climate control in every room. Perfect for existing structures and rentals, infiNET EX affords ultra-reliable 2-way wireless communications throughout the home without the need for physical control wiring.

Cresnet®
Cresnet provides a dependable network wiring solution for Crestron keypads, lighting controls, thermostats, and other devices that don't require the higher speed of Ethernet. The Cresnet bus offers easy wiring and configuration, carrying bidirectional communication and 24VDC power to each device over a simple 4-conductor cable.

On-Screen Display
MC3 OSD Sample ScreenshotsThe MC3 includes the ability to control your home using just your television screen and a handheld remote[1]. Featuring customizable scrolling menus and full-color icons, the MC3 OSD makes it easy to select any room in the house, pick a music or video source, choose a radio station, TV channel, or media title, and even access lighting, climate, and security system controls. The MC3 OSD provides true-feedback so you always know the status of the item you're controlling. Audio adjustments and lighting levels are clearly indicated using bar graphs. Room temperature and security system status can be viewed and controlled without leaving your favorite seat. Even metadata from your iPod,ADMS, or Internet radio tuner can be displayed to show the current playing song, movie, TV program, or radio station.

Audio File Playback
Built-in audio signal rendering lets you add audio feedback to the OSD, or generate door chimes, phone ringers, and other signals that can be played through the home theater or whole-house audio system. Load your own custom audio files to sound alarms, provide confirmation when you execute a command, deliver helpful voice prompts, or just play welcome music as the home theater system turns on.

Onboard Control Ports
In addition to Ethernet, the MC3 includes two bidirectional RS-232 COM ports and five IR ports to interface directly with all of your centralized AV sources, video displays, and other devices. Two programmable relay ports are included for controlling window shades, a projection screen or lift, or other contact-closure controlled equipment. Two digital inputs are also provided for use with Crestron occupancy sensors, power sensors, door switches, or anything that provides a dry contact closure or low-voltage logic signal.

IR Wireless Option
When equipped with the optional CNXRMIRD IR Receiver[1], the MC3 affords a low-cost IR wireless control solution using any Crestron IR wireless remote or touch screen, such as the TPS-6X[1], or a third-party universal IR remote.

BACnetBACnet®/IP
Native support for the BACnet/IP communication protocol provides a direct interface to third-party building management systems over Ethernet, simplifying integration with HVAC, security, fire & life safety, voice & data, lighting, shades, and other systems. Using BACnet/IP, each system runs independently with the ability to communicate together on one platform for a truly smart building.[2]

EMerge Alliance RegisteredEMerge Alliance® Registered
The MC3 is EMerge Alliance registered and designed to work within a 24 VDC room-level power distribution system. The EMerge Alliance is a non-for-profit open industry association leading the rapid adoption of safe DC power distribution in commercial buildings through the development of Emerge Alliance standards[3]. Crestron is a proud member and supporter of the Alliance. For more information about Crestron Solutions for EMerge Alliance Applications visit:www.crestron.com/emerge.

Key Features: 
  • Next generation control system for multimedia and whole-house control
  • Core 3 OS™ — Substantially faster and more powerful than other control systems
  • Exclusive modular programming architecture
  • Vector floating point coprocessor and 128KB L2 cache
  • Onboard 256MB RAM & 2GB Flash memory
  • Expandable storage up to 1TB
  • Integrated infiNET EX® wireless gateway
  • Industry-standard Ethernet and Cresnet® wired communications
  • Supports Crestron® touch screens and other devices
  • Available RF and IR control options
  • Customizable OSD user interface
  • Component and composite video outputs
  • Onboard e-Control® Web server
  • Supports Core 3 UI™ XPanel Web-based remote control
  • Supports Crestron Mobile® control apps for iPhone®, iPad® and Android™
  • Supports Fusion RV™ and SNMP remote management
  • Simplified Web access via myCrestron Dynamic DNS service
  • WAV, MP3, and WMA audio file playback
  • Built-in IR, COM, relay, and digital input ports
  • High-speed USB 2.0 host ports
  • Installer setup via on-screen display, Crestron Toolbox™, or Internet Explorer®[4]
  • Backwards compatible to run existing SIMPL programs
  • Full Unicode (multi-language) support
  • Increased network throughput and security
  • Secure access through Active Directory integration or standalone account management
  • IIS v.6.0 Web Server
  • IPv6 ready
  • External power supply included
  • Native BACnet®/IP support[2]
  • EMerge Alliance® compatible
Description notes: 
    1. Item(s) sold separately.
    2. License required. The MC3 supports a maximum of 500 BACnet objects when dedicated for BACnet use only. Actual capabilities are contingent upon the overall program size and complexity.
    3. Information regarding the EMerge Alliance can be found at www.emergealliance.org.
    4. Web-based installer setup requires the Microsoft® Internet Explorer® Web browser running on a Windows® PC
    5. The effective range of the entire wireless network is extended based on the placement and capabilities of each network device. Consult the specifications for each wireless network device to verify wireless capabilities and limitations.

    This product may be purchased from an authorized Crestron dealer. To find a dealer, please contact the Crestron sales representative for your area. A list of sales representatives is available online at www.crestron.com/salesreps.

    Specifications subject to change without notice. Crestron is not responsible for errors in typography or photography.

    The specific patents that cover Crestron products are listed online at: patents.crestron.com.

    3-Series, 3-Series Control System, Cameo, Core 3, Core 3 OS, Cresnet, Crestron, Crestron Mobile, Crestron Toolbox, D3 Pro, e-Control, Fusion, Fusion RV, infiNET EX, Isys, RoomView, and the Crestron logo are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Crestron Electronics, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. BACnet and the BACnet logo are either trademarks or registered trademarks of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. iPad and iPhone are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. EMerge Alliance is either a trademark or registered trademark of the EMerge Alliance in the United States and/or other countries. Microsoft, Internet Explorer, and Windows are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Other trademarks and trade names may be used in this document to refer to either the entities claiming the marks and names or their products. Crestron disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. ©2012 Crestron Electronics, Inc.

Control Engine
 

Core 3 OS™; real-time, preemptive multi-threaded/multitasking kernel; Transaction-Safe Extended FAT file system; supports up to 10 simultaneously running programs

Memory
  SDRAM 256 MB
  Flash 2 GB
  External Storage up to 1 TB using USB mass storage device (not included)
Wired Communications
  Ethernet 10/100 Mbps; auto-switching; auto-negotiating; auto-discovery; full/half duplex; industry-standard TCP/IP stack; UDP/IP; CIP; DHCP; SSL; IEEE 802.1X; SNMP; BACnet®/IP[2]; IPv4 or IPv6; Active Directory authentication; IIS v.6.0 Web Server; SMTP e-mail client, installer setup via Crestron Toolbox™ or MSIE[4]; supports all e-Control®Core 3 UI™ XPanelCrestron Mobile®Fusion™ and RoomView® applications
  Cresnet® Cresnet master mode
  USB Supports USB HID and USB mass storage class devices via rear panel USB 2.0 host ports, supports computer console via front panel USB 2.0 device port
  RS-232 Supports 2-way device control and monitoring up to 115.2k baud with hardware and software handshaking
  IR/Serial Supports 1-way device control via infrared up to 1.2 MHz or serial TTL/RS-232 (0-5 Volts) up to 115.2k baud; supports CNXRMIRD IR Receiver[1]
Wireless Communications
  RF Transceiver infiNET EX® 2-way RF, 2.4 GHz ISM Channels 11-26 (2400 to 2483.5 MHz), default channel 15; IEEE 802.15.4 compliant
  Range (typical) 150 ft (46 m) indoor, 250 ft (76 m) outdoor to nearest mesh network device(s); subject to site-specific conditions and individual device capabilities[5]
  Device Support Maximum 100 infiNET EX devices (inclusive of up to 6 MTX-3 and/or MLX-3 remotes) and 5 infiNET EX expanders (model CLW-EXPEX)
Graphics Engine (OSD)
  Built-in customizable control pages, scrolling menus, and dynamic objects
Video (OSD)
  Output Signal Types Component (YPbPr), Composite
  Output Formats Progressive 480p or 576p, interlaced NTSC or PAL
  Output Resolutions, Component 720x480@30Hz (480i), 720x576@25Hz (576i), 720x480@60Hz (480p), 720x576@50Hz (576p)
  Output Resolutions, Composite 480i, 576i
Audio
  Functions Audio file playback, audio signal pass-thru w/mute during file playback
  Audio File Formats WAV (8 & 16 bit PCM, mono & stereo, 8 – 44.1 kHz sampling rates), MP3, WMA
  Input/Output Signal Types Analog stereo
  Analog-To-Digital/Digital-to-Analog Conversion 24-bit 48 kHz
  Performance (pass-thru) Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz ±0.2dB;
S/N Ratio: >93dB, 20Hz to 20kHz A-weighted;
THD+N: <0.01%, 20Hz to 20kHz;
Stereo Separation: >91dB
Connectors
  AUDIO IN, L – R (2) RCA female, unbalanced stereo line-level audio input;
Input Level: 2 Vrms maximum;
Input Impedance: 7k Ohms nominal
  AUDIO OUT, L – R (2) RCA female;
Unbalanced stereo line-level audio output;
Output Level: 2 Vrms maximum;
Output Impedance: 100 Ohms nominal
  VIDEO OUT, Y Pb Pr (3) RCA female, component (YPbPr) video output;
Output Level: 1 Vp-p nominal (Y), 0.7 Vp-p nominal (PbPr);
Output Impedance: 75 Ohms nominal
  VIDEO OUT, COMPOSITE (1) RCA female, composite video output;
Output Level: 1 Vp-p nominal;
Output Impedance: 75 Ohms nominal
  IR 1 – 5 (5) 3.5mm mini-phone jacks, IR/Serial output ports;
IR output up to 1.2 MHz;
1-way serial TTL/RS-232 (0-5 Volts) up to 115.2k baud
  IR IN (1) 3.5mm TRS mini-phone jack;
For connection of the CNXRMIRD IR receiver[1];
Allows IR wireless control from Crestron and third-party remotes using RC-5 IR commands
  COM 1 – 2 (2) DB9 male, bidirectional RS-232 ports;
Up to 115.2k baud; hardware and software handshaking support
  LAN

(1) 8-wire RJ45 jack;
10Base-T/100Base-TX Ethernet port

  USB 1 – 2 (2) USB Type A female;
USB 2.0 ports for storage and mouse/keyboard devices
  G (1) 6-32 screw, chassis ground lug
  RELAY 1 – 2 (1) 4-pin 3.5mm detachable terminal block comprising (2) normally open, isolated relays;
Rated 1 Amp, 30 Volts AC/DC;
MOV arc suppression across contacts
  INPUT 1 – 2 (1) 3-pin 3.5mm detachable terminal block comprising (2) programmable digital inputs (referenced to GND);
Input Voltage Range: 0-24 Volts DC;
Logic Threshold: ≥1.2 Volts DC active/high, ≤0.46 Volt DC inactive/low;
Input Impedance: 2.2k Ohms pulled up to 5 Volts
  NET (1) 4-pin 3.5mm detachable terminal block, Cresnet master port;
Outputs power to Cresnet devices if a power pack is connected to the 24VDC power input jack;
Receives Cresnet network power if no power pack is connected to the 24VDC power input jack;
See “Power Requirements” for additional specifications
  24VDC 2A (1) 2.1 x 5.5 mm DC power connector, 24 Volt DC power input;
PW-2420RU power supply included;
Passes through to NET port to power Cresnet devices;
See “Power Requirements” for additional specifications
  COMPUTER (front) (1) USB Type B female;
USB 2.0 computer console port;
For setup only
  Antenna (front) (1) Connection for supplied antenna
Controls & Indicators
  PWR (1) Green LED, indicates operating power supplied from power pack or Cresnet network
  NET (1) Amber LED, indicates communication with the Cresnet system
  HW-R (1) Recessed pushbutton for hardware reset
  SW-R (1) Recessed pushbutton for software reset
  ACQUIRE (1) Recessed pushbutton with red LED, used to set up connections with wireless devices
  ACTIVITY (1) Red LED, indicates wireless communications
  LAN (rear) (2) LEDs, green LED indicates Ethernet link status, amber LED indicates Ethernet activity
Power Requirements
  Power Pack 2.0 Amps @ 24 Volts DC;
100-240 Volts AC, 50/60 Hz power pack, model PW-2420RU included
  Available Cresnet Power 35 Watts (1.46 Amps @ 24 Volts DC) when using power pack
  Cresnet Power Usage 9 Watts (0.375 Amps @ 24 Volts DC) when using Cresnet network power
Environmental
  Temperature 41° to 113°F (5° to 45°C)
  Humidity 10% to 90% RH (non-condensing)
  Heat Dissipation 31 BTU/Hr
Enclosure
  Chassis Aluminum w/polycarbonate label overlay
  Faceplate Plastic w/polycarbonate label overlay
  Mounting Freestanding (adhesive feet included)
Dimensions
  Height 2.30 in (59 mm);
2.25 in (58 mm) without feet
  Width 8.12 in (207 mm)
  Depth 6.74 in (171 mm) including antenna
Weight
  2.5 lb (1.2 kg)
Technical notes: 
  1. Item(s) sold separately.
  2. License required. The MC3 supports a maximum of 500 BACnet objects when dedicated for BACnet use only. Actual capabilities are contingent upon the overall program size and complexity.
  3. Information regarding the EMerge Alliance can be found at www.emergealliance.org.
  4. Web-based installer setup requires the Microsoft® Internet Explorer® Web browser running on a Windows® PC
  5. The effective range of the entire wireless network is extended based on the placement and capabilities of each network device. Consult the specifications for each wireless network device to verify wireless capabilities and limitations.

This product may be purchased from an authorized Crestron dealer. To find a dealer, please contact the Crestron sales representative for your area. A list of sales representatives is available online at www.crestron.com/salesreps.

Specifications subject to change without notice. Crestron is not responsible for errors in typography or photography.

The specific patents that cover Crestron products are listed online at: patents.crestron.com.

3-Series, 3-Series Control System, Cameo, Core 3, Core 3 OS, Cresnet, Crestron, Crestron Mobile, Crestron Toolbox, D3 Pro, e-Control, Fusion, Fusion RV, infiNET EX, Isys, RoomView, and the Crestron logo are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Crestron Electronics, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. BACnet and the BACnet logo are either trademarks or registered trademarks of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. iPad and iPhone are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. EMerge Alliance is either a trademark or registered trademark of the EMerge Alliance in the United States and/or other countries. Microsoft, Internet Explorer, and Windows are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Other trademarks and trade names may be used in this document to refer to either the entities claiming the marks and names or their products. Crestron disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. ©2012 Crestron Electronics, Inc.

Publications: 

Spec Sheet

Spec Sheet (PDF - 2.0 M) 
Rev. Date: 8/16/2012

Manual

Manual (PDF - 3.61 M) 
Doc. No. 7095D 
Rev. Date: 12/30/2011

Reference Guide

Reference Guide (PDF - 1.34 M) 
Doc. No. 4579C 
Rev. Date: 4/16/2012 
Note: IP Considerations Guide. This guide is intended to outline the requirements, best practices and preferred methods of implementing Crestron devices on enterprise level networks. Rev. B provides updates on DM network modes.

CAD Drawings and Revit® Files: 

Zoomable Drawing

Zoomable Drawing

Cad Files

Cad Files (ZIP - 372 K)
Rev. Date: 10/26/2010

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