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OutBack’s proprietary communication network enables all of our products to communicate with each other, providing a seamless setup and user experience across all components of an OutBack system.

OutBack’s product line currently includes a variety of communication devices for maximum flexibility and control of renewable energy systems. OutBack’s MATE product line includes the MATE, MATE2 and MATE3 devices, all of which make it easier than ever to program and monitor a complete OutBack Power system.

The HUB System communications manager forms the backbone of a networked OutBack power conversion system. The OutBack FLEXnet DC is the ultimate DC system monitoring device with integrated networked communications capabilities.

AXS Port Modbus Interface:

Targeting industrial and commercial customers, the SunSpec-compliant AXS Port Modbus/TCP Interface provides advanced connectivity with OutBack FLEXmax™ Charge Controllers as well as other OutBack devices, enabling remote system status monitoring, command and control. Access an OutBack power system anywhere in the world via an Ethernet connection using Modbus Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and communicate directly to a single device, or to multiple devices using OutBack’s HUB4 or HUB10 communications management components.

MATE3:

Mate 3The MATE3 System Display and Controller make it easier than ever to program and monitor a complete OutBack Power system. An intuitive user interface and integrated system configuration wizard make system setup and programming quick and seamless. The ability to set unique multi-level user passwords makes it possible to secure critical system settings from unintended changes while still allowing open access to necessary functions’. TE/MA2 Contollers

Other features making system management simpler include an easy-to-read graphical backlit LCD display, improved tactile buttons, and a user programmable “favorite” key for immediate access to the most wanted features. An intuitive scroll wheel interface allows easy adjustment of system set points. Expandable SD card memory increases data logging capacity as well as making it easy to upgrade units in the field.

A built-in clock and calendar function enables timer-based programming of inverter and charger operation, which allows setting the system to work with time-of-day power rates or to limit a generator’s run time to a specific time period of the day or week. All settings are stored in permanent memory to eliminate the need to reprogram in the event of a system shutdown or battery replacement. The MATE3 supports web-server access via an intranet to allow monitoring of an OutBack system.

MATE & MATE2:

Outback MateAs complete management tools for OutBack Power systems, the MATE and MATE2 are packed full of features to make system management simple. A single MATE can remotely manage and monitor multiple inverter/chargers, charge controllers and monitoring devices. The easy-to-read 3.1” (8 cm) LCD is backlit for dark operating conditions. Four soft keys allow easy context-based navigation of menus and functions.

Outback Mate 2Two hot keys give immediate access to AC and inverter functions. A built-in clock and calendar function enables timer-based programming of inverter and charger operation, allowing the system to operate with time-of-day power rates or limit a generator’s run time to a specific time period of the day or week. All settings are stored in permanent memory to eliminate the need to reprogram in the event of a system shutdown or battery replacement.

The MATE and MATE2 include a RS232 port with DB9 jack for connection to the serial port of a PC computer. The MATE system display and controller is surface-mounted; MATE2 is flush-mountable in a wall cut-out.

HUB Communications Manager:

The HUB system communications manager components form the backbone of a networked OutBack power conversion system. The OutBack HUB communicates stacking, load share and power save off/on signals. Interconnection cabling is standard Ethernet CAT5 with RJ45 modular jacks. Through a HUB, a system is completely coordinated and managed by the MATE system display/ controller.

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