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Global Cache Global Connect, RPI w/ Raspberry Pi, PoE, HDMI Switch, Serial x2, IR Port


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Network Adapter with Onboard Raspberry Pi Computer

The Global Caché Global Connect, RPI is a high performance modular network adapter that is capable of providing universal control over multiple devices that operate with different communication protocols. Included in this model is the Raspberry Pi motherboard, a single board computer that offers onboard programming and automation functions for the Global Connect and can work with existing computer networks. This Global Connect RPI Model includes a Raspberry Pi motherboard, Power over Ethernet, HDMI Signal Switch, Serial and IR Emitter and IR Blaster modules.

  • Modular network adapter enables universal control over multiple connection types
  • Raspberry Pi computer board provides onboard computing power and customizable software
  • Supports Power over Ethernet and HDMI, Serial, IR connections
  • Configure module settings using the Global Connect Online Web Portal
  • Control connected devices via PC or Internet-connected device
  • Reduces clutter by centering around a singular network connection hub
  • Backwards compatibility with existing Global Caché devices

Global Connect supports multiple communications simultaneously for a diverse range of automation, security, and entertainment applications. Each preconfigured Global Connect chassis provides a unique range of connection and customization for your local network and devices.

Dual Ethernet Network Module

The Dual Ethernet Network Module has 2 Ethernet ports and a power connector. The module supports Power over Ethernet and network switching. Network switching capabilities allow for daisy-chaining of multiple Global Connect units, or connecting Raspberry Pi software to your network.

Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a single board computer that provides unlimited opportunities for creating personalized control and automation functions, including automation software, cloud connectivity, voice controlled user interfaces and more. The Raspberry Pi comes pre-equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth compatibility and the potential to configure powerful support for existing or new software programs connected to your home network.

HDMI 3:1 Switch Module

The HDMI Switch module enables switching between 3 different AV sources at resolutions up to UHD 4K at 60Hz over HDMI cables. The switch also can detect whether the On/Off/Standby status of connected HDMI devices and issue On/Off commands.

The module also includes HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronic Control) capabilities which provides easy command and control of devices connected through HDMI. The module includes support for HDCP 2.2 (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) devices.

Serial RS232 Bi-directional

The bidirectional Serial module features a male DTE (Data Terminal Equipment) DB9 connector in order to connect RS232 devices to your local network using serial cables. Connected serial devices can then be configured by using Global Caché's simple and highly configurable online web interface.

3 IR Output/ 1 IR Sensor Input

Infrared (IR) modules can interact with any device that use IR transmissions, such as TV remotes. The module includes 3 IR transmitters, or "blasters", and 1 IR Emitter Sensor Input. The IR blasters send signals up to 35 feet to IR receivers. IR Emitters act as "shortcuts" for delivering IR signals to IR receiver by mounting directly onto receivers and converting signals sent over the Internet to selected device. These IR emitters have a range of around 1 inch (2.5 cm). It is important to place the IR emitters directly on top of the IR receiver of the controlled device. This allows IR commands to bypass any latent signal interference.

Installation Details

The Global Connect is a rack mounted network hub that can placed in your office or server room. Connect Global Connect to your home network via Ethernet.

Global Caché Global Connect uses an online web tool to set up and configure each module installed in the Global Connect chassis. Additionally, Global Caché has a list of partner apps and software that can integrate with their online web tool and even allow for remote control of your connected devices.

To configure the Global Connect, download and run Global Caché's iHelp program. The program will detect the individual IP addresses for each of the modules installed. Select the module you wish to adjust settings for and apply the relevant changes.


  • Global Connect
  • Power Supply
  • Mounting Hardware
  • 8G microSD card

IMPORTANT NOTE: Global Caché products are not available to ship outside the U.S. Please contact Global Caché directly for international orders.

Simply Connect With Global Caché

The Global Caché family of connectivity products provides choices for the industry professional and the consumer by significantly reducing costs and providing a scalable platform for today and the future. Global Caché's belief in open systems and the evolution of the automation market is being played out today, since cost-effective PC-based and phone-based control applications are now becoming widely available. iTach devices, Network Adapters, and other Global Caché connectivity products have radically changed the automation dynamic. These products are engineered to integrate easily into any control environment, even high-end proprietary systems, providing a path to open systems and better competitive leverage.


Product Features

Raspberry Pi

  • Pre-compiled Linux images built for the RPi
  • Ships with 8G microSD card
  • Tremendous community support
  • Built in WiFi dual-band 802.11b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.2 BLE
  • 1.4GHz Quad Core Processor
  • On-board computing power
  • Support available via phone, email, and portal

Technical Details

  • Manufacturer Part #: RPI/NS/HM/2SL/IR

Raspberry Pi

  • Rack Accessible Ports:
    • 1 x RJ45 Ethernet
    • 4 x USB 2.0 Ports
    • 1 x Full-size HDMI
  • Other Ports:
    • 1 x GPIO Header
    • 1 x CSI Camera Port
    • 1 x DSI Display Port
    • 1 x 4-Pole Stereo Output and Composite Video Port
    • 1 x Micro SD Port
    • Built in WiFi and Bluetooth

Dual Ethernet Network Module

  • Network Connector: 2 x RJ45
  • Network Speed: 100Mbps, Full Duplex
  • Power Connector: Barrel Jack: 5.5mm x 2.1mm (Center Positive)
  • Power Input: Range: 5V-24V
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability (GCSW-P only): 802.3af Powered Device (PD)
  • Chassis Slots Occupied: 2

HDMI 3:1 Switch Module

  • Ports: 3 Inputs, 1 Output
  • Data Bandwidth: 18Gbps
  • 4K Resolutions:
    • UHD 4K 60Hz, 4:4:4 8 bit
    • UHD 4K 60Hz, 4:2:2 8 bit|10 bit|12 bit
    • UHD 4K 60Hz, 4:2:0 8 bit|10 bit|12 bit
  • Chassis Slots Occupied: 2

3 IR Emitters/ 1 IR Blaster Cable

  • Ports: 3 x IR Outputs/Sensor Inputs
  • Included Cables: 3 x IR Emitters, 1 x IR Blaster
  • IR Output Frequency: 20KHz – 500KHz
  • IR Learner Frequency: 20KHz – 200KHz
  • Chassis Slot Occupied: 2

Serial RS232 Bi-directional

  • Ports: 1 x Male DB9
  • Baud Rate: 300-115200 baud
  • Flow Control: Hardware, None
  • Parity: None, Even, or Odd
  • Data Bits: 8
  • Stop Bits: 1, or 2
  • Certifications: CE, FCC, CTick, RoHS
  • Warranty: 1 Year