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Global Cache Global Connect, GC5 w/ Serial x3, IR Port


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Allows Multiple Devices To Connect Over A Network

The Global Caché Global Connect GC5 with 3 Serial and an IR Port allows you to connect RS232 serial and IR devices to a network. This module provides 3 RS232 serial ports and 3 Emitter IR ports/sensor inputs. It connects to the Internet via Ethernet and includes a 5 Slot, 7.5-inch freestanding chassis and power supply.

  • Modular network adapter enables universal control over multiple connection types
  • Configure Module Setting using the Global Connect Online Web Portal
  • Allows RS232 serial and IR devices to connect to a network
  • Bi-directional with hardware RTS/CTS flow control
  • Uses TCP port 4999 for communication
  • 3 independent selectable 3.5 stereo jack IR outputs or sensor inputs
  • Built-in IR learning (range 20KHz to 200KHz)
  • Integrated web server for easy configuration

RS232 DB9 Connector (3 Included)

This bidirectional module connects RS232 devices to a network and serial devices and includes an easy to use, highly configurable web interface. To access the serial configuration settings, navigate to the Serial Settings page on the unit's configuration pages. Each RS232 interface includes a male DTE (Data Terminal Equipment) DB9 connector.

3 Emitter IR Ports/Sensor Inputs (3 Emitters/1 Blaster included)

Infrared modules can control any device that utilizes an IR remote. In addition to IR control the IR ports can be configured for Sensor Input. This allows for the use of iTach sensor cables for sensing the presence of voltage, contact closure, or composite video.

IR Emitters:

IR emitters are short-range IR transmitters designed to physically transmit IR signals to a single device while avoiding cross-talk with neighboring devices. Visible IR emitters, such as the emitters included with this module have a range of around 1 inch (2.5 cm). Due to the short range of IR emitters it is important to place the IR emitters directly on top of the IR receiver of the controlled device.

IR Blasters:

IR Blasters are long-range IR transmitters designed to control devices across the room or to control multiple devices that are near each other. The IR blaster included with this module is designed to transmit up to 35 feet (10 meters).

Single Ethernet Network Module

Each Global Connect includes a network module. The network module provides the network connection and power input for the entire unit. Network modules can be powered with any power supply between 5v and 24V DC. All Global Connect units ship with an appropriately rated power supply.

Installation Details

The Global Connect is a freestanding chassis that can placed on your entertainment stand or 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.


  • RS232 DB9 Connector (3 Included)
  • 3 Emitter IR Ports/Sensor Inputs
  • 5 Slot, 7.5-Inch Freestanding Chassis
  • Manual

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

Network-Based Automation

As the number of homes and businesses with high-bandwidth Internet and networking capability has grown dramatically, so has the number of people who want to take advantage of their connected environments. Using network-based automation and control software, you can be safer, more energy efficient, and have more convenience and fun.


  • Manufacturer Part #: GC5/NE/3SL/IR

Single Ethernet Network Module

  • Network Connector: RJ45
  • Network Speed: 100Mbps, Full Duplex
  • Power Connector: Barrel Jack: 5.5mm x 2.1mm (Center Positive)
  • Power Input: Range: 5V-24V

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: Tested to CE, FCC, CTick, RoHS
  • Warranty: 2-Year Limited
  • Technical Features:
    • 300 baud to 115.2 Kbaud data rates supported Odd, Even, and None parity settings
    • TCP and HTTP API (Restful)
    • Integrated web server for easy configuration
    • Requires 1 GC Chassis slot
    • Support Available via phone, email, and portal

3 Emitter IR Ports/Sensor Inputs

  • 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
  • Certifications: Tested to CE, FCC, CTick, RoHS
  • Warranty: 2-Year Limited
  • Technical Features:
    • Individual IP address for true IoT
    • Integrated web server for easy configuration
    • Downloads iLearn software facilitates capture and playback of IR commands
    • Includes 3 IR emitters and 1 IR blaster
    • LEDs to indicate IR/sensor port activity
    • Requires 1 module slot
    • Blaster support on IR port 3
    • Supports Global Caché' video (IT-SV1), voltage (ITSP1), and contact closure (IT-SC1) sensors
    • Support Available via phone, email, and portal