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Home Network Connection Center - Product Overview

Applicable to: United States

General Information
The IBM Home Network Connection Center (HNCC), Model 201 is a high-tech home control and networking solution that provides enhanced connectivity, and convenience benefits, and can help protect property value. It offers a low-cost, stand-alone alternative to existing IBM product offerings. The lower cost is achieved through reduced functionality, while maintaining the high quality of Home Director Pro components.

The HNCC adds order and functionality to household wiring termination centers. It provides order in a central junction point for household video and telephone connectivity, creating ease of video and telephone hookup and expandability throughout the house. The video hub provided in the HNCC enables the input of:

These signals are then mixed as various television channels and distributed throughout the house to up to 16 different video outlets. The HNCC video hub also strengthens the video signals to provide for a cleaner signal.

Also included in the HNCC is a Residential Telecom Module, which allows for the input of up to four separate telephone lines. It can distribute those lines to up to 24 different outputs. This feature gives the homeowner ample capacity in providing signals for both telephone and computer modem usage.

The following upgrade options are available to increase the functionality of the HNCC:

The HNCC offers high-tech home control and networking solutions at a lower cost. Features include:

Warranty: 1 year limited IBM On-site Repair

This product replaces:

This product was replaced by:
Not Applicable

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Marketing and FRU Part Numbers
United States...
Marketing part number -> 0142201
FRU part number -> MultiFRU (see Associated FRU part number section below)

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Additional Part Numbers
Part number(s) for ordering multiple quantities:

Associated Product(s):
Computer Networking Module:
Marketing part number -> 33L0209
FRU part number -> 10L7464
Height: 60 mm (2.4 in)
Width: 110 mm (4.3 in)
Depth: 28 mm (1.1 in)

Camera Module:
Marketing part number -> 33L0210
FRU part number -> 10L7465
Height: 60 mm (2.4 in)
Width: 110 mm (4.3 in)
Depth: 25 mm (1.0 in)

Power Module and Cord:
Marketing part number -> 33L0211
FRU part number -> 02K3379 and 28L1289
FRU Part Numbers represent the Power Distribution Module and 24" DC Power Patch Cord respectively.
Height: 60 mm (2.4 in)
Width: 110 mm (4.3 in)
Depth: 38 mm (1.5 in)

Rough-In Can:
Marketing part number -> 03K8708
FRU part number -> 33L4936
Height: 502 mm (19.75 in)
Width: 368 mm (14.5 in)
Depth: 114 mm (4.5 in)

Associated FRU Part Number(s):
United States: Wiring Rough-in Kit FRU part number-> 03K8682.
United States: Key, HNCC FRU part number-> 03K8692.
United States: Residential Telecom Module FRU part number-> 10L7462.
United States: 16 Tap Video Amp Module FRU part number-> 10L7463.
United States: Power Supply, 1.0A FRU part number-> 02K3380.

Product Dates
United States...
Announce Date-> 11/03/1998
Planned Availability Date-> 11/16/1998
Withdrawal Date-> Not Applicable
Effective Withdrawal Date-> Not Applicable

Technical Specifications
Performance Specifications as known at time of announcement:
Power requirements:
Coordinate with a licensed electrician to prewire AC power to a standard duplex receptacle and UT junction box mounted inside the HNCC or Rough-in Can. If the junction box is not already installed, remove the grommet from the hole on the right side of the cabinet bottom.

Low Voltage Wiring Information

  1. Category 5 cables (two for each drop recommended) should be home-run to the wiring room from any room where data, fax, computer, or telephone may be desired. Include drops for areas such as family room, kitchen, or bedroom night stands.
  2. RG-6 quad shielded coaxial cable should be run to each room where the Category 5 cable terminates (for example, where video, HDTV, cable, modem, or IR-based distributed controls are desired). Two cables per drop are recommended. One double-gang junction box is required in each location where the homeowner may someday want to use the infrared remote interface with the IBM Home Director Channel.
  3. The HNCC does not require fiber optic cable or any low-voltage wire to the light switch locations.

Physical, Environmental, and Compatibility Specifications as known at time of announcement:
Weight: * lbs (* kg)
Height: 19.75 inches (502 mm)
Width: 14.5 inches (368 mm)
Depth: 4.5 inches (114 mm)

Operating Temperature:

Relative Operating Humidity: low of 8% to a high of 80%

Agency Approvals:
UL# E177414: RE:FCC; the Ethernet hub has an FCC CL B rating

ENERGY STAR-Compliant: *. The ENERGY STAR emblem does not represent EPA endorsement of any product or service.

Hardware Requirements:
The wiring room is the location where all wiring is terminated, interconnected, and HNCC or Rough-in Can is mounted. The wiring room must be a clean interior space, consistent with the operating environment. Install the components only in a dry location as described in the National Electric Code (N.E.C.). The following are approved locations:

Note: DO NOT install the components in a fire-rated wall.

Supported Operating Systems:
No software is used or associated with this product.

Compatibility: The Home Network Connection Center is constructed for use with standard household wiring, telephone, and video connections; therefore, there are no compatibility issues.


Supported Software: No software is used or associated with this product.

Homeowners that have purchased a Home Network Controller (HNC) or a Home Network Connection Center (HNCC), and are in need of support for their system, should contact their local Certified Integrator or the builder that installed their system. These individuals are trained to provide both hardware and software support and can answer most question as well as provide warranty support. Certified Integrators should contact IBM at 1-800-426-7149 for assistance.

Document Note(s):

  1. The symbol * is used to denote that the information is currently unavailable for this product.
  2. All dates are represented in the US English format of mm/dd/yyyy (where mm=month, dd=day, yyyy=year).
  3. FRU stands for Field Replacement Unit. It is the part number used for ordering service/replacement parts.
  4. Effective Withdrawal means that on the given date IBM will have withdrawn the products from marketing. After that date, the product can not be obtained directly from IBM.

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