Summer 2018 marks the launch of a completely new Q product: Q Panel 16M. The new panel option is similar to the already existing Q Panel 16 in size, but it has up to four built-in LAN ports that enable quick and easy multi-screen installations.
The need for the new panel type came straight from manufacturers that want to build bigger and smarter boats in the future:
“We work in close cooperation with boat manufacturers to provide them with the exact solutions they need, and Q Panel 16M is a good example of how this works. In talks with certain manufacturers we discovered that they want to install multiple touch screens on their new boat models. This was already possible with an extension box and the existing Q Panels, but we wanted to do even better than that.” explains Q Experience’s headman Niklas Öhman.
The new Q Panel 16M has 4 LAN switches where the extra Q Panels can be connected via simple Ethernet cable. This will cut down the installation time and eliminate the need for an additional switch that takes up valuable space. The result is a cost-effective solution that is easy for anyone to install.
The M type is currently available only for Q Panel’s 16-inch model. This is due to the bigger model’s popularity especially in the newer boats. But the smaller Q Panel 10 can still be connected to multiple screens through a separate switch box designed by Q Experience’s manufacturer Nextfour Solutions.