Millson WireFrame – The BMW of Structured Wiring

Richard Millson and WireFrameAt a recent dealer show, integrator and entrepreneur Richard Millson of Millson Custom Solutions  presented what he called “The BMW of structured wiring panels” to integrators attending the event. Millson’s premise was simple – if you’re going to install a structured wiring panel in your smart home installations, shouldn’t you install a smart panel? It was logic that many found hard to argue…

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Richard Millson owns a successful integration company called Millson Technologies in Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada. In the course of many years of successful installations, and in a move that is unique to Millson, his company has created a series of products designed to make their jobs (and lives) easier to install – and that perform better – than those from general suppliers that are not owned by an integrator. As a result, Millson Custom Solutions was born – a manufacturer and supplier of unique and useful solutions for the working integrator.

MCS’s first product was a product called CinemaFrame, an in-wall box chock full of technology that turbocharges the performance and sound quality of any flat panel television. Although pricey, CinemaFrame fills a gaping hole in the market for those who want a better performing AV installation, without all of the ancillary visible accoutrements such as control boxes, power strips, wiring, and speakers.

Richard Millson presenting

Richard Millson, owner of Millson Technologies and Millson Custom Solutions. I tried really hard to get a picture of Richard without his mouth open, but those of you who know him know just how hard that is.

WireFrame – The Smart Structured Wiring Panel

Now MCS is launching WireFrame, a better structured wiring panel based on, according to Millson, more than 10,000 installations and three major design revisions. You, Mr. or Ms. Integrator, can benefit from the pain Millson went through to get the product right…that panel right in front of you.

Richard Millson is a highly dynamic, motivated, excitable and unusually talkative Canadian who knows how to put on a good show…and how to convince you that his products are the only products that make any sense at all. With MCS, you get products designed and manufactured by integrators…for integrators. WireFrame is just the latest example in a line of clever products, some of which have no comparable competitor in the industry.

A Good Looking AND Hard Working Solution

The first thing you notice about WireFrame is the quality of the product. Made of a high quality 16-gauge cold-rolled steel construction with a matte white powder coat finish, the fit and finish is beyond comparison. There are no left over burrs, all mounting holes are precisely positioned and drilled. Built into WireFrame are certain smart details that are not immediately obvious – that is until you begin to actually use the panel.

Wireframe with display door on

This display version of MCS’ WireFrame uses the clear front panel, good for display in your showroom – or for clients who wish to watch their entertainment investment in action

MCS has thoughtfully designed the product to not only to look good, but to maximize its utility for those day-in and day-out installations. So smart mounting options for each type of cable or device is accommodated by design. There’s cable management that not only looks good, but allows the integrator to instantly identify a cable’s purpose. There are hidden panels for items less necessary to access on a regular basis, putting them out of the way of those elements that do need to be accessed more frequently. Panels, thanks to an ingenious twist-clip system are both easy to remove for installation…and securely fastened when the panel is complete.

Not Just a Structured Wiring Panel, A Structured Wiring System



Others may offer a structured wiring panel…MCS offers a structured wiring system…with several added modules that once again, make the installation perform to peak efficiency and capability.  So instead of screwing on some wonky power strip, you can install a power distribution module for clean easy power distribution that interfaces with your control system for remote management.

Millson starts his demonstration showing how easy it is to take the face panel off literally with your fingers (tooless) for those times you’d like unfettered access to the box. MCS offers a standard galvanized steel cover with upper and lower horizontal vents to facilitate convection cooling. There is also Showcase Cover Panel (seen in the picture above) which includes a clear face panel for use either in an integrators showroom, or for those clients who like to watch their entertainment investment at work.

Top section of WireFrame

This is a closeup shot of the top section of WireFrame. Note that Millson has removed the trim panel over the cable management well to show their intelligent management system. On the left is a Data Distribution Module and on the right is a Telephone Distribution Module

The system offers incredible expandability and comes in a standard size (52″ back box) large enough to handle the most sophisticated smart home installation. This is deliberately more than you would need in most cases, in order to provide room for future expansion. The steel box is 4″ deep and can either stand out from the wall or inset within it. Note, however, that the WireFrame back box is 18″ wide, so it will not fit in a standard 16″ on-center constructed wall. You will need to modify the framing if you want to inset it.

Clearly Defined Sections – A Space for Everything

Cable enters at the top of the box with several knock-outs and very well-defined cable management , flowing to two major sections – a data distribution module (on the left in the accompanying photo) and a telephone distribution module (on the right in our photo). In the photo of this upper section, Millson has removed a panel covering the cable channel to make the cable paths more clearly visible. This, of course, is how it would look during installation. “Notice how easy that makes wire runs,” Millson showed integrators.

In this display sample shown in these photos you can three clearly defined sections from the cable management at the top to the power management module on the bottom. The elegant design offers clever cable management and a tremendous amount of expandability should your installation be even larger than the mock installation shown here.

WireFrame-Center flip down section

Below the upper compartment is a flip down panel where you can place a personal computer or remote management system interface (a Domotz device in this example). Under this, you can just see the CATV Distribution Module

Drop-Down Panels For Items Needing Less Access and Equipment Mounting Panel



Below this top section in the middle of the box is a drop-down panel that is the perfect place, Millson says, to mount a personal computer or some other device, such as a remote management system interface ( Domotz box in our display version). Just under that is your RG6 cable distribution module…all neat and tidy – and accessible.

WireFrame Equipment Mounting Panel

And here is a closeup of the bottom compartment with the perforated Equipment Mounting Panel where you can mount service provider gear (cable and satellite boxes, for example) using a simple strap and clip system. At the bottom, notice the Power Distribution Module with staggered outlets to accommodate wall wart transformers

Underneath this middle section in the lower portion of the box is a fairly large area featuring a perforated back (called the Equipment Mounting Panel, logically enough), designed to facilitate mounting devices of differing size and shape – typically service provider hardware (cable or satellite systems). Using an interesting strap & clip system MCS developed for their CinemaFrame product, integrators can easily lay out and mount whatever type of device their system installation requires.The perforatted panel can be loaded on-site or preloaded in your facility and just plugged in on the job-site.

Lots of Modules for Customization

Finally, at the bottom of the box is the power module which not only provides for a tidy installation, but it offers 7 ac receptacles which are staggered to accommodate any size wall wart – and it also provides low voltage outputs for up to 6 of the Millson data distribution modules. Yet another touch to make this structured wiring panel a smarter solution for integrators.

WireFrame Telephone Distribution Module

Millson showed integrators a Telephone Distribution Module – note the ample heat sinking to eliminate the possibility of overheating. You can see the front of this module in the top image of the system on the righthand side of the upper most compartment

Millson offers several modules: a 14-port or 8-port PoE data distribution module; a 16- or 8-port telephone distribution module; a 16- or 8-output CATV distribution module; and the aforementioned power distribution module as either a regular or “basic” version. Everything is sold à le carte, so the integrator can optimize the package for his system’s specific needs.

Whew! That’s a lot. But wait, there’s more. At the end of his presentation, Millson noted that MCS deliberately designed this panel to be attractive enough such that it could justify placement in the center of the home – such as in a kitchen or pantry – with this centralized location facilitating shorter cable runs through the home. The typical – presumably uglier – box is hidden in a basement, garage, or equipment room, usually at one end of the home or another, forcing longer cable runs (and headaches).

WireFrame is available now from Millson Custom Solutions.

Learn more about Millson Custom Solutions by visiting: www.millsoncs.com.


About Ted

A sales and marketing specialist - primarily in the technology industry - I've experienced a sort of "circle of life" in business. I've been a mass merchant retailer, a specialty retailer, a specialty manufacturer, a large volume manufacturer, a distributor, and even represented sales representatives. Now the owner of a marketing company that works with a variety of businesses on improving their strategic marketing and business development - I analyze issues from all angles to develop holistic solutions.

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Millson WireFrame – The BMW of Structured Wiring — 4 Comments

    • Hi Loren and thanks for your question,

      I put your question to MCS and got this very complete response:

      “The WireFrame™ Power Distribution Module (PDM) is available in two versions: The PDM and the PDM-BASIC. The BASIC version is for very simple installations that do not require remote power reboots etc. and provides a simple on/off circuit breaker, when switched on it provides constant power to all outputs. The standard PDM included an RJ45 connection for full ethernet control and we’ve provided our own internal Web Interface for full control of all functions. That means you can log into the device using a standard web browser and name the individual outlets so you’ll know what is connected and remotely power cycle any of the outlets, including the 6 low voltage outlets that we use to power up to 6 of our 14-Port Data Distribution Modules without using up any of the receptacles on the PDM. Another cool feature of the PDM is that we’ve included an easy way to create a specific “Power On Sequence” so that in a major re-boot, you can specify which devices are turned back on, in which order, and with a specific time delay between those events. This is very helpful if the Modem, Switch, Router, etc. need to be energized in a specific order. We’re also working with Domotz to enable their hardware module and App to recognize and control both the WireFrame™ Switch and PDM and that functionality should be released in the next 6 weeks or so.”

      If you are a current Millson Custom Solutions dealer, you can go to your portal account where all details like this already reside.

      If you are not a MCS dealer, but would like to explore becoming one, contact Bob Brown via email at: bob.brown@millson.net

      Thanks for reading!

      Ted

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