Why AV over IP

This post is last in Berk-Tek’s AV blog series. Our first post focused on the HDBaseT Alliance and SDVoE Alliance, and our second let you in on the dirty little secret about my slow reflexes (along with the latency challenges inherent in AV systems). Before we dig into this final post (warning: shameless plug ahead), don’t forget to register for Berk-Tek’s upcoming webinar: 3 Key Essentials for Moving AV to the LAN on December 12.

ConferenceRoom_EditOur webinar will focus on the various AV technologies available today and those on the horizon. We’ll also address potential pitfalls to watch out for as you migrate your AV system to the IP network, along with recommendations for avoiding them and/or mitigating the risk.

Despite the risks, recent technology advancements and market trends show us that AV systems will soon be connected and powered like any other network device.  And why not? Converging onto one common network eliminates unique equipment, separate cabling and connectivity, and duplicate staff required to service and support multiple systems. Below are just a few benefits of migrating AV to the IP network:

  • Scalability & flexibility: Since network size is virtually unlimited, any number of encoders and decoders can be made to work together to allow one-to-one, one-to-many or many-to-many AV connections. With AV over IP, a standard Ethernet switch replaces a conventional AV matrix switch but without the usual constraints of a fixed size. This means that AV over IP systems have the advantage of being expandable. New sources and displays can be added with ease.
  • Cost savings: AV over IP eliminates the hassle and expense of installing a separate AV-only infrastructure. It also allows for simplified and remote maintenance and troubleshooting, without the need to retain specialized technicians to maintain it.
  • Distance: Because AV over IP utilizes IP switches, Ethernet standards apply, so the maximum cabling distance to each endpoint is 100 meters. Traditional AV systems are typically confined to distances within the same room.
  • PoE: 802.3bt PoE (100W) provides power, connectivity, and control via one cable, further reducing cost and streamlining installation and maintenance.

To learn more, register to attend our webinar at the link above, or check out our website at www.berktek.com.


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