Barix has added a new remote configuration tool set in its IP Former analog-to-IP speaker upgrade solution that makes multi-unit installation faster. Built into each IP Former device and accessible through a web browser, the new tool set enables efficient, centralized configuration of all IP Former units on the same network.
The IP Former hardware transforms analog loudspeakers into networked IP speakers. The device provides an IP network interface, audio stream decoder and amplifier front-end for a 2- to 8-ohm speaker, with power supplied over PoE. Current analog speaker installations can be retrofitted by swapping their transformers with IP Former units, maximizing the lifespan of customers’ existing investments.
The new tool set enables installers to configure any number of IP Former devices — from two to hundreds of units — at once from a single dashboard. A grid view displays all IP Former devices on the network, their settings and the active stream on each unit for easy visualization and validation of the deployment.
Installers can assign devices to grouped zones and specify multiple, prioritized source streams for each unit — for example, an incoming Secure SIP call can override background music playback — as well as the relative volume of each stream. Settings can be copied from one IP Former device to multiple others simultaneously to speed up multi-unit configuration. Finally, an interface button next to each device in the list triggers audible playback of a test sound on the corresponding unit — a simple yet valuable feature when installers are configuring many speakers at the same time and need to verify which one is which.
The new remote installation tool set will be included standard in all new IP Former devices and is available immediately as a firmware upgrade for existing units.