Herman and NETGEAR Announce Distribution Partnership, Providing easier access to AV Integrators

MIAMI, FL., June 6, 2019 – Herman (www.HermanProAV.com) a leading provider of professional AV products, procurement services, and labor resources to systems integrators in the commercial AV industry, has entered into a strategic distribution partnership with NETGEAR ( www.netgear.com ) to distribute the company’s entire line of products with a strategic emphasis on its Pro AV M4300 switches, which are designed to streamline video deployment through the use of Ethernet.

“We are very excited to partner with NETGEAR,” said Jeffrey Wolf, Co-CEO at Herman. “NETGEAR has a long history of leadership in the networking space and we are happy to be able to distribute their products to a new audience of AV installers and integrators that will be able to benefit from recent developments around video over Ethernet deployment. The AV industry is clearly moving to the network, and this is a strategic addition to better serve the needs of our customers”.

To take unnecessary complexity out of AV-over-IP deployments, NETGEAR created M4300 switches that are preconfigured for easy, true AV and multicast Zero Touch network configuration. IGMP Snooping, IGMP Fast Leave and IGMP Querier are already enabled for the default VLAN 1 that devices will automatically use – no need to log onto the switch.

“We are thrilled to be able to partner with Herman,” said Jason Turk, Director of Channel Sales Americas. “They are a leader in the commercial AV industry providing an unmatched offering of products and services while delivering differentiating value and benefit to their customers. They are the ideal partner for NETGEAR to further support our AV Strategic initiatives.”

“As a founding member of the SDVoE Alliance NETGEAR believes we are entering a new era where professional audio/video solutions can be more rapidly deployed, dynamic and cost effective when implementing over a standard IP Ethernet infrastructure,” said Richard Jonker, vice president of product line management for the SMB Product Group at NETGEAR. “We expect that a whole new world of capabilities will be achieved with the distribution of our Pro AV switches to more installers and integrators across the country.”

The NETGEAR M4300-96X switches are now available through Herman Pro AV, which will be hosting along with NETGEAR a Pro AV open house in July bringing Northern California Integrators together for educational and informative sessions. The addition of NETGEAR switches to Herman distribution helps to bring the total SDVoE solution together for Pro AV integrators. In support of this new category of product offerings, Herman will provide a series of trainings on SDVoE to inform integrators of the many benefits and what to expect from this new market opportunity from time savings on installs, troubleshooting, and new price points.