MSolutions, Lenovo Partner For a Networked Collaboration Solution for Microsoft Teams Room and Zoom Room Customers
MSolutions and Lenovo have partnered to develop a networked collaboration solution for Lenovo’s Microsoft Teams Room and Zoom Room customers. The alliance pairs MSolutions’ compact USB-C extenders with Lenovo’s ThinkSmart USB portfolio inside meeting and learning spaces to extend USB-C data channels over a single CatX cable infrastructure for up to 333 feet (100m).
Lenovo’s ThinkSmart USB portfolio brings cameras, audio gear (microphones, speakers) and control equipment. Options range from condensed systems for smaller spaces that benefit from tightly integrated systems, such as an all-in-one video/soundbar, to complete, integrator-friendly room kit solutions that combine all necessary in-room peripherals for larger spaces.
Lenovo says the ThinkSmart Controller is the common component across its Teams Room and Zoom Room portfolio. The ThinkSmart Controller acts as the central hub for all system configurations, providing users with a tablet-sized touch panel featuring an interactive display. Lenovo says its user interface allows meeting coordinators, presenters and classroom instructors to initiate hybrid events and control AV equipment inside the room, from managing video feeds to raising and reducing sound volume.
The companies say there was one problem that Lenovo wanted to solve that MSolutions has now addressed through its MS-6U1C extender set.
Adding the MS-6U1C to ThinkSmart installations means that separate cables are no longer required to connect the infrastructure. Prior to working with MSolutions, most ThinkSmart configurations were distance-limited — most cable lengths were under 50 feet — and would often require block repeaters if core computing systems were centralized to an IT closet, for example. The companies claim the MS-6U1C extender’s “robust reliability” removes that bulkier cabling infrastructure and ensures that signal integrity is maintained even when peripheral devices are concealed from sight. It also supports RS-232 serial pass-through and bi-directional 12V PoC (Power over Cable) over the same CatX connection.