IGMP and the Quirky Querier

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By Erik Indresøvde AV Target Network configuration is a key consideration when deploying AV over IP, so if you’re in the AV industry, you should probably familiarize yourself with the terms “Multicast“and “IGMP” sooner rather than later. Multicast is basically a group communication where a single stream of data is addressed to a group of […]

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Yet Another Company Launches a “Button” Solution in an Attempt to Compete with ClickShare

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BenQ’s new InstaShow WDC10 wireless presentation system is a button-based wireless sharing system for up to 16 users. Claiming compatibility with any OS and any hardware platform, InstaShow is designed to allow any participant, even a guest, to take control of the meeting and share content with the group. Completely hardware-based, InstaShow’s setup and connection […]

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Three New Omega Presentation Switchers from Atlona Debut

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Atlona today announced three new Omega Series products for 4K/UHD presentation and conferencing applications including the OME-PS62, a 6×2 matrix presentation switcher featuring three HDMI inputs and two HDBaseT inputs alongside a USB-C AV input. The USB-C interface also can be used for data connectivity to the OME-PS62’s integrated USB 2.0 hub, as well as […]

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The New Extron ShareLink Pro 1000 Is a 4K Wireless and Wired Collaboration Gateway

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Extron has announced the immediate availability of ShareLink Pro 1000, the Wireless and Wired Collaboration Gateway that enables anyone to present content from their computers, tablets or smartphones onto a display for easy collaboration. ShareLink Pro supports simultaneous display of up to four devices including an HDMI‑connected device and dynamically updates the display layout as […]

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Yamaha SIP-Based CS-700 SIP Video Sound Bar Ships

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Yamaha is now shipping the CS-700 SIP Video Sound Collaboration System. Part of Yamaha’s Video Sound Bar family, the CS-700 SIP model claims to be the industry’s first video collaboration solution to integrate PBX and UC applications thus, customers can bridge telephone calls and web conferences. The Video Sound Bar family features an adaptive beamforming […]

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Christie DS is New Small 3LCD Laser Projectors

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The new Christie DS Series is a trio of 3LCD laser projectors with ISO lumens ranging from 7,500 to 9,000, as well as a 4,000,000:1 contrast ratio. The Christie LWU755-DS, LHD878-DS and the LWU900-DS projectors feature 360-degree orientation for flexible installation and comprehensive input/output options including HDBaseT. These low maintenance projectors offer up to 50,000 […]

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Zoom Debuts Zoom Phone – Attacking Slack and Microsoft Teams in the Process

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Simply put, Zoom Phone includes business phone system features that enable employees to talk anytime, anywhere. Conceptually, this isn’t new, but this is Zoom – the company that literally disrupted and took over the majority of the video conferencing market in less than four years of existence. So, don’t just blow this off as another […]

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Extron Ships HC 404 Integrated with Zoom Room Control

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Extron told rAVe that it’s already shipping the HC 404 Meeting Space Collaboration System, which extends control capabilities to Zoom Rooms. It provides a one-touch user experience for conferencing, collaboration and AV room control. A single interface on your Extron TouchLink Pro Series touchpanel is all you need to control every conferencing and audiovisual function. […]

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Lenovo to Sell Avocor – This Could Be Great or Bad

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At Enterprise Connect, Avocor announced an alliance with Lenovo that will sell Avocor displays across all of Lenovo’s campuses, but they will also sell the Avocor product via its Vendor Label Hardware Program. This is not good news for AV integrators. Lenovo is not known for value-add selling of third-party hardware. Theoretically, they do have a very […]

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Extron Ships Industry’s Only Adjustable Width Soundbar (With Built-in Camera, If You Want)

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Extron is already shipping the SB 33 A Adjustable Width Sound Bar, designed to enhance the audio experience in collaboration spaces. With its exclusive adjustable width design, the company’s new sound bar can be customized to precisely match the size of the display, offering high performance audio reinforcement that looks great in any space. Offering […]

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This Tweet Explains Why Zoom Is Dominating Meeting Rooms

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This is the tweet heard ‘round the AV world — or at least, it should have been: The March 21st tweet from R/GA read: A thousand years from now humans will have shed their physical form and ascended to a higher state of consciousness and conference room AV systems still won’t work. — R/GA (@RGA) […]

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TrueConf Makes Major Leadership Change

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TrueConf has appointed Dmitry Odintsov as the new chief executive officer (CEO), effective immediately. Former CEO Michael Gotalsky, who has been at the helm of TrueConf since 2007, will continue to serve as president and chief commercial officer at TrueConf’s group of companies. With more than 10 years experience in the video conferencing market, Dmitry […]

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Bose Professional Ships ControlSpace Engineered Sound Processors

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Bose Professional is now shipping its four recently introduced ControlSpace engineered sound processors: ESP-880A, ESP-880AD, ESP-1240A and ESP-1240AD (the “A” designation indicates Bose AmpLink connectivity and the “AD” designation indicates both AmpLink and Dante connectivity). These open-architecture DSPs offer enhanced flexibility for a wide variety of applications — from small, self-contained projects to large, networked […]

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Avaya Deepens Integration With Google Cloud, Adds AI

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Avaya Holdings today announced further integration with Google Cloud Contact Center AI to provide better experiences. This includes embedding Google’s machine learning within Avaya conversation services powering the contact center, enabling easy integration of AI capabilities regardless of channel, promoting a consistent and intelligent experience for customers and delivering true omni-channel experiences with AI. Avaya […]

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Black Box Active Optical Cables Debut

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Black Box Corporation today introduced its Active Optical Cable product range, which enables transmission of 4K video and audio with resolutions up to 4K at 60 Hz 4:4:4 and DisplayPort signals with resolutions up to 8K @ 60 Hz 4:4:4 for more than 200 meters (7680×4320 at 60 Hz or 32.4 Gbps). In addition, supporting […]

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Ribbon Provides Direct Routing Voice and Security Capabilities to Microsoft Teams Customers

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Ribbon Communications today announced the availability of its Session Border Controller (SBC) Software edition Lite (SWe Lite) in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. The SWe Lite is a virtualized enterprise SBC that delivers small and mid-sized businesses cost-effective, advanced unified communications (UC), collaboration and security capabilities, now from the Azure Marketplace. In addition, Ribbon’s SBC SWe […]

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BlueJeans and Dolby Partner, Simplify Purchasing with Rooms-as-a-Service

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Blue Jeans Network, Inc. today announced its plan to offer BlueJeans Rooms-as-a-Service featuring Dolby Voice Room in the near future. BlueJeans Rooms-as-a-Service featuring Dolby Voice Room will be a new service-based subscription model for quickly adopting Dolby’s hardware with BlueJeans’ enterprise-grade cloud meetings platform. The Room-as-a-Service model provides IT decision makers with the benefits of […]

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Jabra Unveils Analytics Partnerships for Data-Driven Clients

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Jabra has opened up its software development kit (SDK) to external partners, allowing them to build Jabra data into their UC platforms and therefore provide detailed, real-time insight into factors affecting call quality. As a result, you would hope, both end users and business management can make better-informed and faster decisions that have a direct […]

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Nectar Intros Next-Generation Monitoring and Reporting Platform for Real-Time Collaboration

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Nectar Services today at Enterprise Connect launched its Nectar 10 solution, the most powerful and easy-to-use performance management, monitoring, diagnostics and reporting platform. The solution is purpose-built for the unique characteristics of voice, video and real-time collaboration applications, and enables enterprise businesses and managed service providers to harness the power of the cloud to streamline […]

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Oblong Targets Zoom Video with Debut of Rumpus Multi-Stream Collaboration Video System

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Oblong Industries just announced something called Rumpus, a new visual collaboration application for purely virtual teams. Oblong is marketing it saying that Rumpus makes web conferencing both content and context rich. It provides simultaneous access to shared screens from meeting participants, and delivers a new layer of communication with shared cursors, annotation and emojis for […]

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Plantronics and Polycom to Become One Company with New Name: Poly

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Plantronics today announced that the company will transform into a new company called Poly. In explaining the new name, their press release explained that Poly, which means “many,” leverages the legendary audio and video expertise of Plantronics and Polycom and its breadth of smart endpoints that connect across and between unified communications platforms to reduce […]

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Extron and Logitech Collaborate for AV Control with One-Touch Collaboration

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Extron Electronics has announced that Extron AV control can now be part of Logitech SmartDock and forthcoming Logitech Tap collaboration spaces. Their work with Logitech through the Logitech Collaboration Program allowed them to extend automation and professional control integration capabilities to a workspace. The Logitech SmartDock and, soon Logitech Tap, can be equipped with Extron […]

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Here Are the Best of ISE 2019 Awards – AV’s Only NOT-Pay-for-Play Awards

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You can’t enter a product in them. And, you can’t ask us to nominate you. And, you can’t get an award by advertising or sponsoring us or paying for it. There are NO award entry fees. We sent reporters to EVERY booth/stand at ISE 2019 and we selected the TOP products in every possible product […]

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JOAN Teams Up with Amazon Alexa and Cisco Webex

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Joan officially announces its collaboration with Amazon Alexa for Business and Cisco Webex for the kick-off of the Enterprise Connect expo in Orlando, Fla. on Monday March 18, 2019. This collaboration brings together Joan and two of the most used communication smart devices in the world to offer high-end integrated solutions for the workplace. Companies […]

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Yamaha Unified Communications to Demo First SIP-Compatible Video Sound Bar at Enterprise Connect

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Yamaha Unified Communications has announced that it will show the CS-700 SIP Video Sound Collaboration System at Enterprise Connect. Yamaha says that the CS-700 SIP is the first video sound bar to integrate PBX and UC applications to deliver audio from all communication channels and address video and collaboration requirements from one device. The CS-700 […]

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Extron Debuts Full-Featured AV Control with Integrated Dolby Audio Conference Phone

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Extron today announced it will work with Dolby on enabling the Dolby Conference Phone to operate seamlessly with the Extron Pro Series AV control solutions. This extends Extron control capabilities to the Dolby Conference Phone, providing complete AV and conferencing control for the modern meeting space. When incorporated with an Extron Pro Series control system, […]

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Chief Expands TiLED LED Video Wall Mounting System

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Chief has expanded its TiLED LED Video Wall Mounting System to include the Samsung IFH Series, the Absen Acclaim Series and the Unilumin UpanelS Series. The mounts will officially debut at DSE Booth 1312. Chief’s latest design for digital signage solutions, the TiLED Series, is a modular, LED mounting system to support creative video wall […]

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