Networking: Everybody Knows Somebody

June 21, 2023

When I first moved to Alberta in high school, a girl I met here told me “Edmonton is a town of six hundred.” Actually, at the time it was a small city of about 700,000 people, but right away I picked up what she really meant: Everyone knows everyone else. And she was right. Later […]

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DSE 2022 Overall Experience Was Great for Me

January 10, 2023

I attended DSE 2022, and my agenda for the show was to meet with people whom I had either only met over video, had not seen in a long time, or people I had not met before to find more opportunities direct or indirect. This was my first event show in the past few years […]

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What I Accomplished at InfoComm 2021 — Part 2

February 10, 2022

This is part two of a series discussing the power of the relationships you can make at an in-person trade show. After attending InfoComm 2021, I decided to write about my experience. You can find part 1 here. Enjoy! Day Two I arrived at the show shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday morning, Oct. 28, Day […]

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What I Accomplished at InfoComm 2021 — Part 1

December 23, 2021

This is part 1 of a series discussing the power of the relationships you can make at an in-person trade show. After attending InfoComm 2021, I decided to write about my experience. Enjoy! I have been attending/participating in trade shows for a very long time in every industry I’ve been part of (film/video production, data […]

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Three HOW Technology Upgrades to Prioritize

July 30, 2021

Budgets are a bummer, and coming out of a global pandemic means they are tight. When your HOW customers could use an upgrade on six or seven key pieces to their system but only have the budget for three, which do you recommend and why? Here are the first three — in order of most […]

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Strange ReTales, Personal Networking Fails

January 18, 2021

In more than one editorial I’ve made the point that new business opportunities come from who you know. And that if you want more things to come your way you need to know more people. That’s why it’s important to network: to meet new people and find opportunities that you wouldn’t otherwise know about if […]

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Luxul Debuts Cloud Management Solution

September 11, 2019

Luxul today announced its cloud management system allowing integrators to remotely monitor their clients’ networks, get real-time notifications of failures and quickly resolve issues. With cloud management, integrators can access their customers’ Luxul networks and connected devices at any time — from anywhere — in map or list views via a web interface. Site-level indicators […]

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Software Is Eating AV

June 27, 2019

“…software is eating the world.” — Marc Andreessen In 10 years or less, what was once the AV industry is going to be a be a footnote in the history of business technology, somewhere among the overhead projector and the fax machine. This hardware-centric industry we call home, this perpetual contest of who sells both […]

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Pakedge WA-2200 Wave 2 Debuts from Control4

May 7, 2019

Control4 today announced the new Pakedge WA-2200  Wave 2 Access Point with BakPak Lite. With BakPak cloud configuration, the new WA-2200 supports both traditional setup through its local user interface as well as remote management and monitoring (RMM), affording a seamless solution for faster and easier access point installation and configuration. With auto-discovery of additional […]

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IGMP and the Quirky Querier

April 18, 2019

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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Crestron Expands AV-over-IP Product Line at ISE 2019

February 6, 2019

Crestron has debuted new additions to the DigitalMedia product family at ISE 2019 this month. The new products include a DM NVX encoder and decoder with PoE+ support and DM NVX encoders/decoders with Dante audio networking. The DM-NVX-E30(C) and DM-NVX-D30(C) are encode- or decode-only units that support HDMI connectivity and analog audio. Compatible with all […]

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Dante Finally Adds Video to Spec with Dante AV 1Gbps 4K Module

January 29, 2019

Audinate, developer of the Dante audio networking technology has announced Dante AV, adding a video-over-IP solution for manufacturers. Dante AV means the networking platform supports audio and video over the network. Technically, this becomes the first 1G standard for AV-over-IP — the only other standard in AV-over-IP is the SDVoE Alliance platform of 10G. Audinate […]

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NETGEAR and SDVoE Launch a 10G Network Switch with Integrated HDMI

January 15, 2019

At ISE 2019 (Amsterdam, Feb. 5-8, stand 3-B150), the SDVoE Alliance will feature the world’s first implementation of HDMI connectivity within an Ethernet switch. HDMI input and output modules that plug directly into a NETGEAR M4300-96X 10G Modular Managed Switch eliminate the need for standalone encoders and decoders to support in-rack video sources and destinations, […]

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Going to Get Myself Connected

August 27, 2018

It doesn’t feel like that long ago that network connectivity in AV hardware was an idea more noted in the breach than in the observance. But times have changed. What started with lighting control and other automation hardware eventually migrated into mainstream AV products. Honestly, once you’ve got those features, there’s no going back. Luxuries […]

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Luxul Intros P40 AC1200 WiFi Bridge + Range Extender

August 20, 2018

Luxul today announced the availability of its follow-up replacement to the P30 wireless extender, the new P40 AC1200 Wi-Fi Bridge + Range Extender. The P40 features leading-edge 802.11ac dual-band technology to deliver data rates up to 1200 Mbps (300 Mbps on 2.4 GHz band and 867 Mbps on 5 GHz band). The P40 offers an […]

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Reliving the Analog Days

August 6, 2018

At my institution, we began putting our AV systems on the network over a dozen years ago. The advantages were simply amazing. In fact, we take so many of these for granted today, we forget some of them. For example, when was the last time you thought about how amazing it is that you can […]

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On the Network

July 17, 2018

It’s the hot topic, the current buzzword, the latest and greatest and so forth and so on — it’s AV on/over the network. But stop and think — do you actually need one? Do you just crave one? Can you afford one??? There is certainly a lot of product out there in the sound reinforcement […]

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Luxul Announces New XAP-1440 Dual-Band AC1200 Outdoor Access Point

October 26, 2017

For the extension of Wi-Fi coverage to outdoor areas, Luxul today announced a new dual-band AC1200 outdoor wireless access point. Compatible with the company’s XWC-1000 wireless controller, the IP-65-rated XAP-1440 employs multi-stream 802.11ac technology to deliver high data rates up to 1200 Mbps. For smaller networks where budgets are a concern, Luxul has also introduced the XAP-810, something they […]

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Control4 Ships New Pakedge S3 Series Switches for Layer 2 and Layer 3 Routing in Professional AV Applications

October 20, 2017

Control4 Corporation announces the Pakedge S3L-24P Layer 3 Lite Switch and the updated S3-24P Layer 3 Switch, both with Avnu-certification and support for quick setup for DanteTM and Q-LAN technology.Support of time-synchronization technologies such as Audio Video Bridging (AVB)/Time Sensitive Networking, Dante, and Q-LAN provides professional AV integrators with an interoperable platform providing seamless management for performance-sensitive audio and […]

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Christie’s Use of SDVoE Validates Standard, But rAVe Gets Scoop Bigger Than That

June 11, 2017

The SDVoE just got the biggest endorser yet. SDVoE is currently the only off-the-shelf technology that offers a “full stack solution” for AV-over-IP.  SDVoE addresses the full seven-layer OSI network stack and offers solutions at every layer. SDVoE technology creates a flexible hardware and software platform which can enable many applications including matrix switches, KVM switches, video walls controllers and multiview image processors. It can also be integrated […]

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Riding the Crest of AV and IT Convergence

May 3, 2017

If you work in either the audiovisual (AV) or information technology (IT) sectors of our economy — you’ve probably heard the term ‘AV/IT convergence.’ It’s a term that gets overused and unless you’ve been installing cables on Mars, you’re probably as tired of hearing about it as I am. What AV/IT convergence really means, in short, […]

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Global Caché Commercial AV Line About to Ship and Barco Can’t Wait

April 24, 2017

Global Caché announced today they will begin shipping the new Global Caché Commercial Line (CL) to distributors and will service the market via manufacturers’ reps. Global Caché products connect any IR, serial and contact closure device to a Wi-Fi and/or IP network so it can be controlled, automated and maintained by network-based software. The company offers other […]

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Luxul Ships Epic 4 Routers

February 27, 2017

Luxul has announced today the availability of its new Epic 4 routers — all commercial-grade routers that the company says are optimized for smart homes, SMB and retail. One unique feature is their integration with third-party embedded software including content filtering from Router Limits and a remote management tool from Domotz. Additional applications, including Ihiji’s remote network management tools and Luxul’s Roam-Assist wireless controller technology are […]

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Extron Launches ProAV Access Point

February 13, 2017

The Extron WAP 100AC is a ceiling mounted dual-band wireless access point that they say is engineered for heavy network traffic. It supports the latest wireless technologies, including dual-band frequency operation with Band Steering, high-transmit power, enhanced receive sensitivity MIMO and four internal high-gain antennas that all help maximize network performance and expand device network […]

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Dante AV Networking World Announces New Format for ISE 2017

January 11, 2017

Audinate announced that it is running its Certification Program as part of this year’s Dante AV Networking World for ISE 2017. Now in its seventh year, AV Networking World showcases the benefits of audio networking for commercial installation. The program includes training for new and advanced Dante users, a general session covering emerging trends pertinent […]

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PureLink Tries to Make VIP-100 IP System Better with New User Interface

December 16, 2016

The newly designed VIP-100 II allows users to add video, audio, RS232 and matrix switching capabilities over IP networks. The “Mark II” version of the VIP-100 claims to make setup and operation simpler with the addition of an LED channel display, IR remote control and front panel plus/minus buttons, allowing users to easily change channels […]

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Will 2017 See the Start of ‘Digital Sunset?’

December 12, 2016

Didn’t we just have Analog Sunset? And, what the heck is Digital Sunset? Yes, it’s true that it seems that we just completed Analog Sunset — the retiring of everything analog (in mainstream technology, that is) and the realization that all things will become digital. That ended, believe it or not, like six years ago […]

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KNX Details IoT (Internet of Things) Strategy

October 25, 2016

The “Internet of Things” is a buzzword in the world of information technology. What still has to become part of the general knowledge is already a long known term in expert groups for a new development boost. Everyday objects become intelligent and communicate via the internet. According to visionaries until 2020 50 trillions of such […]

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Luxul Intros Dual-Band Outdoor Wireless Bridge

September 15, 2016

Luxul has announced the availability of the XWO-BKT1, a high performance wireless bridge kit. Designed specifically to help professional installers satisfy the ever-increasing demand for better networks, the XWO-BKT1 combines leading-edge dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology with high output power to deliver high throughput 5GHz outdoor bridging along with 2.4GHz coverage. The XWO-BKT1 kit consists of […]

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rAVe Sponsored Dante AV Networking World at InfoComm to Feature Two Training Tracks, Dante Certification

May 2, 2016

Audinate, creator of the Dante media networking technology, will roll out a new format for the sixth annual Dante AV Networking World education event during InfoComm 2016. The workshop, to be held on June 7th at the Treasure Island hotel in Las Vegas, will feature in-depth training with two separate tracks: one for attendees that […]

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RedNet PCIeR Card for Dante Networks Claims Low Latency, Network Redundancy

April 29, 2016

Focusrite announced the release of RedNet PCIeR for Dante networks, part of the expanding RedNet range of Dante-compatible interface products offering network redundancy. Functionally similar to the existing RedNet PCIe, RedNet PCIeR card adds dual RJ45 Ethernet ports, allowing two networks to be connected to the card, which can switch between them automatically according to […]

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Shake Hands and Share Resources

April 29, 2016

WARNING: Side effects of a Millennial’s post graduate life include finishing a dead end internship, word vomiting career goals, moving back with parents, anxiety, dealing with an excessive amount of loans. What do all of these things have in common? College graduates are still left puzzled, seeking the answer how to break into the industry. […]

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