Compared with traditional AV solution, AV over IP boasts scalability in switching, breaks the barriers of distance and improves ratio of inputs to outputs. In the whole IP system, the Ethernet switch is undoubtedly the focal device as it connects all codecs together on a LAN, and utilize packet switching to forward data to and from the codecs. However, for early AV over IP solutions, IGMP (The Internet Group Management Protocol) usually needs to be configured on the Ethernet switch to build an IP matrix. This is too difficult for common users to complete if they were not exposed to any IP knowledge before. In this case, we can employ a zero-configuration AV over IP solution to have a real plug-n-play user experience.
The Definition of Zero-Configuration AV over IP
As its name implies, a zero-configuration AV over IP solution requires no configuration. It is truly plug and play, as you don’t even need to configure IGMP on the Ethernet switch. IP-based AV products usually use different network protocols for different operations. The network protocol can be UDP/IP and TCP/IP, and the transmission mode can be broadcast, unicast and multicast. If an AV over IP solution supports unicast streaming, it can work easily with any unmanaged Ethernet switch that usually requires no configuration.
One example here is AV Access HDIP100 HDMI over IP solution. It supports both unicast and multicast streaming, so it can easily work with common managed or unmanaged Ethernet switches on the market. It allows you to build a distributed IP matrix system with video wall function just on the mobile App. With its easy-to-use and plug-n-play features, it can be widely used in sports bars, shopping malls, conference rooms, church, classroom, etc. Even if you are a new beginner, you can complete the installation of this AV over IP solution effortlessly.
Applications in Sports Bar
When customers come to your sports bar or restaurant, they are expecting more than just great food and drinks — they are seeking a pleasurable experience. Audio and video play an important role in that experience, so it is necessary to invest more in the related equipment. For some mid-sized or large sports bars, they usually need to install a large display screen in their central area like large TV, project screen or video wall. They probably also need to place individual screens at each booth or table. In terms of audio/video sources, the management staff may put them all in an equipment room, like set-top box, DVD, PC, ethernet switch and wireless router for better centralized management. Generally speaking, the larger your sports bar is, the more sources and screens you need. However, how can you effectively distribute the sources in the equipment room to the far-end display devices? In this situation, you can employ a zero-configuration AV over IP solution like AV Access HDIP100.
HDIP100 encoders and decoders can work together via an unmanaged Ethernet switch to transmit 1080P HD video signal up to 394ft/120m. Bar staff can easily build a distributed IP matrix system with video wall function just on the mobile App. An A/V matrix can enable multiple sources to be linked to multiple HD screens. With a centralized control system, staff members can spend less time looking for remotes and more time mixing drinks. Also, they can quickly manage all of A/V systems from a single remote or tablet. In a word, HDIP100 AV over IP solution can meet all needs of AV extension, distribution, switching, video wall and mobile centralized control in a mid-sized or large sports bar.Applications in Shopping Mall
With the rapid development of e-commerce, the in-store experience has become one key aspect of the consumer journey. To entice customers to come back again and again, today’s physical stores need to design with the total consumer experience in mind. With the right use of audio, video, lighting and other interior decorations, your properties can keep your guests immersed in your store with the form of digital ads, wayfinding or emergency alerts.
Again, AV Access HDIP100 zero-configuration AV over IP solution can provide retailers the ability to effectively transform themselves into irreplaceable experiences. Whether you place a digital signage outside the store, install a large video wall in the mall hall, or put LED flat-panel displays in the corridor, you can easily transmit whatever HDMI sources to these display ends up to 394ft/120m. What’s more, you can easily perform matrix switching or even build a video wall with up to 8×8 dimension just on the mobile App. In summary, HDIP100 AV over IP solution is a perfect plug-n-play solution for large shopping mall and retail store applications as it can meet all needs of AV extension, distribution, switching, video wall, mobile centralized control, etc.