The heart of any AV over IP system is the network switch. For dependable system operation, it is absolutely critical that the switch be properly configured to distribute high-bandwidth AV network traffic from encoders to decoders.
COVID-19 changed the way we work, the way we go to school, and the way we worship. Many of the changes were already well underway, in large part because of the ubiquitous availability of internet access combined with a wide variety of software tools that support remote collaboration.
Panduit had long had its eye on the AV industry upon acquiring Atlona two years ago. We had seen growing interest from our IT customers seeking AV solutions that would cleanly integrate within our network infrastructure solutions. This was clearly influenced by the gravitation toward AV over IP with our enterprise-level customers, particularly in the corporate and education verticals.
Never have I been so excited to see a year in the rear-view mirror. 2020 was like no other; probably the most difficult year most of us had. Partners, integrators, consultants, educators as well as the Atlona team and our families, we all felt the impact of 2020 in some way.
In recent years, there has been a lot of discussion regarding AV over IP becoming the predominant method for moving audiovisual content around conference rooms and classrooms, as well as entire enterprises. While AV over IP is the latest thing in our industry, the most appropriate solution is really going to depend on the specific requirements of the application. The purpose of this article to highlight the nature and configuration of AV over IP alongside that of more traditional HDBaseT distribution, in order to help narrow down the choice. But first, lets get started with some descriptions.