WyreStorm’s New HD-over-IP System Uses Bonjour for Auto-Discovery; Supports H.264
Introduced at ISE 2015, WyreStorm’s new Network-HD Pro adds H.264 to IP-based media distribution for a configurable number of streams and data rates.
Julie Jacobson · February 16, 2015
WyreStorm, maker of multizone A/V distribution products, is pushing HD-over-IP to new heights, with the new Network-HD Pro introduced at ISE 2015 in Amsterdam last week.
The new “Pro” product adds H.264 support to the original Network-HD (JPEG2000) suite that began shipping last year. H.264 compression technology enables outstanding video quality at lower bit rates.
In the case of the Network-HD Pro, installers can configure a system with varying bit rates depending on the needs of any given source, display and bandwidth availability.
“You can go up to 40 Mbps for ‘perfect video,’ says global marketing manager Todd Akins, using air quotes. “Or you can go right down to 3 Mbps.”
Multiple formats are support simultaneously for the most efficient bandwidth management.
Users can expand their systems simply by adding more transmitters and receivers – no need to swap out an entire switcher to grow the system because it utilizes a standard network infrastructure.
“Because it’s modular, you can have any number of inputs to any number of outputs,” Akins says. “It’s expandable and cost effective.”
WyreStorm offers a few specialty receivers including solutions for Video Wall Processing (NHD-PRO-RX-VW) or Multi-view functionality (NHD-PRO-RX-MV), which allows users to view up to 16 connected sources on the same screen at the same time.
No IT Experts Required
One thing that’s been holding up the adoption of HD over IP is the difficulty of setting up a network and managing the LAN for multiple audio, video and data streams.
WyreStorm has eliminated the guesswork for A/V pros who may not have the IT skills of a networking expert.
A central IP controller performs all of the initial system configuration and ongoing management of the WyreStorm network. It also serves up a simple Web interface for installers to monitor and configure their clients’ systems.
Network-HD Pro: simple system configuratino
The controller utilizes Bonjour, the Apple technology originally developed to discover printers on a network, to assign and grab the IP addresses of connected WyreStorm devices.
“The installer can be up and running in no time,” says James Meredith, global product manager for WyreStorm.”
Network HD-Pro supports PoE and bi-directional RS-232. Drivers are available for most of the popular control systems, but if you want to stick to an all-WyreStorm solution, the company offers the Enado control system.
At ISE, WyreStorm demonstrated the new Enado Mini, featuring the same intelligence as the original Enado but without the I/Os. Like the Enado, the Mini communicates two-way over IP, but excludes the IR, RS-232, and relays of the original. Those I/Os can be added with Global Cache adapters.
Network-HD Pro features, next page
Enado Mini press release here
Network-HD vs. Network-HD Pro
Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at email@example.com
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