Zyxel, ATEN partner on end-to-end AV-over-IP platform

Sept. 9, 2020
Zyxel Networks has now partnered with ATEN, a specialist in AV/IT connectivity and management technology, to ensure smooth integration of network system design and deliver an interoperable, reliable AV-over-IP solution.
Zyxel Communications
Zyxel Switching Expertise

Zyxel Networks on Sept. 8 announced a partnership with ATEN by way of introducing its new Networked AV element in its switches, designed to boost simplicity and efficiency for network partners. Drawing on more than 30 years of professional networking expertise, Zyxel says the new offering provides VARs, system integrators and channel partners in the professional audio video (AV) industry with greater scalability and efficiency.

As noted by Zyxel:

More and more AV systems are transforming from the traditional matrix switch infrastructure to industry standard IP-based technology to address the ever-growing diversity of AV-over-IP applications. This transition offers the potential for greater scalability, longer distance, less cabling, and easier installation thanks to IP-based technology. However, many businesses still find the path challenging due to a lack of familiarity with switch network settings.

To solve this challenge, Zyxel Networks has partnered with ATEN, a specialist in AV/IT connectivity and management technology, to ensure smooth integration of network system design and deliver an interoperable, reliable AV-over-IP solution. To expand the wide reach of various network applications, the specially-designed Networked AV mode for Zyxel switches includes a tailor-made setup wizard to address the most utilized features for a network when using streaming services.

This is accompanied by the new Networked AV dashboard – which presents the most useful elements including port, system and bandwidth, as well as power usage – meaning users can instantly view the current network status to maintain and configure the switch with ease.

“Transitioning to AV-over-IP technology provides a host performance-enhancing and cost-reducing benefits for professionals in the A/V industry, but troubleshooting issues caused by improper network configuration can be difficult and can lead to customer dissatisfaction,” explains Tri Nguyen, market development manager at Zyxel Networks.

Nguyen adds, “The custom networked AV mode incorporated into our switch portfolio eliminates the configuration challenges to provide an easy-to-use, stable network solution that is ideal for use in classrooms, sports bars and control center video wall displays. Partnering with AV specialist ATEN enables us to bring to market a solution that enables our channel partners to expand their services into the AV-over-IP segment.”

The Networked AV mode is available in the Zyxel GS2220 series GbE Layer 2 managed switches, starting from firmware v4.70, released in September, and will become available in the XGS2210 series later this year.

“ATEN is a pro AV and IT solution provider with excellent integration experience,” comments Nicholas Lin, ATEN’s senior vice president of Research & Development and Global Marketing. “Together with Zyxel, a professional Ethernet switch provider with profound knowledge in IP multicasting for various applications, we can deliver a top-quality, high-definition audio and video experience with professional guidance to reduce the efforts required for integration.”

Find out more about the new Zyxel Networked AV mode at: https://www.zyxel.com/us/en/solutions/Networked-AV-Solution-20200821-989148.shtml.

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