Netgear, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTGR), a significant provider of networking products to the professional audio/video market, on Aug. 18 announced a milestone for its M4250 and M4300 Pro AV series switches. AV technology innovator, Extron, has certified these switches to work seamlessly with its NAV Series of Pro AV over IP products, creating a solution aimed at today’s IP-based AV workflows.
Netgear notes it designed the new M4250 series switches with an easy-to-use web interface and profiles to help integrators overcome the typically tedious task of AV over IP switch configurations. "The installer need only select the protocol and vendor, then select the applicable ports, and the Netgear switches automatically set the correct configuration parameters, resulting in less time spent by the installer on bringing up the AV system," states the manufacturer.
“AV market leaders like Extron are enthusiastic about the Netgear AV line,” said Laurent Masia, Director of Product Line Management for Managed Switches for Netgear. “Extron’s products are used in a range of AV applications around the world and this interoperability certification between Netgear switches and Extron’s NAV products will result in a higher level of system and solution assurance for customers.”
According to the companies, rigorous interoperability testing of the M4250 and M4300 series included not just Extron’s patented PURE3 codec on its NAV platform, but also included commonly used AES67 and Dante audio setups. Additionally, the Extron test team relied on Netgear’s IGMP Plus to ensure optimal functionality for multicast implementations.
“Extron’s streaming AV products rely on a solid network to ensure our customers receive the highest quality product experience possible,” noted Casey Hall, Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing at Extron. “Netgear’s commitment to the Pro AV community is evident by the solid performance of the M4250 and M4300 series switches. These switches offer our customers a variety of sizes and work extremely well with our NAV and other IP-based AV products.”
Netgear’s AV Line of M4250 switches are engineered for AV over IP and designed for clean integration in an AV rack, under a table, or behind a display. Models with PoE+ and Ultra 90 PoE++ allow powering of AV endpoints and more. The M4250 AV line supports Netgear IGMP Plus, Auto-LAG, and Auto-Trunk for automatic and dynamic configuration for multiple switches.
Netgear’s M4300 Series Switches offer a variety of models to address customer’s port count and connectivity requirements. They can also be stacked, thus enabling larger AV configurations. Netgear IGMP Plus ensures robust multicast performance without fear of flooding the network. The M4300 is PoE+ capable, has a non-blocking backplane, and is designed to deliver superior multicast performance for a range of AV over IP protocols.
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From conference rooms to college campuses to sports and performing arts venues, the Netgear M4250 and M4300 switches are proven around the world. The Extron validation opens the door to more venues and applications such as Active Learning Centers, Huddle Spaces, Digital Signage, High-end Residential and many more. Netgear and Extron make it possible for customers to harness the performance and reliability of IP technology for AV applications.
For more information on Netgear Pro AV products and services, visit www.Netgear.com/proav.
For more information on the Extron NAV AV over IP solution, visit www.Extron.com/nav.