Crestron Network AV over IP

High-quality, low-bandwidth network AV is how companies distribute video signals between rooms, buildings, and cities around the world.  By encoding and then decoding video signals for transport over Ethernet, Crestron DigitalMedia™ empowers you to send video content throughout your organization using your standard corporate network infrastructure and devices. Solutions like the DigitalMedia NVX series provide 4K60 over 1 Gigabit Ethernet without latency, and deliver USB 2.0 routing and all-in-one encoding/decoding.

The Crestron DigitalMedia Value:

  • Support for thousands of endpoints with the ability to route any source to any destination
  • Ensures the integrity of your existing network as you expand to include additional traffic
  • Many deployment options address a wide range of streaming applications and accommodate each organization’s IT requirements
  • Makes it easy to add and connect new spaces throughout the enterprise
  • Significant cost savings over traditional matrix switchers

Crestron Webinar: “Why You Need AV over IP in the Workplace”

In this webinar, recorded May 8, 2019, experts from Crestron and AVI-SPL discuss the advantages of networked AV over traditional matrix switching, including cost savings, scalability, and flexibility in infrastructure design.

Get the recording for “Why You Need AV over IP in the Workplace.”

Addressing the IT Manager’s Concerns

Crestron solutions address every IT manager’s concerns when they must face a workplace collaboration challenge: standards, scalability, security, and simplicity. DigitalMedia is the solution at the heart of this approach.

Standards (Open Architecture): Crestron DigitalMedia is the standard for AV distribution because it integrates today’s array of AV technologies and infrastructures. Network AV over standard Ethernet, HDBaseT® connectivity for in-room presentations, fiber between buildings, H.264 video streaming to mobile devices — DM does it all, and it does it in a secure, enterprise-grade platform.

  • Send signals to and from cameras, laptops, mobile devices, and content management servers, and do it while retaining your current network infrastructure.
  • Distribute 4K signals without loss of quality.

Scalability (adaptability to changing needs/applications): With Crestron, there are no limitations. DM® offers the widest range of connectivity and switching options in the industry, with the flexibility to add endpoints as needed. The scalability of Crestron solutions means you can add them to more spaces and connect those spaces as needs change and your organization grows.

  • Switchers that are completely configurable
  • Transmitters that are the industry’s most flexible and scalable
  • Fiber extenders that support all IT industry standards
    o Ability to carry multiple data streams
    o Modular and expandable

Security (technology they can trust with built-in security): IT departments typically see AV equipment as a burden rather than a part of their responsibilities. That’s why Crestron’s focus is on security at the product level, enabling its solutions to be placed in nearly any high-security environment so you can distribute digital media without compromising your network.

  • 802.1x authentication, ensuring that only devices your network team has sanctioned can be added to the network.
  • Active Directory Services so that admin privileges can be centrally managed
  • AES Block Cipher to protect the network data from unauthorized access
  • PKI authentication enables effective AES encryption
  • SSL-based Secure Cresnet-over-IP (CIP) ensures that control systems and devices communicate with the intended party device and that commands and status cannot be monitored by any unauthorized device on the network.
  • SSH-based command-line console access for device configuration and status protects the device console from access by unauthorized users.

Simplicity: Crestron solutions like DM combine control with signal distribution, and can take network and local connections. Features like these combine versatility and simplicity, so that the capabilities of Crestron DigitalMedia are easy to realize.

  • All-in-one encoding/decoding
  • USB 2.0 switching for KVM solutions and for camera/mics in video conferencing rooms
  • Scalability via a single Cat5e cable
  • No need for an expensive infrastructure retrofit
  • IT staff are empowered to do their jobs efficiently
  • A simple but powerful tech environment attracts the workers you want on your team
  • DM XiO Director for simple network AV routing and powerful system monitoring and management tools
  • Audio DSP (multichannel and 2-channel audio to different rooms at the same time)
  • 4K scaling and video wall processing (no other hardware needed for desktop extension or video wall up to 64 displays)

The AVI-SPL Value

Comprehensive Crestron certification programs include specialized 4K and network AV training. All of its certification programs are designed with one purpose in mind: to ensure flawless implementation of Crestron systems and the highest quality support.

Crestron-certified AVI-SPL technicians have a thorough understanding of network architecture and topology, and what it takes to bridge design and implementation. This ensures a successful deployment of Crestron DigitalMedia in your environment.