AV over Ethernet continues to send a strong message at InfoComm 2019, with many manufacturers offering solutions. It’s a trend that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon, as AV integrators benefit from the installation and performance benefits of this infrastructure for their AV projects. Netgear is one company that’s keep the AV over Ethernet ball rolling with two new additions to the company’s suite of M4300 switches. Designed to streamline audiovisual display solutions over IP and eliminate the complexity of AV deployments, the new switches include the Netgear M4300-16X and Netgear M4300-24FX, both of which were showcased at InfoComm 2019, June 12-14, in Orlando.
Features and Specifications
The SDVoE (Software Defined Video over Ethernet)-ready M4300-16X is a 16-port 10GBASE-T copper switch with an option for PoE+ across all ports in full provisioning mode. The M4300-16X is a half-width 1U switch that comes either with a non-PoE power supply or with a power supply capable of providing 480W of PoE power to the 16 ports.
The SDVoE-ready M4300-24FX is a 24-port 10GBASE-X SFP+ fiber switch with two shared 10GBASE-T copper ports. The M4300-24FX is a half-width 1U switch that dramatically lowers the cost of fiber-based project installations up to 24 nodes.
“NETGEAR’s focus on the professional AV marketplace is demonstrated by the addition of these two products designed from the ground up for SDVoE applications,” says Richard Jonker, senior vice president of product line management for the Small Business Group at NETGEAR. “The M4300 series is not only one of the most affordable solutions out there, but it also offers uncomplicated equipment with no need to program. It provides everything installers would need to support zero-frame latency, increased I/O flexibility and scalability, and true AV/IT convergence with standard IP switching with a very streamlined architecture.”
Pricing and Availability
Netgear M4300-16X and M4300-24FX will be available nationwide Q4. Pricing will range from $1,899 – $2,199.