A NetPlay distribution system is a
"virtual matrix" switch. You can
add as many sources and displays as
needed. Because NetPlay is a
"decentralized" system, your sources do
not need to be grouped together in a
Live HDMI Sources:
NetPlay Home uses network HDMI encoders to
bring all your "live" HDMI sources into
the matrix system. This will be
any source device with a HDMI output
that does not fall into the directly
integrated categories below.
NetPlay Ready encoders for each of
your HDMI sources.
Camera Sources: IP
cameras and most NVRs can be directly
integrated in the matrix system without
needing VTX encoders for these.
Digital Signage - File Sources: File
sources such as movie and music
libraries can also be directly
integrated in the matrix system. Both
video and image sources or playlists can
Digital Signage - Web Sources: Web
sources such as web pages or data feeds
can also be directly integrated in the
matrix system. Full support for HTML5,
WebGL, and embedded iframes.
Streaming Services Sources: NetFlix,
Amazon Video, Vudu, Hulu, and nearly all
streaming services are directly
supported as Apps running on your
NetPlay TV devices. Any service
which has an Android app is supported.
HDHomeRun Sources: Low
cost HDHomeRun devices can be used to
integrate over the air (OTA) broadcast
and cable tv (cable card) content
directly into the matrix system.
AirPlay & Miracast Sources:
VRX040 devices include
support for Airplay and Miracast.
Screen sharing, audio or Video can be directly
streamed to any display.
Android TV Displays: Sony
and Sharp TVs running Android TV can
integrate directly with NetPlay Home
without requiring any additional
equipment. NetPlayTV will run
natively on these TVs.
Standard TV Displays:
Standard TVs will use VRX040 to provide
audio, video, and control to the TV via
HDMI and optionally IR.
devices (Android based tablets and smart
phones) can play back NetPlay video
sources directly. NetPlay Home
NetPlay Manager includes the required
license for control and video preview on
all your mobile devices. Full
screen playback on mobile devices
requires a supplimental license
audio for video distribution:
In most commercial installs, your audio speaker solution will consist
of a few audio zones (usually defined by
seating areas) which are powered by
speakers wired back to a central
equipment rack. We refer to this
as "centralized audio".
You may also have some rooms where the
audio is driven by speakers attached to
the TV. We refer to these rooms as "distributed audio".
You can also use a combination of these
if needed in your installation.
With "centralized audio" with just a few
zones, you will use extra VRX040
decoders to provide the lip sync
corrected audio outputs via either HDMI
or Analog 3.5mm. You also have the
option of directly using the TV audio
outputs (derived from the attached VRX
decoder) to feed back to your rack
mounted audio switch/amps.
For "centralized audio"
with many zones, you can instead use
our CMX-A2 DSP audio switch in your
equipment rack. This switch will
handle all the digital and analog audio
switching, volume control, and lip sync
correction. The outputs of the CMX
switch will be routed to your fixed gain
power amps and then speakers.
For "distributed audio", the audio will
be directly provided in each room from
the HDMI or analog outputs of the VRX
decoder. When using speaker bars
or surround sound receivers it is
usually better to route the HDMI from
the VRX to the TV and then use the
optical output of the TV to the audio
Mobile players will receive the audio
directly with the video stream.
Pro integrates IP, IR,
and CEC control for all your
connected source and display devices.
This control is provided either via
NetPlay Mobile app on your Android
tablets, through 3rd party
control systems, or directly at each TV
using the NetPlayTV gui itself and the
included remote controls. In fact,
all control methods can be used at the
same time by different users.
IP control of any device in your system
is handled directly by NetPlay Manager
(including all your Sony TVs).
Your sink devices (TVs) are controlled
by the attached VRX040 devices.
This is normally done via CEC, but if
the TV does not support CEC you can add
a IRUSB device to the VRX040 to control
that TV by IR.
Your source devices (cable boxes, sat
boxes, etc) are controlled by NetPlay
Manager. This is normally done via
IP, but if the source does not support
IP control you can add a IRUSB device to
NetPlay Manager to control that source
by IR. NetPlay Manager supports up
to 32 attached IRUSB devices
NetPlay network and wiring
NetPlay will be integrated on the
your standard network. We
recommend that the NetPlay video system
runs on separate network switches that are tied
to the rest of the network at a single
The network router will need a DHCP
server enabled (this is default on
nearly all routers). You must make
sure that the DHCP range is sufficient
for all devices.
The network switch ports connecting to
encoder devices should be 1000mpbs capable
(and use Cat6 cables).
The ports for VRX devices should be
100mbps or higher. Most switches
support both speeds.
All NetPlay devices should be on the
same subnet. VLANs are not
required or recommended. Devices
should have access to the internet for
Because there are more than 16 displays,
all network switches that will carry
video traffic must be IGMP snoop
capable. You must also have 1
switch with IGMP query capability.
We recommend using Cisco
for restaurant or sports bar
applications. We provide full
system control via your Android
tablet or phone including IP, CEC, or IR control for all your TVs and sources.
Any of the supported control systems
(seen at the bottom of the page) can
provide commercial system control.