This guide is intended to describe
installation options you would use in
residential or small commercial
installations. For installations
with more than 16 displays that will be
used at the same time, please see our
This guide gives recommendations using
NetPlay Pro products (which require a
dealer account to purchase). If
you are an end user, please select a
dealer using our dealer locator or refer
Home installation guidelines.
NetPlay Pro and NetPlay Home products
are interoperable. You may use a
combination of both if required in your
A NetPlay distribution system is a
"virtual matrix" switch. You can
add as many sources and displays as
Live HDMI Sources:
NetPlay AV uses the VTX 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.
Camera Sources: IP
cameras and most NVRs can be directly
integrated in the matrix system without
needing VTX encoders for these.
File Sources: File
sources such as movie and music
libraries can also be directly
integrated in the matrix system.
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.
Standard TV Displays:
Standard TVs will use the VRX decoders
to provide HDMI video, audio, and
Mobile players: Mobile
devices (such as tablets and smart
phones) can play back NetPlay video
sources directly. You will need to
purchase the mobile streaming license
for the system (one license per system,
not per player).
To determine the equipment required,
simply purchase enough VTX encoders for
all your "live" HDMI sources and VRX
decoders for your standard TV displays.
audio for video distribution:
Your audio speaker solution will consist
of either "centralized audio", where
your amps are located in the rack and
speaker wire is run to each room, or
"distributed audio", where the amps and
speakers are both located in each room
(such as sound bars or tv speakers).
You can also use a combination of these
if needed in your installation.
For "centralized audio", you will 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. The
CMX digital outputs can also be sent to
multichannel amps in your rack.
With "centralized audio", we also
support audio return channel (ARC) via
network. This allows you to use
your centralized speakers to play the
audio from apps on your smart TV.
Simply connect the optical audio output
of the TV to the optical input of the
VRX to enable ARC back to the CMX-A2/NAB
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.
NetPlay Audio (music)
All NetPlay AV solutions support NetPlay
Audio functionality for every room.
Stream music from your mobile device,
listen to a cloud audio service, or
playback audio files from a local
For "centralized audio", all the NetPlay
Audio features will be provided by the
NAB100 card inside the CMX-A2 DSP audio
switch. This card can provide
mobile streaming, cloud audio, and file
audio for up to 8 users at the same
For "distributed audio", all the NetPlay
Audio features will be provided by the
VRX decoders in each room. If you
have rooms that are music only (no
display), you can use NBX022 instead of
VRX. Each VRX can provide a
independant or synchronized music stream
to the user in that room.
NetPlay AV provides IR, RS232, and CEC
control for all your connected source
and display devices. This control
is provided via network from your
control system without the need to
additional IR or RS232 ports or
Each VRX decoder can control the
attached TV and receiver/speakers via
IR, RS232, or CEC.
Each VTX encoder can control the
attached source via IR or RS232.
NetPlay network and wiring
NetPlay will be integrated on the
clients standard network.
The network switch or switches will need
1 port for each VRX decoder and 1 port
for every 2 VTX sources.
The network router will need a DHCP
server enabled (this is default on
nearly all routers).
The network switch ports connecting to
VTX devices should be 1000mpbs capable.
The ports for VRX devices should be
100mbps or higher. Most switches
support both speeds.
All NetPlay devices should be on the
same subnet if possible. If this
is not possible, routing rules must
exist between the subnets. VLANs
are not required or recommended.
Devices should have access to the
internet for firmware updates or cloud
Wiring can be via any combination of
ethernet technology. Cat5/5e/6 is
the easiest and should be used whenever
possible. For retrofit application, you
can use existing RG59/RG6 coax via MOCA
ethernet over coax. We recommend
the ActionTec ECB2500 adapters.
Wireless ethernet can be used as a last
resort, since interference can degrade
picture quality. NetPlay video
streams are ~20Mbps each.
Any of the supported control systems
(seen at the bottom of the page) can
provide excellent residential control.
NetPlay equipment ordering list:
VTX100-4 (4 source encoder) and
VTX100-2 (2 source encoder):
Order as many as you need for all your
live HDMI sources.
If using "centralized" audio:
CMX-A2 DSP audio switch with
NAB100 installed. These can
have 8, 16, or 38 outputs.
Licenses: Order the
mobile streaming license if you need
playback on tablets/smartphones (1
license per system). Order the
MPEG2 license (1 per VRX) is using
HDHomeRun or movie libraries from
network file sources.
Network switches (any brand) for the
number of ports needed.