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NetPlay Pro for Residential Installations

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 commercial installation guide.

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 to NetPlay Home installation guidelines.

NetPlay Pro and NetPlay Home products are interoperable.  You may use a combination of both if required in your installation.

NetPlay AV HDMI distribution:        (Slide illustration)

A NetPlay distribution system is a "virtual matrix" switch.  You can add as many sources and displays as needed. 

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 control. 

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.

NetPlay AV 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.     (Slide illustration)

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 audio switch.

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 device.        (Slide illustration)

Mobile players will receive the audio directly with the video stream.

NetPlay Audio (music) distribution:

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 network library.

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 time.

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 control distribution:           (Slide illustration)

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 extenders.

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 requirements:

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 music.

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.

Control system

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.

VRX020 (decoder):  Order 1 for each connected TV

If using "centralized" audio:  Order 1 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.



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