IP audio innovator Barix has added a new remote configuration toolset in its award-winning IP Former analog-to-IP speaker upgrade solution that makes multi-unit installation ‘faster and easier’. Built into each IP Former device and accessible through a web browser, the new toolset enables centralized configuration of all IP Former units on the same network.

The IP Former hardware ‘transforms analog loudspeakers into feature-rich, networked IP speakers’, says the company. The device provides an IP network interface, audio stream decoder, and amplifier front-end for a two- to eight-ohm speaker, with power supplied over PoE to minimize cabling requirements. Current analog speaker installations can be retrofitted by swapping their transformers with IP Former units.

The new toolset enables installers to configure any number of IP Former devices – from two to hundreds of units – at once from a single dashboard. A grid view displays all IP Former devices on the network, their settings, and the active stream on each unit for visualization and validation of the deployment.

Installers can assign devices to grouped zones and specify multiple, prioritized source streams for each unit. Settings can be copied from one IP Former device to multiple others simultaneously to speed up multi-unit configuration. Finally, an interface button next to each device in the list triggers audible playback of a test sound on the corresponding unit.

“With IP Former, we created new opportunities for systems integrators to offer their customers an upgrade to IP-based audio without discarding their current speakers,” says Davide Nossa, Product Manager, Barix. “With the new installer toolset, we’ve made it even faster and easier for them to implement IP Former deployments, saving both themselves and their clients time and money. The remote configuration capabilities also make it easy for end-customer AV or IT managers to update the devices’ settings in the future as their IP audio needs evolve.”

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