With the ever-popular industry-wide adoption of AV over IP a new set of challenges faces the integrator.

As the digital world overtakes traditional analogue AV solutions, switching video from A to B is no longer as simple as plugging in category cables to a black box, says WyreStorm.

The maker argues that engineers, designers, and integrators are faced with the daunting requirement to learn about networking protocols and acronyms such as IGMP, VLAN, and multicast to get around the limited number of inputs and outputs found on traditional matrix switchers.

WyreStorm has come up with a concept that it feels tackles all these issues, a video matrix that ticks all the boxes.

Thunder has been created to be a scaleable AV over IP concept, but is easy to setup as a traditional video matrix having almost no time investment in installation and configuration.

Thunder is designed to be cost efficient but still maintain quality and reliability standards.

WyreStorm Essentials Thunder product line is summed up as being a simple, yet powerful and expandable HDMI distribution platform, the next evolution in video distribution.

Like a traditional matrix, video receivers connect to central video hubs with up to 100m/328ft of Cat5e. As many as 96 video receivers can be simultaneously connected to distribute video to displays via HDMI, simply and efficiently.

At the rack location connect up to 24 1080p HDMI and HDCP encrypted video sources to Thunder’s main chassis.

A transmission card-based approach limits the initial cost outlay meaning that the system can be extended without having to pay upfront for unused inputs.

On the configuration side, assigning each receiver an ID using simple DIP switches is the only step that is required. Control is achieved via a preconfigured WebUI that is set and ready to go.

With pricing for a 24×96 matrix at less than half of an AV over IP system cost and way below a traditional matrix, WyreStorm is confident Thunder is going to make a big noise.

Launched at this year’s InfoComm, there are no details on a release date as yet.

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