Created for commercial and home video distribution applications, the DrayTek VigorSwitch V1281 is designed for distributing IP video feeds from multiple sources such as set-top boxes, disc players, media systems or CCTV cameras over Ethernet/IP to multiple outputs like TVs, monitors or projectors.
The maker says it’s a good option for homes, offices, pubs or restaurants or any commercial applications with multiple screens requiring easy distribution and selection.
On the switch the 28 ports can each be set as either a source (input) or output and any output (screen) can then receive the video from any of the inputs. One port is always reserved for data/PC access.
In the simplest configuration, installers can use the V1281 as a fixed distribution system – one source distributing to up to 26 outputs (screens), but the real power and flexibility is in multiple sources and multiple outputs with each output selecting any of the sources.
A smartphone app or the switch’s own web interface allows source selection for any of the screens or projectors. The VigotSwitch app is currently available for iOS and Android as a free download from the App/Play stores.
Installers can deliver control over multiple set-top boxes (cable or satellite receivers), each one tuned to a different channel so, for example, in a pub it’s easy to switch different areas to different outputs or in a home environment, a user in any room can select one of several sources.
Configuration of the V1281 is all performed from its web interface which can be accessed locally from the LAN or remotely. The maker also reminds installers to always use a VPN or other type of encrypted session such as https when accessing remotely. The interface is designed to deliver intuitive set up and also offer at-a-glance reporting.
Other options include four Gigabit SFP module ports which can be used instead of the corresponding RJ-45 (copper) ports for when longer distances need to be bridged over the network or when more protection from electrical interference is needed.