Gefen continues its pattern of being all-in on AV-over-IP. Nortek Security & Control (NSC) says its Gefen brand is now shipping six new models from the Gefen Gen 2.0 AV-over-IP product line, featuring DVI KVM, VGA KVM, and audio-only input and output formats.
“The Gefen AV-over-IP products streamline efficiency for systems integrators by providing solutions that address the frustrating problems they experience every day,” says NSC Gefen product manager Jason Fitzgerald in a press release.
“The Gefen Gen 2.0 AV-over-IP line provides expandable and secure AV routing and distribution over a standard Gigabit Local Area Network.”
According to NSC, Gen 2.0 KVM, AV, and audio products offer an expanded array of input and output formats, improved performance and enhanced functionality such as 4K Ultra HD with HDR support, built-in scalers, video-wall control, independent USB, RS-232, IR, audio routing, and backward-compatibility with first-generation products.
Inside the 6 New Gefen Gen 2.0 AV-over-IP Products
Gefen Gen 2.0 Key Enhancements (from press release):
The new Gefen AV-over-IP line-up introduces key enhancements to provide integrators with in-demand solutions, including a new KM Emulation feature which facilitates real-time, simultaneous keyboard and mouse control of each source from all connected workstations, eliminating the inherent limitations of earlier systems.
“The sender and receiver units are powered through a standard PoE-enabled IP network switch, which simplifies installation and placement,” Fitzgerald added.
“When used in conjunction with the EXT-CU-LAN Matrix Controller, system configuration is automated and very quick. Its Mass-Firmware-Update (MFU) feature keeps the entire system up-to-date without the need to access and upgrade each unit separately.”
Gefen Gen 2.0 Input Resolution (from press release):
HDMI and DisplayPort™ products feature maximum input resolution of 4K 60 Hz 4:2:0, and maximum output resolution of 4K 30 Hz 4:4:4. HDCP 2.2 and 1.4 are also supported. The DVI and VGA models support VESA and CEA resolutions up to WUXGA (1920 x 1200 at 60 Hz) and 1080p Full HD (1920 x 1080 at 60 Hz).
Gefen Gen 2.0 Local Monitoring (from press release):
The Sender units (except DisplayPort™) feature a video output for local monitoring of the source. USB, RS-232 2-way IR, and audio can be routed independently between any Sender and Receiver unit, allowing end users to control any of the sources and the displays within their network.
“For example, control signals for managing displays and devices at different receiver locations can be sourced from a single sender, while video and audio can be routed from any other sender on the network,” Fitzgerald notes.
“This feature essentially creates a matrix for each I/O, expanding the capability over earlier Gefen AV-over-IP products to completely support the A/V, control, and KVM routing needs of Pro and Commercial installations.”
Gefen Gen 2.0 Audio-only Nodes (from press release):
The new Digital and Analog Audio over IP units allow integrators to add audio-only nodes to an installation. Each receiver can play back audio from any of the Gefen AV-over-IP sender units, including audio de-embedded from HDMI inputs. These Senders and Receivers can be used for multi-room music, conferencing, public announcement, and live venue audio projects.
Gefen Gen 2.0 Built-in Scaler (from press release):
All KVM and AV Receivers feature a built-in scaler to help optimize the image on a variety of displays and viewing environments.
They also include a powerful video wall controller that accommodates any screen configuration up to 16×16 and provides great flexibility in sizing and manipulating live and signage content in demanding installations such as sports bars and restaurants, or in corporate, education, hospitality and retail establishments.
Digital and analog audio break-out on HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort Receivers allow audio that is embedded into the video to be sent to a separate audio system, enhancing the impact of presentations in large venues. HDMI models pass 7.1 channels of HBR (High Bit Rate) lossless and LPCM digital audio from source to display.
Gefen Gen 2.0 Support Device-Friendly (from press release):
The Receivers’ integrated USB hub with two USB 2.0 and two USB 1.1 ports accommodate touch panels, keyboard and mouse, and a variety of supported devices. Along with analog audio inputs and outputs, this make these products perfect for collaborative and interactive installations.
To ensure maximum versatility and compatibility, the audio outputs on the KVM Receiver units are compatible with both headphones and line level devices such as powered speakers.
Gefen Gen 2.0 Daisy-chaining (from press release):
A built in 2-port Gigabit switch on each Receiver allows the daisy-chaining of additional Receivers or other IP-enabled devices. In applications, such as digital signage, where content is often replicated on multiple displays throughout the installation, the ability to cascade the Receivers removes the requirement for each cable to be run directly to the main network switch.
This extends signal range far beyond the limits of a point-to-point video distribution system. The Sender and Receiver can be used as extenders in a one-to-one system, or as nodes in a virtual matrix environment where any source can be routed to any or all displays, supporting up to 39,900 Senders and a combination of just over 65,000 Senders and Receivers.
Their small, half-rack-width enclosures are perfect for rack-mounting using the Gefen EXT-RACK-1U-GRY rack tray. They can also be surface-mounted, placed on a shelf, or hidden away behind a display or in the equipment closet.
All Gefen Gen 2.0 AV-over-IP products have been specifically designed for use with the Gefen Syner-G software, available for download here.
“Each product in the new Gefen Gen 2.0 AV-over-IP line provides systems integrators with scalable, high performance routing and distribution that set new standards for performance and reliability,” adds Fitzgerald.