The First Layer
Take it from us, sometimes the best option is to just stay inside and hear the latest residential news coming out of the AV industry, and what some experts in the field have to say about it.
The panel starts off with the recently published Residential Systems article, “WhyReboot Launches Wi-Fi 6 Certified Remotely Deployed Networks”, which outlines WhyReboot’s launch of its Ruckus Wi-Fi 6 Certified Access Point Program with its latest 802.11ax Ruckus models as well as the company’s release of the Cumulus6 network package that includes both cloud access and analytics. The panelists, all of whom acknowledge that AV integration clients are rapidly realizing that their home networks are not up the task as we all currently work and learn from home, explore networking as a foundational tenet of AV integration; how AV dealers, both residential and commercial, can capitalize on the increased demand for more powerful residential home network, noting the ongoing political battle to have “connectivity as a basic right”; and, how the Cumulus6 announcement underscores how crucial remote management and access to home networks are, with the panel pointing to ways AV pros can approach mid-sized corporate businesses to provide what will likely become an essential service to their remote employees.
The panelists also discuss Residential Tech Today’s article, “What Dante Means for Home Audio” by Jeremy Glowacki, the IP-based networking platform that dominates the pro-AV audio networking channel. With speaker manufacturers like JBL Synthesis, ELAN, and Powersoft now coming prepackaged with Dante, what is it going to take for residential integrators to jump on board and take advantage of its networking capabilities? Will it be an uphill battled based on the complexity of the technology? What is the learning curve for residential integrators? Will it evolve for more plug-and-play functionality to create more access for residential integration? Will further pushback be based on the common belief that wired audio is better than wireless audio?
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