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Lightware Extends USB-C for Seamless BYOD Collaboration

USB-C Magic

AV signal management innovator Lightware increasingly spots trends before competitors, preparing polished solutions ahead of mass adoption. With USB-C cementing itself as the universal connectivity standard via Apple adoption, Lightware already enables customers to unlock its potential for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) collaboration. Sales Director Steve Sampson previews seamless meeting room integration using their USB-C extender technology.

As modern endpoints shift toward USB-C interconnectivity, organizations want meeting spaces leveraging these advances for simplified experiences. Participants expect to walk in, plug their phones or laptops into room systems, and instantly utilize integrated cameras, microphones, and speakers. But native USB data links only span short distances over copper cables, forcing small conference tables or space-consuming computer carts.

Extending Beyond

Lightware’s extender kits break this barrier by transporting USB-C signals up to 100-meter distances over Ethernet. Presenters connect devices using ordinary USB-C cables at a room’s central conference table. The extender then transports this signal to an I/O interface placed conveniently near equipment like ceiling microphones. This tiny device links into the audio processing equipment using a secondary short cable.

The result enables continuing to centralize critical AV gear like mixers out of user reach for controlled administration while still interfacing modern laptops and phones. Participants enjoy a localized plug-and-play experience at the table rather than clunky cart relocation when switching presenters. The Ethernet backbone also ensures smooth bi-directional communication for supporting higher-resolution cameras and multi-channel microphones.

Flexible USB-C

Sampson explains that flexibility proves essential as software-based conferencing continues fragmenting. While Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and WebEx dominate, organizations increasingly test specialty platforms. However, conflicting codecs and device compatibility headaches should not prevent using rooms as intended. He wants customers to benefit from sophisticated integrator investments regardless of which collaboration apps employees personally prefer.

The Ethernet backbone sustainably accommodates evolving software and USB advances that outpace meeting room refreshes. Integrators avoid ripping out tables and panels to retrofit future cable generations. Commodity Cat6 already handles the latest USB 4 quad-channel speeds. As vendors unveil updated software conferencing solutions, organizations simply activate licenses rather than overhaul proprietary equipment.

With remote and hybrid strategies persisting indefinitely, the ethos of bringing your device won’t wane. But the spectrum of devices workers own keeps expanding. Lightware’s USB-C integration approach supports this diversity moving forward rather than demanding predictions years out. The extender kit and I/O node allow enterprises of all sizes to affordably enhance conference rooms now to maintain their usefulness later.

Get ahead of the connectivity curve by contacting Lightware sales at or exploring BYOD-savvy products at As frequent early technology adopters, they monitor silicon advancements and software evolutions to craft polished implementations aligned upon release rather than reacting down the road. Protect conference room investments and simplify future meetings with flexible infrastructure underpinning everything.


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