AV Over IP
What is AV over IP? Commonly known as video over IP or Networked AV, it all means the same thing. Technically, AV over IP stands for “Audio-Visual over Internet Protocol.” The transmission and switching of audio-visual data, including control signals over a standard Ethernet network such as a LAN or the internet, is AV over IP.
Thanks to the advancements of recent AV hardware, sending AV streams over IP switches is now easier than ever. In AV over IP, the “A/V Transmitters” become “Encoders,” “A/V Receivers” become “Decoders,” and the “A/V Switcher” becomes a standard “IP Switch” just like what your computers connect to at the office. The audio-visual data changes from circuit-based to packet-based in an AV over IP network.
The Encoders and Decoders are all connected to a Gigabit Ethernet Switch/es. You're no longer limited to a finite number of inputs and outputs, and you can connect as many Encoders and Decoders as your network design allows — with the ability to scale up at much lower costs. AV-over-IP technology organizes the audio-visual data whether you are sending HDMI, Displayport, Thunderbolt, VGA, or control signals. The AV over IP model differs from existing AV designs in that it's essentially a streaming infrastructure.