Why the network is solving complex hardware challenges for video walls
When thinking about a video wall deployment, it can be intimidating to think about the expensive and complicated hardware usually required. As video walls are becoming more widespread and more powerful, setup features like cabling and boxes can become very costly and confusing for users.
The simple solution to these hardware challenges is the network. A standard Local Area Network (LAN) connection eliminates the need for complex hardware and equipment, like cabling and boxes, that come with many traditional video wall solutions.
Network delivery dramatically simplifies video wall deployments. Only a network connection is needed, which greatly reduces the amount of specialized knowledge, equipment, installers, and IT support needed to setup and maintain a video wall setup. This means the network approach significantly reduces deployment costs for businesses while still maintaining flexibility in video wall capabilities.
Through the network, a video wall server or PC can be placed anywhere in a building. In comparison, many traditional video wall solutions require the video wall player, controller or server to sit in close proximity to the actual screens - or required the use of expensive cable extender solutions. This often makes deployment, service and support a headache particularly in high-traffic areas, or hard to get to places. Connecting a video wall through the network enables central control from a PC located anywhere in the building, meaning no hardware extenders or PC placement issues to deal with.
There are only a few essential tools needed to connect a powerful video wall when utilizing the network.
- Zero client devices at each display
- A network switch to connect the PC to zero client devices
- One PC/server to power and manage all content for the video wall displays.
Zero client devices located at each display connect to to the network to deliver content in real-time to the screen. At about the size of a deck of cards, the devices have no moving parts, allowing them to be highly efficient and long lasting.
An additional benefit of network delivery is that one PC or server can actually support two or more video walls simultaneously. This can be very attractive for customers looking to deploy multiple video walls. It offers customers the option to eliminate the risk of downtime by having two servers each supporting one video wall, but capable of supporting two in the unlikely event of a hardware failure. Should a component on one server fail, both video walls can temporarily run off a single PC or server.
There’s no need to be worried about complicated cabling, boxes, and other hardware when it comes to video wall deployments. Simply use a network connection to create the same stunning video walls, but without the high cost and complexity.
If you want to learn more about how the network approach works, read our white paper.