Whether you spend a little or a ton on an AV system or a smart home system, its performance is only as good as the network it runs on. Would you buy a high performance Lamborghini sports car and fill it with unleaded regular gasoline? Of course not, but that is exactly what you do when you use the basic plain ol modem/router/wireless unit that your internet provider suplies you with. Unfortunatly the only time you think about your network is when you lose connectivity, or when your system doesn’t work the way you thought it would. But this is exactly why the network matters. The more devices you connect, the smarter your home is, and the more important your network becomes.
If you’ve ever experienced lower than expected download speeds, poor quality video streaming, your connected devices just don’t seem to work well, etc...then you’ve likely experienced a network break down. Ironically, most people don’t realize it’s a network issue, and they falsely blame the AV system or the device for the problem. An enterprise grade network is the “secret” ingredient in pro AV and smart home installations.
Designed for high performance. purpose built for performance. They use faster CPUs and memory to process more streams of high bandwidth traffic (including UHD/4K). You are sure to see and increase in speed, quality, and productivity of all of your devices, even if they are all running at once! In addition, they also offer seamless wireless coverage & advanced thermal management technologies keep the network equipment cool and running efficiently over its lifetime.
Your system, your way. No two AV systems or smart homes are exactly alike. No one will have the same devices you do connected to the network in the same way, or operate in the same site conditions. Unlike consumer grade networks, enterprise class systems give you full control and allow your network to be fully customized for maximum performance. As your needs and network changes in the future, your network can be retuned and optimized.
Scalable and future ready. Change is constant. Is your network ready for the future? How you use your network today is not the same as how you used your network five years ago, and it will not be the same five years from now. New devices, new applications, and new services are being developed and launched into the marketplace every day. Enterprise grade networks are built to scale and adapt to planned and unplanned traffic increases and applications.
Reliability. Consumer grade network equipment is designed around low price points to target the “good enough” mass-market customer. This is accomplished by restricting performance, limiting features, using lower grade components, and offering short warranties and limited tech support. In contrast, enterprise grade equipment uses higher-grade components with better manufacturing and performance to withstand heavy-duty conditions. They use higher-grade memory and CPUs, manufactured with the latest techniques. They provide firmware updates on a regular basis in order to address bug fixes and performance optimizations.
Pro-level support. Enterprise grade manufacturers employ a two level tech support model – tech support is provided to the end user through a local authorized reseller and distributor, who is trained and certified by the manufacturer, who knows your system, has installed it and can fix it right the first time. In turn, the manufacturer provides dedicated tech support to the authorized reseller and distributor, through its fully trained and experienced tech support staff.
Lifetime value. Although enterprise grade equipment is initially more expensive than consumer grade equipment, it provides a much better value over the system’s lifetime, an overall lower total cost of ownership, and a better investment. It’s simple—it is more reliable and it lasts longer. They have longer warranties. It is scalable, expandable, and can be tuned/optimized to support your needs as your network expands. Many manufacturers offer free lifetime technical support and firmware updates so that your system is always supported.