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QSC Bows Q-SYS Networking Switches, More

New line of pre-configured Q-SYS network switches unveiled.

Costa Mesa, CA (October 12, 2018)—QSC has introduced Q-SYS NS Series network switches and other networking resources for use with Q-SYS-based networked audio, video and control (AV&C) systems.

The Q-SYS NS Series is a range of enterprise-grade 1/10GbE Dell EMC network switches that are pre-configured to meet the performance requirements of the Q-SYS Platform and associated third-party networking technologies.

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Available in 8-port, 24-port and 48-port models, the switches provide real-time transport of Q-SYS AV&C, as well as AES67 and Dante audio streams simultaneously within the same VLAN, without the need to manually configure the network switch or end points. Offered as a plug-and-play solution, the switches are said to provide support for the entire Q-SYS ecosystem, including future networked Q-SYS processors and peripherals.

Meanwhile, for large enterprise installations that require a converged network infrastructure for a Q-SYS deployment, QSC has partnered with UNH-IOL, an independent provider of broad-based testing and standards conformance services for the networking industries, to provide independent network switch qualification for the Q-SYS Platform.

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Michayla Newcombe, associate director, UNH InterOperability Laboratory, noted, “The UNH-IOL is trusted by some of the most recognized manufacturers in the networking industry, and we are very excited to partner with QSC to offer unbiased, neutral testing of network switches to validate the performance requirements necessary for real-time media distribution with the Q-SYS Platform. We worked very closely with QSC to develop a robust testing process based on industry accepted test methodologies.”