Available for use on its MS-TestPro portable test device, the specialized, secure software gives integrators an affordable toolset to test AV signal integrity and performance over IP networks.
The MS-TestPro is the first HDBaseT tester to integrate AV-over-IP test capabilities, eliminating the need for a stand-alone network tester. The initial software release is compatible with Cisco network switches and is activated upon connecting the MS-TestPro to the network switch. Customers can download the IP Network Analyzer software to their existing MS-TestPro devices for an immediate 14-day trial, or purchase the software for use on new devices.
The IP Network Analyzer software provides immediate, detailed feedback on network and switch information and settings, and a general overview of IP network conditions and connections. The information received allows integrators to quickly confirm if network settings fit AV-over-IP performance requirements and that the switch configuration can support smooth video streaming. Specific features and capabilities include:
- Identification of network configuration faults
- Identification of network port status (open or blocked) and present network nodes
- Confirmation that pertinent multicast settings are correctly enabled
- IGMP Snooping, including VLAN setup and fast-leave supports
- SNMP compatibility for network status queries
The ability to test HDBaseT, HDMI and IP performance from a single device is ideal for technicians managing hybrid installations, both in commercial and residential environments. This added value amplifies MSolutions’ “all-in-one” value proposition by offering customers a single, modular device for testing AV over IP, HDBaseT and HDMI performance, plus DC Resistance.
MSolutions is actively testing its IP Network Analyzer software with other leading network switch manufacturers, with additional compatibility announcements expected over the coming months. As with Cisco switches, the software will be pre-populated with specific vendor parameters for custom testing and reporting with each compatible switch moving forward.