• Product Spotlight – Crestron AirMedia AM-200

  • By: Jim Tchinski, EET, CTS, NET+, NICET, Solutions Engineer

    Are you looking for a Wireless Collaboration device for your conference rooms to free you from the wires and allow Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) presentations? You aren’t the only one! With so many choices to choose from, we are going to focus on an industry leader in AV: Crestron, and their AM-200 stand alone box. This product runs on AirMedia 2.0 which was released in June of 2018 but is still new to many people since they may still be using the older AM-100 and AM-101 units. Unlike the 100 series units, AirMedia 2.0 is Crestron’s design from the ground up.

    One of the first things that you will notice is the capability of customizing the main page that you see on a display device. Personalized background images can be added to show your school or business that can be dimmed if needed. The Crestron logo can also be replaced with a custom logo. You can add and turn on and off the name of the room, the IP address and/or the DNS name. The AM-200 has an HDMI local input on it allowing for auto switching between streaming content and the HDMI input. Local input information can also be turned on or off on the main display screen that can be customized to tell where the input is or how to use it. Control ports, including RS-232 and IR, are part of the box which allows for full control of the display device that is being used. The unit can be mounted behind or on top of a display device so control cables can be connected locally and the HDMI local input could be located under the TV. Shown below are the home screens of four separate AirMedia’s on each display.

    Bandwidth requirements and latency have improved with each AirMedia system. The original AM-100 started out using 32 – 46 Mbit/s. With AM 2.0 bandwidth has decreased to 1.4 – 8.5 Mbit/s. Definitely worth the upgrade to 2.0. Latency time between what is on the device and what is being displayed is now lower than 100ms which is very important for interactive content. Synchronized sound along with real-time mouse and keyboard tracking have been improved. Here are some comparisons with similar brands.

    Security of the devices that are on the network is always a major concern. These units are secure endpoints offering 802.1.x network access control, Active Directory user authentication, AES-128 content encryption, SSH, SSL, TLS, and HTTPS to protect privacy and allow compliance with an organizations IT policy. They plug into a typical wired network and are accessed though a wireless or wired connection to the same network to present from your BYOD device.

    If you would like more information or have any questions on the Crestron AM-200, or any other Wireless Collaboration devices, please contact us today!