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NetPlay Home for Residential Installations

This guide is intended to describe installation options you would use in residential installations.  If you are a professional installer, you should refer to our NetPlay Pro residential guidelines

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Unique features of NetPlay Home:

NetPlay Home system planner:

Number of live HDMI sources you will distribute to all TV
(Do not include any network source that is directly integratable with NetPlay, such as video file libraries, IP cameras, NVRs, Web or HTTP sources, or cloud streaming app services like NetFlix or Hulu.  Most homes will use 4 live HDMI sources or less)
Number of Sony or Sharp TVs running Android TV OS
(Most models purchased since 2015)
Number of other model TVs
Number of Amazon FireTV and nVidia Shield devices you already own
How many devices require IR control?
(Sources and TVs which do not support IP or CEC control)
Do you want to watch full screen video on your Android mobile devices?
(Phones & tablets)

See below for more details on planning your NetPlay Home system:

NetPlay Home HDMI distribution:        (Slide illustration)

A NetPlay distribution system is a "virtual matrix" switch.  You can add as many sources and displays as needed.  Because NetPlay is a "decentralized" system, your sources do not need to be grouped together in a single location. 

Live HDMI Sources:  NetPlay Home uses network HDMI encoders to bring all your "live" HDMI sources into the matrix system.  This will be any source device with a HDMI output that does not fall into the directly integrated categories below.  CastHD is the network HDMI encoder sold by Video Storm LLC.  You can also use third party network HDMI encoders.

Camera Sources:  IP cameras and most NVRs can be directly integrated in the matrix system without needing VTX encoders for these.

File Sources:  File sources such as movie and music libraries can also be directly integrated in the matrix system. Both video and image sources or playlists can be used.

Web Sources:  Web sources such as web pages or data feeds can also be directly integrated in the matrix system. Full support for HTML5, WebGL, and embedded iframes.

Streaming Services Sources:  NetFlix, Amazon Video, Vudu, Hulu, and nearly all streaming services are directly supported as Apps running on your NetPlay TV devices.  Any service which has an Android app is supported.

HDHomeRun Sources:  Low cost HDHomeRun devices can be used to integrate over the air (OTA) broadcast and cable tv (cable card) content directly into the matrix system.

GoogleCast/ChromeCast Sources:  All supported NetPlay TV devices include support for GoogleCast/ChromeCast.  Either audio or Video can be directly streamed to any display from Android devices.

Android TV Displays:  Sony and Sharp TVs running Android TV can integrate directly with NetPlay Home without requiring any additional equipment.  NetPlayTV will run natively on these TVs.

Standard TV Displays Standard TVs will use an external Android or Android TV device (running NetPlay TV app) to provide audio, video, and control to the TV via HDMI and optionally IR.  Many popular devices are compatible with NetPlay TV, including Amazon Fire TV, nVidia Shield, and more.

Mobile players:  Mobile devices (such as tablets and smart phones) can play back NetPlay video sources directly.  NetPlay Home NetPlay Manager includes the required license for control and video preview on all your mobile devices.  Full screen playback on mobile devices requires a supplimental license purchase.

NetPlay Home audio distribution:          

Your NetPlay Home display devices will receive synchronized audio via the same network stream as the video.  This audio is always present on the HDMI output, but some devices may also have optical or analog outputs.  Simply route the audio to your TV speakers or AVR just like any other source.

If you are using a "centralized" audio solution with in-wall/ceiling speakers that are hard wired back to a central equipment rack, please use NetPlay Pro residential guidelines

NetPlay control distribution:           (Slide illustration)

NetPlay Home integrates Ethernet, IR, RS232, and CEC control for all your connected source and display devices.  This control is provided either via NetPlay Mobile app on your Android Mobile devices or directly at each TV using the NetPlayTV gui itself and the included remote controls.  In fact, both control methods can be used at the same time by different users.

NetPlay TV devices with USB ports can use IRUSB to provide direct IR control of the attached TV, speakers, or AVR.  CastHD can use IRUSB to provide direct IR control of your HDMI source devices.

NetPlay Home can also be integrated in third party control systems using our existing drivers.

NetPlay Home network and wiring requirements:   (Slide illustration)   (Retrofit Slide illustration)

NetPlay Home uses your standard home network for audio and video distribution. 

Wiring can be via any combination of ethernet technology.  Cat5/5e/6 is the easiest and should be used whenever possible. For retrofit application, you can use existing RG59/RG6 coax via MOCA ethernet over coax.  We recommend the ActionTec ECB2500 adapters.  Wireless ethernet can be used as a last resort, since interference can degrade picture quality.  NetPlay video streams are ~20Mbps each.  NetPlay Mobile devices will use wireless ethernet, but at lower data rates.

The network switch or switches will need 1 port for each NetPlayTV display and 1 port for each network HDMI encoder.  Switches can be cascaded as needed, but make sure the interswitch connections are 1000mbps.  NetPlay can use the same network as all the other devices in your home.

The network router will need a DHCP server enabled (this is default on nearly all routers). 

The network switch ports connecting to network HDMI encoder devices should be 1000mpbs capable.  The ports for NetPlay TV devices should be 100mbps or higher.  Most switches support both speeds.

All NetPlay devices should be on the same subnet if possible.  If this is not possible, routing rules must exist between the subnets.  VLANs are not required or recommended.  Devices should have access to the internet for app updates or cloud streaming.

 

 

NetPlay News

SplashTiles released

April 2017

NetPlay Home released

Now shipping!

Mobile streaming released

Stream direct to Android

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