Altinex switcher targets small AV set-ups

AUTHOR: Inavate

California, USA headquartered Altinex has redesigned its MX2106AV 2-In/1-Out VGA Auto plus Audio switcher with a 1x2 distribution amplifier. The unit was designed with a compact footprint so it can be mounted underneath a table or on the side of a lectern.

The product allows two different sources, such as a laptop, to be routed to a main display or accompanying audio system.

With its integrated distribution amplifier, the MX2106AV can drive two large displays simultaneously. It features Plug and Play memory to ensure the correct display resolution along with automatic switching and the ability to handle VGA through UXGA computer signal formats as well as HDTV resolutions from 480i to 1080p.

The MX2106AV’s input one is the primary input and the switcher defaults to this upon power up. When input two detects incoming signal, it automatically overrides input one and sends video to the output. Override switching is accomplished through the MX2106AV’s Input Select/RS-232 input. With the addition of the optionally available RC5208CC contact closure switch box, manual selection of the two input sources is achieved. Similarly, this same input can be controlled via RS-232, thus enabling one to make selections from other devices such as a touch screen controller.

The Altinex product also features an Input Select 1-2 switch that allows the display of one computer output on a local monitor while inputs can be selected for display on the large screen monitor. This configuration, known as local monitor mode operation, is often used when a lectern has a stationary PC installed inside and visitors must connect their laptops into the system. In this case, the stationary PC’s local monitor is connected to both the stationary PC and the large screen display. When a visitor’s laptop is connected to input two, the switcher automatically switches to that input and sends the laptop’s video to the large screen display while the stationary PC’s monitor continues to display its image.