November 23, 2023

Q-NEX NDP100 Digital Podium: Network-Based Control and Enhanced Device Management

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Q-NEX NDP100 Digital Podium: Network-Based Control and Enhanced Device Management


Digital podiums, such as the Q-NEX NDP100, have been widely deployed in schools and universities. They allow teachers and presenters to engage students in classrooms, seminar halls, and auditoriums using enriched teaching methods and diversified AV content. Compared to traditional podiums, the Q-NEX digital podium features network-based centralized and remote control, campus-wide broadcasting, and touch-panel-enabled efficient management of the podium and its peripheral devices. This article provides a detailed overview of the Q-NEX NDP100 digital podium, including its module-based components like NMP, touch panel, and other connected devices. By reading this article, users will better understand how the network-based and remote-controlled digital podium works and its notable advantages over traditional podiums.

1. What is the Q-NEX digital podium NDP100 composed of?

A regular digital podium generally consists of peripheral devices such as an OPS computer, a document camera, an interactive pen display, and a goose mic. Additionally, it offers multiple AV interfaces that allow you to connect it with AV devices like interactive display panels and speakers. However, the Q-NEX digital podium stands out compared to a regular digital podium. Before delving further, let’s take a closer look at the makeup of the NDP100 digital podium.

2.Why does the NDP100 podium stand out?

The NDP100 podium stands out for its capability to integrate all its components and external devices, also known as peripheral devices, for centralized and remote control. The NDP100 incorporates a Networked Media Processor (NMP), AV control system, a highly integrated system designed for centralized management of classroom devices. It seamlessly combines functional modules such as a LAN switch, AV matrix switch, wireless mic system, AV decoder, power relay, digital amplifier, and serial control module. The NMP is a hub, easily converging components like a document camera, interactive pen display, goose mic, and OPS computer. Furthermore, it can be easily integrated with external AV devices such as interactive displays and lecture capture systems like the IQVideo LCS series lecture capture system. Additionally, the NMP is connected to the network, allowing multiple devices converged with it to be controlled remotely via the Q-NEX platform and app. Now that you have a basic understanding of the NMP, let’s explore its functions and interfaces on a module basis.

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3. Module-based introduction

The NMP comprises several modules: the power control module, network module, audiovisual module, device control module, and wireless cotrol module. Although there are multiple modules, don’t be intimidated by their complexity. We will unravel their secrets one by one in a relaxed manner.

4. Power control module

The power control module is located on the right side of the NMP. It provides multiple WAGO ports labeled as “Power,” “External,” “Display,” and “Screen.” Each port serves a different purpose. The POWER port supplies power to the digital podium, the DISPLAY port powers up the interactive display panel or projector, can be linked with RS232 code to control the power on and off of interactive display devices in the classroom, the SCREEN port controls up, down, and stop movement for devices like projection screen or e-curtain, and the EXTERNAL port is for devices like lights, can be linked with the room’s light switch to make an SPDT switch. The NMP can provide power to various AV devices connected to it. It’s also worth looking at the AV ports for these devices.

5. Audiovisual module

AV ports are crucial as they enable the transfer of AV signals to devices such as document cameras, interactive displays, TVs, speakers, microphones, and laptops. The NMP offers three HDMI input interfaces for transferring AV content to the NMP from different sources. To transfer AV content from external sources to devices like lecture capture systems and interactive pen displays through the AV matrix switch, three AV output ports are available, allowing you to switch between input sources. Additionally, the NMP is equipped with multiple audio ports such as AUDIO IN, AUDIO OUT, MIC IN, and MIC OUT, enabling input from external audio devices. For example, you can connect a gooseneck microphone or external wireless mics(Q-NEX NDP100 comes with two wireless microphones, one lapel microphone and one handheld microphone) to the audio in port. You might now wonder how to control all these AV devices through the NMP remotely.

6. Device control module

The NMP features several AV control ports, including IR control for air conditioners and TVs, and RS232 control for devices like interactive display panels and projectors.  The control can be operated locally from the control panel or touch panel or remotely from the Q-NEX AV Platform Console and APP. Through flexible, network-based control, IT administrators can perform scheduled control or remote control of equipment in the classroom or out of school, thereby better realizing AV equipment management on campus.

7. Wireless connection module

A wireless control module is necessary for wireless control within the classroom. It enables more devices in the classroom to be controlled via external Q-NEX CBX. With so many devices requiring control, you might wonder if there’s a unified solution. Enter the Q-NEX touch panel. The Q-NEX touch panel is an important component of the NDP100 digital podium. It serves as the control interface for the entire system, allowing users to control various devices connected to the podium remotely. The touch panel is a user-friendly interface that provides easy and intuitive control over the digital podium’s functionalities.

8. Device management and control

Thanks to its NMP, you can control the devices using the touch panel locally and the Q-NEX platform and app. With the Q-NEX touch panel, you can control the devices for AV matrix, device power on/off, and more. You can easily perform these actions on the Q-NEX platform and Q-NEX app, no matter where you are. It’s very convenient.

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In conclusion, the Q-NEX NDP100 digital podium stands out in the market due to its network-based centralized and remote control features and its integration capabilities with various peripheral devices. The podium incorporates a Networked Media Processor (NMP) that is a hub for controlling and converging components such as document cameras, interactive pen displays, microphones, and OPS computers. It also enables seamless integration with external AV devices like interactive displays and lecture capture systems. The NMP, connected to the network, allows for remote control of all the devices connected to it through the Q-NEX platform and app. The NDP100’s module-based components, including the power control module, audiovisual module, device control module, and antenna module, provide efficient control and connectivity options, allowing users to manage and interact with various AV devices easily. Overall, the Q-NEX NDP100 digital podium offers notable advantages over traditional podiums regarding network-based control, centralized management, and enhanced functionality. If you want to further understand the product, please contact us here.

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