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Connectivity Panel

Hotels have a number of options how they can mount flat screen TVs, (on the wall or armoire), the following represent some of the challenges to be considered when installing connectivity panels:


Hiding cables
Hiding the cables requires coordination with the design team. Hidden cables also mean that apart from being aesthetically pleasing the solution is less likely with which to be tampered.


Volume limitations
One item that hotels should be concerned with is the ability to control the volume of the TVs and surround sound systems. Guests playing music through these in-room devices could present a real concern to those rooms in the nearby vicinity. It is imperative to ensure that these devices are provisioned with volume limitation devices to ensure that other guests are not inconvenienced.


Auto-sensing features
The use of auto-sensing features and functionality enhance the ease of use of connectivity panels for the guest. However, it is still recommended that the panels and equipment be installed and tested prior to the overall purchase and deployment of these solutions through the property. It is important to address any integration issues and concerns prior to mass deployment. Do not make your guests suffer as beta testers.


Cost of the various AV cables
The cost of many of the AV cables is quite expensive. As such there is a push by many providers to streamline cables down to one primary cable. In most cases providers are utilizing a HDMI cable to facilitate HD content. In addition to bringing costs down, it also reduces the amount of infrastructure to be provisioned in the walls.

 

Connectivity Panel


Distance to the TV
How far is the connectivity panel from the TV or surround sound system? Since many of the cables like HDMI cables have a short limitation the panel cannot reside too far from the equipment. There have been reported issues with HDMI cables that exceed 15 feet and as such some of the new options include repeater extenders that can extend the distance. However, this adds to the overall cost of the deployment.


Surround sound and interaction with TV
Surround sound systems add to the complexity of making these different systems operate seamlessly at the press of a button. It is recommended that the solutions be tested together prior to purchase and deployment as very often the integration of these technologies can be challenging depending on the make and model being deployed.


Integrating panels into furniture
The integration of the panels into the furniture can look good but in order to be successful this requires coordination with the manufacturer to provide a clean and effective solution. Start the process early in the project timeline.


In-wall vs. on armoire or desk
In-wall mounting options usually require pathway for the cabling in the form of a conduit or chase. It is important to have this provisioned in the overall room construction design when considering these options for new builds or renovations.


Location of the desk
The functionality of the system can adversely be affected by the location of the desk. The angle of the desk to the location of the TV needs to be considered when determining the feasibility of the product offering.

 

Some popular models: Mediajack Connectivity Panels, Connectivity Panels Cotell,...

 

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