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Case Study: Big (but Scalable) Solution

A lot of AV controlled by an innovative Luxul-based solution.

Opening its doors in 2016, The Bartlett is a 699-unit, 23-story luxury apartment building located in the Pentagon City neighborhood of Arlington, VA. Offering residents all the conveniences of urban living, the property boasts over 40,000 square feet of amenity space, including a lobby with 24-hour concierge; a fitness lounge and main fitness center with a group exercise studio; an entertainment space with TV-lined walls, foosball, shuffleboard, and billiards; an indoor/outdoor terrace bar and rooftop lounge; a rooftop pool and sundeck; a courtyard with dog parks; and more.

Installed by integrator Nard’s Entertainment, the massive AV system spanning these spaces consists of 27 displays, 140 speakers, and 15 touchscreen controllers — which, although designed for residential living, is way more than you’d expect in a residential install. Still, Nard’s solution to limit the need for staff interaction with the AV system in its day-to-day operation could work in a complex home installation.

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Nard’s Entertainment completely automated the AV via a URC control system. In the planning stages, Nard’s Entertainment knew a reliable, scalable, and resilient IP network would be required for automation and offsite management. To provide it, the company turned to Luxul.

At The Bartlett, the all-Luxul network includes one AV Series AMS-4424P managed switch with Gigabit RJ-45 PoE+ ports and 10 Gigabit SFP+ stacking ports; seven 26-port AMS-2616P Gigabit managed switches featuring 16 PoE+ ports each; and two AGS-1008 AV Series 8-port Gigabit switches. For network routing functionality, Luxul’s AV Series ABR-4400 multi-WAN Gigabit router was used, which allows for up to 512 concurrent device routing entries. The network is fiber-connected between seven full 42-RU equipment racks, which allowed Nard’s Entertainment to deploy the system one area at a time instead of all at once, which was essential in a project of this size and scope.

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