Consultant Courier: Native AV&C on a Single Network

In today’s AV world, we hear the term ‘native solutions’ quite a bit, but why is it important? There are seemingly endless ways to design a robust AV solution for your customers, but when it comes to choosing between a ‘native solution’ or a ‘non-native’ solution, I am an advocate for always going native. Here’s why…

Nobody Likes Risk

There are a lot of good solutions out there, but designing a system around a single-vendor solution provides you with a greater peace of mind that the components were designed to work flawlessly together, reducing the probability of error in the integration and deployment process.  While a system designed around disparate AV&C components might look good on paper, it may not always be the case. Native WORKS, and if there is a hiccup in the installation process (or beyond), having a single-vendor that can support the ENTIRE system streamlines the support process for the integrator AND the end user.

Everybody Likes to Save Money

Part of designing a system is ensuring the end user gets the most value out of their system; and this starts with the design. Native solutions are:

  • Easier to design a system around (since we know the components work together)
  • Easier to integrate (less margin for error when programming disparate components)
  • Easier to support (removing that gray area when disparate components aren’t working together as expected)

When you design a NATIVE solution, you’re delivering more value to the end user (which is one of the goals, right?).


When you design a system around a native QSC solution, you are adding even more value for the end user.  Not only are Q-SYS components designed to work seamlessly together, but with drag-and-drop programming, native components integrate WITHOUT typing a line of code. 

Need to integrate third-party devices? Not a problem – Q-SYS features a growing library of control plugins that remove the need for any programming. For those devices that don’t have a plugin yet, Q-SYS Scripting Engine Feature License offers a visual coding tool for novice programmers that need to build scripts but don’t necessarily know code. For those more advanced, Lua programming language lets you build scripts for more complex control scenarios.  Further, Q-SYS operates on standard IT protocols, enabling AV&C to be on a single network, another significant value-add for both the integration and operation of the system.

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