First test setup with Maevex 6150 – click to enlarge

The first test setup I created was with a NETGEAR M4300-28G-POE+ switch connecting the Maevex, 4 laptops, a Rasperry Pi based NAS and an Ipad. I created a separate subnet (LAN) for the Maevex setup and enabled the DHCP server on the NETGEAR switch.

PowerStream plus Maevex control software – click to enlarge

The first thing to do is install the PowerStream Plus software. I had a small issue with setting up the user management, but it was solved quickly. The PowerStream Plus software does not scale. If your screen resolution is too low (e.g. from a budget laptop), the vital “Apply” button will not be visible. It’s best to have at least a full HD screen.

At first, the interface is intimidating. But I think Matrox has done a pretty good job putting so many settings in a user interface without loosing sight of the overall picture. Everything is divided into blocks:

Input / Output block: Physical input and output settings (HDMI / Audio)

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  • Processing block: layout setting (e.g. HDMI input sources side by side or quad view)
    • Encoding block: all the H.264 encoding settings
      • Streams block: streaming protocol settings (e.g. RSTP MPEG2-TS)
      • Recordings block: define location where you want to store the recorded files
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Please notice that the RTSP block in the screenshot above (yellow), displays the exact link you need to enter in VLC to watch the stream (rtsp://……). Very convenient. Also Matrox picks multicast addresses and ports for you. Of course you can change them, but it makes life easier.

In each block, there are a lot of parameters to set. Luckily Matrox has a lot of presets.

On the left side you see the Encoding presets, on the right side are the Streams presets.

Next page:
4. Streaming Protocols

1. Introduction
2. Maevex Facts
3. Connecting
4. Streaming Protocols
5. Start Encoding
6. BrightSign Decoders
7. 4K
8. Quality
9. Verdict