The Luxury of Dependability: Luxul Delivers Reliable Network for Amenity Spaces at The Bartlett in Arlington

The Background: Opening its doors in 2016, The Bartlett is a 699-unit, 23-story luxury apartment building located in the Pentagon City neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia. 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 — including an eight-panel video wall in the pub room — playing out content from DirecTV receivers, Blu-ray players, Apple TVs, TransitBoxes, and components hooked up to local HDMI and VGA inputs in the conference rooms. 140 speakers pump out audio from network amplifiers in full CD-quality audio. 15 touchscreen controllers are located throughout the building, including a master controller at the concierge desk.

The Challenge: To limit the need for staff interaction with the AV system, its day-to-day operation is completely automated via a URC control system. For example, smooth jazz begins to play over the lobby speakers at five every morning and all displays are automatically switched to sporting events in the afternoon. In addition, the system is controlled, monitored, and serviced remotely. 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.

The Solution: “In any system, networking is the backbone that holds everything together, so reliability is key,” said John Carroll, project manager at Nard’s Entertainment. “Luxul is an easy choice to meet this need; it’s products are rock-solid and simply don’t fail.”

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.

The Results: “The Luxul system has been running 24 hours a day, seven days a week for two years without incident,” adds Carroll.Luxul Delivers Reliable Network for Amenity Spaces at The Bartlett in Arlington

Product At Work: Luxul AV Series AMS-4424P 26-Port/24 POE+ Stackable L2/L3 Managed Switch

The Luxul AV Series 26 Port/24 PoE+ Stackable L2/L3 Managed Switch (AMS-4424P) features rear panel ports and front facing LEDs (user selectable blue/green colors) for clean integration with AV rack systems. With 24 Gigabit RJ-45 PoE+ ports and two 10 Gigabit SFP+ stacking ports, it provides superior network performance and seamless scalability/management of up to 16 switches (384 ports). The AMS-4424P includes 24 PoE+ ports, allowing the use of standard Ethernet cable to deliver both power and high speed data to 802.3af/at-compliant devices (i.e. VoIP, IP Cameras and Wireless APs), with a total power budget of 250 Watts. The advanced Layer 2/Layer 3 features and simple-to-use management interface helps to optimize network traffic.