When I (Ryan) was in high school, I took a series of courses from D20 as part of their tech pathway. These courses were all about becoming a Cisco Certified Network Associate. These classes offered basic understanding of how to setup, design, and configure computer networks. Fast forward to post college with a degree in Broadcast Video Production that I never thought I would use, but today basically all our Audio, Video, and Lighting systems use networks and use them in advanced ways.
When it comes to networking today, the simple “dumb” switches, or switches straight out of the box, simply aren’t enough for demanding, time critical, AVL (Audio, Video, Lighting) events and systems. So much data is moving around in these systems that it is absolutely critical to have switches configured correctly for the protocol or service being used. In this case, Dante audio requires large loads of audio specific timing and multicast settings to make sure audio is delivered on time and the clock is never dropped.
The new switches allow correct timing, multicast, and unicast configurations as well as a redundant VLAN for audio backup across the campus. We installed the new switches on a Thursday afternoon and didn’t check back in until the following week. The church said that, finally, after years of issues, the Dante network started up on Sunday morning in record time and didn’t have a single error.
Correct configuration with the right gear does a world of good! Perfect functionality is what we love to see!
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