Calrec IP Primer Part 8: Network Design
In theory, networks are as simple as connecting AoIP devices together via network switches and turning the network on. But as we have seen over the last seven chapters, Networks which are deterministic, resilient and scalable require more thought and experience. They require intelligent network design.
The goal of this series has been to introduce concepts which affect the performance of an IP network; multicast and PTP settings affect the performance of a network; bandwidth and QoS settings affect how networks perform; switch set up is integral to network performance.
Good network design should improve performance, scale up easily, reduce implementation time, and reduce capital and operational expenses. All AoIP deployments are different, and what might be good for one might not be good for all, but this final chapter of Calrec’s AoIP Primer attempts to recommend some best practices by bringing together all the concepts we have discussed in the previous seven issues.
IP networks should be transparent and should be designed to meet the workflows of the user without defining or compromising operations. This final chapter ties everything together to help you achieve these goals and shares some tips from Calrec’s extensive experience implementing AoIP networks in broadcast environments.
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