Calrec IP Primer Part 8: Network Design

Welcome to the final chapter in an eight-part series of articles on AoIP!

Over the last 7 weeks, we have released an IP chapter every Wednesday as part of Calrec’s latest IP Primer. The IP Primer builds up your knowledge of IP and will enable you to create reliable AoIP networks to meet the needs of your desired workflow without defining or compromising operations.

This week we will look at Network Design in more detail.

In an ideal world, IP networks should be invisible and should enable any desired workflow without defining or compromising operations. They should improve performance, be easy to scale up, reduce setup times and save broadcasters’ money. This final chapter of Calrec’s IP Primer takes everything we have covered so far and applies it to intelligent network design.

Darren Silcock, Calrec's Lead Support Engineer

Darren Silcock

Lead Customer Support Engineer at Calrec

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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