Calrec IP Primer Part 7: Network Switches
Networks are made up of switches which allow devices to talk to each other, and so they are fundamental to the stability and security of the network. To ensure this stability and security, and in order to adhere to the SMPTE 2110 standard, switches on a broadcast network need to be a very specific kind.
Broadcast networks use managed switches to provide network designers with the ability to configure a switch’s feature set to guarantee the best network performance. But what are these features?
In this chapter, we will review the essential features that switches must have to successfully operate in an AoIP environment. We talk about port counts, throughput, uplink speeds, connectivity, spanning tree, IGMP settings and why you should always turn off any energy-saving features.
We will also look at the merits of Layer 2 and Layer 3 networks and the pros and cons of each. Both can be used on a broadcast network, but the practical considerations are very different, and the right choice will depend on the design of your network and it’s potential for future growth.
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