DIP Switch Dante Optimization
Simple Dante networks are not difficult to set up and operate, but as network complexity grows the switches used need to be optimized for Dante operation in order to achieve maximum stability. Setting up QoS, IGMP Snooping, and other parameters on an intelligent switch can be a complex task, requiring specialized knowledge that is more the domain of IT technicians than audio engineers. The SWP1 series allows a Dante optimized setup to be recalled by simply flipping one DIP switch. No expertise or training is required.
3 Preset VLAN Types
A truly efficient network should be able to handle multiple services simultaneously: Dante communication, StageMix and other smart device functions, computer software that allows digital mixer or power amplifier control, and perhaps more. But the more communication you combine on one network, the greater the chance for interference and problems. The use of virtual VLAN domains to isolate the various types of data is the ideal solution, but this type of setup also requires some IT expertise. The SWP1 series includes three VLAN presets that can be simply selected via a DIP switch. There’s also a USER mode that allows fully customized VLAN setup.
Effective Dante network management hinges on a range of parameters such as network traffic, switch status, and individual Dante device information. The dedicated Yamaha LAN Monitor application for Windows computers provides a comprehensive single-screen view of all necessary parameters when used with SWP1 series switches. We refer to this type of graphical overview as “network visbility.” You can even take a snapshot of the normal network status and set an alarm to warn you if any of the parameters changes, so that problems can be identified and resolved quickly and easily. The Dante Controller application can also be launched from the Yamaha LAN Monitor with a single click, providing a total Dante network solution on a single computer.
etherCON Connectors for Live Sound Reliability
Reliability is essential in live sound applications. Nothing can be allowed to interrupt the show. Conventional network switches usually have RJ45 connectors to match the connectors on the computers to which they will be connected, but the SWP1 series features durable, reliable etherCON connectors that are directly compatible with the etherCON connectors on Yamaha CL/QL series consoles and other Dante capable devices.
Optical Fiber and Network Redundancy Support (option required for redundancy)
The SWP1-8MMF and SWP1-16MMF include multi-mode fiber capable opticalCON connectors. Both models allow transmission over distances of up to 300 meters. The optional MMF-SWP1 optical fiber module can be added to allow two optical fiber cables to be run for redundant connection. Rapid spanning tree protocol (RSTP) is also supported for redundant connections.
EXT DC INPUT for Power Supply Redundancy
SWP1 series switches include an XLR-4-32 type EXT DC INPUT connector in addition to the standard AC IN connector. +24V DC supplied to the EXT DC INPUT connector provides redundant power that can keep the device running if a problem occurs in the AC supply. For further reliability the AC connector is a locking type (V-Lock) that minimizes the possibility of accidental disconnection.
LAN Mapping for a Complete Network Overview
Understanding how multiple switches installed in different locations are connected, plus how network devices are connected to those switches, can be a difficult, time-consuming task. The Yamaha LAN Monitor makes overall network topology clearly visible, giving the user a comprehensive overview of how multiple switches and Dante network devices are interconnected. Simply connect a Windows PC to the nearest SWP1 switch and launch the Yamaha LAN Monitor software.
Port Status and Bandwidth Utilization
The Yamaha LAN Monitor includes a port status and bandwidth display that clearly shows the connection status of each network switch port, information about the connected devices, the communication speed at each port, and the bandwidth utilization at each port.
Dante Device Info
Device information and monitoring is also available for any Dante devices connected to SWP1 series switches on the network. The ability to monitor primary and secondary port status as well as transmit and receive flow is important to achieving stable, reliable Dante audio communication. This capability lets you keep an eye on the overall “health” of the network.
1-click Dante Controller Launch
A Dante Controller button at the top of the Yamaha LAN Monitor interface lets you launch the Dante Controller with a single click (the Dante Controller software must be installed on the computer). Seamless switching between the Yamaha LAN Monitor and Dante Controller provides total Dante network control from a single computer.
Snapshot Function Makes Troubleshooting Easy
A "snapshot" can be taken of the network status when setting up. The software can then automatically keep track of the settings and alert the user of any changes. A snapshot can be taken of the network during rehearsal, then the user would be alerted if a cable is disconnected, if a device is turned off, or if a wrong connection is made prior to the performance, for example.
Enhanced Device ID with Icons, Labels, and Comments
Identifying devices connected to a switch by only their IP or MAC address is a difficult and error-prone approach. Connected Dante devices are identified by a Dante icon as well as a device ID previously set up via the Dante Controller software. You can also enter additional info, such as the location of the device, in the Label and Comment fields.
Detailed Switch Settings and Firmware Updates
The web GUI for each device can be recalled to provide access to “deep” settings and allow firmware updates.