New Netgear switch targets audio-visual professionals

A new network switch aimed at meeting the IP convergence requirements now increasingly common in the professional audio-visual industry has been released by Netgear.
Designed to co-exist on a networking platform with products from multiple AV vendors without the need for separate programming interfaces, the new Netgear M4300-96X switch conforms to the standards of the SDVoE (Software Defined Video over Ethernet) Alliance.

The Alliance unites leading companies in and around the AV-over-IP space with the shared aim of creating a standardised hardware and software platform for the next generation of AV applications.

“IP convergence, common in today’s telephony and surveillance sectors, is now invading the professional audio-visual display market,” says Tobie van Schalkwyk, Business Development manager at Duxbury Networking, the SA Netgear distributor.

“Netgear’s commitment to the SDVoE standard allows its new switch to merge easily into a modern and open network infrastructure without complex coding – even if existing components are sourced from different suppliers.

“In this light, the Netgear M4300-96X switch supports the intuitive configuration of an entire AV system with greater flexibility and thus provides stronger investment protection. It has effectively taken the complexity out of AV-over-IP deployments, as the switch is preconfigured for easy, true AV and automated multicast network functions.”

According to Van Schalkwyk, the preconfigured switch represents significant cost savings together with greater system scalability. This allows the switch to match appropriate AV display options with changing business demands.

“For example, users can start small and add capacity in ‘non-blocking’ mode, merely by adding port expansion cards to support any combination of SDVoE transmitters and receivers,” he notes.

Said to be one of the first low-cost-per-port, 2U rack-height modular switches on the market, the Netgear M4300-96X is a stackable 10G and 40G managed device. Capable of replacing conventional 48×48 circuit switches, it is able to scale up to 96 ports of 10G Ethernet or up to 24 ports of 40G Ethernet, or a combination of both.

“With 12 open slots and two redundant power supplies, the Netgear M4300-96X supports maximum granularity between copper, PoE+ and fibre while providing headroom for organisations buying infrastructure for the long term,” adds Van Schalkwyk.

From an operating perspective, the switch is pre-enabled with IGMP (Internet Group Management Protocol) Snooping, IGMP Fast Leave and IGMP Querier for the default VLAN 1 that devices will automatically use.

Users do not have to log onto the switch as they can simply select the M4300-96X port expansion cards that fit their requirements, insert the cards, connect the SDVoE encoders and decoders, and power on the switch.

Depending on configuration, the Netgear M4300-96X is available from a recommended retail price of R79 999 including VAT.

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