Dante Requirements and Recommendations

Clear-Com does not aim to verify Ethernet switch manufacturers or a customer's network topology. Though Clear-Com Engineering has tested specific switches for certain workflows, this information is for guidance only.

Clear-Com generally follows the same recommendations as stated in the Dante/AES67 standards or by the main manufacturer. In general, any switches that are listed on the Audinate site should be good for use with the Eclipse/Dante network.

It is important that your Dante network be on a separate VLan or physical network from your standard AES67 SMPTE2110/30 network.

Features Required:

  • 1Gb (or more) bandwidth for every port

  • Layer III - Can perform at or near wire speed, but also acts as a router because it has IP routing intelligence built in.

  • Switching capacity equal to 2x number of ports (Tx/Rx). To exemplify this, if you purchase a 10-port switch, it should have a switching capacity of 20 Gb/s.

  • EEE (Energy Efficient Ethernet) or Green Ethernet needs to be disabled.

  • QoS - Quality of Service prioritization of audio traffic.

  • Fiber to Copper conversion preferable using the SFP/mini-GBIC form factor.

Pay close attention to the maximum power budget for PoE ports AND how the switch handles overpower situations.

Dante (white paper) : Domain Manager for AES67 networks (2019)

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