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Gigabit Router or Switch?
Last post Thu, Jan 02 2014 by cm, 5 replies.
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Posted on Wed, Jan 01 2014 15:25
by Catalin
Joined on Thu, Feb 20 2003, Ontario, Canada, Posts 51

Hi,

I am building a new Master/Slave environment based on Intel i7 3930/Asus Sabertooth x79 to run Vienna Ensemble Pro/VI pro/Kontakt/Play. Probably 1 Master and 2 Slaves.

I have purchesed Intel gigabit network PCI-e adapters for the computers as it has been recommneded on this forum.

My question now is - what gigabit router or switch is recommended for the best performance at low latency?

Happy New Year!!

Posted on Thu, Jan 02 2014 02:30
by Richard Bowling
Joined on Thu, Dec 19 2002, Bloomfield, NM, Posts 44

I have a switch. Seems if I remember correct you want to use a switch. 

Posted on Thu, Jan 02 2014 09:21
by cm
Joined on Fri, Dec 20 2002, vienna, Posts 9117

we always had sufficient results with netgear switches (105 or 108 models, depending on the number of devices to connect),

the switch should support jumbo-frames (since VE PRO makes use of them).

in case you're intending to connect other devices than your audio-network watch out for the *broadcast storm control* feature.

and remember: a CRAY is the only computer that runs an endless loop in just four hours ...
Posted on Thu, Jan 02 2014 19:26
by Catalin
Joined on Thu, Feb 20 2003, Ontario, Canada, Posts 51

Thank you for your reply. I looked up online the Netgear 105 Switches - there are a bunch available at different price points. The most affordable is the GS105NA. I hope the "NA" doesn't mean anything bad from a VEpro point of view? :)

Also I checked the settings for my Intel gigabit CT adapter and it has a setting called "Jumbo packet" which is currently disabled. Should I enable it? Is it related to the Jumbo Frame you mentioned?

Posted on Thu, Jan 02 2014 22:07
by cm
Joined on Fri, Dec 20 2002, vienna, Posts 9117

in my opinion all those netgear switches are *affordable* ;-) read the specs if jumbo frames are supported, eg. the GS105GE does ...

jumbo packets is the same as jumbo frames (ethernet is sending packets as frames) - maybe jumbo packets are disabled on your network card because some device on your network does not support them or the setting has been chosen conservative to avoid possible problems with other devices.

just try to enable it (on both ends of the connection) - if you notice any problems you can disable it again.

 

and remember: a CRAY is the only computer that runs an endless loop in just four hours ...
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