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New SWP1 Series L2 Switches with Easy Dante Setup and Network Visibility

Jan, 2016

January 12, 2016. Shizuoka, Japan – Yamaha is pleased to announce the SWP1 Series of L2 switches. These advanced network switches have been designed specifically for sound installation and live sound networking, with simple DIP switch Dante optimization and comprehensive graphical interfacing via a Windows application.

Complex network switch setup that was previously better left to an IT technician can now be easily accomplished by anyone. A simple DIP switch setting is all that is required to optimize the SWP1 Series network switches for Dante operation. A dedicated Windows application provides “network visibility” for comprehensive monitoring and control.

Yamaha entered the router business in 1995, and has grown to hold a significant share of Japan’s small to medium enterprise and SOHO network market. Yamaha gigabit L2 switches that could be linked to Yamaha routers/firewalls were introduced in 2011, with features that significantly reduced the network setup, maintenance, and management workload.

Twenty years later audio networking has become one of the fastest growing, most highly valued technologies in the live sound and pro audio fields. A continually expanding range of Dante equipped Yamaha products, including the highly regarded CL Series digital mixing consoles, lead the way. The SWP1 Series network switches are a solution the pro audio market has been waiting for, offering an ideal a balance of IT and pro audio know-how that only Yamaha could provide.

The SWP1 simplifies switch configuration by having settings for QoS, IGMP Snooping and other parameters pre-configured optimal Dante performance. It is ideal for audio engineers who may be new to IP networking. The SWP1 Series allows a Dante optimized setup to be recalled by flipping a single DIP switch. No expertise or training is required.

But there’s more. It is just as easy to set up independent VLAN domains to take full advantage of a network’s potential for handling StageMix or other smart device functions, for example. Once again, no expertise is required. 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.

The dedicated Yamaha Audio Network Monitor application for Windows computers provides a comprehensive view of parameters required for Dante network management, including network traffic, switch status, and individual Dante device information. We refer to this type of graphical overview as “network visibility.” 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 SWP1 Series network switches simplify optimization of network configuration for Dante networks and typical network configuration settings while offering enhanced network status tools through their ‘network visibility’ capabilities”, states Lee Ellison, CEO of Audinate. “It is ideal for audio engineers who may be new to IP networking.”

Ken Hiraoka, Yamaha PA department manager comments: Since our entry into the network device market 20 years ago, the convenience of audio networking has made it indispensable in a wide range of pro audio applications. Dante equipped Yamaha products such as the CL series consoles have played a leading role in that evolution. SWP1 series network switches were born out of a desire to give our customers easier solutions that they could operate with confidence, without the need for any special networking know-how. The SWP1 series is a refined Yamaha solution for Yamaha systems, offering significant advantages for pro audio applications.

The SWP1 Series is about to start a small revolution in audio network setup, monitoring, and operating convenience.

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Yamaha Pro Audio is known around the globe as a provider of innovative, top-quality solutions for the sound industry. The Yamaha lineup includes a number of world-standard mixing consoles, signal processors incorporating industry-leading DSP technology, power amplifiers based on energy-efficient drive technology, and an extensive range of speakers suitable for everything from live sound to commercial installations.
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