Ethernet Cables for SoundGrid Systems

Last updated on: 7/1/2021 12:30:01 PM

Consult this page for up-to-date information on cable types and cable lengths that can be used in a SoundGrid audio networking and processing system.

Maximum cable lengths (Cat 5e STP/Cat 6 STP/Cat 7)

NodeCable LengthComments
I/O to switchUp to 100 m (328 ft)DiGiGrid I/Os - up to 70 m (229 ft). Longer distances are possible by adding a switch between I/O and main switch.
SoundGrid server to switchUp to 10 m (32.8 ft)
SoundGrid host to switchUp to 20 m (65.5 ft)
Up to 100 m (328 ft)
With 100MB NIC
With 1GB NIC
SoundGrid driver to switchUp to 100 m (328 ft)With 1GB NIC

Please note that UTP cables are not supported.
Please note that Cat 5 cables are not supported.

For distances greater than 100 meters (328 feet), use the following switches with SFP modules supporting fiber optic cables:
  • Cisco SG300-10PP (SFP MGBSX1)
  • HP1920-8G (JG920A)
  • Netgear ProSafe M4100-D12G (SFP AGM731F)
  • Netgear ProSafe GS510TLP (SFP AGM731F)
  • Netgear GS110TP V3 (SFP AGM731F)

Make sure to use only SoundGrid-qualified network switches.

SoundGrid is a ‘private’ network: in order to have a clean network stream, the SoundGrid network should not be used to run any non-SoundGrid applications. Using non-SoundGrid protocols on the same network that carries SoundGrid audio might result in audio drops, application freezes, and other unexpected results.

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