Control4 Ships Pakedge S3 for AVB, Dante, Q-LAN Control4's Pakedge S3L-24P and updated S3-24P are designed for professional audio video installations with Avnu certification, support for Dante, and Q-LAN technology By RS Staff Published: October 20, 2017 ⋅ Updated: April 15, 2019 Control4 has begun shipping its new Pakedge S3L-24P Layer 3 Lite Switch and the updated S3-24P Layer 3 Switch, both with Avnu certification and support for quick setup for Dante and Q-LAN technology. Support of time-synchronization technologies such as Audio Video Bridging (AVB)/Time Sensitive Networking, Dante, and Q-LAN provides professional AV integrators with an interoperable platform providing seamless management for performance-sensitive audio and video applications. The Pakedge S3 Series switches feature 24 Gigabit PoE+ capable ports, and four dedicated 10Gb SFP+ ports for increased throughput and faster reliable transmission of audio and video streams. Both switches support high-density network traffic with Layer 2 and Layer 3 switching functionalities, as well as static routing, IGMP v1/2/3, Audio over IP, and Quality of Service (QoS). The switches support advanced IGMP Snooping for superior Video over IP streaming across complex AV networks. The S3L-24P supports a quick setup configuration for the industry-leading audio video networking technologies including AVB, Dante and Q-LAN, enabling a straight-forward setup process for even the most complex AV networks. Pro AV networks are known for being complex. The S3L-24P is designed to minimizes complexity with simplified, quick setup configurations, via the two-step processes that AVB, Dante and Q-LAN enable, reducing installation time and implementation costs. If a network requires the use of more than one pro AV protocol, such as the combination of AVB with Dante, the pro AV quick setup on the S3L-24P smartly adjusts to allow coexistence on the same switch without interference between the protocols. The S3L-24P delivers lite Layer 3 functionality and features needed for pro AV and smaller commercial AV installations like recording studios and conference rooms. The updated S3-24P suits larger AV installations, such as corporate campuses, retail centers, or concert venues. The S3-24P delivers complete Layer 3 functionality with additional dynamic routing for greater isolation and control, as well as a greater capacity for IP routing entries, IPv4 multicast groups, multicast entries, and AVB streams. “We’re really excited to add the new Pakedge switches to the Avnu-certified ecosystem. Avnu works with member companies to test the interoperability of switches and end-devices for highly-reliable delivery of low latency, synchronized audio across a network, and to simplify professional AV system design, installation and service,” said Avnu Alliance Pro AV chairperson Patrick Prothe. “More certified switches offer professional system designers and installers more options in building AVB/TSN systems.” Control4 senior director of product marketing, Brad Hintze, added, “As networks move toward greater complexity, deterministic switches will become much more of an inevitability – especially for larger networks. As Pro AV and IP continue to converge, the predictability that comes with routing network traffic in more intelligent ways and the ability to stream with full 10G speeds will keep even complex networks running at their peak. The increased power and abilities of the Pakedge S3 Series switches ensures future-ready networks for Pro AV and commercial AV projects.” Both switches are available now with the standard three-year Pakedge product warranty. The S3L-24P Layer 3 Lite Switch is now available at $2,200 MSRP, and firmware version 2.0.0 is now available for the S3-24P Full Layer 3 Switch, priced at $4,800 MSRP.