The new network, called the “simulcasting network” by the college, will enable instructors and guest lecturers to reach larger audiences across multiple networked rooms.
The simulcasting network offers two-way audio and video between the center’s 300-seat auditorium, recital hall and five classrooms.
James Sadler, instructional media specialist for Harvey Mudd College said that the original network design called for AVB and Cobranet for networked audio, and ended up requiring more work and money.
“We’re a Cisco house for network switching, and it required a lot of extra labor to make the auditorium-to-classroom networking work with AVB,” Sadler said in a previous statement. “We had to hardwire feeds to the processing equipment in our remote classrooms, and add special network switches. The CobraNet network was localized to the auditorium, but there were serious complications with network bandwidth, audio dropouts and signal latency.”
Sadler said the network structure was simplified by Biamp’s Dante Interface Card for Tesira. He said the card allowed him to transition all network switching to the college’s existing Cisco infrastructure, which eliminated the need for additional hardware and specialized switches.
“There is nothing complicated with this system, starting with the ease of setup that made transitioning to Dante a very time and cost-efficient process,” said Sadler in a previous statement. “We’ve removed the limitations of connecting to the network from the front of the auditorium…The entire network is easier to configure, easier to control and easier to grow. With Dante we have reached the point where we plug almost anything into a network port and get beautiful audio quality in and out.”