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SVSi Success at Your Finger Tips!

June 29, 2016

We have some handy resources to help you deploy a successful SVSI system.

Before installing and configuring an AV network using the new SVSi technologies, it makes sense to get a good understanding of the workings and the demands a SVSi AV solution can put on a new or existing I.T infrastructure.

Below we have included some useful reading to help prepare you as well as providing several resources that may save you some time.

SVSi – Switch Configuration

SVSi’s technology utilises common managed network switches to create virtual AV matrix switches in any size and configuration. The low cost and availability of gigabit Ethernet layer-3 switches with dynamic multi-cast routing capability from numerous manufacturers allows great flexibility in network construction. Alternatively, layer-2 switches allow static video routing over virtual local area networks (VLANs). In both cases, switches must be properly configured.

SVSi have tested and verified a couple of switches and even provided configuration files to assist in the SVSi network setup. This does not mean that a reliable video distribution system cannot be designed and constructed using other switches, stacking connectors, and fiber uplinks – please refer to resource section at end of document.

How to manage multicast traffic

IGMP Snooping – This is a form of port based packet inspection that identifies that the packets generated from an encoder are in fact multicast.

IGMP Snooping Querier – The querier acts as a central control mechanism (using the information gathered by IGMP Snooping) to direct multicast traffic to only the requested ports where decoders reside.

If the AV network will span multiple subnets or VLANs, a second control can be implemented. PIM (Protocol Independent Multicast) allows for the sending of multicast across any subnet and/or VLAN where PIM is enabled.


 • SVSi – Switch Configuration (source:

 • How to manage multicast traffic (source:

 • The SVSI Pre-implementation Guide

 • The SVSI Stream Compatibility System Design Guidelines

 • The Network Needs of the N1000 and N2000/3000 Series

 • Configuring a Cisico SG300/500 switch for use with N2000 & N3000

 • Configuring a Cisico SG300/500 switch for use with N1000

 • Minimum Network Switch Requirements for an SVSi Deployment

If you would like more information or assistance, please contact the avt Customer Support Team on +61 7 5531 3103 email

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