Control4 Ships New Pakedge S3 Series Switches for Layer 2 and Layer 3 Routing in Professional AV Applications

Control4 Corporation announces the 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 DanteTM 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 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.

The S3L-24P Layer 3 Lite Switch is now available at $2,200 list, and firmware version 2.0.0 is now available for the S3-24P Full Layer 3 Switch, which has a $4,800 list.

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