The Pathport VIA system is the latest network switch for complete Ethernet-based lighting data distribution systems. Featuring 10 ports with Power over Ethernet (POE) +1 layer 2/3 gigabit capability and front panel LCD with encoder knob (a feature not found on even enterprise switches) the VIA allows for easy configuration and review from the front- no need for a computer link or web browser.
The VIA recognizes industry specific lighting protocols (including ArtNet, E1.31 sACN, Shownet, Pathport), and E1.17 nACN and Audio Visual Bridge 9AVB are also native. Link mode will allow the user to force a slower connection speed and PoE can be disabled, port-by-port, should there be a concern about older lighting nodes. All Pathport devices can be viewed from the LCD (and include settings for device name, IP settings, MAC address, serial number and operating version). Switch configuration and logging can be saved to external media via integrated SD and USB ports. Best of all – it doesn’t contain a fan, and can be used in the most acoustically sensitive environments.
The Pathport Octo is the latest rack mount node from Pathport. With up to eight-ports this node provides great flexibility with Pathport’s lowest price-per-port. Available in a rugged aluminum housing, with front or rear connectors and LCD display for diagnostics and configuration interface, the Octo is a great way to upgrade your system to Ethernet-enabled network. This cost effective product allows for easy replacement while retaining DMX wiring through an adaptor kit. The node provides address support for 128 universes, DMX routing, and can easily be configured with the latest version of Pathport software, Manager 5.