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Deploying Real-Time Ethernet Networks

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Ethernet is the most widely deployed networking standard. Designed to carry bursty computer traffic, Ethernet could not, until recently, insure timely delivery of data as is required for real-time audio distribution. A technology called CobraNet uses Ethernet to deliver numerous channels of uncompressed audio over a network. With the improving capabilities of Ethernet switches, it is now possible to construct complex CobraNet networks supporting features such as fault tolerance, traffic segregation and remote monitoring, management and control. Some examples of large-scale CobraNet networks capitalizing on these advanced features are presented.

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