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Flexible, High Speed Audio Networking for Hotels and Convention Centres

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This paper describes the use of mLAN (music Local Area Network) to solve the problem of audio routing within hotels and convention centers. mLAN is a Firewire based digital network interface technology that allows professional audio equipment, PCs and electronic instruments to be easily and efficiently interconnected using a single cable. In order to solve this problem, an existing mLAN Connection Management Server, augmented with additional functionality, has been utilized. A graphical client application has been created that displays the various locations within a hotel/convention center, and sends out appropriate routing messages in Extensible Mark-up Language (XML) to an mLAN connection management server. The connection management server, in turn, controls a number of mLAN audio distribution boxes on the firewire network.

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