Using AVB Interfaces with Powerline Adaptors
Posted on 6 Sep 2018 | Posted in News | 0 comment
If you’re using a MOTU audio interface equipped with an Ethernet port which you’re not using to connect to an AVB network then you might be wondering what else it could be used for...
If you’re using a MOTU audio interface equipped with an Ethernet port which you’re not using to connect to an AVB network then you might be wondering what else it could be used for. So, here are a couple of suggestions, as well as how you can easily hook it up to your network even if your router is in a different part of the building. By connecting your interface up to the same network as your other computers and other devices you can achieve two things: 1. You can access the Pro Audio Control web interface from any computer - or any device with a network browser - that is on the same network. The most exciting use of this function is the ability to control the built-in Mixer from any other device, including iPads, iPhones or Android devices. So when you are recording someone you can let them access their own personal monitor mix directly from their own device so that they can get it just right for themselves. The new Touch Console layout makes this particularly easy. 2. Firmware updates can be easily installed directly onto the interface without having to download a file to your computer - even without the host computer being switched on. You can even trigger this remotely from elsewhere in the building(I still get a kick out of doing this…) So, what if your router is not in the same room as your audio gear? Do you need to buy a 50ft cable and trail it down the stairs? There is a more elegant solution… I’ve been using Powerline adaptors for years at home to stream recorded TV programs from my video recorder, and they work amazingly well. If you’ve not come across them, they use your home's mains power wires to create a network connection that - in many cases - is faster than Wi-Fi. I recently saw a starter kit on offer in my local supermarket for £20 - at that price it’s a no-brainer. To be clear, you won’t be able to stream AVB audio across such a network but for the examples listed above it is perfect. Check out this site for more information about Powerline adaptors : https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/test-centre/network-wifi/best-powerline-adapters-for-2018-3490638/#toc