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Connecting Nucleus2 to the internet / wider Dante infrastructure

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Home Studio with Nucleus2, internet access and Dante I/O:
 
For internet access when using Nucleus2, you will require an unmanaged gigabit network switch (such as the Netgear GS108).
 
Connect your Nucleus2, computer, and any Dante I/O to the unmanaged switch. Then connect your internet/WiFi router to the unmanaged switch using an Ethernet cable.
 
For more information on managed and unmanaged switches see section at the end of this FAQ.
 
Computer Network Settings:
 
On Mac, open System Preferences>Network, select Ethernet Port, and set Configure ipv4 to Using DHCP from the dropdown menu.
 
On PC, open Control Panel>Network and Sharing Centre. Click on your Local Area Network, in the resulting pop-up select Properties. You should see another pop-up, from this select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and then Properties. In the next pop-up select Obtain IP address automatically followed by OK.
 
Nucleus2 Remote Settings:
 
If connecting Nucleus2 and your computer to both Dante I/O and the internet:
 
  1. Open the Nucleus2 Remote, go to the Network Setup tab, and set the connection type to Use DHCP.
 
Please note that you may need to setup a direct connection to Nucleus2 to change this setting – see page 15 of the User Guide for instructions on how to do this.
 
The router (which has a built in DHCP server) will assign all devices on the network an IP address. Internet access will now be available to your computer, as well as DAW control and Dante audio.
 
If connecting Nucleus2 and your computer to Dante I/O, with no internet/WiFi router:
 
  1. Open the Nucleus2 Remote, go to the Network Setup tab, ensure that the connection type is set to Use a Static IP address.
  2. Make sure the IP address is set to: 169.254.x.x (where x = any whole number between 0 and 254)
  3. Make sure the Subnet is set to: 255.255.0.0
 
Many devices when set to ‘use DHCP’ will eventually ‘fall over’ to a link local address, which will be in the range 169.254.x.x. The Nucleus2 DAW control element doesn’t do this, so it must be assigned a fixed IP address in the absence of a DHCP server (like that found inside an internet/WiFi router).
 
 
 
Commercial facility with internet and a Dante Infrastructure
 
For facilities with a wider multi-use network (Dante audio, internet, phone lines etc) it is necessary to manage multicast ipMIDI messages reaching the network. You can do this with a managed switch. We suggest using the SSL LAN integration switch from the SSL webstore: http://store.solidstatelogic.com/node/13689
 
If you have your own managed switch this can be configured following the steps outlined on page 14 of the User Guidewe advise that this should only done by technicians comfortable with network configuration.  
 
Isolate the ipMIDI traffic to the console and computer using the LAN integration switch. Connect your DAW computer and Nucleus2 to the DAW Ports of the switch, and the wider multi-use network to one of the Uplink ports.
 
Follow the setup instructions in the previous section regarding Nucleus2 Remote and Mac/PC network settings.
 
For more information on configuring the settings on your Dante devices, we advise watching these videos on the Audinate website: https://www.audinate.com/resources/videos/gs0-getting-started-dante-audio-networking-training
 
 
 
 
Managed and Unmanaged Switches
 
Unmanaged Switch
Benefits of an unmanaged switch:
  • No configuration required – easy to setup in home studio
  • Cheaper hardware
 
Drawbacks of most unmanaged switched:
  • No IGMP snooping
  • No QoS  
  • Network is not optimised for performance as it is easy to flood the network with lots of data (However, in the home/project studio with only a few networked devices, this should not be an issue).
 
Managed Switch
Benefits of a managed switch:
  • Optimised network performance across larger, mixed-use networks (such as commercial facilities, universities, offices etc).
  • Contains ipMIDI data in a multi-console facility. This prevents consoles from controlling each other.
 
Drawbacks:
  • More expensive hardware
  • Requires configuration

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