What is Dante?

FAQ #4315 Updated September 15, 2017


What is Dante? How can I learn more about it?


Dante is a digital audio networking protocol developed by Audinate, an Australian company.  A selection of Shure products incorporate Dante to provide a mechanism for distributing digital audio.

Dante allows multiple channels of audio to be distributed over Cat-5e or Cat-6 cable, and Dante can co-exist on a data network.  Dante utilizes off-the-shelf Ethernet components; no special hardware is required. However, Gigabit switches are strongly recommended. Shure has had success using the Cisco SG300 series of network switches.

Audio between Dante-enabled devices is routed using Dante Controller software, which can be downloaded for free from the Audinate website:  audinate.com

To learn more about how Dante works, or learn how to configure a Dante network, detailed information can be found in Audinate's FAQ:

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