Documenting Your Audio Network

Documenting Your Audio Network

Date Updated: October 15, 2019 FAQ #5906
Question:
How do I document an Audio network?
Answer:

Shure recommends thoroughly documenting an audio network in a spreadsheet for easy reference and troubleshooting. We have developed a template you can use to document your network, which is attached to this FAQ.

Please note that many Shure devices, such as the MXA910, will occupy two rows: one for the Control IP Address of the device, and one for the Network Audio address of the device.

This spreadsheet is just a starting point, please customize it to meet your needs.

Data to Collect

  • Hostname: The network name of the equipment.
  • Manufacturer: The manufacturer of the equipment.
  • Model: The model of the equipment.
  • Floor: The floor the equipment resides on.
  • Room: The room the equipment resides in.
  • Location: Where in the room the equipment is located.
  • Switch name: The hostname of the switch the equipment is connected to.
  • Switch Port: The name of the switchport the equipment is connected to.
  • S/N: Serial Number of the equipment (for devices with multiple MAC Addresses, you will use more than one row).
  • MAC: MAC Address of the equipment (for devices with multiple MAC Addresses, you will use more than one row).
  • Function: The logical function of this interface (Control, Network Audio, etc).
  • VLAN: The VLAN number the switchport is assigned.
  • IP Address: The IP Address of the interface.
  • Subnet: The subnet mask of the interface.
  • AES67 Stream Multicast Group: The Multicast Address of the stream the device is generating or listening to. This may have multiple values in the case of a DSP that receives multiple streams.
  • PTP Multicast: Is the switchport properly subscribed to the PTP Multicast Group (YES or NO).
  • Dante Control Multicast: Is the switchport properly subscribed to the Dante Multicast Group (YES or NO).
  • Shure Control Multicast: Is the switchport properly subscribed to the Shure Control Multicast Group (YES or NO).
  • SAP Multicast: Is the switchport properly subscribed to the SAP Multicast Group (YES or NO).
  • PTPv1 Master Status: Is the device the MASTER, SLAVE, or not a PTPv1 device?
  • PTPv2 Master Status: Is the device the MASTER, SLAVE, or not a PTPv2 device?
  • PoE Requested: Does the device draw PoE from the switch?
  • Firmware Version: The firmware version of the device.
  • Notes: Place any notes here.
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