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Hi Toby

Although we have not tested the switch Ian is using with ACE, I have had a look at the manual and datasheet, and would expect it to work. Please note that the switch’s default IP address conflicts with that of an iDR Mix Rack.

The key things to look for if a switch is to support ACE are:

  • Ability to turn off broadcast storm protection, or no storm protection available
  • Ability to turn off QoS systems, or no QoS system present
  • Ability to turn off Spanning Tree Protocol, or STP not available
  • Ports support 100 Megabit Full Duplex
  • ‘Non Blocking’ or ‘Wire Speed’ switching/forwarding

If the goal is simply to extend the ACE link, the switch does not even need to be managed, as long it conforms to the requirements above. If traffic other than ACE is to enter a switch, ACE must be confined to its own VLAN.


– Jeff