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dSnake is Ethernet compliant, but does not ‘play well with others’ on a network, and will only work with networking equipment in specific configurations. You can use things like media converters without issue, as long as they support 100base-TX mode. If you would like to do something more complicated, the best thing is to put the dSnake traffic into a VLAN, as Sam mentioned before. If you would like to then create a redundant link, you could use http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Link_aggregation or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rapid_Spanning_Tree_Protocol, though this is not something we have tried here at A&H, and networking equipment supporting these advanced features could be expensive.

dSnake uses almost all the available 100 megabit bandwidth in both directions, so any systems combining this with other traffic must use Gigabit or faster connections. If you would like to use a switch to extend a cable run, the switch must be ‘wire speed’ or ‘non blocking’, with the ability to prevent any other traffic (e.g. witch management traffic) getting mixed up with the dSnake traffic. For example, Spanning Tree must be off for ports that are connected directly to a GLD piece of hardware (surface, rack).

More complicated systems like this will require testing by yourself to make sure you are happy with the system performance and reliability. Although we will try to help if you experience problems, we do not provide official support for the wide variety of networking equipment and protocols that you may try to use.

Hope this helps

– Jeff, A&H