The VIA 10 is a ten copper port (plus one mini-GBIC fiber-compatible port) Gigabit Ethernet Switch designed specifically for lighting, sound and video signal routing in all entertainment production systems, including live shows.
Unlike switches designed and marketed for office and communication applications, VIA10 is convection-cooled and ships as an unmanaged switch, pre-configured and optimized for entertainment network use. Layer 2 and 3 management features are enabled and configured through the front panel interface and the Pathscape software suite.
- Silent operation—fanless, convection cooled design
- Illuminated LCD display and rotary encoder for displaying and setting switch and port properties
- IGMP snooping and querier per-VLAN ensures efficient multi-cast packet routing
- Dante-compliant QoS settings
- DHCP server
- Bandwidth monitor per port
- EAPS ring protection
- Global properties editable from front panel interface: IP Address, Subnet Mask, Default Gateway, VLAN configuration, link speed, PoE allocation
- Properties displayed by front panel interface: Switch Name, Port Name, PoE usage, Serial Number, MAC address, firmware version, connected devices (LLDP compliant), link status
- Ten front panel locking Ethercon RJ45 ports support 10/100/1000Base-T speeds
- One mini-GBIC port on rear panel, for SFP modules (fiber only)
- 60W on-board Power-over-Ethernet—enough for ten Class 1 PoE devices
- PoE expandable using an external auxiliary supply
- Wide range input power supply
- Includes rack ears
- Wall and truss mounts available as accessories
- 85-264VAC wide-ranging power input
- Operating Conditions: -10 to +50°C, 5-95% relative humidity, non-condensing
- 0.75A power consumption
- IEEE 802.1AB Link Layer Discovery Protocol
- IEEE 802.3af—Power over Ethernet
- RoHS 2002/95/EC
- 5.2 lb (2.4 kg)
- 17 x 6 x 1.7 in (432 x 150 x 40mm)
- per-VLAN static or dynamic network settings
- per-VLAN DHCP server/client options
- user-initiated Dante-compliant QoS setting
- Ring protection (EAPS) enabled on ports 9, 10 and 11.
- Bandwidth meter added, per port.
- IGMP snooping added. Do not run snooping on more than four VLANS at the same time.
- IGMP querier added. At least one, preferably two, queriers must be running in tandem with IGMP snooping, or multi-cast will fail.
- Per VLAN network settings added.
Due to a bug affecting start up sequencing, we recommend VIA10 switches be brought up to the latest firmware.
1. Use Pathport Manager to check the current firmware version on VIA10 models. Switches running firmware of 3.3.0.x or earlier must be upgraded to 126.96.36.199 found here and then to an intermediate version of 188.8.131.52 found here.
From the Firmware menu, choose the 'Import Firmware' to move the downloaded file to the correct folder in PM5. From the Firmware Upgrade tab, select any VIA10s from the Upgradable Devices list, choose the 'Select Firmware' button and then select the 184.108.40.206 or 220.127.116.11 firmware from the list. Finally, click on 'Send Firmware'. Please note that each upgrade may take up to two minutes to complete.
2. If the VIA10 is running firmware 18.104.22.168 or newer, or the step above has been completed, download the firmware for VIA10s from the chart on the right.
3. Start Pathport Manager. From the Firmware menu, choose the 'Import Firmware' option to copy the downloaded file to the correct directory in PM5.
4. Now choose the Firmware Upgrade tab, and select your VIA10 switches from the 'Upgradable Devices' list. Click on the 'Select Latest Firmware' button, then click on 'Send Firmware'. We recommend upgrading one switch before upgrading the remainder selected as a batch. Please note that each upgrade may take up to two minutes to complete.
The Pathway Connectivity VIA Gigabit Switch allows for the end user to provide a fiber adaptor. The adaptors are typically referred to as an SFP (Small Form Pluggable transceiver) or mini‐GBIC (gigabit interface converter). Because of frequent catalog changes in the IT world, it is not possible to recommend part numbers from specific manufacturers. The following are guidelines for selection.
1. The form factor must be stated as SFP (not SFP+, XENpack or others).
2. The fiber connector is LC Duplex.
3. The SFP must support Optical Gigabit Ethernet, typically referred to as 1000BASE‐SX or 1000BASE‐LX.
4. The SFP must match the type of fiber installed, either Single Mode or Multi‐Mode.
5. The SFP must support the distance required, which in turn determines the optical wavelength. 850nm is typically used for runs up to 550m, while 1310nm is typically used for runs up to 10km.
We strongly recommend each end of the connection use an identical SFP.
When the SFP module is inserted in the switch, the Module Present LED will light up. If an incompatible
module is detected, the Error LED will light up. The Port status, on the LCD screen, for Port 11 (VIA10) will indicate 1000BASE‐LX or 1000BASE‐SX, as well as the link status.
The VIA10 will only work with 1000BASE fiber modules, and will not work with non‐fiber (SFP modules
that convert to Gigabit copper) or 100BASE fiber modules. The VIA12 should work with these other SFP
modules, but has not been tested.
When connecting a VIA to another manufacturer’s switch using fiber, please bear in mind that some
switches check the manufacturer’s ID, as announced by the SFP, and will only connect to a matching
brand. VIA switches do not perform a manufacturer’s ID check, and should work with any SFP module
meeting the criteria above (Cisco, Finisar, Netgear, etc.)
VIA10 +1 Gigabit Ethernet Switch
Truss Mount Kit
Wall Mount Kit
Auxiliary External PoE Power Supply,