Dante is an audio networking technology developed by Audinate. Dante devices on the same network automatically detect each other. This can make setting up a system simpler and thus reduce complexity and potential errors. In this sense, Dante can be thought of as a plug-and-play network technology.
Meanwhile, because Dante is designed to use a standard IP network, it can harness the capabilities of current and future network devices to the fullest, and it can be used to construct network systems that are more flexible and scalable than conventional audio networking systems. In a way, Dante has a dual nature. On the one hand, Dante makes it easy to construct a simple system without thinking much about the network. On the other hand, for large-scale networks and systems that combine different types of network data, knowledge of Dante may not be sufficient in and of itself, and IT system design skills may also be required.
Rather than covering the basic specifications of individual products and the Dante system, this guide will focus on network design. Before reading this guide, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with basic specifications and setup instructions for individual products and the Dante system by referring to the relevant owner’s manuals and the Audinate website. After that, refer to this guide if you need more advanced network-design information. Use the following criteria to help determine whether you will need this guide for the system that you will be constructing.