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The Pathport VIA 12 is a gigabit Ethernet Switch designed specifically for lighting, sound and video signal routing in all entertainment production systems, including live shows and touring productions. 




Unlike switches designed and marketed for office and communication applications, VIA 12 is convection cooled and ships pre-configured and optimized for entertainment network use.  Management features are configured through the front panel interface and the free, Pathport Manager software tools.


Watch this YouTube video to see Robert Bell demonstrate the VIA12's rapid ring failover in action.

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SFP Fiber Connectors


Firmware 3.8.0 release notes

 - Art-Net trap-and convert to sACN (per-port):  Broadcast Art-Net packets are detected as they enter the switch port.  The packets are converted to sACN packets using the same universe.  Multicast filtering may be applied to these packets to reduce bandwidth usage and improve routing efficiency.
- Alternate Art-Net Mapping: Enabled by default, routes Art-Net Universe 0-0 as sACN Universe 1.  When disabled, Art-Net Universe 0-0 is ignored and the packets are dropped.
- DHCP server and client on a per-VLAN basis.
- Link local auto-IP support (used when dynamic IP is chosen in the absence of a DHCP server)
- PoE Enable/Disable on a per-port basis.  PoE is enabled by default. When disabled, the port will not provide PoE to a connected device, regardless of the PoE allocation settings.
- QoS (Quality of Service) user-settable on a switch-wide basis.  May be set as Off; Standard; or Dante™-compliant.
- Active multicast groups are shown (switch-wide); multicast subscriptions shown per-port.


Firmware 3.7.1 release notes

- IGMP snooping added.  Snooping should not be enabled on more than four VLANs at the same time.

- IGMP Querier added.  At least one, preferably two, queriers should be active on each VLAN using snooping.  Otherwise multi-casting will fail.

- Network settings per VLAN added.

- Bandwidth Meter added, per port.  Shows percentage utilization of the ports bandwidth.

- Changes to Ring Protect feature, including improved front panel notification of status.




  • Silent operation: fanless, convection cooled design

  • Illuminated LCD display and rotary encoder for setting and displaying switch and port properties

  • Global properties editable from front panel interface: IP Address, Subnet Mask, Default Gateway, VLAN configuration, ring protection, link speed, PoE (Power-over-Ethernet) allocation

  • Properties displayed by front panel interface: Switch Name, Port Name, PoE usage, Serial Number, MAC address, firmware version, connected Pathports, link status

  • Supports Ethernet Automatic Protection Switching (rapid ring failure detection and correction) (video here )

  • Hardware supports Audio Visual Bridge (AVB) (software support required - for future release)

  • Ten Ethercon RJ45 copper ports on front panel

  • Two Ethercon RJ45 copper ports on rear panel

  • All copper ports support 10/100/1000 Mbit speeds

  • Two mini-GBIC ports on rear panel, for SFP fiber or copper modules (by others)

  • SD Card slot on rear, for switch configuration archiving and restoration

  • With auxiliary power supply, up to Class 3 PoE available on all copper ports

  • Wide range input power supply accommodates all countries mains voltage and frequency

  • Rugged 1 RU high aluminum housing fits 19” rack

  • Ships with rack-ears standard

  • Suitable for desktop operation

  • Wall and truss or pipe-mount adaptors available as accessories

  • Advanced configuration and firmware upgrades performed with Pathport Manager software




  •  85-250VAC wide-ranging power input

  • Operating Conditions:  0-50°C, 10-90% relative   humidity, non-condensing

  • 17 x 7 x 1.7 in (432 x 152 x 40mm)

  • 5.2 lb (2.4 kg)

  • Shipping Wt: 8.0 lb (3.6 kg)


Standards Compliance


  • IEEE 802.3af—Power over Ethernet (with external power supply)

  • CE

  • RoHS 2002/95/EC



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