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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. Now available for order.




Unlike switches designed and marketed for office and communication applications, VIA 12 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 free, Pathport Manager software tools.


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


November 2013:  We have identified a bug that affects the VIA12 boot up routine.  We STRONGLY recommend upgrading to the latest firmware.  See this page for more details and instructions.


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.


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      Data Sheet
    VIA Specification
     Drawing (dwg)

     Requirements for

SFP Fiber Connectors



  • 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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 9002 Wall Mount Adaptor
 9003 Truss Mount Adaptor
 Auxiliary PoE Power Supply, 100W


Custom Version:  Pathway currently supplies a customized version of this product to PRG, as model 6742.  The customized model includes OpticalCon LC Duo fiber optic connectors, and is designed solely for rackmount applications.  AC ustilizes a Powercon connector, and the off-board PoE auxiliary supply connects using a Speakon plug.  This version is not silent, and incorporates two fans. Please contact the factory for availability and pricing.  Minimum order quantities may apply.