AVB Connectivity

Network Control

The M-32 AD Pro is an AVB endpoint device that can be configured with the IEEE Standard for Device Discovery, Connection Management, and Control Protocol for IEEE 1722™ Based Devices, in short: AVDECC.

This device does not provide an AVDECC controller for other devices on a network. To establish an AVB connection between devices, a separate controller is required.

There are several AVDECC controllers available for download from different manufacturers that support the commands required to

  • identify the device,

  • adjust its sample rate and clock source, and

  • create connections to or from it.

The RME Digiface AVB includes an AVDECC controller.

Many other configuration options of the M-32 AD Pro are at this time not implemented in generic AVDECC controllers. These can be inspected and controlled on the device itself, with the web remote, or using a JSON API.

Audio Streaming

The M-32 AD Pro has eight outgoing and eight incoming stream ports. Each one can be configured to contain 1-8, 12 or 16 audio channels in AAF or AM824 format, or 0 audio channels in CRF format.

In order to establish a connection (stream) between two AVB devices, the following conditions must be fulfilled:

  1. There must be a physical connection between the devices.

  2. All switches between the devices must be certified AVB switches (or compatible).

  3. An AVDECC Controller is required to find the devices and to connect them.

  4. Talker and listener must support the stream format and channel count.

A stream between two AVB devices is deterministic, has a fixed latency, and reserved bandwidth.