These courses are designed to give you knowledge necessary to design, install and troubleshoot a basic Class C network with a single router and multiple switches/access points. 

System monitoring is very important and this course will introduce you to some of the options available to allow you to ensure smooth operation of your SDVoE systems and identify and potential issues before your customer does. 

When we talk about networking, we use the word Ethernet a lot, and the SDVoE Alliance is no different. We know that SDVoE means Software Defined Video over Ethernet but what exactly is Ethernet. This short course will introduce you to Ethernet showing you where it lives on the OSI Model and explaining just how important it is in the world of networking. 
We hear the term AV over IP used a lot. It’s a growing trend within the audio-visual industry. However, AV over IP is often confused with AV over IT which essentially means a converged network. This course will walk you through the differences between these two very similar phrases before finally introducing you to the concept of IT over AV.

AV over IP is becoming more and more popular, but, as an industry we are relying on yesterday’s 1G networks to carry today’s 4K video, and well it’s just not working very well. Data performance is compromised, video performance is compromised before it even gets to the network and existing infrastructure isn’t able to cope with 10G networking.

In this course, Laurent Masia from Netgear talks us through the 1G versus 10G debate and shows us how to overcome oversubscription when switching to 10G networks.

The OSI model is used as the reference model for networking, IT professionals know it like the back of their hand and it's regularly used to describe various hardware capabilities such as a 'layer two switch' for example. 

Knowledge of the OSI will immediately give you more confidence with networking. You will quickly learn exactly where IP lives in the process of sending a data packet from host to host, and it will also give you a far better understanding of how to troubleshoot basic networking problems. 

This short course is your gateway to networking and as an AV professional you should know it's structure and you should be able to reference it when needed. 

The term IP is consistently part of everyday conversations between AV professionals. We use it as a general term for packet switching over a network. But what exactly is IP, and what does it do?

This course will answer those questions, and give you clarity on how IP affects every part of an AV design and installation. 

In many applications, a single Ethernet switch is sufficient to displace a single matrix switch. It makes a very compelling proposal when a 16x16 matrix switch, consuming 440 watts and seven rack units of space can be replaced by a 48-port Ethernet switch in a single rack unit, consuming only 161 watts.

Sometimes though, a single switch isn’t enough whether you’re using matrix switching or AV over IP. As systems grow larger and larger, the scalability, space saving, and cost advantages of SDVoE over the traditional matrix switch grow quickly.


  • Follow a specific example of how to create a 144-port SDVoE AV-over-IP system using the NETGEAR M4300-96X switch as a base.
  • Discover the rack-space saving and cost advantages of SDVoE

Network infrastructure has never been so important. As we move more and more packets of data across the 'physical layer' it's vital to ensure the medium we choose is up to the job. 

In this course Andrew Jimenez from Anixter explains how an IP-based infrastructure supports an SDVoE installation.

As more AV distribution moves to IT infrastructure, it is critical for AV system designers and installers to understand some of the basic networking protocols that make this possible.  Multicast is a crucial technology that allows high bandwidth streams to move around a network without overwhelming the entire network.


  • Learn what multicasting is, and why it is necessary for any practical AV-over-IP solution
  • Identify tools for configuring and troubleshooting multicast networks
  • Understand the difference between multicasting and VLANs, and a little bit about how they interact