Belgian-based manufacturer, Luminex, recently launched the GigaCore 10, specifically designed to address the rigors of the live events and touring industry.
The GigaCore 10 designed a range of accessories to enable easy rigging in all professional environments, including touring trusses, 19 inch rack and wall mountings.
Luminex developed and validated the key features of the plug-and-play Gigabit Ethernet Switch in collaboration with its dealer network, third party manufacturers and end users. Eight fully pre-configured Ethercon ports to transport all commonly-used lighting and audio protocols, with four on each side of the unit, plus two optional FiberFox or Neutrik opticalCON connectors and a PowerCon TRUE1 Connector.
One of GigaCore 10’s key features is the ‘easy group’ function, which allows users to modify groups, change port settings or add devices to the network on the road. Lighting, audio and video protocols can be assigned to different colour groups and sent over the same network with a guarantee that each device will receive the correct protocol signal.
RGB LED status indicators on each port allow users to identify the activity on the port such as: group (VLAN) settings, PoE status, redundancy or if the port is part of an aggregated set of ports delivering a higher total bandwidth for video applications.
The option to create up to 10 unique profile presets, one of which can be a preferred default that automatically reloads on reset, is useful in a festival scenario. When faced with a roster of LDs or FOH engineers that may need to connect a different manufacturer’s console to the lighting rig or PA system, saving time on a major re-patch. The latest GigaCore 10 version also includes Simple Network Management Protocol, enabling users to remotely monitor the status of the device.
The new GigaCore 10 will ship from the beginning of October 2017 and can be seen at IBC in Amsterdam, PLASA in London, Interbee in Japan and LDI in the USA.