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Traditionally, audio/video network used specialized network that could handle the time sensitive nature of the audio/video traffic. These special networks were analog one way, single purpose and point-to-point. Having a dedicated and specialized network for audio/video worked well for a long time. However, there were many drawbacks to this approach. First one being the additional Opex and Capex associated with the specialized networks. Today, generalized networks that scale well and keep up with the demands of bandwidth hungry audio/video applications are more normal. Conforming to the standards is important as it enables customers to have a choice among the vendors, and avoid costly upgrades to support higher speeds/bandwidths. Another important requirement is to avoid managing two networks side-by-side i.e. LAN network for best effort traffic and specialized network for audio/video applications.
This black book provides several examples and guidelines showing a user how to configure, what performance to expect, and how to performance test Audio Video Bridging.