One size won't fit all
Today, many pro-audio and MI products and applications rely on multichannel audio flows. Thanks to advances in practicality and cost reduction, video streaming is becoming commonplace too.
Yet many physical and virtual solutions on the market address the particular needs for streaming.
This plethora of different formats with their respective potentialities, also often driven by cost-conscious decisions, precludes the existence of a universal solution. There's hardly an economical model that would allow a given technology to equally handle simple stereo in a cheap accessory and tens of video channels delivered over a long distance.
Variety is here to stay and CopperLan is not about promoting another streaming format to compete with the ones already in place.
Everyone cares for himself
Streams are not self-organizing; in addition to flowing the streams, there is a need for command & control to organize the flows and control their processing.
The lack of standardization of the various formats and their associated flow management methods often mandates software bridging solutions and/or hardware interfaces to allow applications to communicate.
Let's not forget the music
When there is a control format (which is not always the case), it is often, and quite understandably, oriented towards the needs of its promoter. In that respect, musical expression usually tends to be somehow neglected.
CopperLan's added value
1. CopperLan as a complementary layer to streaming
Thanks to its non-IP based Ethernet protocol, CopperLan is totally transparent to audio streaming formats. While sharing the same physical cable, IP-based streaming configuration and requirements are unrelated to CopperLan methods of communication. This implies that messing up with the IP could not affect CopperLan in any way.
2. Offering a standard method for managing the flows
CopperLan is a solution of choice for streaming formats that lack a proper command and control. It offers a validated solution for an easy integration of its powerful management of the flows.
CopperLan can also be applied "on top" of existing methods of flow management, adding a unifying dimension without displacing the current methods offered by the streaming's proponent.
All typical advantages of CopperLan's Universal Editing apply here too: any device located on the network can be used as a manager/editor of the streams, this being the command part. Any device on the network can be the recipient of the status of any streaming handler, being the control part.
3. Extend the reach beyond the limits of the streaming link
Since all equipment in a setup is not necessarily requiring streaming, CopperLan allows complementary equipment to be part of the setup too. And this, whatever is their link type.
4. Adding a musical layer
CopperLan ensures that the musical protocol is flowing throughout the entire setup, so that no separate connectivity is required to cover the musical needs.