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Stagebox Switch

  • Product Code: Stagebox Switch
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Stagebox System: Cutting-edge Switches for Live Applications


The Stagebox range of switches is a development of the
popular ARG EASY product range initially conceived for
Broadcast applications. The range of switches is designed
around a Gigabit Ethernet Carrier Class switch engine and
is intended for Telecom and Carrier Ethernet applications,
supporting MEF service delivery, network OAM, and timing
over packet solutions for IEEE 1588v2 and Synchronous
Ethernet. The switch is designed to replicate synchronous
legacy networks and has timing options for a 1pps external
reference input from GPS, an internal l layer 1 SyncE
module, an internal PTP best in class layer 2 IEEE 1588v2
software algorithm as well as TSoIP options for STM-1/OC3
and STM-4/OC12. It is also available in a ruggedized form
using robust industry standard Neutrik connectors.
Interface is via 8 x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet ports and two SFP
ports with options for short or long haul optical modules,
copper modules or TSoIP modules or in the case of the
ruggedised version using Neutrik connectors, 6 x RJ45
Gigabit Ethernet ports and two SFP ports with options for
short or long haul optical modules The SFP modules need to
be specified at purchase and a full range of single mode and
multimode modules are available.


TSoIP Operation
The SONET/SDH networks are connected to each other
via the Gigabit Packet Switched Network by means
of a Pseudo Wire. A Pseudo Wire is a transparent
“wire like” connection through the packet network
and allows a TDM traffic connection from SONET/
SDH network-A towards SONET/SDH network-B and
vice versa. The Pseudo Wire can be a uni-directional
connection or a bidirectional connection through the
packet network and it is strongly recommended to run
the switch in SyncE mode to meet jitter requirements.
Each SDH/Sonet module takes one SFP port.

Synchronous Ethernet
An option is available to enable the switch to operate
in Synchronous Ethernet . The precision clock is
extracted from a port using DSPLL® technology, The
switch can operate as Master or Slave. The port used
for the master clock is programmable from the switch

GPS Mode
Where the quality of the Ethernet Network cannot be
guaranteed an option is available to synchronise the
switch to an external 1pps signal from a GPS module.
This is a software setup in the switch GUI and an
external SMA connector is provided on the rear panel.
There is a suitable GPS module available from ARG
details of which can be obtained from sales@arg. A version of the switch is available with theGPS
module built in with connection to a suitable GPS
antenna via an SMA connector on the rear panel.
This enables a switch to be setup as the Master clock
source with the rest of the network slaving via PTP or

IEEE 1588
All versions of the switch are layer 2 IEEE 1588v2
enabled. The switch has been selected by the
Stagebox team to maintain the
integrity of camera sync over Ethernet networks.
There is a degree of variance in Ethernet propagation
times during transmission. IEEE 1588 is now a very
comprehensive solution to do very precise time
synchronisation in an Ethernet Network.


  • 2 x Gigabit Ethernet network ports
  • with a range of SFP’s
  • 8 x 10/100/1000 Copper Ethernet
  • user ports. Version with 6 Copper
  • ports and 2 x SFP’s with Neutrik
  • ruggedised secure connectors
  • Synchronous (L1) Ethernet or
  • IEEE1588 (L2)
  • GPS Clock Sync
  • VLAN
  • Rapid Spanning Tree (RSTP)
  • OAM
  • IPv4/IPv6 multicast
  • IGMP 2 & 3
  • QoS IEEE802.1p
  • Link aggregation IEEE802.3ad
  • Jumbo Frames
  • EPS & ERPS Protection Switching
  • Cooling Fan controlled via the
  • switch GUI
  • 110-245V AC auto ranging power
  • supply
  • Compatible with other Stagebox
  • Products
  • IEEE802.1 avb

​Support Info

IEEE 802.3 (10Mbps Ethernet supports legacy
IEEE 802.3u (Fast Ethernet 100Mbps for newer
IEEE 802.3z (Gigabit Ethernet 1000Mbps)
IEEE 802.3x (Full-Duplex with Flow Control)
IEEE 802.1D/w, 802.1p, 802.1Q and others
EEE support (IEEE 802.3az)
AVB support for time-sychronised, low latency
audio and video streaming services
256 QoS and VLAN entries
8 priorities and 8 queues per port
8k IPv4/IPv6 multicast groups
DSCP translation both ingress and/or egress
VLAN translation both ingress and egress
SFP Options GigE (Small Form-factor Pluggable
transceivers). A choice of SFP’s provides for
electrical or optical GigE with short and long
haul 1300nm and 1550nm options and also
850nm Multimode Fiber

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