Today Audinate, the makers of Dante, the popular Audio over IP technology, released version 3.10 of their Dante Controller software. With improved filtering to better manage large networks as well as two important new capabilities. WiFi compatibility for control data (not audio streams) and improved security in the form of device locking.
The new Dante Controller 3.10 software allows users to manage Dante networks from laptops connected via Wi-Fi. By simply connecting a wireless access point to a Dante network, adjustments can be made from any location in a facility, unencumbered by cables.
The new Advanced Filter in Dante Controller 3.10 can be used to refine the range of devices displayed, allowing users to easily narrow and refine views when managing large Dante networks. Filter parameters include device and channel names, sample rate, latency setting and lock status
Dante Controller 3.10 supports the new Device Lock feature for Dante-enabled equipment as well as end-user applications such as Dante Virtual Soundcard and Dante Via. This feature allows users to remotely lock supporting Dante hardware and software devices using Dante Controller, employing a user-selected 4-digit PIN. When locked, a device’s configuration cannot be changed until it is unlocked with the configured PIN. This new feature provides an added layer of protection against unauthorized or unintended changes to a Dante network.
In order to support Device Lock capability, manufacturers of Dante-enabled products will need to update their firmware to the new Dante firmware release 3.10, which has recently been released to OEMs. It is anticipated that manufacturers will release this update to customers over the coming months. For more information about the availability of this firmware in specific Dante-enabled products, users are asked to contact the manufacturer of their Dante-enabled product. Support for Device Lock is included in the latest release of Dante Virtual Soundcard, v3.10, and will be supported in the next release of Dante Via.
I’m particularly pleased to see device locking, particularly for institutional use and the live and commercial markets will be just as pleased to see wifi control in large installations.
Dante Controller 3.10 is available for download on the Audinate website.