Setting up a solid HippoNet Network is perhaps the most important aspect of a system design.
A malfunctioning network can result in slow user interfaces in Zookeeper, delayed or slow media uploads and many other undesirable behaviors.
What should be on HippoNet?
- All Hippotizer systems
- Remote Zookeeper systems
- Network Storage for watchfolders
HippoNet uses a mixture of UDP and TCP data to communicate with all Hippotizers and Zookeepers on the network.
- Switched gigabit network
- Cat5e or better network cable
- Switching capable of handling high UDP loads (eg. Cisco SG series, Netgear or Luminex 1Gb switches).
- Static IP addresses for each system. (IPV4, Class C, eg. 192.168.0.xxx with a sub net of 255.255.255.0)
- Disable IGMP snooping on all managed switches
Recommendations and best practice
- HippoNet should only contain Hippotizer systems
- Physically separate HippoNet and other networks where possible avoiding virtual networks.
- Do not connect HippoNet network to the internet
- Avoid Cat5e cable run lengths greater than 90m (300ft) as packet loss can occur. For longer runs use fibre optic network cable.
- Where large media synchronizations are going to occur, consider using 10Gb networking.