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. with a sub net of
  • 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.


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