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New Switch Alleviates Bottleneck in Radio Station's Production Studios (April 03, 2007)
DMN Newswire--2007-4-3--

Small Tree Communications, a leader in networking and storage solutions, recently installed a 24-port ES4524D Edge-corEŽ switch at WWIB, an Adult Contemporary Christian radio station located in Chippewa Falls, WI.  The Edge-corE switch alleviates a bottleneck that was affecting workflow within the stations six studios.   


The ES4524D provides cost-effective Gigabit Ethernet switching for bandwidth-intensive networks and offers full-line speed performance, support for Jumbo frames, dynamic 802.3ad link aggregation and redundant power supplies.  With WWIBs connection points limited by its previous switch to 100 Mb/s, Small Tree recommended using the ES4524D to increase connection speeds by a factor of 10 or 1000 Mb/s.   


Prior to installing the ES4524D, WWIB was facing latency problems in five of its six studios.  Specifically, AVScheduler, a popular application available in each studio and utilized by many of the stations on-air staff in preparation for future shows, was only working seamlessly in the studio in which the data files were stored. This affected
workflow and productivity, as staff members were forced to wait for the one studio to be available or suffer through unnecessary periods of inactivity in the other studios. 


?This wasnt a case of large volume files flying across the network, but mere latency waiting for the connection to take place between two computers, states Pat Wahl, chief engineer for WWIB.  ?In our business, time is critical, and while waiting three to five seconds for the computers to connect doesnt seem like much time, it adds up to an unmanageable level over the course of a work session.  Weve noticed a significant improvement since the ES4524D was installed, and now all of our studios can be busy.     


?WWIB is a great example of how Small Tree products and expertise can help a small business to significantly improve its workflow said Corky Seeber, Small Tree President, ?we are very pleased with our Edge-corE products because they use enterprise-class electronics and their pricing accommodates the budget of a small or medium business.


About Small Tree Communications

Small Tree is dedicated to providing and supporting a complete portfolio of high performance Ethernet-based networking and storage solutions for Apple Mac OS X customers.  Small Tree has an experienced team of networking and kernel developers, with extensive experience in high performance computing who know how to meet the demanding application requirements of Mac customers.  Small Tree also provides contracted programming services for the Department of Defense.  For more information about the company and its products, please call 1-866-STC4MAC, or visit

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