John Huntington’s Entertainment Technology Site blog has an interesting article series on using Ethernet on show control applications. The articles concentrate on Gravesend Inn haunted attraction, that is a pretty good reflection of the progress of networking technology in the field of entertainment control. Back in 1999, was built around around hard wired sensors/closures and by 2011, almost every single control system was moved fully onto out integrated, managed, VLAN’d network.
Managed Switch/Routing Ethernet Infrastructure for The Gravesend Inn, Part I talks about the evolution of the network for the Gravesend Inn, and gaves a little background on VLANs and managed switches.
Managed Switch/Routing Ethernet Infrastructure for The Gravesend Inn, Part II talk more about the specifics of the implementation of the Gravesend Inn network.