RouteMaster: Stack Routers

If you have separate routers for audio and video, you may want to combine these so they can be controlled as if they were a single router with multiple levels. This is done by setting up a Stack Router.

Let’s see how this works:

We use the Add Stack Router button (1) to create a new stack router, and in the General tab we give it a name (2), and set up the size of our virtual stack router (3).

Now we go to the Stacked Router tab to assign physical router levels to our virtual Stack Router. Up to eight individual levels can be added to a Stack Router. For example, we could take a single level video router and a single level audio router, and combine them into a 2-level router.

Using the dropdowns, we’ve assigned Level 0 of the video router to Level 0 of our stack, and Level 0 of the audio router to Level 1 of the stack. So if we then make the Stack Router the Master Router, switching on Level 0 will switch will switch both physical routers.

You can also assign several physical router levels to the same stack level. In this case, when one level of the stack router is switched, all specified levels of the physical routers will switch.

Combined with crosspoint mapping, stack routers allow you to implement very powerful routing functions, for example switching of multiple crosspoints simultaneously for Ultra High Definition routing.