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Old 10 October 2011   #1
setting up small render farm

I have a primary work station and two additional computers I want to use for as satellite renderers for Maya (and probably Mental Ray). My main problem right now is I'm not sure how I should network them together. Should I have an ether hub to connect them all? My main computer also connects to an Avid Unity system via Ether. Does this complicate things?

All computers run windows 7 64.

Thanks.
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Old 10 October 2011   #2
Originally Posted by rochre26: I have a primary work station and two additional computers I want to use for as satellite renderers for Maya (and probably Mental Ray). My main problem right now is I'm not sure how I should network them together. Should I have an ether hub to connect them all? My main computer also connects to an Avid Unity system via Ether. Does this complicate things?

All computers run windows 7 64.

Thanks.

As I recall Backburner is pretty tolerant as long as you can "see" all of the computers from the render manager. There is a difference between a router, switch and hub in speed/sophistication but the frames that get sent out to the slave machines don't need a ton of bandwidth so if it were me I would just pick up a cheap switch and plug them all into it and "follow the install wizard"

EDIT: Try this
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Old 10 October 2011   #3
Thanks!

I believe we have a spare ether switch lying around. Thanks much.
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