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John Huntington’s Introduction to Show Networking Book Debuts

Stage Directions • Tools of the Trade • February 10, 2021

Zircon Designs Press announces Introduction to Show Networking, a new book for event industry professionals that covers the basics of how Ethernet networks provide a platform for entertainment control and audio/video media distribution for theater productions, concerts, corporate and special events, cruise ship revues, wrestling shows, houses of worship, museum presentations, fountain spectaculars—any kind of show presented live for an audience. In November, 2020, Huntington was a guest on Practical Show Tech’s webinar (PST #084) going over show networking and the book. Here is a video of the presentation:

Written by John Huntington—a professor of entertainment technology, sound engineer, and author of the book Show Networks and Control Systems—and available in print or e-book form, the 152-page book’s bottom-up approach was designed with show technicians in mind, starting with the basics and then moving up through cables, network switches, and layering, and on through Ethernet, and network components like TCP, UDP, IP, and subnet masks, all with a practical focus. More advanced concepts are introduced, including broadcast storms and VLANs, along with show networking best practices.

The book closes with a network design process demonstrated through practical, real-world examples for lighting, sound, video, scenic automation, and show control networks. An appendix covering binary and hexadecimal numbers is also included. This easy-reading book draws from Huntington’s Show Networks and Control Systems, the industry standard since 1994, but is completely re-focused, reorganized, and updated.

John Huntington is a professor of entertainment technology at the New York City College of Technology, and he also freelances as an author, entertainment and show control systems consultant, and sound engineer. Besides writing more than 40 published articles, Huntington has sound designed some 20 productions in New York City and regional theaters like Seattle Rep, and has presented 50 master classes, workshops, presentations, papers, and talks at conferences and trade shows throughout the United States. He holds an MFA from Yale School of Drama, a BFA from Ithaca College and is a member of IATSE Local #1 in New York City.

Show Networks and Control Systems is available in print form ($25) from the Rational Acoustics store ( or; and as a $15 e-book from Google Play.

Further information from Huntington and Zircon Designs Press:


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