Wireless Communication Standards for Multimedia Applications

  • Leonardo GabrielliEmail author
  • Stefano Squartini
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Electrical and Computer Engineering book series (BRIEFSELECTRIC)


Several wired local area networking protocols are being exploited by audio-over-ethernet or audio-over-IP protocols. They are reliable in sustaining audio communication, distribution, and retrieval and can serve other challenging scenarios such as distributed audio computing [1, 2]. On the other hand, wireless technologies are relegated, at the moment, as an auxiliary feature for remote control of digital devices (mixers, loudspeakers, etc.) neglecting the potential that wireless networking can have even in the mission critical field of live music performance. At the time of writing, the use of wireless communication for audio transmission in musical applications is limited to analog or digital point-to-point unidirectional links transmitting microphone or guitar signals to a signal mixer, to allow speakers or musicians for a higher freedom of movement, during live events. These technologies focus on robustness of the link and durability of the power source, but have several limitations in terms of flexibility: only point-to-point signal transmission is allowed, no networking can be performed and different devices communicate on different channels. Interoperability is also an issue. It is worth, thus, investigating whether there are wireless communication technologies to exploit to lay foundation for a wireless audio networking system able to guarantee appropriate bandwidth, medium access strategies, and range in NMP contexts. For the sake of completeness, a last section of this chapter is dedicated to academic literature dealing with wireless networking for transmission of control and session data only.


Wireless audio networking Bluetooth IEEE 802.11 Millimiter wave bands 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.A3LabUniversità Politecnica delle MarcheAnconaItaly
  2. 2.Ancona UniversityAnconaItaly

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