Kyma 7+ affords the possibility of using an Ethernet connection between the Kyma host computer and the Paca(rana) instead of using FireWire. The Ethernet connect carries control information, sound data information, and OSC information. It does not though change how the Paca(rana) inputs and outputs soundcard audio. The Paca(rana) still needs a dedicated compatible FireWire or USB audio interface. This audio interface remains independent of any audio interface used by the Kyma host computer.
One significant benefit of using Ethernet instead of FireWire for host communication is that the host computer no longer needs a FireWire interface. Another benefit for FireWire equipped host computers is it eliminates the potential problems that can arise when there is a host FireWire audio interface and a Paca(rana) FireWire interface sharing the same FireWire bus. Using Ethernet opens up some exciting possibilities for physically placing the Paca(rana), or even sharing a Paca(rana) between multiple host computers (just not at the same time). The Paca(rana) and host computer no longer need to be located in close proximity, or even in the same room!