IP Network Connection
When setting up your SoftRadio system you need to connect the Network Interfaces to your IP network.
This is done through a standard LAN or WAN configuration.
Connecting your Network Interface
One side of the Mimer NetworkInterface has a standard RJ45 connector for 10/100 base TCP/IP.
Connect this side to your IP network as described to the right.
Network Interface with the RJ45 connector
Each Network Interface in the system needs to be given its unique ID-number and unique IP-address. This is done via the program “Network Interface Setup”. Read more here about the settings.
The dispatcher PC also needs to have a unique ID-number in the system, but does not need a fixed IP-address.
System example with two
operators sharing one radio in a local LAN
Different connection types
LAN - Local Area Network
The most common connection is to a standard LAN. Connection is then made through UDP Broadcast.
If the interfaces and the operators are all in the same subnet of your LAN, all operators will have access in parallel to all the devices.
Instead of using the office LAN, in some cases it is better to run the Mimer system on a separate network, for example for network security reasons.
You can of course do this, just set up a separate LAN. Either use separate PC´s only for SoftRadio, or equip your PC´s with a second ethernet port.
WAN - Wide Area Network / The Internet
The Network Interface can also be connected to a wide area network or to an Internet connection, for example through ADSL.
The connection at the interface end needs to have a fixed IP-address.
If you use a Mimer RadioServer at the radio site, the server will connect to the WAN or the Internet. And the Network Interfaces will then connect to the RadioServer on a local LAN set up for this purpose.
Using 4G or other cellular connection
There is no difference from the Internet connection above, apart from that you need to check that you have bandwidth enough. This is rarely a problem over 4G.
And remember that the network interface needs a fixed IP address.
This will also work, but satellite connections have high latency and high jitter. To compensate for this we have a special edition of the Mimer RadioServer. Read more here.
We have customers that work in environments were everything is run via fibre instead of copper.
In that case you will need a converter between fibre/copper. Apart from that there should be no difference.