The Network Interfaces
The purpose of the Network Interface is to be a bridge between the radio and the IP network. It transforms audio and signalling from analogue to digital and back again.
The Network Interface has a very flexible design so the radio control signals can be configured to fit almost any radio on the market, both analogue and digital.
The Network Interface has connections for Audio input and output. It also connects to I/O control signals like Squelch, PTT, Alarm, Off-hook, etc. as well as PEI and other radio remote control signals.
The IP network connection is a standard 10/100 base-T Ethernet connection. Both TCP and UDP network protocols are available simultaneously depending on the system configuration. This allows a flexible approach for designing the most optimum network based system.
The interface has a design that fits most standard uses with none or very small modifications. For the radios that Mimer SoftRadio supports with Virtual Control Heads there are versions available where all setups and adjustments are already preconfigured.
The Network Interface runs on 12VDC just as most radios and is therefore easy to power from the same source as the radio, and to feed with backup power. If power is lost and restored, the Network Interface will restart itself in a matter of seconds when the power comes back.
Specifications for the Standard Network Interface
Specification for the standard version of the Mimer Network Interface
You will find a complete description on the Download Page.
|Size||120 x 78 x 44mm|
|Weight||<300g (typ. 260g)|
|Power supply||8-28Volt / 250mA|
|Temp range||-10 – +50 °C|
|Connectors||RJ45 for Ethernet|
|D-sub for audio, power, I/O, data and auxiliary I/O|
|Input (from radio speaker output)||0.7-13Vpp (0.25-4.5Vrms)|
|Output (to radio microphone input)||0-1.1Vpp|
|3 inputs||On= 2.5-30V / Off= 0-0.8V, 47kohm impedance to ground|
|3 open collector outputs||Max 30V / Max 10mA. Optional reverse-current protected 5.6k pull-up to +5V|
|Data I/O for radio control||RS232, TTL, USB and other manufacturer-specific protocols|
|Aux data port*||RS232 compatible inputs and outputs|
Note: The I/O and data ports are used to interface with different radio types, depending on type of radio, free ports may be available for auxiliary use.
The standard interface can be used in full duplex. This is standard when used with Tetra radios and selectable with other radios.
There are also special versions with other types of connectors and ports.
The Network Interface LE
There is also an entry level interface with less functions aimed at customers that need only to remote control simplex audio and PTT on their radios.
This is perfect for customers running simple radios with only one channel/talk group and open voice traffic, for example taxi companies or an Airband radio at an airport.
The “LE” interface has no functions for virtual control heads, no functions for I/O ports, cannot connect to land lines, cannot run in full duplex and cannot be upgraded with option boards.
The price is of course matched to the slimmed functionality.
Mechanically the interface is lower than the standard model, 30mm.
It has the same connectors except the I/O´s.
The “LE” is remote controled with the same software “Mimer SoftRadio”, and you can mix and match standard interfaces with “LE” interfaces in the same system.
The same functions regarding local (UDP) or remote (TCP) connection applies as with the standard interface.