Tthe IP Interface Boxes (transmit and receive) have dual functions:
- Conversion of Camera Corps audio or serial data to and from IP, for control of any piece of Camera Corps equipment using a network connection
- Conversion of Camera Corps audio data to and from serial data for use with RF and other similar equipment
The transmit box takes in Camera Corps audio data and auto selects baud rate. It converts this to both IP data on the Ethernet connector, and serial data on the 9w ‘D’ type connector.
The IP connector is part of a Lantronics XPort device which can be remotely setup using a PC connected to the Ethernet connector either directly or over a network.
This enables both TCP/IP and UDP Broadcast modes of operation. See later in this document for reasons for choosing which type of setup to use, and details of programming the XPort devices using the special PC Application.
The data baud rate of the serial input and output data can have baud rates set from 4800 to 38400 baud using DIP switches on the front panel. The baud rate for data over the IP system is set at 38,400.
Serial data can also be fed into the 9w ‘D’ connector for mixing with the audio data before being transmitted onto the network.
The LED alongside the power connector shows red to indicate power is connected, and then green for audio data being present. If just serial data is being input then the led will flash green during serial data reception.
The receive box is basically identical to the transmit box apart from having a male XLR connector for audio data output, rather than the female used for data input. A female 9w ‘D’ connector is provided on this box instead of the Male on the Transmit box. See later for wiring details of the 9w ‘D’ connectors.
Both serial and IP data will be converted to Camera Corps style audio data for connection to any piece of Camera Corps equipment.