Zetron’s Series 6300 Radio-over-IP (RoIP) gateways are now shipping. The RoIP gateways provide more flexible, cost-effective, IP-based connections between a variety radio dispatch backroom equipment and remote wireline radio resources. The gateways ease the migration of circuits between radios and their control equipment from expensive legacy leased lines to cost-effective, modern IP networks.
According to Randy Richmond, Zetron’s Product Manager, Land Mobile Radio (LMR) networks are increasingly coming under the purview of IT departments, who strive to unify all communications under an IP umbrella. Many LMR users have a significant investment in legacy analog wireline radios and control equipment such as dispatch consoles. IT departments want to migrate these LMR systems away from the expensive leased lines to more affordable IP networks. The Series 6300 allows users to do this migration without replacing their large installed base of LMR wireline equipment.
Additional features and benefits of Zetron’s Series 6300 Radio-over-IP (RoIP) include the following.
Easy to adjust
Any audio, serial and I/O settings can easily be adjusted through a Web browser without requiring any physical adjustments at the hardware.
Supports Common 4, 6 and 8 Wire Radio/Control Equipment Circuits
The Series 6300 supports common 4 wire circuits employing Tone Remote Control (TRC) of radios, as well as 6 and 8 wire circuits employing Local and/or E&M control. This makes it compatible with a wide variety of radio control equipment, such as desktop remotes and radio dispatch consoles, made by Zetron and many other manufacturers.
Supports Voice, I/O and Data
The Series 6300 RoIP gateways support the delivery of serial data (RS-232 and TTL options) and digital I/O, as well as voice. This eases the migration of systems that incorporate both voice and low-bandwidth serial data, such as voted receivers.
Uses Common IP Protocols
The Series 6300 uses TCP, and Unicast UDP IP packets, rather than Multicast UDP packets. This helps avoid the need for special IT infrastructure and special IT personnel skills. The IT bandwidth and latency requirements for the Series 6300 are published, allowing IT personnel to verify compatibility with their network.
Single-channel and dual-channel versions
The Series 6300 comes in two versions, the Model 6301 and Model 6302. The Model 6301 single radio-channel version provides a cost-effective connection to a single radio resource. The Model 6302 dual radio-channel version is useful in places like the back room, where using two connections can help save valuable space.