Simple Paging Start-Up Guide
About the Barix Simple Paging Solution
The Barix Simple Paging solution is based on a number of Barix devices that come
ready to use, enabling to you setup a paging system in minutes.
Every endpoint or Paging Zone can be individually addressed, or combined to
belong to one or more Paging Groups.
Paging Heads, or Masters, are devices where a page can be made from. They can
be Barix desktop units, or an iDevice, for paging when you are on the move!
In case an iDevice is used the system also need a Paging Gateway device.
About this document
This document guides you in setting up the Barix Simple Paging solution for the first
time. It also explains the basic functionality of the system, and provides a walk
through example of setting a system up and configuring groups both on fixed and
mobile paging devices.
For a complete guide to all features please refer to the users manual.
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1 Setting up the system
Barix devices ordered specifically for use with Simple Paging are delivered with the
application firmware and are ready to use.
If you already have Barix devices and want to use them for Simple Paging, you can get
the firmware from the Barix website, and load it to the device, as with any other Barix
1.1 Supported Hardware
Masters (Paging Head):
Annuncicom PS16, Annuncicom PS1, Annuncicom 60 and iPhone or iPad with
Barix Simple Paging App loaded.
The Simple Paging App can be downloaded from the Apple store for free
Zones (End Points):
Exstreamer 1xx, Exstreamer 2xx or Exstreamer P5
Paging Gateway:
Exstreamer 100.
Gateway firmware can also be loaded on other Exstreamers, but can not be
ordered preconfigured on other devices
1.2 Connecting the devices
Use the step by step description in the Quick Installation Guide provided with your
devices to install the hardware.
The PS16 can be powered by PoE on LAN port 1, or by
an external PSU. If using a PoE switch, no separate PSU
connection is necessary.
Connect the device to the network switch and power (if
not using PoE)
=> the device will boot up, displaying its IP address,
before indicating that it is ready to page.
The PS1 is powered by PoE no separate PSU
connection is necessary.
Connect the device to the network switch
=> the device will boot up, announce its IP address,
and is ready to page when button 'A' shows green
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The Exstreamer is powered by the provided PSU.
Connect the device to the network switch, and power it
using the power supply that came with the unit. The
device will boot up, announcing its IP address on the
RCA and headphone outputs.
Paging Gateway
Exstreamer 100
The P5 is powered by PoE only.
Connect a suitable 8 ohm speaker to the Exstreamer P5
“Speaker” connector
Connect the LAN port of the Exstreamer P5 to a PoE
network switch: the device will boot up, announcing its
IP address.
Paging Zone
Exstreamer P5
The iDevice must have the free “Barix Simple Paging”
app installed.
On iTunes search for the “Barix Simple Paging” App and
install it. On startup the App will automatically connect
to the Gateway, and show the groups available for
Paging Head
Once all components are connected, the system is ready to use.
1.3 Make your first announcement from desk station
Out of the box, the Simple Paging Solution is configured such that all the devices, or
Zones, are in Group1. This means that after the initial installation an announcement will
automatically be heard everywhere when paging to Group1.
Note that Masters are also serving as Zones. This means that they will also play the
This is an excellent way to verify everything is connected correctly. Let's try paging from
the different Masters;
1.3.1 Paging from PS1
The PS1 Master has two buttons on the front 'A' and 'B'. By default button 'A' is
preconfigured to Group1. Button 'B' is not configured.
Press and hold button 'A' while talking, you will make an announcement to all Zones.
Releasing button 'A' will end the announcement.
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1.3.2 Paging from PS16
The PS16 Master has two rows of buttons mapped as shown;
By defaults all Zones are available in Group1, whereas the other groups are not
Select group 1 by pushing its button “Group 1” once, two yellow LEDs will indicate the
group is selected. Press and hold down the “Page” button while talking, you will make
an announcement to all Zones. Releasing the “Page” button will end the announcement.
To clear the group selection either press the selected group button or the “Select All”
toggle button.
1.4 Make your first announcement from iPhone or iPad
The Simple Paging solution allows you to make pages from an iPhone or iPad when on
the move while connected to a wireless access point on the same network as the paging
1.4.1 Connecting to the system.
Make sure you have turned on the WiFi on you iDevice, and then start the Simple Paging
App. On startup it will automatically search the network for a 'Gateway'
The Gateway is the interface between the iDevice and the Simple Paging Solution, it
must be present on the network to enable paging from iDevices. When the Gateway is
found by the Simple Paging App, it will automatically show the Groups available for
1.4.2 Paging from iDevice
To make an announcement form the iDevice, simply tap the 'Group
1' icon, a
indicates the group is selected.
Tap the microphone icon
and make your announcement.
By default all Zones are in Group1, and your announcement from
your iDevice will therefore go to all Zones.
After the end of the announcement, tap “Stop Paging” and the
announcement will end.
You cannot page to an iDevice
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2 Setting up Paging Groups
If your paging needs are as simple as 'Page to All', no further configuration is required,
but if more flexible Paging is needed you can setup individual groups to page to.
Groups can be setup on all paging Masters and on the Gateway for iDevices. After
definition of a Group you can page to this specific Group or any combination of Groups
(only on PS16 and iDevice). On the PS1 two individual Groups can be defined, on the
PS16 and the Gateway 14 Groups can be defined on each.
To define the groups either the web UI or the Simple Paging configuration tool can be
The configuration tool is a java tool that allows you to manage your Simple Paging
solution from one single interface.
Download the Simple Paging Configuration Tool from the Barix website
Unzip the package and double-click on the file “ConfigTool.jar”
The tool will start and automatically discover all online Barix Simple Paging Solution
components on the network.
The web UI is accessed directly on the device by entering the device IP address into a
web browser (please refer to the installation guide for details)
For setting up the Groups in the next step, we will use the example pictured below.
In this example there are 3 Paging Zones available: a lone unit in Group 1 and two
devices in Group 2.
2.1 Zone Names and IDs
Every device has an address, an identifier called the “Zone ID”, which is used to
recognise them, send audio to them and exchange status information. 'Out of the box'
every device has a Zone ID of 1, and all Masters are setup to have a Paging Group that
talks to devices with the ID of 1.
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This means that when devices are connected up for the first time, a Paging
Announcement, made to Group 1 will go to all Paging Zones and all other Masters.
A Zone Name can also be assigned to each Zone. This name is used in the tools and
Apps to refer to the Zone to make it easier to remember however Zone Names are
Creating different Paging Groups is simply a case of telling each Paging Head “this
Paging Group consists of the following IDs” and then assigning those IDs to the
relevant devices – see the worked example later in this document.
Many devices can share the same Zone ID if required, the result is that these
devices will always make announcements at the same time – useful if you have 3
Paging Endpoints in a long corridor, for instance.
If a device must be individually addressable, it needs a unique Zone ID assigning to
All of the Barix Simple Paging devices share information, which allows them to
understand what other components are present and display status information
about the system as a whole.
The configuration tool also uses the same method to identify devices and make updates
to their configuration. If the tool is not used, changes can also be made directly on each
device's web UI.
In our working example above the following combination of IDs and names are used for
the devices;
Zone ID
Zone Name
Annuncicom PS16
Paging Gateway
Exstreamer 100
Assembly Hall
Exstreamer P5
Exstreamer P5
Exstreamer P5
The Zone ID can be any integer from 1 to 127. The ID=128 is reserved for the Gateway
and should not be used by any other device.
The Zone Name is a 15 character string allowing use of characters, numbers and blanks.
2.1.1 Assign Zone Names and IDs with the web UI
Open the web UI and go to Configuration. On the top of the page the desired ID and
Name can be set. After modification of the ID and Name, click “Apply” on the left hand
side of the interface to update the configuration on the device.
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2.1.2 Assign Zone Names and IDs with the configuration tool
On startup the tool automatically finds and reports to the devices on the network being
part of the Simple Paging Solution.
For our example above the initial screen looks as follows;
The fields in the columns Zone ID and Zone Name are editable. Click on the cell and
enter the desired ID or Name. One or more devices can be edited. Modified fields not yet
saved are shown in blue.
After the desired modifications are done click 'Push Config'. The new settings will then
be sent to the devices and they will automatically reboot to activate their new settings.
During the update you will see the devices going off-line and then being available again
with their new ID and Name.
2.2 Group definitions
After the Zones have gotten individual IDs, Groups can be defined using the individual
Zones according to the example above.
After setting the Zone ID and details, the next step is to define groups by adding one or
more IDs to it. Groups are defined on Masters and the Gateway in the same way. Groups
that are defined on the Gateway will automatically appear on the iDevice when the App
is running.
Any Zone can be used in one or more Groups. There is no practical limit to the
maximum number of devices in a Group.
2.2.1 Defining Zone Groups with the web UI
On the web UI again on the Configuration tab, but just below where the ID and Name
were set perviously, the Groups are defined.
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Note that the 'Group 1' in the default configuration is containing ID=1 and no other
Groups are configured.
By clicking on 'Setup' on the right hand side of the interface, a page is visible with a
matrix of 128 IDs. By clicking on the numbers, that IDs is added or removed to the
Group. The IDs marked in green are ID currently assigned to at least one device on the
network. At the end of the update to the Group click 'Apply' to save the configuration.
After the update the new Groups are visible on the web UI Configuration tab. Below is an
illustration of how it looks after the Group configuration from the example has been
2.2.2 Defining Zone Groups with the configuration tool
Using the configuration tool you can either click on the icon “Set Groups” on the right
hand side of the line with with desired Master, or you can change to the “Group Setup”
tab and there select the desired Master. For this example select the group setup of the
The tool switches to the Group Setup view showing a matrix with 128 IDs on the left and
current Group members on the right. IDs highlighted in green represent devices with this
ID that are present on the network.
Above the matrix is a series of Group tabs, by default only 'Group 1' is set. First select
the Group to program, by clicking on its tab, and then simply clicking on the IDs in the
matrix that should be included in the Group. As IDs are selected the associated Zones
are displayed in the members field on the right. This gives an easy overview of the Zones
currently available in the Group. If more Zones share the same ID all will be listed.
Double click on the Group tabs and assign a name to the Group. This name will be
reported on the iDevice.
To setup the system in the worked example, select first the Gateway, then click on
'Group 1' and tick ID=11 in the Matrix.
Then select the second group tab, name it 'Group 2' and here click ID=21 and ID=22 in
the matrix. The Group Setup on the configuration tool should now look like this;
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Click on “Save & Send”. The configuration file will be saved, sent to the device, and the
device will reboot to activate the configuration.
To set the same configuration on the PS16, select it from the Master pulldown list on the
'Group Setup' tab, and now simply click “Import file” and select the file just saved. After
loading, again click “Save & Send”. The PS16 and the Gateway now have the same
Groups configured. Each Master can have completely independently groups if required.
2.3 Set password on Gateway
The App is freely available on iTunes. It is important to protect the paging system using a
This can only be done from the Gateway web UI by going to
CONFIGURATION>Advanced Settings>Security
After the password on the Gateway is set, a pop-up box will prompt
for the password next time the App is started and connects to the
Gateway. The password is stored in the App and only needs to be
entered once.
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2.4 Paging to a Group
After Groups have been configured, you can now page to these
groups just by selecting the respective Group on the Master or the
iDevice. In the case of a PS16 Master or an iDevice any combination
of groups can be dynamically selected.
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3 Using Simple Paging
The Simple Paging solution supports simultaneous announcements from different Masters and at
the same time provides a number of features for reporting status and potential issues.
Below is an overview of the actions and notification features;
3.1 Making Announcements
Select Group(s)
Press each of the target
Group buttons to select
Press and Hold “A” or
“B” button
Tap target
Press and hold “Page”
button (PTT)
Keep button pressed
End Announcement
Release Button
Release Button
Tap “Stop
3.2 System Feedback
System Idle
Simple Paging Ready
Solid Green on 'A'
No Icon
Group(s) selected
Solid yellow LED on Group
Sending Page
Flashing Red on 'A'
Incoming page
Receiving From
Flashing white on 'B' and
green on 'A'
Device(s) in Group
Flashing yellow LED on Group Flashing Red on 'A'
Device(s) in Group
Flashing yellow LED on Group Flashing Red on 'A'
3.3 iDevice status information
The iDevices offer a number of features reporting the status of the system.
If a device is busy or off-line within a group, it is possible to identify which device it is by
tapping 'Details' in the top right corner of the App, and a list of groups will appear.
In the list of groups, those marked with red are either busy or off-line, those marked with
green are ready to be paged to.
Tapping on a Group will produce a list of Zones in the Group. The Zones listed are also
marked in green or red for easy identification of any issues.
Each Zone is clearly identified in the first line by its Zone Name, followed in line two by the
IP address and unique MAC address. The Third line shows the type of device, it's Zone ID,
and its status. It is here the source of the problem can be identified.
Below are examples of Zones in a group being busy;.
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And off-line;
Happy Paging
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