be-station v1.6 mkii user manual

be-station v1.6 mkii user manual
BE-STATION User Manual
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BE-STATION V1.6 MKII
Serial Data Interface Converter
USER MANUAL
(Firmware V1a)
Revision V1.5
May 2010
Table of Contents
.................................................................................................................................................... 1
AN OVERVIEW ........................................................................................................................... 3
BASIC OPERATION .................................................................................................................... 4
Powering up ................................................................................................................................. 4
Turning on .................................................................................................................................... 4
BASIC OPERATION .................................................................................................................... 4
Bluetooth® wireless technology ................................................................................................... 5
Bluetooth® pairing by default ...................................................................................................... 5
Bluetooth® name by default ........................................................................................................ 5
MULTIPLE CONNECTIONS (Bluetooth® only) .......................................................................... 5
ADVANCED OPERATION ........................................................................................................... 6
Be-Configurator ............................................................................................................................ 6
Data Processing ........................................................................................................................... 7
Multiple Be-Stations - ID configuration ......................................................................................... 7
5 APPENDICES........................................................................................................................... 9
APPENDIX 1: General Specifications .......................................................................................... 9
APPENDIX 2: Pin Wiring ............................................................................................................. 9
APPENDIX 3: Testing And Approvals ........................................................................................ 10
APPENDIX 4: Disclaimer .......................................................................................................... 11
APPENDIX 5: Bluetooth® wireless technology Module ............................................................. 12
AN OVERVIEW
BE-STATION is a serial data interface converter designed to aid conversion from one wired or
wireless serial data interface to another. It supports MIDI, RS232, RS485, Ethernet and
Bluetooth® wireless and Wi-Fi technology serial interfaces.
BE-STATION was designed for remote control of digital audio mixing desks via a MIDI serial
interfacе over wireless communication but numerous other applications are possible thanks to
the inclusion of RS232 and RS485 ports.
Up to 7 simultaneous connections are allowed when communicating over Bluetooth.
BE-STATION runs data processing software which may be configured in various ways
(described below).
Connectivity can be extended by connecting a Wi-Fi Access Point to the ETHERNET port
allowing for use of Wi-Fi devices such as the iPod, iPhone or iPad.
Front Panel
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From left to right:1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Bluetooth® wireless technology Aerial
BE-SNIFFER ON/OFF switch
BE-STATION ID switch
Communication Channel selectors
Communication Status LEDs
OFF – BATTERY – POWER switch
Rear Panel
From left to right:1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
MIDI-IN, MIDI-THRU,
MIDI OUT, RS232
RS485
Power (DC or low-voltage AC), Ethernet
Dual PP3 Battery Drawer
BASIC OPERATION
Powering up
BE-STATION can be powered via 2 main sources:1. Two internal 9V batteries (type PP3). This should give between 4-8 hours operation but
this will be dependent upon the amount of data being processed and communication
options selected.
2. External AC/DC Power Pack. The BE-STATION can be powered using either:
a. a DC Power Pack with an output voltage in the range of 9VDC to 15VDC and
rated to at least 100mA, or
b. an AC Power pack with an output voltage in the range 7VAC to 12VAC rated to at
least 100mA
The external power pack should be terminated with a 2.1mm plug. Polarity is not important as
BE-STATION will auto-adjust to suit. The power packs should have floating outputs i.e. not
earthed, otherwise the internal power supply may be compromised and operation of the BESTATION may become unreliable.
Turning on
Operation of the BE-STATION simply requires:1. the connection of 2 communication devices to the appropriate serial data interfaces
(ports) of the BE-STATION
2. creating a link between the 2 ports
3. the setting of the BE-SNIFFER switch
When power is applied to the BE-STATION it will go through an initialising phase which will be
indicated by the front panel status LEDs being sequentially turned ON and OFF. The BESTATION will then activate the currently assigned (see Appendix) communication ports. This
may take several seconds during which time the associated status LED’s will flash. Successful
connection to both ports will be indicated by both status LED’s turning green.
BASIC OPERATION
The SELECT switches allow the operator to change one or both of the ports that are to be
connected. Pressing one of these buttons will cause the BE-STATION to move one of the
channels to the next available port. Successive presses will allow the operator to cycle through
all available ports. You will note that BE-STATION will automatically skip the port assigned to
the other channel i.e. you cannot have both channels assigned to the same port.
During the SELECT mode the status LED’s will pulse to indicate which port is currently
selected. After a few seconds BE-STATION will lock the selected ports and initialise them ready
for operation.
Be-Station starts up with RS232 port set at 38400 and RS485 port set at 115200 baud rates by
default. For altering baud rates see ADVANCED OPERATION chapter.
For basic operation keep BE-SNIFFER switch in OFF position. See ADVANCED OPERATION
chapter for Be-Sniffer description.
Bluetooth® wireless technology
When using the Bluetooth® wireless technology port the operator should rotate the antenna to
the vertical position. If the BE-STATION is mounted in a racking system you may find that the
antenna needs to be unfolded to the fully extended horizontal position.
The range of operation of the Bluetooth® wireless technology system will depend a lot on the
environment the system is being used in.
Only antennas from an authorised Be-Mix outlet can be used with the BE-STATION. Use of any
other model of antenna will nullify the product warranty and may well infringe on compliance
requirements in the country of use.
Bluetooth® pairing by default
BE-STATION comes with Bluetooth Security turned off by default. To be protected from
unauthorised Bluetooth connections turn Bluetooth Security on and perform Bluetooth-pairing to
your Bluetooth-device by using PIN - see ADVANCED OPERATION chapter.
Bluetooth® name by default
BE-STATION comes with Bluetooth-name set to “Be-Station” followed by firmware version it is
currently running. To alter Bluetooth-name see ADVANCED OPERATION chapter.
MULTIPLE CONNECTIONS (Bluetooth® only)
BE-STATION allows up to 7 simultaneous Bluetooth connections. No additional configuration
necessary.
ADVANCED OPERATION
Be-Configurator
Be-Configurator is utility software for various platforms to view and alter current settings of BeStation.
The settings are accessed by establishing a connection between Be-Configurator and BeStation. To do this select serial ports in Be-Configurator – which are COM ports presents in the
computer you run Be-Configurator on. Usually one of the COM ports is RS232 port and another
one is COM port for Bluetooth.
Be-Station can be configured via any of it's ports – wired as well as Bluetooth. The port use
choose to use for configuration must be selected and Be-Sniffer switch must be set to ON.
Selecting “Request” requests current Be-Station settings. Then the settings can be altered and
wrote to Be-Station by selecting ”Send”. You may use “Request” again to make sure Be-Station
returns the new settings.
Data Processing
BE-SNIFFER is complex data processing software run by Be-Station's CPU. It can be
configured in various ways using Be-Configurator utility.
With BE-SNIFFER OFF, BE-STATION will pass-through ALL received data and will, therefore,
be effectively transparent.
Due to increased processing time latency can be experienced when converting from highbandwidth serial interfaces, such as Ethernet, to low-bandwidth ones, such as MIDI. This can
happen due to extreme difference in communication speeds.
BE-SNIFFER data processing software:
1)
provides `control’ over various values that can be passed in a message (Be-Sniffer)
2)
reduces the MIDI IN traffic flow (DATA THIN mode).
When in SNIFFER mode BE-STATION will capture all incoming messages and check for those
that meet the preprogrammed `filter match’ criteria. Messages that meet this criteria are then
checked to see if the `data variable’ part of the message meets the `filter range’ criteria and
modifies those that do not before transmitting the message. Messages that do not meet the
`filter match’ criteria are simply transmitted as is.
In this mode, that BE-STATION will add a small delay to all transmitted messages. The length
of this delay being equivalent to the length of the message i.e. BE-STATION cannot transmit
the message (modified or otherwise) until AFTER the last byte of that message has been
received.
DATA THIN is a form of filter that attempts to reduce the amount of MIDI message data traffic
incoming to Be-Station's MIDI IN to keep the communication lines clear and make processing
more effective.
For example, a mixer desk may produce long sequences of continuous MIDI messages as the
slider is moved from one end to the other. DATA THIN will attempt to reduce this traffic by
effectively replacing this continuous sequence with a minimum of 2 messages, those being the
first and last message extracted from the sequence and insert intermediate messages if
applicable.
Multiple Be-Stations - ID configuration
In applications where more than one BE-STATION is required to be operated it is necessary to
be able to distinguish between the various BE-STATIONs. The BE-STATION Address switch
allows the operator to assign an address to each unit. Currently the system supports a
maximum of 16 individual BE-STATIONs in a single installation.
BE-STATION Address `0’ is the factory default setting and should be used in all single BESTATION installations.
It is recommended that all BE-STATION’s be returned to Address `0’ when installed in to single
BE-STATION installations to ensure that no configuration problems arise when next powered
up.
5 APPENDICES
APPENDIX 1: General Specifications
Dimensions
213 mm x 44 mm x 198 mm (H x W x D) (with the aerial folder)
Weight
0.97 kg
Power
External: 9-15V DC or 7.5-12V AC, 0.2A
Internal: 2 x PP3 9 volt batteries.
LEDs
6 tri-colour LEDs providing 'Port Select' status, 1 RGB LED providing
Bluetooth status
Comms
RS232
DB9 (male)
RS485
3 pin female XLR
MIDI
3 x 5 pin DIN sockets
Ethernet
RJ45 socket
Bluetooth (aerial)
Type
½ wave dipole
Polarization
Vertical
Gain
+2.5dBi
Size
100 mm (Straight)
Networking
Bluetooth
Bluetooth: Serial Port Profile,
Multidrop
Ethernet
10 Base-T, TCP/IP
APPENDIX 2: Pin Wiring
APPENDIX 3: Testing And Approvals
Elby Designs declare under our responsibility that the product is in conformity with the following standards:-
CE INFORMATION (European Union)
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EMC emissions EN55022 Testing and Report
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EMC Immunity per EN55024
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Safety per EN60950
C-TICK INFORMATION (Australia)
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EMC emissions EN55022 Testing and Report
FCC INFORMATION (USA)
FCC Subpart 15 USA (based on results obtained from above EN55022 testing)
Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible
for
compliance could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.
APPENDIX 4: Disclaimer
Product Care
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Do not expose the BE-STATION to liquid or moisture.
Do not expose the BE-STATION to extreme hot or cold temperature
Do not expose the BE-STATION to lit candles, cigarettes, cigars, open flames, etc.
Do not drop, throw or try to bend the BE-STATION since rough treatment could damage your product.
Do not attempt to disassemble the BE-STATION. Doing so will void warranty. The product does not contain
consumer serviceable or replaceable components. Service should only be performed by authorised
personnel
Do not paint the BE-STATION as the paint could prevent normal use.
If you will not be using the BE-STATION for a while, store it in a place that is dry, free from damp, dust
and extreme heat and cold.
Radio Frequency Exposure
The BE-STATION contains a small radio transmitter and receiver. During communication with other Bluetooth
products the BE-STATION receives and transmits radio frequency (RF) electromagnetic fields (microwaves) in the
frequency range 2400 to 2500 MHz. The output power of the radio transmitter is very low. When using the BESTATION, you will be exposed to some of the transmitted RF energy. This exposure is well below the prescribed
limits in all national and international RF safety standards and regulations.
Note: This equipment emits RF energy in the ISM (Industrial, Scientific, Medical) band. Please insure that all
medical devices used in proximity to this device meet appropriate susceptibility specifications for this type of RF
energy.
Potentially Explosive Atmospheres
Turn off your electronic device before entering an area with potentially explosive atmosphere. It is rare, but your
electronic device could generate sparks. Sparks in such areas could cause an explosion or fire resulting in bodily
injury or even death. Areas with a potentially explosive atmosphere are often, but not always, clearly marked. They
include fuelling areas, such as petrol station, below deck on boats, fuel or chemical transfer or storage facilities, and
areas where the air contains chemicals or particles, such as grain, dust, or metal powders.
Power Supply
Power to the BE-STATION is supplied by a limited power source according to EN 60950-1.
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Connect your power supply only to designated power-sources as marked on the product.
Make sure all cords and cable are positioned so that they will not be stepped on, tripped over or otherwise
subject to damage or stress.
To reduce risk of electric shock, unplug the unit from any power source before attempting to clean it.
APPENDIX 5: Bluetooth® wireless technology Module
Bluetooth wireless technology radio
Phillips BGB203
Bluetooth wireless technology base band controller
Phillips BGB203
Radio power amplifier
muRata MF2400PS-AL0909 (+20dB)
RF output power
Class 1, max 16.9dBm (49mW)
Receive sensitive level
-89dBm
Receive input level (max)
+16dBm
Output frequency
2.402 –2.480 GHz ISM band.
Bluetooth wireless technology stack
Embedded host stack
Bluetooth wireless technology qualification
2.0, QID B011309, List date 2007-01-24
Bluetooth Antenna
1/2 wave length antenna with RPSMA
1/2 wave length stub antenna (10 cm) with Reversed Polarity SMA (RPSMA) connector
Approvals: CE, ETSI (Europe), FCC, IC
Type: ½ wave dipole
Polarization: Vertical
Gain: +2.5dBi
Size: 100 mm (Straight)
Connector: RPSMA plug
Manufacturer: Centurion, (WCR-2400-SMA)
Comments: To be mounted on the U.FL to RPSMA adapter cable.
Order number: cB-ACC-36
If it is necessary to replace the antenna on the BE-STATION, it MUST be replaced with, and only with, the
model indicated above. The use of any other model will impinge upon the compliance of the product.
APPENDIX 6: Compliance
“This product contains a Bluetooth® wireless technology qualified product QD ID B011309”.
FCC Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
1. this device may not cause harmful interference, and
2. this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired
operation.
NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device,
pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against
harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio
frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful
interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which
can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following measures:
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Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help
IC Compliance
Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
1. this device may not cause harmful interference, and
2. this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired
operation.
This device has been designed to operate with an antenna having a maximum gain of 8dBi. Having a higher
gain is strictly prohibited per regulations of Industry Canada. The required antenna impedance is 50 ohms.
To reduce potential radio interference to other users only the antenna listed in this document maybe used.
The installer of this radio equipment must ensure that the antenna is located or pointed such that it does not
emit RF field in excess of Health Canada limits for the general population; consult Safety Code 6, obtainable
from Health Canada’s website www.hc-sc.gc.ca/rpb.
RF-exposure Statement
This modular transmitter MUST have a separation distance of at least 20 cm between the antenna and the
body of the user or nearby persons, excluding hands, wrists, feet, and ankles.
The Bluetooth® wordmark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of
such marks by Elby Designs is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their
respective owners.
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