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Partyline User Guide
PN: 399G052 Rev: B 06/19/13
Document Reference
Clear-Com HelixNet Partyline User Guide
Part Number: 399G052 Revision: B
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Contents
Document Reference ................................................................................................................................ 2
1
Introduction ............................................................................................................. 9
1.1
Audience ....................................................................................................................................... 9
1.2
Important Safety instructions....................................................................................................... 10
1.2.1
1.3
2
Safety symbols .................................................................................................................... 11
Further information ...................................................................................................................... 11
User Interfaces ...................................................................................................... 12
2.1
HMS-4X Main Station: Front panel ............................................................................................. 12
2.1.1
2.2
HMS-4X Main Station: Rear panel .............................................................................................. 17
2.2.1
2.3
3
HMS-4X Main Station front panel: Channel keyset............................................................. 15
HMS-4X Main Station rear panel: Interface modules.......................................................... 21
HBP-2X Beltpack ........................................................................................................................ 23
2.3.1
HBP-2X user controls (front and side view) ........................................................................ 23
2.3.2
HBP-2X connectors and controls (rear view) ...................................................................... 25
2.3.3
HBP-2X beltclip, beltloops and feet (base view) ................................................................. 27
Installing HelixNet Partyline................................................................................. 28
3.1
3.1.1
Comparing digital with analog cabling ................................................................................ 29
3.1.2
Topologies (layouts) ............................................................................................................ 31
3.2
4
Planning your HelixNet Partyline installation .............................................................................. 29
Installing HelixNet Partyline ........................................................................................................ 32
3.2.1
Environmental information .................................................................................................. 32
3.2.2
Installing the HMS-4X Main Station .................................................................................... 32
3.2.3
Installing the HBP-2X Beltpacks ......................................................................................... 33
Linking Main Stations ........................................................................................... 35
4.1
3
Linking scenarios ........................................................................................................................ 35
4.1.1
Linking two Main Stations with Ethernet ............................................................................. 36
4.1.2
Linking two Main Stations with Fiber ................................................................................... 37
4.1.3
Linking three Main Stations in a daisy chain ....................................................................... 38
4.1.4
Network connections ........................................................................................................... 39
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4.1.5
Multiple Groups in the same IP Network ............................................................................. 40
4.1.6
Resource Sharing between Linked Stations ....................................................................... 41
4.2
5
Networking Specifications ........................................................................................................... 43
Configuring and Managing the HMS-4X Main Station ....................................... 44
5.1
5.1.1
Configuring settings ............................................................................................................ 44
5.1.2
Exiting Menu mode ............................................................................................................. 45
5.2
Configuring the Audio settings .................................................................................................... 45
5.2.1
Audio settings for the headset............................................................................................. 45
5.2.2
Audio settings for the microphone....................................................................................... 47
5.2.3
Audio settings for the Program Input................................................................................... 47
5.2.4
Audio settings for Program IFB [Interruptible Foldback] ..................................................... 48
5.2.5
Audio settings for the SA [Stage Announce] Output ........................................................... 48
5.2.6
Audio settings for the Hot Mic Output ................................................................................. 49
5.2.7
Audio settings for the Front Panel ....................................................................................... 49
5.3
Setting Station Settings ............................................................................................................... 50
5.3.1
Setting Preferences ............................................................................................................. 50
5.3.2
Setting Keyset Assignments ............................................................................................... 50
5.3.3
Setting key latching ............................................................................................................. 50
5.3.4
Setting the RMK (Remote Mic Kill) key ............................................................................... 51
5.3.5
Setting display screen brightness ....................................................................................... 52
5.3.6
Setting key brightness ......................................................................................................... 52
5.3.7
Setting the screensaver ...................................................................................................... 53
5.4
Configuring the channel settings ................................................................................................. 53
5.4.1
Editing the channel label ..................................................................................................... 53
5.4.2
Assigning the Program Listen to a channel ........................................................................ 54
5.5
Configuring the Control I/O ......................................................................................................... 55
5.5.1
Configuring Opto inputs ...................................................................................................... 55
5.5.2
Configuring Relay outputs ................................................................................................... 56
5.6
Configuring Module Settings ....................................................................................................... 56
5.6.1
Configuring a Four-wire interface module ........................................................................... 57
5.6.2
Configuring a Two-wire interface module ........................................................................... 59
5.6.3
Configuring an Ethernet or Fiber interface module ............................................................. 63
5.6.4
Configuring the Module Settings: Version information ........................................................ 65
5.7
4
Using the Menus ......................................................................................................................... 44
Administration.............................................................................................................................. 65
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5.7.1
Viewing the current versions of the software ...................................................................... 65
5.7.2
Updating the software ......................................................................................................... 66
5.7.3
Locking and unlocking the HBP-2X beltpack menus .......................................................... 67
5.7.4
Resetting the Main Station to default (factory mode) settings. ........................................... 67
5.7.5
Manually rebooting the Main Station ................................................................................... 67
5.7.6
Saving and restoring the software settings. ........................................................................ 68
5.8
6
Diagnostics .................................................................................................................................. 68
5.8.1
Viewing hardware information ............................................................................................. 68
5.8.2
Viewing temperature information ........................................................................................ 69
5.8.3
Viewing powerline information and status ........................................................................... 69
5.8.4
Viewing keysets information................................................................................................ 70
Configuring and Managing the HBP-2X Beltpack .............................................. 71
6.1
Using the Menus ......................................................................................................................... 71
6.1.1
Configuring settings ............................................................................................................ 71
6.1.2
Exiting Menu mode ............................................................................................................. 72
6.2
Configuring the Audio settings .................................................................................................... 72
6.3
Audio settings for the microphone............................................................................................... 74
6.4
Configuring the Beltpack Settings ............................................................................................... 74
6.4.1
Assigning channels ............................................................................................................. 75
6.4.2
Setting Talk key latching ..................................................................................................... 76
6.4.3
Setting the beltpack to vibrate when called ......................................................................... 76
6.5
6.5.1
Setting display screen brightness ....................................................................................... 77
6.5.2
Setting the brightness of the Talk and Call keys ................................................................. 77
6.5.3
Setting the screensaver ...................................................................................................... 78
6.6
Administration.............................................................................................................................. 78
6.6.1
Viewing the IP address ....................................................................................................... 78
6.6.2
Resetting the beltpack to default (factory mode) settings ................................................... 79
6.7
7
Configuring the Display Settings ................................................................................................. 76
Diagnostics .................................................................................................................................. 79
6.7.1
Viewing the hardware (main PCB) on the beltpack ............................................................ 79
6.7.2
Viewing powerline information and status ........................................................................... 79
Using the HMS-4X Main Station........................................................................... 80
7.1
Using the gooseneck mic, loudspeaker and headset ................................................................. 80
7.1.1
7.2
5
Switching between the headset mic and the gooseneck mic ............................................. 82
Entering and exiting Menu mode ................................................................................................ 82
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7.3
Using the channel keysets .......................................................................................................... 83
7.4
Using the All Talk key .................................................................................................................. 84
7.5
Using the SA [Stage Announce] key ........................................................................................... 84
7.6
Using the RMK [Remote Mic Kill ] key ........................................................................................ 84
7.7
Line 1 and 2 LEDs ....................................................................................................................... 84
8
Using the HBP-2X Beltpack ................................................................................. 85
8.1
Using the beltpack keysets ......................................................................................................... 85
8.2
Entering and exiting Menu mode ................................................................................................ 86
8.3
Adjusting the Program Feed volume level. ................................................................................. 86
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Connecting to Other Intercom Systems ........................................................... 87
9.1
9.1.1
About Encore....................................................................................................................... 87
9.1.2
Quick reference: Connecting to Encore .............................................................................. 88
9.1.3
Connecting to an Encore Main Station ............................................................................... 89
9.1.4
Connecting to Encore remote stations ................................................................................ 90
9.2
Connecting HelixNet Partyline to RTS (Telex) two-wire systems ............................................... 90
9.2.1
About RTS two-wire systems .............................................................................................. 90
9.2.2
Quick reference: Two-wire connection to RTS 2W system ................................................ 91
9.2.3
Connecting to an RTS (Telex) intercom station .................................................................. 92
9.3
Connecting HelixNet Partyline to Tempest ................................................................................. 93
9.3.1
About Tempest .................................................................................................................... 93
9.3.2
Quick reference: Two-wire connection to Tempest............................................................. 94
9.3.3
Two-wire connection to Tempest ........................................................................................ 95
9.3.4
Quick reference: Four-wire connection to Tempest ............................................................ 97
9.3.5
Four-wire connection with Tempest .................................................................................... 98
9.4
Connecting HelixNet Partyline to CellCom / FreeSpeak ............................................................. 99
9.4.1
About CellCom / FreeSpeak ............................................................................................... 99
9.4.2
Quick reference: Two-wire connection to CellCom / FreeSpeak ...................................... 100
9.4.3
Two-wire connection to CellCom / FreeSpeak .................................................................. 101
9.4.4
Quick reference: Four-wire connection to CellCom / FreeSpeak ..................................... 102
9.4.5
Four-wire connection to CellCom / FreeSpeak ................................................................. 103
9.5
6
Connecting HelixNet Partyline to Encore .................................................................................... 87
Connecting HelixNet Partyline to the DX210 ............................................................................ 103
9.5.1
About the DX210 ............................................................................................................... 103
9.5.2
Quick reference: Two-wire connection to DX210.............................................................. 104
9.5.3
Two-wire connection to the DX210 ................................................................................... 105
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9.5.4
Quick reference: Four-wire connection to DX210 ............................................................. 107
9.5.5
Four-wire connection to the DX210................................................................................... 108
9.6
Connecting HelixNet Party-line to Eclipse ................................................................................ 109
9.6.1
About Eclipse .................................................................................................................... 109
9.6.2
Quick reference: Two-wire connection to Eclipse ............................................................. 110
9.6.3
Two-wire connection to an Eclipse Median system frame ................................................ 111
9.6.4
Quick reference: Four-wire connection to Eclipse ............................................................ 113
9.6.5
Four-wire connection to Eclipse ........................................................................................ 114
10 Specifications ..................................................................................................... 115
10.1
10.1.1
Connectors ........................................................................................................................ 115
10.1.2
Microphone pre-amplifier .................................................................................................. 115
10.1.3
Headphone amplifier ......................................................................................................... 116
10.1.4
Loudspeaker amplifier ....................................................................................................... 116
10.1.5
Program line input and Four-wire option module inputs ................................................... 117
10.1.6
Four-wire module outputs ................................................................................................. 117
10.1.7
Stage Announce outputs ................................................................................................... 117
10.1.8
Hot Mic output ................................................................................................................... 118
10.1.9
Helix Digital Partyline ........................................................................................................ 119
10.1.10
Ethernet ......................................................................................................................... 119
10.1.11
Mains power .................................................................................................................. 120
10.1.12
Environmental ............................................................................................................... 120
10.1.13
Dimensions and weight ................................................................................................. 120
10.2
Two-wire module: general ......................................................................................................... 121
10.2.1
Connectors ........................................................................................................................ 121
10.2.2
Dimensions and weight ..................................................................................................... 121
10.2.3
Power requirements (external) .......................................................................................... 121
10.2.4
Environmental ................................................................................................................... 121
10.3
Four-wire module: general ........................................................................................................ 122
10.3.1
Connectors ........................................................................................................................ 122
10.3.2
Dimensions and weight ..................................................................................................... 122
10.3.3
Environmental ................................................................................................................... 122
10.4
7
Main Station (HMS-4X) ............................................................................................................. 115
Beltpack (HBP-2X) .................................................................................................................... 123
10.4.1
Connectors ........................................................................................................................ 123
10.4.2
Microphone pre-amplifier .................................................................................................. 123
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10.4.3
Headphone amplifier ......................................................................................................... 124
10.4.4
Power requirements .......................................................................................................... 124
10.4.5
Environmental ................................................................................................................... 124
Appendix A:
Compliance ...................................................................................... 125
Appendix B:
Menu maps ...................................................................................... 127
Appendix C:
Cabling reference ............................................................................ 138
Appendix D:
Troubleshooting .............................................................................. 140
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1 Introduction
This guide is intended to help you install, configure, and use the HelixNet Partyline™ system.
HelixNet Partyline is a digital intercom system, featuring the award-winning I.V Core Technology from
Clear-Com®. The system is designed to be as simple to use and configure as a two-wire intercom /
analog Partyline system, while exploiting the flexibility and network management capabilities of a matrix
system.
To expedite integration with your existing intercom infrastructure, HelixNet Partyline also features:
Highly configurable Control I/O and Module settings.
Flexible cabling options (microphone cable, fiber, CAT5).
Optional Two-wire and Four-wire interface modules.
Main Station linking.
1.1 Audience
Chapters / appendices
Target audience (roles)
2 User Interfaces
Technicians and technical managers who have been
tasked with:
3 Installing HelixNet Partyline
4 Linking Main Stations
10 Specifications
Installing HelixNet Partyline.
Integrating HelixNet Partyline with other intercom systems.
Appendix A:Compliance
Appendix C:Cabling reference
2 User Interfaces
4 Linking Main Stations
System administrators who have been tasked with configuring and
administrating HelixNet Partyline.
5 Configuring and Managing
the HMS-4X Main Station
6 Configuring and Managing
the HBP-2X Beltpack
10 Specifications
Appendix B: Menu maps
2 User Interfaces
Users (operators) of the HelixNet main station and beltpacks.
7 Using the HMS-4X
Main Station
8 Using the HBP-2X Beltpack
Table 1: Audience
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1.2 Important Safety instructions
1. Read these instructions.
2. Keep these instructions.
3. Heed all warnings.
4. Follow all instructions.
5. Do not use this apparatus near water.
6. Clean only with dry cloth.
7. Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
8. Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus
(including amplifiers) that produce heat.
9. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has
two blades and a third grounding prong. The wide blade or the third prong are provided for your
safety. If the provided plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of
the obsolete outlet.
10. Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly at plugs, convenience
receptacles, and the point where they exit from the apparatus.
11. Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
12. Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table specified by the manufacturer, or sold with
the apparatus. When a cart is used, use caution when moving the cart/apparatus combination to
avoid injury from tip-over.
13. Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time.
14. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has
been damaged in any way, such as power-cord supply or plug is damaged, liquid has been
spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to rain or
moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped.
15. Warning: To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this product to rain or
moisture.
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1.2.1 Safety symbols
Familiarize yourself with the safety symbols in Figure 1: Safety symbols. These symbols are displayed
on the apparatus and warn you of the potential danger of electric shock if the system is used improperly.
Figure 1: Safety symbols
Important note:
For compliance notices, see Appendix A: Compliance.
1.3 Further information
For the latest information about HelixNet Partyline, including software updates, see:
http://www.clearcom.com/product/helixnet.
For information about Clear-Com accessories, including headsets [
[
], see http://www.clearcom.com/product/accessories.
For legal and contact information, see Page 2 of this guide.
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] and gooseneck mics
2 User Interfaces
2.1 HMS-4X Main Station: Front panel
Figure 2: HMS-4X Main Station: Front panel
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Key to HMS-4X Main Station: Front panel
Feature
Description
A
Ear for rack mounting Main Station.
B
Headset socket (4-pin XLR–M)
Pin
Function
1
Mic ground
2
Mic hot
3
Earphone ground
4
Earphone
Table 2: Headset socket pin out
C
Gooseneck microphone socket (3-pin female Tuchel connector)
D
Mic control [ MIC ON]. Press to activate mic audio.
E
Headset key [ HSET]. Press to activate the headset mic. When the headset is
connected, the gooseneck microphone is disconnected. Audio output to the
loudspeaker is diverted to the headphones.
F
Menu. Press to display the main station menus in the display screens [
G
]. Use the
H
rotary control [
] for each display screen to scroll and select menu items. See 2.1.1
HMS-4X Main Station front panel: Channel keyset.
G
Channel keyset. There is a keyset (set of controls) dedicated to each of the four
available channels. See 2.1.1 HMS-4X Main Station front panel: Channel keyset.
See 2.1.1 HMS-4X Main Station front panel: Channel keyset.
H
Stage Announce [SA]. Press to talk to connected Public Address (PA) / Stage
Announce (SA) system (see 2.2 HMS-4X Main Station: Rear panel).
When the SA is pressed, Mic select [MIC ON] is also lit bright red, indicating that mic
audio is active.
See 7.5 Using the SA [Stage Announce] key.
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I
LEDs for lines 1 and 2 (partylines). The LEDs indicate the status of the intercom
circuit powering. When an LED is lit:
Green, the line is functioning.
Amber, the line is busy.
Red, there is an error or fault on the line.
If there is a fault on a powerline output, the Line STATUS indicator for that channel will
turn off and the red FAULT indicator will flash. Possible causes of a fault include
overvoltage, overcurrent, short circuit to ground or severe brown-outs.
B
J
Loudspeaker. When a headset is connected [
output is diverted to the headphones.
K
Program feed audio level rotary control [Program].
] and selected [
E
], loudspeaker
To increase the volume of the program feed to the loudspeaker / headphones, turn
clockwise (up to 360°).
To decrease the volume, turn anticlockwise (up to 360°). As you increase or decrease
the volume, the level control LEDs pass through a range of indicator colors:
LED color
Volume level
Green
Low
Amber / Green
Low / Medium
Amber
Medium
Red / Amber
Medium / High
High
Table 3: Volume Indicator colors
Red
L
Loudspeaker / Headphone audio level rotary control [Main]. To increase the volume
to the loudspeaker / headphones, turn clockwise (up to 360°). To decrease the volume,
turn anticlockwise (up to 360°).
As you increase or decrease the volume, the level control LEDs pass through a range of
indicator colors. For more information, see Table 3: Volume Indicator colors above
[
M
K
].
Remote Mic Kill [RMK]. Press to:
Send a message to all connected HelixNet HBP-2X beltpacks to deselect any
latched keyset Talk routes.
Turn off any latched Talk routes on connected analog partyline beltpacks.
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N
All Talk. Press to talk to all channels (intercom devices and systems) connected to the
main station.
O
USB 2.0 (Micro-AB) connector. For software upgrades
(see 5.7.2 Updating the software and 5.7.5 Saving and restoring the software
settings.).
P
USB 2.0 (Standard-A) connector. For software upgrades
(see 5.7.2 Updating the software and 5.7.5 Saving and restoring the software
settings.).
Table 4: Key to HMS-4X Main Station front panel diagram
Important note:
The HMS-4X Main Station does not have a power switch, button or key. The system powers up when you
connect the power supply. Power up takes 15-20 seconds (depending on the number of beltpacks
connected).
2.1.1 HMS-4X Main Station front panel: Channel keyset
Figure 3: HMX-4 Main Station (Front panel): Keyset
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Key to HMS-4X Main Station front panel: Channel keyset
Feature
A
Description
Display screen. The following default information is displayed onscreen:
The channel label [
].
The channel listen (volume) level [
].
In Menu mode, the display screens display the four levels of menu. The menu
hierarchy proceeds left to right:
The top level menu is presented in the first screen (furthest left on the front
panel).
The lowest level menu is presented in the fourth screen (furthest right on the
front panel).
Note:
If the display is in Menu mode, the display screen times out of Menu mode and displays
the channel label if no key is pressed for 20 seconds.
For more information about Menu mode, see 5.1 Using the Menus.
B
Rotary control. Turn to increase or decrease the listen volume level for the channel, or
to scroll menu items when in menu mode. To select menu items, press (push) the
control.
C
Talk key. Press and hold for half a second to talk on the channel and to all nodes
(intercom devices and systems) listening into the channel.
D
Call key. Press to send a call signal to all nodes (intercom devices and systems)
listening into the channel.
Table 5: Key to HMS-4x Main Station front panel: Key Set
Note:
If the HMS-4X Main Station remains inactive for 10 minutes, the display screens enter screensaver mode
(see 5.3.7 Setting the screensaver).
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2.2 HMS-4X Main Station: Rear panel
Figure 4: HMS-4X Main Station: Rear panel
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Key to HMS-4X Main Station: Rear panel
Feature
Description
A
Power supply with metal cable restrainer. The power supply operates at 100 - 240
VAC / 50-60Hz / 250 watts / T 3.15A H 250 V.
B
Control I/O (25 way female D-type). Use to connect up to 4 relay control outputs or 4
optically isolated control inputs (see 5.5 Configuring the Control I/O).
Pin
Pin 1
Function
Relay 1 NC
Pin
Pin 14
Function
Relay1 Pole
Pin 2
Relay 1-NO
Pin 15
Relay 2 NC
Pin 3
Relay2-Pole
Pin 16
Relay 2-NO
Pin 4
Relay 3 NC
Pin 17
Relay3 Pole
Pin 5
Relay 3-NO
Pin 18
Relay 4 NC
Pin 6
Relay4-Pole
Pin 19
Relay 4-NO
Pin 20
+5V
Pin 7
Pin 8
GND
Pin 21
+5V
Pin 9
GND
Pin 22
Opto 1-
Pin 10
Opto 1+
Pin 23
Opto 2-
Pin 11
Opto 2+
Pin 24
Opto 3-
Pin 12
Opto 3+
Pin 25
Opto 4-
Pin 13
Opto 4+
Table 6: Control I/O pin out
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C
Hot Mic output. This connection is a 1/4-in (0.64 cm) phone jack. It provides an output
signal from the selected headset or panel microphone. The Hot Mic output is always
live. Audio from the mic is routed through the Hot Mic output even if the mic is inactive
(off).
Pin
Function
Tip
Mic
Ring
IFB mute signal
Sleeve
Ground
Table 7: Hot Mic pin out
D
SA [Stage Announce] line out (3-pin male XLR).
Pin
Function
Pin 1
Ground
Pin 2
Hot
Pin 3
Cold
Table 8: SA pin out
E
F
19
Program Input (3-pin female XLR).
Pin
Function
Pin 1
Ground
Pin 2
Hot
Pin 3
Cold
Table 9: Program input pin out
Line 1 (partyline). (3-pin male and female XLR connectors). Up to 10 beltpacks can be
connected to a line, depending on the cable type and distance from the main station.
See Quick reference: Cable capacity versus distance on page 139.
Pin
Function
Pin 1
Ground
Pin 2
+30V DC and Audio
Pin 3
-30V DC and Audio
Table 10: Line 1 pin ou
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G
Line 2 (partyline). (3-pin male and female XLR connectors). Up to 10 beltpacks can be
connected to a line, depending on the cable type and distance from the main station.
Pin
Function
Pin 1
Ground
Pin 2
+30V DC and Audio
Pin 3
-30V DC and Audio
Table 11: Line 2 pin out
See Quick reference: Cable capacity versus distance on page 139.
H
Optional: Four-wire interface module (Ethercon type RJ45 connectors). For more
information, see Table 16: HMS-4X Main Station rear panel: Interface Modules.
I
Optional: Two-wire interface module (3-pin female XLR connectors). For more
information, see Table 16: HMS-4X Main Station rear panel: Interface Modules.
Optional: Ethernet interface module. For more information, see Table 16: HMS-4X
Main Station rear panel: Interface Modules.
Optional: Fiber interface module (3-pin female XLR connectors). For more
information, see Table 16: HMS-4X Main Station rear panel: Interface Modules.
J
Spare interface module bay. You can fit up to three optional interface modules to the
HelixNet main station. For more information, see Table 16: HMS-4X Main Station rear
panel: Interface Modules.
Table 12: Key to HMS-4X Main Station rear panel diagram
Only connect power supply to earthed supply sockets. Ensure that the power supply
is routed to avoid sharp bends, hot surfaces, pinches and abrasion.
For more safety guidance, see the Safety Instructions at the front of this guide.
Important note:
The HMS-4X Main Station does not have a power switch, button or key. The system powers up when you
connect the power supply. Power up takes 15-20 seconds.
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2.2.1 HMS-4X Main Station rear panel: Interface modules
Up to three additional Interface modules (of the same or different types) can be fitted to the extension bay
of the main station. When looking at the rear of the module, expansion slot 1 is the left-hand slot,
expansion slot 2 is the middle slot, and expansion slot 3 is the right-hand slot.
Warning: The interface modules are not hot pluggable. Ensure that the Main Station is
powered down before inserting or removing modules.
Interface module
Description
Two-wire interface
module (HLI-2W2)
This is a two channel device that enables interoperability with Tempest,
CellCom / FreeSpeak, and HME DX210 systems, and both Clear-Com
and RTS analog partyline systems. The module provides two analog
partyline connectors (3 pin female XLR connectors) with the following
pin out:
Pin
Function
1
Ground
2
Power [Option for RTS mode: power and audio]
3
Audio
Table 13: two-wire Interface Module pin out
Use HelixNet main station menus to set the module for either RTS or
Clear-Com systems. If RTS mode is selected, you can set either:
Pin 1 – common for audio and DC
Pin 2 for power (30 Vdc and mixed audio channel 1 or 3)
Pin 3 for power (30 Vdc and mixed audio channel 2 or 4).
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Four-wire interface
module (HLI-4W2)
This is a two channel device that enables interoperability with the
Eclipse digital matrix system and other four-wire audio sources
(telephone hybrids, AB-120/-100, PA (Public Address) / SA (Stage
Announce) systems.The module also enables HelixNet-to-HelixNet
connections using four-wire audio ports. Two four-wire connectors
(Ethercon type RJ45 socket) are provided with the following pin out:
Pin
1
Function
RS-422 data TX+
2
RS-422 data TX-
3
4
5
6
Audio send +
Audio receive +
Audio receive Audio send -
7
RS-422 data RX+
8
RS-422 data RXTable 14: four-wire interface module pin out
Ethernet interface
module (HLI-ET2)
Enables linking of Main Stations via ethernet. Contains Two 10/100
Mbps RJ45 EtherCON ports.
Pin
Name
Function
1
TX+
Transmit Data+
2
TX-
Transmit Data-
3
RX+
Receive Data+
4
n/c
Not connected
5
n/c
Not connected
6
RX-
Receive Data-
7
n/c
Not connected
8
n/c
Not connected
Table 15: Ethernet interface module pin out
Warning: Both ports are configured to bridge traffic from
one port to the other in order to work in daisy-chain.
Spanning Tree Protocol is not enabled on those ports,
therefore do not connect them both to the same network..
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Fiber interface module
(HLI-FBS)
Enables linking of Main Stations via a fiber link. Contains two SFP ports.
Any 100BASE-X SFP can be connected.
Warning: Both ports are configured to bridge traffic from
one port to the other in order to work in daisy-chain.
Spanning Tree Protocol is not enabled on those ports,
therefore do not connect them both to the same network..
Table 16: HMS-4X Main Station rear panel: Interface Modules
2.3 HBP-2X Beltpack
2.3.1 HBP-2X user controls (front and side view)
A
B
C
D
G
E
F
Figure 5: HBP-2X beltpack main controls (front and side view)
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Key to HBP-2X user controls (front and side view)
Feature
A
Description
Menu key. Press firmly to enter Menu mode (see also
press the Menu key again.
D
F
). To exit Menu mode,
Note:
The display screen times out of Menu mode and displays the channel label(s) if no key
is pressed for 20 seconds.
B
USB 2.0 (Micro-AB) connector. For software upgrades.
C
Casing. Metal casing for robust use. For information about the beltclip, beltloops, and
feet, see 2.3.3 HBP-2X beltclip, beltloops and feet (base view).
Keyset
D
Rotary control. Turn to increase and decrease the listen volume level for the channel.
In Menu mode, you can turn either of the side-mounted rotary controls to scroll menu
items. To select (enter) items, press the right-hand Call key (see
F
).
E
Talk key. Press to talk to all nodes (intercom devices and systems) listening into the
channel. There are two Talk keys on the beltpack, one for each of the supported
channels.
F
Call key. Press and hold for half a second to send a call signal to all nodes (intercom
devices and systems) listening into the channel. There are two Call keys on the
beltpack, one for each of the supported channels.
In Menu mode, press the right-hand Call key to select (enter) menu items
(see also
G
A
D
). Use the left-hand Call key to go back one menu level.
Display screen. When the beltpack is not in Menu mode, the labels and volume level
for each of the two channels supported by the beltpack are displayed on screen.
Table 17: Key to HBP-2X Beltpack main controls (front and side view)
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2.3.2 HBP-2X connectors and controls (rear view)
E
A
B
C
D
Figure 6: HBP-2X connectors and controls (rear view)
ey to HBP-2X Beltpack (Rear view)
Feature
A
B
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Description
Line (Partyline) (3-pin female XLR connector).
Pin
Function
1
Chassis
2
+30V DC and Audio
3
-30V DC and Audio
Table 18: Line (female) pin out
Line (Partyline) (3-pin male XLR connector). Pass-thru for ‘daisy chain’ connection
(see Figure 9: Example system topologies (layouts)).
Pin
Function
1
Chassis
2
+30V DC and Audio
3
-30V DC and Audio
Table 19: Line (male) pin out
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C
Program feed (volume) scroll wheel. Turn to increase or decrease the overall listen
volume level of the program feed. To assign programs to a channel, see 5.4.2
Assigning the Program Listen to a channel.
D
2.5 mm TRS headset input.
E
Headset connector (4-pin or 5-pin XLR connector (male or female options)). The 5-pin
female option is shown.
Example 5-pin female option:
Pin
Function
1
Mic ground
2
Mic hot
3
Earphone ground
4
Earphone
Table 20: 4-pin headset socket pin out
Pin
Function
1
Mic ground
2
Mic hot
3
Earphone ground
4
Earphone right
5
Earphone left
Table 21: 5-pin headset socket pin out
Table 22: Key to HBP-2X Beltpack connectors and controls ( base view)
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2.3.3 HBP-2X beltclip, beltloops and feet (base view)
Figure 7: HBP-2X Beltpack: base view
Key to HBP-2X Beltpack (Base view)
Feature
Description
A
Beltclip. The beltclip is secured to the unit with three screws, and may be removed,
according to your requirements. Use the beltclip to attach the beltpack to a belt or a
fixed position.
B
Feet (positions only). The beltpack can also be placed on a level surface (once the
beltclip has been removed). To give the beltpack more grip on the surface, attach the
four rubber feet supplied with the beltpack.
C
Beltloops (one either side). Use to thread through a belt or strap for securing the
beltpack to a belt or a fixed position.
Table 23: Key to HBP-2X Beltclip, beltloops and feet ( base view)
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3 Installing HelixNet Partyline
This chapter describes how to install your HelixNet Partyline system. It also provides basic guidance on
planning your installation.
Tip: For guidance on connecting HelixNet Partyline to other systems, using the optional interface
modules, see 9 Connecting to Other
Intercom Systems.
Do not plug any non-approved equipment into HelixNet Partyline.
HelixNet Partyline operates at different voltage levels than analog two-wire partyline
systems. Do not plug any analog two-wire partyline equipment into the HelixNet
partyline ports, as this may cause damage.
For more safety instructions, see 1.2 Important Safety instructions.
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3.1 Planning your HelixNet Partyline installation
3.1.1 Comparing digital with analog cabling
B
A
P1
P2
P3
D
C
F
E
Figure 8: Analog and digital cabling comparison
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P1
P1
P2
P2
P3
P3
P4
P4
PF
PF
P4
Key to analog and digital cabling comparison diagram
Feature
A
B
Description
Example 4-channel analog main station (MS-704 shown).
HMS-4X Main Station (digital main station).
P1
Partyline channel 1
P2
Partyline channel 2
P3
Partyline channel 3
P4
Partyline channel 4
PF
Program Feed
C
D
E
In a traditional analog partyline system, one cable is dedicated in hardware to each
partyline channel. This can make it more difficult to build redundancy or spare capacity
into the installation (owing to the number of connectors / cables dedicated to the
delivery of channels).
In the HelixNet system, one cable can carry multiple channels (all four partyline
channels plus a Program Feed). Because one cable can carry all channels, the second
connector for each line can either be used for redundancy (flybacks) or for future
extensions / changes to the cabling topology (layout).
Example analog partyline beltpacks (RS-602 shown). Analog beltpacks must be recabled to use alternative channels, requiring the physical re-location of cabling for new
configurations.
To aid switching, Clear-Com sells additional switching equipment (the SB-704 and
RCS-sh2700 devices). The RS-602 (6-pin XLR) beltpack requires the YC-36 splitter /
combiner to combine 2 channels into a 6-pin configuration, and multi-conductor cables.
The RS-603 (3-pin XLR) beltpack requires a TWC-701 device to combine 2 Clear-Com
channels in a single twisted pair.
F
HBP-2X Beltpacks. Digital beltpacks can support any two of the four partyline channels
(plus Program Feed), wherever they are physically located on the system.
New configurations of beltpacks and channels can be deployed without the physical
relocation of assets.
Table 24: Key to analog and digital cabling comparison diagram
Note:
The capabilities of different cable types may impact how far away beltpacks can be placed from the main
station, and the topologies you use. For more information about cabling, see
Appendix C:Cabling reference.
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3.1.2 Topologies (layouts)
HelixNet Partyline can be deployed using a wide range of topologies, both complex and straightforward.
The following table describes three standard types of topology:
Topology
Description
Daisy-chain
In a daisy-chain topology, the main station is connected to the first
beltpack. The beltpacks are then connected in a series, using the pass-thru
connector on the back / rear of the device to pass on the connection. No
termination is required.
Daisy-chains can be either linear or loop back to the main station to form a
ring for redundancy.
Star
In a star topology, the main station is connected to a passive (Y) splitter
such as an XLR Bulkhead or Mult-box. The beltpacks are then connected
to the splitter point-to-point.
Tree
A tree topology is a more complex version of the star topology, using
serially connected passive ( Y ) splitters. The beltpacks are connected to
each splitter point-to-point (forming a branch of the tree).
Table 25: Topology types
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Figure 9: Example system topologies (layouts)
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Key to example system topologies (layouts) diagram
Feature
A
Description
HMS-4X Main Station (digital main station) (rear panel).
There are two lines (digital partylines) on the main station, each of which can support up
to 10 digital HBP-2X beltpacks. There are two connectors (3-pin XLR, male and female)
for each line.
B
Daisy chained HBP-2X Beltpacks. To create a ‘daisy chain’ of connected beltpacks:
1. Connect the first beltpack to the main station, using either of the 3-pin XLR
connectors (female [
] or male [
] ) on the base of the beltpack.
2. Pass on the connection to the second beltpack, using the remaining connector
as the ‘pass thru’.
3. Repeat for all beltpacks (up to 10) in the chain. No cable termination is required.
C
The second layout uses an XLR Bulkhead and a Mult-box (passive (Y) splitters) to
combine:
A daisy chain (with optional redundancy flyback).
Point-to-point connected beltpacks (using the Mult-box).
The complexity and variety of layouts does not restrict physical access to channels.
Because HelixNet Partyline is a digital system, the HBP-2X Beltpacks can access any
two of the four available channels (plus a Program Feed), however they are connected
to the main station (see Figure 8: Analog and digital cabling comparison).
Table 26: Key to example topologies (layouts)
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3.2 Installing HelixNet Partyline
3.2.1 Environmental information
The recommended temperature ranges for HelixNet Partyline ( the HMS-4X Main Station and HBP-2X
Beltpacks) are as follows:
Operational statusa
Temperature range (recommended)
Min.
In use (operational)
In storage (non-operational)
Max.
0 °C
+50°C
-30 °C
+70°C
Table 27: Recommended temperature ranges
Install the HMS-4X Main Station at a site where there is adequate ventilation around the main station.
Ensure that the top and side vents on the device are not blocked.
Note:
To view temperature information on the main station, see 5.8.2 Viewing temperature information.
For safety guidance, see the Safety Instructions at the front of this guide.
3.2.2 Installing the HMS-4X Main Station
The HMS-4X Main Station is a 19” 1U-height device that you can install to either:
A standard 19” rack.
A shelf, cabinet or other flat surface.
To enable fitting to a rack, the main station is fitted with rack-mounting ears [
For the location of the rack-mounting ears on the main station, see
Station front panel diagram.
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A
].
in Table 4: Key to HMS-4X Main
Power up
There is no power switch, button or key on the HMS-4X Main Station. To power up the main station:
1. Connect the power cord [
] to the power supply connector [
] on the main station.
Use the cable retaining clip on the main station to secure the power cord. The retaining clip is
detached for shipping and must be refitted.
Note:
For the location of the power supply connector on the main station, see
Table 12: Key to HMS-4X Main Station rear panel diagram.
A
in
2. Connect the power cord to the power source (socket). The main station requires an input voltage
between 100 - 240 VAC / 50-60Hz/ 250 watts / T 3.15A H 250 V.
During power up (which takes 15-20 seconds), the front panel display screens momentarily display the
Clear-Com logo [
] until the device is ready for operation.
Only connect power supply to earthed supply sockets. Ensure that the power supply is
routed to avoid sharp bends, hot surfaces, pinches and abrasion.
For safety guidance, see the Safety Instructions at the front of this guide.
3.2.3 Installing the HBP-2X Beltpacks
The HBP-2X Beltpack is a device that you can:
Wear at your belt, using either the beltclip or beltloops.
Install to a shelf or other flat surface.
Attach to a pole or other fixed upright position.
Tip: For more information, see 2.3.3 HBP-2X beltclip, beltloops and feet (base view)
Power up
The HBP-2X Beltpack is powered from the (standard mic) cable that connects the device with the HMS4X Main Station (see below).
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Connecting the HBP-2X Beltpack to the HMS-4X Main Station
To connect the HBP-2X Beltpack to the HMS-4X Main Station:
1. There are two lines (partylines) on the main station, each of which can support up to 10 digital
HBP-2X beltpacks. There are two connectors (3-pin XLR, male and female) for each line.
Connect the cable to the selected connector [
] on the main station.
Note:
For the location of Lines 1 and 2 (the powerlines) on the main station, see
Table 12: Key to HMS-4X Main Station rear panel diagram.
F
G
in
2. Connect the cable to the beltpack, using one of the two 3-pin XLR connectors (male and female)
on the base / rear of the beltpack.
Tip: For example topologies, see 3.1.2 Topologies (layouts).
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4 Linking Main Stations
This chapter describes how to link Main Stations to create a party line system that has more than four
channels and more than 20 beltpacks. You can connect Main Stations directly or over a LAN via Ethernet.
Main Station linking is achieved using interface modules fitted to the extension bay of the Main Station.
There are two modules:
Ethernet interface module (HLI-ET2). This module provides an Ethernet connection between
Main Stations.
Fiber interface module (HLI-FBS). This module provides a Fiber connection between Main
Stations.
Each Main Stations has four channels, and can connect up to 20 beltpacks.
Warning: Both ports are configured to bridge traffic from one port to the other in order
to work in daisy-chain. Spanning Tree Protocol is not enabled on those ports, therefore
do not connect them both to the same network..
4.1 Linking scenarios
Main Stations are connected together using CAT, CAT5e or CAT6 shielded cable. There are various
topologies that you can create. Some of these are illustrated below.
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4.1.1 Linking two Main Stations with Ethernet
1. Insert an HLI-ET2 Ethernet interface module in each station. Use any of the three slots available.
Note:
Ensure that the Main Station is powered down before inserting modules.
2. Connect a regular Ethernet cable (for example, CAT5, CAT5e, CAT6, CAT6e) from one HLI-ET2
port on one station to one HLI-ET2 port on the other station.
3. Power up both stations. Verify that the green LED on each HLI-ET2 port is flashing.
4. Go to Networking->Stations menu on each station. You should see two entries on each screen
indicating that each station properly sees itself and the other station.
5. Go to Networking->Linking->Link Station menu on each station and select Enabled. You now
have an 8 channels system and can start assigning channels to Main Stations and Beltpacks.
Note:
You shoud see a Link icon
on the Main Station display.
Figure 10: Linking two stations with Ethernet
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4.1.2 Linking two Main Stations with Fiber
1. Insert an HLI-FBS Fiber interface module in each station. Use any of the three slots available.
Note:
Ensure that the Main Station is powered down before inserting modules.
2. Plug an SFP Transceiver into one HLI-FBS port on each station.
3. Connect Two Fibers from one HLI-FBS port on one station to one HLI-FBS port on the other
station. If using Single connector fiber,make sure that Tx on one goes to Rx on the other.
4. Power up both stations. Verify that the green LED on each HLI- FBS port is flashing.
5. Go to Networking->Stations menu on each station. You should see two entries on each screen
indicating that each station properly sees itself and the other station.
6. Go to Networking->Linking->Link Station menu on each station and select Enabled. You now
have an 8 channels system and can start assigning channels to Main Stations and Beltpacks.
Note:
You should see a Link icon
on the Main Station display.
Figure 11: Linking two stations with Fiber
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4.1.3 Linking three Main Stations in a daisy chain
You can daisy chain stations following all the instructions of the previous sections using the second port
on one of the HLI-ET2 or HLI-FBS module to connect to a third station. Then enable linking on the third
station. You can daisy chain many stations this way but do not create a loop. The advantage of daisy
chain is that it does not require any additional equipment for interconnection. The disadvantage is that if
you disconnect or power down a station in the middle it will break the chain and prevent audio from going
through.
You can also mix Ethernet and Fiber in the chain using an additional slot in a station in the middle of the
chain.
Alternatively, you can save a slot by using an HLI-FBS module in the middle station, populating one port
with a fiber SFP transceiver and one port with a 10/100Base-T electrical SFP transceiver.
Figure 12: Linking three Main Stations in a daisy chain
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4.1.4 Network connections
Connecting in an existing IP network requires planning with your IT department in order to figure out the
IP addressing scheme. By default Helixnet Main Station comes up with automatic IP addressing (DHCP)
enabled. In order for that to work properly in an existing IP network there must be a DHCP server handing
out IP addresses. If no DHCP server is found, a Main Station will revert to an unused Link-local address
in the 169.254.0.0/16 block.
Through the Networking menu you can disable DHCP and set static IP addresses. When you assign
static IP addresses you need to make sure that the Main Stations you want to link together are part of the
same subnet. The following figure shows an example of Static IP addresses and Subnet Mask that would
work. For more information on IP addresses and subnets see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subnetwork.
IP: 192.168.2.221
Netmask: 255.255.0.0
IP: 192.168.3.137
Netmask: 255.255.0.0
Ethernet Switch
IP: 192.168.133.137
Netmask: 255.255.0.0
Figure 13: Network connections
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4.1.5 Multiple Groups in the same IP Network
You can have multiple groups of Main Stations linked together. Each group must be part of a different
subnet. Here is an example if IP addresses and subnets that would allow two independent groups of Main
Stations in the same IP network.
IP: 192.168.2.221
Netmask: 255.255.255.0
IP: 192.168.3.221
Netmask: 255.255.255.0
IP: 192.168.2.153
Netmask: 255.255.255.0
IP: 192.168.3.148
Netmask: 255.255.255.0
IP Network
IP: 192.168.3.63
Netmask: 255.255.255.0
IP: 192.168.2.17
Netmask: 255.255.255.0
Figure 14:Multiple Groups in the same IP Network
Here the Subnet Mask is set to 255.255.255.0 indicating that a Subnet is identified by the first three
numbers of the IP address. The three Main Stations on the left share the same 192.168.3.0 subnet prefix
the three on the right share the same 192.168.2.0 subnet prefix. When powered up the three on the left
would see each other (in the Networking->Stations menu), the three on the right see each other but one
group cannot see the other. When linking is enabled on all, you would end up with two 12-channels
systems, one in the 192.168.2.0 subnet and one in the 192.168.3.0 subnet all working on the same IP
infrastructure.
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4.1.6 Resource Sharing between Linked Stations
The number of partyline channels available in your system will increase by 4 for each Main Station linked
together. At the moment of linking, channels with the exact same name will merge their audio together
then only one of those will remain. When that happens, an additional channel name will be automatically
generated (Ch 98798E-b in the following example).
Once linked each Main Station still “owns” 4 channels. When a station is disconnected or powered down,
a broken link icon
will appear on the remaining Main Station displays. The names of the channels
owned by that station will go Italic.
Figure 15:Resource sharing between linked stations
Channel number
Station 1 Labels
Station 2 Labels
1
Sound
Lighting
2
Stage
Stage
3
LD Private
Director
4
Spots
SPOTS
Table 28 Labels before enabling linking
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Channel number
Station 1 Labels
1
Sound
2
Stage
3
LD Private
LD Private
4
Spots
Spots
5
Station 2 Labels
Linked Network Label
Sound
Stage
Stage
Lighting
6
Lighting
Ch 98798E-b
7
Director
Director
8
SPOTS
SPOTS
Table 29 Labels after enabling linking
HLI-ET2
HLI-ET2
Figure 16:Resource sharing between unlinked stations
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“Owned” by Station 1
“Owned” by Station 2
Labels after link is severed
Channel number
Station 1 Labels
Station 2 Labels
Linked Network Label
1
Sound
Sound
“Owned” by Station 1
2
Stage
Stage
3
LD Private
LD Private
4
Spots
Spots
5
Lighting
Lighting
6
Channel 6
Channel 6
7
Director
Director
8
SPOTS
SPOTS
“Owned” by Station 2
Table 30 Labels after link is severed
4.2 Networking Specifications
Specification
Value
Latency on Powerline
40-80ms (depends on the distance and the number of
Beltpacks on the line more distance or more Beltpacks means
more latency)
Latency over IP Network
30ms + Network Latency (Main Station to Main Station)
Bandwidth used
300 kbps per active Talker, for a maximum of 1 talker per
device in the system
Each Beltpack counts as 1 device
Each Main Station counts as 2 devices
IPv4
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5 Configuring and Managing the
HMS-4X Main Station
This chapter describes how to configure the settings and manage the HMS-4X Main Station using
Menu mode. It also shows you how to monitor and diagnose performance issues, using the Diagnostics
menus.
Tip: For a quick reference to the main station menus, see Appendix B: Menu maps.
5.1 Using the Menus
To place the main station in Menu mode, press the Menu key [
screen.
] to the left of the first (left) display
In Menu mode, the display screens display the four levels of menu. The menu hierarchy proceeds left to
right:
The top level menu is presented in the first screen (furthest left on the front panel).
The lowest level menu is presented in the fourth screen (furthest right on the front panel).
5.1.1 Configuring settings
To configure settings:
1. For each menu, turn the rotary control [
Turn clockwise to scroll up the menu items.
] counter-clockwise to scroll down the menu items.
Off-screen menu items are indicated by arrows at the top and/or bottom of the screen [
].
Selected menu items (which create your path through the four menus) are highlighted in solid
yellow [
].
2. The fourth menu (fourth display screen) displays the settings that relate to your previous menu
choices (system features or functionality).
The current setting is indicated by a dotted box [
When you have selected a setting, press the rotary control [
main station.
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] around the menu item
] to enable the setting on the
5.1.2 Exiting Menu mode
To exit Menu mode, do either of the following:
Press the Menu key [
].
Wait until Menu mode times out. If you fail to press any key on the front panel for 20 seconds, the
display screens revert to showing the standard channel information:
Channel label (name) [
Listen level (volume) [
].
].
5.2 Configuring the Audio settings
5.2.1 Audio settings for the headset
To configure the audio settings for the headset:
1. In Menu mode [
], select Audio Settings and then Headset.
2. To adjust the level of sidetone on the headset:
a. In the third menu (third display screen), select Sidetone Gain.
b. In the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select one of the following:
0dB
- 6dB
- 12dB
- 18dB
Note:
The default is -12dB.
c.
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3. To limit the peaks in audio on the headphones (or to disable headphone limiting):
a. In the third menu (third display screen), select Headphone Limit.
b. In the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select one of the following:
Off
+6dB
0dB
- 6dB
Note:
The default is 0dB.
c.
To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the rotary control [
].
Note:
When Headphone Limit is set to anything but Off, a LIM indication will show up on the leftmost display.
Note:
Limiting peaks in audio can help to prevent distortion on the headphone microphone.
4. To set (or disable) sidetone tracking on the headset:
a. In the third menu (third display screen), select Sidetone Control.
b. In the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select one of the following:
Tracking - The sidetone volume will follow (track) the Main volume level.
Non-Tracking - The sidetone volume is set to maximum.
Disabled - Sidetone is disabled.
Note:
The default is Tracking.
c.
To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the rotary control [
].
5. To select the type of microphone on the headset:
a. In the third menu (third display screen), select HS Mic Type.
Note:
HS = Headset.
b. In the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select either of the following types of
microphone:
Electret (-15dB)
Dynamic (0dB)
Dynamic (-10 dB)
Note:
The default is Dynamic.
c.
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5.2.2 Audio settings for the microphone
To configure the audio settings for the microphone:
1. In Menu mode [
], select Audio Settings and then Microphone.
2. To select the Headroom:
a. From the third menu (third display screen), select Headroom.
b. From the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select one of the following:
Normal
High - Reduces the analog input gain and increases the digital gain accordingly.
That reduces digital clipping at the A/D converter but increases the noise floor.
Note:
The default is Normal.
3. To enable or disable the Contour Filter:
a. From the third menu (third display screen), select Contour Filter
b. From the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select one of the following:
Enabled - The Contour filter is a Clear-Com algorithm enhancing speech
intelligibility, especially when whispering or talking at a low volume.
Disabled
Note:
The default is Enabled.
5.2.3 Audio settings for the Program Input
To configure the audio settings for the Program Input (Program Feed):
1. In Menu mode [
], select Audio Settings and then Program Input.
2. From the third menu (third display screen), select Gain.
3. From the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select one of the following:
+ 12dB
+ 6dB
0dB
- 6dB
- 12dB
Note:
The default is 0.
4. To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the rotary control [
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5.2.4 Audio settings for Program IFB [Interruptible Foldback]
IFB allows you to temporarily interrupt the continuous program listen (program feed) and speak to the
channels connected to the program listen.
See also 5.4.2 Assigning the Program Listen to a channel.
To configure the audio settings for Program IFB [Interruptible Foldback]:
1. In Menu mode [
], select Audio Settings and then Program IFB.
2. From the third menu (third display screen), select IFB Dim Level.
Note:
The IFB Dim Level determines the volume level the Program Level is reduced to when it is
interrupted by the IFB.
3. From the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select one of the following:
IFB Disabled
- 6dB
-12dB
-18dB
-24dB
Full Cut
Note:
The default is IFB Disabled.
4. To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the rotary control [
].
5.2.5 Audio settings for the SA [Stage Announce] Output
To configure the audio settings for the SA [Stage Announce] Output:
1. In Menu mode [
], select Audio Settings and then SA Output.
2. From the third menu (third display screen), select Gain.
3. From the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select one of the following:
+ 12dB
+ 6dB
0dB
- 6dB
- 12dB
Note:
The default is 0.
4. To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the rotary control [
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5.2.6 Audio settings for the Hot Mic Output
To configure the audio settings for the Hot Mic Output:
1. In Menu mode [
], select Audio Settings and then Hot Mic Ouput.
2. From the third menu (third display screen), select Gain.
3. From the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select one of the following:
+ 12dB
+ 6dB
0dB
- 6dB
-12dB
Note:
The default is 0.
4. To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the rotary control [
].
5.2.7 Audio settings for the Front Panel
To configure the audio settings for the Front Panel:
5. In Menu mode [
], select Audio Settings and then Front Panel.
6. From the third menu (third display screen), select Loudspeaker Dim.
7. From the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select one of the following:
0 dB
-3 dB
-6 dB
-12 dB
-24 dB
Note:
The default is -6 dB.
8. To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the rotary control [
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5.3 Setting Station Settings
5.3.1 Setting Preferences
To set the Preferences:
1. In Menu mode [
], select Station Settings and then Preferences.
2. From the third menu (third display screen), select Station ID.
Enter a station ID with a maximum of 10 alphanumeric characters:
To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the rotary control [
].
5.3.2 Setting Keyset Assignments
To set the Keyset Assignments:
1. In Menu mode [
], select Station Settings and then Keyset Assign.
2. From the third menu (third display screen), select Keyset 1.
3. From the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select a name to assign to the Keyset.
Note:
The default is conf_name_1
4. Repeat this procedure for the remaining Keysets.
To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the rotary control [
].
5.3.3 Setting key latching
To enable or disable front panel keys for latching:
1. In Menu mode [
], select Station Settings and then Keysets.
2. From the third menu (third display screen), select either:
Key(s)
Description
Talk Latch
Talk keys for the four available channels.
SA Output key
Key used to talk to a connected public address or Stage Announce
(SA) system.
Table 31: Setting key latching
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Important note:
The RMK (Remote Mic Kill) key is also displayed in the list. This key cannot be latched. The
RMK key is used to:
Send a message to all connected HelixNet Partyline devices to deselect any
latched keyset Talk routes.
Turn off any latched Talk routes on connected analog partyline equipment.
To find out how to enable or disable the RMK key, see
5.3.4 Setting the RMK (Remote Mic Kill) key.
Tip: For a quick reference to the location of keys on the front panel, see
2.1HMS-4X Main Station: Front panel.
3. From the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select either of the following:
Latching
Non-latching
Note:
The default for Talk Latch is Latching. The default for the SA Output key is Non-latching.
4. To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the rotary control [
].
5.3.4 Setting the RMK (Remote Mic Kill) key
The RMK (Remote Mic Kill) key is used to:
Send a message to all connected HelixNet Partyline devices to deselect any latched keyset Talk
routes.
Turn off any latched Talk on connected analog partyline equipment.
To enable or disable the RMK (Remote Mic Kill) key:
1. In Menu mode [
], select Station Settings and then Keysets.
2. From the third menu (third display screen), select RMK.
Note:
Talk Latch and the SA Output Key are also listed in this menu.
See 5.3 Setting Station Settings.
3. From the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select either of the following:
Enabled
Disabled
Note:
The default is Enabled.
4. To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the rotary control [
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5.3.5 Setting display screen brightness
By default, the display screens are set for medium brightness. To set the brightness of the display
screens:
5. In Menu mode [
], select Station Settings and then Display.
6. From the third menu (third display screen), select OLED Brightness.
7. From the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select one of the following brightness settings:
High
Medium
Low
Note:
The default is Medium.
8. To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the rotary control [
].
5.3.6 Setting key brightness
By default, the front panel keys are set to High / Low. This means that the keys are lit bright red when
active (on) and dim red when inactive (off).
To set the brightness of all front panel keys:
1. In Menu mode [
], select Station Settings and then Display.
2. From the third menu (third display screen), select Key Brightness.
3. From the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select one of the following brightness settings:
Key(s)
Description
High / Low
The default setting.
Keys are lit bright red when active (on) and dim red when inactive
(off).
High / Off
Keys are lit bright red when active (on) and are unlit when
inactive (off).
Low / Off
Keys are lit dim red when active (on) and are unlit when
inactive (off).
Off / Off
Keys are unlit, whether or not they are active (on) or inactive (off).
Table 32: Setting key brightness
To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the rotary control [
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5.3.7 Setting the screensaver
The screensaver features the channel label and is enabled by default. The display screens enter
screensaver mode when the main station has been inactive for 10 minutes.
Tip: To exit screensaver mode, press any key on the front panel.
To enable or disable the screensaver:
1. In Menu mode [
], select Station Settings and then Display.
2. From the third menu (third display screen), select Screensaver.
3. From the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select either:
Enabled
Disabled
Note:
The default is Enabled.
4. To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the rotary control [
].
5.4 Configuring the channel settings
5.4.1 Editing the channel label
The maximum length for a channel label is 10 characters. See 4.1.7 Resource Sharing between
Linked Stations for an explanation of how identical labels are treated when Main Stations are linked. To
edit the channel label:
1. In Menu mode [
example,
], select Channels and then the name of the channel you want to edit (for
).
2. From the third menu (third display screen), select Label.
3. Select Clear and press the rotary control to clear the channel label.
4. In the fourth menu (fourth dislay screen), the following prompt is displayed above the channel
label:
[Press to Edit]
Press the rotary control [
].
5. The first letter of the channel label is shown as selected [
displayed above the channel label:
]. The following prompt is
[Scroll / Press to Select]
Scroll to the character you want to edit by turning the rotary control [
press the rotary control [
].
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6. The character you have selected for editing is shown in a box with a dotted border
[
].
To display alternative characters in the box, turn the rotary control [
characters comprises the following:
Characters
Description / range
Numbers
(numeric)
Letters
0 to 9
Symbols
# & *() -_=+ /[email protected] :
]. The range of available
Capital letters = A to Z
Small letters = a to z
Note:
You can also select a space.
Table 33: Channel label characters
To select a character, press the rotary control [
].
7. When you have selected a replacement character, scroll to the next character you want to edit.
When you have finished editing the channel label, scroll to Save (displayed beneath the channel
label).
To save the channel label, press the rotary control [
].
5.4.2 Assigning the Program Listen to a channel
To assign (or unassign) the Program Listen (Program Feed) to a channel:
1. In Menu mode [
(for example,
], select Channels and then the name of the channel
).
2. From the third menu (third display screen), select Program Listen.
3. From the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select either None, or choose from the list of
available programs.
Note:
The default is None.
4. To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the rotary control [
].
Tip: When you assign the Program Listen to a channel, PGM is displayed on the display screen
(under the listen level bar, to the left) for that channel.
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5.5 Configuring the Control I/O
The Control I/O connector (25 way female D-type) on the rear panel allows you to connect up to 4 relay
outputs or 4 opto inputs and control them through the main station keysets:
I/O type
Description
Opto inputs
Opto inputs enable you to connect a foot switch or other control
device and use it to trigger Call or Talk functions.
Relay outputs
Relay outputs enable you to use Call or Talk keys to trigger any
external device that accepts a standard contact closure (such as a
theater curtain or an On Air light).
Table 34: Opto inputs and Relay outputs
5.5.1 Configuring Opto inputs
Note:
Optos are only available on the Main Station.
To configure the Control I/O for Opto inputs:
1. In Menu mode [
], select Control I/O.
2. From the second menu (second display screen), select Inputs.
3. From the third menu (third display screen), select one of the four available Opto inputs:
Opto 1
Opto 2
Opto 3
Opto 4
4. From the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select one of the following:
None
Call Key 1
Talk Key 1
Call Key 2
Talk Key 2
Call Key 3
Talk Key 3
Call Key 4
Talk Key 4
Note:
The number of the key relates to the keyset to which it belongs (for example, Call Key 1 is the
Call key for the first keyset / display screen).
The default setting is None.
5. To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the rotary control [
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5.5.2 Configuring Relay outputs
To configure the Control I/O for Relay outputs:
1. In Menu mode [
], select Control I/O.
2. From the second menu (second display screen), select Outputs.
3. From the third menu (third display screen), select one of the four available Relay outputs:
Relay 1
Relay 2
Relay 3
Relay 4
4. From the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select one of the following:
None
Call Key 1
Talk Key 1
Call Key 2
Talk Key 2
Call Key 3
Talk Key 3
Call Key 4
Talk Key 4
SA Key
Note:
The number of the key relates to the keyset to which it belongs (for example, Call Key 1 is the
Call key for the first keyset / display screen).
The default setting is None.
5. To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the rotary control [
].
5.6 Configuring Module Settings
Up to three optional interface modules (of the same or different types) can be fitted to the expansion bay
of the HMS-4X Main Station.
Warning: The interface modules are not hot pluggable. Ensure that the Main Station is powered down
before inserting or removing modules.
The Menu mode [
modules.
] > Module Settings are used to set up the devices connected to the interface
Tip: For more detailed information about interface modules, including pin out information, see:
2.2.1 HMS-4X Main Station rear panel: Interface modules.
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5.6.1 Configuring a Four-wire interface module
The following procedure shows you how to configure the Module Settings for a
Four-wire interface module.
To configure the Module Settings for a four-wire interface module:
1. In Menu mode [
], select Module Settings.
2. From the second menu (second display screen), select one of the two available ports on the twowire interface module:
Slot 2/Port A 4W
Slot 2/Port B 4W
Notes:
In this example, the four-wire module has been fitted to slot 2 in the expansion bay. The
expansion bay contains three slots (room for three interface modules).
4W = four-wire.
3. To associate one of the four available channels (or to disable channels associations) with the
selected port:
a. From the third menu (third display screen), select Channel Assign.
b. From the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select one of the following:
Disabled.
Channel A.
Channel B.
Channel C.
Channel D.
Note:
The default is Disabled.
Note:
When linking is enabled, there will be more than four channels.
c.
To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the rotary control [
].
4. To set the Program Output:
a. From the third menu (third display screen), select Program Output.
b. From the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select one of the following:
Unmute
Mute
Note:
The default is Unmute.
To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the rotary control [
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5. To set the input level for the four-wire port:
a. From the third menu (third display screen), select Input Gain.
b. From the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select one of the following:
+12dB
+ 6dB.
0dB
-6dB.
-12dB
Note:
The default is 0dB.
c.
To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the rotary control [
].
6. To set the output level for the four-wire port:
a. From the third menu (third display screen), select Output Gain.
b. From the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select one of the following:
+12dB
+ 6dB.
0dB
-6dB.
-12dB
Note:
The default is 0dB.
c. To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the rotary control [
].
7. If you are setting up a continuous audio (program) feed using the four-wire interface module, then
you may want to enable the VOX functionality. To help reduce redundant noise, the VOX
functionality automatically deactivates and activates the continuous audio feed, at an
automatically determined volume threshold.
Note:
If you assign a program and a four-wire interface to the same channel, VOX is automatically
enabled.
To enable or disable VOX:
a. From the third menu (third display screen), select VOX.
b. From the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select one of the following:
Enabled.
Disabled.
Note:
The default is Disabled.
c.
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8. The VOX Delay OFF setting determines the length of time to wait before deactivating the
incoming audio. To set the VOX Delay OFF setting:
a. From the third menu (third display screen), select VOX Delay OFF.
b. From the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select one of the following:
[0].5 sec.
1 sec.
2 sec.
3 sec.
4 sec
Note:
The default is [0].5 sec.
c.
To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the rotary control [
].
5.6.2 Configuring a Two-wire interface module
The following procedure shows you how to configure the Module Settings for a Two-wire interface
module.
Note:
The Two-wire interface module must be able to receive power from the Pl line.
To configure the Module Settings for a Two-wire interface module:
1. In Menu mode [
], select Module Settings.
2. From the second menu (second display screen), select one of the two available ports on the twowire interface module:
Slot 1/Port A 2W
Slot 1/Port B 2W
Notes:
In this example, the two-wire module has been fitted to slot 1 in the expansion bay. The
expansion bay contains three slots (room for three interface modules).
2W = Two-wire.
a. To associate one of the four available channels (or to disable channels associations) with
the selected port:
From the third menu (third display screen), select Channel Assign.
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b. From the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select one of the following:
Disabled
Channel A
Channel B
Channel C
Channel D
Note:
The default is Disabled.
Note:
When linking is enabled, there will be more than four channels.
To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the rotary control [
].
3. To set the Program Output:
a. From the third menu (third display screen), select Program Output.
b. From the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select one of the following:
Unmute
Mute
Note:
The default is Unmute.
4. To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the rotary control [
].
5. Auto-nulling helps to reduce echo while talking on a two-wire audio system. To enable (start)
Auto-nulling on the selected port:
a. From the third menu (third display screen), select Auto-Nulling.
b. From the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select Start.
Note:
Auto-nulling is only applicable to two-wire audio. All Talk routes/keys must be disabled before
Auto-nulling can commence. If an echo persists, ensure all Talk routes are disabled and re-null
the system.
6. The Two-wire interface module is set for Clear-Com systems by default. However, you can also
set the two-wire ports for use by RTS analog partyline systems. If you are connecting to an RTS
system, you also have a choice of two different pinouts:
RTS pinout option
Description
RTS Audio Pin 2
Pin 2 is used for both power and audio.
RTS Audio Pin 3
Pin 3 is used for audio (Pin 2 is used for power only).
Table 35: Configuring Module Settings: RTS pinout options
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Note:
For detailed pinout information, see
2.2.1 HMS-4X Main Station rear panel: Interface modules.
To configure the port for either Clear-Com or RTS systems:
a. From the third menu (third display screen), select Mode.
b. From the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select one of the following:
Clear-Com
RTS Audio Pin 2
RTS Audio Pin 3
c.
To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the rotary control [
].
7. To set the Input Gain:
a. From the third menu (third display screen), select Input Gain.
b. From the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select one of the following:
+3 dB
+2 dB
+1 dB
0 dB
-1 dB
-2 dB
-3 dB
Note:
The default is 0 dB.
8. To set the Output Gain:
a. From the third menu (third display screen), select Output Gain.
b. From the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select one of the following:
+3 dB
+2 dB
+1 dB
0 dB
-1 dB
-2 dB
-3 dB
Note:
The default is 0 dB.
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9. Enabling RMK [Remote Mic Kill] Input allows an external source (such as the main (base)
station of the connected two-wire system to send an RMK signal to the analog beltpacks attached
to the HelixNet main station.
To enable RMK Input:
a. From the third menu (third display screen), select RMK Input.
b. From the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select one of the following:
Enabled
Disabled
Note:
The default is Disabled.
c.
To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the rotary control [
].
10. Enabling RMK [Remote Mic Kill] Ouput allows you to send an RMK signal from the HelixNet
main station to the connected analog beltpacks.
To enable RMK Output:
a. From the third menu (third display screen), select RMK Output.
b. From the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select one of the following:
Enabled
Disabled
Note:
The default is Disabled.
c.
To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the rotary control [
].
11. If you are setting up a continuous audio (program) feed using the two-wire interface module, then
you may want to enable the VOX functionality. To help reduce redundant noise, the VOX
functionality automatically deactivates and activates the continuous audio feed, at an
automatically determined volume threshold.
Note:
If you assign a program and a two-wire interface to the same channel, VOX is automatically
enabled.
To enable or disable VOX:
a. From the third menu (third display screen), select VOX.
b. From the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select one of the following:
Enabled
Disabled
Note:
The default is Disabled.
c.
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12. The VOX Delay OFF setting determines the length of time to wait before deactivating the
incoming audio. To set the VOX Delay OFF setting:
a. From the third menu (third display screen), select VOX Delay OFF.
b. From the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select one of the following:
[0].5 sec.
1 sec.
2 sec.
3 sec.
4 sec
Note:
The default is [0].5 sec.
c.
To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the rotary control [
].
5.6.3 Configuring an Ethernet or Fiber interface module
The following procedure shows you how to configure the Module Settings for an Ethernet interface
module.
You can determine whether an Ethernet or Fiber module has been detected by looking at the Module
Settings menu.
To configure the Module Settings for an Ethernet interface module:
1. To view status information about Main Stations:
a. In Menu mode [
], select Networking.
Notes:
The Networking menu only appears if at least one Ethernet or Fiber interface module is
detected.
b. From the second menu (second display option), select Stations. A list of station IDs is
given for each Main Station in the network. Each station ID in the list is preceded by the
letter L- for the Local station itself and R- for all remote stations.
c.
From the third menu (third display option) select the required station ID.
d. From the fourth menu (fourth display option) you can view the following:
Status – Enabled or Disabled
IP
– The IP address.
2. To enable or disable linking:
a. In Menu mode [
], select Networking.
Note:
The Networking menu only appears if an Ethernet or Fiber interface module is detected.
b. From the second menu (second display option), select Linking.
c. From the third menu (third display option), select Link Station.
d. From the fourth display screen, select one of the following:
Disabled
Enabled
Note:
The default is Disabled
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3. To enable or disable DHCP:
a. In Menu mode [
], select Networking.
Note:
The Networking menu only appears if an Ethernet or Fiber interface module is detected.
b. From the second menu (second display option), select Preferences.
c. From the third menu (third display option), select DHCP.
d. From the fourth display screen, select one of the following:
Disabled
Enabled
Note:
The default is Enabled
4. To edit the IP address:
a. In Menu mode [
], select Networking.
Note:
The Networking menu only appears if an Ethernet or Fiber interface module is detected.
b. From the second menu (second display option), select Preferences.
c. From the third menu (third display option), select IP Address.
d. From the fourth display screen, edit the Ipv4 address.
Note:
You can only edit the Ipv4 address if DHCP is disabled.
Note:
The HelixNet system uses a 10.0.0.x IP address range internally between the Main
Station and the Beltpacks, and therefore will not allow setting the external IP address to
anything in that range.
Note:
If you change the IP address (either manually or through DHCP), the link between
stations will be broken and you have to reboot the Main Station to link again. The
following message will appear as a banner (inverted text) at the bottom across the four
displays on the Main Station
IP address | changed, | reboot | to link (| meaning separation between displays)
If that message appear, pressing the Menu key will bring you directly to:
Administration->Reset->Reboot->Reboot Now
5. To edit the Gateway:
a. In Menu mode [
], select Networking.
Note:
The Networking menu only appears if an Ethernet or Fiber interface module is detected.
b. From the second menu (second display option), select Preferences.
c. From the third menu (third display option), select Gateway.
d. From the fourth display screen, edit the gateway.
Note:
You can only edit the gateway if DHCP is disabled.
6. To edit the Subnet Mask:
a. In Menu mode [
], select Networking.
Note:
The Networking menu only appears if an Ethernet or Fiber interface module is detected.
b. From the second menu (second display option), select Preferences.
c. From the third menu (third display option), select Subnet Mask.
d. From the fourth display screen, edit the Subnet Mask.
Note:
You can only edit the Subnet Mask if DHCP is disabled.
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5.6.4 Configuring the Module Settings: Version information
The software (firmware) for the ports on the interface module must match that on the HelixNet Main
Station itself.
To check the software version for the Main Station and each port on the interface module:
1. In Menu mode [
], select Administration > Software > Current.
2. In the fourth menu (display screen), use the rotary control [
versions.
] to scroll the displayed software
3. The software versions for each port are listed under Snx, where n indicates the slot number, and
x indicates port A or port B.
The software versions for the Main Station and the IV-Router are listed under MS and IVR
respectively.
5.7 Administration
In Menu mode [
] > Administration, you can:
View the current versions of the software for the system.
Update the software (firmware).
Lock or unlock the menus on HBP-2X beltpacks connected to the main station.
Reset the Main Station to the default (factory mode) settings.
Manually reboot the Main Station.
Save and Restore the software settings.
5.7.1 Viewing the current versions of the software
To view the current versions of the software on the Main Station:
1. In Menu mode [
2.
], select Administration and then Software.
From the third menu (display screen), select Current.
3. In the fourth menu (display screen), use the rotary control [
versions.
] to scroll the displayed software
The software versions for each port are listed under Snx, where n indicates the slot number, and
x indicates port A or port B.
The software versions for the Main Station and the IV-Router are listed under MS and IVR
respectively.
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5.7.2 Updating the software
Important note:
The following procedure is relevant to future software updates only. Customers will be contacted by
email when software updates become available. Updates will be downloaded through a link provided in
the email.
Any HBP-2X beltpacks that are connected to the Main Station are automatically updated. The beltpacks
remain non-functional for approximately 5 minutes while they are updated. You can also use a USB
memory stick (USB 2.0 Micro-AB) to make the software available to the beltpack.
To update the software:
1. After downloading the software update, copy the update to a USB memory stick.
2. There are two USB connectors available on the front panel:
USB 2.0 (Micro-AB) connector.
USB 2.0 (A) connector.
Note: For more information, see
O
P
in Table 4: Key to HMS-4X Main Station front panel
diagram.
Insert the memory stick into the appropriate USB connector.
3. In Menu mode [
], select Administration and then Software.
4.
From the third menu (display screen), select Update.
5. The fourth menu (fourth display screen) displays the new software version information on the
USB memory stick. To start updating the Main Station with the new software, press the rotary
control [
].
The process of updating the software takes several minutes. The following system messages are
displayed during the process:
Downloading file components
Erasing Flash
Copying new files
Update successful
Do not turn off the power to the Main Station during the software (firmware) update.
Turning off the power can damage the device.
Note:
The Main Station resets automatically. You are not required to restart the Main Station. To check that
the software upgrade was performed successfully, see 5.7.1 Viewing the current versions of the
software.
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5.7.3 Locking and unlocking the HBP-2X beltpack menus
You can prevent beltpack users from changing the menu settings on connected HBP-2X beltpacks by
locking the menus. Unlock the beltpack menus to allow users to change the beltpack menu settings.
To lock (or unlock) the HBP-2X beltpack menus from the Main Station:
1. In Menu mode [
], select Administration and then Beltpacks.
2. The third menu (display screen) displays a single, selected menu item: Menu Lock.
In the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select either of the following:
Unlock All
Lock All
3. To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the rotary control [
].
5.7.4 Resetting the Main Station to default (factory mode) settings.
To reset the Main Station to its default (factory mode) settings:
1. In Menu mode [
], select Administration and then Reset.
2. The third menu (display screen) displays a selected menu item: Reset to Default.
3. In the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select between:
Reset HMS
Reset HBPs
Reset All
The beltpacks will receive updated (default) channel label information. All other local beltpack settings will
not be reset if the Main Station is reset to default settings.
5.7.5 Manually rebooting the Main Station
To manually reboot the Main Station:
1. In Menu mode [
], select Administration and then Reset.
2. The third menu (display screen) select Reboot.
3. In the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select Reboot Now.
When the rotary control [
the Main Station reboots.
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5.7.6 Saving and restoring the software settings.
To save or restore the software settings:
1. In Menu mode [
], select Administration and then Settings.
2. To save, in the third menu (display screen), select Save. Once you select Save you should not
remove the USB stick right away. Depending on the USB stick it might take up to 5 seconds to
complete.
a. In the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select between saving to a USB or saving
locally.
3. To restore, in the third menu (display screen), select Restore.
a. In the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select between restoring from a USB or
restoring from a list of files.
5.8 Diagnostics
The Diagnostics menus help you to monitor the performance of the Main Station and diagnose possible
system issues.
5.8.1 Viewing hardware information
To view information about the hardware (PCBs) on the Main Station:
1. In Menu mode [
], select Diagnostics and then Hardware.
2. From the third menu (third display screen), select one of the following:
Main PCB
Slot 1 PCB
Slot 2 PCB
Slot 3 PCB
Note:
Slot 1, Slot 2 and Slot 3 refer to the interface module slots in the Main Station extension
bay.When looking at the rear of the module,slot 1 is the left-hand slot, slot 2 is the middle slot,
and slot 3 is the right-hand slot.
The fourth menu (fourth display screen) displays the Part, Revision and Serial numbers for the
PCB. The format is similar to the following:
Part xxxxxxZ
Revision: x
Serial: x
Where x is a numerical value.
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5.8.2 Viewing temperature information
To view the temperature of the Main Station:
2. In Menu mode [
], select Diagnostics and then Hardware.
3. From the third menu (third display screen), select one of the following temperature sensors:
Sensor 1
Sensor 2
Sensor 3
The fourth menu (fourth display screen) displays the temperature, for example:
+30°C
Environmental note:
The recommended operating temperature range for the HelixNet
HMS-4X Main Station is 0 - +50°C. The storage temperature range for the Main Station is
-30 - +70°C.
Single fan on if any sensor > 60°C.
Double fan on if any sensor > 65°C.
Double fan off if < 55°C / single fan off if < 50°C.
For more environmental information, see 3 Installing HelixNet Partyline.
5.8.3 Viewing powerline information and status
There are two digital partylines (Line 1 and Line 2) on the HMS-4X Main Station. Line 1 and Line 2 are
also referred to as powerlines.
Each line can support up to 10 HBP-2X beltpacks.
Note:
F
G
I
and
in Table 4: Key to HMS-4X Main Station front panel diagram.
See also
To view line information and status:
1. In Menu mode [
], select Diagnostics and then Powerlines.
2. From the third menu (third display screen), select one of the following:
Powerline 1
Note:
Refers to Line 1.
Powerline 2
Note:
Refers to Line 2.
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3. The fourth menu (fourth display screen) displays the status and other measures / information for
the powerline. The status of the powerline is either Ok [operating normally], Busy or Error.
For more details of the information displayed, see Appendix B: Menu maps.
Note:
Powerline status is also indicated by the powerline LEDS on the front panel.
Green LED = Ok
Amber LED = Busy
Red LED = Error
For more information about powerline diagnostics, see Appendix D:Troubleshooting.
5.8.4 Viewing keysets information
To view information about the keysets:
1. In Menu mode [
], select Diagnostics and then Keysets.
2. From the third menu (third display screen), select a keyset from 1 to 4.
3. The fourth menu (fourth display screen) displays the following status information:
Name – The channel name
Talkers – The number of talkers on the partyline
Beltpacks – The number of beltpacks listening on the partyline
Main Stations – The number of Main Stations listening
2-Wire – The number of 2-wire ports listening
4-Wire – The number of 4-wire ports listening
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6 Configuring and Managing the
HBP-2X Beltpack
This chapter describes how to configure the settings and manage the HBP-2X Beltpack using
Menu mode. It also shows you how to monitor and diagnose performance issues, using the Diagnostics
menus.
Tip: For a quick reference to the Main Station menus, see Appendix B: Menu maps.
6.1 Using the Menus
To place the Main Station in Menu mode, press the Menu key [
] on the top of the beltpack.
Note:
The Beltpack menu comes up in the Beltpack Settings menu by default.
Important note:
If Menu mode is locked on the beltpack, you must unlock the menus (for all beltpacks) on the
HMS-4X Main Station before you can change any settings. See 5.7 Administration.
6.1.1 Configuring settings
To configure settings :
1. For each menu, turn either of the side-mounted rotary controls [
items.Turn the rotary control:
] to scroll the menu
Anti-clockwise to scroll up the menu items.
Turn clockwise to scroll down the menu items.
Off-screen menu items are indicated with arrows at the top and / or bottom of the display screen [
].
Back (with an arrow pointing left) [
] indicates a previous level of menu.
To return to the previous level of menu, press the left-hand Call key [
An arrow pointing right [
].
] indicates another level of menu under that menu item.
To go to the next level of menu, press the right-hand Call key [
Selected menu items are highlighted in solid yellow [
].
].
Note:
Audio quality (which depends on the type of cable used, the distance of the beltpack from the
Main Station, and the number of connected beltpacks) is indicated by reception bars in the lower
left hand corner of the screen [
].
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2. The final level of menu (the second or third display screen) displays the settings that relate to
your previous menu choices (system features or functionality).
The current setting is indicated by a dotted box [
] around the menu item
When you have selected a setting, press the right-hand Call key [
the Main Station.
] to enable the setting on
6.1.2 Exiting Menu mode
To exit Menu mode on the beltpack, do either of the following:
Press the Menu key [
].
Wait until Menu mode times out. If you fail to press any key on the beltpack for 20 seconds, the
display screen reverts to showing the standard channel information:
The channel label (name) [
The volume level [
] for each of the two channels.
] for each of the two channels.
6.2 Configuring the Audio settings
To configure the audio settings for the headset:
1. In Menu mode [
], press the left-hand Call Key and then select Audio Settings.
2. To adjust sidetone gain on the headset:
a. Select Sidetone Gain.
b. Select one of the following:
0dB
- 6dB
-12dB
-18dB
Note:
The default is -12dB.
c.
To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the right-hand Call key [
3. Go back to the previous menu level by pressing the left-hand Call key [
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].
4. To limit the peaks in audio on the headphones (or to disable headphone limiting):
a. Select Headphone Limit.
b. Select one of the following:
Off
+6dB
0dB
- 6dB
Note:
The default is 0dB.
c.
To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the right-hand Call key [
].
Note:
Limiting peaks in audio can help to prevent distortion on the headphone mic.
Note:
When Headphone Limit is set to anything except Off, a LIM indication will show up at the top right
of the display
5. Go back to the previous menu level by pressing the left-hand Call key [
].
6. To set (or disable) sidetone tracking on the headset:
a. Select Sidetone Control.
b. Select one of the following:
Tracking
Non-Tracking
Disabled
Note:
The default is Tracking.
c.
To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the right-hand Call key [
7. Go back to the previous menu level by pressing the left-hand Call key [
].
].
8. To set the type of mic on the headset:
a. Select HS Mic Type.
b. Select either of the following types of mic.
Electret (-15 dB)
Dynamic (0 dB)
Dynamic (-10 dB)
Note:
The default is Dynamic (0 dB).
c.
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6.3 Audio settings for the microphone
To configure the audio settings for the microphone:
4. In Menu mode [
], select Audio Settings and then Microphone.
5. To select the Headroom:
c. From the third menu (third display screen), select Headroom.
d. From the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select one of the following:
Normal
High
Note:
The default is Normal.
6. To enable or disable the Contour Filter:
a. From the third menu (third display screen), select Contour Filter
b. From the fourth menu (fourth display screen), select one of the following:
Enabled
Disabled
Note:
The default is Enabled.
6.4 Configuring the Beltpack Settings
In Menu mode [
] > Beltpack Settings, you can:
Assign channels to the left and right beltpack keysets (set of controls).
Enable (or disable) Talk key [
] latching.
Enable (or disable) beltpack vibration when a call signal is received.
Tip: For a quick reference to the keysets on the HBP-2X Beltpack, see
2.3.1 HBP-2X user controls (front and side view).
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6.4.1 Assigning channels
You can assign any two of the four available channels to the beltpack (including the same channel to both
keysets).
To assign a channel to the left-hand keyset (set of controls):
1. In Beltpack Settings select Left Channel.
2. Select one of the four available channels (or none):
None.
Channel A
Channel B
Channel C
Channel D
Note:
More that four channels will be available when Main Stations are linked.
Note:
The default channel labels (names) are shown above. The channel labels (names) can be edited
on the Main Station. See 5.4.1 Editing the channel label.
3. To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the right-hand Call key [
].
To assign a channel to the right-hand keyset (set of controls):
1. In Beltpack Settings select Left Channel.
2. Select Right Channel.
3. Select one of the four available channels (or none):
None
Channel A
Channel B
Channel C
Channel D
Note:
More that four channels will be available when Main Stations are linked.
Note:
The default channel labels (names) are shown above. The channel labels (names) can be edited
on the Main Station. See 5.4.1 Editing the channel label.
4. To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the right-hand Call key [
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6.4.2 Setting Talk key latching
To enable (or disable) Talk key [
] latching:
1. In Beltpack Settings select Talk Latch.
2. Select one of the following:
Latching
Non-Latching
Note:
The default is Latching. The setting is global (it applies to both channels on the beltpack).
3. To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the right-hand Call key [
].
6.4.3 Setting the beltpack to vibrate when called
To enable (or disable) vibration when a Call signal is received:
1. In Beltpack Settings select Vibrate on Call.
2. Select one of the following:
On
Off
Note:
The default is Off.
3. To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the right-hand Call key [
].
6.5 Configuring the Display Settings
In Menu mode [
] > Display Settings, you can:
Set the brightness of the display screen.
Set the brightness of the Talk [
] and Call [
] keys.
Enable (or disable) the screensaver.
Rotate the display.
Note:
By default, the Talk and Call keys are lit bright red when active (on) and dim red when inactive (off).
The default brightness setting for the display screen is medium.
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6.5.1 Setting display screen brightness
By default, the display screen is set to medium brightness. To set the brightness of the display screen:
1. In Menu mode [
], press the left-hand Call Key and then select Display Settings.
2. Select OLED Brightness.
3. Select one of the following:
High
Medium
Low
Note:
The default is Medium.
4. To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the right-hand Call key [
].
6.5.2 Setting the brightness of the Talk and Call keys
By default, the Talk [
] and Call [
inactive (off) (High / Low).
] keys are lit bright red when active (on) and dim red when
To set the brightness of the Talk and Call keys:
1. In Menu mode [
], press the left-hand Call Key and then select Display Settings.
2. Select Key Brightness.
3. Select one of the following brightness settings:
Key(s)
Description
High / Low
Keys are lit bright red when active (on) and dim red when inactive (off).
High / Off
Keys are lit bright red when active (on) and are unlit when
inactive (off).
Low / Off
Keys are lit dim red when active (on) and are unlit when
inactive (off).
Off / Off
Keys are unlit, whether or not they are active (on) or inactive (off).
Table 36: Setting the brightness of the Talk, Call and Menu keys
Table note:
The default is High / Low.
4. To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the right-hand Call key [
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6.5.3 Setting the screensaver
The screensaver is displayed onscreen after 10 minutes of inactivity on the beltpack. To enable (or
disable) the screensaver:
1. In Menu mode [
], press the left-hand Call Key and then select Display Settings.
2. Select Screensaver.
3. Select one of the following:
Enabled
Disabled
Note:
The default is Enabled.
4. To enable (confirm) the selected setting, press the right-hand Call key [
].
6.6 Administration
In Menu mode [
] > Administration, you can:
View the IP address for the network.
View the current version of the software on the beltpack.
Reset the beltpack to default (factory mode) settings.
The beltpacks receive updated (default) channel label information. Other local beltpack settings will not
be reset if the Main Station is reset to default settings.
6.6.1 Viewing the IP address
To view the IP address for the network:
1. In Menu mode [
], press the left-hand Call Key and then select Administration.
2. Select IP Address.
3. The IP address for the network is displayed. The IP address appears similar to the following
example:
10.0.0.1
To view the current version of the software on the beltpack:
1. In Menu mode [
], press the left-hand Call Key and then select Administration.
2. Select Software Version.
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3. The current version of the software is displayed. The software version information will appear
similar to the following example:
npl-x.x.xx.xxxx, uboot
Where x is a numerical value.
6.6.2 Resetting the beltpack to default (factory mode) settings
To reset the beltpack to default (factory mode) settings:
1. In Menu mode [
], press the left-hand Call Key and then select Administration.
2. Select Reset to Default.
3. Reset Now is displayed (shown as selected). To reset the beltpack, press the right-hand Call
key [
].
6.7 Diagnostics
The Diagnostics menus help you to monitor the performance of the Main Station and diagnose possible
system issues.
6.7.1 Viewing the hardware (main PCB) on the beltpack
To view the Part, Revision and Serial number of the main PCB on the beltpack:
1. In Menu mode [
], press the left-hand Call Key and then select Diagnostics.
2. Select Hardware > Main PCB.
The Part, Revision and Serial number for the PCB are displayed. The format is similar to the
following:
Part xxxxxxZ
Revision: x
Serial: x
Where x is a numerical value.
6.7.2 Viewing powerline information and status
To view powerline information and status:
1. In Menu mode [
], press the left-hand Call Key and then select Diagnostics.
2. Select Powerline.
The status and other powerline information is displayed. For more information, see
Appendix B: Menu maps.
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7 Using the HMS-4X Main
Station
This chapter describes how to use the HMS-4X Main Station, after your HelixNet Partyline system has
been installed and configured.
For more information about integrating and using HelixNet Partyline with your existing intercom
infrastructure, see 3 Installing HelixNet Partyline.
Tip: For a quick reference to the functionality of the HMS-4X Main Station, the optional interface modules
and the HBP-2X Beltpack, see 2 User Interfaces.
7.1 Using the gooseneck mic, loudspeaker and headset
To use a gooseneck mic [
beltpacks) and systems:
] to talk to connected intercom users, devices (including HBP-2X
1. Connect the gooseneck mic, using the gooseneck mic connector (3-pin female Tuchel connector)
on the left of the front panel.
Note:
C
For the location of the gooseneck mic connector, see
in
Table 4: Key to HMS-4X Main Station front panel diagram.
2. To talk to other intercom users and devices:
a. Press the appropriate Talk key [
].
When the mic (gooseneck or headset) is live, the Mic On key [
automatically.
] is activated
b. Speak into the mic.
Use the front panel loudspeaker [
Program Feed.
] to listen to connected intercom users, devices and the
To adjust the volume level:
1. Adjust the volume of all incoming audio by turning the loudspeaker rotary control [Main]
[
], located to the left of the loudspeaker.
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2. Adjust the volume of the Program Feed in relation to the overall volume level by turning the
auxiliary loudspeaker rotary control [Prog] [
], located to the right of the loudspeaker. The
Prog volume control is subordinate to the Main volume control.
To increase the volume level, turn the rotary control(s) [
] clockwise. To decrease the
volume level, turn the rotary control(s) [
] anti-clockwise.
Important note:
When you connect a headset, incoming audio is routed to the headset instead of the
loudspeaker.
As you increase or decrease the volume, the level control LEDs pass through a range of indicator
colors:
LED color
Volume level
Green
Low
Amber / Green
Low / Medium
Amber
Medium
Red / Amber
Medium / High
High
Table 37: Loudspeaker volume indicator colors
Red
Note:
J
For the location of the loudspeaker on the front panel, see
Station front panel diagram.
To use a headset [
in Table 4: Key to HMS-4X Main
] to talk and listen to connected intercom users, devices and systems:
1. Connect the headset, using the headset connector (4-pin XLR–M) on the far left of the front
panel.
The Headset key [
] is automatically activated. Incoming audio is routed to the headset
instead of the loudspeaker.
Note:
For the location of the headset connector and the headset key, see
Table 4: Key to HMS-4X Main Station front panel diagram.
B
E
in
To configure audio settings for the headset, see 5.2.1 Audio settings for the headset.
2. To talk to other intercom users and devices:
a. Press the appropriate Talk key [
].
When the microphone (gooseneck or headset) is live, the Mic On key [
automatically.
b. Speak into the microphone.
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3. To adjust the volume level of incoming audio to the headset:
a. Adjust the volume of all incoming audio by turning the loudspeaker rotary control [Main] [
]. The control is located to the left of the loudspeaker.
b. Adjust the volume of the Program Feed in relation to the overall volume level by turning
the auxiliary loudspeaker rotary control [Prog] [
]. The control is located to the right of
the loudspeaker.
The Prog volume control is subordinate to the Main volume control.
7.1.1 Switching between the headset mic and the gooseneck mic
When both a Headset microphone and a gooseneck microphone are connected, press the
Headset key [
] to activate the headset mic.
Press the Headset key [
] again to switch to the gooseneck mic (and deactivate the headset mic).
Tip: To find out more about Clear-Com accessories, including headsets and gooseneck mics, see
http://www.clearcom.com/product/accessories.
7.2 Entering and exiting Menu mode
Use Menu mode to:
Configure the settings for the Main Station, including channel and audio settings.
Administrate the system, monitor system performance and diagnose system issues.
Perform software updates.
In Menu mode, the display screens display the four levels of menu. The menu hierarchy proceeds left to
right:
The top level menu is presented in the first screen (furthest left on the front panel).
The lowest level menu is presented in the fourth screen (furthest right on the front panel).
To place the Main Station in Menu mode, press the Menu key [
screen. To exit Menu mode, do either of the following:
Press the Menu key [
] to the left of the first (left) display
] again.
Wait until Menu mode times out. If you fail to press any key on the front panel for 20 seconds, the
display screens revert to showing the standard channel information:
Channel label (name) [
Listen (volume) level [
].
].
Tip: For more detailed information about using the Main Station menus, see 5 Configuring and
Managing the HMS-4X Main Station.
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7.3 Using the channel keysets
A keyset (set of controls) is located next to each of the four display screens. In operating mode, each
keyset is dedicated to the control of one of the four supported intercom channels.
The standard onscreen information for each channel comprises:
The channel label (name) [
The volume level [
].
].
Notes:
To change (edit) the channel label (name), see 5.4.1 Editing the channel label.
The display screens enters screensaver mode (if enabled) if the Main Station remains inactive for 10
minutes. Press any key to leave screensaver mode.
To send a call signal to all the connected devices (beltpacks) on that channel, press the Call key
[
].
To talk to the all the devices (beltpacks) on that channel:
1. Press the Talk key [
].
When the mic (gooseneck or headset) is live, the Mic On key [
] is activated automatically.
2. Speak into the headset or gooseneck mic (see also 7.1 Using the gooseneck mic, loudspeaker
and headset ).
To adjust the volume of incoming audio, turn the rotary control [
]. Turn the rotary control clockwise
to increase the volume, and anti-clockwise to decrease volume. The current volume level is shown
onscreen [
].
To mute incoming audio, press the rotary control [
bar [
].
]. The display screen displays the muted volume
To unmute incoming audio (restoring the audio to its previous volume level), press rotary control [
again.
]
Note:
In Menu mode, the rotary control [
] for each channel keyset is used to scroll and select menu items.
For more information, see 5.1 Using the Menus.
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7.4 Using the All Talk key
To talk to all connected intercom users, devices and systems, excluding the SA (Stage Announce)
facility:
1. Press the All Talk key [
] to the right of the fourth (last) display screen.
Talk keys [
] for all channels are activated automatically.
When the mic (gooseneck or headset) is live, the Mic On key [
automatically.
] is also activated
2. Speak into the headset or gooseneck mic
(see also 7.1 Using the gooseneck mic, loudspeaker and headset ).
7.5 Using the SA [Stage Announce] key
Use the SA [Stage Announce] key [
] to speak to an attached SA or PA (Public Announce) system
(sometimes simply a loudspeaker within the studio, theater or event area).To make a studio / public
announcement:
1. Press the SA key [
] to the right of the fourth (last) display screen.
When the mic (gooseneck or headset) is live, the Mic On key [
automatically.
] is also activated
2. Speak into the headset or gooseneck mic (see also
7.1 Using the gooseneck mic, loudspeaker and headset ).
7.6 Using the RMK [Remote Mic Kill ] key
Use the RMK [Remote Mic Kill ] key [
] to:
Send a message to all connected HelixNet Partyline beltpacks) to deselect any latched
(active)Talk keys [
].
Turn off any latched Talk keys on connected analog partyline beltpacks.
7.7 Line 1 and 2 LEDs
The HBP-2X beltpacks are connected (and powered) by two lines to the Main Station. Each line can
support up to 10 beltpacks.
The color of the Line 1 and Line 2 LEDs [
service status of each powerline:
] to the left of the front panel loudspeaker indicate the
Green LED = Ok.
Amber LED = Busy.
Red LED = Error.
For more information:
About the service status of Lines 1 and 2, see 5.8.3 Viewing powerline information and status.
About monitoring system performance and diagnosing system issues on the Main Station, see
5.8 Diagnostics.
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8 Using the HBP-2X Beltpack
This chapter describes how to use the HBP-2X Beltpack, after your HelixNet Partyline system has been
installed and configured.
For more information about integrating and using HelixNet Partyline with your existing intercom
infrastructure, see 9 Connecting to Other Intercom Systems.
Tip: For a quick reference to the functionality of the HBP-2X Beltpack, the HMS-4X Main Station, and
the optional interface modules, see 2 User Interfaces.
8.1 Using the beltpack keysets
The HBP-2X Beltpack supports two Partyline channels, with a separate keyset (set of controls) dedicated
to the control of each channel:
The left-hand keyset controls the first (top) channel displayed onscreen.
The right-hand keyset controls the second (bottom) channel displayed onscreen.
When the beltpack is in operating mode, the following standard information is displayed onscreen for
each channel:
The channel label [
The channel volume level [
].
].
Notes:
For more information about:
Using the beltpack in Menu mode, see 6 Configuring and Managin the HBP-2X Beltpack.
Changing (editing) the channel label (name), see 5.4.1 Editing the channel label.
The display screens enters screensaver mode (if enabled) if the beltpack remains inactive for a [period of
time]. Press any key to exit screensaver mode.
To send a call signal to all the connected devices (beltpacks and Main Station) on that channel, press
the Call key [
].
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To talk to the all the devices (beltpacks and Main Station) connected to the channel:
1. Connect a headset [
], using the 4-pin XLR–M connector on the base / rear of the beltpack.
Note:
E
in
For the location of the headset connector and the headset key, see
Table 22: Key to HBP-2X Beltpack connectors and controls ( base view).
2. Press the Talk key [
].
3. Speak into the headset mic.
To adjust the volume of incoming audio for a channel, turn the appropriate side-mounted
rotary control [
].
Turn the rotary control [
] clockwise to increase the volume, and anti-clockwise to decrease volume.
The current volume level for the channel is shown onscreen [
].
8.2 Entering and exiting Menu mode
Use Menu mode to:
Configure the settings for the Main Station, including channel and audio settings.
Monitor beltpack performance and diagnose issues.
To enter Menu mode, press the Menu key [
]. To exit Menu mode, press the Menu key again.
For more information about using Menu mode on the beltpack, see
6 Configuring and Managing
the HBP-2X Beltpack.
8.3 Adjusting the Program Feed volume level.
To adjust the listen level (volume) of the Program Feed to the beltpack, turn the rear / base rotary control
[ ].
Turn upwards to increase the listen level (volume), and downwards to decrease the listen level (volume).
While the listen level is adjusted, the listen level for the Program Feed [
standard channel information onscreen.
] replaces the
Note:
The Main Station is used to assign the Program Feed to channels. For more information, see
5.4.2 Assigning the Program Listen to a channel.
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9 Connecting to Other
Intercom Systems
This chapter provides basic guidance on connecting your HelixNet Partyline system to a range of other
intercom systems, including:
Two-wire cabled partyline systems (RTS and Clear-Com Encore).
Two-wire / four-wire wireless systems (Tempest, CellCom / FreeSpeak, and the DX210).
Digital matrix systems (Eclipse MVX four-wire).
The HMX-4X Main Station is connected to these systems using the optional Two-wire and Four-wire
interface modules.
Note:
Future versions (upgrades) of the HelixNet Partyline software will also enable Ethernet and
Fiber Channel interface modules in HelixNet Partyline software. For more information, see
2.2.1 HMS-4X Main Station rear panel: Interface modules.
9.1 Connecting HelixNet Partyline to Encore
9.1.1 About Encore
Encore is the plug-and-play analog two-wire partyline system from Clear-Com.
Clear-Com Encore is widely used in theatres, schools, local broadcast stations, churches and other small
to mid-size live productions.
Two and four channel versions of the Main Stations and remote stations are available.
Tip: For more information about Encore, see your Encore documentation or visit the
Intercom Partyline pages on the Clear-Com website: http://www.clearcom.com/product/partyline.
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9.1.2 Quick reference: Connecting to Encore
Two-wire connection to Encore
HMS-4X Main Station
2W
Configure the 2W module
Configure the port as Clear-Com
Enable auto-nulling
HMS-4X Main Station
Encore Main Station powers the line
Encore Main Station (MS-70x)
Ensure connection is terminated
(switch beside connector is on)
Adjust nulling using Sidetone Adjust
and Listen Adjust controls
Standard microphone cable
3-pin XLR connectors
2W
Encore Remote Station (RM-70x)
Power
supply
Or
Encore Main Station
(MS-70x)
Figure 17: Two-wire connection to Encore
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Line must be powered
(Remote Station is unpowered).
9.1.3 Connecting to an Encore Main Station
Note:
The following procedure assumes that a two-wire interface module has been fitted to the HMS-4X Main
Station. For more information about interface modules, see 2.2.1 HMS-4X Main Station rear panel:
Interface modules.
Note:
A HelixNet system with HLI-2W2 must be able to receive power from an analog power line.
To connect your HelixNet Partyline system to an Encore Main Station (for example, the four channel MS704):
1. On the HMS-4X Main Station, configure the Module Settings for the two-wire interface module
( Menu mode [
] > Module Settings). For the full procedure, see
5.6.2 Configuring a Two-wire interface module.
Note:
Check that the two-wire module is configured for Clear-Com systems (the default) and enable
Auto-nulling. Auto-nulling helps to reduce echo while talking on a two-wire audio system.
2. Physically connect the HMS-4X Main Station to the Encore Main Station, using the 3-pin XLR
connectors:
On the HMS-4X Main Station two-wire interface module.
On the back panel (rear) of the Encore Main Station.
There are four channels (A, B, C and D), comprising two 3-pin XLR connectors, on the
MS-704 [
].
Connect to the selected channel using standard microphone cabling.
Note:
The Two-wire module will not function properly (not pass audio) without an attached
power supply on the analog side of the interface.
Ensure that the connection is terminated (using the termination switch beside the
connectors). The default position for the switch is on.
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3. On the Encore (MS-704) Main Station, adjust nulling for the selected channel (either channel A,
B, C or D on the MS-704). Nulling helps to reduce echo while talking on a two-wire audio system.
Tip: The amount of null that is required changes when you add or remove devices, or alter the
length of the cabling. For optimum performance, Clear-Com recommends that you adjust the
nulling every time you make a change to the system configuration.
Note:
Ensure that all Talk keys/routes are disabled before auto-nulling commences.
To adjust nulling on a channel on the Encore Main Station (MS-704):
a. Turn the screwdriver-adjustable Sidetone Adjust control (just below the headset
connector) [
] to the appropriate level.
b. Turn the screwdriver-adjustable Listen level control (the null control, located just below
the channel Talk button and Call LED) [
] for the channel to the appropriate level.
Tip: If the headset microphone is being used, hum or gently scratch the mic for a
continuous signal source to null on. If a good null is not attainable, switch the Long /
Short DIP switch for the channel to its opposite setting. Use the setting that produces
the best audio quality.
To optimize audio quality, you may also want to adjust the Audio Settings on the
HMS-4X Main Station. For more information, see 5.2 Configuring the Audio settings.
9.1.4 Connecting to Encore remote stations
Connecting to an Encore remote station (for example, the RM-704) is similar to connecting to an Encore
Main Station (see 9.1.2 Quick reference: Connecting to Encore ).
However, you will require a separate power supply (for example, the PS-702 (two channel) or
PS-704 (four channel) power supply) to power the remote station (which is unpowered) and any
connected wired beltpacks.
9.2 Connecting HelixNet Partyline to RTS (Telex) two-wire
systems
9.2.1 About RTS two-wire systems
HelixNet Partyline is also designed for interoperability with RTS (Telex) TW (two-wire) analog partyline
systems from Telex.
RTS two-wire systems include fully programmable intercom (main) stations, remote speaker stations, twowire beltpacks, and two-wire power supplies.
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9.2.2 Quick reference: Two-wire connection to RTS 2W system
Two-wire connection to RTS (Telex) 2W system
Standard microphone cable
3-pin XLR connectors
Configure the 2W module
Configure the port as RTS
Enable auto-nulling
HMS-4X Main Station
Grd
RTS pinout
options in
software:
1
2
2W
Pwr or Pwr
+ Audio
RTS Intercom Station (MCE325)
Power
supply
Or
3
Encore Main Station
(MS-70x)
Enable connected channel (on MCE325, CH-A or CH-B)
Enable nulling / auto-nulling
Audio (Not if pin 2
Pwr + Audio)
You can:
Select different RTS options for A and B
connectors (so pin 2 for audio for A, pin 3 for
audio for B)
Configure Clear-Com 2W on one connector,
RTS on the other connector
Line must be powered (HMS-4X 2W module appears as
unpowered beltpack / remote station to RTS system)
Figure 18: Two-wire connection to RTS 2W system
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9.2.3 Connecting to an RTS (Telex) intercom station
To connect your HelixNet Partyline system to an RTS intercom station (in this case,
the 2 channel MCE325 user station):
1. On the HMS-4X Main Station, configure the Module Settings for the two-wire interface module.
For the full procedure, see 5.6.2 Configuring a Two-wire interface module.
Ensure that you:
Configure port(s) for RTS systems. You can select from two different pinouts when
connecting to an RTS two-wire system:
RTS pinout option
Description
RTS Audio Pin 2
Pin 2 is used for both power and audio.
RTS Audio Pin 3
Pin 3 is used for audio (Pin 2 is used for
power only).
Table 38: Configuring Module Settings: RTS pinout options
Enable auto-nulling. Auto-nulling helps to reduce echo while talking on a two-wire audio
system.
2. Physically connect the HMS-4X Main Station to the RTS intercom station (MCE325).
The two channels of RTS TW intercom must be split prior to connection with either of the Twowire module ports. RTS Audio Pin 2 carries the power that is required for the Two-wire module.
Powering the connection:
You must power the connection between the systems using either a dedicated power supply
(such as the PK-7, PS-702, or PS-704), or a powered Encore Main Station (such as the MS-702
or MS-704) or an RTS PSU.
Tip: For more information about the PK-7 or PS-70x power supply devices from Clear-Com, see
http://www.clearcom.com/product/partyline/power-supplies
Connecting to the MCE325 device:
There are three 3-pin XLR connectors on the rear panel of the MCE325 device. In two-wire mode:
The left and right-hand connectors are used for intercom channels 1 and 2 input/
output.
The center connector is used for channels 3 and 4 input / output.
Connect to the selected channel using standard microphone cabling.
Note:
The MCE325 is designed for use with intercom lines with a 200-ohm line terminating
impedance. A 200 ohm termination plug is connected to the center 3-pin XLR connector
to prevent channels 3 and 4 from oscillating when the MCE325 is in two-channel mode.
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3. On the RTS device (in this case, the MCE325), adjust the nulling (if necessary) on the channel to
which the HMS-4X Main Station is connected.
Nulling helps to reduce echo while talking on a two-wire audio system. A sidetone nulling
trimmer (control) is provided for each of the four channels on the device.
To adjust a sidetone nulling trimmer:
a. Turn the speaker switch on (even if an external speaker is not connected). This turns off
the internal sidetone trimmer, which controls the sidetone level in headsets.
b. Turn on the microphone. Activate the relevant Talk button and speak into the
microphone.
c.
To minimize echo, adjust the sidetone nulling trimmer (located under the CH1 and CH2
rotary controls).
Note:
The default setting for each trimmer is for maximum nulling of the microphone signal when a 200ohm resistance terminates the channel. However, you may have to adjust the nulling according to
the system configuration.
9.3 Connecting HelixNet Partyline to Tempest
9.3.1 About Tempest
Tempest is a digital wireless intercom system, comprising a basestation (Main Station) and beltstations
(beltpacks). There are two-wire and four-wire versions of Tempest available. The system operates in
either:
The 2.4GHz ISM band (Tempest 2400 models).
The 900 MHz ISM band (Tempest 900 models).
Tempest is not a Wi-Fi product and operates license-free in most countries (the product is licensed in
FCC and CE countries).
Tip: For more information about Tempest, see your Tempest documentation or visit the wireless intercom
pages on the Clear-Com website: http://www.clearcom.com/product/wireless.
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9.3.2 Quick reference: Two-wire connection to Tempest
Two-wire connection to Tempest
Standard mic cable / CAT-5
3-pin XLR connectors
HMS-4X Main Station
2W
Tempest Basestation
Power
supply
Configure the 2W module
Configure the port as Clear-Com
Enable auto-nulling
Or
Encore Main Station
(MS-70x)
Select Clear-Com as the intercom type
Select the connected channel (A or B)
Select 2W mode
Enable auto-nulling
Line must be powered (HMS-4X 2W
module appears as unpowered
beltpack / remote station to Tempest).
Figure 19: Two-wire connection to Tempest
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9.3.3 Two-wire connection to Tempest
To connect your HelixNet Partyline system to Tempest, using a two-wire connection:
1. On the HMS-4X Main Station, configure the Module Settings for the two-wire interface module.
For the full procedure, see
5.6.2 Configuring a Two-wire interface module.
Note:
Check that the Two-wire module is configured for Clear-Com systems (the default) and enable
Auto-nulling. Auto-nulling helps to reduce echo while talking on a two-wire audio system.
2. On the Tempest base station:
a.
Select Clear-Com as the intercom type, using the slide switch
[
] on the front panel.
b. Configure an intercom channel for two-wire connection:
i.
Select the intercom channel (A or B), using the CHAN selection button
[
] on the front panel.
ii. Select two-wire connection for the intercom channel, using the two-wire / fourwire selection button [
] on the front panel.
c.
Enable Auto-null, using the Tempest menu screens. Enable Manual Null to remove any
residual echo, where desired.
Tempest has a Master Mode setting that supplies power to the two-wire connection. In this case,
no external power supply is required.
For more detailed information about setting up a two-wire connection on the Tempest
basestation, see your Tempest reference manual.
Always set the intercom type before you connect a two-wire intercom system to the
Tempest Basestation.
Never change the setting while the systems are connected. Changing the setting
while the systems are connected can damage the Tempest Basestation and / or the
other system (in this case, HelixNet Partyline).
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3. Physically connect the HelixNet Partyline and Tempest systems.
Powering the connection:
You must power the connection between the systems using either a dedicated power supply
(such as the PK-7, PS-702, or PS-704), or a powered Encore Main Station (such as the MS-702
or MS-704).
Tip: For more information about the dPK-7 or PS-70x power supply devices from Clear-Com,
see http://www.clearcom.com/product/partyline/power-supplies
Connecting to Tempest:
You can use standard microphone cable or CAT5 cable types to connect the HMS-4X Main
Station to the Tempest Basestation. 3-pin XLR connectors are located:
On the HMS-4X Main Station two-wire interface module.
On the back panel (rear) of the Tempest Basestation.
Tip: Tempest provides two-wire input/output gain adjustments, and can be utilized to either
balance the gains between HelixNet and Tempest or connect two-wire system interfaces through
a Tempest base station.
4. Adjust the In / Out volume level controls [
] on the Tempest Basestation.
The In / Out volume levels have the following ranges:
Volume level
In
Range
-18dB - +4dB
Out
-18dB - +4dB
Table 39: Tempest BaseStation In / Out volume levels
For more information, see your Tempest reference manual.
Tip: To optimize audio quality, you may also want to adjust the Audio Settings on the
HMS-4X Main Station. For more information, see 5.2 Configuring the Audio settings.
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9.3.4 Quick reference: Four-wire connection to Tempest
Figure 20: Four-wire connection to Tempest
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9.3.5 Four-wire connection with Tempest
To connect your HelixNet Partyline system with Tempest, using a four-wire connection:
1. On the HMS-4X Main Station, configure the Module Settings for the Four-wire interface module.
For the procedure, see
5.6.1 Configuring a Four-wire interface module.
2. On the Tempest BaseStation, configure an intercom channel for four-wire connection:
d.
Select the intercom channel (A or B), using the CHAN selection button
[
] on the front panel.
e. Select four-wire connection for the intercom channel, using the two-wire / four-wire
selection button [
] on the front panel.
1. Connect the HMS-4X Main Station and the Tempest BaseStation, using four-wire crossover
CAT5 cabling.
Important note:
For pinout information for the two systems, see the quick reference diagram in
9.3.4. Quick reference: Four-wire connection to Tempest.
RJ45 connectors are located:
On the HMS-4X Main Station four-wire interface module.
On the back panel (rear) of the Tempest BaseStation (the top RJ45 connector is for
intercom channel A and the bottom RJ45 connector for intercom channel B).
3. Adjust the In / Out levels controls [
] on the Tempest BaseStation, where necessary.
For more information, see your Tempest reference manual.
Tip: To optimize audio quality, you may also want to adjust the Audio Settings on the
HMS-4X Main Station. For more information, see 5.2 Configuring the Audio settings.
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9.4 Connecting HelixNet Partyline to CellCom / FreeSpeak
9.4.1 About CellCom / FreeSpeak
CellCom / FreeSpeak is a wireless intercom system from Clear-Com, operating within the license-free
1.92-1.93GHz frequency band. The system is branded as CellCom in North America and as FreeSpeak in
the rest of the world.
CellCom /FreeSpeak combines DECT and wireless auto-roaming technologies to allow users to move
freely without losing communication connection. Active Antennas enable a beltpack-to-basestation
distance range of up to 3200ft (1000m).
You can connect up to 20 full-duplex wireless beltpacks (which operate as fully programmable mobile
panels) to one CellCom / FreeSpeak basestation (Main Station).
Note:
CellCom / FreeSpeak can also operate as an integrated solution, with up to 35 beltpacks connected to a
Clear-Com digital Matrix frame.
Tip: For more information about CellCom / FreeSpeak, see your CellCom / FreeSpeak documentation or
visit the wireless intercom pages on the Clear-Com website: http://www.clearcom.com/product/wireless.
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9.4.2 Quick reference: Two-wire connection to CellCom / FreeSpeak
Two-wire connection to CellCom / FreeSpeak
Standard mic cable / CAT-5
3-pin XLR connectors
2W
HMS-4X Main Station
CellCom / FreeSpeak Basestation
Power
supply
Configure the 2W module
Configure the port as Clear-Com
Enable auto-nulling
Or
Encore Main Station
(MS-70x)
Connect to CH-A or CH-B connectors
Enable CH-A or CH-B. Check that
channel LED is lit red
Enable auto-nulling
Line must be powered
(HMS-4X 2W module appears as unpowered
beltpack / remote station to CellCom / FreeSpeak).
Figure 21: Two-wire connection to CellCom / FreeSpeak
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9.4.3 Two-wire connection to CellCom / FreeSpeak
To connect your HelixNet Partyline system to a CellCom / FreeSpeak basestation (Main Station), using a
two-wire connection:
1. On the HMS-4X Main Station, configure the Module Settings for the two-wire interface module.
For the procedure, see
5.6.2 Configuring a Two-wire interface module.
Note: Check that the two-wire module is configured for Clear-Com systems (the default) and
enable Auto-nulling. Auto-nulling helps to reduce echo while talking on a two-wire audio
system.
2. There are two partyline channels on the CellCom / FreeSpeak basestation
(CH-A and CH-B). Before connecting the HMS-4X Main Station to the basestation, ensure that
the partyline LED on the front panel for the selected channel (CH-A or CH-B) is off.
Off indicates that the partyline connection is currently disabled from the basestation.
Note: If the channel is currently enabled, the partyline LED is lit red.
3. Physically connect the HMS-4X Main Station to one of the two partyline channels on the CellCom
/ FreeSpeak basestation (Main Station).
Powering the connection:
You must power the connection between the systems using either a dedicated power supply
(such as the PK-7, PS-702, or PS-704), or a powered Encore Main Station (such as the MS-702
or MS-704).
Tip: For more information about the PK-7 or PS-70x power supply devices from Clear-Com, see
http://www.clearcom.com/product/partyline/power-supplies
Connecting the systems:
Use standard microphone cable or CAT5 cable types to connect the two systems. There are 3-pin
XLR connectors:
On the HMS-4X Main Station two-wire interface module.
On the back panel (rear) of the CellCom / FreeSpeak Basestation.
Two 3-pin XLR connectors (one male, one female) are provided for each of the two
].
partyline channels (CH-A and CH-B) on the Basestation [
4. On the CellCom / FreeSpeak basestation, press Enable [
] on the front panel (located directly
beneath the LED for the connected channel (CH-A or CH-B)).
The LED for the channel is lit red.
The basestation automatically detects and configures the appropriate power and termination
settings when the channel is enabled. The basestation also remembers that the channel is
enabled the next time that the basestation is powered up.
5. On the CellCom / FreeSpeak basestation, press Enable [
] again and hold.
The basestation activates auto-nulling on the connected channel. Auto-nulling helps to reduce
echo while talking on a two-wire audio system.
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9.4.4 Quick reference: Four-wire connection to CellCom / FreeSpeak
Figure 22: Four-wire connection to CellCom / FreeSpeak
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9.4.5 Four-wire connection to CellCom / FreeSpeak
To connect your HelixNet Partyline system with a CellCom / FreeSpeak basestation (Main Station), using
a four-wire connection:
1. On the HMS-4X Main Station, configure the Module Settings for the four-wire interface module.
For the procedure, see 5.6.1 Configuring a Four-wire interface module.
2. Connect the HMS-4X Main Station and the CellCom / FreeSpeak basestation, using four-wire
crossover CAT5 cabling.
Important note:
For pinout information for the two systems, see the quick reference diagram in
9.4.4 Quick reference: Four-wire connection to CellCom / FreeSpeak.
RJ-45 connectors are located:
On the HMS-4X Main Station four-wire interface module.
On the back panel (rear) of the CellCom / FreeSpeak basestation.There are four RJ45
connectors for four-wire connections on the basestation.
3. Adjust the In / Out volume levels, using the CellCom / FreeSpeak front panel display.
For more information, see your CellCom / FreeSpeak documentation.
Tip: To optimize audio quality, you may also want to adjust the Audio Settings on the
HMS-4X Main Station. For more information, see 5.2 Configuring the Audio settings.
9.5 Connecting HelixNet Partyline to the DX210
9.5.1 About the DX210
The Clear-Com HME DX210 is a 2 channel wireless intercom system. The basestation (Main Station)
supports up to 15 beltpacks or all-in-one headsets (headsets operating as beltpacks).
The DX210 supports Clear-Com and RTS cabled two-wire intercom systems, and also has four-wire and
auxiliary audio connections.
The DX210 operates in the license-free 2.4GHz band, and has provisions for spectrum-friendly coexistence with other devices in the same band.
Tip: For more information about the DX210, see your DX210 documentation or visit the wireless intercom
pages on the Clear-Com website: http://www.clearcom.com/product/wireless.
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9.5.2 Quick reference: Two-wire connection to DX210
Two-wire connection to DX210
Standard microphone cable
3-pin XLR connectors
HMS-4X Main Station
Configure the 2W module
Configure the port as Clear-Com
Enable auto-nulling
2W
DX210 Basestation (BS210)
Power supply
Or
Encore Main Station
(MS-70x)
Line must be powered (HMS-4X 2W module appears as
unpowered beltpack / Communicator to DX210).
Figure 23: two-wire connection to DX210
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Set Clear-Com / RTS button to Clear-Com (out position)
Connect to either intercom channel (IC1 or IC2). Press
the SELECT button for connected channel
Enable auto-nulling using the AUTO-NULL control
Adjust In / Out levels with 2W-INPUT and 2W-OUTPUT
controls for the channel
9.5.3 Two-wire connection to the DX210
To connect your HelixNet Party-line system to the DX210 basestation (Main Station), using a two-wire
connection:
1. On the HMS-4X Main Station, configure the Module Settings for the Two-wire interface module.
For the procedure, see
5.6.2 Configuring a Two-wire interface module.
Note:
Check that the two-wire module is configured for Clear-Com systems (the default) and enable
Auto-nulling. Auto-nulling helps to reduce echo while talking on a two-wire audio system.
2. On the rear panel of the DX210 basestation, ensure that the Clear-Com / RTS button [
set to Clear-Com mode (the out position).
] is
3. Physically connect the HMS-4X Main Station to one of the two intercom channels on the DX210
basestation (Main Station).
Powering the connection:
You must power the connection between the systems using either a dedicated power supply
(such as the PK-7, PS-702, or PS-704), or a powered Encore Main Station (such as the MS-702
or MS-704).
Tip: For more information about the dedicated power supply devices (PK-7 or PS-70x devices)
from Clear-Com, see http://www.clearcom.com/product/partyline/power-supplies
Connecting the systems:
Use standard microphone cable to connect the two systems. 3-pin XLR connectors are located:
On the HMS-4X Main Station two-wire interface module.
On the back panel (rear) of the DX210 basestation.
Two 3-pin XLR connectors (one male, one female) are provided for each of the two
].
intercom channels (IC1 and IC2) on the basestation [
4. On the front panel of the DX210 basestation, press the SELECT button for the connected
intercom channel (either IC1 or IC2).
The 2-W (two-wire) LED next to the SELECT button is lit green.
Note:
If power is not detected at the connector, the 2-W LED is lit red. No audio can be transmitted
between the systems. When the HMS-4X Main Station is powered, power is supplied to the
connection and the 2-W LED is lit green.
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5. Apply auto-nulling to the connected channel (either IC1 or IC2) on the DX210 basestation. Autonulling helps to reduce echo while talking on a two-wire audio system. To apply auto-nulling:
a. Insert a pen or similar pointed object into the AUTO-NULL hole on the front
panel.
b. Press and hold AUTO-NULL for 2 seconds.
Note:
Before applying auto-nulling, ensure that there are no open microphones on the wired intercom. If
users are wearing headsets, ensure to notify them of the audio-sweep that precedes the
application of auto-nulling.
6. Adjust the two-wire intercom receive and send levels (in / out levels), using the 2-W INPUT and 2W OUTPUT controls for the connected channel (IC1 or IC2) on the DX210 basestation front
panel.
For more information, see your DX210 documentation.
Tip: To optimize audio quality, you may also want to adjust the Audio Settings on the
HMS-4X Main Station. For more information, see 5.2 Configuring the Audio settings.
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9.5.4 Quick reference: Four-wire connection to DX210
Figure 24: Four-wire connection to DX210
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9.5.5 Four-wire connection to the DX210
To connect your HelixNet Partyline system with a DX210 basestation (BS210), using a four-wire
connection:
1. On the HMS-4X Main Station, configure the Module Settings for the Four-wire interface module.
For the procedure, see
5.6.1 Configuring a Four-wire interface module.
2. Connect the HMS-4X Main Station and the DX210 basestation (BS210), using four-wire
crossover CAT5 cabling.
Important note:
For pinout information for the two systems, see the quick reference diagram in
9.5.4 Quick reference: Four-wire connection to DX210.
RJ45 connectors are located:
On the HMS-4X Main Station Four-wire interface module.
On the back panel (rear) of the DX210 basestation (BS210).
There is an RJ45 (four-wire) connector for each of the intercom channels on the DX210
base station (IC1 and IC2) . Connect the systems with standard CAT5 cable.
3. Adjust the In / Out volume levels, using the CellCom / FreeSpeak front panel display.
For more information, see your CellCom / FreeSpeak documentation.
Tip: To optimize audio quality, you may also want to adjust the Audio Settings on the
HMS-4X Main Station. For more information, see 5.2 Configuring the Audio settings
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9.6 Connecting HelixNet Party-line to Eclipse
9.6.1 About Eclipse
Eclipse is the digital matrix system from Clear-Com. A wide choice of system frames, system cards and
modules enables the unification of multiple intercoms systems (digital, analog, wired and wireless) in a
single intercoms infrastructure.
Eclipse is configured, managed and maintained using the intuitive Eclipse Configuration Software (ECS).
The Production Maestro software provides a centralized routing tool, to assist with four-wire
configurations. Logic Maestro is a graphical programming tool for ECS, simplifying the design and
programming of complex logical functions.
The following procedures reference the following Eclipse devices:
The Eclipse Median system frame. The Eclipse Median is a 6RU frame that houses 2 CPU and
7 matrix slots with 8 built-in interface module slots.
The CCI-22 interface module. The CCI-22 is the two-wire party-line interface (Clear-Com and /
or RTS) to Eclipse. ECS views a direct, four-wire HelixNet Party-line connection with the system
frame as a ‘virtual’ CCI-22 connection.
Tip: For more information about Eclipse, see your Eclipse / ECS documentation or visit the digital matrix
pages on the Clear-Com website: http://www.clearcom.com/product/digital-matrix.
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9.6.2 Quick reference: Two-wire connection to Eclipse
Two-wire connection to Eclipse
Adjust nulling
Adjust In / Out levels (if necessary)
CAT-5 crossover cable into CCI-22
3-pin XLR connector to DB9 connector
HMS-4X Main Station
Configure the 2W module
Configure the port as Clear-Com
Enable auto-nulling
CCI-22
2W
Power
supply
Or
Eclipse
Median
Example connection:
3-pin XLR to DB9M on CCI-22
Grd
Line must be powered (CCI-22
module views HMS-4X Main
Station as an unpowered
beltpack / remote station)
Pwr
6
2
7
8
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Audio
Figure 25: Two-wire connection to an Eclipse Matrix
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Optional ClearCom / RTS
external switch
(on CCI-22)
Encore Main Station
(MS-70x)
0.01 uF
1
2
3
4
5
To chassis
ground on frame
9.6.3 Two-wire connection to an Eclipse Median system frame
To connect your HelixNet Party-line system to an Eclipse Median, using a two-wire connection:
1. On the HMS-4X Main Station, configure the Module Settings for the Two-wire interface module.
For the procedure, see
5.6.2 Configuring a Two-wire interface module.
Note:
Check that the two-wire module is configured for Clear-Com systems (the default) and enable
Auto-nulling. Auto-nulling helps to reduce echo while talking on a two-wire audio system.
2. Physically connect the HMS-4X Main Station to the CCI-22 dual-channel party-line interface
module.
The CCI-22 may be fitted:
Directly to an Eclipse Median.
An interface frame (such as the IMF-3 or IMF-102), connected to the Eclipse matrix.
Tip: For more information about installing and using the CCI-22, see the CCI-22 Manual, or go to:
http://www.clearcom.com/product/digital-matrix/interface-modules/cci-22
Powering the connection:
You must power the connection between the HMS-4X Main Station and the CCI-22 using either a
dedicated power supply (such as the PK-7, PS-702, or PS-704), or a powered Encore Main
Station (such as the MS-702 or MS-704).
Tip: For more information about the PK-7 or PS-70x power supply devices from Clear-Com, see
http://www.clearcom.com/product/partyline/power-supplies
Connecting the systems:
There are two parallel DB-9M Interface I/O connectors on the CCI-22. Because the two-wire
module on the HMS-4X Main Station features two 3-pin XLR connectors, a crossover CAT5 cable
is required to make the connection. For more information about wiring the connection, see:
9.6.2 Quick reference: Two-wire connection to Eclipse.
The CC1-22 Manual.
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3. Apply nulling to the connected channel on the CCI-22. To null the channel:
a. Insert the accessory earphone into the front-panel Test jack. A test tone, for all
frequencies, is produced every 0.5s.
b. While listening to the test tone, adjust the R (Resistance) control until the tone is at a
minimum.
c.
Repeat Step b. for the L (Inductance) and C (Capacitance) controls. These controls
compensate for each component of the line’s impedance, providing the best possible null.
Because the R, L and C controls interact, you may have to adjust these controls several
times to minimize the test tone / achieve a deep null.
Note:
The null circuit on the CCI-22 is effective on line lengths between 0 - 4000 feet (1200m)
with impedances in the range of 120 to 350 ohms. Nulling can reduce local audio in the
received signal by < 30 dB over the 200 Hz - 8 kHz frequency range.
Tip: For more information on the CCI-22 nulling circuit, see the CCI-22 Manual.
4. If necessary, adjust the In / Out level controls on the CCI-22 (Send and Recv, located on the
front panel next to the R, L and C nulling controls).
Note:
The Send level control affects the level of the audio signals from the
Eclipse Matrix to the external party-line, and the Recv control affects the level of the audio from
the party-line into the matrix.The Send and Receive controls have a range of ± 13 dB.
Tip: For more information about managing the HelixNet to Eclipse connection in ECS, see your ECS
documentation (including Help).
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9.6.4 Quick reference: Four-wire connection to Eclipse
Four-wire connection to Eclipse
RJ45 connectors located on rear panel of
MVX-A16, the 16 port audio and data
card set
Configure the 4W module
Configure the port as Clear-Com
HMS-4X Main Station
1:1 direct CAT-5 connection
RJ45 connectors
4W
2W
No pinout compatibility issues
(no crossover cable required)
Figure 26: Four-wire connection to Eclipse Matrix
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MVXA16
Eclipse
Median
9.6.5 Four-wire connection to Eclipse
To connect your HelixNet Partyline system to an Eclipse Median, using a four-wire connection:
1. On the HMS-4X Main Station, configure the Module Settings for the four-wire interface module
For the procedure, see
5.6.1 Configuring a Four-wire interface module.
2. Connect the HMS-4X Main Station directly to the MVX-A16 card (the 16 port audio and data card
set) with standard CAT5 cable.
Important note:
For pinout information for the two systems, see the quick reference diagram in
9.6.4 Quick reference: Four-wire connection to Eclipse.
RJ45 connectors are located:
On the HMS-4X Main Station four-wire interface module.
On the rear panel of the MVX-A16 card.
Tip: To optimize audio quality, you may want to adjust the Audio Settings on the
HMS-4X Main Station. For more information, see 5.2 Configuring the Audio settings
Tip: For more information about managing the HelixNet to Eclipse connection in ECS, see your
ECS documentation (including ECS Help).
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10 Specifications
10.1 Main Station (HMS-4X)
10.1.1 Connectors
Specification
Description / value
Intercom Powerline Outputs
(4) 3-pin XLR–M
Headset
4-pin XLR–M
USB
USB Type A and Micro-AB
Program
3-pin XLR–F
SA (Stage Announce)
3-pin XLR–M
Hot Mic / IFB Interface
1/4 in. (0.64 cm) phone jack
GPI
25 way D-type female
Table 40: Main Station: Connectors
10.1.2 Microphone pre-amplifier
Specification
Description / value
Headset Mic impedance:
200
Headset Mic Voltage
1.7V (Electret selectable)
Limiter
+23 dB
(Dynamic)
The following specified for a route to 4-wire output @ 0dBu out
Mic gain
60dB (dynamic) 45dB (electret)
Frequency response
300 Hz – 10 kHz + / -3dB (contoured for intelligibility)
Distortion
<0.2% THD @ 1 kHz
Noise-
<-55dBu dynamic, <-65dBu electret
Table 41: Main Station: Microphone pre-amplifier
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10.1.3 Headphone amplifier
Specification
Description / value
Load impedance
32
Output level
+12dBu before clipping
Sidetone
-12dB (selectable)
The following specified for a route from a 4-wire output @ 0dBu in
Max gain
0dB
Frequency response
40 Hz - 10 kHz ±3dB
Distortion
<0.1% THD @ 1 kHz
Noise
<-65dBu
Headphone limiter
0dBu (selectable)
Table 42: Main Station: Headphone amplifier
10.1.4 Loudspeaker amplifier
Specification
Description / value
Load impedance
8
Output level
+18dBu before clipping
Max gain
18dB
The following specified for a route from a 4-wire output @ 0dBu in
Frequency response
200 Hz - 10 kHz ±3dB
Distortion
<1% THD @ 1 kHz
Noise
<-50dBu
Table 43: Main Station: Loudspeaker amplifier
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10.1.5 Program line input and Four-wire option module inputs
Specification
Description / value
Maximum level before clipping
18 dBu
Nominal input level
0dBu(selectable)
Input impedance
>= 10
The following specified for a route to 4-wire output @ 0dBu out
Frequency response
20 Hz - 10 kHz ±3dB
Distortion
<0.2% THD @ 1 kHz
Noise
<-65dBu
Table 44: Main Station: Program line input and four-wire option module inputs
10.1.6 Four-wire module outputs
Specification
Description / value
Maximum level before clipping
18 dBu
Nominal input level
0 dBu(selectable)
Input impedance
<= 100
Table 45: Main Station: Four-wire module outputs
10.1.7 Stage Announce outputs
Specification
Description / value
Maximum level before clipping
18 dBu
Nominal output level
0dBu(selectable)
Output impedance
<= 100
The following specified for a route from a dynamic headset
Frequency response
300Hz – 12kHz ±3dB
Distortion
<0.1% THD @ 1kHz
Noise
<-55dBu
Table 46: Main Station: Stage Announce outputs
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10.1.8 Hot Mic output
Specification
Description / value
Maximum level before clipping
12 dBu
Nominal output level
0dBu(selectable)
Output impedance
<= 100
The following specified for a route from a dynamic headset
Frequency response
300 Hz - 12 kHz ±2dB
Distortion
<0.2% THD @ 1 kHz
Noise
<-55dBu
Table 47: Main Station: Hot Mic output
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10.1.9 Helix Digital Partyline
Specification
Description / value
Maximum level before clipping
6 dBu
Nominal input level
-18dBu (C-C) -12dBu (RTS)
Input impedance
The following specified for a circuit to a 4-wire input @0dBu in:
Frequency response
100Hz - 10 kHz ±3dB
Distortion
<0.2% THD @ 1 kHz
Noise
<-55dBu
The following specified for a circuit from a 4-wire output @0dBu out:
Frequency response
40 Hz - 10 kHz ±3dB
Distortion
<0.2% THD @ 1 kHz
Noise
<-75dBu
Auto-nulling and echo cancellation
Yes
RTS / Clear-Com selectable
Yes
Temination
External
Power
30V external
Table 48: Main Station: Partyline
10.1.10 Ethernet
Specification
Description / value
Fast Ethernet standard
100BaseT only, Auto MDIX
Table 49: Main Station: Ethernet
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10.1.11 Mains power
Specification
Description / value
Input Voltage range
100 – 240 VAC
Input frequency range
50 – 60 Hz
Input power
<=250 VAC
Powerline Intercom Output Voltage
+ / - 30 VDC ± 1V
Output current per channel
-1.5A (continuous)
Table 50: Main Station: Mains power
10.1.12 Environmental
Specification
Description / value
Temperature
0 C - 50 C (32 F - 158 F)
Humidity
0 - 90% relative humidity
Table 51: Main Station: Environmental
10.1.13 Dimensions and weight
Specification
Description / value
Dimensions
19 in. W x 1.75 in. H x ? in. D (483 mm x 44 mm x ? mm)
Weight
5.83 lbs. (2.65 kg)
Table 52: Main Station: Dimensions and weight
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10.2 Two-wire module: general
10.2.1 Connectors
Specification
Description / value
Intercom line
(2) 3-Pin XLR-F
Table 53: two-wire module: Connectors
10.2.2 Dimensions and weight
Specification
Description / value
Dimensions
7.05 in. H x 2.24 in. W x 1.54 in. D (179 x 57 x39 mm)
Weight
13 oz. (0.35 kg)
Table 54: Two-wire module: Dimensions and weight
10.2.3 Power requirements (external)
Specification
Description / value
Per channel
0.025mA/channel
DC Voltage range
20 – 30 Volts
Table 55: Two-wire module: Power requirements
10.2.4 Environmental
Specification
Description / value
Temperature
0 C - 50 C (32 F - 158 F)
Humidity
0 - 90% relative humidity
Table 56: Two-wire module: Environmental
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10.3 Four-wire module: general
10.3.1 Connectors
Specification
Description / value
Intercom line
(2) RJ-45 (Ethercon)
Table 57: Four-wire module: Connectors
10.3.2 Dimensions and weight
Specification
Description / value
Dimensions
7.05 in. H x 2.24 in. W x 1.54 in. D (179 x 57 x39 mm)
Weight
13 oz. (0.35 kg)
Table 58: four-wire module: Dimensions and weight
10.3.3 Environmental
Specification
Description / value
Temperature
0 C - 50 C (32 F - 158 F)
Humidity
0 - 90% relative humidity
Table 59: four-wire module: Environmental
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10.4 Beltpack (HBP-2X)
10.4.1 Connectors
Specification
Description / value
Intercom line
(2) 3-pin XLR–M-F
Headset
4-pin XLR–M and 2.5mm TRS jack
USB
Micro-AB
Table 60: Beltpack: Connectors
10.4.2 Microphone pre-amplifier
Specification
Description / value
Headset Mic impedance:
200
Headset Mic Voltage
1.7V (Electret selectable)
Limiter
+23 dB
(Dynamic)
The following specified for a route to 4-wire output @ 0dBu out:
Mic gain
60dB (dynamic) 45dB (electret)
Frequency response
300 Hz – 10 kHz + / -3dB (contoured for intelligibility)
Distortion
<0.2% THD @ 1 kHz
Noise-
<-55dBu dynamic, <-65dBu electret
Table 61: Beltpack: Microphone pre-amplifier
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10.4.3 Headphone amplifier
Specification
Description / value
Load impedance
>32
Output level
+12dBu before clipping
Sidetone
-12dB (selectable)
The following specified for a route from a 4-wire input @0dBu in:
Max gain
0dB
Frequency response
40 Hz - 10 kHz ±3dB
Distortion
<0.1% THD @ 1 kHz
Noise
<-65dBu (@ max gain)
Headphone limiter
-0dBu (selectable)
Table 62: Beltpack: Headphone amplifier
10.4.4 Power requirements
Specification
Description / value
Power requirements
4W
DC Voltage range
30 – 60 Volts
Table 63: Beltpack: Power requirements
10.4.5 Environmental
Specification
Description / value
Temperature
0 C - 50 C (32 F - 158 F)
Humidity
0 - 90% relative humidity
Table 64: Beltpack: Environmental
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Appendix A: Compliance
FCC notice
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 A digital device,
pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against
harmful interference when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. This equipment
generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with
the instruction manual, may cause harmful interference to radio communication. Operation of this
equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful interference, in which case the user will be
required to correct the interference at his own expense.
Changes or modifications not expressly approved by Clear-Com, LLC, an HM Electronics, Inc. company
could void the user’s authority to operate this equipment.
The HMS-4X, HBP-2X, HBP-2XS, HLI-2W2 and HLI-4W2 products comply with the following
specifications:
EN55022
Emissions
EN55024
Immunity
Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive 2004/108/EC
Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC
Warning:
This is a Class A product. In a domestic environment this product may cause radio interference in which
case the user may be required to take adequate measures.
The HMS-4X, HLI-2W2 and HLI-4W2 products comply with the following specifications:
UL 60065-7
CAN/CSA-C22.2 No.60065-3
IEC 60065-7
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Waste Electrical And Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
The European Union (EU) WEEE Directive (2002/96/EC) places an obligation on producers
(manufacturers, distributors and/or retailers) to take-back electronic products at the end of their useful life.
The WEEE Directive covers most Clear-Com products being sold into the EU as of August 13,
2005.Manufacturers, distributors and retailers are obliged to finance the costs of recovery from municipal
collection points, reuse, and recycling of specified percentages per the WEEE requirements.
Instructions for Disposal of WEEE by Users in the European Union
The symbol shown below is on the product or on its packaging which indicates that this product was put
on the market after August 13, 2005 and must not be disposed of with other waste. Instead, it is the
user’s responsibility to dispose of the user’s waste equipment by handing it over to a designated
collection point for the recycling of WEEE. The separate collection and recycling of waste equipment at
the time of disposal will help to conserve natural resources and ensure that it is recycled in a manner that
protects human health and the environment. For more information about where you can drop off your
waste equipment for recycling, please contact your local authority, your household waste disposal service
or the seller from whom you purchased the product.
Figure 27: WEEE Symbol
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Appendix B: Menu maps
HMS-4X Main Station menu map
Menu 1 (First) >
Menu 2 >
Menu 3>
Menu 4 (Last )
Audio Settings
Headset
Sidetone Gain
Range: 0dB - -18dB
Headphone Limit
Off + Range: +6dB - -6dB
Default: -12db
Default: 0db
Sidetone Control
Tracking
Non-Tracking
Disabled
Default: Tracking
HS Mic Type
Electret
Dynamic (0 dB)
Dynamic (-10 dB)
Default: Dynamic (0 dB)
Microphone
Headroom
Normal
High
Contour Filter
Enabled
Disabled
Default: Normal
Default: Enabled
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Menu 1 (First) >
Menu 2 >
Menu 3>
Menu 4 (Last )
Program Input
Gain
Range: +12dB - -12dB
Program IFB
IFB Dim Level
IFB Disabled + Range: -6dB - -24dB + Full Cut
SA Output
Gain
Range: +12dB - -12dB
Default: 0db
Hot Mic Output
Front Panel
Default: 0db
Loudspeaker Dim
Range: 0dB - -24dB
Default: -6dB
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Menu 1 (First) >
Menu 2 >
Menu 3>
Station Settings
Preferences
Station ID
Keyset Assign
Keyset 1 – 4
Menu 4 (Last )
Alphanumeric entry
None
[conf_name_1], [conf_name_2] …..
Default: [conf_name_1]
Keysets
Talk Latch
Latching
Non-Latching
SA Output Key
Latching
Non-Latching
Default: Latching
Default: Non-latching
RMK
Enabled
Disabled
Default: Enabled
Display
OLED Brightness
High
Medium
Low
Default: Medium
Key Brightness
High / Low
High / Off
Low / Off
Off / Off
Default: High / Low
Screensaver
Enabled
Disabled
Default: Enabled
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Menu 1 (First) >
Menu 2 >
Menu 3>
Menu 4 (Last )
Channels
Channel A
Label
Press to Edit
Channel B
Channel C
Max. length for labels = 10 characters
Program Listen
Channel D
None
List of programs
Default: None
Control I/O
Inputs
Opto 1
Opto 2
Opto 3
Opto 4
Outputs
Relay 1
Relay 2
Relay 3
None
Call Key 1
Talk Key 1
Call Key 2
Talk Key 2
Call Key 3
Talk Key 3
Call Key 4
Talk Key 4
Default: None
Relay 4
Module Settings
Channel Assign
Slot x /Port y 4W
Where:
x represents 1 of 3
module slots on the
Main Station (x = 1, 2,
or 3)
Default: Disabled
Program Output
y represents 1 of 2 ports
available on each
module (y = A or B)
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Mute
Default: Unmute
Input Gain
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Disabled
Channel A
Channel B
Channel C
Channel D
Range: +12dB - -12dB
Menu 1 (First) >
Menu 2 >
Menu 3>
Menu 4 (Last )
Output Gain
Default: 0db
VOX
Enabled
Disabled
Default: Disabled
VOX Off Delay
Range: [0].5 – 4 secs
Default: [0].5 secs
Slot x/ Port y 2W
Channel Assign
Where:
x represents 1 of 3
module slots on the
Main Station (x = 1, 2,
or 3)
y represents 1 of 2 ports
available on each
module (y = A or B)
Disabled
Channel A
Channel B
Channel C
Channel D
Default: Disabled
Program Output
Unmute
Mute
Default: Unmute
Auto-Nulling
Start
Mode
Clear-Com
RTS Audio Pin 2
RTS Audio Pin 3
Default: Clear-Com
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Input Gain
Range: -3dB - +3dB
Output Gain
Default: 0db
RMK Input
Enabled
Menu 1 (First) >
Menu 2 >
Menu 3>
RMK Outpu
Menu 4 (Last )
Disabled
Default: Enabled
VOX
Enabled
Disabled
Default: Disabled
VOX Off Delay
Range: [0].5 – 4 secs
Default: [0].5 secs
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Menu 1 (First) >
Menu 2 >
Menu 3>
Menu 4 (Last )
Network
Stations
[Station IDs}
Separate
Linked
IP address: xx.xx.xx.xx where x is a numeric value
Linking
Link Station
Disabled
Enabled
Default: Disabled
Preferences
DHCP
Enabled
Disabled
Default: Enabled
Administration
Software
IP address: xx.xx.xx.xx where x is a numeric value
Gateway
IP address: xx.xx.xx.xx where x is a numeric value
Subnet Mask
IP address: xx.xx.xx.xx where x is a numeric value
Current
MS Version
IVR Version
Snx Version where n is slot number and x is the port
Update
None or version list
Update
None or version list
Beltpacks
Menu Lock
Unlock All
Lock All
Reset
Reset to Default
Reset HMS
Reset HBPs
Reset All
Reboot
Reboot Now
Save
USB drive or local
Restore
USB drive or file list
Settings
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Menu 1 (First) >
Menu 2 >
Menu 3>
Menu 4 (Last )
Diagnostics
Hardware
Main PCB
Part: [Part_Number]
Revision: [Revision]
Serial number: [Serial number]
Slot 1 PCB
Slot 2 PCB
Slot 3 PCB
Temperature
Sensor 1
Temperature in °C.
Sensor 2
Note:
Single fan on if any sensor > 60°C.
Double fan on if any sensor > 65°C.
Double fan off if < 55°C / single fan off if < 50°C.
Sensor 3
Powerlines
Powerline 1
Powerline 2
Keysets
Keyset 1
Keyset 2
Keyset 3
Keyset 4
Table 65: HMS-4X Main Station menu map
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Status: [OK or BUSY (according to responses to MME
requests)].
DMC:[MAC of powerline modem]
HMC: [MAC of local blackfin processor]
Beltpacks: [# of beltpacks detected by powerline modem]
Collision rate: [Percentage (0% when operating normally)]
Error rate: [Percentage (0% when operating normally)]
Volts: [Voltage]
Name: Channel name
Talkers: Number of talkers on party line
Beltpacks: Number of beltpacks listening on party line
Main Stations: Number of Main Stations listening
2-Wire: Number of 2-Wire ports listening
4-Wire: Number of 4-Wire ports listening
HBP-2X Beltpack menu map
Menu 1 (First) >
Menu 2>
Menu 3 (Last )
Audio Settings
Sidetone Gain
Range: 0dB - -18dB
Default: -12dB
Headphone Limit
Off + Range: +6 - -12dB
Default: 0dB
Sidetone Control
Tracking
Non-tracking
Disabled
Default: Tracking
HS Mic Type
Electret (-15dB)
Dynamic (0dB)
Dynamic (-10dB)
Default: Dynamic (0dB)
Note:
Electret = 35dB fixed gain, non-user adjustable.
Dynamic = 50dB fixed gain, non-user adjustable.
Headroom
Normal
High
Default: Normal
Contour Filter
Enabled
Disabled
Default: Enabled
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Menu 1 (First) >
Menu 2>
Menu 3 (Last )
Beltpack Settings
Left Channel
None
Channel A
Channel B
Channel C
Channel D
Right Channel
Talk Latch
Latching
Non-Latching
Default: Latching
Vibrate On Call
On
Off
Default: Off
Display Settings
OLED Brightness
High
Medium
Low
Default: Medium
Key Brightness
High / Low
High / Off
Low / Off
Off / Off
Default: High / Low
Rotate Display
Enabled
Disabled
Default: Disabled
Screensaver
Enabled
Disabled
Default: Enabled
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Menu 1 (First) >
Menu 2>
Menu 3 (Last )
Administration
IP Address
IP address: xx.xx.xx.xx where x is a numeric value
Software Version
npl-1.0.x, uboot
Software Update
npl-1.0.x
Reset to Default
Reset Now
Hardware
Main PCB
Diagnostics
Important Note:
There are 4 levels of Menu for Hardware
Powerline
Note:
Line (partyline) that connects beltpack to the
network (and which also powers the beltpack).
Keysets 1 to 4
Table 66: HBP-2X Beltpack
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Part: [Part_Number]
Revision: [Revision]
Serial number: [Serial number]
Status: [OK or BUSY (according to responses to MME
requests)].
DMC:[MAC of powerline modem]
HMC: [MAC of local blackfin processor]
MMC: [MAC of the Main Station powerline modem, to
which the beltpack is connected]
Rx rate: Range: 140 – 150 Mbps
Tx rate: Range: 140 – 150 Mbps
Name: Channel name
Talkers: Number of talkers on party line
Beltpacks: Number of beltpacks listening on party line
Main Stations: Number of Main Stations listening
2-Wire: Number of 2-Wire ports listening
4-Wire: Number of 4-Wire ports listening
Appendix C: Cabling reference
You can connect HBP-2X Beltpacks to the HMS-4X Main Station using:
A wide range of standard microphone (intercom) cable types (16 AWG – 26 AWG).
CAT5, CAT5e and CAT6 cable types.
Note: Clear-Com recommends the use of shielded twisted pair cabling.
You can also mix CAT cables and microphone cables when connecting to the HMS-4X Main Station. For
example, you might use CAT cables to trunk long distances, and flexible microphone cables to connect
HBP-2X Beltpacks to bulkheads.
Important note: The cabling information provided in this guide is for guidance only. For in-depth, tailored
advice on cabling, Clear-Com recommends that you contact your Clear-Com representative.
Interoperability
The optional interface modules (two-wire, four-wire, 10/100BaseT Ethernet and Fiber Channel) for the
HMS-4X Main Station enable interoperability with your existing communications infrastructure.
You can connect the HMS-4X Main Station to:
Two-wire intercom systems and devices (including Encore and RTS) using standard microphone
cable (16 AWG – 26AWG).
Four-wire intercom systems and devices (including Eclipse) using Ethernet (CAT) cable.
Tip: For more information about integrating HelixNet Partyline into your existing communications
infrastructure, see 9 Connecting to Other Intercom Systems.
Cable capacitance versus distance
Standard microphone cables impose distance limitations at their upper limits due to cable capacitance.
If your priority is audio quality, experiment with attaching one or two fewer beltpacks than the maximum
permitted (10) to each line. Your choice of topology (daisy chain, star or tree) may also impact audio
quality over distance.
Manufacturer
Cable type
Gauge (AWG)
Style
Attenuation /
100m
Belden
8760
18
Std
11 dB
Canare
L-4E6S
21
Star Quad
56 dB
Belden
9451
22
Std
33 dB
Belden
1800F
24
Std
23 dB
Table 67: Cable capacitance
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Quick reference: Cable capacity versus distance
410
492
574
656
738
820
902
984
1066
1230
1394
1558
1722
1886
2050
2214
2378
1148
1312
1476
1640
1804
1968
2132
2296
Max Distance (Meters)
(Feet)
*All cables, including Category cables, must be shielded for optimum performance
Figure 28: Cable capacity versus distance
Note:
The above graph is intended as a general guide only. Actual cable performance may vary,
depending on the conditions and complexity of the installation.
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Appendix D: Troubleshooting
Issue
Solution
Why are the Talk keys flashing
periodically?
Flashing Talk keys may indicate a fault in the cable.
The Call functionality on my
analog beltpack is no longer
working.
HelixNet Partyline operates at different voltage levels than
analog two-wire partyline systems.
Check the cable for short-circuit conditions and replace if
necessary.
The analog beltpack may have been damaged if it was
connected to a HelixNet Main Station partyline port.
Contact Clear-Com for repair options.
I cannot pass audio to wired /
wireless intercom equipment over
the Two-wire module.
Two-wire option modules require an external power supply.
Why do I hear an echo when
interfacing via a two-wire audio
port?
Run auto-nulling.
Echo occurs even after Two wire
module has been auto-nulled.
Check to ensure all open Talk keys are not latched and renull.
There is no audio or only partial
audio (send or receive, but not
both) between other audio
systems / sources connected over
four-wire.
Check the cable used to connect the equipment.
See 9 Connecting to Other
Intercom Systems.
Ensure that all Talk keys in the system are unlatched.
HelixNet to Eclipse four-wire connections only require a
standard CAT cable, whereas other four-wire connections (to
Tempest, CellCom / FreeSpeak, and other systems) require
an audio crossover cable. See:
2.2.1HMS-4X Main Station rear panel: Interface
modules
9 Connecting to Other
Intercom Systems
Line 1 (or Line 2) LED is blinking
red.
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There is a short-circuit somewhere on that Powerline. Unplug
everything from that Powerline and add cables and Beltpacks
one at a time until you find the short-circuit.
Line 1 (or Line 2) LED is steady
red and one or more Beltpack has
no bars showing up for signal
strength.
There are digital errors or there is cross-talk on that
Powerline. Look at the Diagnostics->Powerlines->Powerline
1(or 2) page.
If the number of Beltpacks showing there does not match
what you physically connected to that Powerline, cross-talk is
happening between the Powerlines. Make sure you are using
properly shielded Mic cables or Cat cables.
If the number of Beltpacks showing there does match what
you physically connected to that Powerline and errors or high
collision rate is displayed, verify that you don’t exceed the
number of Beltpacks per Powerline or distance as per the
Cable capacity versus distance table.
I inserted my USB drive with 1.1
ccb file on it and the
Administration->Software>Update menu shows “None”.
Make sure that your USB drive is formatted with at least one
partition. Make sure your .ccb file is in the root directory of the
first partition on your USB drive. If not you can run diskpart on
Windows Vista and later versions of Windows to create a
partition.
I upgraded to 1.1 but I cannot see
the Networking menu.
Make sure you properly inserted an Ethernet or Fiber module
in one of the option module slots. You can verify that they are
detected by looking at the Modules Settings menu.
I powered up two Main Stations
and they are not showing up in
the Networking > Stations list.
Make sure your Ethernet of Fiber cable is properly connected
to a router, a switch or another Main Station. There is a green
LED beside each Ethernet and Fiber port to indicate that the
connection is fine. Look at each station IP address and
Subnet Mask under Networking > Preferences and make sure
that they are part of the same subnet. Also make sure that
their IP address is different from any other device on your IP
network.
Table 68: Troubleshooting
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