Clear-Com Helix Net
Version 3.0.124

Clear-Com has created a way to program your HelixNet intercom from a computer.  It's not off line, just online, so you need to be connected to at least a base.  Specific names for additional bases or beltpacks can't be added until you connect the actual items but the format for all types of roles can be specified and saved. 

Connect any type of computer to an Ethernet port in an expansion bay and point to the base's IP address.  This program is opened in a browser.

 

Freespeak II Base 2

The New Freespeak II Base 2 introduced at NAB 2016 is everything we had hoped for when we saw the first Freespeak II. 

demo of programming

This is the Home page used for upgrades and Maintenance

A huge improvement is that every button on bases and beltpacks can be independently set to Latch/Momentary and Off.  Not just on a beltpack or base-wide setting.

This is the Base default settings.  There are more settings below like GPIO and expansion port type assignments.

This is the Program screen for Beltpacks.  See on the left I have created roles for SM, audio, lighting, and timer starting with a clone of the HBP default.

Base software upgrade is very easy.  From the home screen upgrade section just open and upgrade.  Older beltpacks, speaker stations and bases will upgrade automatically when they are plugged into this base.

Base software upgrade is very easy.  From the home screen upgrade section just open and upgrade.  Older beltpacks, speaker stations and bases will upgrade automatically when they are plugged into this base.

The over view screen shows all bases up to total of 3 and all beltpacks.  Every beltpack is shown and can be separately programmed or all can be the same.

Clicking on a beltpack gets this screen where I can name it and assign a role

First use of new updated Freespeak.

This is the PL channel name or Assignments screen where you can see how all roles have been assigned to each comm channel.  the base number of comms channels or assignments is 12 whether you have 1 or 3 bases.  For additional fee you can open this up to 24 comms channels.  Approximate add cost is $500 per base.

The left and right arrows change depending on the talk and listen settings at the base or beltpack.  Couple of seconds latency in the display of the function.

 

Here in the Assignments tab with the Host names listed the specific name of each beltpack is listed so here we can see that Joey and Pete have SM and Pet also has Audio

Currently only 3 bases are recommended but they do not limit you.  Further testing is in progress to validate up to 6 bases.  This is the warning you get if you go over 3.

How to extend your Freespeak antennas over fiber if you don't have the newer splitters

Using 2 media converters with bidirectional SFP and 2 fibers the antenna signal can be extended from the Cat5 out of the base to a splitter or from the splitter to an antenna.

Click to see fiber setup video  

Click to see fiber setup video