Master and Slaves
To synchronise two or more Timecode Systems products, they need to be in the same network. In the network, one device has to be set to run as the master, and the other devices have to be set to run as slaves.
The master is the dominant device, and it can either:
- Generate the timecode and pass it to all other connected devices
- Receive and retransmit the timecode.
The master sends its timecode data to the slaves (via radio). When the slaves receive the timecode, they change their own timecode settings to match.
The slaves communicate with the master regularly, to make sure they remain synchronised.
In the image shown, the UltraSync ONE units are set to run as slaves and the master is a Timecode Systems:pulse. In an RF network, your UltraSync ONE can run as a slave or as a master, but in a BLINK network, it can only be used as a slave.
If a slave is out of range of the master, it will free-run (see What if a Slave Cannot Find a Master?).
The master and slave relationship is used in both the RF Network and the BLINK Network.
- What if a Slave Cannot Find a Master?
- How Can I Tell if a Slave is Communicating with a Master?
- Multiple Masters in the Same Network
- RF Slave.