RF Network - SyncBac PRO

To synchronise two or more Timecode Systems products, you need to set them to operate in a network. There are two different types of network:

  • RF network
  • BLINK network.

In this section, we are going to look at the RF Network. To learn about the BLINK network, see BLINK Network.

 

What is an RF Network?

An RF network is a group of Timecode Systems devices that are all set to communicate on the same radio frequency (RF channel). The devices in an RF network can synchronise with each other over distances of 200m* (with internal antenna), and they communicate using our proprietary RF protocol. You Can also install an external antenna to the SyncBac for Hero 4 ( 500m clear line of sight ) although not for Hero 6.

*200m clear line of sight.

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In the network, one of the devices has to be set as a GP Master TX, and the others have to be set as RF slaves.

The master sends the following data to the slaves via RF:

  • Timecode
  • Frames-Per-Second
  • User bits (metadata).

When a slave receives this data, it updates its own internal settings to match, so that it is synchronised with the master.

To learn more about the relationships between devices in an RF network, see Master and Slave Relationship.

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