Who’s Qualified to Use the MirX Series?
Anyone. The MirX Series Controllers are the most consumer-friendly devices we have ever manufactured. Whether an electronics engineer or a home hobbyist, anyone is qualified to use the MirX Series controller provided the Quick Start Guide is carefully studied.
Each board is equipped with a Wireless Module. The wireless module adds wireless communications to the board and will only communicate
with it's paired module using their serial numbers. The module is powered from the board and the board itself will require 12 volts of power and can be hard wired or you can purchase a "wall wart" type Power Supply at checkout.
Once you add your order to the shopping cart you will have the opportunity to choose which wireless modules are installed on the boards. The modules installed will affect the range or distance the boards will be able to effectively communicate with each other. The default option is the "Standard Range", which operates up to 300 feet and includes a small integrated antenna that cannot be moved or positioned. The "Mile Range" Options includes a small external antenna. The "15-Mile Range" Option includes TWO Roof Mount antennas, 20 Feet of Cable for Each Antenna, and 2 cable adapters. Hills, Trees, and Buildings will greatly reduce communication range of all wireless devices, so practical distances may be less. Click the following link for wireless module information.
Wireless Module Choices
- 300 Feet (802.15.4 Communication Technology, Short Range Line of Site)
- 1 Mile (802.15.4 Communication Technology Medium Range Line of Site)
- 2 Mile (XSC Communication Technology, Long Range Line of Site, Two Small Antennas)
- 15 Miles (XSC Communication Technology Long Range Line of Site, Requires Two Large Roof-Mounted Antennas)
As with any wireless technologies, for optimal performance it needs to be line-of-sight. In other words the antennas of the board and modem must "see" each other to get the optimal range or even be able to communicate at all.
Read Status of Remote Relays
Both boards are also equipped with LEDs that display the status of the remote relay. Status information is verified using 2-way wireless communications. If communication is lost between the devices, the LED will turn off. Additionally, every MirX controller is equipped with a Busy/Ready LED. If the Busy LED flashes, this indicates the other device has successfully received and accepted your contact closure status. If the Busy LED does not flash, the remote device is out of range.
Order of Operations
- Contact closures are read on one controller
- Data is sent to other controller wirelessly to turn on or off relays
- Remote device replies back
- Busy light flashes to confirm data was received at the other end
Contact Closure Inputs
The inputs on these boards accept a dry contact only - no voltage. Users must never apply any voltage to an input on either of the MirX Controllers.
Relays do NOT provide a voltage output and can be used as a dry contact. They provide a contact closure output and simply interrupt the power to the device you are switching.