XSC Long Range Wireless with A/D
Take all the Power of the ProXR Command Set
...add a XSC Long Range Wireless Interface:
...and you've got More Than a "Lite Relay Controller"!
Long Range Wireless
XSC is not one of the most widely known wireless technologies but it is easy to setup and use, reliable and capable of transmitting a ling distance. You will need an XSC modem that plugs into your USB port of your computer to talk any number of XSC relays with a standard range of 1-mile and up to 15 miles. You can choose the distance of the module installed at checkout.!
XSC Wireless Modules
This board is equipped with an XSC Module. The XSC communications module adds long range wireless communications to the board. The module is powered from the board. 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. Click the following link for a spec sheet on the XBeeŽ Multipoint RF Modules.
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. Mounting slots on the modem make it easy to attach to a wall to allow for line-of-site operation.
Standard Range Antenna
The XSC900SR Standard Range Antenna (distance of 2 miles) is included with the price of the controller. The antenna has a short pig tail that connects to a button on the XSC module. XSC Antenna Options
Long Range Antenna
An outside antenna will need to be installed in order to reach the 15 mile limit of these devices. When you choose this optional antenna we will include everything you will need to install this except for the pole. Included will be the Cushcraft PC9013 antenna, 20 feet of cable (longer cables are not recommended) and the connector to connect the board to the cable. Purchase a pole to mount the antenna from your local home improvement store and install the antenna. Connect the board to the antenna via the provided cable and start sending commands.
XSC Wireless Modem
Plug the UXSCMSR_ZIGMO short range modem or UXSCMLR_ZIGMO long range modem into the USB Port of your computer. The modem will mount as a COM port on your PC. Open the COM port and start sending data to the modem. The modem will forward your data to all Wireless XSC compliant devices within range (it is also possible to speak to a specific device when other controllers are in range). The modem is also available at checkout.
Sending Commands Base Station Software is available at no charge to get you up and running fast (more on Base Station below). Once powered up, the controller waits for a ProXR command. A command consists of a few bytes of data in numerical format (see full command set) usually between 2 and 6 bytes. Once the command has been received, the controller processes the command, and sends you back ASCII character code 85 to signal the completion of your command.
Perhaps the most overlooked aspect of relay control is proper handling of inductive loads. Inductive loads can best be defined as anything with a magnetic coil, such as a motor, solenoid, or a transformer. Controlling a inductive load using this relay controller requires the use of induction suppression capacitors. The purpose of this capacitor is to absorb the high voltages generated by inductive loads, blocking them from the contacts of the relay. Without this capacitor, the lifespan of the relay will be greatly reduced. Induction can be so severe that it electrically interferes with the microprocessor logic of our controllers, causing relay banks to shut themselves down unexpectedly. In the case of Ethernet devices, customers may experience loss of communications until the device is reconnected. Capacitors that we offer are available at checkout, for more information view our Induction Suppression Video.