Each 2N® IP Intercom can receive and send one multicast stream without the need for any extending license. However, if you need your intercom to listen to more multicast sources - maybe up to five (or send multicast to different addresses), then you will need an Enhanced Integration or Gold license, which will allow you to set the required functionality via Automation. Such a scenario may be useful, for example, in an area with several multi-storey buildings with several departments, where:
the intercoms in the 1st building will listen to multicast at the address 22.214.171.124 and port 11 000,
the intercoms in the 2nd building will listen to multicast at the same address (or different - e.g. 126.96.36.199) and port 12 000, etc.,
the intercoms on the 1st floor of the 1st building will listen, as well, to the multicast again at the same address (or different - e.g. 188.8.131.52) and port 11 100,
the intercoms on the 2nd floor of the 1st building will listen, as well, to the multicast again at the same address (or different - e.g. 184.108.40.206) and port 11 200, etc.,
the intercoms in the 1st department on the 1st floor of the 1st building will also listen to multicast, e.g. at address 220.127.116.11 and port 11 110,
the intercoms in the 2nd department on the 1st floor of the 1st building will also listen to multicast, e.g. at address 18.104.22.168 and port 11 120, etc.,
and at the same time the intercoms in all buildings, floors and departments will listen to multicast, e.g. at address 22.214.171.124 and port 10,000.
In other words, in such a scenario, each intercom listens on 4 multicast addresses, resp. ports, at once.
There must be no two consecutive numbers within the port numbers (e.g. 10 001 and elsewhere 10 002).
How to set up an 2N® IP Intercom to receive multicast paging from up to 5 sources?
- In the intercom's web interface go to Services > Streaming > Multicast > Multicast Audio receiving > Multicast Receiver Enabled - check (see image below).
We will adjust the following parameters (eg. the multicast source that will be listened to by intercoms in all buildings together), thus enabling reception from one source:
Receive IP Address: 126.96.36.199
Receive Port: 10000
Codec: the corresponding codec (which was selected to the multicast paging as well)
In the web interface of the intercom go to the Services > Automation section > select free automation > create and save the given automation (see the screen below).
Accordingly, from how many other multicast addresses, resp. ports, we want to be able to receive a multicast paging, connect the given number of blocks "StartMulticastRecv".
We can set up reception from up to 4 other sources in this way, as we have channels 0-3 available here, each of which can be used only once.
The example below shows what the automation in the intercom would look like on the 1st department of the 3rd floor in the 2nd building (according to the scenario described in the introduction).
Then reboot the intercom (System > Maintenance > Restart), because in this case we have the "Rebooted" action set as the trigger event.
Automation can be uploaded directly to the intercom's Automation - the file is here: Multicast.am
Note: All commands used in the Automation section are deeply described in our 2N® IP Intercom Automation manual where are also some examples. This manual is available on our web pages: