The ARC-2e is a menu-driven adaptive remote control for Symetrix DSPs. Featuring a more simplified design for enhanced reliability and robustness, the ARC-2e succeeds the ARC, ARC-2, and ARC-2i. This tech tip will review how to properly wire an ARC-2e.
General Wiring Guidelines
Most Symetrix DSPs can wire directly to a ARC-2e using a straight-through CAT5 cable.
Multiple ARCs can be daisy-chained together. Download the ARC Power Calculator at www.symetrix.co to calculate distance limitations.
Wiring to a Symetrix DSP With No ARC Port
If using the ARC-2e with a Symetrix DSP that does not have an ARC port (8×8 DSP, for example), it will be necessary to connect the appropriate pins of the ARC CAT5 cable to the RS-485 port on the DSP and DC power supply.
- Terminate a CAT5 cable on one end with a male RJ-45 (8P8C).
- Strip remaining end and prepare connection to the following pins:
a. RS-485 ground > Pin 3
b. RS-485 data A > Pin 4
c. RS-485 data B > Pin 5
d. DC ground > Pin 6
e. DC + V > Pin 7
f. DC + V > Pin 8 (optional)
- Pins 3, 4, 5 will connect to the RS-485 port on the host DSP.
- Pins 6 and 7 will connect to a DC power supply.
- Pins 1 and 2 are not used.
- RJ-45 end of CAT5 plugs into ARC-2e.
Within limitation, any subsequent ARC in the chain will receive data and power via CAT5 from the first ARC-2e.
DC Power Requirements
The ARC DC power requirements vary depending on the voltage supplied and the number of ARCs on the chain. At 15 VDC, one ARC-2e uses approximately 115 mA, while at 6 VDC it uses approximately 300 mA maximum. As the voltage goes from 15 to 6 VDC, the DC power requirement increases accordingly. Visit www.symetrix.co and download ARC Power Calculator for detailed information.
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