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Communication Modules
Communication Modules

Baseline's Communication Modules

3G Cell Modem

Add a 3G cell modem communication module to your BaseStation irrigation controller to enable reliable remote connectivity. The cell modem sends and receives data over a wireless carrier’s 3G network.

 

When you choose a cell modem communication package from Baseline, we provide the cell modem hardware, the antenna, the SIM card from the wireless carrier, the firmware that activates the connection from your controller, and a 1-year subscription to a data plan with the wireless carrier.

 

Cell Service Activation

 


Ethernet Radio

Ethernet radios are a good solution for wireless communication at a large site with multiple controllers that do not have access to another type of Internet connection. Ethernet radios establish a wireless network across a large site, and all Baseline controllers can use this network to send and receive data.

 

The typical configuration for a large site is one Gateway radio in its own enclosure and an Endpoint radio in each BaseStation controller. In cases where a controller does not have adequate signal strength to connect to the rest of the network, an additional Gateway radio can be configured as a Repeater to boost the signal to the outlying controller. Keep in mind, however, that using a Repeater will reduce the data speed on the network by 50 percent or more.

 

After the network for the radios is set up and communicating, the Gateway radio unit is connected via Ethernet to the site’s local area network (LAN). Then, the radio network can send and receive data over the Internet.

 

When you are planning to use Ethernet radio communication, a Site Survey should ALWAYS be performed.

 

Ethernet Radio Support Site

 


Wi-Fi

Add a Wi-Fi communication module to your BaseStation irrigation controller to enable reliable wireless connectivity. The Wi-Fi module sends and receives data over an existing Wi-Fi network at your site.

 

When you choose a Wi-Fi module communication package from Baseline, we provide the Wi-Fi module and the firmware that activates the connection from your controller.

 

When ordering or reviewing the documentation for the Wi-Fi module, be aware that there are specific units for the BaseStation 1000 controller and the BaseStation 3200 controller.

Baseline's Communication Modules — Features and Specifications

3G Cell Modem Specifications

Supported Frequency Bands

GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900MHz

UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA/HSPA+: 800-850/900/1900/2100MHz and AWS band (1700/2100MHz) (B1, B2, B4, B5, B6, B8)

CDMA 1xRTT/EV-DO rev0/EV-DO revA (GTM689 only): 800/1900MHz (BC0, BC1)

Maximum Connectivity Speeds

HSPA+: 14.4Mbps (Cat 10) down, 5.76 (Cat 6) up

EV-DO RevA mode: 3.1Mbps FL / 1.8Mbps RL

HSPA+ Rel 7 SW features CPC (DTX/DRX), Enhanced L2, EF- DPCH

Rx Diversity

Simultaneous equalization and Rx diversity on all bands, except GSM/GPRS/EDGE

Power & Communication

Power is supplied to the cell modem by the rear 5-pin terminal block on the right end of the controller board on all BaseStation 3200 or BaseStation 1000 irrigation controllers.

The controller and cell modem communicate over an Ethernet cable.

The cell modem is configured through the irrigation controller’s interface.

DC Power In: 9-33 V DC

Current Consumption: 341mA (measured at 12V DC)

Network

Cell modems operate on the AT&T network and require a yearly data fee.

Baseline provides the SIM card from the wireless carrier and a 1-year subscription to a data plan with the wireless carrier.

Environment

Operating: -22º to +158º F (-30º to +70º C)
Storage: -40º to +185º F (-40º to +85º C)
Humidity: 5% to 95% RH noncondensing

General Information

Dimensions: 4.5" W x 4.1” L x 1.8" D (11.5 cm W x 10.5 cm L x 4.5 cm D)
RF Antenna Connector: WWAN SMA female
Ethernet (IEEE 802.3): 10/100Mb/s RJ45 connector
SIM: USIM/SIM connection, Class B and Class C
Status Indicators: Seven 3-color LEDs showing system status and signal strength
Standards Compliance: RoHS, REACH
Certification: FCC, IC, PTCRB, CE

Compatible BaseStation Firmware

The following firmware versions have integrated support for 3G cell modem communication:

BaseStation 1000: Version 1.11 and higher
BaseStation 3200: Version 12.17 and higher

Compatible BaseStation Hardware

BaseStation 1000: All controllers in X cabinets and pedestal (P) enclosures
BaseStation 3200: Controllers in X cabinets and pedestal (P) enclosures shipped after April 16, 2014

Ethernet Radio Module Technical Specifications

Transmitter

Frequency Range: 902 to 928 MHz
Output Power: 5 mW to 1 Watt
Data Link Range: 60 miles, Clear Line of Sight
Modulation: 2 level GFSK
RF Data Rate: 115.2 kbps Standard Speed, 153.6 kbps High Speed
Occupied Bandwidth: 230.4 kHz
Hopping Patterns: 15 per band, 105 total, user selectable
Hopping Channels: 112
Frequency Zones: 16 zones, 7-8 channels per zone

Receiver

Sensitivity: -108 dBm, at Standard Speed, 1x10-4 BER
-104 dBm, at High Speed, 1x10-4 BER
IF Selectivity: 20 dB at fc ±230 kHz

Data Transmission

Error Detection: 32 bit CRC, retransmit on error
Data Security: AES 128 bit encryption and FHSS Technology
Data Throughput: 80 kbps Standard Speed, 115.2 kbps High Speed
Serial Data Interface: RS232/RS422/RS485 Programmable
2x 9-pin D-sub (DE-9) male connectors
Ethernet Data Interface: 802.3, TCP, UDP, DHCP, ICMP, ARP, Multicast, TFTP, DNP3 over TCP
1x RJ-45, 10/100 Base T, Auto Crossover

Power Requirements

Operating Voltage +6 to +30 VDC
Typical Current Mode +6 VDC +12 VDC +30 VDC
  Transmit 1.1 A 550 mA 220 mA
  Receive 252 mA 150 mA 63 mA
  Idle 140 mA 71 mA 32 mA

General Information

Operating Temperature: -40° C to +75° C (-40° F to +167° F)
Dimensions: 7.0 L x 3.25 W x 1.25 H (in)
RF Connector: SMA, female
Certifications: FCC Part 15.247 / IC RSS-210 / UL Class 1, Division 2

Radio Network Specifications

  • Maximum number of radios in a network:
    • One Gateway radio and up to 34 Endpoint radios, for a total of 35 radios
    • If a Repeater is required in the network topology, the maximum number of radios is 15, including Repeaters
  • Maximum number of Repeaters between a Gateway and an Endpoint: 1
  • Maximum distance between radios: 1 mile
  • Required Noise Margin: The Signal must be at least 20 dB higher than the Noise (Delta)
  • Each radio unit must have a unique static IP (internet protocol) address assigned to it.

Radio Installation Specifications

  • Have a Radio Site Survey performed by a certified Baseline surveyor before ordering or installing radio equipment.
  • Require installation contractors to demonstrate that the installation and radio network performance meets or exceeds all specifications and site survey results.

High Gain Antenna Installation Specifications

  • Provide 10 feet of vertical separation from other antennas.
  • Polarization matters. All antennas must be polarized the same.
  • Install a lightning arrestor and ground appropriately following all manufacturer installation guidelines and precautions.
  • Use LMR400 low loss cables or better.
  • Weatherproof all antenna connections.
  • Provide strain relief on all connections.
  • Use tie wraps to secure cables.

Wi-Fi Module Specifications

BaseStation 1000 Wi-Fi Module

 

Module Description

2.4 GHz IEEE 802.11b/g™

 

Security

Supports 802.1x, 802.1i security

WEP

WPA-PSK

WPA-2-PSK

 

Network Interface

IEEE 802.11 - compliant RF transceiver

Compatible with IEEE 802.11b/g/n networks

 

RF/Analog Features

ISM Band 2.400 to 2.484 GHz operation

Channels 1-11

DSSS/OFDM modulation

Application throughput: approximately 1125 kbps

Integrated low phase noise VCO, RF frequency synthesizer, PLL loop filter, and PA

Integrated RSSI ADC and I/Q DACs, RSSI readings available to host

 

Current Consumption

-95 dBm Typical sensitivity at 1 Mbps

+18 dBm Typical 802.11b TX power with control

+16 dBm Typical 802.11g TX power with control

 

Power Requirements

Single operating voltage: 2.8V to 3.6V (3.3V typical)

 

Environment

Operating: -40° C to +85° C (-40° F to +185° F)
Storage: -40° C to +125° C (-40° F to +257° F)

 

General Information

Dimensions (LxW): 6.4 x 3.8 in (163 x 97 mm)
Antenna Connector: Ultra-miniature coaxial (U.FL)
Certifications: Radio regulation certification for United States (FCC), Canada (IC), and Europe (ETSI)

 

Compatible BaseStation Firmware

The BaseStation 1000 has integrated support for Wi-Fi communication with firmware version 1.8 and higher.

BaseStation 3200 Wi-Fi Module

 

Serial Interface – 2 DB9 DTE serial ports

Serial Port 1: RS-232
Serial Port 2: RS-232/422/485 software selectable
Data Rates: 300 to 921,600 bps
Characters: 7 or 8 data bits
Parity: Odd, even, none
Stop Bits: 1 or 2
Control Signals: RTS, CTS, DSR, DTR, DCD
Flow Control: XON/XOFF, RTS/CTS
ESD Protection: 4kv direct per port

 

Security

IEEE 802.11i - PSK with AES-CCMP Encryption

WPA - PSK

TKIP Encryption

128-256 Bit Rijndael AES Encryption, NIST AES FIPS-197 CERT#120

64/128-bit WEP

 

Network Interface

WBX2100E - 802.11b/g

1 RJ45

10/100 Ethernet

Standards: WPA, WEP, ARP, UDP/IP, TCP/IP, ICMP, SNMP, AutoIP, DHCP, TFTP, Telnet, and HTTP

 

Processor

CPU: DSTni-EX (enhanced 80186, 88 MHz)
Memory: 256 Kbytes SRAM, 512 Kbytes flash

 

Power

Input: 9-30 VDC (provided by the BaseStation irrigation controller)
Consumption: 2 W max.

 

Management

Interface: Lantronix DeviceInstaller GUI, HTTP
Security: WEP, WPA, TKIP

 

Environment

Operating: -40º to +158º F (-40º to +70º C)
Storage: -40º to +185º F (-40º to +85º C)
Humidity: 0% to 95% RH noncondensing

 

General Information

Dimensions (LxWxH): 3.7 x 2.8 x .9 in (94 x 72 x 23 mm)
Antenna Connector: RP- SMA
Status Indicators: Multiple LEDs provide ongoing operational status
Approvals: FCC-B, C/UL, CSA, CE, TUV, CTick, Japanese Radio Certification (Type Certification of Specified Radio Equipment)

 

Compatible BaseStation Firmware

The BaseStation 3200 has integrated support for Wi-Fi communication with firmware version 12.0.1 and higher.

Spec Docs:

Technical details for Baseline's Ethernet radio module
Technical details for Baseline's Wi-Fi Module for the BaseStation 3200 irrigation controller
Technical details for Baseline's Wi-Fi module for the BaseStation 1000 irrigation controller
Technical details for Baseline's Ethernet switch
Technical details for Baseline's 3G cell modem communication module
General specification information for Baseline's central control features in Microsoft Word format. Suitable for including in specifier's documentation.
General specification information for Baseline's central control features in Microsoft Word format. This non-proprietary spec does not give the manufacturer's name or the brand name of products, which enables the irrigation designer to specify Baseline products while complying with the requirements in the bidding documents.

Support Docs:

Note: As of January 1, 2015, Baseline no longer supports the Lantronix Wi-Fi module.
The Lantronix Wi-Fi Module Configuration Guide remains available for self-help.
Instructions for configuring the Gateway, Endpoint, or Repeater Ethernet radio unit.
Instructions for configuring a Wi-Fi module to work with a BaseStation 3200 irrigation controller

Install Guides:

Instructions for installing an Ethernet switch in a Baseline X-series enclosure
Instructions for installing an Ethernet radio that comes in an X-series enclosure.
Instructions for installing a Gateway or Repeater Ethernet radio unit that comes in a C-series enclosure.
Instructions for installing and configuring a Wi-Fi module on a BaseStation 1000 irrigation controller
Instructions for installing a lightning arrestor for a high gain antenna
Instructions for installing a high gain antenna for use with Baseline's Ethernet radio unit
Instructions for installing a Baseline 3G cell modem with a BaseStation 1000 or BaseStation 3200 controller in an X or XS cabinet
Instructions for installing a Baseline 3G cell modem with a BaseStation 1000 or BaseStation 3200 controller in a pedestal enclosure
Instructions for installing an Ethernet radio in a pedestal
Instructions for installing a Wi-Fi module into a BaseStation 3200 irrigation controller in a pedestal
Instructions for installing a Wi-Fi module in a BaseStation 3200 irrigation controller in an X/XS cabinet
Instructions for installing an Ethernet switch in a Baseline pedestal enclosure

3G Cell Modem

When a 3G cell modem is ordered with a Baseline irrigation controller, the cell modem is factory installed inside the controller enclosure. A 3dB "salt shaker" antenna and cables are included. Also includes one year of data service bundled with each module. Valid billing information is required to activate cell data service. Baseline will bill customer directly at the end of the first term for the next year's service.

 

Cell Modem Part Numbers

BL-CM3G-X 3G Cell modem module for BL-1000 and BL-3200 controllers in X or XS cabinet.
BL-CM3G-P 3G Cell modem module for BL-1000 and BL-3200 controllers in pedestal.
BL-CM3G-GW 3G Cell modem module installed in large 16-gauge powder-coated metal wall mount cabinet (X Cabinet) with a BL-ETH-SW 3-port Ethernet Switch. Does NOT include Data Service.

 

Cellular Data Service Plan Part Numbers

The service plans include the SIM card and 12 months of pre-paid data service for a specified number of controllers.

BL-CM-SVC1 1 year pre-paid standard data service for one BL-CM3G module (does not support LiveView)
BL-CM-SVC1-EXT5 1 year pre-paid extended 5-controller data service for one BL-BLCM3G
BL-CM-SVC1-EXT20 1 year pre-paid extended 20-controller data service for one BL-CM3G

 

External Antenna Options for Cellular Modules (compatible with all BL-CM-C, BL-CM-X, and BL-CM-P modules)

Includes mast-mounted antenna with mounting brackets, waterproof pipe/conduit mount connector, internal N-type bulkhead, mounting brackets and screws for C and X cabinets, and P pedestals, and installation instructions. Requires BL-CX or compatible LMR-400 low loss cable.

BL-CM-OMNI Omnidirectional high gain antenna kit
BL-CM-DIR Directional high gain antenna kit

 


Ethernet Radio

When an Ethernet radio module is ordered with a Baseline irrigation controller, the Ethernet radio is factory installed inside the controller enclosure. A 3dB "salt shaker" antenna and cables are included.

 

BL-ER-C Ethernet radio module (factory configured as a Gateway) in metal wall mount cabinet with 3dB integrated antenna for BL-1000 and BL-3200 controllers. Can also be configured as a Repeater.
BL-ER-X Ethernet radio module for X/XS cabinet with 3dB integrated antenna for BL-1000 and BL-3200 controllers
BL-ER-P Ethernet radio module for pedestal with 3dB antenna and stainless-steel antenna mount for BL-1000 and BL-3200 controllers

 

External Antenna Options for ER Radio Modules (compatible with all BL-ER-C, BL-ER-X, and BL-ER-P modules)

Includes mast-mounted antenna with mounting brackets, waterproof pipe/conduit mount connector, internal N-type bulkhead, mounting brackets and screws for C and X cabinets, and P pedestals, and installation instructions. Requires BL-CX or compatible LMR-400 low loss cable.

 

BL-CM-OMNI Omnidirectional high gain antenna kit
BL-CM-DIR Directional high gain antenna kit

 


Wi-Fi Communication Modules

When a Wi-Fi communication module is ordered with a Baseline irrigation controller, the Wi-Fi module is factory installed inside the controller enclosure. A 3dB "salt shaker" antenna and cables are included.

 

BaseStation 1000 Specific Wi-Fi Communication Modules

BL-1000WF-X Wi-Fi module for BL-1000 controllers in large wall mount cabinet
BL-1000WF-P Wi-Fi module for BL-1000 controllers in stainless-steel pedestal

 

BaseStation 3200 Specific Wi-Fi Communication Modules

BL-3200WF-C Wi-Fi module for BL-3200 controllers in its own metal wall mount cabinet
BL-3200WF-X Wi-Fi module for BL-3200 controllers in large wall mount cabinet
BL-3200WF-P Wi-Fi module for BL-3200 controllers in stainless-steel pedestal

 

External Antenna Options for Wi-Fi Modules (compatible with all BL-3200WF, BL-1000WF controllers)

Includes mast-mounted antenna with mounting brackets, waterproof pipe/conduit mount connector, internal N-type bulkhead, mounting brackets and screws for C and X cabinets, and P pedestals, and installation instructions. Requires BL-CX or compatible LMR-400 low loss cable.

 

BL-CM-OMNI Omnidirectional high gain antenna kit
BL-CM-DIR Directional high gain antenna kit

 

Accessories

BL-ETH-SW Ruggedized 3-Port Ethernet Switch
BL-CX-CBL10 10' coaxial antenna cable
BL-CX-CBL25 25' coaxial antenna cable
BL-CX-CBL50 50' coaxial antenna cable
BL-CX-CBL75 75' coaxial antenna cable
BL-CX-CLB100 100' coaxial antenna cable
BL-CX-CBL125 125' coaxial antenna cable
BL-CX-LA In-line surge arrestor for external antennas. Compatible with all wall mount and pedestal CM, MR, and WF units.