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Configuring a Tesira NPX paging system

NPX Paging Stations can be configured as a Tesira expander, enabling a convenient way to add paging features to a Tesira system. All NPX models feature both AVB and Dante interfaces, making them compatible with AVB or Dante Tesira systems. 

This article explains how to manage and configure an NPX device, and to build a paging system on a Tesira system.NPX_Devices.png

Supported paging actions

On device actions:

  • Live Paging: via PTT /PTL button on the device
  • Recorded Announcements 

Tesira configuration enabled actions:

  • Repeated Recorded Announcements with Logic trigger using external controls
  • Scheduled Announcements with recorded messages using Presets and Event Scheduler block

For more information on Tesira configuration enabled actions, refer to this article

Supported system topologies

NPX and Paging Blocks can be added to a Tesira layout in either only AVB or only Dante media network modes, and all additional NPX devices added to the layout will be assigned the same mode. The following topologies are supported based on the media network type selected. 

Single-cable AVB mode

All media traffic and communications are handled with a single link to the AVB port. The NPX unit should be assigned an IP address in the same range as the AVB port on the Server device. 

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Separated networks AVB mode

Media and control traffic are separated in their own networks, and NPX is part of the AVB media network. 

In this network mode, NPX device features under Device Maintenance > Remote Devices can only be managed by direct communications between Tesira Software and the NPX unit. This can be achieved by a connection from an alternate network interface on the control PC/Laptop to the media network, configured to the same IP range as the NPX unit. 

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If two separate network interfaces are not available, the control PC/Laptop will need to be switched over to the media network with the correct IP settings to access the NPX device management features. Besides the Device Maintenance settings, all paging related configurations and changes are handled from the control network, and direct network connection between Tesira software and NPX unit is not necessary.

Dante mode 

NPX functions as a Dante endpoint in this mode and is configured with the Tesira DAN Servers on a converged Control and Dante network. A converged Control and Dante netowrk is necessary because the Control and Dante interfaces onboard the NPX device share the same IP address. 

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Note: Dante Controller is required to establish audio flow between NPX and Tesira Server Dante interface 

NPX device settings

NPX features standard expander type and paging specific settings under Device Maintenance>Remote Devices. This section covers settings that are different and/or specific to the paging stations.

Network settings

NPX uses shared IP configuration for the internal Control and Dante interfaces, which is set in the Network Settings dialog. 

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Security settings

There are two separate security settings on an NPX: 

  • Device Configuration Security: The Device Security dialog under the 'Security Settings' button secures device configuration from the software, much like the Security Settings for a Tesira system. Clicking on 'Protect Device...' prompts for an admin password of 8 or more alphanumeric characters. This password will be required anytime an NPX is accessed by the Tesira software for device settings or configurations. 

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  • Device Access Security: On device paging functions and settings can be secured with an on screen 4-digit pin code. This pin code option  can be enabled by clicking the little 'Lock' icon on the bottom left of the Paging Maintenance dialog (Dialog screenshot in the section below)

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Audio file management 

The 'Manage Paging Station' button opens the Paging Maintenance dialog with ten slots each for Recordings and Preambles. By default all the slots are disabled. Audio files can be uploaded by clicking the up arrow which opens a standard Windows 'Open' Dialog.
Alternately, audio can be recorded directly from the NPX device by selecting a slot and following on screen instructions. Each NPX can store upto 50 minutes of audio shared across the 10 slots of recorded messages and preambles combined. Audio data does not sync across NPX devices, and needs to be separately managed for each device. 

Existing recordings (previously uploaded or recorded on device) or preambles can be downloaded and saved to PC by clicking the down arrow icon and can also be deleted by clicking the trash can icon. 

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The NPX on screen UI provides options to select a slot, record audio, save and delete messages. 

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To access the Recordings Slots and related controls,, press the top and button buttons next to the NPX Screen

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Audio settings

Each Paging Station block control dialog includes tabs for Audio, Filters and Compressor.
The Audio tab shows meters for NPX Mic, Record message Playback level, and Page Out levels. The Filters tab features 6 slots for adding upto 6 filters of various types. The Compressor tab contains a standard Tesira compresssor type UI with 1 active knee point. 

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Configuring a paging system

Step 1: Add paging blocks to Tesira layout

From the 'Paging Blocks' menu  NPX_Paging_Block_Icon.png in the Object toolbar, add 'Paging and Zone Control' to the layout . Specify the NPX media mode (AVB or Dante), first NPX device model and number of zones in the Paging and Zone control Initialization dialog. 

Note: Network media type cannot be changed after the initial selection unless starting over by deleting all the paging blocks. 

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In the layout the paging blocks appear as a collection of three types of blocks: 'Paging Station', 'Paging and Zone Control' and 'Zones'.
Paging Station and Paging and Zone Control blocks have no included or optional I/O nodes.

The Zone blocks can be placed on an output path for the intended zones. 

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Upto 32 Paging Zone blocks are supported within NPX paging systems. Additional Zone blocks can be added by modifying the Zone count from the Edit Block Parameters option for the Paging and Zone Control block in the right click context menu.

Upto 16 paging stations can be added  from Paging Blocks > Paging Stations.

Step 2: Connect Paging Zone blocks 

Connect the input and output nodes of the The Paging Zone block to the designated zone outputs in the Tesira layout. When paging is initiated from the NPX, the Paging Zone block ducks the signal coming into the input node in favor of the NPX paging audio. Ducking threshold can be changed from the default -30 dB in the control dialog of the block.

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Sample Layout with Paging Blocks 

Step 3: Create Page Codes

Open the Paging and Zone Control block and click 'Add New' to create Page Codes. 

Page Codes define announcement action (Live/Recorded), Preamble ( or chimes) that plays prior, what zones the announcement would be heard and the priority level of the announcement. Page Codes and its properties are defined in the Paging and Zone Control dialog. 

Up to 999 Page Codes can be created with unique labels and specific Zone combinations, Preambles, Action and Priority.

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Tesira software includes five canned Preambles in Slots 1 through 5, with the option of uploading custom preambles in Slots 6 through 10. 

Step 4: Assign Page Codes to Paging Stations

Open each paging station block and enable page codes in desired combination. This action can be performed offline or online  

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Step 5: Additional media network configuration

In AVB mode, NPX requires no further configuration and should work like other Tesira expanders. 

In Dante mode, Dante transmit channel from each NPX will need to be paired with the corresponding Dante receive channel on the host Tesira system via the Dante Controller. The name of the Dante channels for NPX is in the format  'PagingStationX_Output' and  for the host Tesira system it's 'PagingStationX_Input', where X is 1 for the first device and increments as more devices are added. 

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