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Multiple Connections without running software
« on: January 07, 2022, 10:51:48 pm »
I have a fleet of P332 encoders that work well.  I just purchased a P164 because that's all that's available.  On the P332, there are several ports available via ethernet, allowing you one port for incoming RDS data from the automation while still having a port available for MagicRDS to connect to.  That appears to not be the case with the P164.  I can either send data to it from the automation, or I can connect to it to manage it via ethernet but not both at the same time.  I've read in the forum that you advise to keep the software running and create ports that way.  That is not a viable solution for me.  I have multiple stations in multiple locations and do not have a PC or network that can be left on to allow the software to run 24/7.  Why was this feature removed from the "new" encoder? 


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Re: Multiple Connections without running software
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2022, 11:09:20 pm »
The P332 production has ended some years ago due to discontinued components. The P164 is not a direct replacement for the P332 and has never been presented in that way. On the other hand, the Magic RDS 4 has been developed in the meantime, allowing much more features that the P332 ever had.

With a little effort, it is possible to create a RDS network based on the P164 which performs as good or better as with P332. At considerably lower costs and with central control instead of need of individual access to each unit. Our software allows a mix of P164 and P332 as well. For instance, you don't need any extra PC, just use your broadcast PC. You may create virtual ports in the Magic RDS 4 and use all the special features which no RDS encoder offers at hardware level. There are no plans to go back.