RipEX2 is a radio modem platform renowned for overall data throughput in any real-time environment. RipEX2 radio modems are native IP devices, Software Defined with Linux OS that have been designed with attention to detail, performance and quality.
RipEX2 is built into a rugged die-cast aluminium casing that allows for multiple installation possibilities, see Section 4.1, “Mounting”.
DO NOT HANDLE UNLESS THE AREA IS KNOWN TO BE NON-HAZARDOUS
For more information see Section 4.1.1, “DIN rail mounting” and Section 4.1.2, “Flat mounting”.
All connectors are located on the front panel. The upper side features a LED panel. The HW button is located on the front panel as well (close to the COM connector).
Do not manipulate the RipEX (e.g. plug or unplug connectors) unless powered down or the area is known to be non-hazardous.
An antenna can be connected to RipEX2 via TNC female 50Ω connector.
RipEX2 is equipped with two connectors. The Tx/Rx connector will be used for common transmitting and receiving single antenna installation (even with different Rx and Tx frequencies).
Both Rx and Tx/Rx connectors for split installation (separated Tx and Rx antennas or full duplex operation with duplexer) – Rx for receiving and Tx/Rx for transmitting.
HW option RipEX2e (product variant ‘C’ and ‘D’) provides only Tx/Rx connector.
RipEX2 radio modem may be damaged when operated without an antenna or a dummy load.
Antenna has to be installed outside of the hazardous zone.
This rugged connector connects to a power supply and it contains control signals. A Plug with screw-terminals and retaining screws for power and control connector is supplied with each RipEX2. It is Tyco 7 pin terminal block plug, part No. 1776192-7, contact pitch 3.81 mm. The connector is designed for electric wires with a cross section of 0.5 to 1.5 mm2. Strip the wire leads to 6 mm (1/4 inch). Isolated cables should receive PKC 108 or less end sleeves before they are inserted in the clip. Insert the cables in the wire ports, tightening securely.
Tab. 2.1: Pin assignment
|2||AI||HW ALARM INPUT|
|3||−||−(GND) – for SLEEP IN, HW ALARM INPUT|
|4||+||+(POWER) – for HW ALARM OUTPUT|
|5||AO||HW ALARM OUTPUT|
open drain output max. 30 VDC, 1 A
|6||+||+ POWER (10 to 30 V)|
Undervoltage threshold 8.5 VDC
Overvoltage threshold 41 VDC
|7||−||− POWER (GND)|
Pins 3 and 7 are connected internally.
Pins 4 and 6 are connected internally.
The unit must be powered with an intrinsic save power source for use in hazardous locations.
HW ALARM INPUT
HW ALARM INPUT is a digital input. If grounded (e.g. by connecting to pin 3), an external alarm is triggered.
HW ALARM OUTPUT
HW ALARM OUTPUT is a digital output.
The POWER pins labelled + and – serve to connect a power supply 10–30 VDC. The requirements for a power supply are defined in Section 4.7, “Power supply” and Chapter 9, Technical parameters.
Standard RJ45 connectors for Ethernet connection. RipEX2 has 10/100/1000Base-T Auto MDI/MDIX interfaces so it can connect to 10 Mb/s, 100 Mb/s or 1000 Mb/s Ethernet network. The speed can be selected manually or recognized automatically by RipEX2. RipEX2 is provided with Auto MDI/MDIX function which allows it to connect over both standard and cross cables, adapting itself automatically.
Tab. 2.2: Ethernet to cable connector connections
|Pin||Signal||Direct cable||Crossed cable|
|1||TX+||orange – white||green – white||
|3||RX+||green – white||orange – white|
|5||—||blue – white||blue – white|
|7||—||brown – white||brown – white|
HW option RipEX2e (product variant ‘C’ and ‘D’) provides only ETH1 – ETH2 interfaces.
ETH5 is a standard SFP slot for 10/100/1000 Mb/s Ethernet SFP modules, user exchangeable with maximal power consumption 1.25 W. Both fibre optic and metallic Ethernet SFP modules are supported. For optical both single and dual mode fibre optics Ethernet modules (= 2 or 1 fibers) can be used. CSFP modules are not supported. RipEX2 compatible as a standard accessory.offers all mentioned types of SFP modules, tested to be
The SFP status LED is located just next to the slot. It is controlled by SFP module. Its function is specific for each SFP module. The typical behavior is an indication the received signal from the fibre optic or metallic link to be within operational range.
It is strongly recommended to use a high quality SFP module with industry temperature range. The SFP modules listed in Accessories are thoroughly tested by RipEX2 units. It is possible to use any other SFP module, but cannot guarantee they will be completely compatible with RipEX2 units.and are guaranteed to function with
HW option RipEX2e (product variant ‘C’ and ‘D’) does not provide ETH5 interface.
RipEX2 provides serial interface COM terminated by DSUB9F connectors. It can be configured as RS232 or RS485.
RS232 of RipEX2 is a hard-wired DCE (Data Communication Equipment) device.
Equipment connected to the serial port of RipEX2 unit should be DTE (Data Terminal
Equipment) and a straight-through cable should be used. If a DCE device is connected to the
serial port of RipEX2, a null modem adapter or cross cable has to be
RS485 of RipEX2 is not galvanic isolated and it is not terminated.
Tab. 2.3: COM pin description
|DSUB9F||COM – RS232||COM – RS485|
|Pin||Signal||In/ Out||Signal||In/ Out||
RipEX2 keeps pin 6 DSR at the level of 0 (state ON, approx. +6.2 V) by RS232 standard permanently.
Expansion board ‘C’ (2 x RS232)
The 2nd and 3rd COM ports are available when the Expansion board ‘C’ (2 x RS232) is installed. In such a case: The DI/DO connector is used as a connector for COM2 and COM3.
COM2 and COM3 parameters:
COM2: RS232 – 5 pin (RxD, TxD, GND, RTS, CTS) 600 b/s to 2 Mb/s
COM3: RS232 -3 pin (RxD, TxD, GND) 2.4 kb/s to 921.6 kb/s
Tab. 2.4: DI/DO connector used by Expansion board ‘C’
Pin Signal In / Out 1 RxD COM3 Out 2 TxD COM3 In 3 GND 4 CTS COM2 Out 5 RTS COM2 In 6 GND 7 RxD COM2 Out 8 TxD COM2 In
This interface is not compatible with RipEX2-HS.
If the RipEX2 unit is installed in the RipEX2-HS (Hot Standby chassis), the DI/DO interface is dedicated for the Hot Standby operation.
RipEX2 uses USB 3.0, Host A interface. USB interface is wired as standard:
Tab. 2.5: USB A Pinout Cable Assembly
The USB interface is designed for the connection to an external ETH/USB adapter or a WiFi adapter. They are optional accessories to RipEX2, for more details see www/ripex/accessories. The adapters are used for service access to web configuration interface of RipEX2 unit.
The USB connector also provides power supply (5 V / 0.5 A). It can be used to temporarily power a connected device, for instance a telephone. The USB connector should not be used as permanent source of power supply.
Only USB equipments dedicated for hazardous locations shall remain connected permanently.
EXT SMA female 50 Ohm connector is used for several purposes according to HW variant.
Standard basic model – the EXT is used as an synchronization signal input.
Input frequency range 1 Hz (PPS) – 25 MHz
Input signal level >200 mVp-p @ 220R, up to 5V TTL levels
RipEX2 can be equipped with an internal GPS (Expansion board ‘G’). The GPS module is used for time synchronization of the NTP server inside RipEX2. In this case the EXT connector serves for connecting the GPS antenna:
3.3 VDC supply see details
Time synchronisation from outer source will be implemented in future FW releases.
Interface AUX was renamed to EXT (FW version 184.108.40.206. and newer).
HW option RipEX2e (product variant ‘C’ and ‘D’) does not provide EXT interface.
Tab. 2.6: Digital Inputs and Outputs
|1||DI1+||Digital input (differential) – Positive – (P)||
|2||DI1-||Digital input (differential) – Negative – (N)|
Digital Output 1
Digital Output 2
|7||DI2||Digital Input 2|
|8||DI3||Digital Input 3|
Open drain output max. 30 VDC, 0.2 A
Isolated differential digital input:
Input voltage difference (P-N) > 1.9 VDC Logic “H”
Input voltage difference (P-N) < 1.1 VDC Logic “L”
Maximum differential voltage 30 V
Schmitt-triggered inverted input
Pull below 1.1 VDC to activate (1.1 VDC / 1.9 VDC threshold hysteresis)
Max. 30 VDC
If the RipEX2 unit is installed in the RipEX2-HS (Hot Standby chassis), the DI/DO interface is dedicated for the Hot Standby operation.
HW option RipEX2e (product variant ‘C’ and ‘D’) does not provide DI/DO interface.
HW button is placed on the right side of COM interface.
HW button operation
Press less than 2 seconds – Nothing happens
Press from 2 up to 7 seconds – Reboot is performed on button release
Press from 7 up to 20 seconds – Factory settings are performed on button release
Press more than 20 seconds – Nothing happens
RipEX2 radio modem can be delivered with the cellular extension.
RipEX2 radio modem equipped with the LTE cellular module has two additional SMA antenna connectors mounted on the opposite side than radio antenna connectors.
It is recommended to use both antennas (MIMO diversity) for the LTE connection. In case of using only one antenna, attach it to the ANT1 connector.
Tab. 2.7: Key to LEDs
|SYS||Green||Permanently lit||System OK|
|Flashing – period 500 ms||Reset button pushed|
|Three fast (50 ms) flashes – pause (500 ms)||Reset button factory reset|
|Flashing regularly – period 500 ms||Serious system error|
|Orange||Permanently lit||Unit is starting|
Activity of mPCIe connected equipment (like GPS fix, LTE connected, …)
Alarm of mPCIe connected equipment
|Table of Signal levels for individual services for cellular interface|
|Rx||Green||Permanently lit||Receiver is synchronized to a packet|
|Yellow||Permanently lit, or flashing in 1 sec|
|Rx mode of operation – High resiliance (strong interfering signals – above -45 dBm – are present within the frequency band)|
|Tx||Red||Permanently lit||Transmitting to radio channel|
|COM||Green||Permanently lit||Data receiving|
|Yellow||Permanently lit||Data transmitting|
An Alarm is triggered by any event with severity Error or higher (see Section 8.3, “Events”).
High resilience mode
LED signalization of receiver High resilience mode can be enabled/disabled by configuration item Advanced – Interfaces – Radio – Radio parameters – High resilience LED indication (see Section 220.127.116.11.1, “Radio parameters – advanced ” for details).
Trade name – trade and marketing name of the product. This name is used for all products within the same product family.
Possible values: RipEX
Gen. – generation of the product of specific Trade name. The very first generation does not have any number in this position.
Possible values: none, 2
Band – frequency band and sub-band
1A: 135–175 MHz
3A: 285–335 MHz
3B: 335–400 MHz
4A: 400–470 MHz
4B: 450–520 MHz
8A: 803–897 MHz
9A: 868–960 MHz
Exp. – Expansion board module embedded in mPCIe slot
N – not used
E** – Expansion cellular module, Bands E; Part No.: mPCIe-E
P** – Expansion cellular module, Bands P; Part No.: mPCIe-P
A** – Expansion cellular module, Bands A; Part No.: mPCIe-A
W – Expansion cellular module, Bands W; Part No.: mPCIe-W
E – 4G/3G/2G, Europe, Middle East, Africa
P – 4G/3G/2G, Asia, Pacific, South America
A – 4G/3G/2G, Americas
W – 4G/3G/2G, Global
For frequency bands see details
G – GPS (GNSS) module; Part;No.: mPCIe-GPS
C – Expansion 2× RS232; Part No.: mPCIe-COMS
Only one option for mPCIe slot is possible.
Var. – designation of product variant
E – Processor without HW encryption support.
N – Processor without HW encryption support. Encryption features will never be possible.
C – RipEX2e, processor without HW encryption support.
D – RipEX2e, processor without HW encryption support. Encryption features will never be possible.
X*– Processor with HW encryption support.
SW keys – if unit is ordered with SW keys, all keys are specified in this bracket. SW key can be ordered independently for specific S/N anytime later on.
Master – enables all functionalities of all possible SW feature keys; Part No.: RipEX2-SW-MASTER
Protocols – enables Radio protocols (Flexible, Base driven); Part No.: RipEX2-SW-PROTOCOLS
Dynamic routing – enables Dynamic routing (Babel, OSPF, BGP); Part No.: RipEX2-SW-
Speed – enables 256QAM, Channels > 50kHz, Full duplex; Part No.: RipEX2-SW-SPEED
Power – enables RF power 40 dBm PEP; Part No.: RipEX2-SW-POWER
Security – enables IPsec, RADIUS, Multiple users, Tamper detection; Part No.: RipEX2-SW-SECURITY
SFP – enables SFP interface; Part No.: RipEX2-SW-SFP
Ex – authorization for use RipEX2 in hazardous location II 3G Ex ic IIA T4 Gc. Part No.: RipEX2-Ex (Note: Ex keys are available only for units produced after 1st of January 2022)
Region – used for countries where specific restrictions are required. Available only on special request when ordering. If used, it is indicated in bracket along with the SW keys.
US – USA, Allowed freq. according to FCC part 90
RipEX2 – 1A: 150.8 – 156.2475, 157.1875 – 161.575, 161.775 – 161.9625, 162.0375 – 170.0 MHz; Reg. ID: 1A-FCC_Part_90
RipEX2 – 4A: 4A: 406.1 – 454.0, 456 – 462.5375, 462.7375 – 467.5375, 467.7375 – 470.0 MHz; Reg. ID: 4A-FCC_Part_90
RU – Russia, Allowed freq. according to Russian regulations
RipEX2 – 1A: 146.0 – 174.0 MHz; Reg. ID: 1A-Russia
RipEX2 – 4A: 403.0 – 410.0, 433.0 – 450.0 MHz; Reg. ID: 4A-Russia
RipEX2 – 4A: 433.0 – 450.0 MHz; Adjusted product label; Reg. ID: 4-Russia
BR – Brazil, 6.25 kHz channel not allowed
RipEX2 – 4A: Additional sticker (Anatel 16763) on product and paper box; Reg. ID: 4A-Brazil
MX – Mexico, Additional sticker on product and paper box
Type – specific product type
Code – part of order code which is printed on Product label on the housing (SW keys are not HW dependent and can be ordered later on, so they are not printed on Product label).
Order code – the complete product code, which is used on Quotations, Invoices, Delivery notes etc.
In order to find out the correct Order code, please use E-shop.
* The processor included in the unit uses an encryption module listed as 5A002 a.1 in the
COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) No 428/2009, setting up a Community regime for the control of exports,
transfer, brokering and transit of dual-use items. Units are subject to export control when
exporting outside the European union, according to national, EU and US law (ECCN 5A002 a.1),
In the case of export from the country where the units were delivered by , the exporter must inform of the new country of delivery.
** E, P, A bands for cellular module were under production until XI/2021