Recently Banner has added the SureCross Performance DX80 series to the growing wireless product family. With this addition we can offer a 1 watt, license free radio system for applications where the standard SureCross DX80 150 mw radio range is insufficient. Typically this is due to the distance between Nodes or existing obstacles between the Gateway and the Node(s).
Even though the multiple I/O offerings of the new Performance Gateways and Nodes can solve over 90 percent of the field applications there are some special models of the 150 mw radios that will not be incorporated in the new Performance family. Examples of the Nodes that will be only offered in the 150 mw family are the DX99 (Class 1 Div. 1) Nodes, Serial Temperature/Humidity Node, etc.
A question I get asked all the time is “will the Performance 1 watt radios work with the 150 mw radios?” The answer is yes but you do have to change a dip switch setting. You have to change the power of the radio (via dip switch) from 1 watt to ¼ watt then it will work fine. The reason for this is that Banner’s 150 mw radios divide the 902-928 MHZ into 27 frequency slices for the hop table and the 1 watt radios divide it into 50 frequency slices. When you set dip switch 1 on the Performance radio to the ¼ watt position then the radio’s hop table is set to the 27 slice mode. Now it is compatible with the 150 mw radio.