The standard way to connect WorldStation(TM) to your PC
is via its serial port. WorldStation(TM) then relays comands down the
serial port where they are interpreted by the RX-320's internal microprocessor.
If you have a basic TCP/IP (LAN) at home you can connect WorldStation(TM)
to a network proxy. The proxy then relays commands from its TCP/IP port to a networked
server to which the RX-320 is directly connected. We supply proxies in your distribution
for both Linux and NT operating systems. We are compiling this proxy for
our upcoming Mac OS X release as well.
So far so good. If you have a network already, you may be thinking of going
wireless as the next step. You need to add a WAP (Wireless Access Port) to your network and get hold of a wireless NIC (Network Interface Card). These components are readily available at any national elecronics chain. Set-up is pretty straighforward. While the underlying technology is sophisticated, a wireless connection
simply extends your already existing network.
As SWL's (Short Wave Listener's) we sometimes miss the convenience of having
a radio to carry around. So we went to a wireless connection which allows
us to "listen" to the radio on our notebook. Below is a screen shot showing
wireless WorldStation(TM) in action:
We are using a wireless card which can be seen to the right of the picture.
In wireless mode, WorldStation(TM) works identically (it should!) to a hardwired
connection. The audio feed is provided by an H323 audio server running on
the network. The H323 client is provided by Microsoft Netmeeting running
on the notebook. So audio comes out of the standard notebook speakers. Skype support is now integrated into our software as well.