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Pete Erskine

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Terrific, inexpensive internet intercom system
« on: January 28, 2016, 08:43:54 pm »

I had downloaded this months before but just got around to testing it.

Unity Intercom

This is a small intercom system which can have clients on any platform: iPhone, Mac, PC, Android, iPad
Maximum size is 6 PL channels and 58 Users.  You can rent Unity intercom with their server in the cloud or buy the server and ports.  In the future they may also offer rental ports with your purchased server. 

Here is more info on My web  www.bestaudio.com/unity

I have it on my server permanently and have talked to users in as far away as Germany with no noticeable latency.

I have been told that networks are using it on TV trucks for supplemental comms as well as initial setup comms.

If you want to demo it, download the client (no charge)

My server is peterskine.selfip.com port 20101
Users are setup as Demo1 and Demo2
All use Password 1234

Here is a video on how to use it 

On the website you can get a 15 day demo which can do 20 users.
A discount is available from http://www.dcscomms.tv/

The client for iPhone is  shown below along with the User Point to Point screen and the Mac computer client.
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Re: Terrific, inexpensive internet intercom system
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2016, 08:59:09 pm »

I had downloaded this months before but just got around to testing it.

It did seem pretty cool in testing. It worked great from my iPhone via WiFi and my laptop via WiFi, both on my home network. Keeping your phone active on WiFi all day will probably run your battery down quickly, but I was able to watch a video and use the comm on my laptop.

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Re: Terrific, inexpensive internet intercom system
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2016, 09:18:10 pm »

I had downloaded this months before but just got around to testing it.

Unity Intercom

This is a small intercom system which can have clients on any platform: iPhone, Mac, PC, Android, iPad
Maximum size is 6 PL channels and 53 Users

Interesting.  So by my math you could max at the system for 5500 bucks?  53 clients?

Are the clients floating or is each device specific?  That is, can i use it on my iPhone using client maddox101, end that session and then use it on my Mac as client maddox101?

Would this work over LTE? [it should but i thought i'd check]

As someone doing iOS comm systems using the ClearCom Eclipse matrix via IP, this is a pretty neat looking solution.  Certainly a WHOLE lot cheaper.  I'll be checking it out.
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Re: Terrific, inexpensive internet intercom system
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2016, 09:55:46 pm »

Are the clients floating or is each device specific?  That is, can i use it on my iPhone using client maddox101, end that session and then use it on my Mac as client maddox101?

I did. It took about 15-20 sec for the server to allow me back in on the new device. I don't know about LTE, I was using all WiFi, but it seems like it would work fine, just cost more.

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Re: Terrific, inexpensive internet intercom system
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2016, 11:18:41 pm »

I did. It took about 15-20 sec for the server to allow me back in on the new device. I don't know about LTE, I was using all WiFi, but it seems like it would work fine, just cost more.

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If their data usage is anything like what i've experienced using the ClearCom system, the cost is almost a non-issue.  i forget the exact amounts, but we did an LTE experiment for the better part of a day and IIRC the data usage was maybe 300 MB.  And since it was LTE, it was actually significantly more stable and reliable then the very crowded WiFi, not to mention portable.

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Re: Terrific, inexpensive internet intercom system
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2016, 02:34:47 am »

The client for iPhone is  shown below along with the User Point to Point screen.

Thanks for sharing Pete, looks like a very interesting product. How do you feel it compares to VCOM?

That point to point screen looks like a who's who of comms guys around the world!
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Re: Terrific, inexpensive internet intercom system
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2016, 05:50:22 am »

Thanks for sharing Pete, looks like a very interesting product. How do you feel it compares to VCOM?

That point to point screen looks like a who's who of comms guys around the world!

VCOM is more of a full featured Matrix system but it is several years older.  Unity started only a couple of years ago.  I hear that one of the owners and the principal designer also is the person who developed the "Photo deposit" system which all banks are implementing.

I use LTE and it works well.

The server does not care what type of client uses a login.  Log in using your PC and then switch to iPhone with same login (one at a time).  This is the client screen.

The 64 lights at the bottom are Tally indicators if you have that option.


Strangely enough there is no online documentation, just THIS which is only accessible from within the server.
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Re: Terrific, inexpensif internet intercom system
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2016, 02:39:09 pm »

My mistake max clients are 58.  I believe if you use their server it is 100.

Okay, i misunderstood the concept and so your reply confused me.

So i actually went to the link and checked out the product.  i'm brilliant.

So you can have your own server locally that can be logged into remotely assuming you are on the interwebs so you can talk with remote users.  local users can get on the server either through a wired LAN or WiFi LAN connected to your local server.

Alternatively, you can use their Cloud Server and everyone logs onto that via the internet.  I suspect in that scenario that people talking someone next to them might experience some latency since they can hear the person a bit acoustically as well.  I'd be curious to see how bad that actually was as that's been a real issue i've had using the Eclipse system over IP.
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Re: Terrific, inexpensif internet intercom system
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2016, 06:41:56 pm »

I suspect in that scenario that people talking someone next to them might experience some latency since they can hear the person a bit acoustically as well.  I'd be curious to see how bad that actually was as that's been a real issue i've had using the Eclipse system over IP.

I find adjacent latency to be 50-100 ms or about the same as cellular phones.
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Re: Terrific, inexpensive internet intercom system
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2016, 11:38:15 am »

this is great! talked to several people over this today - from the US to germany and back...

we're going to buy some licences...

george
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