Ifax Network

The IFAX range of Control Panels implements two networking protocols that enable the interconnection of Control Panels. The MultiIFAX  and UniIFAX  Control Panels may be mixed on a network.

The network protocols allow the overall system to work as a ‘seamless’ peer-to-peer network. Each IFAX retains full autonomous operation, while the entire network functions as if the individual Control Panels were a single system.

Fully detailed Alarm, Fault and Disabled information from any IFAX is reported to all others and remote system control can be undertaken from any IFAX.

Complex cross-network cause-and-effects can be configured, using the IFAXOnSite configuration program.

IFAXNetwork

The IFAXNetwork protocol allows up to 32 IFAXs to be connected together. Thus the maximum capacity is 64,512 addressable points, 8,160 fire zones and 448 IFAXRepeater with full cross-network control!

The IFAXs are wired in a ‘dual-ring’ configuration. The protocol is a ‘token-ring’ network with each IFAX re-generating signals before onward transmission to the next IFAX.

A dual-ring configuration means that any single network fault does not affect network or IFAX operation. Multiple network faults cause the network to automatically re-configure into two or more independent fully-functional networks. The location of any network faults are reported at all IFAXs.

Each link between adjacent IFAXs on the network is a pair of 2-core cables (up to 1.2 km, depending on cable type). Any link can optionally use a pair of optical fibres. Each link is fully monitored for faults.

For any IFAX to be connected to a ‘dual-ring’ network, it must be ‘network-capable’. This option should be ordered at the time of ordering the Control Panel, although a retro-fit is possible. There must also be a Network Interface Unit (NIU) inside the Control Panel. This can be ordered at the same time as the Control Panel or later.

Standard network links use two-core cables. If fibre optics are required then fibre-optic adapters must be ordered.

icon Download the IFAXNetwork handbook here (132.64 kB).

IFAXNetwork

IFAXNetwork

Two-Unit IFAXNetwork

If a network of two IFAXs is made using the standard ‘dual-ring’ IFAXNetwork, then four 2-core cables are required between the IFAXs. If a single network fault occurs then the two IFAXs would function autonomously. Thus the secondary ring does not provide any extra redundancy in this situation. A simpler and lower-cost protocol can be used that requires only two 2-core cables and provides the same capabilities and robustness.

The maximum capacity is 4,024 addressable points, 510 fire zones and 28 IFAXRepeater with full cross-network control!

Any network faults breaks the link between the IFAXs and each IFAX then functions autonomously. The network fault is reported at both IFAXs.

The link between the IFAXs is a pair of 2-core cables (up to 1.2 km, depending on cable type). The link can optionally use a pair of optical fibres. The link is fully monitored for faults.

For any IFAX to be connected to a Two-Unit IFAXNetwork, it must be ‘network-capable’. This option should be ordered at the time of ordering the Control Panel, although a retro-fit is possible.

Standard network links use two-core cables. If fibre optics are required then fibre-optic adapters must be ordered.

icon Download the Two-Unit IFAXNetwork handbook here (88.68 kB).

IFAX Network

Two-Unit IFAXNetwork