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Comrex Launches BRIC-Link III

Company says it takes advantage of improvements in IP audio technology

Comrex has expanded its BRIC-Link codec family with the introduction of the BRIC-Link III, which it previewed at the spring NAB Show. 

“There are over 10,000 BRIC-Link codecs circulating worldwide, and BRIC-Link III is an updated version that takes advantage of the latest improvements in IP audio transmission technology,” the company said.

The codec has a full-duplex stereo encoder and decoder in each box. A jitter buffer manager balances delay and stability, dynamically increasing and decreasing delay based on network performance. 

Its encoding algorithms include stereo and mono linear mode, FLAC modes, AAC/HE-AAC modes, Opus, G.722 and G.711.

“BRIC-Link III features a new, more powerful processor for improved reliability,” Comrex continued. The unit also has enhanced indicators including four buttons that trigger contact closures by default and configurable for auto-connections to other Comrex IP codecs. 

Features include an HTML-5 based interface and a compact chassis. An optional rack kit for housing two codecs is available.

The codec’s CrossLock VPN technology includes a Redundancy Mode. “BRIC-Link III can take advantage of HotSwap, meaning that users can set a 4G/5G modem as a backup connection to only be engaged when the primary internet fails, providing an extra layer of reliability.”

An optional license is available to use the private Comrex SwitchBoard server.

Modes of operation include BRIC-Link normal (UDP), HTTP (Streaming Server, Icecast/Shoutcast, Multistreaming), RTP, TCP, IP Multicast & EBU 3326/SIP mode for compatibility). Firmware updates are free, as is tech support in English and Spanish during business hours. 

The new unit works with the new audio contribution Gagl service as well as other Comrex IP audio codecs including Access and older BRIC-Links.

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