New routers foster WCNY’s move from analog to digital

The new technology allows the station to achieve its goal of five on-air channels.
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The Sirius family of routers from Pro-Bel. Some Sirius routers are being used in WCNY’s infrastructure.

WCNY, a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) station based in Syracuse, NY, has installed new routing and router control technology to sit at the heart of its new digital infrastructure. The deal was overseen by NNY, which serves the northeastern part of the United States.

The overall project involved moving the station from its existing analog technology to a complete digital solution — with HD capabilities included — providing a path to the future.

WCNY has installed a range of routers from Pro-Bel including two Sirius routers — one video and one audio. The first, using a 128 x 128 frame, is equipped with 32 x 32 analog, 64 x 64 SDV and 32 x 32 HD. Sirius’ flexibility allows for onboard A/D and D/A signal conversion. The audio router, a Sirius 256 x 256, is fitted 128 x 128 balanced synchronous AES and 64 x 64 stereo analog. In addition, WCNY has also installed a Freeway RS422 router with a 32 x 32 timecode card. Pro-Bel’s Aurora router control is being used along with a variety of control panels.

The new equipment allows the station to achieve its goal of five on-air channels. Beyond the TV side, WCNY is also home to the local PBS radio station. Audio for the station is configured through the Pro-Bel router’s audio frame.

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