The Kantronics 9612XE is a versatile dual-port, multi-speed radio modem/TNC/data controller designed to fill many different roles, now and in the future. Directly replacing the KPC-9612+ and capable of speeds up to 38.4 kbps, the 9612XE opens a new era in user flexibility and customization.

The 9612XE now includes the wireless modem modes engineered for dependable and versatile digital communications in the commercial operating environment.  Able to communicate in a variety of formats, including TCP/IP, LSUB and TUP, 9612XE units are seamless and transparent radio link substitutes and can also operate as a data-operated switch (DOX).

The Kantronics 9612XE units can fill a variety of roles.  They are well made, engineered for dependability and low in cost.  It’s no wonder Kantronics units are in use around the world.

Kantronics KPC-9612XE

9612XE Applications Include:

  • 'Keyboard to keyboard' communications
  • Digipeater – suitable for remote locations
  • 1200 <--> 9600 gateway operation
  • Remote command access with password control
  • Personal Electronic Mail Box, with message forwarding and retrieval
  • Send/Receive Files (terminal software dependent)
  • Send/Receive Paging signals (POCSAG 512, 1200, 2400)
  • Remote control devices
  • GPS position transmitting and tracking (NMEA-0183 data required)
  • Data storage and retrieval
  • EMWIN weather information (requires additional software)
  • Base, Mobile, portable, or remote installations

The 9612XE can be used in the field with a radio to form a mobile data terminal, or (with the addition of an external GPS receiver) a GPS mobile "tracker". Its broad supply voltage range (DC 5.5 V to  25 V) allows for maximum flexibility.

9612XE Features

  • Broad supply voltage range operation
  • Low current requirement.
  • Dual port 1200/9600 bps operation, standard
  • Port 1 supports 1200 bps
  • Port 2 supports 4800, 9600, 19200, 38400 bps with GMSK/DFSK modulation
  • "NEWUSER" mode provides a quick start for packet newcomers
  • Digital audio drive control -- set from keyboard or by remote control
  • Large capacity internal mailbox and mail forwarding feature
  • Multiple user mailbox flashes Mail led for up to 10 call signs
  • GPS operation mode allows use with APRS® or other geolocation software (when paired with NMEA-0183 compatible GPS receiver)
  • Telemetry functions with two A/D inputs, and Remote Control switching with two control line outputs
  • 512, 1200, and 2400 baud POCSAG paging transmit/receive capability
  • Faster 9S12XE 16 bit microprocessor
  • Node and Network node functions standard "KA" Node and K-Net™
  • AX.25, Packet, BBS, KISS, XKISS, HOST, TERMINAL, GPS, MODEM (and dumb-modem) LSUB, TUP, POLL, operating modes
  • Easily upgradeable flash based bios/firmware
  • "Online" HELP feature
  • 512K memory standard
  • Includes coaxial power plug and flash drive with manual files (USB version also includes USB cable)
  • Use with base, mobile or hand-held radios
  • Made in the USA -- Limited one year warranty to original purchaser

9612XE Specifications

Dimensions (H×W×D)0.8"×6.7"×6.9" (21 mm × 170 mm × 175 mm) without projections
Weight18 oz (0.5 kg) (approx.)
Power RequirementsDC 6 V to 25 V, < 45 mA (LEDs on, unit active)
Power Connector5mm OD, 2.1mm ID coaxial, center pin positive
External Signal PortsDB-9 female (radio port 1) DB-15 female (radio port 2) USB type B or 25 pin RS232 (Computer)
Watchdog Timer2.5 minutes (radio port 1), 40 seconds (radio port 2) (approx)
External Carrier DetectPulldown to ground
Analog Measurement Inputs (A/D Converter) Two inputs; 0 V to +5 V, 12-bit accuracy, ZIN= 20 kOhm
PTT OutputOpen drain, max +50 V dc, 200 mA max
Radio Port 1
Data Rate1200 bps (default); 300, 400, 600
Modulation1200 bps FSK full duplex, Bell-202 1200Hz/2200Hz
Audio Output LevelContinuously adjustable from 1 mV p-p to 4 V p-p
Output Impedance600 Ohm, AC coupled
Audio Input Sensitivity5 mV p-p
Input Dynamic Range> 70 dB
Input Impedance Unbalanced, 10 kOhm (600 Ohm with jumper J 3 installed)
Max Audio Input Voltage±12 V dc; 35 V p-p sinusoidal
EqualizationNone or Fixed
Radio Port 2
Data Rate4800, 9600, 19200, 38400 bps
ModulationGaussian Filtered DFSK with normal Bandwidths of 0.3, 0.5 or full
Audio Output Level2 mV p-p ~ 100 mV p-p (J 20 off) 80 mV p-p ~ 4 V p-p (J 20 on)
Output Impedance600 Ohm, AC or DC coupled
Audio Input Sensitivitylo: 15 mV ~ 200 mv p-p (J 16 on) hi: 80 mV ~ 2.0 V p-p
Input Dynamic Range>20 dB (either range)
Input ImpedanceUnbalanced, 10 kOhm (600 Ohm with jumper J 3 installed)
Max Audio Input Voltage±25 V dc; 25 V p-p sinusoidal
EqualizationVariable, Software controlled
RX S/N Quality Indicator0 V to 3 V dc (Zout= 2.2 kOhm)
Operating ModesAX.25 Packet, BBS, KISS, XKISS, HOST, GPS, PAGING, MODEM (and dumb-modem), LSUB, TUP, POLL
LED IndicatorsPower, Xmit, Rcv, Connected, Status, Mail
Remote Control AccessAll controller functions, user-defined password
External ResetPulldown to ground
Operating ProtocolsAX.25 Levels 1 and 2 (user-selectable), KISS (software defined)
ComplianceFCC Class B

Specifications subject to change without notice or obligation.
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