RC232 Products

RC232 is an easy-to-use and effective cable replacement and networking protocol which can carry any application data in a transparent channel. It uses a UART interface and can be configured as point to point, point to multi point and peer to peer, making it the ideal solution when a simple robust wirelss conction or network is required. The RC232 modules are available in many variants ranging from low-cost to narrowband industrial grade, meeting the requirements of any application and different local radio regulations world-wide.

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ROBUST POINT TO POINT NETWORKING PROTOCOL

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PROVEN AND RELIABLE INDUSTRY SOLUTION

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LOW POWER BATTERY OPERATION

RC232 Module Selection

RC11XX Family

RC11 series is a cost effective sub-GHz platform that supports 433/865/868/915 MHz modules. The family includes High Power option for the extended range.

Module Frequency band [MHz] Radio channels [#] Data rate [kbps] RX sensitivity [dBm] RX current [mA] Pout [dBm] TX current [mA] SLEEP current [uA] Operating supply voltage [V] Operating temperature [deg C] Indicative LOS [m] Region / compliance Narrow Band High Power
RC1140-RC232 433-434 17 1.2-100 -110 24 10 35 0,3 2,0 – 3,6 -40 to +85 1200 EU / CE
RC1170-RC232 865-867 15 1.2-100 -110 24 10 37 0,3 2,0 – 3,6 -40 to +85 800 India
RC1180-RC232 868-870 18 1.2-100 -110 24 10 37 0,3 2,0 – 3,6 -40 to +85 800 EU / CE
RC1190-RC232 902-928 50 1.2-100 -110 24 -1 22 0,3 2,0 – 3,6 -40 to +85 300 USA / FCC
RC1170HP-RC232 865-867 15 1.2-100 -109 24 27 560 3,4 2,7 – 3,3 -40 to +85 4000 India
RC1180HP-RC232 868-870 18 1.2-76.8 -109 24 27 560 3,4 2,7 – 3,3 -40 to +85 4000 EU / CE
RC1190HP-RC232 902-928 50 1.2-100 -109 24 27 560 3,4 2,7 – 3,3 -40 to +85 4000 USA / FCC

RC12XX Family

A 2.8V to 5 volt compatible, sub-GHz platform that supports 418/427/433/868/915 MHz modules. The RC12XX family was designed as a generic product family with a lot of different options to meet different regulations in various countries.

Module Frequency band [MHz] Radio channels [#] Data rate [kbps] RX sensitivity [dBm] RX current [mA] Pout [dBm] TX current [mA] SLEEP current [uA] Operating supply voltage [V] Operating temperature [deg C] Indicative LOS [m] Region / compliance Narrow Band High Power
RC1210 418/419 30 4,8 -112 20 8 26 0,003 2,8 – 5,5 -20 to +55 2000 China
RC1230 426/429 71 2,4 -115 20 8 26 0,003 2,8 – 5,5 -20 to +55 2000 Japan
RC1240 433-434 80 4,8 -115 20 8 26 0,003 2,8 – 5,5 -20 to +55 2000 EU / CE
RC1244 429-444 85 4,8 -115 20 8 26 0,003 2,8 – 5,5 -20 to +55 2000 Nordic
RC1250 424/447 80 2,4 -117 20 8 26 0,003 2,8 – 5,5 -20 to +55 2000 Korea
RC1280 868-870 80 4,8 -110 21 7 28 0,003 2,8 – 5,5 -20 to +55 1000 EU / CE
RC1290 902-928 51 4,8-19,2 -110 21 -1 23 0,003 2,8 – 5,5 -20 to +55 500 USA / FCC

RC17XXXX Family

An upgraded version of RC11 series, which includes extra feature of the Ultra Narrowband radio for the best noise resilience. High Power for the extended range is available for this family.

Module Frequency band [MHz] Radio channels [#] Data rate [kbps] RX sensitivity [dBm] RX current [mA] Pout [dBm] TX current [mA] SLEEP current [uA] Operating supply voltage [V] Operating temperature [deg C] Indicative LOS [m] Region / compliance Narrow Band High Power
RC1701HP-RC232 169 10 0.3 – 100 -118 31 27 407 0,6 2,8 – 3,6 -30 to +85 20 000 EU / CE
RC1740-RC232 433-434 93 0.3 – 100 -118 31 15 57 0,6 2,8 – 3,6 -30 to +85 3 000 Worldwide
RC1740HP-RC232 433-434 93 0.3 – 100 -118 31 27 318/63 0,6 2,8 – 3,8 / 5,0 -30 to +85 10 000 Worldwide
RC1760HP-RC232 458 / 463 / 467 239 0.3 – 100 -118 31 27 318/63 0,6 2,8 – 3,8 / 5,0 -30 to +85 10 000 UK / IRL / ZA
RC1780HP-RC232 868 – 870 84 0.3 – 100 -118 31 27 297/72 0,6 2,8 – 3,8 / 5,0 -30 to +85 5 000 EU / CE / INDIA

RC25XXXX Family

RC25 series is a 2.4 GHz platform for products that need a true global reach.

Module Frequency band [MHz] Radio channels [#] Data rate [kbps] RX sensitivity [dBm] RX current [mA] Pout [dBm] TX current [mA] SLEEP current [uA] Operating supply voltage [V] Operating temperature [deg C] Indicative LOS [m] Region / compliance Narrow Band High Power
RC2500-RC232 2400-2483 83 1.2 – 100 -105 25 1 27 0,4 2,0 – 3,6 -40 to +85 500 Worldwide
RC2500HP-RC232 2400-2483 83 1.2 – 100 -108 30 18 155 1,5 2,7 – 3,6 -20 to +85 2 000 Worldwide

Product Details

The RC232 RF Transceiver Modules are a series of compact surface-mounted high performance modules with embedded protocol. The modules are available in Low Power, High Power and Narrowband versions. The completely shielded modules are pre-certified for operation in license free bands from 169 MHz to 2.4 GHz. The RC232 protocol is optimized for easy use and configuration, supporting point-to-point and point-to-multipoint network topologies. A multi-hop option is also provided. The transparent data protocol ensures great flexibility in carrying different application data formats.

Different variants of the modules conforms with regulations for operation in Europe (CE), USA and Canada (FCC), Brazil, India, Japan, Korea, China, Australia and New Zealand.

  • Wideband modules for low cost applications
  • Point to point, point to multipoint protocol, multi-hop (RC232)
  • 433-2450 MHz
  • Transparent UART data interface
  • High Power modules for extended range
  • Small size (12,7 x 25,4 x 3,5 mm)
  • Compact shielded module for SMD
  • Pin compatible variants for EU, US, India, World-wide
  • No external components – power supply and antenna only
  • Up to 4 km range (Line of Sight)

Configuring a RC232 Network

As the RC232 protocol is basically a point-to-point or point-to-multipoint protocol, it is very easy to configure. Each node is given a Unique ID (UID) and a System ID (SID). A message received with a matching UID and SID, will be accepted.  The Destination ID (DID) is configured in the transmitting node. If the DID is set to the predefined broadcast address, the message will be accepted by all nodes with the same SID.

Normally the modules use 2 bytes each for UID and SID, but this can be expanded to 4 bytes each.

In a typical sensor data collection scenario, all nodes will be configured with DID pointing to the data collector or gateway. In a remote control scenario, the controller will change its DID in order to talk to different nodes. Or it can use the broadcast address if all nodes shall receive the same command.

If direct radio communication between nodes is not possible, due to long range or obstacles, a special multi hop (MH) feature can be used. When using multi-hop, each module address is configured such that it also defines the hop path from the original transmitter to the gateway.

DATA SHEETS

File type: File name: File description:
RC11XX-RC232 Data Sheet 1.47 This document covers the relevant information about the RC11XX-RC232 module series, such as product features, reference data, circuit and pin description, module configuration, power supply, programming interface, antenna connection ant other product related information.
RC11XXHP-RC232 Data Sheet 1.08 This document covers the relevant information about the RC11XX-RC232 High Power module series, such as product features, reference data, circuit and pin description, module configuration, power supply, programming interface, antenna connection ant other product related information.
RC2500-RC232 Data Sheet 1.02 This document covers the relevant information about the RC2500-RC232 module series, such as product features, reference data, circuit and pin description, module configuration, power supply, programming interface, antenna connection ant other product related information.
RC2500HP-RC232 Data Sheet 1.22 This document covers the relevant information about the RC2500-RC232 High Power module series, such as product features, reference data, circuit and pin description, module configuration, power supply, programming interface, antenna connection ant other product related information.
RC1240/80/90 Data Sheet 1.62 This document covers the relevant information about the RC1240/80/90 modules, such as product features, reference data, circuit and pin description, module configuration, power supply, programming interface, antenna connection ant other product related information.
RC17XXHP-RC232 Data Sheet 1.12 This document covers the relevant information about the RC17XX-RC232 High Power module series, such as product features, reference data, circuit and pin description, module configuration, power supply, programming interface, antenna connection ant other product related information.
RC1210 Data Sheet 1.6 The Data Sheet for the RC1210 series that are special made for China market.
RC1230 Data Sheet 1.6 The Data Sheet for the RC1230 series that are special made for Japan market.
RC1244 Data Sheet 1.61 The Data Sheet for the RC1244 series that are special made for Nordic market.
RC1250 Data Sheet 1.6 The Data Sheet for the RC1250 series that are special made for Korea market.
RC232 User Manual 1.5 User Manual for RC232 modules is a step by step introduction how to use our module with the RC232 Protocol. The document describes the RC232 feature sets, RC232 embedded protocol, the UART interface and timing, power management and supply voltage.
RC17XXHP-RC232 User Manual 1.0 The manual describes the main characteristics of RC17XX-RC232 and RC17xxHP-RC232 product family. It includes the detail description of RC232 features, module configuration, timing information and memory.

APPLICATION NOTES

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AN001: Hints and Tips Using RC1xx0 The RC1xx0 series of RF Modules with integrated protocol offers easy adaption of wireless communication utilizing a simple UART serial interface. This document addresses notes related to using a standard level shifter together with the module, practical considerations to ease the setup of the radio module and finally troubleshooting hints and tips.
AN002: Networks With Repeaters This Application Note describes how to use the RC232-CCT to enable and disable encryption and for entering new 16-bytes AES128 encryption key.
AN004: RF Modules With External Power Amplifier The RC1xx0 and RC2x00 series of RF Modules with integrated protocol offers easy adaptation of wireless communication utilizing a simple UART serial interface. In their standard versions without any required configuration the modules offer two pins for controlling PA, LNA and SPDTs for signal switching. Two SPDTs are required since it is only one RF pin on the Radiocrafts modules.
AN012: Firmware Upgrading The Radiocrafts Module The Radiocrafts Demo Boards and USB-sticks include an on-board firmware upgrade connector compatible with different flash programming adapters. It is also recommended that PCB layouts include a connector for firmware upgrade. This Application Note describes how to upgrade the firmware of any Radiocrafts RFmodule using either a CC Debugger or the FlashPro-CC tools.
AN018: Radiocrafts Sub-1GHz Modules for FCC Compliance Radiocrafts offers a wide range of wireless modules targeting different solutions word-wide. This Application Note informs how to select and use Radiocrafts modules for FCC compliance in US.
AN020: RF Module Trouble Shooting Guide The purpose of this document is to list some of the most common issues that customers report when using Radiocrafts modules, and the solution to these issues.
AN021: RF Module Range Calculation and Test When selecting the right radio technology, the achievable communication range is an important factor. This document review how to analyse radio range based on parameter provided in the data sheets for the different module families. Some measurement results from practical range testing are also shown

For all our RC232 modules, Development Kit suitcases are available for rapid prototyping and proof of concept. The kits contain:

  • Two Development Boards with the module of choice, onboard USB level shifter and USB connector, SMA antenna connector, I/O break-out
  • Quarterwave stub antennas with SMA connector
  • USB cables
  • The HP variants include additionally AC/DC Power Supplies

One kit will make a wireless link “out of the box” and feature easy access to all the modules I/O-pins. The kit can be used together with the PC software tools.

File type: File name: File description:
RCxxxxDK-USB Quick Start 1.1   The Demonstration Kit from Radiocrafts is designed to make it easy for the user to evaluate the module, develop an application and build prototypes. Bundled with the Demonstration Kit is the RCTools PC software to be used together with the Demo Boards.
RCxxxxDK-USB User Manual 1.12 This User Manual describes how to use the Demonstration Kit and provides detailed documentation for the Demonstration Board.

Tools & Manuals

File type: File name: File description:
RCTools Installation guide RCTools is a powerful and easy to use PC suite that helps you during test, development and deployment of the Radiocrafts modules. The RCTools includes RC_CCT, RC_SA and RC_DT stand alone applications running under windows .Net Framework. The RCTools is free of charge and easily installed (including .NET and USB Driver) by running the setup file.
RCTools – RC232 The RCTools-RC232 contains PC software tools supporting modules RC232 protocol.
RC232 Spectrum Analyzer (SA) User Manual The RC232-SA (Spectrum Analyzer) enables you to easily scan all or a subset of channels the module can operate on. This is a handy tool for checking available free channels and to verify that you actually are transmitting on the right frequency. The SA tool also enable the possibility of optimizing antenna performance and compare relatively the performance of various antenna solutions.
RC232 Configuration & Communication Tool User Manual The RC232-CCT (Configuration & Communication Tool) helps you to work with your Radiocrafts modules. The program enables you to easily configure the module and can additionally work as a terminal window, where data can be sent or received to / from any serial port. The RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indicator) informs you about the Link budget and helps you estimate range.
RC232 Deployment Tool User Manuall The RC232-DT (Deployment Tool) enable you to easily configure any number of modules with the commands crucial for communication between modules in point-to-multipoint networks.

Product Data Sheets

These documents cover general technical information about the Radiocrafts products.

RC11XX-RC232 Product Datasheets

The series of documents covers the relevant information about the RC11XX-RC232 module series including HP variant, such as product features, reference data, circuit and pin description, module configuration, power supply, programming interface, antenna connection ant other product related information.

RC12XX Product Datasheets

The series of documents covers the relevant information about the RC12XX module series for various markets, such as product features, reference data, circuit and pin description, module configuration, power supply, programming interface, antenna connection ant other product related information.

RC17XX-RC232 Product Datasheets

The series of documents covers the relevant information about the RC17XX-RC232 module series including HP variant, such as product features, reference data, circuit and pin description, module configuration, power supply, programming interface, antenna connection ant other product related information.

RC25XX-RC232 Product Datasheets

The series of documents covers the relevant information about the RC25XX-RC232 module series including HP variant, such as product features, reference data, circuit and pin description, module configuration, power supply, programming interface, antenna connection ant other product related information.

What is RC232?

Radiocrafts’ protocol RC232 is designed to enable a simple and effective cable replacement or network when using ISM band radio modules for transmission of data. The RC232 protocol is embedded in the module and enables star (point-to-multipoint), point-to-point networks, and a multi-hop option. The RC232 modules can be controlled with a simple-to-use UART interface, and used to configure the protocol for the actual application.

For any module inquiries please contact our local partner.

Or buy online at Digikey.com

Product NameFrequencyRegion CompliantBuy Module OnlineBuy Development Kit Online
RC1140-RC232433-434 MHzEU / CEBuy Online at DigiKeyBuy Online at DigiKey
RC1170-RC232865-867 MHzIndiaBuy Online at DigiKeyBuy Online at DigiKey
RC1180-RC232868-870 MHzEU / CEBuy Online at DigiKeyBuy Online at DigiKey
RC1190-RC232902-928 MHzUSA / FCCBuy Online at DigiKeyBuy Online at DigiKey
RC1180HP-RC232868-870 MHzEU / CEBuy Online at DigiKeyBuy Online at DigiKey
RC1190HP-RC232902-928 MHzUSA / FCCBuy Online at DigiKeyBuy Online at DigiKey
RC1210418/419 MHzChinaBuy Online at DigiKeyBuy Online at DigiKey
RC1230426/429 MHzJapanBuy Online at DigiKeyBuy Online at DigiKey
RC1240433-434 MHzEU / CEBuy Online at DigiKeyBuy Online at DigiKey
RC1244429-444 MHzNordicBuy Online at DigiKeyBuy Online at DigiKey
RC1250424/447 MHzKoreaBuy Online at DigiKeyBuy Online at DigiKey
RC1280868-870 MHzEU / CEBuy Online at DigiKeyBuy Online at DigiKey
RC1290902-928 MHzUSA / FCCBuy Online at DigiKeyBuy Online at DigiKey
RC1701HP-RC232169 MHzEU / CEBuy Online at DigiKeyBuy Online at DigiKey
RC1740-RC232433-434 MHzWorldwideBuy Online at DigiKeyContact Radiocrafts
RC1740HP-RC232433-434 MHzWorldwideBuy Online at DigiKeyBuy Online at DigiKey
RC1760HP-RC232458 / 463 / 467 MHzUK / IRL / ZABuy Online at DigiKeyBuy Online at DigiKey
RC1780HP-RC232868 – 870 MHzEU / CE / INDIABuy Online at DigiKeyContact Radiocrafts
RC2500-RC2322400-2483 MHzWorldwideBuy Online at DigiKeyBuy Online at DigiKey
RC2500HP-RC2322400-2483 MHzWorldwideBuy Online at DigiKeyBuy Online at DigiKey

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