Getting Started with Unity Intercom
Download the Unity Server Software onto a Mac Computer
Unity Intercom has two parts, the Server Software that runs on a Mac computer and the Unity Client apps that run on your mobile devices. You download the Unity Server software (Mac only) from our website. This is where you configure your users and create passwords along with other settings. In most cases an entry level Mac mini or equivalent is perfectly fine. The Mac computer running the Unity Server should be hardwired (for best results) to the same network that the mobile devices running the Unity Clients will be attaching to. Click Here to learn more about Unity Server.
Download the Unity Intercom App to your Mobile Device
Once the Unity Server is installed you can download Unity Clients on your mobile devices. Unity Intercom Clients are available for free in the Apple and Android Stores. Click Here to view all Unity Client Apps.
Connect to a dedicated 5GHz WiFi Network for Unity use only.
The Unity Server should be running on a dedicated, password protected SSID preferably locked to 5GHz. Users will then be able to sign in with the usernames and passwords that have been configured. Users can log in via Bonjour (Auto Mode) or with a direct IP address. Click Here for More Info
Connecting to Unity Intercom Remotely via Cellular Data or outside WiFi.
Users wanting to be able to log in from outside the network or via cellular data will need to simply configure port forwarding rules on the Network Router sending all traffic to the Unity Server Mac computer. This is how users are able to be on Unity Intercom from anywhere in the world that has cell signal. Example: Remote camera crews out in the field. Click Here for more Info.
Connecting to a traditional Comm System
To integrate seamlessly with a traditional third-party Comm system will usually require an I/O device to be attached to the Mac via Firewire, USB or Thunderbolt. The Unity Server can also receive Dante via Dante Virtual Sound Card. See this post for details. Interfacing to third-party analog party-line intercom systems
Illustration below shows integration with traditional comm system going through a 2 to 4 wire adapter. The audio "nulling" feature is preventing the traditional comm system from getting it's own audio from Unity as it returns back. Our example Studio Technologies Model 45A. The 4 wire analog audio is then going into a Focusrite Clarett. At that point it connects via Thunderbolt or USB into the Mac.
Understanding Our Other Products - Unity Connect and Unity Cloud
Unity Cloud is an easy alternative way to use Unity Intercom from a cloud based server we host. There is no local server to set-up so all you have to do is sign up, download the app and your team is ready to go. You configure your users from the web-page link provided after sign-up. There is no program audio or third-party comm integration with Unity Cloud. Click Here to learn more.
Unity Connect is a Mac only software application that allows up to 64 audio streams to be sent and received across the internet at low latency and broadcast ready quality.
Using Unity Connect, you can take audio from your DANTE system for example and send it across the internet and even tie it to a MADI system on the other end. Click Here to learn more.