Tieline Technologies

Summary of Merlin Codec Release Notes


Release note updates from firmware v.2.16.90 (28 Aug. 2017) to v2.16.110 (30 Oct. 2017)

  • Fixed an issue where SIP account and interface details are cleared when using the Quick Connect panel to create SIP connections.

Release note updates from firmware v.2.16.80 (8 Aug. 2017) to firmware v.2.16.90 (28 Aug. 2017)

  • Edge browser authentication improvements.
  • Improvement to file browsing interface for firmware upgrades.
  • Other minor performance enhancements.

Release note updates from firmware v.2.14.118 (10 Nov. 2016) to firmware v.2.16.80 (8 Aug. 2017)

Warning Notes for Major Release Firmware v2.16.80:
  1. This Firmware supports new features and functionality that are not supported in older versions of firmware. It is strongly recommended that after this upgrade you do not downgrade your codec below v2.16.xx to avoid any compatibility issues. Create a full system backup before upgrading to ensure you can restore previous program settings if required.
  2. This firmware release does not include full support for Java*. We recommend transitioning to the HTML5 Toolbox Web-GUI for all codec configuration and control.
  • Includes HTML5 Toolbox Web-GUI 2.5.1.3 with support for creating programs; also includes:
  1. Rearranged menu structure.
  2. Redesigns of several existing panels.
  3. Quick Connect panel added to the HTML5 Toolbox Web-GUI.
  4. New panels added for new features such as Fuse-IP, SIP Interfaces, SIP Filter Lists, Scheduler, Scheduler Events and Scheduler History.
  • Support for G3's Main + IFB profile in the Merlin family of codecs.
  • Includes SSL security certificate support.
  • Support for Fuse-IP streaming.
  • New Scheduler for loading/unloading, connecting and disconnecting programs added into the Toolbox HTML5 Web-GUI.
  • Support for Wi-Fi connectivity via a USB dongle.
  • SIP improvements:
  1. Configure up to 6 accounts and 2 interfaces.
  2. Deterministic SIP answering and call routing.
  3. "Public IP" address field added.
  4. Support for SIP Blacklist and Whitelist filters
  • Improvements to Rules:
  1. Rules per-audio stream added.
  2. Removed 1-1 restriction on relay reflection, e.g. can now use relay 1 to trigger relay 4 on a remote codec.
  3. Support for WNET LIOs.
  • Support for Min/Max auto-jitter buffer depth.
  • Audio Improvements:
  1. Gain adjustment on digital inputs (max +6dB gain).
  2. Polarity inversion for all inputs.
  3. dBFS audio scale used as a default for digital inputs
  • Support for Line Hunt dialing/answering in Tieline IP.
  • Support for specifying G3 profiles when dialling.
  • Upgrade firmware via USB feature added.
  • Updates to speed dial functionality.
  • FEC now available for Music and MusicPLUS algorithms in multi-unicast programs

*Note: The Java GUI is still available in this build however none of the new features are available.

Release note updates from firmware v.2.14.100 (9 Dec. 2015) to firmware v.2.14.118 (10 Nov. 2016)

  • New Toolbox Web GUI version 2.4.2.56 with alphanumeric ordering of programs in the Toolbox HTML5 Web-GUI.

  • Improvements to ISDN, increasing the reliability of connection establishment and overall stability.

  • FEC is now available for Music and MusicPLUS algorithms in Multi-unicast programs.

  • Fix for SNMP reporting incorrect information for answering calls after a previous disconnection.

  • Improvements to the stability of RS232 data over IP connections.

  • Improvements to the performance of short relay triggers.

  • Manual DNS settings are now applied on boot.

  • Fix for contrast not being restored on reboot.

  • Fix for auto-reconnect not triggering correctly in certain scenarios.

Release note updates from firmware v.2.14.88 (17 Sept 2015) to firmware v.2.14.100 (9 Dec. 2015)

  • New Toolbox Web GUI version 2.4.2.55.

  • Support for MP2 Mono at 24kHz sampling for IP and ISDN connections (Genie and Merlin codec families)

  • POTS ad hoc dials now use Tieline session settings by default.

  • Improvements to ISDN bonding.

  • Other minor fixes.

Release note updates from firmware v.2.14.54 (11 May 2015) to firmware v.2.14.88 (17 Sept 2015)

  • Includes Toolbox Web GUI version 2.4.2.52 with official support for the new HTML5 Toolbox GUIs. HTML5 Toolbox offers almost identical configuration options as the Java Toolbox. Currently no support for program creation. Dial/disconnect, and load/unload programs is available.

  • HTML5 Quick Connect: This simplified UI allows customers to make simple point-to-point connections over POTS, ISDN and IP.

  • Allows loading/unloading of existing programs.

  • Improved landing page with clear Web-GUI options for customers.

  • Added a warning when a user attempts to leave the codec's network configuration screen without saving changes.

  • POTS line presence is now indicated on the codec screen. A codec can now detect if there’s voltage on the line and update status accordingly.

  • Official fix for fan alarms.

  • Improved reliability of alarm dissemination to relays.

  • Updated HTML and PDF user manuals including: A major section with sub-topics describing how to use the HTML5 Toolbox Web-GUI for configuration and control; A section on how to use the HTML5 Quick Connect Web-GUI. This is designed for simple monitoring and dialing of connections for non-technical users; Other minor adjustments.

Release note updates from firmware v.2.14.18 (14 Jan 2015) to firmware v.2.14.54 (11 May 2015)

  • The “Support Logs” from the web GUI now also include the codec’s configuration information

  • Web GUI version 2.4.2.42

  • Streaming improvements to Music/Music PLUS algorithms

  • Added auto-jitter buffer into multi-unicast connections

  • Added algorithm profiles for AAC LD and ELD

  • Improved back-up restore process and included user friendly messaging

  • Improved UI pop-up to create consistent behaviour

  • Improvements to VLANs

  • Codec UI reflects changes made via Web GUI’s Inputs panel

Release note updates from firmware v.2.8.34 (13th May 2014) to firmware v.2.14.18 (14 Jan 2015)

(Note: The 2.14.xx release is a major release with support for new POTS and IP connection solutions and other features.)

  • Some menu structures have been upgraded and renamed to support new features.

  • Includes support for POTS connections.

  • Support for up to 2 simultaneous connections using SIP

  • Support for up to 2 simultaneous EBU compliant AoIP intercom streams.

  • Support for sessionless IP dialing is now available.

  • VLAN support.

  • Support for configuring both send and return audio ports when connecting over IP.

  • Support for 45 kHz audio on AES at 96 kHz sample rate.

  • Hardware reset button is enabled.

  • Updated translations into Spanish, French and Portuguese for the codec UI and web-GUI.

  • A new web-GUI "rule" is available to allow the codec to “Disconnect on Input Silence and Reconnect when Input Audio is Detected”

  • Also in the web-GUI v2.4.2.35, the model of codec is added to the "Help" panel and the firmware version is added to the "Firmware tab"

  • A new user manual is available with more detailed support for ISDN and in particular deterministic ISDN dialing. It now also includes POTS dialing information and other updates.

Release note updates from firmware firmware v2.8.30 (14th March 2014)  to firmware v.2.8.34 (13th May 2014)

  • Various minor bug fixes

Release note updates from firmware v.2.6.32 (9th October 2013) to firmware v2.8.30 (14th March 2014)

(Note: This is a major release with support for new connection solutions and a wide range of new and improved features.)

  • Support for ISDN using up to 4 B channels.

  • Support for AAC-LD and AAC-ELD encoding.

  • Support for aptX® Enhanced encoding when connecting over ISDN; supports ISDN interoperability with a range of APT, Prodys and Mayah codecs.

  • Support for SNMP.

  • Support for multiple simultaneous Opus connections.

  • New and improved web-GUI version 2.4.1.4

  • Addition of Audio Stream routing support using Dial and Answer Route tags. This feature primarily allows ISDN audio streams to support deterministic routing; this feature operates similarly to how audio ports are used to route audio streams over IP.

  • Improved interoperability between programs.

  • Support for RPTP to allow RS.232 and relay data to be exchanged between G3 codecs and the Tieline Genie and Merlin families of IP codecs.

  • Support for a single audio stream sending auxiliary data in multiple audio stream programs.

  • Menu upgrades to support ISDN configuration. E.g. the front panel “Config” menu is now “Settings”. Menu changes are supported in both the web-GUI and codec LCD menus.

  • Improved back-up and restore functions for programs and codec configuration settings; ‘Alarms’ and ‘Rules’ files are now included in this process.

  • Improved factory default reset function.

  • New web browser HTML user manuals and PDF user manuals available for all products.

Release note updates from firmware v.2.6.22 (21st August 2013 release) to v.2.6.32 (9th October 2013)

  • When a 6 x Mono Program is dialled by Report-IT configured to use Opus, the incoming call is now able to renegotiate and use Tieline Music algorithm (Opus is not currently supported in 6 x Mono Peer-to-Peer connections).

  • New web-GUI to support new use-cases (Version 2.2.4.49)

  • Updated user manuals

  • Improved use-case interoperability.

  • Improvements to SmartStream PLUS dual Ethernet backup.

Release note updates from firmware v.2.6.10 to v.2.6.22 (21st August 2013 release)

  • Addition of new program capability: Single Mono/Stereo Main + Mono IFB for Merlin and Merlin PLUS

  • Addition of new program capability: 2 x Mono/Stereo Main + Mono IFB for Merlin PLUS

  • Improved SmartStream PLUS streaming configuration for the answering side.  Users no longer need to explicitly enable SmartStream PLUS in answering programs.

  • Improved headphone monitoring allows users to monitor individual audio streams.

  • Updated user manual.

Release note updates from firmware v.2.2.xx to v.2.6.10 (11th April release)

  • Redundant SmartStream PLUS IP streaming: Added the ability to send identical audio over both Ethernet ports in an attempt to mitigate lost packets on either link, or to cater for scenarios where a given ISP/Link has completely failed.

  • Automatic unload/load of a program to match the use-case of an incoming program. Support is pending for older Genie firmware versions, Bridge-IT and G3 codecs.

  • User selectable headphone source monitoring.

  • User selectable PPM display allows the user to select from Program Default,  Input,  Decoder or HP Monitoring.

  • Link quality labels have changed from "L" and "R" to "Send" and "Return".

  • Added the ability to retrieve a high-level event log from the web GUI via the “Help” panel and “Download Event Log” button

  • Automatic dim feature added to dim the LCD and keypad after 5 seconds to prolong the life of the LED and LCD components used in the front panel.

Release Notes and Summary of Changes for v2.2.4 12th December 2012

  • Web GUI version 2.2.3.17

  • Official support for Opus

  • Significant development to web GUI program models

Release Notes and Summary of Changes for v2.2.2 (28th September 2012) since release v2.0.8:

  • Inclusion of Web GUI version 2.2.3.10

  • Ability to create incoming programs

  • Addition of dual mono program capability; connect with two audio streams to different destination codecs or Report-IT enabled smart phones simultaneously.

  • Re-sampling support whereby users no longer need to match the sample rate of a recorded file to the primary connection.

  • Full manual available via the web GUI