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Smartnet and Smartzone

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charlieone

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Hello all.

I've read that H38/G51 Smartzone Operation is backward compatible with H37/G50 Smartnet Operation, but does it work the other way around?

If a radio has just Smartnet in its flash, not Smartzone, could it work with just one of the systems?
 

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No. SmartZone gives you SmartNet too, but it doesn't work the other way around.
What I can't say for sure is whether SmartNet is enough if you want to only use a single site in a SmartZone system.
 

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I was assuming the control signaling is probably the same or very similar. If a radio with only SmartNet was listening to one system it wouldn't know about the other systems, or care about them.
 

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I was assuming the control signaling is probably the same or very similar. If a radio with only SmartNet was listening to one system it wouldn't know about the other systems, or care about them.
Smartzone is simply several Smartnet systems linked together, the magic happens in the zone controller. This is how calls (dispatch, announcement and individual) are routed between zones, affiliation requests are managed, etc.

The zone controller does not activate talkgroups on sites outside of defined zones, unless talkgroups are defined as wide area.

Programming a Smartnet only subscriber radio on a single site means it will only work on the site is is programmed. It won't roam, and it may not get all dispatch calls on talkgroups that are defined in the zone if no users of that TG affiliate on them.
 

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No. SmartZone gives you SmartNet too, but it doesn't work the other way around.
What I can't say for sure is whether SmartNet is enough if you want to only use a single site in a SmartZone system.
It is.

From the subscriber's perspective, SmartZone simply automatically shifts from one "zone" (i.e., unique combination of SysID and control channel(s)) to another as you move about.

Things are a bit more complicated from the system's perspective, in ways not relevant to the pending question.
 
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