"How Does It Work?"
It's actually simpler than you may think. Much of the following will become clearer once you start using the system.
A Yaesu radio with a DATA jack on the rear, connects to a Yaesu HRI-200 Wires-X unit called an HRI-200. Then the HRI-200 connects to a personal computer with internet access. Software titled "Wires-X" tells the HRI-200 what to do. Also a user with a radio can also tell the Wires-X Box what to do, using DTMF tones on their keypad. Read page 3 for the commands you can use to tell the system what to do!
The Wires-X HRI-200 Box is also called a "NODE". This NODE is accessible over the internet using VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol). Basically, the audio that the radio hears, is sent to the X-Box, and then to the internet wherever it is directed to go (usually a room). A NODE might be a simplex node somewhere, or even a repeater. So a repeater node, although listed as just 1 node in the room, might actually be a repeater, with an audience of hundreds. This repeater might even be linked to other systems as well.
Our room is virtually limitless, and can host as few as 1 other node, or even hundreds! The SSRA has a ROOM number as well. Ours is #21979. The difference between a NODE number and a ROOM number is the very first number. A Node starts with a "1" and a room begins with a "2". SSRA is 11979 and 21979.
A user coming into the Wires-X system will be on the SSRA repeater room #21979. The repeaters call sign (WF7S) will be displayed in the software and on the screen of other users. YOUR CALL SIGN WILL NOT. If you have a Yaesu digital radio, it will display on the other side. However this is one of the more advanced features of the system that only Digital users will have access to.