I operate a network of 9Xtend (RS-232) radios in a point to multipoint topology. There is one master radio which communicates to 12 slave sites. (the radios are actually configured to broadcast to all the other radios DT=0xFFFF - the master/slave terminology refers to the modbus messages going through the network). All radios are set to default RF mode MD=0 currently.
Here's my issue:
One of the slave nodes has a weak RF connection to the master site, but it's closer to one of the other slave nodes. I would like to attempt a repeater configuration using the intermediate node to reach the far one. So basically I would like to modify the configuration so that the one intermediate node is a repeater (RF mode MD=5), and the rest are end nodes. My question is - do I have to reprogram all the other radios in the network to RF mode MD=6, or can I leave them all at MD=0 (except for the master and far end note I assume need to be MD=6)? Where there be any side effects of leaving all the other nodes at MD=0?
Thanks in advance!