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Beamforming Microphone Array Systems

Group Microphone for Professional Conferencing

Wall Mount Installation Guide

 


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GETTING STARTED ...........................................................................1
SKUs USED ........................................................................................2
CONNECTIONS .................................................................................3

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WALL MOUNT INSTALLATION  ........................................................6

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m

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Table of Contents

 


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WALL MOUNT INSTALLATION  GUIDE

Wall Mount Installation Guide      1

GETTING STARTED

Congratulations on purchasing your Beamforming Microphone Array 
(BFM) product. BFM units feature 24 microphones with beamforming 
and adaptive steering technology designed specifically for use with the 
CONVERGE

®

 Pro or CONVERGE

®

 Pro 2 systems.

IMPORTANT:

 The BFM1 only can be used with the first generation 

CONVERGE Pro system; likewise, the BFM2 is compatible only with 
the CONVERGE Pro 2 system.

The BFM1 connects with the CONVERGE Pro through an Expansion Bus 
(E-bus) port: 3 arrays per supported CONVERGE Pro and up to 16 arrays 
can be daisy-chained in the site. The power for the BFM1 is supplied 
through a Power-Over-Ethernet (PoE) connection.

IMPORTANT: 

The Beamforming Microphone Array only can 

be used with CONVERGE Pro systems operating at version 4.X 
software and firmware.

The BFM2 connects with the CONVERGE Pro 2 through a Peripheral 
Link (P-Link) port: 3 arrays per supported CONVERGE Pro 2 and up to 6 
BFM2s can be daisy-chained in one P-Link chain. Power for the BFM2 is 
supplied through a PoE or P-Link connection from CONVERGE Pro 2.
Instructions for updating CONVERGE Pro or CONVERGE Pro 2 firmware 
and BFM firmware are included in the respective BFM Quick-Start Guides 
found on the ClearOne website at:

http://www.clearone.com/resources#professional_microphones

 


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BEAMFORMING MICROPHONE ARRAY SYSTEMS

2     Beamforming Microphone Array Systems

SKUs USED

The following assemblies or kits may be used in the BFM installation:

• 

910-001-003 (white) or 910-001-003-B (black) BFM1

• 

910-3200-201 (white) or 910-3200-201-B (black) BFM2

• 

910-001-004 PoE Power Supply and Cable Kit for BFM1. Contains 
power supply, one AC power cable and two 25-foot  CAT5E RJ45 
Plenum cables. (One used as the PoE cable and the other as an 
E-bus cable). If a PoE kit is not obtained, installers will need to 
provide their own PoE unit and all cables.

• 

910-3200-202 PoE Power Supply Kit for BFM2. Contains power 
supply, one AC power cable and two 25-foot  CAT5E or CAT6 
RJ45 plenum cables (one used as the PoE cable and the other as 
a P-Link cable). If a PoE kit is not obtained, installers will need to 
provide their own PoE unit and all cables.

• 

910-3200-203-12/24/36/48 (white) or 910-3200-203-12/24/36/48-B 
(black) Gen-2 Ceiling Mounting Kit with 12/24/36/48” Suspension 
Column

• 

910-001-005-12/24/36/48 (white) or 910-001-005-12/24-B (black) 
Gen-1 Ceiling Mounting Kit with 12/24/36/48” Suspension Column

NOTE:

 All above mounting kits are compatible with both the BFM1 

and BFM2.

 


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PoE

Converge Pro 2

P-Link

(Power, Audio, Control)

200 ft.

P-Link

200 ft.

P-Link

200 ft.

Sample Scenario: 

Connecting 3 BFM2 units to one CP2 Unit

WALL MOUNT INSTALLATION  GUIDE

Wall Mount Installation Guide      3

CONNECTIONS

This section explains the connections made in BFM installations.

Powering a BFM System

Both the BFM1 and BFM2 can be powered by a standard PoE switch or 
a PoE power supply (external or ClearOne; up to three BFM2 units can 
be powered by one ClearOne PoE Injector). Additionally, the BFM2 can 
be powered via a P-Link from CONVERGE Pro 2 (a single cable carries 
power, audio and control). 

Converge Pro + Beamforming Mic Array

Converge Pro 2 + Beamforming Mic Array 2

 


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P-L

ink

 

and

 E-B

us

 C

onnECtions

NOTE:

 Firmware upgrades are performed via the E-bus or P-Link 

connection. Plugging the PoE cable into the E-bus or P-Link 
connections may cause damage to your BFM unit.

Power Over Ethernet (PoE) Power Supply

(Front and Back Views)

Power Cord 

to AC Power

PoE Ethernet Cable to 

Beamforming Microphone Array

P

o

E C

onnECtions

 

Use the appropriate AC cord to connect the PoE power supply to the 
AC power. Then plug the PoE cable into the LAN+DC connection on 
the power supply. Route the PoE cable where it can be fed through the 
mount assembly or to the conference table with the BFM1 or BFM2 unit. 

NOTE:

 The PoE connection is only for power, not control. There 

is no daisy-chain power for the BFM1, power must be supplied to 
individual units. For the BFM2, power only needs to be supplied 
to individual units if not using a ClearOne or same specification 
standard PoE Injector.

 


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WALL MOUNT INSTALLATION  GUIDE

Wall Mount Installation Guide      5

BFM1 units are connected to a CONVERGE Pro stack via LINK IN and 
LINK OUT E-bus connections using CAT5E RJ45 cables.

power-source-selection 

switch

(USB: for future use)

BFM2 units are connected to a CONVERGE Pro 2 stack via P-Link In and 
P-Link Out connections using CAT5E or CAT6 RJ45 cables. 

 


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The BFM1 is connected to the CONVERGE Pro and to other BFM1 
units via the E-bus in the same way multiple CONVERGE Pro units 
are connected together. Each unit has a LINK IN and LINK OUT E-bus 
connection that allows units to be “chained” together with the LINK OUT 
of one unit connecting to the LINK IN of the next unit. 
The BFM2 is connected to the CONVERGE Pro 2 and to other BFM2 
units similarly, but via the P-Link. Each unit also has a P-Link In and P-Link 
Out connection that allows units to be “chained” together with the P-Link 
Out of one unit connecting to the P-Link In of the next unit. 
Verify all firmware updates, configurations and necessary connections 
outlined in the BFM1 or BFM2 Quick-Start Guides and CONVERGE Pro 
CONSOLE or CONVERGE Pro 2 CONSOLE online help are made, and 
then proceed to the installation of the Wall Mount.

WALL MOUNT INSTALLATION

Parts Received

The following parts are delivered with the Wall Mounting Kit:

A

QTY 4

M3 x 6mm Phillips Pan Head

Requires #1 

Phillips Screwdriver Bit

C

QTY 1

Mic Mounting Plate

B

QTY 1

Wall Mounting Plate

 


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WALL MOUNT INSTALLATION  GUIDE

Wall Mount Installation Guide      7

Verify that you have all the parts required to complete your installation.
When you open the shipping package(s) for the first time, please check 
that all items purchased are included. If any of the items (according to 
your customer order) are missing or damaged, contact your ClearOne 
distributor immediately.

Drywall saw for cutting hole 

in wall for cable passage

#1 Phillips 

screwdriver

Level used to level the Wall 

Mounting Plate

Drill bits 

appropriate to 

fastener type

Electric or portable drill

Wall fasteners are not provided 
and must be appropriate to the 

wall material

Tools Required

The following tools may be required for Wall Mount installation of the 
Beamforming Microphone Array. You will also need other tools for 
installing fasteners (not included in the kit) to hold the Wall Mounting 
Plate to the wall where the Beamforming Microphone Array is to be 
installed.)

 

Wall Mounting Procedure

The wall mounted BFM must be placed on a wall facing the intended 
conference participants. It can be placed below a video conferencing 
system such as COLLABORATE, or in audio-only applications, at eye 

 


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Studs on
Wall Mounting Plate

Slotted holes in
Mic Mounting
Plate

The Wall Mounting Plate can be mounted to either a solid or hollow wall. 
Use fasteners appropriate to the wall type to attach the plate to the wall. 

level with the participants. The face of the BFM should be about 8 to 10 
feet from the participants.
The Wall Mounting Plate has small studs projecting from the plate that fit 
into slotted holes on the Mic Mounting Plate to hold the BFM to the wall.

 

 


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WALL MOUNT INSTALLATION  GUIDE

Wall Mount Installation Guide      9

Hollow wall mounting gives the advantage of concealed cable routing. 
Locate, level and mark for drill holes and the cable pass-through 
cut-out where the Wall Mounting Plate will attach to the wall. Use the 
following dimensions for the cable pass-through cut-out for a hollow wall 
mounting:

 

NOTE:

 Wall mounting MUST be strictly horizontal to assure proper 

adaptive steering of audio pickup.

Drill holes to receive the fasteners and cut out the cable pass-through.

NOTE:

 The anchors and screws used to mount the Wall Mounting 

Plate are not provided and must be selected by the installer for the 
type of wall material supporting the Wall Mounting Plate. Take care 
while drilling and installing the anchors so the wall material does not 
tear out and weaken the attachment.

1-1/2"

WALL MOUNT
CUT-OUT

This page can be
used as a template
for the cut-out

1-1/2"

 


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Attach the Wall Mounting Plate to the wall with fasteners.
If you have attached the Wall Mounting Plate to a hollow wall, thread 
the cables for Link In, Link Out and PoE through the wall space and out 
through the hole in the center of the plate. 

NOTE:

 Allow enough extra cable length to pass through the hole to 

easily run under the Mic Mounting Plate when it is attached to the 
microphone array and to the ends where they are to be connected.

 

Wall fasteners not included in the kit.  

Select fasteners appropriate to wall material.

 


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WALL MOUNT INSTALLATION  GUIDE

Wall Mount Installation Guide      11

Notice that the Mic Mounting Plate (C) has four holes used for mounting 
to the back of the Beamforming Microphone Array. There are three 
slotted keyholes big enough for screw heads to pass through and one 
hole that is not slotted. 
Place the Mic Mounting Plate on the back of the Beamforming 
Microphone Array and insert the screws (A) into the Beamforming 
Microphone Array corresponding to the holes in the Mic Mounting Plate. 
Tighten all screws with the #1 Phillips screwdriver. 

C

A 4X

Cable Retention Clips

Install and tighten all screws. 

Use #1 Phillips screwdriver bit 
to avoid damaging screws. 

For mountings with the cables coming through the wall, hold the 
Beamforming Microphone Array with the Mic Mounting Plate attached, 
route the E-bus and PoE cables under the Mic Mounting Plate to the 
ends where they will be connected. 

 


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Connect the LINK IN, LINK OUT (if needed) and PoE cables and secure 
the cables under the Cable Retention Clips.

Use slotted keholes in Mic Mounting Plate 
to hang Beamforming Microphone Array 
on Ceiling/Wall Mounting Plate 

LINK IN and LINK OUT 
Connectors

PoE Connector

Pass LINK IN, LINK OUT and PoE
cables through plates and
under Cable Retention Clips

For mountings with the cables coming through the wall, hold the 
Beamforming Microphone Array with the Mic Mounting Plate attached, 
route the E-bus and PoE cables under the Mic Mounting Plate to the 
ends where they will be connected. Connect the LINK IN, LINK OUT 
(if needed) and PoE cables and secure the cables under the Cable 
Retention Clips.

 


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WALL MOUNT INSTALLATION  GUIDE

Wall Mount Installation Guide      13

Move the Beamforming Microphone Array forward onto the Wall 
Mounting Plate with the studs passing through the slotted keyholes. Then 
slide the assembly down slightly to firmly seat the studs into the tops of 
the slots. If the cables are outside of the wall, carefully route them to the 
mixer to avoid tangling or hazard.

Use slotted keholes in Mic Mounting Plate 
to hang Beamforming Microphone Array 
on Ceiling/Wall Mounting Plate 

LINK IN and LINK OUT 
Connectors

PoE Connector

Pass LINK IN, LINK OUT and PoE
cables through plates and
under Cable Retention Clips

Carefully route cables to the 
mixer to avoid tangling or hazard.
 

 


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BEAMFORMING MICROPHONE ARRAY SYSTEMS

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When the Wall mounting of the Beamforming Microphone Array is 
completed, use the CONVERGE Console software to configure the array 
for the proper pickup pattern. 

NOTE:

 Wall mounting MUST be strictly horizontal and with the “C” 

logo on the left-hand side to assure proper adaptive steering of 
audio pickup.

Front View of Mic Mounting Plate over Wall Mounting Plate 

(Beamforming Microphone Array and cables not shown) 

Wall Mounting Plate stud through 

slotted keyhole in Mic Mounting Plate 

 


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WALL MOUNT INSTALLATION  GUIDE

Wall Mount Installation Guide      15

Muting

On the wall, the Mute On/Off buttons are available for use when 
conferencing. When the microphone array is active, the microphone 
icons in the buttons illuminate blue. If either button is pressed, the 
Beamforming Microphone Array mutes and the buttons illuminate red. If 
pressed again, the array un-mutes and is active again.

 


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© 2016 ClearOne, Inc. All rights reserved.

Information in this document is subject to change without notice. DOC-0139-001 Revision 2.2 SEPTEMBER 2016

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