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Installation & Setup

Mechanical (Rack) Loading

When installing equipment in a rack, distribute the weight to avoid uneven mechanical loading.

Circuit Overloading

When connecting the equipment to the supply circuits, be aware of the effect that overloading the circuits might have on over-currentprotection and supply wiring.

Reliable Earthing (Grounding)

Reliable earthing of rack-mountedequipment should be maintained. If not using a direct connection to the branch circuit (e.g., plugging into a power strip), pay particular attention to supply connections.

Note: We recommend attaching all power cords to surge protectors and/or AC line conditioners (see page 27). After powering up the enclosure, apply power to the source and destination devices.

Unpacking

The Octaire is shipped with one enclosure per shipping box. The invoice is sent separately; a packing list is attached to the outside of each box. Each box contains the following items:

Enclosure

2 standard US power cords (if shipped within the US) Rack ears and screws

Link cable provided with multi-enclosuresystems Other enclosure products, as needed

The documentation in the first box includes:

AMX AutoPatch Octaire Quick Start Guide

AMX Octaire AutoPatch Connector Guide Custom label kit

Color rings for connectors to indicate type of video enclosure(s)

AMX AutoPatch CD

For orders comprising multiple enclosures, the shipping boxes are marked as “Chassis __ of __,” where the first blank is the box number and the second blank is the total number of boxes in the shipment.

Unpacking Tips

Before fully unpacking the enclosure(s), examine the shipping box(es) for any signs of damage. If a box is partially crushed or any sides have been broken open, notify the shipping agency immediately and contact your AMX representative (see the warranty on the AMX AutoPatch CDor at www.amx.com).

Once unpacking is complete, closely check the physical condition of the enclosure. Collect all documentation.

Note: Please save the original shipping container and packing materials. AMX is not responsible for damage caused by insufficient packing during return shipment to the factory. Shipping boxes are available; contact your AMX representative for details.

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Rack Installation & System Setup

Octaire Distribution Matrix enclosures fit in a standard EIA 19 in. (48.26 cm) rack (rack ears are provided).

Important: The system requires at least one empty rack unit above and below the enclosure to allow adequate airflow; three empty rack units are recommended.

Required items for rack installation:

Enclosure(s) Rack ears

Standard EIA 19 in. (48.26 cm) rack Screwdriver

Screws that fit your rack for mounting the enclosure(s) Power cords (2 per enclosure)

Link cables (provided with multi-enclosuresystems)Surge-protectors– recommended

Optional items for rack installation

PC or laptop computer with a null modem cable (for communication with the Octaire via the RS-232serial port on the primary enclosure)

Installation Recommendations

Write the serial number for each enclosure (located on the rear next to the power receptacles) in an easily accessible location before installing the Octaire in a rack.

Use earth-groundedpower cords / system with the Octaire.

Attach all power cords (see FIG. 19 on page 27) to surge protector(s) and/or AC line conditioner(s).

Apply power to the Octaire enclosure(s) before applying power to its source and destination devices.

Installation Procedure

A flow chart showing the installation sequence is in FIG. 7. The procedure, which follows onpage 18, provides general steps with references to detailed information found in later sections of the manual.

FIG. 7 Installation procedure

Caution: To prevent overheating and airflow restriction, avoid placing highheat-producingequipment directly above or below the enclosure. The system requires a minimum of one empty rack unit above and below (three empty rack units are recommended). Verify that the openings on the sides of the enclosure are not blocked and do not have restricted air flow.

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To install and set up an Octaire system in a rack:

1.Attach rack ears per FIG. 8.

FIG. 8 Attach rack ears

2.Place the enclosure in the rack and attach front-mountingscrews to hold it firmly in place(FIG. 9); repeat for any additional enclosures.

FIG. 9 Place enclosure(s) in rack and secure with screws

Tip: When placing enclosures, keep in mind that the optimal viewing angle for a control panel is eye level.

3.Multi-enclosuresystems – Link the enclosures together; see “Linking Enclosures” onpage 19.

4.Optional – Establish communication with an external control device/system; see “Attaching External Control” on page 24. For TCP/IP information, see “Connecting to the APWeb Server” onpage 35.

5.Attach only the first source device and the first destination device; see “Attaching Inputs & Outputs” on page 21. Multiple BNC connectors attached to corresponding connectors on the enclosures designated on the “Octaire AutoPatch Connector Guide”(page 96) are required for all video signals except composite.

Do not apply power to the source and destination devices until after the Octaire has power (Step 7).

Tip: Using lacer bars or some other type of cable management system lessens the strain from cable weight on the connectors and makes servicing the Octaire easier.

6.If applicable – Connect cables for vertical interval sync (VIS) signals; see “Cabling & Setup for Vertical Interval Sync” on page 32.

7.Apply power to the system according to the power-upprocedure; see “Applying Power & Startup” onpage 27.

Note: We recommend using surge protectors and/or AC line conditioners (see page 27).

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8.Execute a test switch to ensure the system is working properly; see “Executing a Test Switch” on page 30.

9.When the test switch works correctly, attach the remaining source and destination devices.

Additional Installation Options

Additional installation tasks may include the following:

Setting a control panel password – See the “Control Panel Operations” chapter (page 62) Labeling input and output keys – See the “Control Panel Operations” chapter(page 46) Creating global presets – See theBCS Protocol Instruction Manual on the

AMX AutoPatch CD or at www.amx.com

Linking Enclosures

Important: An Octaire Distribution Matrix is a fixed system. Donot link an Octaire enclosure to another type of AMX AutoPatch enclosure or to another Octaire enclosure which is not part of itsfactory-definedsystem.

Linking enclosures in a multi-enclosuresystem allows control information to pass between them with the LINK(RJ-45)ports providing consistent control speed.

In a multi-enclosureOctaire system, the enclosure with the control panel (referred to as the primary enclosure) receives control information (from the control panel or an external controller) and passes on relevant information to the other enclosures via the links as well as retrieving control requests for success/failure from each of them.

Caution: AMX AutoPatch systems can only be linked in their own isolated networks.

Link Cable Requirements

Octaire enclosures link directly to each other via the two LINK ports (RJ-45)at the lower right using the crossover cables that are provided.(Straight-throughcable can also be used for linking. If straightthrough cable is used, use it consistently between all enclosures in the system.)

Crossover Cable Specifications

Wiring – Wired to TIA / EIA-568-Aon one end and TIA /EIA-568-Bon the other end Length – Maximum length is 100 ft. (30.5 m)

Caution: Enclosures must be cabled correctly after linking. To ensure that you are attaching the correct signal cables to the correct enclosure, check the labels designating the signal type on the rear of the enclosure and the “Octaire AutoPatch Connector Guide”(page 96).

Linking Two Octaire Enclosures:

Link two Octaire enclosures together via the LINK (RJ-45)ports using the provided crossover cable.

Link cable – crossover or straight-through

Length of provided crossover cable: 3 ft. (0.9 m)

FIG. 10 Link two Octaire enclosures with the provided cable or up to 100 ft. (30.5 m) apart

 

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To link two Octaire enclosures:

1.Insert one end of the crossover cable into the lower LINK port on the primary enclosure (the one with the control panel).

2.Insert the other end of the crossover cable into the upper LINK port on the secondary enclosure.

When power is applied, the LINK connector LEDs illuminate indicating communication status between enclosures (see FIG. 12 onpage 21).

Linking Three or More Octaire Enclosures

In a multi-enclosuresystem, link the Octaire enclosures together in a daisy chain via the LINK(RJ-45)ports using the provided crossover cables.

Each video enclosure has a label that designates the signal type on the rear:

STD (standard video) – supports composite signals or the Y or c components of Y/c signals

UWB (ultra-wideband)– supportsthree-componentsignals or the R, G, or B components of RGBHV signals

SYNC (digital sync) – supports the H or V components of RGBHV signals

Start with the primary enclosure (the one with the control panel) for the first video component type (e.g., R for RGBHV). Secondary enclosures of the same signal type (e.g., G and B or H and V) are interchangeable. Link the remaining enclosures according to the “Octaire AutoPatch Connector Guide” (see page 96) and to the signal type labels on the rear of the enclosures. The audio enclosure is always last.

Link cable – crossover or straight-through(be consistent)

Length of provided crossover cables: 3 ft. (0.9 m)

FIG. 11 Use the LINK ports to link enclosures with the provided cable or up to 100 ft. (30.5 m) apart

To link three or more Octaire enclosures:

1.Insert one end of the crossover cable into the lower LINK port on the primary enclosure (the one with the control panel).

2.Insert the other end of the crossover cable into the upper LINK port on the second enclosure.

3.For each additional enclosure in the system, attach crossover cables connecting from one enclosure’s LINK port to the next until all enclosures in the system are linked together according to the “Octaire AutoPatch Connector Guide” (page 96).

When power is applied, the LINK connector LEDs illuminate indicating communication status between enclosures (see FIG. 12).

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LINK Connector LEDs

The LINK (RJ-45)connectors are10Base-Tand have two LEDs that indicate communication status when the enclosure is linked and active.

Amber LED “on” – link status is active

Green LED “blinks” – activity between enclosures

FIG. 12 LINK(RJ-45)connector LEDs

Note: The Status LED indicator directly above theDB-9port on the enclosure’s rear indicates system status.

Attaching Inputs & Outputs

Input and output connectors are the attachment points for source and destination devices that connect to the system. Viewed from the rear of an Octaire enclosure, the input connectors are in the center on the top with the output connectors directly below them. Input and output connectors are numbered separately. The numbers are above each connector and read left to right, continuing on the next row of connectors. The configuration of the system determines the number of connectors.

An “Octaire AutoPatch Connector Guide” (see page 96) is included with the primary enclosure to ensure correct routing. The system is programmed to operate based on the guide.

Cabling Video Connectors

All video connectors are BNC. For the BNC connectors on Octaire enclosures, the upper set (inputs) is white and the lower set (outputs) is black. For signal specifications for standard video, ultra-widebandvideo, and sync video, see the “Signal Types & Specifications” chapter(page 39).

Video Types

The available video types for the Octaire are Composite

Y/c Three-component/HDTVRGBHV

Signal Type Labels on Enclosures

Important: Be sure to attach the video cables to the correct enclosure. Octaire enclosures are built and programmed at the factory to handle specific signal types. This is especially important for enclosure systems that contain bothultra-widebandand digital sync enclosures because the enclosures look the same, but they do not support the same signal type.

The enclosures have labels designating the signal type on the rear of each enclosure:

STD (standard video) – supports composite signals or the Y or c components of Y/c signals

UWB (ultra-wideband)– supportsthree-componentsignals or the R, G, or B components of RGBHV signals

SYNC (digital sync) – supports the H and V components of RGBHV signals

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Depending on the signal type (e.g., component signals), you may need to attach corresponding input and output connectors on more than one enclosure to route the entire signal. For example, FIG. 13 shows three BNC cable connectors attached for routing a three-componentsignal through Input 1. Follow the “Octaire AutoPatch Connector Guide”(page 96) to ensure correct routing.

Y

Pb

Pr

Enclosure 1

Enclosure 2

Enclosure 3

FIG. 13 Three BNC connectors are required for athree-componentsignal

Installing Color Bands for Signal Types

Before attaching input and output video cables, we recommend installing the applicable color band (a set of colored bands ship with the system) on the first input BNC connector of each enclosure. The color bands help to easily identify the signal type supported by each enclosure when attaching input and output cables and when linking multiple-enclosuresystems.

For the signal type to colored band correspondence, see the table below.

Signal Type – Color of Band

RGB (UWB)

Y/Pb/Pr (UWB)

Y/c (STD)

Composite (STD)

R = Red

Y = Green

Y = Yellow

V = Yellow

G = Green

Pb = Blue

C = Black

 

B = Blue

Pr = Red

 

 

HV (SYNC)

 

 

 

H = White

 

 

 

V = Black

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connecting Video Cables

Before connecting all input and output video cables (and, if applicable, wires for stereo), attach the cables (and wires) for the first source and first destination devices only and execute a test switch (see page 30). When the test switch is successful, attach the rest of the input and output cables (and wires).

Tip: Using lacer bars or some other type of cable management system lessens the strain from cable weight on the connectors and makes servicing the Octaire easier.

To connect video inputs and outputs:

1.Fasten the cables onto the input and output BNC connectors (FIG. 14).

Service Access Spacing between connectors

Tip: Cable up or down using the waterfall method to take advantage of the Service Access Spacing feature on the Octaire.

 

FIG. 14 Fasten cables onto input and output BNC connectors

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Wiring Stereo Audio Connectors (5-positionterminal block)

The stereo audio connectors for the Octaire are pluggable 5-positionterminal block. For stereo audio signal specifications, see the “Signal Types & Specifications” chapter(page 39). If full stereo is not required, mono audio can be used; wire either the left or right channel for all inputs and outputs.

Wiring Sources & Destinations

Source and destination devices will require either balanced (differential) or unbalanced (single-ended)connections.FIG. 15 illustrates options for wiring between sources and input connectors and between output connectors and the destinations. More than one option can be used in the same system. For balanced and unbalanced wiring details, see FIG. 16.

FIG. 15 Options forsource-to-Octaire-to-destination5-Termwiring

Attaching Wires

To attach stereo audio input and output wires:

1.Unscrew the clamps on the audio connector.

2.Insert the wires and firmly re-tightenthe clamps to make secure connections. For balanced audio wire placement, see the left wiring diagram in FIG. 16. For unbalanced audio wire placement, see the right wiring diagram in FIG. 16.

FIG. 16 Balanced audio

Unbalanced audio

Note: For stereo audio signals using twisted pair wire, connect the shield (ground) only at one end (recommend receiving end) to minimize low frequency noise.

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Attaching External Control

Note: The Octaire has a fixed configuration that was programmed at the factory.

The Octaire can be controlled externally by attaching a control device that uses one of the communication protocols listed below:

BCS (Basic Control Structure) – ASCII sent over a null modem serial cable viaRS-232XNNet – AMX AutoPatch protocol viaRS-232

TCP/IP – See “Connecting to the APWeb Server” onpage 35

In a multi-enclosureOctaire system, only the primary enclosure (with control panel) is enabled for external control via the serial port or TCP/IP port. Serial ports on secondary enclosures are primarily intended for single enclosure diagnostic information and system firmware upgrades.

Control Options

The communication protocols listed above are used for these control options:

NetLinx®

AMX AutoPatch distribution matrices are NetLinx® compatible and support Device Discovery. For specific control programming information, contact your AMX representative.

Important: Device Discovery functionality (beacon response) will only function properly if the NetLinx master is connected to theRS-232control port on the primary enclosure (the one with the control panel).

APControl 3.0

APControl 3.0 software (for control and scheduling) runs on a PC connected to an Octaire via the serial port (DB-9)on the primary enclosure and is available on theAMX AutoPatch CD.

APWeb (TCP/IP)

The APWeb server (for control, diagnostics, and third-partyaccess) is accessed through a TCP/IP interface such as a web browser (e.g., Internet Explorer). The Octaire TCP/IP port is used to access APWeb. For connecting to the APWeb server, seepage 35. For APWeb Server setup and operation information, see the “APWeb – Initial Setup by Network Admin” chapter onpage 67 and the “APWeb – Controlling the Octaire” chapter(page 87).

Important: Contact AMX regarding limitations and conditions for operating an Octaire on a company LAN.

XNNet Protocol (Serial)

Advanced programmers who want to design their own control programs can use AMX AutoPatch XNNet protocol. The AMX AutoPatch CD includes the XNNet Communication Library, an interface library that supports C, Java, and Visual Basic with examples of the XNNet protocol in use.

BCS (Serial) Control

AMX AutoPatch has developed a command language, BCS (Basic Control Structure), for executing control operations and for diagnostic purposes. BCS commands are issued via a terminal emulation program, such as Windows® HyperTerminal. For information on BCS commands, see theBCS Protocol Instruction Manual on theAMX AutoPatch CD and atwww.amx.com.

Third-PartyControllers (Serial)

Third-partycontrollers connect to the serial port(DB-9)on the right rear of the primary enclosure.

If using a third-partycontroller, see the controller documentation for setup and operating instructions.

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Connecting Serial Controllers

An external serial controller is any device that can send and receive ASCII code over an RS-232(null modem) serial cable attached to the serial port(DB-9)on the right rear of the primary enclosure.

PCs are common serial controllers. Once a PC is attached to the Octaire, the system can be controlled by running APControl software on the attached PC (see the AMX AutoPatch CD). The system can also be controlled by entering BCS commands into a terminal emulation program (e.g., HyperTerminal). For information on BCS commands, see theBCS Protocol Instruction Manual on theAMX AutoPatch CD and atwww.amx.com.

PC Requirements for APControl 3.0

Windows XP Professional® or Windows 2000®

Java Runtime Environment (JRE): v1.4.2 or the latest version

Minimum Hardware: 166 MHz, 128 MB RAM, 20 MB free disk space, 800x600 display

Recommended Hardware: 2.0 GHz, 512 MB RAM, 20 MB free disk space, 1280x1024 display

Serial port

PC Requirements for BCS

Windows XP Professional® or Windows 2000®

Terminal emulation program (e.g., HyperTerminal)

Serial port

Connecting an External Serial Controller

Use a null modem cable that matches the pin diagram in FIG. 17 forRS-232without hardware flow control. AMX AutoPatch equipment requires pins 2, 3, and 5 only.

The Octaire is tested with a manufactured cable to a maximum length of 100 ft. (30.5 m). The maximum length of null modem cable that can be used in specific systems will vary according to the quality of the cable.

RS-232Pin Diagram

FIG. 17 RS-232pin diagram (no hardware flow control)

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