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Installation & Setup

To establish external serial control:

1.Plug one end of the null modem serial cable into the serial port (DB-9)on the primary enclosure(FIG. 18).

2.Plug the other end of the serial cable into the serial port on the serial controller.

Serial port

FIG. 18 Connect to serial port on primary enclosure

3.If not already on, apply power first to the Octaire enclosure(s) and then to the source and destination devices (see page 27, “Applying Power & Startup”).

Note: Follow thepower-upsequence onpage 27. We recommend attaching all power cords to surge protectors and/or AC line conditioners.

4.Setup and run the desired method of control:

NetLinx® compatible – Supports Device Discovery.* For specific control programming information, contact your AMX representative.

APControl 3.0 – Install and open the program from theAMX AutoPatch CD (if your account has the required permissions, the program can be downloaded fromwww.amx.com). For APControl to control the Octaire, the configurationmust be manually entered andmust match the actual Octaire configuration. From the APControl Launchbar menu, select System/New; select Heritage System/ Next; select Manual Configuration Entry/Next; enter Add VM information/Next; and finish the Wizard instructions.

Terminal emulation – Open the program (e.g., HyperTerminal), select the COM port, and set the settings to match the Octaire serial port settings (baud rate = 9600, data bits = 8, stop bit = 1, and parity and flow control = none).

Click OK.

A short splash screen appears.

Enter BCS (Basic Control Structure) commands. For information on BCS commands, see the BCS Protocol Instruction Manual on theAMX AutoPatch CD and atwww.amx.com.

5.Execute a test switch to ensure the Octaire is working properly (see page 30, “Executing a Test Switch”).

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

Serial Communication Settings

When controlling the system with a serial controller, use serial communication software and make sure the baud rate is set at 9600. The settings on the PC serial communication software and the enclosure must correspond to each other. Octaire settings are baud rate = 9600, data bits = 8, stop bit = 1, and parity and flow control = none.

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Applying Power & Startup

Two standard US power cords for the redundant power supplies are provided for installations within the US. Maximum power specifications are on the power receptacle (also listed on page 13). Always use anearth-groundedpower cord / system with an Octaire system.

The source electrical outlet should be installed near the Octaire, easily accessible, and properly grounded. Power should come from a building branch circuit. We strongly recommend using a dedicated line for the system’s power. Use a minimum breaker current rating of 30 A for 110 V or 15 A for 230 V. To avoid an overload, note the power consumption rating of all the equipment connected to the circuit breaker before applying power.

Complete Power Redundancy Setup

For proper redundant operations, both power supplies must be powered at all times. To take full advantage of the dual power feeds and redundant power supplies on the Octaire, we recommend cabling the primary (upper) Octaire power feed(s) via a power strip to an outlet connected to one circuit breaker and the redundant (lower) power feed(s) via a power strip to an outlet connected to a second circuit breaker (seeFIG. 19).

Note: We recommend attaching all power cords to surge protectors and/or AC line conditioners.

Circuit Breaker 1

Circuit Breaker 2

Primary

Redundant

Power Feed

Power Feed

FIG. 19 Power setup for complete redundancy

Power-UpSequence

To apply power:

1.Attach the first source device and the first destination device (see page 21, “Attaching Inputs & Outputs”). Depending on the signal type (e.g., component signals), you may need to attach multiple input and output connectors.

Do not apply power to the source and destination devices until Step 7.

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2.Optional – Attach an external controller (see page 24, “Attaching External Control”).

3.Plug power cords into the power receptacles on the enclosure (repeat for additional enclosures in multi-enclosuresystems). Press the “l” side of both power switches on each enclosure(FIG. 20).

Power receptacles

FIG. 20 Plug power cords into power receptacles

4.Plug the other end of each power cord into a power strip that is turned off (we recommend using a 30 A power strip).

5.Turn on the power strip and wait 30 seconds.

The Power indicator on the front of the panel illuminates green (both redundant power supplies are working). If only one power supply is working, the Power indicator will illuminate red (check power connections and switches).

6.Optional – Apply power to the external control device/system.

7.Apply power to the source and destination devices.

The LCD on the control panel illuminates and displays the menu screen.

8.The system is ready for a test switch (see page 30, “Executing a Test Switch”).

For startup information on specific types of control before executing a test switch, see page 30.

Indicator Lights at Startup

When the enclosure powers up, the indicator LEDs will respond as follows:

Octaire LED Indicators

 

LED

Indicates

Normal Display

Cautionary

 

 

 

 

 

Enclosure

Power

System power

Constant green

Constant red

Front

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TCP/IP – Power

System receiving power

On

 

 

– Link

Active link status with server

On

 

 

– Speed

Speed status is either

On – Speed status is 100 Mbps

 

 

(see page 35)

100 Mbps or 10Mbps

Off – Speed status is 10 Mbps

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enclosure

 

 

Constant green during power

Blinking red or

 

 

red/green at

Status

System status

up, then blinking green at 1/2

Rear

1/2 second

 

 

second on/off intervals

 

 

 

on/off intervals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linked Systems

 

 

 

 

Link – Amber

Activity between enclosures

Amber – Blinks with activity

 

 

– Green

Active link status

Green – On

 

 

(see page 21)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important: If the indicator lights do not respond with a normal display as stated above, check power connections and switches, and then contact technical support (seepage 31).

The system is ready to execute a test switch (see page 30) using the control method of your choice.

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Control Panel Startup

When the system is powered up, the LCD on the control panel will display the Function menu screen (FIG. 21).

FIG. 21 Function Menu screen on the Octaire control panel

APWeb Startup

If you have not already done so, use the TCP/IP port on the primary enclosure to connect to a LAN or to a PC (see page 36).

Serial Control Device Startup

If you have not already done so, use the DB-9Port on the primary enclosure to attach the serial control device to the enclosure (seepage 24) and open your control program.

NetLinx® Compatible

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

If you are using APControl 3.0, install and open the program. Follow the directions in Step 4 on page 26. From the Launchbar menu, select Views / CrossBar and click on the crosspoints to execute switches.

HyperTerminal

When power is applied to the enclosure, HyperTerminal displays a one-linesplash screen followed by “Ready”(FIG. 22). The system is ready to execute a test switch (seepage 30). If you need to access advanced system information, see Appendix B, “Programmer’s Interface for System Diagnostics” onpage 97.

[1:Enclosure] AMX AutoPatch Octaire

Ready

FIG. 22 Power-upsplash screen in HyperTerminal

Note: AMX reserves the right to add to the contents of the splash screen at any time, without notice.

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Executing a Test Switch

For new system installations, we recommend executing a test switch to verify the system is working properly before attaching all inputs and outputs. Aside from having signal cables and a controller attached, the system is ready to execute switches when it ships from the factory.

The first source device and first destination device must be attached to their input and output connectors (for specific signal type information and specifications, see the “Signal Types & Specifications” chapter, page 39). After the devices are connected, power must be applied to the enclosure and then to the devices before executing a test switch.

Note: If the signal from the source or destination device is a component signal that requires being attached to multiple input or output connectors (e.g., a Y/Pb/Pr signal that requires three connectors), all of the signal cables for that signal must be attached before executing the test switch.

You can execute a test switch from the following: Control Panel

NetLinx® compatible

Control software such as APControl 3.0 or APWeb

BCS (Basic Control Structure) commands over an external controller An external third-partycontroller

Executing a Test Switch (applicable to new system installations only)

Before executing the test switch, make sure the first source device and the first destination device are connected to the correct input and output connectors (see page 21).

The test switch is based on routing Input (source) 1 to Output (destination) 1.

Control Panel

Directions for executing and disconnecting switches using the control panel can be found in the “Control Panel Operations” chapter (see page 43).

NetLinx® Compatible

For executing and disconnecting switches using NetLinx®, contact your AMX representative.

APControl 3.0 or APWeb

Directions for executing and disconnecting switches using APControl 3.0 are found in its Help file. For directions for executing switches using APWeb, see page 72.

BCS Commands

To enter BCS (Basic Control Structure) commands, the system must be attached to a serial control device (see “Attaching External Control,” page 24) running a terminal emulation program, such as Windows® HyperTerminal. The settings on the PC serial communication software and the enclosure must correspond to each other. For setting information, seepage 26.

When using HyperTerminal, command characters are entered and sent to the primary enclosure’s CPU (the command characters appear in HyperTerminal when the enclosure responds). When all of the entered characters appear in HyperTerminal, the command has been successfully executed.

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The test switch below routes Input 1 to Output 1. To switch both video and audio signals enter “L0”, (as in the example following). To switch video only enter “L1” or to switch audio only enter “L2”.

To execute the test switch:

1.Enter the following BCS command line:

CL0I1O1T

When the “T” appears, the system has successfully executed the command. If any other character appears, the command was not successful. Verify that the source signal is present (visible and/or audible) at the destination.

For a complete list of BCS commands and responses, see the BCS Protocol Instruction Manual on the

AMX AutoPatch CD and at www.amx.com.

Troubleshooting

If the test switch did not execute correctly:

Check the power indicator on the front of the enclosure. If it is not illuminated, check the power cords.

Verify the status of the test switch.

If using BCS commands, enter “SL0O1T”. If “SL0O1T(1)” appears, the test switch is routed correctly (the system established a connection between the specified input and output connectors within the enclosure).

Check all link and signal connections on the rear of the enclosure(s) to make sure everything is physically set up correctly.

Check all power switches on source and destination devices to make sure they are all on.

Isolate source and destination equipment and cable problems by patching around the router using barrel connectors to check the overall signal path.

Attempt the switch again.

If the switch still does not work, contact technical support (see below).

Technical Support

Before contacting technical support with a question, please consult this manual. If you still have questions, contact your AMX representative or technical support. Have your system’s serial number ready. (The serial number label is located on the rear next to the power receptacles.)

We recommend recording your system’s serial number in an easily accessible location.

AMX Contact Information

3000 Research Drive, Richardson, TX 75082 800.222.0193 469.624.8000

Fax 469.624.7153

Technical Support 800.932.6993 www.amx.com

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Cabling & Setup for Vertical Interval Sync

The Vertical Interval Sync (VIS) signal provides complete vertical interval synchronization switching capability for an Octaire system.

The VIS function uses an external master sync signal, such as station master, blackburst, or composite video input. When all of the source devices are genlocked to the same source, the master sync signal synchronizes the video switching to occur during the vertical interval (pulse), eliminating vertical roll or jitter on the monitor. The master sync signal also synchronizes all video switching for systems with multiple enclosures.

The VIS “Sync In” connector on the primary enclosure must be attached to an external sync source generating one of the following signal types:

Blackburst generator NTSC composite video

The VIS (BNC) connectors “Sync In” and “Sync Out” are to the far right on the rear of the enclosure.

Cable Requirement for VIS

75 ohm coax video cable (customer provided)

Cabling a Composite Enclosure for VIS

To send the sync signal to a composite enclosure:

1.Attach the external sync cable from the signal source to the Sync In connector on the right rear of the enclosure (FIG. 23).

Flip appropriate VIS toggle switches (see page 33)

From external sync source

FIG. 23 Attach external sync cable to Sync In connector

2.Flip the appropriate VIS toggle switches to the left for the sync signal type being used (see page 33).

Cabling a Multi-EnclosureSystem for VIS

When linking sync cable from enclosure to enclosure, use the upper sync connector for the incoming sync signal and the lower sync connector for the outgoing sync signal on each video enclosure.

To send the sync signal to a multi-enclosureSystem:

1.Attach a cable from the external sync source to the primary enclosure’s Sync In connector (FIG. 24) on the right rear. (The primary enclosure is the one with the control panel.)

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2.Attach a cable to the Sync Out connector on the primary enclosure (FIG. 24).

Primary Enclosure

Secondary Enclosure

Secondary Enclosure

with Control Panel

 

 

Flip appropriate

Flip appropriate

VIS toggle switches

VIS toggle switches

(see below)

 

 

From external

 

 

sync source

 

FIG. 24 Sync signal routed to multiple enclosures

3.Attach the other end of the cable to the Sync In connector on the second enclosure.

4.For all additional video enclosures, cable the Sync Out connectors to the Sync In connectors.

5.Flip the appropriate VIS toggle switches on each enclosure to the left for “on” and right for “off” according to the information provided below.

VIS Toggle Switches

The VIS toggle switches on the rear of the primary enclosure must be set to agree with the type of signal used for Vertical Interval Sync. On any secondary enclosure(s), the TTL toggle switch is the only VIS switch set to “on.”

Note: The top toggle switch, labeled SVC, is the Service switch(page 36). This switchmust be set to the right for normal operation.

75 Ω (Termination)

BB (Blackburst)

INV (Inverted)set to “off” at all times

TTL(Transistor-TransistorLogic)

FIG. 25 VIS toggle switches

Primary Enclosure

The setting for the VIS toggle switch on the primary enclosure (the one with the control panel) depends on the type of external sync source.

If the external sync source is a Blackburst generator or NTSC composite video, set the BB (Blackburst) switch to “on” (be sure the TTL switch is “off”).

If the external sync signal is a TTL composite sync input, set the TTL switch to “on” (be sure the BB switch is “off”).

Note: If you need to provide a 75 ohm load for the external source, set the 75 ohm switch on the primary enclosure to “on” to provide the load. (When the 75 ohm switch is “off,” the input is terminated athigh-impedance.)

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Secondary Enclosure(s)

Set the TTL switch to “on” (be sure the BB switch is “off”).

Important: The INV (Inverted) toggle switch must be set to “off” at all times.

To set the VIS toggle switches:

1.Using a small screwdriver or paper clip, toggle each video enclosure’s DIP switch according to the information provided on the previous page.

Important: After the VIS toggle switches are set, the systemmust be enabled from the control panel to handle VIS switching.

2.Enable the system for the VIS switching according to the directions in the “Setup Options” section on page 59.

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Connecting to the APWeb Server

The APWeb server delivers HTML pages and Java applets, which allow for remote control and diagnostics of an AMX AutoPatch Routing System using PC-basedInternet browsing software. In addition, one of the pages opens a Telnet server, providing a standard terminal interface for entering AMX AutoPatch BCS (Basic Control Structure) commands.

The primary enclosure (the one with the control panel) on the Octaire system is connected via a link (RJ-45)cable to a LAN (Local Area Network), the Internet, or a network card in a PC (which could then connect to a LAN or the Internet). The connection directions follow. For setup and operation details for the APWeb server, see the “APWeb” chapter(page 67).

Important: Although it is also possible to provide access from outside a LAN via the Internet, security issues for your LAN environment must be taken into account (contact your Network Administrator).

TCP/IP Port & Indicator LEDs

The TCP/IP port used for APWeb is located on the rear of the primary enclosure in the upper right corner (FIG. 26).

Note: The LINK connectors at the lower right of the enclosure are for linking enclosures; donot attempt to use them for APWeb.

TCP/IP (RJ-45)port

TCP/IP indicator LEDs

FIG. 26 TCP/IP port & indicators

The TCP/IP port is an Ethernet link connector, handling Ethernet 10/100 connections for 10 Mbps (megabits per second) and 100 Mbps. This connection is compatible with most Ethernet based LANs. Three LEDs directly below the port indicate the Ethernet connection status and speed (FIG. 26).

The three green LEDs indicate the following:

Power Indicator

On – System is receiving power

Ethernet Link Indicator

On – Link status is active

Ethernet Speed Indicator

On – Speed status is 100 MbpsOff – Speed status is 10 Mbps

Note: The two small rectangular LEDs on theRJ-45connector are not used for the TCP/IP function.

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