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APWeb – Initial Setup by Network Admin

Overview

Applicability Notice: The APWeb information in this manual covers APWeb Version 1.4.0. (The version number is in the upper right on the Home page.)

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 an RJ-45link 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). For installation and link cable information, seepage 35.

Note: A single PC can access multiple AMX AutoPatch Routing Systems, as long as each system has TCP/IP capability (e.g., the Octaire or an APWeb expansion board on an Optima); each APWeb server must be assigned a unique IP address and a custom site name. Furthermore, each system can contain multiple enclosures, as long as it is configured as a single system.

The APWeb server can also function as a Tunneling Access Point (TAP). As a TAP, it can be used to control a system (e.g., with third party controllers) using any software that supports BCS protocol over TCP/IP.

The APWeb interface information is divided into three chapters.

This first chapter provides APWeb setup information for the Network Administrator doing the initial setup or ongoing server maintenance. It includes information on:

Connecting to the APWeb server

Changing the server’s configuration properties Setting user names and passwords

Testing control operations

Customizing the site and the control options

Defining routing levels (manually configuring virtual matrices) Handling security issues

Controlling the system

The second chapter, “APWeb – Controlling the Octaire,” contains instructions for the person controlling an Octaire through an APWeb server after the setup is complete. We suggest making a copy of this control chapter to give to the user, along with the user name and password that you set for them.

The third chapter, “APWeb – Additional Info for Network Admin,” covers the advanced topics of embedding the XBar applet and changing the proxy setting.

Caution: We strongly recommend a Network Administrator set up the system even if DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol), gateways, firewalls, etc. are not being used.

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System Requirements

PC with Windows XP Professional®, Windows 2000®, or Windows NT®

Web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Netscape, etc.)

JRE v1.4.x or greater (Java Plug-infor the XBar Controller, see page 72)

Design Requirement

AMX highly recommends deploying only one APWeb server per system. Any configuration violating this recommendation may not be backed by the technical support agreement. APWeb offers a single, remote access point to a system, and its interactions with that system can cause interference and collision issues if more than one APWeb server is present.

Opening the APWeb Server

Caution: We strongly recommend that the APWeb server site be placed inside your network firewall and that system security be turned on.

A worksheet to record connection information is provided at the end of this chapter (see page 86).

To set up the APWeb server:

1.Follow the directions on page 35 for connecting the TCP/IP connector on the Octaire’s CPU to a LAN or to a network card in a PC.

2.Launch a browser on your PC.

3.Type http://192.168.0.251 (the default APWeb IP address) in the address bar of the browser and press Enter.

The Enter Network Password dialog box opens.

Note: If the Enter Network Password dialog box does not open, seepage 93 for troubleshooting strategies.

4.Enter the (case sensitive) default admin user name: super

5.Enter the (case sensitive) default admin password: super

6.Click OK.

APWeb opens to the Home page for the Network Administrator.

(The user’s Home page has limited access and can be opened by entering the default user name and password of none andnone, i.e., the character stringn-o-n-e.)

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Overview of the Admin Home Page

APWeb’s Admin Home page has links for complete site access, while the links on the user’s Home page are limited to control access. The Admin Home page displays information on the system’s routing levels (referred to as virtual matrices or VMs on APWeb) and the number of currently defined macros (defined in APWeb). It also displays information regarding the discovery of hardware devices during bootup if this feature is enabled.

Customizable site name

Click logo for AMX Website

APWeb version number

Current routing levels (VMs)

Number of macros defined in APWeb

Bootup discovery information (must be enabled)

Links

FIG. 34 Admin Home page

The links on the left side of the Home page access the pages listed below:

Link

Page

Function

Home

Home

The main page in the APWeb site

 

 

 

Controller

XBar Controller

The controller interface for executing and disconnecting switches

 

 

(page 82) and adjusting audio (page 83)

 

 

 

Execute Macro

Execute Macro

For executing macros (page 85)

 

 

 

Create Macro

Create/Edit Macro

For creating or deleting macros (page 77)

 

 

 

Define VM

Define VM (manual

For manually defining or deleting routing levels (page 78)

 

configuration)

 

 

 

 

Configuration

APWeb Configuration

For specifying site settings, such as the IP address (page 70) and

 

 

the site name (page 74), and for enabling features

 

 

 

Diagnostics

Diagnostics

For sending a test BCS command (page 73) or launching a Telnet

 

 

session to enter BCS commands (page 81)

 

 

 

Administration

APWeb Administration

For accessing Account Profile (user names and passwords) and Site

 

 

Security information (page 71); it also includes the enable/disable

 

 

services preferences (page 74)

 

 

 

Contact Info

Contact Information

Displays the AMX address, phone and fax numbers, and website link

 

 

 

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Setting a Static IP Address

The current (default) IP address is displayed on the APWeb Configuration page under the section for Current APWeb Settings. A field is provided on the same page under Configure APWeb Settings for entering a static IP address.

Current APWeb Settings

Reboot APWeb

Configure APWeb Settings

Set APWeb Site Name

Scroll for additional options

FIG. 35 APWeb Configuration page

Note: The APWeb Configuration page also includes fields for additional settings and bootup operation options (seepage 75).

To enter a static IP address:

1.From any page in the site, click the Configuration link.

2.Under Configure APWeb Settings, enter the static IP address in the IP Address field.

3.Click Apply; click OK when prompted to reboot.

Important: Any time you select “Reboot” as an option from the APWeb Configuration page or from any dialog box opened from the APWeb site, the APWeb server reboots. The reboot updates information between the Octaire and the APWeb server. The Octaire system itself does not reboot.

Using a DHCP IP Address (Optional)

The APWeb server offers the option of using a DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) IP address. The settings on the APWeb Configuration page will typically be for a fixed or static IP address.

To force invocation of a DHCP IP address:

1.From any page in the site, click the Configuration link.

2.Under Configure APWeb Settings, enter 0.0.0.0 in the IP Address field.

3.Click Apply.

4.Click OK when prompted to reboot.

The APWeb server begins searching for a DHCP server.

If the search times out, the address will revert to the default APWeb IP address (192.168.0.251).

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Setting Admin & User Account Logins

For security purposes, we recommend that the Network Administrator set the account profiles as part of the initial setup.

APWeb uses HTTP basic access authentication with multi-tieraccess (i.e., the Network Administrator and the user accounts each have their own user name and password). Resetting the account profiles (seepage 81) requires physical access to the system. If further security is required, we recommend locking the enclosure(s) in a secure location. User names and passwords are sent in clear text over the network, thus leaving them vulnerable to network sniffers. We also recommend deploying APWeb in a secure LAN environment. To allow remote Internet access, you will need to configure your LAN firewall.

The APWeb connection on the CPU is configured at the factory with a default login for the Network Administrator and another one for the user. APWeb’s Account Profile / Site Security page is accessed by clicking the Authentication button on the APWeb Administration page.

Note: System security can also be turned on and off at the Account Profile / Site Security page(page 80).

User login information

Administration login information

FIG. 36 Account Profile / Site Security page

Default User Name & Password

Administration Account Login – super andsuper

User Account Login – none andnone (the character stringn-o-n-e)

User names and passwords are case sensitive with a maximum length of 24 characters.

The following steps assume this is the first time the Account Profile has been changed. If not, use the current user name and password instead of the defaults.

To set the User and Admin Account Logins:

1.From any page in the site, click the Administration link.

2.Under Account Profile / Site Security, click Authentication. The Account Profile / Site Security page opens.

3.Under Change User Account Login, enter none in both the Current Username and Current Password fields.

4.Enter the new user name in the New Username field.

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5.Enter the new password in the New Password field, and confirm by reentering it in the next field.

6.Click Submit.

7.Repeat Steps 3 through 6 for the Admin Account Login, entering super as both the user name and password under Change Administration Account Login.

Executing a Test Switch with the XBar

We recommend executing a test switch with the XBar Controller (see below) or with BCS commands (see page 73).

Before executing the test switch, make sure the first source device and the first destination device are connected to the input and output connectors as indicated in the “Octaire AutoPatch Connector Guide.” (Depending on the signal and connector type, you may need to attach more than one input and output for a signal (e.g., a Y/c signal will be routed over a BNC connector on the enclosure that routes “Y” and over the corresponding BNC connector on the enclosure that routes “c”).

Note: For complete information on the XBar Controller, seepage 82.

The test switch below routes Input (source channel) 1 to Output (destination channel) 1 on VM 0 (the All routing level of audio-follow-video).

To execute a test switch with the XBar:

1.Install the Java Plug-in*if necessary. (Theplug-inis required before the XBar Controller can be used.)

2.From any page in the site, click the Controller link. The XBar launches.

VM title block

(click to select routing levels)

Click crosspoint for test switch

3.Click the blue crosspoint for routing Input 1 to Output 1. (Inputs are on the left; outputs are across the top.)

The blue crosspoint image turns red as the switch is routed.

* The Java Plug-inmust be installed on your PC before the XBar Controller will work. This free Java software may be downloaded from http//www.java.com (administrative login to the PC may be required to install the JavaPlug-in).

To disconnect the test switch:

1.Click the red crosspoint. The red crosspoint image turns blue as the test switch is disconnected.

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Executing a Test Switch with BCS

We recommend routing a test switch with BCS (Basic Control Structure) commands on the Diagnostics page (see below) or with the XBar Controller (see page 72).

Note: The Diagnostics page also displays Communication Statistics and provides access to a Telnet session for controlling the Octaire with BCS commands (seepage 81).

Test BCS string field

Communication Statistics table

Telnet Session button

FIG. 37 Diagnostics page

Note: If you are not familiar with BCS (Basic Control Structure) commands, see the “BCS Instruction Manual” on the AMX AutoPatch CD or atwww.amx.com.

BCS commands are not case sensitive.

Before executing the test switch, make sure the first source device and the first destination device are connected to the input and output connectors exactly as shown in the “Octaire AutoPatch Connector Guide” for your matrix switcher. Depending on the signal and connector type, you may need to attach more than one input and output for a signal (e.g., a Y/c signal will be routed over a BNC connector on the enclosure that routes “Y” and over a BNC connector on the enclosure that routes “c”).

The following test switch routes Input 1 to Output 1 on Level 0.

To send a test BCS command:

1.From any page in the site, click the Diagnostics link.

2.Enter CL0I1O1T (Change Level 0, Input 1 to Output 1, Take) in the BCS string field.

3.Click Send.

The system response for the command displays directly under the BCS string field. When the exact command that was entered appears, the command has been successfully executed.

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Customizing the Site

The APWeb site can be customized in several different ways: This section covers customizing the site name, access to product services, and bootup operations. Customizing the control options is covered in the next section (see page 76).

Customizing the Site Name

The site name for the APWeb server can be customized at the APWeb Configuration page. Customizing the site name can be especially useful when accessing multiple AMX AutoPatch Routing Systems from multiple APWeb servers on one PC.

To customize the site name:

1.From any page in the site, click the Configuration link.

2.Under Set APWeb Site Name, enter the new name (36 character limit).

3.Click Apply. The new name appears at the top of all the pages within APWeb.

Enabling/Disabling Product Services

APWeb can be customized for additional access to the system with Telnet and/or BCS tunnel. They can be enabled or disabled from the APWeb Administration page. The default for both is on.

Account Profile / Site Security

Enable / Disable Product Services

FIG. 38 APWeb Administration

Note: The Administration page also provides access to the Account Profile / Site Security page (seepage 71).

To enable or disable product services:

1.From any page in the site, click the Administration link.

2.Select the means of access (see below), and click Apply. A prompt to reboot appears.

3.Click OK. (A reboot is required to implement the changes.)

Telnet – check this option to be able to open a Telnet client application, such as HyperTerminal, to access and control the system. This optionmust be enabled before establishing a Telnet session with APWeb. If this option is turned off, the Launch Telnet Session button will not be available on the Diagnostics page.

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BCS Tunnel – check this option to be able to open a TAP for entering BCS control commands. This is especially useful forthird-partycontrollers, which can control the attached Octaire using IP connectivity.

Unlike all other access points in APWeb, the BCS tunnel is not authenticated, even if site security is turned on.

We strongly recommend that this service be turned off when not in use. Be sure to change the BCS Tunnel Port number on the APWeb Configuration page if you plan on using a different one than the default, which is 3600.

Customizing Bootup Operations

During bootup, APWeb discovers configuration data that is stored on the attached distribution matrix and displays it. Several options are available for customizing bootup operations from the APWeb Configuration page.

Important: Any time you perform a reboot from the APWeb site, the APWeb server reboots. The reboot updates information between the AMX AutoPatch Routing System and the APWeb server. The AMX AutoPatch system itself does not reboot.

To customize bootup operations:

1.From any page in the site, click the Configuration link. The APWeb Configuration page opens.

2.Under Bootup Operations, select (or unselect) the options (see below) to determine which parts (if any) of the configuration to retrieve during APWeb bootup.

3.After all selections are made, click Apply and reboot when prompted.

Bootup Operations Options

Discover System Configuration: Thishigher-leveloption must be selected before the twosub-optionsfor discovery are available (thesub-optionsare not dependent on each other; either or both can be selected at any time).

The default setting for this option is on.

If it is off, APWeb will not make any retrieval attempts from the attached system during a reboot; instead, it will display whatever was in memory the last time it was running.

Force VM Discovery: Check this option to force APWeb to query the attached system for its VM (routing level) definitions and to replace any existing VMs in memory.

The default setting for this option is on.

When this option is off, APWeb reuses the stored VM definitions upon bootup.

Discover Hardware Devices: Check this option for APWeb to query the attached system for its hardware devices.

The default setting for this option is off.

Since hardware information is not stored in memory, it is lost when APWeb is shut down. Be sure to check this option if you want the hardware information displayed on the Home page.

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