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APWeb – Initial Setup by Network Admin

Customizing the Control Options

APWeb’s two options for controlling an AMX AutoPatch Routing System are the XBar Controller and custom macros (switches that execute simultaneously).

Customizing the XBar

The XBar displays the crosspoints for the input and output channels. The three options for customizing the XBar are:

Enabling audio control in the XBar Setting the size of the XBar window

Setting the initial routing level (VM) for XBar control

Enabling Audio Control

If the system has audio, volume and input gain controls are available from the XBar, but must be enabled first from the Configuration page.

Important: If the system does not have audio, volume and input gain must not be enabled.

To enable audio control in the XBar:

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

2.Under Audio Support, select Allow Gain Control and/or Allow Volume Control.

3.Click Apply. The next time the XBar is launched, the enabled audio features are available.

After audio adjustments are made, you can disable one or both of these feature so the user cannot change the settings (the settings will remain until audio is enabled again and new adjustments are made).

Setting the Size of the XBar Window

The size of the XBar applet can be changed from the Configuration page. The default size for the window is 800x580. You may need to experiment a little to find the optimal display size for your PC.

To set the size of the XBar applet window:

1.If the XBar is open, close before proceeding.

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

3.Under Applet Window Size, enter the desired width and height for the window.

4.Click Apply. The next time the XBar is launched, it will open at the new setting size.

Setting the Initial VM to Display

From the Configuration page, the initial routing level (VM) can be set for executing switches. The VM is displayed in the VM title block in the upper left corner of the XBar. The default VM for executing switches that will display for all XBar Controllers that are launched for the system can be specified on the Configuration page.

To set the initial routing level (virtual matrix) that will display in the XBar:

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

2.Under Initial VM to Display in XBar Controller, enter the virtual matrix number (routing level).

Note: If you want the default VM to be the first virtual matrix (level) discovered during bootup (no matter what its number), enter a value of-1.

3.Click Apply. The next time the XBar is launched, the newly designated default VM (level) will display in the VM title block.

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Creating / Editing Macros

A macro is a sequence of BCS (Basic Control Structure) control commands that are executed simultaneously. Up to 50 macros can be created on the Create/Edit Macro page and executed from the Execute Macro page. (A macro can contain up to 63 individual command characters).

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.

APWeb macros are defined, stored, and executed on APWeb (they cannot be executed from other control points, e.g., the control panel). APWeb macros should not be confused with local presets (called macros on some systems) or with global presets. The Octaire does not support local presets.

Global presets are defined for the Octaire from its control panel (or by entering a BCS command in a terminal emulation program) and stored on the Octaire. An APWeb macro can consist of a command that executes a global preset command that was defined elsewhere (see the second example below). Since a global preset replicates a predefined total system state, it should not be included with other commands.

A macro BCS command (not case sensitive) is one or a series (shown in the first example below) of complete BCS commands. Do not enter a space between the “T” ending one command and the start of the next command.

Examples

BCS Command

Action

CL0I2O7TCL0I5O21 23 24T Creates a macro that switches Input 2 to Output 7 and Input 5 to Outputs 21, 23, and 24 on Level 0

R7T

Creates a macro to execute global preset 7 (defined on control panel)

Specify Macro contents

Delete Macro

FIG. 39 Create / Edit Macro page

We recommend writing down the BCS command(s) used for each macro, as the contents of a macro cannot be retrieved after it is created. We also suggest making the names of the macros very descriptive (so the user can easily determine what the macro switches) and/or providing the user with a list of macro names with descriptions of each macro’s contents.

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To create a macro:

1.From any page in the site, click the Create Macro link.

2.Enter the BCS commands (63 character maximum) in the BCS String field.

3.Enter a unique name up to 23 characters for the macro in the Macro Name field.

4.Click Create. The macro is added to the list on the Execute Macro page.

Tip: A macro can be created to disconnect the switches in an existing macro.

The contents of a macro can be replaced at the Create/Edit Macro page.

To redefine the contents of an existing macro:

1.From any page in the site, click the Create Macro link.

2.Enter the new BCS commands in the BCS String field.

3.Enter the exact name of the macro which is being redefined in the Macro Name field.

4.Click Create. The macro now contains the new information.

Macros can also be deleted from the Create/Edit Macro page.

To delete a macro:

1.From any page in the site, click the Create Macro link.

2.Under the Delete Macro section, select the macro to be deleted from the macro list.

3.Click Delete. The macro is removed from the list on the Execute Macro page.

Defining Routing Levels (Manually Configuring VMs)

With the Octaire, routing level information can be manually entered to specify the routing levels, which are referred to as VMs (virtual matrices) in APWeb. With this feature you can provide selective control access to the system for different points of control.

The Define VM (Manual Configuration) page allows you to define the routing level by specifying a VM number and VM name and to enter the number of inputs and outputs for the system.

Specify VM (level) Parameters

Delete VM (level)

FIG. 40 The Define VM (Manual Configuration) page is used for defining routing levels

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When entering the number of the new routing level (VM), apply the following rules:

VM Numbering Rules

The VM number must match the level numbers on the Octaire as follows: All (audio-follow-video)routing level (VM) = 0

Video routing level (VM) = 1 Audio routing level (VM) = 2

Important: When you specify the number of inputs and outputs for a VM, they will always correspond to the first inputs and outputs in the system. For example, if you want to create a VM that only provides access to 16 outputs in a system with 48 outputs, they will be the first 16 outputs.

To manually define a routing level (VM):

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

2.Under Bootup Operations (Discover System Configuration must be selected), unselect the Force VM Discovery option.

3.Click Apply and reboot when prompted.

4.From any page in the website, click the Define VM link.

5.If desired or required, delete the existing VM definitions first (see the instructions below).

6.Enter a VM number (follow the Numbering Rules above).

7.Enter the corresponding VM name: All (audio-follow-video),Video, orAudio.

8.Enter the number of inputs and outputs for the system (e.g., No. Inputs 48, No. Outputs16).

9.Click Create.

The VM is added to the drop down list in the VM Selection Pad dialog box for the XBar, to the Home page, and to the list of VMs under the Delete VM section.

Note: Deleting a VM that corresponds to one of the preconfigured levels on the Octaire will remove it from the APWeb server but not from the Octaire itself. To recover the preconfigured levels, turn VM discovery back on (reselect the Force VM Discovery option, see Steps 1 and 2 above). When APWeb is rebooted, the routing levels from the systems will be retrieved and replace the manually configured ones in the list.

To delete an existing routing level (VM):

1.From any page in the website, click the Define VM link.

2.Under the Delete VM section, select one or more VMs to be deleted from the VM list (to multiselect, hold down the Control key on your PC as you click each VM).

3.Click Delete.

The VM is removed from the list (and is also removed on the Home page and from the drop down list in the VM Selection Pad dialog box for the XBar).

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Handling Security Issues

APWeb’s system security limits access to the site. The security setup is explained on page 71. We recommend that the following security measures be followed:

Leave system security turned on (the default setting). Place the APWeb server site inside your network firewall.

Set the account profiles as part of the initial setup (see page 71). Deploy APWeb in a secure LAN environment.

If extra precaution is necessary, lock the enclosure(s) in a secure location.

Caution: Even if the site security is turned on, the BCS tunnel is not authenticated. We strongly recommend that this service be turned off when not in use (seepage 74).

Turning System Security Off

The option to turn system security on and off is on the Account Profile / Site Security page (accessed by clicking the Authentication button on the Administration page).

To turn system security off:

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 Disable Site Security, enter the Admin user name and password (Admin default – super andsuper).

4.Click Turn Security Off. System security is turned off.

To turn system security back on:

1.Repeat Steps 1 through 3 above.

2.Click Turn Security On. System security is turned on.

Resetting the User Name & Password

If any of the client-defineduser names and passwords are lost, the Service switch below the TCP/IP(RJ-45)connector can be used to reset them to the default values (all values including those for the IP Address and Subnet Mask are reset in the process). When the switch is flipped to the left, it is set for normal functioning. As long as security is turned on (the default setting), a password is required to access the APWeb server. When the Service switch is flipped to the right(FIG. 41), it is set for Service mode and the APWeb server is disabled.

Caution: The steps on the following page will also automatically reset the default values for the IP Address and Subnet Mask.

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To reset the user name and password to their default values:

1.Flip the Service switch to the left to place it in Service mode (FIG. 41).

FIG. 41 Service switch in Service mode

2.Log on to the Admin Home page, using the Admin user name and password (default: super andsuper).

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

4.On the APWeb Configuration page, click Reboot APWeb.

5.Wait approximately 20 to 30 seconds; then flip the Service switch to the right to automatically reboot and return to normal functioning.

6.Optional – If you do not want to use the default values, enter new user names and passwords by following the steps on page 71.

7.Optional – Enter an IP Address and Subnet Mask (see page 70).

Opening a Telnet Session

Important: Before a Telnet session can be opened, the Telnet option must be enabled under the Enable/Disable Product Services options on the Administration page (seepage 74).

A Telnet session for controlling the Octaire with BCS commands can be opened by clicking the Launch Telnet Session button on the Diagnostics page. The button opens the PC’s default terminal emulation program (e.g., HyperTerminal on Windows). A Telnet session may also be launched outside of the APWeb server as a direct connection by specifying the correct IP address and port number.

Note: The Diagnostics page also allows you to enter a test BCS (Basic Control Structure) command (see page 73) and view Communication Statistics.

Since only one client at a time can initiate a Telnet session, other clients who try to use Telnet or the XBar Controller will be notified that they cannot control the system until the initial session is closed.

When site security is turned on (the default setting), the Admin user name and password are required to log into this service.

To open a Telnet session:

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

2.Click Launch Telnet Session to open your terminal emulation program.

3.Enter your APWeb Admin user name and password. The program is ready to accept BCS commands.

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Executing & Disconnecting Switches

APWeb’s two control points for executing and disconnecting switches on an AMX AutoPatch Routing System are the crosspoints on the XBar Controller (see below) and the macros on the Execute Macro page (see page 85).

Executing & Disconnecting Switches on the XBar

The XBar Controller is a graphic interface control panel that executes switches on an AMX AutoPatch Routing System. The XBar can control specific parts of the system through routing levels, which are referred to as VMs (virtual matrices). For example, the XBar can switch audio-follow-videosignals on one VM, video on another, and audio on yet another. The VM selected will determine which routing level is being controlled.

Any APWeb server for a single system can be accessed from up to five PCs at the same time. The XBar for that system can be operated simultaneously from all of the PCs using the same or different VMs. Simultaneous XBar users can open the VM Selection Pad and update status as needed. Keep in mind that executing switches on one VM may affect the routing state on the other VMs.

Note: Multiple independent AMX AutoPatch Routing Systems (each with some type of APWeb server, e.g., a TCP/IP connector on the CPU, an APWeb expansion board, or a module) can be controlled from a single PC. Each APWeb server can be assigned a unique IP address and a custom site name. The individual addresses can then be entered as needed in the browser.

Navigating the XBar Controller

The crosspoint images in the XBar’s crossbar field represent the intersections of the input channels and the output channels.

Output channels

VM title block (levels)

Input channels

Crossbar field with blue & red crosspoints

Cursor shows crosspoint

I/O pair numbers

Use the following features to navigate the XBar:

VM title block – click to open the VM Selection Pad to change the routing level (VM) or update system status

Input channels (on left) – indicate the numbers of the source channelsOutput channels (on top) – indicate the numbers of the destination channels

Blue crosspoint – blue indicates that there is no active signal; click to route the signal (the crosspoint will remain blue if the switch is not completed)

Red crosspoint – red indicates an actively routed signal; click to disconnect the signalCursor over crosspoint – move over I/O pairs to display channel numbers

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To execute or disconnect switches:

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

2.Optional (to change the routing level) – Click the VM title block in the upper left corner.

The VM Selection Pad dialog box opens. From the VM list, select the new VM. Close the VM Selection Pad.

Select VM (routing level) from list

3.Click a blue (inactive) crosspoint to execute a switch.

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

Or

Click a red (active) crosspoint to disconnect a switch.

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

Tip: To select or unselect consecutive crosspoints, hold down the Control key and move the mouse across the desired crosspoints (do not hold down any of the mouse buttons).

When the XBar is used simultaneously by multiple users or when other control options (such as control panels or external serial controllers) are also being used, system status can be updated from the VM Selection Pad.

To update system status when using multiple control points:

1.Click the VM title block in the upper left corner of the XBar. The VM Selection Pad dialog box opens.

2.Click Update Status.

The most current routing state is displayed.

3.Exit the VM Selection Pad when done.

Adjusting Audio Settings

If the Octaire system contains audio, both volume and input gain can be adjusted from the XBar controller after they are enabled (see page 76).

Adjusting Volume

The volume feature must be enabled. After volume adjustments are made, you can disable this feature so the user cannot change the settings (the settings will remain in effect until the audio is enabled again and new adjustments are made) or you can leave it enabled for the user.

To adjust volume:

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

2.Check to be sure the selected VM is either VM 0 (All: audio-follow-video)or VM 2 (Audio). If not, seepage 83 for selecting VMs (routing levels).

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3.Right click on the output channel (e.g., O_Ch:0004) needing adjustment. The Audio Control dialog box opens.

4.Move the slider to adjust the volume (up increases; down decreases) or click the Mute button to mute/unmute.

5.Close the Audio Control dialog box.

6.Repeat Steps 3 through 5 as necessary for additional outputs.

Adjusting Input Gain

The purpose of “Input Gain Control” is to allow input (source) signals of varying amplitudes to be equalized before they are routed and the volume is adjusted. Equalizing input signals provides a consistent reference for volume adjustments and eliminates jumps in audio level when routing a new input to an output.

Typical uses for input gain (the nominal level of the signal from the source device) include switching consumer and professional grade audio equipment (whose levels can vary noticeably) in the same matrix switcher. Input gain adjustment is also used for equalizing amplitudes between balanced and unbalanced source inputs.

Caution: We strongly recommend that input gain adjustments be made only by a qualified dealer or installer.

The input gain feature must be enabled (see page 76) for use in APWeb. After audio adjustments are made, we recommend that you disable this feature so the user cannot change the settings (the settings will remain in effect until audio is enabled again and new adjustments are made).

The following steps tell how to adjust input gain as part of the process of equalizing input levels.

To adjust input gain:

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

2.Check to be sure the VM is either VM 0 (All: audio-follow-video)or VM 2 (Audio). If not, you will need to change the routing level (seepage 83).

3.Route a source (input) to the desired destination (output) by clicking the desired I/O crosspoint.

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4.Right click on the input channel (e.g., I_Ch:0001) that was just routed. The Audio Control dialog box opens.

5.Move the slider to adjust the input gain (up increases; down decreases).

6.Close the Audio Control dialog box.

7.Repeat Steps 3 through 6 as necessary for additional sources (inputs) that will be routed to the same destination (output).

Executing Macros

Once a macro is created for a system on APWeb, it can be executed from any PC with access to the APWeb server for that system.

Macros are listed after being created on the Create / Edit Macro page

FIG. 42 Execute Macro page

To execute a macro:

1.From any page in the site, click the Execute Macro link.

2.Click the macro button for the macro you want to execute.

When the text on the macro button turns green, the macro has successfully executed. (If the text on the macro button turns red, the macro failed to execute.)

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