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I N S T A L L A T I O N & O P E R A T I O N G U I D E

PAR4

SIMPLIFIED INFRARED ROUTER

B L E N D I N GH I G HF I D E L I T Y A N DA R C H I T E C T U R E®

S I M P L I F I E DI N F R A R E DR O U T E R

PAR4

Simplified Infrared

Router

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

Introduction

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An infrared router enables you to control identical audio/video

components independently of each other. This allows you to

 

 

Features and

 

incorporate multiple CD changers, DSS receivers, televisions,

Benefits

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etc. of the same make and model into a home entertainment

PAR4 Parts

 

system and control them individually.

 

 

Guide

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Installed in the equipment location, the PAR4 is connected to

Installation

 

your infrared (IR) extender system and turns pre-specified

 

“routes” on and off, passing infrared commands to a single

Considerations 5

component or group of components.

Operation

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The PAR4 is compatible with all current Niles infrared Main

 

 

Specifications

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System Units (MSUs). It may be used along with the MSU140,

 

 

MSU250, MSU480 and the MSU440Z.

 

 

 

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Features and Benefits

The PAR4 offers a number of improvements over other IR routers:

Universal system – compatible with virtually all brands of A/V equipment and remote controls

Routes IR commands to four components

Simple plug and play operation

No programming – simply select the route needed from an existing list of IR commands

Expandable – cascade two units together to create eight routes

Printed circuit board design assures high reliability

Low profile and small footprint with integrated mounting wings that allow for both horizontal and vertical installation

UL listed regulated in-linepower supply with universal voltage capability

Two year parts and labor warranty

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Niles IR

Niles IR

Flasher

Flasher

12VDC power

supply (supplied) plugged into an unswitched AC outlet powers the system

MSU250

PAR4

Figure 1

Diagram of PAR4 connecting to the flasher output of a MSU250 with flasher outputs controlling devices.

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PAR4 Parts Guide

 

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1.12V DC Jack – Provides 12 volt DC power to PAR4 via a regulated power supply

2.IR Route (Flasher) Outputs – 3.5mm jacks provide output for single low-levelflashers

3.Cascade Output – 3.5mm jack provides for connection of second PAR4

4.IR Input – 3.5mm jack provides for connection from the IR flasher output of a Niles Main System Unit

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Installation Considerations

Placement of the PAR4

Place the PAR4 conveniently close to the main system unit it will connect to. Generally, the PAR4 is placed in a concealed location because its indicator lights are only used during installation. Placement possibilities include:

1.Table-top(on the floor or shelf behind the equipment) (Figure 2).

2.Wall-mount(affixed to the back of the equipment cabinet or a nearby wall) (Figure 3).

PAR4 Base

Self-Adhesive

Rubber Feet

Figure 2: Table-topplacement

Affix the enclosed self-adhesiverubber feet to the base of the PAR4.

POWER

+12V DC

Figure 3: Wall-mountplacement

Use sheetrock screws.

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Installation Considerations (continued)

Before you begin, make sure that the flasher cables and the 12VDC power supply cable will all reach the proposed location of the PAR4. Mark the cables with labels describing where the cable originates (i.e. TV1) rather than which terminal on the PAR4 it should connect.

STEP

DESCRIPTION

1.Connect and test the power supply.

A)Plug the supplied 12VDC power supply into an unswitched 100-240VAC outlet.

B)Plug the connector into the socket labeled “power” on the PAR4.

C)If the power LED on the PAR4 does not light, test the unswitched AC outlet with another appliance. If the outlet tests OK, you have a defective power supply which must be replaced before you continue. If the red power LED illuminates unplug the connector from the power socket and proceed.

2.Plug the flashers (not sup- A) Recommended flashers are Niles MF1 or MF1VF MicroFlashers.

plied) into the flasher outputs.

If you need to extend the wire, use 2 conductor, 16 gauge

See figure 4.

stranded wire.

B)When extending the flasher wire be sure to observe proper polarity.

C)The wire marked with the grey stripe is positive (+); the unmarked lead is negative (-).

3. Connect the PAR4 to the

A) Plug one end of the cable into the IR output of the main system

IR main system unit using

unit (a flasher output on any Niles MSU).

a 3.5mm mono cable of

B) The other end of the cable is plugged into the jack labeled “IR

appropriate length.

Input” on the PAR4.

See figure 1.

 

 

C) During normal operation the blue IR indication LED will flicker

 

when the PAR4 is receiving IR data from the output device.

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IMPORTANT

 

Make all final

 

connections to the

 

router before

 

connecting the

 

power supply.

 

This will avoid

 

potential damage

 

to components.

Figure 4

BE SURE TO OBSERVE PROPER POLARITY WHEN EXTENDING THE FLASHER WIRE.

The wire lead marked with a gray stripe is positive (+); the unmarked lead is negative (-).

Operation

Operating the PAR4 is a simple matter of selecting the appropriate IR codes you need from a table of supplied code sets. See figure 5. The IR codes are available for download from the Niles Technical Support website:

 

http://www.nilesaudio.com/techsupport

 

1. On the Niles Technical Support website select the brand

 

of remote control you will use to control the PAR4 (i.e.

 

the Niles IntelliControl) and download the file for that

 

remote control. After downloading the file you will need to

 

import it into the programming software for the selected

 

remote control.

 

2. From the supplied table select the route you wish to

 

use (i.e. code 1: all four routes on) and load it into the

 

remote control.

 

3. Test the code by operating the remote and observing the

 

flasher LEDs on the PAR4. For example, if the “all on” com-

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mand is issued, all four LEDs should illuminate indicating

that all four routes are active.

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CODE

FLASHER 1

FLASHER 2

FLASHER 3

FLASHER 4

01

ON

ON

ON

ON

02

OFF

OFF

OFF

OFF

03

ON

OFF

OFF

OFF

04

OFF

ON

OFF

OFF

05

OFF

OFF

ON

OFF

06

OFF

OFF

OFF

ON

07

ON

ON

OFF

OFF

08

ON

ON

ON

OFF

09

OFF

ON

ON

ON

10

ON

ON

OFF

ON

11

ON

OFF

ON

ON

12

ON

OFF

OFF

ON

13

ON

OFF

ON

OFF

14

OFF

ON

ON

OFF

15

OFF

ON

OFF

ON

16

OFF

OFF

ON

ON

Figure 5: Table of IR Code Sets

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Using Two PAR4 Routers

You may daisy chain two PAR4 IR routers together to provide routing for up to eight identical devices. This is accomplished by connecting two PAR4 routers together using a mono 3.5mm cable (not supplied). See figure 6. On PAR4 “B” the 3.5mm cable is plugged into the “IR cascade out” jack. On PAR4 “A” the 3.5mm cable is plugged into the jack labeled “IR input”.

Operation for two units is similar to operating a single PAR4 with the exception that a separate table of IR routing codes (table A and table B) exists for PAR4 (A) and PAR4(B).

Note: When two PAR4 IR Routers are daisy chained together codes from table A will not operate PAR4 unit B and vice versa.

Specifications

Unit Dimensions

7-1/16”wide x1-1/4”high x 3” deep

Power Requirements

12VDC 1.25A regulated power supply (included).

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