AMX Distribution Matrix Octaire User Manual

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APWeb – Initial Setup by Network Admin


APWeb Connection Information Worksheet

This worksheet is provided for your convenience.

Print or photocopy as many copies of this form as necessary.

Login Names (Required)

Login Names (user name) and Passwords for administrative and user access are required. (The user names and passwords are case sensitive.)

Addresses (Must Be Supported)

Fixed or Static IP Address: ______ . ______ . ______ . ______

(The default APWeb address is Subnet Mask: ______ . ______ . ______ . ______

(The default Subnet Mask is

Gateway IP Address: ______ . ______ . ______ . ______

DNS (Domain Name Server) Server Addresses

Primary DNS Server IP Address: ______ . ______ . ______ . ______

Secondary DNS Server IP Address: ______ . ______ . ______ . ______


BCS Tunnel: ___________ (default is 3600)



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APWeb – Controlling the Octaire

APWeb – Controlling the Octaire

This chapter starts with four easy steps for connecting to APWeb after the initial setup by the Network Administrator. It explains how to use APWeb’s two control options for executing and disconnecting switches: the XBar Controller (a crosspoint interface) and Macros (which are programmed by the Network Administrator).

Connecting to APWeb

To connect to the APWeb server:

1.Launch a browser on your PC.

2.Type (or the address provided by the Network Administrator) in the address bar of the browser and press Enter.

The Enter Network Password dialog box opens.

3.Enter the user name and password (both are case sensitive) provided by your Network Administrator.

The default user name and password are none andnone (the actual character stringn-o-n-e).

4.Click OK.

The APWeb Home page opens.

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Home Page

The Home page for APWeb contains information on the system’s routing levels (referred to as virtual matrices or VMs in APWeb) and the number of currently defined macros. The site name can be customized to uniquely identify your Octaire system (contact your Network Administrator).

Customizable site name

Click for AMX Website

Current routing levels (VMs)

Number of defined macros


FIG. 43 APWeb’s Home page

Home Page Links

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






The main page in the APWeb site





XBar Controller

The controller interface for executing and disconnecting switches (page 88)




Execute Macro

Execute Macro

For executing predefined macros




Contact Info

Contact Info

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




Executing & Disconnecting Switches

XBar Controller Overview

Switches can be executed and disconnected on the Octaire by using the XBar, a graphic interface control panel. The XBar controls specific parts of the system through routing levels. For example, the XBar may switch audio-follow-videosignals on one routing level, video on another, and audio on yet another. The routing level selected will determine which part of the system is available for control in the XBar.

An APWeb server provides access to a single Octaire system from a specific IP address and can be accessed from up to five PCs at the same time. If you are controlling the same system as other users, you can open the VM Selection Pad and update status as needed (see page 91). The VM Selection Pad is also used to change routing levels. Keep in mind that executing switches on one routing level may affect the routing state on the other routing levels.

Note: Contact your Network Administrator if you need to change the name of the site.


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Navigating the XBar Controller

Output channels

VM title block (levels)

Input channels

Crossbar field with blue & red crosspoints

Cursor shows crosspoint

I/O pair numbers

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

VM title block – click to open the VM Selection Pad to change the routing level 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 disconnectCursor over crosspoint – move over I/O pairs to display channel numbers

Executing & Disconnecting Switches on the XBar

Use the following directions to control the Octaire from the APWeb site.

To execute or disconnect switches with the XBar:

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

2.Optional (to change routing level) – Click the VM title block in the upper left corner. The VM Selection Pad dialog box opens.

3.From the VM list, select the new routing level.

4.Close the VM Selection Pad.

Select VM (routing level) from list

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

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


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).

Adjusting Volume

If the system supports audio and the volume adjust feature is not working, verify with the Network Administrator that it has been enabled.

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 89 for selecting VMs (routing levels).

3.Right click on the output channel (e.g., O_Ch:0004) needing adjusting. 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.


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Updating Status on the XBar

The XBar can be updated from the VM Selection Pad to show changes in system status. This can be helpful 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.

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.Close the VM Selection Pad.

Executing Macros

A macro is a sequence of control commands that are executed simultaneously. Macros can be executed on the Octaire from the Execute Macro page.

Macro list

FIG. 44 Execute Macro page

Note: If you need additional macros, contact your Network Administrator.

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; contact your Network Administrator.)

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APWeb – Additional Info for Network Admin

APWeb – Additional Info for Network Admin

Embedding the XBar Applet

The XBar applet can be embedded in a custom website by using the applet tag shown below. Make any of the following adjustments to the code to fit your particular system’s requirements.

Replace the code base value with the IP address for your system if it is different than the default IP address.

Set the width and height for the display based on the initial virtual matrix size (smaller VMs look fine in a smaller size, while larger VMs require a larger size to minimize scrolling).

Optional – Specify the "InitialVM" value, or the lowest numbered VM will display by default.

Optional – Include the "VMLockDown" information if you want to limit control to a particular virtual matrix; otherwise, all virtual matrices will be accessible from the VM title block. Specify"locked" or"unlocked" for the value. The XBar defaults to the unlocked state if this option is not included in the tag.

Optional – Specify the "AllowGain" value, if you want the input gain adjustment feature enabled. Specify"true" for the value.

Optional – Specify the "AllowVolume" value, if you want the output volume adjustment feature enabled. Specify"true" for the value.

Important: If you do not want either or both of the “Allow Gain” and “Allow Volume” options, omit those parameter(s) entirely.

XBar Applet Tag



<!--Your custom html code goes here.-->

<APPLET code="CrossBar.class" codebase="" archive="CrossBar.jar" width=400 height=500 >

<param name = "InitialVM" value = "0">

<param name = "VMLockDown" value = "locked"> <param name = "AllowGain" value = "true"> <param name = "AllowVolume" value = "true">





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APWeb – Additional Info for Network Admin

Changing the Proxy Setting

If the Enter Network Password dialog box does not open during setup, try the following APWeb troubleshooting strategies:

Check all power, signal, and link connections.

Check the Link indicator LED on the TCP/IP connection on the primary enclosure’s CPU.

If the indicator is not illuminated, check the cable type. It must be an RJ-45crossover cable from the TCP/IP connector to the PC or anRJ-45straight-throughpatch cable from the TCP/IP connector to the network/hub.

Ping the system.

Try connecting to the APWeb server again.

If the Enter Network Password dialog box still does not open, you may need to add an exception in the Proxy Setting dialog box.

To add an exception to the proxy setting information:

1.From the Tools menu on the browser, select Internet Options. The Internet Options dialog box opens.

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APWeb – Additional Info for Network Admin

2.Select the Connections tab.

3.Click LAN Settings.

The Local Area Network (LAN) Settings dialog box opens. If the Proxy server box is checked, go to Step 4.

If the Proxy server box is not checked, check it before going to Step 4.

Be sure Proxy server box is checked


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4.Click Advanced.

The Proxy Settings dialog box opens.

Enter APWeb IP address

5.In the Exceptions field, enter the appropriate APWeb IP address (the default is

6.Click OK to exit each of the dialog boxes used in these steps.

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