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Administrator’s Guide

for the VSX Series

Version 8.5

May, 2006 Edition 3725-20235-010/A VSX Version 8.5

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About This Guide

The Administrator’s Guide for the VSX Series is for administrators who need to configure, customize, manage, and troubleshoot VSX™ systems. The guide covers the VSX 3000, VSX 3000A, VSX 5000, VSX 6000, VSX 6000A, VSX 7000, VSX 7000s, VSX 7000e, and VSX 8000 systems.

The following related documents for VSX systems are available at www.polycom.com/videodocumentation:

Setting Up the System, which describes how to set up the hardware

Getting Started Guide for the VSX Series, which describes how to perform video conferencing tasks

Setup Sheets for your optional hardware

Release Notes

Integrator’s Reference Manual for the VSX Series, which provides cable information and API command descriptions

For support or service, please contact your Polycom® distributor or go to Polycom Support at www.polycom.com/support.

Polycom recommends that you record the serial number and option key of your VSX system here for future reference. The serial number for the system is printed on the unit.

System Serial Number: ____________________________________________

Option Key: ____________________________________________________

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Contents

1 Introducing the VSX Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1

VSX Models . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1

VSX 3000 and VSX 3000A Desktop Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2

VSX 5000 Set-top System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3

VSX 6000 and VSX 6000A Set-top Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-4

VSX 7000 and VSX 7000s Set-top Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5

VSX 7000e Component System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-6

VSX 8000 Component System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-8

Key Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-9

Breakthrough Video Quality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-9

Industry-Leading Audio Quality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-10

Rich Conference Experience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-10

Enhanced User Experience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-11

Easy Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-11

Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-12

Remote Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-12

2 Setting Up Your System Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1

System Back Panel Views . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. 2-1

VSX 3000 and VSX 3000A Connector Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. 2-1

VSX 5000 Back Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-2

VSX 6000 Back Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-3

VSX 6000A Back Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-4

VSX 7000 Back Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-5

VSX 7000s Back Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-6

VSX 7000e Back Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-7

VSX 8000 Back Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-8

Positioning the System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-9

Positioning Desktop Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-9

Positioning Set-top Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-10

Positioning Component Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-11

Connecting to the LAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-11

Connecting to Other Networks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-12

Connecting Desktop Systems to the ISDN BRI Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-13

Connecting Set-top and Component Systems to ISDN or Other Networks . . . . . . . .

2-14

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Connecting Cameras . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-15

Connecting Document Cameras to Desktop Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-15

Connecting Cameras to Set-top Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-15

Connecting Cameras to Component Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-15

Using a Desktop System as the Monitor for a Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-16

Connecting Monitors and Projectors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-17

Connecting Monitors to Set-Top Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-17

Additional TV Monitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-17

VGA Monitor or Projector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-18

Connecting Monitors to Component Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-18

Additional TV Monitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-18

VGA Monitor or Projector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-18

Connecting Microphones or a SoundStation VTX 1000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-19

About Polycom Microphones and the SoundStation VTX 1000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-19

Connecting Polycom Microphones to Set-Top or Component Systems . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-20

Placing Polycom Microphones to Send Stereo from Your Site . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-22

Connecting a SoundStation VTX 1000 to a Set-top or Component System . . . . . . . . .

2-24

Placing a SoundStation VTX 1000 Phone to Send Stereo from Your Site . . . . . . . . . . .

2-25

Connecting Powered Microphones or a Mixer to a VSX 8000

 

Component System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-26

Connecting Speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-26

Connecting Speakers or Headphones to Desktop Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-26

Connecting Speakers to Set-top Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-26

Connecting Speakers to Component Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-26

Placing Speakers to Play Stereo from Far Sites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-27

Connecting Content Sharing Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-28

Connecting VCR/DVDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-28

Connecting a Visual Concert VSX to Set-top Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-29

Connecting an ImageShare II to Component Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-31

Connecting Computers to Component Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-31

Connecting Control and Accessibility Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-32

Connecting Closed Captioning Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-32

Connecting Touch-Panel Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-32

Connecting IR Sensors to VSX 8000 Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-33

Powering On . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-33

Powering On the VSX 3000 or VSX 3000A Desktop System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-33

Powering On Set-top and Component Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2-34

3 Configuring Network Use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

3-1

Getting the Network Ready . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. 3-1

Network Connectivity Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. 3-2

Configuring with the Setup Wizard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. 3-3

Configuring LAN Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. 3-4

Configuring IP Network Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. 3-6

Specifying H.323 Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. 3-6

Configuring the System to Use a Gatekeeper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. 3-7

Configuring Integration with Avaya Networks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. 3-9

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Configuring the System to Use a Gateway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. 3-10

Specifying SIP Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. 3-12

Integration with Microsoft Live Communications Server (LCS) . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. 3-13

Adding and Removing Microsoft LCS Contacts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. 3-14

Specifying Quality of Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. 3-15

Configuring the System for Use with a Firewall or NAT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. 3-16

H.460 NAT Firewall Traversal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. 3-18

Configuring ISDN Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. 3-19

Configuring the BRI Network Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. 3-19

Configuring the PRI Network Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. 3-21

Configuring the Serial V.35/RS-449/RS-530 Network Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. 3-24

Configuring Telephony with the SoundStation VTX 1000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. 3-27

Configuring Call Preferences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. 3-28

Configuring Dialing Order Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. 3-30

Configuring the Global Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. 3-31

Configuring the Directory Server Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. 3-31

Setting the Dialing Rules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. 3-32

Placing a Test Call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. 3-33

Checking System Status . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

3-33

Keeping your Software Current . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

3-34

4 Customizing the VSX System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1

Designing Video Behaviors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1

Configuring Camera Settings and Video Quality Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2 Configuring Automatic Camera Tracking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4 Configuring Camera Presets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5

Configuring Monitors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6 Using Dual Monitor Emulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-11 Adjusting the Monitor’s Color Balance, Sharpness, and Brightness . . . . . . . . . . . 4-12 Preventing Monitor Burn-In . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-13

Configuring Content Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-13 Configuring Content Display with People+Content IP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-14 Configuring Content Display with a Visual Concert VSX or ImageShare II . . . . 4-16

Configuring VCR/DVD Player Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-18 Playing a Videotape or DVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-18 Recording a Call to Videotape or DVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-18

Designing Audio Behaviors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-20 Configuring General Audio Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-20 Configuring StereoSurround Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-25 Configuring VSX Systems for a Polycom Vortex Mixer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-26 Configuring Microphones Connected to Audio Inputs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-27

Configuring Microphones Connected to Balanced Audio Inputs on a

VSX 8000 System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-28 Configuring RS-232 Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-29 Configuring for Use with a Touch Panel Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-29 Configuring for Use with a Modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-30 Designing the User Experience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-31 Managing User Access to Settings and Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-31

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Setting the Room and Remote Access Passwords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-32 Screens that Require the Room Password for Access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-33 Letting Users Customize the Workspace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-33 Limiting What Users Can Do With the System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-34 Using the System for Specialized Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-34

Setting Passwords and Security Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-35 Using Security Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-36 Enabling AES Encryption . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-37

Configuring Call Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

4-38

Setting the Call Answering Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

4-39

Configuring Multipoint Calling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-40 Entering a Multipoint Option Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-40 Configuring Multipoint Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-41 Multipoint Viewing Modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-42 Configuring with PathNavigator’s Conference on Demand Feature . . . . . . . . . . 4-42 Including More Than Three Other Sites in a Cascaded Call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-43

Configuring Directory Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-44 Setting Date, Time, and Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-45

Customizing the Workspace Appearance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-47 Designing the Home Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-47 Displaying Contacts on the Home Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-50 Adding Marquee Text . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-50 Adding Screen Saver Text . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-51 Adding a Screen Saver News Feed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-51 Adding a Screen Saver Logo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-52 Changing System Appearance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-53 Customizing Camera Names and Icons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-53 Using Customized Camera Names and Icons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-54 Setting Ring Tones and Alert Tones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-54

Configuring Remote Control Behavior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-55 Configuring Streaming Calls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-56 Configuring Closed Captioning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-58 Audio Options for Closed Captioners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-58

Providing Closed Captions for Conferences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-59 Via a Dial-Up Connection to the Systems’ RS-232 Serial Port . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-59 Via the System’s Serial RS-232 Port . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-60 Via VSX Web . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-60 Via a Telnet Session . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-61

Helping Users Get Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-62

5 Managing the System Remotely . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-1

Using VSX Web . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-1 Accessing VSX Web . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-1 Monitoring a Room or Call with VSX Web . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2

Creating a Localized System Name with VSX Web . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

5-3

Implementing Basic Mode with VSX Web . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4 Managing System Profiles with VSX Web . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4 Managing Directories with VSX Web . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5 Configuring Global Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-7

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Viewing the Management Servers List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-7 Requiring an Account Number for Calls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-7 Adding My Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-8 Requesting Technical Support from the Global Management System Administrator . 5-9 Setting Up SNMP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-10 Downloading MIBs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-10 Configuring for SNMP Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11

6 System Usage and Statistics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1

Call Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1

Call Statistics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2

Call Status . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3

Content Statistics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3

Recent Calls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3

Call Detail Report (CDR) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-4

Information in the CDR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5

Call Detail Report Archives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7

7 Diagnostics and General Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1

Sending a Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1 System Screens Quick Reference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-2 Diagnostic Screens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-2 General Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-8 Power and Start-up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-9 Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-10 Access to Screens and Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-11 Calling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-13 Displays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-17 Cameras . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-21 Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-23 Error Indications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-29 System Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-30 Network Interface Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-31 How to Contact Technical Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-32

Appendix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Appendix-1

Video Source Output Examples for Multiple Monitors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Appendix-1 Multipoint Dialing Speed Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Appendix-7 Port Usage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Appendix-8 Actions that Cause the System to Restart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Appendix-10 Q.850 Cause Codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Appendix-11 PathNavigator Error Codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Appendix-16

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Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Index-1

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Introducing the VSX Series

Your Polycom video conferencing system is a state-of-the-art visual collaboration tool. With crisp, clean video and crystal-clear sound, VSX systems provide natural video conferencing interaction through the most advanced video communications technology.

VSX Models

This section describes the standard components that come with the VSX Series systems. For technical specifications and detailed descriptions of features available for VSX models, please refer to the product literature available at www.polycom.com. Models with additional options are also available. For more information, please contact your Polycom distributor.

This guide covers instructions for the following models.

VSX set-top systems

VSX component systems

VSX desktop systems

 

 

 

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VSX 3000 and VSX 3000A Desktop Systems

Two models of VSX 3000 and VSX 3000A are available — IP only, and IP with ISDN.

Name

Component

Description

 

 

 

VSX 3000

 

The VSX 3000 and VSX 3000A systems deliver

VSX 3000A

 

high-quality, video communication in an all-in-one

 

 

appliance that includes the camera, LCD screen,

 

 

speakers, and microphone.

 

 

 

Remote Control

 

The remote control is designed to make it easy to

 

 

set up and operate the system — color-coded

 

 

buttons correspond to system features.

 

 

 

LAN cable

 

Connect the system to the IP network with the LAN

 

 

cable.

 

 

 

BRI cables

 

Connect the system to the ISDN with the BRI

(ISDN model)

 

cables.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VGA cable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Save space in your office by using the VGA cable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

to connect your computer to the system’s 17”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

high-resolution XGA display.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power supply

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The power supply connects power to the system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Documentation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read Me First

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Setting Up the VSX 3000 System or Setting Up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the VSX 3000A System

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VSX documentation CD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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VSX 5000 Set-top System

The VSX 5000 system includes the following components.

Name

Component

Description

 

 

 

VSX 5000

 

The VSX 5000 is a compact, entry-level system

 

 

with an all-electronic, built-in camera.

Microphone

The microphone provides audio input to the

 

 

 

system.

 

 

 

 

Remote Control

The remote control is designed to make it easy to

 

 

 

set up and operate the system — color-coded

 

 

 

buttons correspond to system features.

 

 

 

 

LAN cable

Connect the system to the IP network with the LAN

 

 

 

cable.

 

 

 

 

Combination

Connect a monitor with the combination

audio/video cable

audio/video cable.

 

 

 

 

Conference link

Connect the microphone or the optional Visual

cable

Concert™ VSX data collaboration unit with the

 

 

 

conference link cable.

 

 

 

 

Hardware kit

The hardware kit includes:

 

 

 

Reusable cable ties

 

 

 

Cable tie mounts

 

 

 

Disks of hook-and-loop material

 

 

 

Vinyl feet

 

 

 

Batteries for the remote control

 

 

 

 

Power supply

The power supply and power cable connects

 

 

 

power to the system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Documentation

Read Me First

 

Setting Up the VSX 5000 System

 

VSX Documentation Library on CD

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VSX 6000 and VSX 6000A Set-top Systems

The VSX 6000 and VSX 6000A systems include the following components.

Name

Component

Description

 

 

 

VSX 6000

 

The VSX 6000 and VSX 6000A systems are

VSX 6000A

 

entry-level video conferencing systems for IP and

 

 

SIP networks only.

Microphone

The microphone provides audio input to the

 

 

 

system.

 

 

 

 

Remote Control

The remote control is designed to make it easy to

 

 

 

set up and operate the system — color-coded

 

 

 

buttons correspond to system features.

 

 

 

 

LAN cable

Connect the system to the IP network with the LAN

 

 

 

cable.

 

 

 

 

Combination

Connect a monitor with the combination

audio/video cable

audio/video cable.

 

 

 

 

Conference link

Connect the microphone or the optional Visual

cable

Concert VSX data collaboration unit with the

 

 

 

conference link cable.

 

 

 

 

Hardware kit

The hardware kit includes:

 

 

 

Reusable cable ties

 

 

 

Cable tie mounts

 

 

 

Disks of hook-and-loop material

 

 

 

Vinyl feet

 

 

 

Batteries for the remote control

 

 

 

 

Power supply

The power supply and power cable connects

 

 

 

power to the system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Documentation

Read Me First

 

Setting Up the VSX 6000 System

 

VSX Documentation Library on CD

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VSX 7000 and VSX 7000s Set-top Systems

The VSX 7000 and VSX 7000s systems include the following components.

Name

Component

Description

 

 

 

VSX 7000

 

The VSX 7000 and VSX 7000s systems provide

VSX 7000s

 

cutting-edge video conferencing technology for IP

 

 

and other networks.

Subwoofer and

The subwoofer provides additional depth to the

power

sound, creating a high-quality sonic space

 

comparable to a home theater system.

Microphone

 

 

The microphone provides audio input to the

 

 

 

system.

 

 

 

 

Remote Control

 

 

The remote control is designed to make it easy to

 

 

 

set up and operate the system — color-coded

 

 

 

buttons correspond to system features.

 

 

 

 

LAN cable

 

 

Connect the system to the IP network with the LAN

 

 

 

cable.

 

 

 

 

S-Video cable

 

 

Connect a monitor with the S-video cable.

 

 

 

 

Conference link

 

 

Connect the microphone or the optional Visual

cable

 

 

Concert VSX data collaboration unit with the

 

 

 

conference link cable.

 

 

 

 

Hardware kit

 

 

The hardware kit includes:

 

 

 

Reusable cable ties

 

 

 

Cable tie mounts

 

 

 

Disks of hook-and-loop material

 

 

 

Vinyl feet

 

 

 

Batteries for the remote control

 

 

 

 

 

Documentation

 

 

Read Me First

 

 

 

Setting Up the VSX 7000 System

 

 

 

 

VSX Documentation Library on CD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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VSX 7000e Component System

The VSX 7000e includes the following components.

Name

Component

Description

VSX 7000e

 

The VSX 7000e is a video component system for

 

 

medium-sized conferencing rooms.

S-Video cables

 

Connect monitors and third-party cameras with the

 

 

S-video cables.

Audio cable

 

Connect the system’s audio output to the monitor

 

 

or to an external audio system.

LAN cable

 

Connect the system to the IP network with the LAN

 

 

cable.

Telephone cable

 

Connect the system to a telephone line.

Power cord

 

Connect the system to a power source.

Remote Control

 

The remote control is designed to make it easy to

 

 

set up and operate the system — color-coded

 

 

buttons correspond to system features.

Hardware kit

 

The hardware kit includes:

 

 

Reusable cable ties

 

 

Cable tie mounts

 

 

Disks of hook-and-loop material

 

 

Vinyl feet

 

 

Batteries for the remote control

Rack-mount

 

Attach the brackets to the system if you need to

brackets and

 

mount it in a rack.

screws

 

 

 

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Name

Component

 

Description

Adapters

Composite

Null-modem

Use the composite video adapters with VCR

 

cables.

 

video

adapters

Use the null-modem adapters with a serial cable

 

adapters

 

 

 

when connecting the VSX 7000e system to a

 

 

 

 

 

 

modem for closed captioning.

 

 

 

Use the DB-15 to DB-9 adapter to connect a

 

 

 

camera control cable to one of the VSX 7000e

 

 

 

system’s RS-232 ports.

 

DB-15 to

 

 

 

DB-9 adapter

 

 

Documentation

 

 

Read Me First

 

 

 

Setting Up the VSX 7000e System

 

 

 

VSX Documentation Library on CD

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VSX 8000 Component System

The VSX 8000 system includes the following components.

Name

Component

Description

VSX 8000

 

The VSX 8000 system is a compact component

 

 

system for custom integration.

S-Video cable

 

Connect a monitor with the S-video cable.

S-Video adapters

 

Use with standard S-video cables to connect the

 

 

main camera and alternate main monitor to the

 

 

system’s BNC connectors.

Audio cable

 

Connect the system’s audio output to the monitor

 

 

or to an external audio system.

LAN cable

 

Connect the system to the IP network with the LAN

 

 

cable.

Telephone cable

 

Connect the system to a telephone line.

Power cord

 

Connect the system to a power source.

Remote Control

 

The remote control is designed to make it easy to

 

 

set up and operate the system — color-coded

 

 

buttons correspond to system features.

Hardware kit

 

The hardware kit includes:

 

 

Reusable cable ties

 

 

Cable tie mounts

 

 

Disks of hook-and-loop material

 

 

Vinyl feet

 

 

Batteries for the remote control

Rack-mount

 

Attach the brackets to the system if you need to

brackets and

 

mount it in a rack.

screws

 

 

 

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Name

Component

 

 

 

 

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adapters

Composite

 

Null-modem

Use the composite video adapters with VCR

 

 

cables.

 

video

 

adapter

The spring cage (Phoenix) connectors fit the

 

adapters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

balanced audio inputs and outputs and infrared

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sensor connectors on the system, and allow you to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

re-terminate cables if necessary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use the null-modem adapter with a serial cable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

when connecting the VSX 8000 system to a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

modem for closed captioning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use the DB-15 to DB-9 adapter to connect a

 

DB-15 to

 

Spring cage

camera control cable to one of the RS-232 ports, or

 

 

to connect a camera other than the PowerCam™ to

 

 

connectors

 

DB-9 adapter

 

 

 

the main camera input.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Documentation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read Me First

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Setting Up the VSX 8000 System

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VSX Documentation Library on CD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Features

Breakthrough Video Quality

Best for low bandwidth calls — The H.264 standard provides consistent, high quality video at data rates up to 768kbps.

Best for high bandwidth calls — Polycom’s own standards-based Pro-Motion™ H.263 50/60 fields per second video provides television-like quality for all VSX systems. In addition, the VSX 8000 supports Pro-Motion H.264 for the highest quality video available at date rates from 256kbps to 2Mbps.

Adjustable bandwidth for content — The call quality preference can be set to Content (90% content, 10% people), People (10% content, 90% people), or Both (50% content, 50% people).

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Industry-Leading Audio Quality

Polycom StereoSurround™ — StereoSurround is standard in VSX systems. This feature enhances intelligibility by giving conference participants a better spatial understanding of far site rooms.

Integrated voice and video solution — Integrate the Polycom Vortex® audio mixer with VSX set-top or component systems for custom-designed integrated room audio systems that ensure the highest quality audio in all VSX system video calls.

Rich Conference Experience

Integrated video system and conference phone — Get the most out of your conference room equipment by integrating your VSX video conferencing system with the SoundStation VTX 1000® conference phone.

High resolution content sharing — Conference participants can share content easily from their computers with the Visual Concert™ VSX for set-top systems, and the ImageShare™ II device for component systems. People+Content™ IP, a software application, can also be used for sharing content on any VSX system.

Document camera and VCR/DVD as a content source — Specify a document camera or VCR/DVD as a content source. In a dual monitor configuration, the speaker will be on one monitor and the document camera or VCR/DVD image will be on the second monitor.

See more with single-monitor systems — Use Dual Monitor Emulation (split-screen viewing) to see near-site people, far-site people, and content on one monitor. Dual Monitor Emulation was designed for 16x9 displays, but it can be used with standard 4x3 displays effectively.

Single monitor VGA for VSX 5000, VSX 6000A, VSX 7000s, VSX 7000e, or VSX 8000 — Connect a VGA monitor or projector as your primary display device.

Automatic camera tracking — Configure VSX systems with a Polycom PowerCam™ Plus to track to the speaker’s voice or to camera presets.

Multipoint capabilities — VSX 3000, VSX 3000A, VSX 7000, VSX 7000s, and VSX 7000e systems with an internal MCU can host multipoint calls that include up to four video sites, plus one audio site. The VSX 8000 provides multipoint support for calls that include up to six video sites, plus one audio site.

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Enhanced User Experience

Customizable home screen — Customize the home screen to support different types of users:

Novice users — Offer just a few options, so users need little or no training.

Advanced users — Provide a wide range of video conferencing features.

Customizable look and feel — Set up the workspace to suit your environment.

Screen colors and tones — Change the colors, ring tones, and error tones to suit the décor and environment.

Camera names and icons — Name each video source and assign it an industry-specific icon so users can easily identify it during meetings.

Support for ViewStation® users — Configure the workspace with the classic ViewStation look to build on users’ experience with ViewStation video conferencing systems.

Call Scheduler — Use the calendar and call scheduling feature to schedule video conferences. The system automatically calls the site you selected on the date and time you specified. For recurring calls, you can indicate whether you want the system to automatically make the call daily, weekly, or monthly.

Easy Installation

Firewall (UPnP™) support — VSX systems offer support for routers that support UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) NAT traversal, extending the reach of video conferencing systems into homes and small businesses.

Easy configuration wizard — The system setup wizard detects your network connections and guides you through configuring the system to work on an IP network or an ISDN.

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Security

Use AES encryption — Enable the AES encryption option to automatically encrypt calls to other AES-capable systems, without external encryption equipment.

Connect encryption equipment to the system — Add the optional serial V.35/RS-449/RS-530 network interface module to the VSX 7000,

VSX 7000s, VSX 7000e, or VSX 8000 system.

Use an optical dialing isolator — The serial V.35/RS-449/RS-530 network interface module supports NSA-approved optical dialing isolators.

Control remote access — The local administrator can specify which remote management interfaces can be used — FTP, Telnet, or the VSX Web interface. The local administrator can configure a separate password for remote management.

Set the web access port — Enhance call security by specifying the web access port to be used by VSX systems.

Enable Security Mode — Security Mode is based on Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 using 168-bit Triple-DES. These protocols encrypt management communication over IP, preventing access by unauthorized users.

Remote Management

Room monitoring — Administrators of VSX systems can monitor meeting rooms in or out of a call using the Web Director feature in VSX Web.

Language independence — Use VSX Web in your language to configure and administer systems running in any other language.

Secure remote management — The local administrator’s password on the system prevents users from changing system configuration while allowing you to manage the system remotely.

Remote system configuration — Run the system setup wizard from your web browser to get the system up and running remotely.

Call Detail Reports — Access the system’s call history from VSX Web. You can download the data to a spreadsheet application for sorting and formatting.

Remote diagnostics — Tools in VSX Web allow you to identify and correct issues that affect the user’s experience.

SNMP Reporting — VSX systems send SNMP reports to indicate conditions.

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Setting Up Your System Hardware

This chapter provides information to supplement the setup sheets provided with your system and its optional components. A printed copy of the system setup sheet is provided with each VSX system. PDF versions of the system setup sheets are available at www.polycom.com/videodocumentation.

System Back Panel Views

These illustrations identify the systems’ back panel connectors.

VSX 3000 and VSX 3000A Connector Panel

The connectors face downward on the VSX 3000 and VSX 3000A systems. This is a view from underneath the system.

Composite video input to system

Audio input to system

For video from camera or VCR/DVD

For audio from VCR/DVD

Stereo output from system

 

For desktop speakers

 

BRI ports

 

For ISDN calls

 

(Not present on

 

IP-only

 

systems)

 

LAN port

For IP or SIP calls, People+Content IP, and VSX Web

Power connector

For power supply

Power switch

(one of three)

VGA input to system

For computer to use system as a computer monitor

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VSX 5000 Back Panel

Conference link

For Polycom microphone, SoundStation VTX 1000, or Visual Concert VSX

VCR/DVD input to system

For VCR/DVD to play content into calls

RS-232 serial port

For RS-232 device

Power connector

 

For power supply

101010

24V

3A

 

LAN

LAN port

For IP or SIP calls, People+Content IP, and VSX Web

 

S-Video output from system

 

For second S-Video monitor

 

2

 

Power switch

1

VGA

 

 

VGA output from system

 

For VGA monitor or projector

S-Video output

Audio output from system

For main monitor audio, or

from system

for external speaker system

For main monitor

 

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VSX 6000 Back Panel

RS-232 serial port

For RS-232 device

Additional display connector

For additional display adapter to connect a monitor or projector

VCR/DVD input to system

For VCR/DVD to play content into calls

Power switch

Power connector

For power supply

Conference link

For Polycom microphone, SoundStation VTX 1000, or Visual Concert VSX

0101

VGA

2

3

1

LAN

S-Video output from system

For main monitor

LAN port

For IP or SIP calls, People+Content IP, and VSX Web

Audio output from system

For VCR/DVD to record call audio, or for external speaker system

Composite video output from system

For VCR/DVD to record call video, or for composite TV monitor

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VSX 6000A Back Panel

Conference link

For Polycom microphone, SoundStation VTX 1000, or Visual Concert VSX

VCR/DVD input to system

For VCR/DVD to play content into calls

RS-232 serial port

For RS-232 device

Power connector

For power supply

 

 

 

 

S-Video output from system

 

 

 

 

For second S-Video monitor

 

 

 

 

Not enabled if monitor 1 is

 

 

 

 

VGA

 

101010

 

 

2

 

 

 

Power switch

 

 

 

 

24V

3A

LAN

1

VGA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VGA output from system

LAN port

 

 

 

For VGA monitor or projector

 

 

 

 

For IP or SIP calls,

 

 

 

People+Content IP,

 

S-Video output

Audio output from system

and VSX Web

 

For external speaker system

from system

For main monitor

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VSX 7000 Back Panel

RS-232 serial port

For touch panel, second camera control, or other RS-232 device

Additional display connector

For additional display adapter to connect a monitor or projector

VCR/DVD input to system

For VCR/DVD to play content into calls

S-Video input to system

For additional camera

Power connector

For subwoofer (houses power supply and optional network interface module)

 

0101

VGA

Power switch

2

2

3

 

1

LAN

S-Video output from system

For main monitor

Conference link

For Polycom microphone,

SoundStation VTX 1000, or

Visual Concert VSX

LAN port

For IP or SIP calls, People+Content IP, and VSX Web

Audio output from system

For VCR/DVD to record call audio, or for external speaker system

Composite video output from system

For VCR/DVD to record call video, or for composite monitor

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VSX 7000s Back Panel

Conference link

For Polycom microphone, SoundStation VTX 1000, or Visual Concert VSX

RS-232 serial port

For touch panel, second camera control, or other RS-232 device

VCR/DVD input to system

For VCR/DVD to play content into calls

S-Video input to system

For additional camera

Audio output from system

For external speaker system

VGA output from system

For VGA monitor or projector

Power connector

For subwoofer (houses power supply and optional network interface module)

LAN port

For IP or SIP calls, People+Content IP, and VSX Web

101010

24V 3A

2

 

 

2

Power switch

LAN

1

VGA

 

 

 

 

 

 

S-Video output from system

 

 

 

For second S-Video monitor

VCR/DVD output from system

S-Video output from system

For main monitor

For VCR/DVD to record calls

 

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VSX 7000e Back Panel

VCR/DVD input to

 

Camera 1 control

S-Video input to system

 

For main camera

system

 

connector

For VCR/DVD to

 

For camera 1 PTZ

S-Video input to

play content into

 

control

calls

 

 

system

 

Analog phone

 

For additional

Line level audio

 

camera

port

 

 

 

input to system

 

 

 

For analog

 

VGA input to system

For ImageShare II,

 

phone line

 

For ImageShare II or

computer, or other

 

 

 

computer VGA output

audio source

 

 

 

 

 

 

Network interface

 

 

Power connector

bay

 

 

 

 

For power cord

For network

 

 

 

 

 

 

interface module

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

VCR/DVD

VCR/DVDoutput from system

For VCR/DVD to record

RS-232 serial ports

For touch panel, camera control, or other RS-232 device

S-Video output from system

For main monitor

S-Video output from system

For additional S-Video monitor

90-250VAC 50/60Hz 4A

 

1

2

PC CARD

1

VGA

 

 

2

 

IOIOIO

2

VGA 2

 

 

LAN

Audio output

VGA output

from system

from system

For external

For VGA monitor

speaker system

or projector

Conference link

For Polycom microphone or SoundStation VTX 1000

LAN port

For IP or SIP calls, People+Content IP, and VSX Web

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VSX 8000 Back Panel

VCR/DVD input

Analog phone

 

to system

port

Camera 1 control

For VCR/DVD to

For analog

play content into

phone line

connector

calls

IR sensor

For main camera

 

PTZ control

 

input to

 

Balanced audio

system

 

For external

 

input to system

IR sensor

 

For mixer or powered

 

 

microphones

 

 

Network interface

 

 

bay

 

 

For network interface

 

 

module

 

 

Camera 1 Y and C input to system

For main camera

S-Video input to system

For a second camera

VGA input to system

For ImageShare II or computer VGA output

Power connector

For power cord

90-250VAC 50/60Hz 4A

IR

 

 

 

 

 

3

1

1

 

PC CARD

 

 

2

VGA

 

VCR/DVD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

IOIOIO

 

 

 

 

1

2

 

 

VGA

LAN

Balanced audio output from system

For external audio equipment

VCR/DVD output from system

For VCR/DVD to record

RS-232 serial ports

For touch panel, camera control, or other RS-232 device

Monitor 1 Y and C output from system

For main monitor

Conference link

For Polycom microphone or

SoundStation VTX 1000

 

LAN port

 

For IP or SIP calls,

 

People+Content IP,

 

and VSX Web

S-Video output

VGA output from system

from system

For additional

For VGA monitor or projector

S-Video monitor

 

 

Audio output from system

 

For external speaker system

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Positioning the System

Position the system so that the camera does not face toward a window or other source of bright light.

Place the camera and display together so that people at your site face the camera when they face the far site display.

Positioning Desktop Systems

The VSX 3000 and VSX 3000A systems are personal video conferencing systems for the desktop. These systems include a video conferencing codec, 17-inch monitor, two microphones, and two speakers.

To position the system:

¾Place the VSX 3000 or VSX 3000A system on your desktop or on a table in a small conference room, leaving enough space so that you can connect the cables easily.

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If you need to place the system face-down to connect the cables, make sure that the camera does not touch the work surface. The weight of the system can damage the camera mount.

Positioning Set-top Systems

The VSX 5000, VSX 6000, VSX 6000A, VSX 7000, and VSX 7000s systems are designed to be placed on top of a monitor. You can order a shelf that can be mounted on a wall or placed on top of a flat-panel monitor.

If you received a network interface module with your system, you may find it convenient to install it before positioning the system. Refer to the installation sheet that you received with the network interface module.

To position the system:

1.The hardware kit you received with the system includes a pair of self-adhesive feet. If the monitor’s chassis slopes back sharply, install the feet on the bottom of the system to stabilize it.

Feet

2.Place the system in the desired location, with the rounded front portion hanging over the front of the monitor or shelf. Leave enough space to work, so that you can connect the cables easily.

3.Remove the packaging collar from around the VSX system camera.

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Positioning Component Systems

The VSX 7000e and VSX 8000 systems are designed to be placed on a tabletop or in an equipment rack.

If you received a network interface module with your system, you may find it convenient to install it before positioning the system. Refer to the installation sheet that you received with the network interface module.

To position the system:

1.Install the mounting brackets on the system if you need to mount it in an equipment rack, or install the self-adhesive feet if you will place the system on a table or shelf.

2.Place the system in the desired location. Leave enough space to work, so that you can connect the cables easily.

3.Place the camera on or near the monitor displaying the far site so that people look towards the camera during calls.

Connecting to the LAN

All VSX systems can be connected to a LAN to make IP calls.

You must connect the system to a LAN to:

Make IP or SIP calls

Use the Global Directory Server

Use VSX Web or People+Content IP

Update system software using the Polycom Softupdate program

The back panel view for your system shows the location of the LAN connector. Refer to the previous section, System Back Panel Views. The setup sheet for your system also provides this information.

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Connecting to Other Networks

The following network interface modules are available with some VSX systems:

BRI — Allows you to connect to an ISDN network using up to four BRI lines.

PRI — Allows you to connect to an ISDN network using a PRI line.

V.35/RS-449/RS-530 — Allows you to connect to third-party network equipment, including encryption equipment and RS-366 dialers.

The table below shows the network interfaces available for each model.

 

ISDN - BRI

ISDN - PRI

V.35/RS-449/RS-530

 

 

 

 

VSX 3000

Built in to model with IP

Not Available

Not Available

VSX 3000A

and ISDN

 

 

 

 

 

 

VSX 5000

Available in a separate

Not Available

Not Available

 

housing

 

 

 

 

 

 

VSX 6000

Not Available

Not Available

Not Available

VSX 6000A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VSX 7000

Available

Available

Available

 

 

 

 

 

Network interface modules fit into subwoofer housing

 

 

 

 

VSX 7000s

Available

Available

Available

 

 

 

 

 

Network interface modules fit into subwoofer housing

 

 

 

 

VSX 7000e

Available

Available

Available

 

 

 

 

 

Network interface modules fit into back panel

 

 

 

 

VSX 8000

Available

Available

Available

 

 

 

 

 

Network interface modules fit into back panel

 

 

 

 

When you purchase a network interface module, you receive a setup sheet that shows how to install it in your system.

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Connecting Desktop Systems to the ISDN BRI Network

The VSX 3000 and VSX 3000A desktop systems are available with or without the built-in Quad BRI network interface. The setup sheet for the IP with ISDN system shows how to connect it to a BRI network.

If you purchased the VSX 3000 or VSX 3000A system with IP and ISDN, you will need:

NT-1 device, if the system will be connected to a network that provides a U interface

Up to 4 BRI lines that will not be shared with other equipment

If you connect fewer than four BRI ports on the system’s network interface module, connect them in ascending order, starting with port 1.

The diagram below shows a general view of how to connect the VSX 3000 or VSX 3000A system to the ISDN using the Quad BRI network interface.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VSX 3000 or

 

 

 

 

 

NT-1 device

 

ISDN

 

 

 

 

 

 

VSX 3000A with

 

 

 

(if not connecting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IP and ISDN

 

 

 

 

 

 

to a PBX)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Connecting Set-top and Component Systems to ISDN or Other Networks

If you received a network interface module with your system, you may find it convenient to install it before positioning the system. Refer to the setup sheet that you received with the network interface module.

You will need the following network hardware:

If your network is...

You will need

 

 

BRI

NT-1 device, if the system will be connected to a

 

 

network that provides a U interface. Do not use an

 

 

NT-1 device if your PBX network provides an S/T

 

 

interface.

 

Up to 4 BRI lines that will not be shared with other

 

 

equipment.

 

If you connect fewer than four BRI ports on the

 

system’s network interface module, connect them in

 

ascending order, starting with port 1.

 

 

PRI

PBX crossover cable, if required for your PBX.

(North America and

Channel Service Unit (CSU) — not required if you

Japan)

 

connect the system to a PBX network.

 

 

 

PRI line.

 

 

PRI

75 W coaxial adapter, if the network connection is

(outside North America

 

via a 75 W coaxial cable.

and Japan)

PBX crossover cable, if required for your PBX.

 

 

PRI line.

 

 

Serial

Third-party network equipment and cables.

V.35/RS-449/ RS-530

Contact your network equipment vendor to obtain the

 

appropriate cables for the equipment you connect to

 

this interface. If you use only one cable, connect it to

 

port 1 of the network interface module and to the

 

lowest-numbered port of the data communications

 

equipment.

 

 

 

The diagram below shows a general view of how network interface modules are connected in set-top and component VSX systems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional device

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Network

 

Examples:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VSX system

 

interface

 

Quad BRI — NT-1

 

Network

 

 

 

 

 

module

 

PRI — CSU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

V.35/RS-449/RS-530 —

 

 

 

 

 

 

encryption equipment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Connecting Cameras

All VSX systems allow you to connect a second camera or other video source. The component systems require that you connect at least one camera so that your site can send video.

Connecting Document Cameras to Desktop Systems

You can connect a document camera to show detailed close-up views of printed documents or other small items. The VSX 3000 and VSX 3000A systems provide one composite video input.

Refer to the system setup sheet for information about connecting a document camera.

Connecting Cameras to Set-top Systems

VSX 7000 and VSX 7000s systems provide an S-Video input for a second camera. You can connect a camera to the VCR video input on the VSX 5000, VSX 6000, or VSX 6000A system. On the VSX 6000 and VSX 6000A systems, the video input is for a composite video signal. Refer to the release notes for a list of supported PTZ cameras.

VSX 5000, VSX 6000, and VSX 6000A systems do not provide pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) control for a second camera.

You can use the RS-232 serial port on the VSX 7000 or VSX 7000s system for camera control. Refer to your system’s setup sheet for connection details.

Connecting Cameras to Component Systems

If you have a component system, you need to connect a camera to the system so that people at other sites can see your site. Refer to your system’s setup sheet for connection details.

The component systems provide S-video connections for two cameras. The VSX 8000 system provides the S-video signal to the main camera through BNC connectors. Refer to the release notes for a list of supported PTZ cameras.

You can configure a VSX 7000e or VSX 8000 system with a Polycom PowerCam Plus to track to the speaker’s voice or to camera presets.

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Points to note about automatic camera tracking with the PowerCam Plus camera:

Automatic camera tracking works best at distances of 15 feet (4.6 m) or less.

Automatic camera tracking works best if you face the camera when you speak.

Leave at least one foot (0.3 m) of space above, behind, to the right, and to the left of the camera. Echoes from nearby surfaces interfere with tracking.

Automatic camera tracking works best in rooms with good acoustics.

For information about user interface settings required for automatic camera tracking, refer to Configuring Automatic Camera Tracking on page 4-4.

Using a Desktop System as the Monitor for a Computer

You can use the VSX 3000 or VSX 3000A system as a high-resolution XGA display for your computer, as shown on the system setup sheet.

To use the VSX 3000 or VSX 3000A system as the monitor for a computer:

1.Connect the VGA cable from the VGA connector on the back of the

VSX 3000 or VSX 3000A system to the VGA connector on your computer.

2.To use the system’s built-in speakers for your computer’s audio, connect an audio cable from your computer to the audio input connector on the left side of the VSX 3000 or VSX 3000A system.

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Connecting Monitors and Projectors

If you have a set-top or component system, you need to connect a monitor to the system to see the people at the far site. Refer to your system’s setup sheet for connection details. The following table shows the different ways you can connect monitors to a VSX system. The main monitor is the monitor that displays the VSX system user interface.

VSX System

Main Monitor

Second Monitor

 

 

 

VSX 5000, VSX 6000, VSX 6000A,

TV (NTSC or PAL)

None

VSX 7000, VSX 7000s, VSX 7000e,

 

 

VSX 8000

 

 

 

 

 

VSX 5000, VSX 6000, VSX 6000A,

TV (NTSC or PAL)

TV (NTSC or PAL)

VSX 7000, VSX 7000s, VSX 7000e,

 

 

VSX 8000

 

 

 

 

 

VSX 5000, VSX 6000, VSX 6000A,

TV (NTSC or PAL)

VGA monitor

VSX 7000, VSX 7000s, VSX 7000e,

 

 

VSX 8000

 

 

 

 

 

VSX 5000, VSX 6000A, VSX 7000s,

VGA monitor

Not available

VSX 7000e, VSX 8000

 

 

 

 

 

Make sure the settings on your monitor are appropriate for video conferencing applications. For more information about configuring your monitor’s settings, refer to Adjusting the Monitor’s Color Balance, Sharpness, and Brightness on page 4-12.

Connecting Monitors to Set-Top Systems

If you have a VSX 5000, VSX 6000A, or VSX 7000s system, you can use a VGA monitor instead of a TV monitor.

You can add the optional components described in the following sections.

Additional TV Monitor

The set-top systems provide a second S-Video output for a TV monitor. If you have a VSX 6000 or VSX 7000 system, you need an additional display adapter to connect a second monitor.

Because of their screen resolution, TV monitors are best for showing people and for playing recorded material from VCR or DVD players.

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VGA Monitor or Projector

The set-top systems provide a VGA output for a computer monitor or projector. If you have a VSX 6000 or VSX 7000 system, you need an additional display adapter to connect a VGA monitor or projector.

Because of their screen resolution, VGA monitors and projectors are best for showing content from computers.

Connecting Monitors to Component Systems

You can connect either a TV monitor or a VGA monitor to your VSX system.

The component systems provide S-video connections for the main TV monitor.

On the VSX 8000 system, the main monitor uses BNC connectors.

You can add the optional components described in the following sections.

Additional TV Monitor

The component systems provide a second S-Video output for a TV monitor.

This uses a standard mini-DIN connector.

VGA Monitor or Projector

The component systems provide a VGA output for a computer monitor or projector.

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Connecting Microphones or a SoundStation VTX 1000

If you have a set-top system or a component system, you must connect at least one microphone or a SoundStation VTX 1000 conference phone so that your site can send audio.

About Polycom Microphones and the SoundStation VTX 1000

Polycom microphones each contain three microphone elements for 360° coverage.

The SoundStation VTX 1000 conference phone uses a similar design, and behaves the same way as a Polycom microphone.

Microphone elements in the

Microphone elements in the

Polycom microphone

SoundStation VTX 1000

 

 

 

conference phone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Microphone coverage shown from above

Monaural operation

Using StereoSurround

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The microphone and the SoundStation VTX 1000 both pick up sound from the sides.

For best audio, place the microphone or SoundStation VTX 1000:

On a hard, flat surface (table, wall, or ceiling) away from obstructions, so the sound will be directed into the microphone elements properly.

Near the people closest to the monitor.

In large conference rooms, you may need more than one microphone. If you are using a SoundStation VTX 1000, you may need to connect its extension microphones.

Connecting Polycom Microphones to Set-Top or Component Systems

To pick up audio from your site, you must connect a microphone or a SoundStation VTX 1000 conference phone to the system. Refer to your system’s setup sheet for connection details.

You can use a Polycom microphone or a SoundStation VTX 1000 with the system, but the two may not be used together.

You may place the microphones on the table, or you may mount them to the ceiling. A ceiling mount kit is available for Polycom microphones.

You can connect two additional Polycom microphones to a VSX 7000, VSX 7000s, or component VSX system.

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The following diagram shows microphone connection options for VSX set-top systems.

.

Any set-top or component system

VSX 7000 or any component system

VSX 7000 or any component system

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50 ft (15 m)

 

 

30 ft (9 m)

 

 

30 ft (9 m)

 

2457-20910-050

 

 

2457-20910-003

 

 

 

 

2457-20910-003

 

or 30 ft (9 m)

 

 

or 10 ft (3 m)

 

 

or 10 ft (3 m)

 

2457-20910-001

 

 

2457-20910-002

 

 

 

 

2457-20910-002

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ferrite bead must be at the end connected to the system.

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Placing Polycom Microphones to Send Stereo from Your Site

The VSX 7000, VSX 7000s, and component VSX systems allow you to send stereo using any valid number of Polycom microphones.

If you use a single microphone to send stereo, one microphone element picks up audio from the left side of the room, one picks up the right side of the room, and the third is not used.

Stereo using one

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

microphone

Stereo using two microphones

Stereo using three microphones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

not used

 

left

right

 

 

left

 

not used

 

right

left

right

left

left

right

right

left

left

left

right right

right

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

not used

 

 

 

 

not used

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

left

right

 

 

 

left

right

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

not used

 

 

 

 

 

not used

 

 

 

left

right

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

left

right

 

 

 

 

not used

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

left

right

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The following illustrations show microphone placement for different room layouts.

One Microphone

Two Microphones

Three Microphones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round Table

Square Table

Long Table

Wide Table

Place microphones so that:

The logo on each microphone points toward the monitor.

The microphone closest to the monitor is parallel with, or in front of, the person nearest the monitor.

After you power on the system, you will need to configure the system to send stereo as described in Configuring StereoSurround Settings on page 4-25.

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Connecting a SoundStation VTX 1000 to a Set-top or Component System

You can connect a SoundStation VTX 1000 conference phone in place of a Polycom microphone. In large rooms, you may also need to use the extension microphones provided with the SoundStation VTX 1000. Refer to your system’s setup sheet and the setup sheet provided with the

SoundStation VTX 1000 for connection details.

You can use a Polycom microphone or a SoundStation VTX 1000 with the system, but the two may not be used together. The following table shows valid and non-valid equipment configurations using the SoundStation VTX 1000 conference phone.

This is valid:

This is not valid:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To take advantage of the latest integration features, the VSX system requires version 8.0 or later software and the SoundStation VTX 1000 requires version 1.5 or later software.

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Placing a SoundStation VTX 1000 Phone to Send Stereo from Your Site

The VSX set-top and component systems allow you to send stereo using a SoundStation VTX 1000 conference phone, with or without extension microphones.

The SoundStation VTX 1000 contains three microphone elements, just as Polycom microphones do. When StereoSurround is enabled, one microphone element picks up audio from the left side of the room, one picks up the right side of the room, and the third is disabled, as shown in the following diagram.

Stereo using a

Stereo using a

SoundStation VTX 1000

SoundStation VTX 1000with

 

microphones

 

not used

 

not used

 

left

 

right

left

right

left

right

The following illustrations show how to place the SoundStation VTX 1000 conference phone for different room layouts.

SoundStation

SoundStation

VTX 1000 with

VTX 1000

microphones

Round Table

Square Table

Long Table

Wide Table

Position the SoundStation VTX 1000 so that:

The keypad should be pointing away from the monitor.

The SoundStation VTX 1000 should be parallel with, or in front of, the person nearest the monitor.

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Connecting Powered Microphones or a Mixer to a VSX 8000 Component System

You can connect two powered microphones directly to the VSX 8000 system, or you can connect several studio-type microphones to the VSX 8000 system through an audio mixer.

The VSX 8000 is designed to work with Polycom Vortex mixers. For top performance, you need Vortex firmware 2.5.2 or later, Conference Composer™ version 2.7.0 or later, and VSX system software version 8.5 or later. Refer to your system’s setup sheet for connection details.

Connecting Speakers

You can connect speakers to any VSX system. Some VSX systems have built-in speakers.

Connecting Speakers or Headphones to Desktop Systems

You can connect desktop speakers to provide better audio for the VSX 3000 or VSX 3000A system if you place it in a large room, or you can connect headphones to listen to calls privately. The system’s speaker connector is on the system’s right side panel, and the headphone connector is on the front of the system.

Refer to your system’s setup sheet for connection details.

Connecting Speakers to Set-top Systems

If you have a VSX 5000, you must connect speakers to play audio from the far site. You can use the speakers built into the main monitor.

The other set-top systems have built-in speakers. You can connect an external speaker system such as the Polycom StereoSurround kit to provide more volume and richer sound in large rooms. Refer to your system’s setup sheet for connection details.

Connecting Speakers to Component Systems

You must connect at least one speaker to play audio from the far site. You can use the speakers built into the main monitor, or you can connect an external speaker system such as the Polycom StereoSurround kit to provide more volume and richer sound in large rooms. Refer to your system’s setup sheet for connection details.

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Placing Speakers to Play Stereo from Far Sites

The Polycom StereoSurround kit is designed for use with VSX systems. It includes two speakers and a subwoofer. If you do not choose to connect external speakers, you can use your monitor’s speakers to receive stereo.

You cannot receive stereo with a set-top VSX system using the system’s built-in speaker.

When you set up the system for StereoSurround, the left microphone and speaker should be on the left from the local room perspective. The system reverses the left and right channels for the far site, as shown in the following illustration. This ensures that the sound comes from the appropriate side of the room.

Left

 

 

Right

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Right

Left

Sending stereo

Receiving stereo

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Place the speaker connected to the audio system’s right channel on the right side of the system, and the other speaker on the left side. For best results, place the speakers about 60° apart as seen from the center of the conference table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Right speaker

Left speaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connect to left

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connect to right

 

 

 

 

 

 

audio output

audio output

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(red)

(white)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

60˚

If you are using a subwoofer, place it beside a wall or in a corner near the speakers.

Connecting Content Sharing Equipment

All VSX systems can play VCR tapes or DVDs into calls. All set-top and component VSX systems also provide ways to show material from your computer.

Connecting VCR/DVDs

You can connect a VCR/DVD to any VSX system to play VCR tapes or DVDs into calls. If your system is a VSX 6000, VSX 7000, VSX 7000s, or component system, you can also connect a VCR/DVD to record your video conferences.

To set up a VCR or DVD to play:

¾On the VCR/DVD, connect the outputs to the VCR/DVD inputs on the VSX system. The system’s VCR/DVD inputs are on the top row of connectors. Refer to your system’s setup sheet for connection details.

The microphone inputs remain active while the VCR/DVD is playing. Call participants may wish to mute the microphones while playing VCR/DVD content.

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To connect a VCR or DVD to record:

¾On the VCR/DVD, connect the inputs to the VCR/DVD outputs on the VSX system. The system’s VCR/DVD outputs are on the bottom row of connectors. Refer to your system’s setup sheet for connection details.

For information about configuring the VSX system to record video conferences, refer to Recording a Call to Videotape or DVD on page 4-18.

Connecting a Visual Concert VSX to Set-top Systems

To show material from your computer, you may connect a Visual Concert VSX unit to any set-top system in the VSX series. Refer to Setting up the Visual Concert VSX for connection details.

The Quick Tips for Visual Concert VSX provides information for people using the device in meetings.

Points to note about Visual Concert VSX:

You can use Visual Concert VSX with a Polycom microphone or a SoundStation VTX 1000 conference phone, but not with both.

This is valid:

This is not valid:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can use Visual Concert VSX with two Polycom microphones if you have a VSX 7000 or VSX 7000s system.

When you use Visual Concert VSX with a microphone or with two microphones, the order in which you connect them does not matter.

The Visual Concert VSX and the VSX system require separate LAN connections. The Visual Concert VSX provides LAN connections for three computers, including the one sharing content.

You can connect a VGA monitor or projector directly to the Visual Concert VSX. This lets the people at your site see content from your computer at its original resolution. The resolution may be reduced if you display it on a VGA monitor connected to the VSX system.

You will need to set the computer’s screen resolution to match the VGA output of the Visual Concert VSX.

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The following diagram shows supported cable configurations for connecting a Visual Concert VSX with one microphone or two microphones.

VSX 5000

VSX 6000

VSX 6000A

VSX 7000

VSX 7000s

50 ft (15 m)

2457-20910-050 or 30 ft (9 m) 2457-20910-001

The ferrite bead must be at the end connected to the system.

.

The Visual Concert VSX and microphones may be connected in any order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 ft (9 m)

 

 

 

30 ft (9 m)

 

 

 

 

 

2457-20910-003

 

2457-20910-003

 

 

 

 

or 10 ft (3 m)

 

 

or 10 ft (3 m)

 

 

 

2457-20910-002

 

2457-20910-002

 

 

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The following diagram shows supported cable configurations for connecting a Visual Concert VSX with a SoundStation VTX 1000 conference phone.

VSX 5000

VSX 6000

VSX 6000A

VSX 7000

VSX 7000s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50 ft (15 m)

 

10 ft (9 m)

 

2457-20910-050

 

 

 

2457-21624-001

 

 

 

or 30 ft (9 m)

 

or 3 ft (0.9 m)

 

2457-20910-001

 

 

 

2457-21625-001

 

 

 

The ferrite bead must be at the end connected to the system.

The Visual Concert VSX and the SoundStation VTX 1000 must be connected in this order.

Connecting an ImageShare II to Component Systems

To show material from your computer, you may connect an ImageShare II unit to any component system in the VSX series. The ImageShare II gives you control over whether others can see what is displayed on your computer.

Refer to your system’s setup sheet for connection details.

Connecting Computers to Component Systems

You can connect your computer directly to a VSX 7000e or VSX 8000 system. When you do this, other call participants see everything that you see on your computer.

Refer to your system’s setup sheet for connection details.

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Connecting Control and Accessibility Equipment

The VSX 5000, VSX 7000, and VSX 7000s systems provide one RS-232 port; the VSX 7000e and VSX 8000 systems provide two. You can use the RS-232 serial ports to:

Connect a modem and use a closed captioning service

Pass data from a device connected to your system to a device connected to the far site system

Control the system through a touch-panel using the API

Provide control signals for an additional camera

Provide control signals for a Polycom Vortex mixer (VSX 8000)

You will need to configure the RS-232 equipment according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and you will need to configure the RS-232 serial port on the system exactly the same way.

Connecting Closed Captioning Equipment

The VSX system can receive closed captioning from equipment connected directly to the RS-232 serial port, or from a captioning service via modem or VSX Web.

To connect a modem to receive closed captioning:

1.Connect a null modem adapter to the RS-232 serial port.

2.Connect an RS-232 cable to the modem and to the null modem adapter.

3.Connect the modem to a phone line.

You may need to configure the modem to answer automatically. You may also need to configure it to ignore DTR signals.

You must set the baud rate of the RS-232 serial port and the modem to the same speed. You will also need to configure the RS-232 serial port for Closed Caption. Refer to Configuring for Use with a Modem on page 4-30.

Connecting Touch-Panel Controls

You can connect an AMX or Crestron control panel to the system’s RS-232 serial port as part of a custom room installation. You will need to program the control panel. Refer to the Integrator’s Reference Manual for the VSX Series for information about the API commands.

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Connecting IR Sensors to VSX 8000 Systems

The VSX 8000 system provides a connector for an external IR sensor. Refer to your system’s setup sheet for connection details.

The VSX 8000 system is compatible with the following IR sensors:

Xantech® 480-00

Xantech 490-90

Xantech 780-80

Xantech 780-90

The VSX 8000 system is not compatible with the external IR sensor for the

VS4000™ system.

Powering On

Connect power and power on the system after you have connected the rest of the equipment that you will use with it.

The VSX 3000, VSX 3000A, VSX 5000, VSX 6000, and VSX 6000A systems have external power supplies.

The VSX 7000 and VSX 7000s systems come with a separate subwoofer. Power to the system is supplied through the subwoofer.

Do not use any power supply other than the one supplied with your VSX system.

Using the wrong power supply will void the warranty and may damage your system.

Powering On the VSX 3000 or VSX 3000A Desktop System

The VSX 3000 and VSX 3000A systems have three power switches.

To power on the VSX 3000 or VSX 3000A:

1.Press the power switch near the connectors on the back of the system.

2.Press the power switch on the lower back corner of the monitor.

3.Press the power button on the front of the monitor.

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Powering On Set-top and Component Systems

For set-top systems, the power switch is on the back panel.

For component systems, the power switch is on the front. The indicator light in the switch provides this information:

Light is green — system is powered on

Light changes to from green to red, then to blue — system is powering off

Light is blue — system is powered off

Light is off — system is not connected to power

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3

Configuring Network Use

This chapter lists the information you need to get your network ready for video conferencing. Once you’ve gathered that information, you can begin configuring the system’s network options. Details on how to perform this configuration are also included in this chapter.

When you power on your system for the first time, the setup wizard detects the system’s IP and ISDN connections and leads you through the minimum configuration steps required to place a call.

If you need to change any of the initial settings to accommodate your organization’s environment, you can manually adjust them using the screens described in this chapter.

Note that if you establish an administrator’s password during the setup wizard, you will need to enter it each time you wish to change administrative settings.

Getting the Network Ready

Before you begin configuring the network options, you must make sure your network is ready for video conferencing.

To begin, refer to the Preparing Your Network for Collaboration document, available at www.polycom.com/videodocumentation. This document contains information you need to prepare your network, such as worksheets that will help you order ISDN.

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Network Connectivity Checklist

You will need this information to make and receive video calls at your site:

 

 

Should be provided by

If...

This information:

your:

 

 

 

Your system is using a

IP address

IP Network Service Provider

static IP address

 

or system administrator

 

 

 

 

System name

System administrator

 

 

 

Your network uses a

Gatekeeper address

IP Network Service Provider

gatekeeper

 

or system administrator

 

 

 

Your system is behind a

Firewall information

IP Network Service Provider

firewall

 

or system administrator

 

 

 

You are using BRI, PRI,

ISDN address (for BRI,

ISDN Service Provider

or V.35/RS-449/RS-530

PRI or

 

 

V.35/RS-449/RS-530

 

 

capability)

 

 

 

 

You are using ISDN

ISDN switch protocols

ISDN Service Provider

 

 

 

You are using ISDN and

SPIDs (North America

ISDN Service Provider

are in North America

only)

 

 

 

 

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Configuring with the Setup Wizard

When you power on your system for the first time, the setup wizard detects the system’s IP and ISDN connections and leads you through the minimum configuration steps required to place a call. If you need more information about these steps, refer to the corresponding sections in this chapter. This guide covers network types used worldwide. Please note that not all network types are available in all countries.

The setup wizard allows you to set a room password, which allows you to limit access to the Admin Settings. The default room password is the 14-digit system serial number.

Make sure you can recall the room password if you set one. If you forget the password, you will have to reset the system, delete the system files, and run the setup wizard again in order to access the Admin Settings and reset the password.

If Security Mode is enabled, the room password is required to access the Reset System screen. If you forget the room password while the system is in Security Mode, contact your Polycom distributor or Polycom Technical Support.

You can run the setup wizard or view the configuration screens in either of these two ways.

In the room with the system — Use the remote control to navigate the screens and enter information. You can use the number pad on the remote control to enter text just like you can with a cell phone.

From a remote location — Use a web browser to access VSX Web. For more information about using VSX Web, refer to Managing the System Remotely on page 5-1.

You can use VSX Web to configure all of the system settings except the remote management settings. These settings must be configured on the local system by an administrator. For more information about VSX Web, refer to Accessing VSX Web on page 5-1.

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Configuring LAN Properties

If your system is part of a LAN, use this section to configure the system to work with the LAN.

To configure LAN properties:

1.Go to System > Admin Settings > LAN Properties.

2.Configure these settings:

Setting

Description

 

 

Connect to my

Specifies whether the system is part of the LAN.

LAN

Changing this setting causes the system to restart.

 

 

Host Name

Indicates the system’s DNS name.

 

Changing this setting causes the system to restart.

 

 

IP Address

Specifies how the system obtains an IP address.

 

• Obtain IP address automatically — Select if the

 

system gets an IP address from the DHCP server on the

 

LAN.

 

• Enter IP address manually — Select if the IP address

 

will not be assigned automatically.

 

Changing this setting causes the system to restart.

 

 

Your IP Address

If the system obtains its IP address automatically, this area

is

displays the IP address currently assigned to the system.

or

If you selected Enter IP Address Manually, enter the IP

Use the Following

address here. Changing the IP address causes the system

to restart.

IP Address

 

 

 

Domain Name

Displays the domain name currently assigned to the system.

 

If the system does not automatically obtain a domain name,

 

enter one here.

 

 

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3. Select and configure these settings:

Setting

Description

 

 

DNS Servers

Displays the DNS servers currently assigned to the system.

 

If the system does not automatically obtain a DNS server address,

 

enter up to four DNS servers here.

 

Changing this setting causes the system to restart.

 

 

Default

Displays the gateway currently assigned to the system.

Gateway

If the system does not automatically obtain a gateway IP address,

 

enter one here.

 

Changing this setting causes the system to restart.

 

 

Subnet Mask

Displays the subnet mask currently assigned to the system.

 

If the system does not automatically obtain a subnet mask, enter

 

one here.

 

Changing this setting causes the system to restart.

 

 

WINS Server

Displays the WINS server currently assigned to the system.

 

If the system does not automatically obtain a WINS server IP

 

address, enter one here.

 

Changing this setting causes the system to restart.

 

 

WINS

Sends a request to the WINS server for WINS name resolution.

Resolution

 

 

 

LAN Speed

Specify the LAN speed to use. Note that the speed you choose

 

must be supported by the switch.

 

Choose Auto to have the network switch negotiate the speed

 

automatically. If you choose 10 Mbps or 100 Mbps, you must also

 

select a duplex mode.

 

Note: Be sure that the device and the switch settings match.

 

Typically, selecting Auto for both is sufficient. The LAN Speed

 

setting for the VSX system and the switch must match. Polycom

 

strongly recommends that you do not select Auto for either just

 

the VSX system or just the switch; the settings for both must be

 

the same.

 

Changing this setting causes the system to restart.

 

 

Duplex Mode

Specify the Duplex mode to use. Note that the Duplex mode you

 

choose must be supported by the switch.

 

Choose Auto to have the network switch negotiate the Duplex

 

mode automatically.

 

Changing this setting causes the system to restart.

 

 

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Configuring IP Network Support

Use the following sections to configure the system so that users can place and receive video calls using IP on your LAN or WAN:

H.323 Settings, includes Gatekeeper and Gateway

SIP Settings

Quality of Service

Firewall or NAT

Streaming

Specifying H.323 Settings

If your network uses a gatekeeper, the system can automatically register its H.323 name and extension. This allows others to call the system by entering the H.323 name or extension instead of the IP address.

To specify H.323 settings:

1.Go to System > Admin Settings > Network > IP > H.323 Settings.

2.Configure these settings:

Setting

Description

 

 

Display H.323

Lets users placing a gateway call enter the H.323 extension

Extension

separately from the gateway ID.

 

If you do not select this setting, users make gateway calls by

 

entering the call information in this format:

 

gateway ID + ## + extension

 

 

H.323 Name

Specifies the name that gatekeepers and gateways use to

 

identify this system. You can make point-to-point calls using

 

H.323 names if both systems are registered to a gatekeeper.

 

The H.323 Name is the same as the System Name, unless

 

you change it. Your organization’s dial plan may define the

 

names you can use.

 

 

H.323 Extension

Lets users place point-to-point calls using the extension if both

(E.164)

systems are registered with a gatekeeper, and specifies the

 

extension that gatekeepers and gateways use to identify this

 

system.

 

The default H.323 Extension can be changed. Your

 

organization’s dial plan may define the extensions you can

 

use.

 

 

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Configuring the System to Use a Gatekeeper

A gatekeeper is a “network administrator” that supervises network traffic and manages functions such as bandwidth control and admission control. The gatekeeper also handles address translation, which allows users to make calls using static aliases instead of IP addresses that may change each day.

To configure the system to use a gatekeeper:

1.Go to System > Admin Settings > Network > IP > H.323 Settings.

2.Select and configure these settings:

Setting

Description

 

 

Use Gatekeeper

Specifies whether to use a gatekeeper. Gateways and

 

gatekeepers are required for calls between IP and ISDN.

 

• Off — Calls do not use a gatekeeper.

 

• Auto — System automatically finds an available

 

gatekeeper.

 

• Specify — Calls use the specified gatekeeper. Enter the

 

gatekeeper’s IP address or name (for example,

 

gatekeeper.companyname.usa.com, or 10.11.12.13).

 

• Specify with PIN — Calls use the specified E.164

 

address and require an Authentication PIN. This setting

 

is available only when the Avaya® option key is installed.

 

 

H.323 Name

Specifies the name that gatekeepers and gateways use to

 

identify this system. You can make point-to-point calls using

 

H.323 names if both systems are registered to a gatekeeper.

 

The H.323 Name is the same as the System Name, unless

 

you change it. Your organization’s dial plan may define the

 

names you can use.

 

 

H.323 Extension

Lets users place point-to-point calls using the extension if

(E.164)

both systems are registered with a gatekeeper, and specifies

 

the extension that gatekeepers and gateways use to identify

 

this system.

 

The default H.323 Extension is based on the system serial

 

number, but it can be changed. Your organization’s dial plan

 

may define the extensions you can use.

 

 

Gatekeeper IP

If you chose to use an automatically selected gatekeeper,

Address

this area displays the gatekeeper’s IP address.

 

If you chose to specify a gatekeeper, enter the IP address.

 

 

Authentication

Specifies the password PIN to use for authentication with the

PIN

Avaya COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER®. This setting is

 

available when Use Gatekeeper is set to Specify with PIN.

 

 

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Setting

Description

 

 

Use

Lets you specify whether multipoint calls use the system’s

PathNavigator for

internal multipoint capability or the PathNavigator™

Multipoint Calls

Conference on Demand feature. This feature is available only

VSX 3000

if the system is registered with a PathNavigator gatekeeper.

VSX 3000A

 

VSX 5000

 

VSX 7000

 

VSX 7000s

 

VSX 7000e

 

VSX 8000

 

 

 

3. If you chose to specify a gatekeeper, select to specify Alternate

Gatekeepers that the system can use if the primary gatekeeper is not available.

Points to note about PathNavigator’s Conference on Demand feature:

If your organization uses Polycom’s PathNavigator, you can use PathNavigator’s

Conference on Demand feature to place multipoint calls with up to 10 sites.

In order to place calls using PathNavigator, you need to:

Register your VSX system with PathNavigator.

Configure your VSX system to use PathNavigator for multipoint calls (see Configuring the System to Use a Gatekeeper on page 3-7).

Create a multi-site entry in the directory.

When using PathNavigator’s Conference on Demand:

Once the call begins, users cannot add another site to the call — even if the site was in the call originally.

The MGC™ needs to have enough ports available to complete the call. If it does not, the call disconnects.

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Configuring Integration with Avaya Networks

VSX systems with an Avaya option key can use the following features on an Avaya telephony network:

Call forwarding (all, busy, no answer)—Configured by the Avaya COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER (ACM) administrator and implemented by the user

Call coverage—Configured by the ACM administrator

Transfer—Implemented via flash hook and dialing digits

Audio conference—Implemented via flash hook and dialing digits

Call park

Answer back

DTMF tones for Avaya functions

Refer to the Avaya documentation and Getting Started Guide for the VSX Series for information about these features.

To use Avaya features, VSX systems must be configured as follows:

Avaya option key installed

Registered with the ACM

H.239 enabled for content sharing

Auto-answer modes disabled

To install the Avaya option key:

1.Obtain a license number from Avaya, then enter that online at the Polycom Resource Center, along with your VSX system serial number. This returns a key code for the Avaya option.

2.On the VSX system go to System > Admin Settings > General Settings > Options and enter the key code for the Avaya option.

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To configure the VSX system to use Avaya network features:

Go to this screen:

Configure these settings:

 

 

Gatekeeper

Set Use Gatekeeper to Specify with

System > Admin Settings > Network >

PIN.

IP > H.323 Settings > Next

Enter the H.323 Extension (E.164)

 

provided by the ACM administrator.

 

Enter the ACM IP address for

 

Gatekeeper IP Address.

 

Enter the Authentication PIN provided

 

by the ACM administrator.

 

 

Call Preference

Set Enable H.239.

System > Admin Settings > Network >

 

IP > Call Preference

 

 

 

Call Settings

Set Auto-Answer Point to Point and

System > Admin Settings > General

Auto-Answer Multipoint to No.

Settings > System Settings > Call

 

Settings

 

 

 

Configuring the System to Use a Gateway

A gateway performs code and protocol conversion between H.323 (IP) and H.320 (ISDN), so that users on different networks can call one another. If the system is configured to use a gateway, you must also configure it to use a gatekeeper.

To configure the system to use a gateway:

1.Go to System > Admin Settings > Network > IP > H.323 Settings.

2.Select two or three times and configure these settings:

Setting

Description

 

 

Country Code

Specifies the country code for the system’s location.

 

 

Area Code

Specifies the area or city code for the system’s location.

 

 

Number

Specifies the gateway’s number.

 

 

H.323 Extension

Specifies the extension that identifies this system for incoming

(E.164)

gateway calls.

 

The default H.323 Extension can be changed.

 

 

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Configuring Network Use

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Setting

 

Description

 

 

 

 

 

Gateway

 

Specifies the number type users enter to call this system:

 

Number Type

 

• Direct Inward Dial — Users enter an internal extension to

 

 

 

call this system directly.

 

 

 

Note: If you choose this setting, you must also register

 

 

 

the number with the gatekeeper as an E.164 alias.

 

 

 

• Number + Extension — Users enter the gateway number

 

 

 

and the system’s extension to call this system.

 

 

 

 

 

Number of

 

Specifies the number of digits in the DID number.

 

Digits in DID

 

The national or regional dialing plan for your location

 

Number

 

determines the standard number of digits. For instance, the

 

 

 

US standard is 7 digits.

 

 

 

 

 

Number of

 

Specifies the number of digits in the extension used when

 

Digits in

 

Direct Inward Dial is selected.

 

Extension

 

Your organization’s dial plan determines this number.

 

 

 

 

 

3. Select

and enter a prefix or suffix for each bandwidth you want to

allow for gateway calls.

Associating prefixes and suffixes with particular bandwidths on your gateway can optimize the use of bandwidth by your organization. Be sure to configure the gateway to use the same prefixes and suffixes you define for the system.

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Specifying SIP Settings

If your network supports the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), you can use SIP to connect IP calls.

To specify SIP Settings:

1.Go to System > Admin Settings > Network > IP > SIP Settings.

2.Configure these settings:

Setting

Description

 

 

Transport

Indicates the protocol the system uses for SIP signaling.

Protocol

The SIP network infrastructure in which your VSX system is

 

operating determines which protocol is required. For example, if

 

your VSX system is operating in a Microsoft® Live

 

Communication Server (LCS) SIP network, choose TCP. If your

 

VSX system is operating in a Nortel Multimedia Communication

 

Server (MCS) SIP network, choose UDP.

 

 

User Name

Specifies the system’s SIP name. If you leave this field blank, the

 

system’s IP address is the SIP user name.

 

 

Password

Specifies the password that authenticates the system to the

 

Registrar Server.

 

 

Registrar

Specifies the DNS name or IP address of the SIP Registrar

Server

Server.

 

By default, the SIP signaling is sent to port 5060 on the registrar

 

server. To specify a different port, add it to the address as shown

 

here:

 

10.11.12.13:5070

 

 

Proxy Server

Specifies the DNS name or IP address of the SIP Proxy Server. If

 

you leave this field blank, no proxy server is used.

 

By default, the SIP signaling is sent to port 5060 on the proxy

 

server. To specify a different port, add it to the address as shown

 

here:

 

10.11.12.13:5070

 

 

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Points to note about SIP:

The SIP protocol has been widely adapted for voice over IP communications and basic video conferencing; however, many of the advanced video conferencing capabilities are not yet standardized. Many capabilities also depend on the SIP server.

Examples of features that are not supported using SIP are:

Polycom Video and Audio Error Concealment

Encryption

People and Content (H.239 and Polycom People+Content)

H.263 Pro-Motion

Integration with Microsoft Live Communications Server (LCS)

Integration with Microsoft LCS allows you to set up a list of LCS contacts, see if the contacts are online, and call them without knowing or remembering their addresses. Contacts appear in the directory and can also be displayed on the home screen. For more information about the contact list home screen, refer to Displaying Contacts on the Home Screen on page 4-50.

To configure a VSX system for use with Microsoft LCS:

1.Contact the LCS administrator to make sure that the VSX system has a user account on the LCS server. Make a note of the account information.

2.Go to System > Admin Settings > Network > Call Preferences.

3.Select Enable SIP.

4.Go to System > Admin Settings > Network > IP > SIP Settings.

5.Configure these settings:

Setting

Description

 

 

User Name

Specifies the user name created for your

 

VSX system with the LCS server.

 

 

Password

Specifies the password for this user name.

 

 

Registrar Server

Specifies the location (IP or DNS) of the

 

LCS server.

 

 

Proxy Server

Specifies the location (IP or DNS) of the

 

LCS server.

 

 

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To view the status of the current LCS registration, do one of the following:

¾Go to System > Admin Settings > Global Services > Directory Servers > Microsoft.

¾Select the Microsoft LCS server icon at the top of the Directory screen.

Adding and Removing Microsoft LCS Contacts

To add or remove Microsoft LCS contacts that appear on the VSX system, you must use Microsoft Office Communicator or Windows Messenger.

To add or remove LCS contacts for the VSX system:

1.Open the Microsoft Office Communicator or Windows® Messenger application on a computer.

2.Log in to the application using the account information from the SIP Settings screen of the VSX system.

3.Use the application to add or remove contacts for the VSX system.

To configure display options for contact list information:

1.Go to System > Admin Settings > Global Services > Directory Servers > Microsoft. You can also select the Microsoft LCS server icon at the top of the Directory screen.

2.Configure these settings:

Setting

Description

 

 

Display Contacts

Specifies whether to display your contacts

 

on the contact list home screen and in the

 

directory. For more information, refer to

 

Displaying Contacts on the Home Screen

 

on page 4-50.

 

 

Show My Offline Contacts

Specifies whether to include offline

 

contacts on the contact list home screen

 

or in the directory.

 

 

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Configuring Network Use

Specifying Quality of Service

Set the Quality of Service options for the way your network handles IP packets during video calls.

To specify Quality of Service:

1.Go to System > Admin Settings > Network > IP > Quality of Service.

2.Configure these settings:

Setting

Description

 

 

Type of Service

Specifies your service type and lets you choose how to set the

 

priority of IP packets sent to the system for video, audio, and

 

far-end camera control:

 

• IP Precedence — Represents the priority of IP packets

 

sent to the system. The value can be between 0 and 5. If

 

this setting is selected, enter the value in the Type of

 

Service Value field.

 

• DiffServ — Represents a priority level between 0 and 63. If

 

this setting is selected, enter the value in the Type of

 

Service Value field.

 

 

Type of Service

Specifies the IP Precedence or Diffserv value for Video, Audio,

Value

and Far End Camera Control.

 

 

Maximum

Specifies the Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU) size used in

Transmission

IP calls. If the video becomes blocky or network errors occur,

Unit Size

packets may be too large; decrease the MTU. If the network is

 

burdened with unnecessary overhead, packets may be too

 

small; increase the MTU.

 

 

Enable PVEC

Allows the system to use PVEC (Polycom Video Error

 

Concealment) if packet loss occurs.

 

 

Enable RSVP

Allows the system to use Resource Reservation Setup Protocol

 

(RSVP) to request that routers reserve bandwidth along an IP

 

connection path. Both the near site and far site must support

 

RSVP in order for reservation requests to be made to routers

 

on the connection path.

 

 

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3. Select

and configure these settings:

 

 

Setting

Description

 

 

Dynamic

Specifies whether to let the system automatically find the

Bandwidth

optimum line speed for a call.

 

 

Maximum

Specifies the maximum transmit line speed between 64Kbps and

Transmit

1920 Kbps.

Bandwidth

 

 

 

Maximum

Specifies the maximum receive line speed between 64Kbps and

Receive

1920 Kbps.

Bandwidth

 

 

 

Configuring the System for Use with a Firewall or NAT

A firewall protects an organization’s IP network by controlling data traffic from outside the network. Unless the firewall is designed to work with H.323 video conferencing equipment, you must configure the system and the firewall to allow video conferencing traffic to pass in and out of the network.

Network Address Translation (NAT) network environments use private internal IP addresses for devices within the network, while using one external IP address to allow devices on the LAN to communicate with other devices outside the LAN. If your system is connected to a LAN that uses a NAT, you will need to enter the NAT Public (WAN) Address so that your system can communicate outside the LAN.

To set up the system to work with a firewall or NAT:

1.Go to System > Admin Settings > Network > IP > Firewall.

2.Configure these settings:

Setting

Description

 

 

Fixed Ports

Lets you specify whether to define the TCP and UDP ports.

 

If the firewall is not H.323 compatible, enable this

 

setting. The VSX system assigns a range of ports

 

starting with the TCP and UDP ports you specify. The

 

system defaults to a range beginning with port 3230 for

 

both TCP and UDP.

 

Note: You must open the corresponding ports in the

 

firewall. You must also open the firewall’s TCP port

 

1720 to allow H.323 traffic.

 

If the firewall is H.323 compatible or the system is not

 

behind a firewall, disable this setting.

 

 

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Configuring Network Use

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Setting

Description

 

 

 

 

TCP Ports

Lets you specify the beginning value for the range of TCP

 

UDP Ports

and UDP ports used by the system. The system

 

automatically sets the range of ports based on the

 

 

 

 

beginning value you set.

 

 

Note: You must also open the firewall’s TCP port 1720 to

 

 

allow H.323 traffic.

 

 

 

3. Select and configure these settings:

Setting

Description

 

 

Enable

Allows the system to use H.460-based firewall traversal. For

NAT/Firewall

more information, refer to H.460 NAT Firewall Traversal on

Traversal

page 3-18.

 

 

NAT Configuration

Lets you specify whether the system should determine the

 

NAT Public WAN Address automatically.

 

If the system is behind a NAT that allows HTTP traffic,

 

select Auto.

 

If the system is behind a NAT that does not allow HTTP

 

traffic, select Manual.

 

If the system is not behind a NAT or is connected to the

 

IP network through a Virtual Private Network (VPN),

 

select Off.

 

If the system is behind a firewalled NAT router that is

 

UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) certified, select UPnP.

 

Many routers used in homes and small businesses

 

support UPnP NAT traversal. If this is your situation, try

 

selecting UPnP first. If this selection does not work for

 

your router, select Auto or Manual.

 

 

NAT Public (WAN)

Displays the address that callers from outside the LAN use

Address

to call your system. If you chose to configure the NAT

 

manually, enter the NAT Public Address here.

 

 

NAT is H.323

Specifies that the system is behind a NAT that is capable of

Compatible

translating H.323 traffic.

 

 

Address Displayed

Lets you choose whether to display this system’s public or

in Global Directory

private address in the global directory.

 

 

Visit the Polycom Security Center at www.polycom.com for timely security information. Systems deployed outside a firewall are potentially vulnerable to unauthorized access. You can also register to receive periodic email updates and advisories.

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H.460 NAT Firewall Traversal

You can configure VSX systems to use standards-based H.460.18 and H.460.19 firewall traversal, which allows video systems to more easily establish IP connections across firewalls.

The following illustration shows how a service provider might provide H.460 firewall traversal between two enterprise locations. In this example the V2IU™ traversal server gateway is on the edge of the service provider network and facilitates IP calls between VSX systems behind different firewalls.

Service Provider

V2IU Server Gateway that Supports H.460.18 and H.460.19

Enterprise Location A

IP Network

System with

Traversal Enabled

Gatekeeper

Enterprise Location B

System with

Traversal Enabled

To use this traversal, VSX systems and firewalls must be configured as follows:

Enable firewall traversal on the VSX system.

Register the VSX system to an external V2IU Traversal Server Gateway that supports the H.460.18 and H.460.19 standards.

Make sure that firewalls being traversed allow VSX systems behind them to open outbound TCP and UDP connections.

Firewalls with a stricter rule set should allow VSX systems to open at least the following outbound TCP and UDP ports: 1720 (TCP), 14085-15084 (TCP) and 1719(UDP), 16386-25386 (UDP).

Firewalls should permit inbound traffic to TCP and UDP ports that have been opened earlier in the outbound direction.

For best interoperability, make sure that H.323 protocol-aware features are disabled on firewalls being traversed.

To enable firewall traversal on a VSX system:

1.Go to System > Admin Settings > Network > IP > Firewall > Next.

2.Select Enable NAT/Firewall Traversal.

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Configuring ISDN Support

You can add one optional network interface module to the VSX 5000,

VSX 7000, VSX 7000s, VSX 7000e, and VSX 8000 systems. This lets you extend the functionality of the systems so that you can:

Make ISDN calls over a BRI network.

Make ISDN calls over a PRI/T1 network (in North America and Japan) or PRI/E1 (outside of North America and Japan) with the VSX 7000,

VSX 7000s, VSX 7000e, or VSX 8000.

Connect encryption or other third-party network equipment using a Serial V.35/RS-449/RS-530 interface with the VSX 7000, VSX 7000s, VSX 7000e, or VSX 8000.

The VSX 3000 or VSX 3000A (ISDN model) includes a BRI network interface for ISDN calling.

The VSX 5000 with an optional BRI module supports ISDN calling.

This section describes the settings for all optional network interfaces and identifies the settings that are available for specific network interfaces.

You can configure a network interface option if the corresponding network interface module is installed. The system automatically detects the type of interface installed and displays only the required configuration screens.

Configuring the BRI Network Interface

To configure the ISDN network interface settings:

1.Go to System > Admin Settings > Network > ISDN.

2.Configure these settings:

Setting

Description

 

 

Enable ISDN

Allows this system to make H.320 (ISDN) calls.

H.320

 

 

 

Number of ISDN

Specifies how many channels to dial at one time.

Channels to

You can specify up to eight channels. If you experience

Dial in Parallel

network problems, decrease the number.

 

 

Outside Line

Specifies the ISDN dialing prefix used to call outside the

Dialing Prefix

network.

 

 

Numbering

Select the appropriate numbering plan for your location, if it

Plan

differs from the default.

 

 

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Setting

Description

 

 

ISDN Switch

Specifies the protocol used by your network’s switch.

Protocol

 

 

 

ISDN Voice

Specifies which voice algorithm (aLaw or uLaw) is used for

Algorithm

ISDN voice calls.

 

Do not change this setting unless you experience audio issues

 

in all ISDN voice calls.

 

 

Auto BRI

Allows the NI-1 switch to automatically configure the directory

Configuration

numbers and SPIDs.

 

This setting is only available if you have selected the NI-1

 

switch protocol.

 

 

3. Select

and configure these settings:

 

 

 

Setting

 

Description

 

 

 

Area Code

 

Specifies the area code for this system’s location.

 

 

 

Directory

 

Specifies the numbers assigned to the B1 and B2 channels for

Numbers

 

each BRI line.

 

 

The two numbers for a line may be the same or different,

 

 

depending on the switch protocol in use.

 

 

 

Enable

 

Specifies whether to enable the associated ISDN line.

 

 

If you selected Standard ETSI Euro-ISDN protocol, you must

 

 

enable all BRI lines that you expect to be active, and you must

 

 

not enable lines that will not be connected.

 

 

You may want to disable a particular line if there are problems

 

 

with the line that generate continuing error messages.

 

 

 

The ISDN BRI Numbers screen also displays the country selected as the system’s location and the country code used for international calls to the system. To specify the system’s location, go to System > Admin Settings > General Settings > Location. The system automatically supplies the country code when you specify the country.

4. If you have configured the ISDN switch protocol to be AT&T 5ESS

Multipoint, NI-1, or Nortel DMS-100, select

and enter the ISDN BRI

SPIDs provided by your service provider.

 

After you enter the SPIDs, the system verifies them. If the system is unable to verify the SPIDs, make sure the system is connected and that the ISDN numbers you entered are correct.

If you do not have the SPIDs from your service provider, you can click Start to Auto Detect SPIDs.

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Assigned channels must begin with channel 1, and the channel numbers must be consecutive.

Configuring Network Use

Configuring the PRI Network Interface

To use the PRI network interface, you must configure the following:

PRI network support

PRI channels

PRI information

Your ISDN service provider can tell you which protocol your network uses. If you later change the Country setting, the PRI switch protocols available may also change, and you may be prompted to configure a different PRI switch protocol.

Points to note about fractional PRI:

A D channel must be provided.

Outbound call bandwidth must not exceed the available bandwidth.

To configure the ISDN network interface settings:

1.Go to System > Admin Settings > Network > ISDN.

2.Configure these settings:

Setting

Description

 

 

Enable ISDN

Allows this system to make H.320 (ISDN) calls.

H.320

 

 

 

Area Code

Specifies the area code for this system’s location.

 

 

PRI Video

Specifies the ISDN number assigned to this system.

Number

 

 

 

Outside Line

Specifies the ISDN dialing prefix used to call outside the

Dialing Prefix

network.

 

 

BONDING:

Specifies the use of a bonding standard. Incoming bonded

Calling Endpoint

calls will use the original number received to connect all

remaining lines required for the call.

Uses the Original

ISDN Number

 

 

 

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3. Select and configure these settings:

Setting

Description

 

 

Line Signaling

Specifies the framing format in use.

 

This setting is configurable for PRI E1, read-only for PRI T1.

 

 

External CSU

Specifies whether this system uses an external or internal

North America only

Channel Service Unit (CSU).

 

 

Line Build Out

For systems using an internal CSU, indicates the output

PRI T1 only

attenuation in dB. Your service provider can provide you with

 

these values.

 

For systems using an external CSU, indicates the length (in

 

feet) of the RJ-45 cable that connects the PRI network

 

interface module to the CSU.

 

 

Switch Protocol

Specifies the Network switch protocol. The available choices

 

are determined by the system’s country settings.

 

This setting is read-only for PRI E1, configurable for PRI T1.

 

 

ISDN Voice

Specifies which voice algorithm (aLaw or uLaw) is used for

Algorithm

ISDN voice calls.

 

Do not change this setting unless you experience audio

 

issues in all ISDN voice calls.

 

 

4. Select and configure these settings:

Setting

Description

 

 

Numbering Plan

Select the appropriate numbering plan for your location, if it

 

differs from the default.

 

 

International

Specify the dialing prefix needed for international calls.

Dialing Prefix

 

 

 

Call-by-Call

Specifies a code that the system sends to the telephone

 

company switch to request a special service, if such a code is

 

required.

 

Consult your telephone service provider to determine the

 

proper call-by-call value.

 

 

Number of ISDN

Specifies how many channels to dial at one time.

Channels to Dial

You can specify up to eight channels. If you experience

in Parallel

network problems, decrease the number.

 

Set this value to 1 for serial dialing. Serial dialing is not

 

recommended unless you have trouble connecting calls using

 

parallel dialing.

 

 

Restore Defaults

Resets all values on this screen. This does not affect other

 

PRI settings.

 

 

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To access PRI Information:

1.Go to System > Admin Settings > Network > ISDN.

2.Select three times to go to the ISDN PRI Info screen where you can view the following read-only information:

Setting

Description

 

 

PRI Line Type

Displays read-only information about the system

 

and its configuration.

Number of Active Channels

 

 

 

D Channel Location

 

 

 

Network Mode

 

 

 

Clock Source

 

 

 

Terminal Endpoint ID

 

TEI

 

 

 

Line Termination

 

PRI E1 only

 

 

 

To configure the PRI channels:

1.Go to System > Admin Settings > Network > ISDN.

2.Select four times to go to the ISDN PRI Status screen.

3.Select a channel to activate or deactivate it. Active channels are represented by a green icon, and inactive channels are represented by a gray icon.

Make sure that channels are activated and deactivated only by a knowledgeable network professional so that the system operates properly and can dial at the desired rates.

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Configuring the Serial V.35/RS-449/RS-530 Network Interface

If you have a VSX 7000, VSX 7000s, VSX 7000e, or VSX 8000 system, the optional serial V.35/RS-449/RS-530 network interface allows you to connect to data communications equipment using a V.35, RS-449, or RS-530 serial interface.

To configure the V.35/RS-449/RS-530 network interface settings:

1.Go to System > Admin Settings > Network > V.35/RS-449/RS-530.

2.Configure these settings:

Setting

Description

 

 

Enable

Allows the system to connect to a terminal adapter using

V.35/RS-449/RS-530

a V.35, RS-449, or RS-530 connection.

 

 

V.35 Ports Used

Specifies whether one or two lines are connected.

 

 

RS-366 Dialing

Allows users to dial calls from this system.

 

Clear this setting if this is a dedicated connection or if

 

another device is used for dialing calls.

 

 

Area Code

Specifies the area code and number(s) that other sites

Port 1

dial to reach this system.

If this is a dedicated connection, leave these fields blank.

Port 2

 

 

 

3. Select and configure these settings:

Setting

Description

 

 

Prefix

Lets you specify the dialing prefix required to reach an

 

outside line.

 

 

Calling Profile

Lets you specify what data communications equipment is

 

connected to the network interface. The system

 

automatically displays the default prefixes, suffixes, and

 

calling speeds required by that device.

 

If your device is not listed, select Custom.

 

 

Speed

Lets you define the prefixes or suffixes to use for each

 

speed used in a Custom Calling Profile. For information

 

about required prefixes and suffixes, see the

 

documentation that came with the device.

 

If you choose a predefined Calling Profile, this

 

information is supplied for you.

 

 

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4. Select and configure these settings:

Setting

Description

 

 

ST

Lets you specify the signaling required by the external

 

device connected to the system. Specify normal or

RT

inverted, as appropriate. In most cases, normal signaling

 

is appropriate.

RTS

 

 

 

CTS

If your system is connected to Ascend equipment, you

 

may need to set CTS to Ignore.

DSR

 

 

 

DCD

 

 

 

DTR

 

 

 

Answer on DSR

Specifies that the system should begin the call when it

 

detects a DSR signal.

 

 

Delayed DCD

Specifies how long the system waits to end the call after

Hangup

a DCD signal is lost (for example, during a call via

 

satellite).

 

 

DTR Pulse Duration

Specifies how long the DTR signal goes low after the far

(secs)

site hangs up. When the pulse is too short, the call may

 

not clear.

 

If your system is connected to ADTRAN equipment, you

 

may need to adjust DTR pulse duration.

 

 

Trigger Call on H.320

Specifies whether the call starts when H.320 data is

Data

detected at the V.35 interface while set for direct

 

connect.

 

 

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5. Select and configure these settings:

Setting

Description

 

 

Crypto Resync

Allows a VSX system connected to cryptographic

 

equipment to signal when it loses video synchronization

 

during a call. The cryptographic equipment can then

 

resynchronize with the far site.

 

 

Use RTS Signal for

Allows the system to send the resynchronization pulse on

Resync Pulse

the RTS signal. Select this setting if your data

 

communications equipment uses the V.35 or RS-449

 

capability of the serial V.35/RS-449/RS-530 network

 

interface.

 

Note: When you select this setting, the RTS no longer

 

functions as the Request To Send signal.

 

 

Time Between

Specifies whether the system should set the time

Pulses (sec)

between resync pulses automatically or use the number

 

of seconds you enter.

 

 

Pulse Width

Specifies whether the system should set the pulse

(millisec)

duration automatically or use the number of milliseconds

 

you enter.

 

 

6. Select and configure these settings:

Setting

Description

 

 

Enable Broadcast

Enables support for H.331 broadcast transmissions

Mode

from the VSX system.

 

Broadcast mode enables the system to send video

 

and audio to many other systems, such as large

 

satellite networks.

 

 

Enable People+Content

Enables People+Content for broadcast mode.

 

 

Video Format

Specifies the resolution at which video is transmitted.

 

 

Video Protocol

Specifies the protocol used to transmit video. Choose

 

the lowest protocol supported by all systems in the

 

conference.

 

 

Audio Protocol

Specifies the protocol used to transmit audio.

 

 

Frame Rate

Specifies the frame rate to use.

 

 

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Configuring Telephony with the SoundStation VTX 1000

You can use a SoundStation VTX 1000 conference phone with set-top and component systems to place, add, or redial video calls, or to add video to audio calls. To take advantage of the latest integration features, the VSX system requires version 7.5 or later software and the SoundStation VTX 1000 requires version 1.5 or later software.

You can connect an analog phone line to the VSX 7000e or VSX 8000 to make regular telephone calls with the system or to add audio-only participants to video calls.

To configure telephony options:

1.Go to System > Admin Settings > Network > Telephony.

2.Configure these settings:

Setting

Description

 

 

Room Telephone

Enter the telephone number of the room where the system

Number

is located.

 

 

System Telephone

Specifies the analog phone number of the system, including

Number

country and area codes for the system’s location.

VSX 7000e

 

VSX 8000

 

 

 

VTX Telephone

Specifies the number of the SoundStation VTX 1000

Number

conference phone that is connected to the system.

VSX 5000

 

VSX 6000

 

VSX 6000A

 

VSX 7000

 

VSX 7000s

 

VSX 7000e

 

VSX 8000

 

 

 

Outside Line

Specifies the dialing prefix used to call outside the network.

Dialing Prefix

 

 

 

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To configure the analog phone line (POTS line) for the VSX 7000e or VSX 8000 system:

Go to this screen:

Configure these settings:

 

 

Telephony

Enter the System Telephone Number for the

System > Admin Settings >

analog phone line.

Network > Telephony

 

 

 

Call Preference

Enable Analog Phone.

System > Admin Settings >

 

Network > Call Preference

 

 

 

Network Dialing

Add Analog Phone to the Dialing Order

System > Admin Settings >

 

Network > Call Preference >

 

Next

 

 

 

Configuring Call Preferences

Call preferences help you manage the network bandwidth used for calls. You can specify the default and optional call settings for outgoing calls. You can also limit the call speeds of incoming calls.

To choose call preferences:

1.Go to System > Admin Settings > Network > Call Preference.

2.Configure these settings:

Setting

Description

 

 

Enable Basic

Enables a limited operating mode that uses H.261 for video

Mode

and G.711 for audio. This mode provides administrators with a

 

workaround for interoperability issues that cannot be solved

 

using other methods. The Basic Mode setting stays in effect

 

until you change it.

 

 

Enable H.239

Specifies standards-based People+Content data collaboration.

 

 

Enable IP H.323

Allows the system to make IP calls.

 

 

Enable SIP

Allows the system to use SIP when connecting IP calls.

 

 

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Setting

Description

 

 

Enable ISDN

Allows the system to make ISDN calls.

H.320

This selection is only available when the system has ISDN

VSX 3000

networking capability.

VSX 3000A

 

VSX 7000

 

VSX 7000s

 

VSX 7000e

 

VSX 8000

 

 

 

Enable Voice

Allows the system to make voice-only calls to phones

Over ISDN

connected to an ISDN network, such as an organization’s

 

PBX.

 

 

Enable

Allows the system to make calls through your third-party

V.35/RS-449/

network equipment.

RS-530

This selection is only available when the system has a

VSX 7000

V.35/RS-449/RS-530 network module installed.

VSX 7000s

 

VSX 7000e

 

VSX 8000

 

 

 

Enable Analog

Allows the system to make voice-only calls to any phone using

Phone

an analog phone line.

VSX 7000e

Disable this setting to remove a SoundStation VTX 1000

VSX 8000

conference phone from the dialing order.

 

 

Enable ISDN

Allows users to choose whether to place IP-to-ISDN calls

Gateway

through a gateway.

 

 

To make the enabled call types available on the Place a Call screen, you must enable the Call Quality setting described on page 4-48.

1. Select and configure these settings:

Setting

Description

 

 

Preferred Dialing

Specifies the preferred method for dialing various call types. If

Method

set to Auto, calls use the configured Dialing Order. If set to

 

Manual, the system prompts the user to select the call type

 

from a list when placing a call.

 

 

Dialing Order

Specifies how the system places calls to directory entries that

 

have both IP and ISDN numbers. It also specifies how the

 

system places calls dialed manually, when the call type

 

selection is either unavailable on the home screen or set to

 

Auto. If a call attempt does not connect, the system tries to

 

place the call using the next call type in the Dialing Order.

 

This setting is available only when Preferred Dialing Method

 

is set to Auto.

 

For more information, refer to Configuring Dialing Order

 

Settings on page 3-30.

 

 

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2.

Select

to go to the Preferred Speeds screens and configure these

 

settings:

 

 

 

 

 

Setting

 

Description

 

 

Preferred Speed

Determines the speeds that will be used for calls from this

for Placing Calls

system when:

 

 

 

Call Quality is set to Auto on the home screen and

 

 

 

Directory screen, or

 

 

 

The Call Quality setting is not available for users.

 

 

 

If the far-site system does not support the selected speed, the

 

 

 

system automatically negotiates a lower speed.

 

 

Maximum Speed

Allows you to restrict the bandwidth used when receiving

for Receiving

 

calls.

Calls

 

If the far site attempts to call the system at a higher speed

 

 

 

than selected here, the call is re-negotiated at the speed

 

 

 

specified in this field.

 

 

 

 

3.

Select

to go to the Call Speeds screen and specify the call speeds to

 

make available to users, if you are allowing them to choose speeds on a

 

call-by-call basis.

Configuring Dialing Order Settings

If the call type on the home screen is set to a specific call type, the system does not attempt to place the call using a different call type, even if other types are listed in the Dialing Order.

You can configure the VSX system so that users can choose to place IP-to-ISDN or ISDN-to-IP calls through a gateway.

To allow users to place an IP-to-ISDN call through a gateway:

1.Make sure the system is registered with a gatekeeper.

2.Go to System > Admin Settings > Network > Call Preference and select Enable ISDN Gateway.

3.If you want to allow users to place IP-to-ISDN calls through a gateway when calling from the directory, do one of the following:

On the Network Dialing screen, set Preferred Dialing Method to Auto and select ISDN Gateway as the first choice under Dialing Order. With this configuration, calls placed from the directory will be placed through a gateway first if an ISDN number exists.

On the Network Dialing screen, set Preferred Dialing Method to Manual. With this configuration, users can select ISDN Gateway from the list of call types that appears when placing a call from the directory.

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To allow users to place an ISDN-to-IP call through a gateway:

1.If you want to allow users to place ISDN-to-IP calls through a gateway when dialing manually:

a.Make sure Call Quality is enabled on the Home Screen Settings screen. This setting displays the Call Type selection on the Place a Call screen.

b.On the Network Dialing screen, select IP Gateway next to ISDN in the

Dialing Order.

With this configuration, users can enter the gateway address in the dialing field, along with an extension in extension field, and select IP H323 in the call type list.

2.If you want to allow users to place ISDN-to-IP calls through a gateway when calling from the directory, do one of the following:

On the Network Dialing screen, set Preferred Dialing Method to

Auto and select IP Gateway next to ISDN under Dialing Order. With this configuration, calls placed from the directory will be placed through a gateway first if a gateway address is present in the ISDN number field and an extension is present in the Extension field.

On the Network Dialing screen, set Preferred Dialing Method to Manual. With this configuration, users can select IP Gateway from the list of call types that appears when placing a call from the directory.

Configuring the Global Directory

If your organization uses the Polycom Global Management System™, you can configure your system to use the global directory. The global directory provides a list of other systems that are registered with the Global Directory Server and available for calls. The other systems appear in the directory, allowing users to place calls to other users by selecting their names.

Configuring the Directory Server Settings

To configure the Directory Server settings:

1.Go to System > Admin Settings > Global Services > Directory Servers.

2.Configure these settings:

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Setting

Description

 

 

Global Directory

Specifies the IP address or DNS address of the Global

(GDS)

Directory Server. You can enter up to five addresses.

 

 

Password

Lets you enter the global directory password, if there is one.

 

 

Register

Registers this system with the Global Directory Server.

 

 

Display Global

Displays other registered systems in the global directory.

Addresses

 

 

 

Display Name in

Specifies whether to display the system’s name in the Global

Global Directory

Directories of other registered systems.

 

 

Save Global

Copies the global directory to this local system. When this

Directory to

setting is disabled, the system can display no more than 1,000

System

global directory entries. When this setting is enabled, the

 

system can display up to 4,000 global directory entries.

 

 

Group Name

Specifies the group name used for global directory entries in

 

the local directory. In the directory, entries from Global

 

Directory Servers are listed in the Polycom GDS group.

 

 

Setting the Dialing Rules

If your system is connected to your organization’s private network and also to a public network, you may need to specify the codes and prefixes necessary for dialing other systems.

To set the dialing rules:

1.Go to System > Admin Settings > Global Services > Dialing Rules.

2.Configure these settings:

Setting

Description

 

 

Always Dial Area

Specifies that calls to sites in the same area code must

Code

include the area code.

 

 

Dial 1+ for all USA

Specifies that calls to systems in the United States must

calls

include a “1” before the area code.

 

Note: Even if you have this setting enabled, you may need

 

to dial 1 and the area code when calling long distance over

 

ISDN within your same area code.

 

 

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Placing a Test Call

When you finish configuring the system, you can use one of the sample numbers in the directory to test your setup.

To place a test call:

1.On the Place a Call screen, select Directory.

2.Select Group.

3.Select Sample Sites and highlight a location.

4.Press Call on the remote control.

You can also find a list of worldwide numbers that you can use to test your

VSX system at www.polycom.com/videotest.

If you have trouble making video calls:

Make sure the number you dialed is correct, then try the call again. For example, you may need to dial 9 for an outside line or include a long distance access code or country code.

To find out if the problem exists in your system, ask the person you were trying to reach to call you instead.

Find out if the system you are calling has its power turned on and is functioning properly.

If you can make calls but not receive them, make sure that your system is configured with the correct number.

Checking System Status

The System Status screen provides detailed information about system settings, IP and ISDN connections, time server connections, and other information that is important to the functioning of the system. For an explanation of any of the status items, select the item and press on the remote.

When there is a change in system status or a potential problem, you see an alert at the bottom of the Place a Call screen.

To view System Status information:

¾Go to System > Diagnostics > System Status.

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To get information about a status message:

¾Select the status message and press or on the remote control.

Keeping your Software Current

If you have Internet access and a software key, you can use the web-based Softupdate application to update the VSX Series software. If you do not have Internet access, your reseller can supply you with the VSX Series software update on CD-ROM.

Do not power off the system during the software upgrade process. If the upgrade is interrupted, the system may become unusable.

To update your software via the Internet:

1.Using a web browser, go to www.polycom.com/videosoftware and log in to the Polycom Resource Center.

You will need to set up a PRC account, if you don’t already have one.

2.Navigate to your product page.

Refer to the Release Notes for information about the latest software version. Refer to Upgrading Polycom Video Software for detailed information about obtaining software key codes and using the SoftUpdate program.

3.Download the VSX Series software update file in .zip format.

4.Double-click the software.zip file to extract the file.

5.Double-click Softupdate.exe to run the update program.

If you install version 8.5 or later on a VSX system that has Security Mode enabled, the system verifies that the software being installed is authentic Polycom software.

To install a version earlier than 8.5, you must disable Security Mode on the VSX system.

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Customizing the VSX System

Every organization has users with different needs. With a VSX system, you can design the video conferencing experience to meet the needs of everyone.

You can customize the look and behavior of the system, and then build in the required access levels for your users, depending on how much or how little you want them to change system behaviors.

When you set up the system for the first time, the system is configured with the most commonly used settings. If you need to change any of these initial settings, you can adjust the screen settings as described in this chapter.

If you established an administrator’s password during the initial configuration, you must enter it each time you access advanced settings.

Designing Video Behaviors

You can configure the following video behaviors to accommodate your environment:

Camera Settings and Video Quality

Monitors

Content Display

VCR/DVD Player Settings

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Configuring Camera Settings and Video Quality Options

The Cameras and Video Quality screens let you specify camera and video settings, as appropriate for the equipment you are using.

To configure camera and video settings:

1.Go to System > Admin Settings > Cameras.

2.Configure these settings:

Setting

Description

 

 

Far Control of

Specifies whether the far site can control the position of the

Near Camera

near-site camera. When this option is selected, a user at the

VSX 5000

far site can control the framing and angle of the camera for

the best view of the near site.

VSX 6000

VSX 6000A

 

VSX 7000

 

VSX 7000s

 

VSX 7000e

 

VSX 8000

 

 

 

Backlight

Specifies whether to have the camera automatically adjust

Compensation

for a light background. Backlight compensation is best used

 

in situations where the subject appears darker than the

 

background.

 

 

Camera

Specifies how much light is let into the camera’s iris. A low

Brightness

number allows in less light; a high number allows in more

VSX 3000

light.

VSX 3000A

 

VSX 5000

 

 

 

Primary Camera

Specifies which camera is the main camera.

 

 

Camera Direction

Specifies the direction the camera moves when using the

VSX 5000

arrow buttons on the remote control.

VSX 6000

 

VSX 6000A

 

VSX 7000

 

VSX 7000s

 

VSX 7000e

 

VSX 8000

 

 

 

Power

Specifies the frequency of the electrical power used for the

Frequency

camera.

VSX 3000

• 50 Hz—Select if you have a PAL system.

VSX 3000A

• 60 Hz—Select if you have an NTSC system.

VSX 5000

 

 

 

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Customizing the VSX System

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Setting

Description

 

 

 

 

VCR/DVD Audio

Allows you to record a call using one VCR or DVD, while

 

Out Always On

playing recorded content into the call from a second VCR or

 

VSX 7000s

DVD.

 

VSX 7000e

Do not select this setting if you have only one VCR or DVD

 

VSX 8000

player connected.

 

 

 

3.Select to go to Camera Settings:

Specify the name, icon, and format for each video source.

VSX 6000, VSX 7000, VSX 7000s, VSX 7000e, VSX 8000: Specify whether secondary camera sources are People or Content. Camera sources specified as Content are sent at a higher resolution and lower frame rate.

4.Select to go to Video Quality.

5.Select Motion or Sharpness for the video inputs:

Motion — This setting is for showing people or other video with motion.

Sharpness — The picture will be sharp and clear, but motion will not be smooth. Choose this setting for document cameras. Sharpness is available in point-to-point H.263 calls only.

6.Set Pro-Motion Video to specify when to use Pro-Motion for video inputs set for motion. Pro-Motion provides 50/60 fields per second interlaced video for TV-like quality at higher bandwidths.

VSX 3000 and VSX 3000A systems send Pro-Motion video for the DVD/VCR input only.

VSX 5000, VSX 6000, and VSX 6000A systems can receive Pro-Motion video but cannot transmit it.

7.Select to go to Camera Calibration. Only VSX 7000e and VSX 8000 systems with a PowerCam Plus camera can be calibrated for automatic camera tracking. Follow the instructions on the screen to calibrate the camera for automatic camera tracking if it consistently moves too far in

one direction when tracking is enabled. Press Near on the remote control so that you can zoom the camera in on your mouth.

For the best calibration results, make sure the camera and system are set up as described in Configuring Automatic Camera Tracking on page 4-4 and Connecting Cameras to Component Systems on page 2-15.

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To configure a second camera:

Go to this screen:

Configure these settings:

 

 

 

Cameras

Designate this as the Primary Camera, if

System > Admin Settings >

 

desired.

Cameras

Set Camera Direction to specify which way

 

 

the camera moves when you control it with

 

 

the remote control. (VSX 5000, VSX 6000,

 

 

VSX 6000A, VSX 7000, VSX 7000s,

 

 

VSX 7000e, VSX 8000)

 

 

 

Camera Settings

1.

Name the camera.

System > Admin Settings >

2.

Select a camera icon.

Cameras > Next

3.

If you used an RCA to mini-DIN adapter to

 

 

connect the camera cable, change the Video

 

 

Format to Composite. (VSX 5000,

 

 

VSX 7000, VSX 7000s, VSX 7000e,

 

 

VSX 8000)

 

 

Video Quality

Set the video quality (Motion for people video or

System > Admin Settings >

Sharpness for still images).

Cameras > Next > Next

 

 

 

 

Serial Port

If it is a PTZ camera:

VSX 7000,VSX 7000s,

1.

Set the RS-232 Mode to Sony PTZ camera

VSX 7000e, VSX 8000

 

control.

System > Admin Settings >

2.

Specify which camera is associated with this

General Settings > Serial Port

 

port.

 

 

 

Configuring Automatic Camera Tracking

You can configure a VSX 7000e or VSX 8000 with a Polycom PowerCam Plus to track to the speaker’s voice or to camera presets. During a call, users can press Auto on the remote control to toggle between Automatic Camera Tracking, Automatic Camera Tracking to Presets, and Automatic Camera Tracking Off.

When Automatic Camera Tracking to Presets is enabled and no one speaks for 30 seconds, the camera automatically moves to preset 0. When Automatic Camera Tracking is enabled and no one speaks for 30 seconds, the camera automatically moves to a position to include all of the people who have spoken.

If the camera consistently moves too far in one direction when tracking is enabled, follow the instructions on the Camera Calibration screen to calibrate the camera for better tracking.

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Points to note about using automatic camera tracking:

You must have a VSX 7000e or VSX 8000 with a Polycom PowerCam Plus camera.

If you are using Polycom microphones, make sure they are properly connected and unmuted, and that the Enable Polycom Microphones and Echo Canceller settings are selected.

If you are using a Polycom Vortex, disable the Enable Polycom Microphones and Echo Canceller settings.

Disable the Enable Polycom StereoSurround setting.

For more information about setting up the PowerCam Plus for automatic camera tracking, refer to the section Connecting Cameras to Component Systems on page 2-15.

Configuring Camera Presets

Camera presets are stored camera positions that you can create ahead of time or during a call.

Presets allow users to:

Automatically point a camera at pre-defined locations in a room.

Select a video source such as a VCR or DVD player, a document camera, or an auxiliary camera.

If your system’s main camera supports electronic pan, tilt, and zoom movement, you can create up to 100 preset camera positions for the near site. Each preset stores the camera number, its zoom level, and the direction it points (if appropriate). Near-site presets are available for VSX set-top and component systems. They remain in effect until you delete or change them.

To store a preset:

 

 

1. If you are in a call, press

Near or

Far on the remote control to

choose a near-site or far-site camera or other video source.

2.If you selected a camera that supports electronic pan, tilt, and zoom, you can adjust the camera’s position:

Press the arrow buttons on the remote control to move the camera up, down, to the left, or to the right.

Press Zoom to zoom the camera out or in.

3.Press Preset on the remote control.

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4.Press and hold a number to store the preset position.

To store a double-digit preset (10-99), hold the second number down. Any existing preset stored at the number you enter is replaced.

If Automatic Camera Tracking to Presets will be used during calls, set preset 0 to a wide shot of the room. When Automatic Camera Tracking to Presets is enabled and no one speaks for 30 seconds, the camera automatically moves to preset 0.

To delete all presets:

1.If a call is connected, press Near to choose a near-site video source.

2.Press Preset on the remote control.

3.Press Delete to delete all presets.

Configuring Monitors

The VSX system allows you to customize displays to suit your room and equipment configuration, including choosing the monitor for presenting content.

To configure monitors:

1.Go to System > Admin Settings > Monitors > Monitors.

2.Configure these settings:

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Setting

Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monitor 1

Specifies the monitor’s aspect ratio:

VSX 5000

• 4:3 — Select if you are using a regular TV monitor.

VSX 6000

• 16:9 — Select if you are using a wide-screen monitor.

VSX 6000A

Specifies the monitor’s format:

 

 

 

VSX 7000

 

 

 

S-Video — Select if the main monitor is connected to a

VSX 7000s

VSX 7000e

VSX 8000 system using an S-Video cable.

VSX 8000

• Composite — Select if the main monitor is connected to a

 

VSX 8000 system using a composite video cable and S-Video

 

to RCA adapter.

 

 

 

 

• VGA — Select if you are using a VGA monitor as the primary

 

display device for a VSX 5000, VSX 6000A, VSX 7000s,

 

VSX 7000e, or VSX 8000. If you select VGA, your VGA

 

monitor must be set to SVGA (800 x 600) or XGA (1024 x 768)

 

at 60 Hz, and Monitor 2 is disabled.

 

Note: If you select 16:9, you will also need to set up the monitor

 

for full-screen display. In the monitor’s setup menu, choose the

 

setting that stretches the picture uniformly without clipping the

 

edges, which is usually called Full, Wide screen, or 16x9.

 

Use this setting:

Not this setting:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Output upon

Specifies the screen saver output for Monitor 1:

Screen Saver

Specifies whether black video or no signal is sent to the monitor

Activation

when the system goes to sleep and the screen saver activates.

VSX 5000

Select Black if you want to display screen saver text or a screen

VSX 6000

saver news feed. This is the recommended setting to prevent

VSX 6000A

burn-in for TV monitors.

VSX 7000

Select No Signal if you want the display to react as if it is not

VSX 7000s

VSX 7000e

connected when the system goes to sleep. This is the

recommended setting for VGA monitors and projectors.

VSX 8000

 

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Setting

Description

 

 

 

Monitor 2

Specifies the second monitor’s aspect ratio:

VSX 5000

• Off — Select if you do not have a second monitor.

VSX 6000

• 4:3 — Select if you are using a regular TV monitor as the

VSX 6000A

second monitor.

VSX 7000

16:9—Select if you are using a wide-screen monitor as the

VSX 7000s

second monitor. On the monitor, select the display mode that

VSX 7000e

uniformly stretches the video from side to side, which is

VSX 8000

usually called Full, Wide screen, or 16x9.

 

 

Specifies the second monitor’s format:

 

S-Video — Select if you have a second monitor connected to

 

the system’s S-Video output using an S-Video cable.

 

• Composite — Select if you have a second monitor connected

 

to the system using a composite video cable.

 

• VGA — Select if you are using a VGA monitor as the second

 

display device.

 

 

Output upon

Specifies the screen saver output for Monitor 2:

Screen Saver

Specifies whether black video or no signal is sent to the monitor

Activation

when the system goes to sleep and the screen saver activates.

VSX 5000

Select Black if you want to display screen saver text or a screen

VSX 6000

saver news feed. This is the recommended setting to prevent

VSX 6000A

burn-in for TV monitors.

VSX 7000

Select No Signal if you want the display to react as if it is not

VSX 7000s

VSX 7000e

connected when the system goes to sleep. This is the

recommended setting for VGA monitors and projectors.

VSX 8000

 

 

 

 

VCR

Specifies the VCR/DVD Player output format:

VSX 7000s

S-Video — Select if you have a VCR or DVD player

VSX 7000e

connected to the system’s S-Video output using an S-Video

VSX 8000

cable.

 

 

• Composite — Select if you have a VCR or DVD player

 

connected to the system output using a composite video

 

cable.

 

 

 

PIP

Specifies PIP (Picture-in-Picture) behavior:

 

• Camera — The PIP window is displayed when the call is first

 

connected and when a user moves the camera, uses presets,

 

or switches to a different camera source.

 

• On — The PIP window stays on for the duration of the call.

 

• Off — The PIP window is not displayed during the call.

 

• Auto — The PIP window is displayed when a user picks up

 

the remote.

 

 

Note: PIP settings are also available in the User Settings screen.

 

Users can turn the PIP on or off and change its location on the

 

screen using

PIP on the remote control.

 

 

 

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Setting

Description

 

 

 

 

 

Zoom Video

Specifies whether the video image is displayed full screen on a

 

to Fit Screen

wide-screen monitor.

 

 

VSX 5000

If this setting is enabled, video is shown full screen with a portion

 

VSX 6000

of the top and bottom clipped off. If this setting is disabled, video

 

VSX 6000A

is centered with black margins on each side.

 

VSX 7000

This setting applies to either Monitor 1 or Monitor 2, if they are set

 

VSX 7000s

 

to 16:9. This setting does not apply if Dual Monitor Emulation is

 

VSX 7000e

 

enabled.

 

 

VSX 8000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Display Icons

Specifies whether to display all on-screen graphics, including

 

in a Call

icons and help text, during calls.

 

 

 

 

Snapshot

Lets you choose whether to have slides and snapshots time out,

 

Timeout

after a period of four minutes.

 

 

 

 

Dual Monitor

Specifies whether the system can show multiple views on a single

 

Emulation

display. If content is being viewed, different views can be

 

 

displayed by pressing

PIP on the remote control.

 

 

For more information, refer to Using Dual Monitor Emulation on

 

 

page 4-11.

 

 

 

 

 

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3. Select and configure these settings:

Setting

Description

 

 

Monitor 1

Select the video source(s) to display on Monitor 1. For more

VSX 5000

information about how this setting can affect your display, refer to

Video Source Output Examples for Multiple Monitors on page

VSX 6000

Appendix-1.

VSX 6000A

VSX 7000

 

VSX 7000s

 

VSX 7000e

 

VSX 8000

 

 

 

Monitor 2

Select the video source(s) to display on Monitor 2. For more

VSX 5000

information about how this setting can affect your display, refer to

Video Source Output Examples for Multiple Monitors on page

VSX 6000

Appendix-1.

VSX 6000A

VSX 7000

 

VSX 7000s

 

VSX 7000e

 

VSX 8000

 

 

 

Visual

Specifies whether to show content on the Visual Concert VSX

Concert VGA

display.

Out

 

VSX 5000

 

VSX 6000

 

VSX 6000A

 

VSX 7000

 

VSX 7000s

 

 

 

VGA Out

Specifies whether to show content on the display connected to

VSX 7000e

the system’s VGA output.

VSX 8000

 

 

 

VCR Record

Specifies the video source to be recorded to videotape or DVD.

Source

If Far is enabled, the recorded video will switch to the current far

VSX 7000s

site speaker. If both Near and Far are enabled, the recorded

VSX 7000e

video will switch between near and far sites depending on the

VSX 8000

current speaker. This selection is available only when you are

 

using a single monitor.

 

 

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