VBrick Systems 7000 User Manual

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VBrick 7000 Series

Network Video Appliances

VBrick v1.0 H.264 Appliance

Admin Guide

March 10, 2009

4410-0253-0000 Rev B

Copyright

© 2009 VBrick Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. 12 Beaumont Road

Wallingford, Connecticut 06492, USA www.VBrick.com

This publication contains confidential, proprietary, and trade secret information. No part of this document may be copied, photocopied, reproduced, translated, or reduced to any machine-readable or electronic format without prior written permission from VBrick. Information in this document is subject to change without notice and VBrick Systems assumes no responsibility or liability for any errors or inaccuracies. VBrick, VBrick Systems, the VBrick logo, StreamPlayer, and StreamPlayer Plus are trademarks or registered trademarks in the United States and other countries. Windows Media is a trademarked name of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. Flowerfire is a trademark of Sawmill. All other products or services mentioned in this document are identified by the trademarks, service marks, or product names as designated by the companies who market those products. Inquiries should be made directly to those companies. This document may also have links to third-party web pages that are beyond the control of VBrick. The presence of such links does not imply that VBrick endorses or recommends the content on those pages. VBrick acknowledges the use of third-party open source software and licenses in some VBrick products. This freely available source code is posted at www.vbrick.com/opensource.

FCC Notice

This equipment carries the CE mark and is UL listed in the U.S. and Canada. This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for Class A digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC rules, Class A for OC3C Interface, Class A for the SDI Interface. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful interference in which case the user will be required to correct the interference at their own expense. This Class A digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference-Causing Equipment Regulations. Cet appareil numerique de la Classe A respecte toutes les exigences do reglement dur le materiel brouilleur du Canada.

About VBrick Systems

Founded in 1997, VBrick Systems, an ISO 9001 certified vendor, is a privately held company that has enjoyed rapid growth by helping our customers successfully introduce mission critical video applications across their enterprise networks. Since our founding, VBrick has been setting the standard for quality, performance and innovation in the delivery of live and stored video over IP networks—LANs, WANs and the Internet. With thousands of video appliances installed world-wide, VBrick is the recognized leader in reliable, high-performance, easy-to-use networked video solutions.

VBrick is an active participant in the development of industry standards and continues to play an influential role in the Internet Streaming Media Alliance (ISMA), the MPEG Industry Forum, and Internet2. In 1998 VBrick invented and shipped the world's first MPEG Video Network Appliance designed to provide affordable DVDquality video across the network. Since then, VBrick's video solutions have grown to include Video on Demand, Management, Security and Access Control, Scheduling, and Rich Media Integration. VBrick solutions are successfully supporting a broad variety of applications including distance learning and training, conferencing and remote office communications, security, process monitoring, traffic monitoring, business and news feeds to the desktop, webcasting, corporate communications, collaboration, command and control, and telemedicine. VBrick serves customers in education, government, healthcare, and financial services markets among others.

Contents

H.264 Admin Guide

Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . v Organization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . v Getting Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . v Font Conventions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vi Printer-Friendly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vi

1. Introduction

Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

VBAdmin LEDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

VBAdmin Overview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Login . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Configuration Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Configuration Quick Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Video Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Audio Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Program Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

2. System Configuration

Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Domain Name Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Network Time Synchronization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

General. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

System Identification. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

System Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

System Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

System Reset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Front Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Usernames & Passwords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Manage Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Reset System Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Read System Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Restore System Configuration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Auto Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Advanced Configurations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Management SAP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Logging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Event Triggering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Passthrough . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

SNMPv3 Passwords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

SNMP Traps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

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3. Video/Audio Configuration

Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Video Template Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Audio Template Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

4. Program Configuration

Global . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Transmitter Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Server Settings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Transmitters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

SDP and Announcements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Announce Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

External Announce Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Servers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Announce Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

External Announce Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

5. Monitor

System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

System Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

Manufacturing Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

System Restart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

Network Time Synchronization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

Video/Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Audio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

System Logs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

Program Status. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

Transmitters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

Servers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

6. Troubleshoot

Ping Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

Ping Test Result. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

Ping Test Setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

TraceRoute Tests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

Trace Route Test Result . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

Trace Route Test Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

Device Tests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

Maintenance Mode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

Limited Run Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

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Contents

H.264 Admin Guide

Preface

This document explains how to configure a VBrick H.264 network video appliance. It provides detailed information about all configurable appliance options and parameters. The VBAdmin management application is used for all configuration tasks. VBAdmin is a browserbased application that makes it easy to configure your appliance and to optimize performance and get the best video. The VBrick H.264 Appliance Getting Started Guide explains how to setup the appliance and how to use VBAdmin.

Organization

This online help system provides access to VBrick H.264 documentation. It has a powerful search engine so you can get answers to technical questions in seconds; it also has the documentation in PDF format if you need hard-copy. Our publications team is committed to providing first-rate documentation and your feedback is important to us. If you find errors or omissions, click the e-mail icon in the upper-right corner of this window or send your feedback to documentation@vbrick.com

Introduction

Provides an overview of the H.264 appliance and explains

 

how to login and get help.

 

 

System Configuration

These pages explain in detail how to configure system-level

 

parameters such as IP address and host name.

 

 

Video/Audio Configuration

These pages describe audio and video input parameters and

 

explain how to use the pre-built templates for best results.

 

 

Program Configuration

These pages explain program information and video

 

destination parameters, as well as how to configure the

 

internal web server.

 

 

Monitor

Explains various monitoring pages including network, video/

 

audio, status logs and program status.

 

 

Troubleshoot

This page explains how to use standard troubleshooting tools

 

to run network, device, and traceroute tests.

 

 

Getting Help

If you need help, or more information about any topic, use the online help system. The online help is cross-referenced and searchable and can usually find the information in a few seconds. Use the tree controls in the left pane to open documents and the up and down arrows to page through them. Use the Search box to find specific information. Simply enter one or more words in the box and press Enter. The search results will return pages that have all of the words you entered—highlighted in yellow (Internet Explorer only). The Search box is not case-sensitive and does not recognize articles (a, an, the), operators (+ and –), or quotation marks. You can narrow the search by adding words.

If you can't find the information you need from the online help, please contact your authorized VBrick reseller. They are trained and certified by VBrick and can provide help and technical support for all VBrick products. For additional information, use the VBrick

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Support Services "On-Line Support" page at www.vbrick.com/support/index.asp or call 1 203 303-0222 in Wallingford, CT, USA to speak with a VBrick representative. Note that the latest documentation and information for all VBrick products is available online at www.vbrick.com/documentation

Font Conventions

Arial bold is used to describe dialog boxes and menu choices, for example: Start > All

Programs > VBrick

Courier fixed-width font is used for scripts, code examples, or keyboard commands.

Courier bold fixed-width font is used for user input in scripts, code examples, or keyboard commands.

This bold black font is used to strongly emphasise important words or phrases.

Folder names and user examples in text are displayed in this sans serif font.

User input in text is displayed in this bold sans serif font.

Italics are used in text to emphasize specific words or phrases.

Printer-Friendly

Click on the following link to print a hard copy of this document.

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TTo save or print a PDF document

1.Click once to open the PDF document in Acrobat Reader.

2.To save or print a PDF document, right-click and select Save Target As or Print Target.

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Preface

Chapter 1

Introduction

Topics in this section

Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 VBAdmin Overview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Configuration Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

VBrick is pleased to announce its new appliance architecture, that will power all of the VBrick products in the future. The architecture is based on the microTCA standard, which allows us to create blades that can be placed in VBrick appliances, and also into High Density rack mount units. The initial products on this new architecture are based on the H.264 video standard and support standard definition and high definition encoder appliances. The new architecture and products provide flexibility for easy customization across various industries and application solutions.

Figure 1. VBrick H.264 Network Video Appliance

Home

The Home page provides a snapshot of the current status of the appliance. All text fields are read-only and there are no editable fields on this page. The colored LED indicators in the middle of the page give you a quick snapshot of the health and status of the appliance. See VBAdmin LEDs below for an explanation of what they mean.

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Figure 2. VBAdmin Home Page

Logged in as

The user who is currently logged in.

 

 

System IP Address

Read from the System Configuration > Network page.

 

 

System Description

Read from the Monitor > System page.

 

 

System Name

Read from the System Configuration > General page.

 

 

System Location

Read from the System Configuration > General page.

 

 

System Contact

Read from the System Configuration > General page.

 

 

System Up Time

Read from the Monitor > System page. Refreshed every 60

 

seconds.

 

 

Total System Up Time

Read from the Monitor > System page. Refreshed every 60

 

seconds.

 

 

Application Code Revision

Read from the Monitor > System page.

 

 

System Serial Number

Read from the Monitor > System page.

 

 

VBAdmin LEDs

The colored LEDs in the middle of the page give you a quick snapshot of the health and status of the appliance. These indicators are dynamically refreshed every five seconds and give you an up-to-the-minute snapshot of the current status.

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Video Input

Checks whether Video State on the Monitor > Video/Audio page is

 

running or not running.

 

• Green – Running.

 

• Red – Video Input problem.

 

 

Streaming

Checks whether the State on the Program Status > Transmitters page

 

is transmitting or not transmitting. This includes any configured

 

transmitters or any server clients connected to the appliance.

 

• Green – at least one transmitter or server client is streaming.

 

• Yellow – no transmitters or server clients are streaming.

 

 

Alarms

Checks whether the System Traps on the Monitor > System Logs page

 

has any bad traps (for example a temperature alarm or a POST failure)

 

that were not cleared.

 

• Green – no alarms are present.

 

• Red – one or more alarms are present.

 

 

Configuration

Checks for configuration errors or invalid input on any appliance

 

configuration pages.

 

• Green – no configuration errors are present.

 

• Yellow – one or more configuration errors are present.

 

 

VBAdmin Overview

VBAdmin is explained in detail in the H.264 Appliance Getting Started Guide. The H.264 Appliance has an integrated management interface (VBAdmin) that lets you manage VBrick configuration from an external browser. This allows network managers to remotely configure and monitor the appliances from virtually anywhere. As shown in Table 1 you can launch VBAdmin in Internet Explorer or Firefox (other browsers are not supported by VBrick). You connect to VBAdmin by pointing to the IP Address (for example: http://192.168.5.5) of the VBrick appliance and logging in with a user name and password. VBAdmin is one of several ways you can manage the appliance (for example you can also use Telnet or the Command Line interface) but VBAdmin is the easiest to use. Note that some changes to the configuration will initiate an automatic reboot. When this happens, wait approximately 60 seconds, then refresh the page and log back in with your user name and password.

Note VBAdmin has a read-only View mode and an Edit mode where you can actually make configuration changes. All VBAdmin screens in this document are shown in Edit mode.

Table 1. Supported Browsers (VBAdmin)

Browser

Version

 

 

Microsoft Internet Explorer

6.0 or higher

 

 

Mozilla Firefox

2.0 or higher

 

 

Login

TTo login to an H.264 appliance

1.Open a browser and enter the IP address of the appliance in the address bar.

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2.Login to VBAdmin with a valid user name and password (case-sensitive), and then click the Log In button. The default user name and password is admin and admin. It is highly recommended that you use the Maintenance pages in VBAdmin to change the user name and password. The user name and password cannot exceed 20 characters. It may include any combination of alphanumeric characters and only the following special characters:

~ ! # $ ^ * + & [ ] { } | < >

Figure 3. VBAdmin Login Page

Configuration Overview

The VBrick H.264 encoder introduces the concepts of "programs" for many configuration tasks. A program simply represents a video source and/or an associated audio source. Another key concept is the relationship of physical I/O connectors and I/O sources. For example, you may have two audio connectors. You can choose to consider the two connectors as representing a single stereo audio source or you can choose the two connectors to represent two separate audio sources associated with two different programs. If a Composite connector and S-Video connector exist in a certain hardware configuration, the two physical connectors may represent two separate sources for two separate programs or may represent a single source. This allows users to select between the Composite/S-Video connectors thereby allowing switching within a designated program.

Configuration Quick Start

This section gives a quick overview of the steps you would typically need to perform to configure a VBrick H.264 encoder. Keep in mind that in this initial release, there is only one program available.

TTo quickly configure an encoder appliance

1.Set up the appliance and connect a video source as explained in the H.264 Appliance Getting Started Guide.

2.Launch VBAdmin and configure the video and audio sources as explained in the various sections of this document. For information about any option or parameter, click on the question mark hyperlink in the upper-right corner of any VBAdmin page.

3.A program can have multiple multicast/unicast transmitters. Configure the transmitters for the program.

4.A program can also have multiple servers. Configure the servers for the program.

5.If you complete the above steps successfully, you will have configured the program.

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Video Configuration

On the Video/Audio Configuration pages you define the relationship between physical audio/video connectors and audio/video sources and the relationship between audio/video sources and the program. In most cases this is very simple because the hardware allows only one set of relationships. For example, in this release, there is one video source which is, at any point in time, either the Component or S-Video connector, one audio source which can be either one of the audio jacks or both, and one program consisting of the audio source and/or the video source.

Going forward, the software will query the hardware and offer appropriate programs. Note that in some cases, the same video source may be associated with different programs. For example, you may have a single video source associated with multiple audio sources in a multi-language environment. Templates can be used to control a single video or a single audio rate. Templates are part of the rate configuration for each audio or video source. The Load Template button launches a pop-up window showing the available templates with preconfigured values.

As noted above, in some cases there is not a one to one mapping between physical video connectors and video sources. In this release, for example, you can use either the S-Video or the Component connector as the source for the single program available. You can switch between the connectors but the viewer will see the video stream adjusting in the program they are viewing.

Audio Configuration

As noted, this release supports only a single mono or stereo audio source. If two physical connectors are defined as being utilized for stereo, there will be one configuration for the stereo pair. That is, the two physical connectors will represent a single audio program source. The options shown in the dropdown box labeled How is audio connected? define how the audio connectors can be used. There is an Automatic Volume Control field that is enabled by default. The first three options load preset values that cannot be changed unless you select

User Defined.

Program Configuration

The Program Configuration page has an area where all common parameters associated with the program are defined. The most critical of these parameters is the announcement data (on the Transmitters page) and the program name (on the Programs page). In order for the Portal server to know that the various announcements being generated are associated with the same program, the program name for all announcements for different delivery mechanisms and bit rates for the given program must be the same.

Transmitters

There are up to 25 destinations available per program. Each is selectable as unicast or multicast. The configuration parameters are divided into a common section (on the Programs page) and another section (on the Transmitters page) which configures each individual destination. The Announce IP Address for Transmitters and port provides the ability to configure a single announce IP address and port for all multicast/unicast destinations. The announcement for all configured destinations will be sent to this IP address and port.

The Use Global Announce IP and Port option sends the announcement to the IP address and port specified on the Common parameters page. Users are allowed to name the destinations.

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These names will replace the generic names shown in the dropdown list at the top. For example Destination 1 will be replaced by the given name of the destination. The Select Video Rate and Select Audio Rate dropdowns show only Video and Audio Rates1 and None in this release. These fields can be used to transmit video only or audio only programs by setting either video or audio to None.

Servers

There are three possible server configurations for a given stream. The configuration parameters are divided into one common section (on the Programs page) and another section (on the Servers page) which configures each individual server.

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System Configuration

Topics in this section

Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

General. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Usernames & Passwords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Manage Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Advanced Configurations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Network

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Network DHCP

Default - Enabled. Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol –

 

(Enable, Disable). On Ethernet models, if DHCP is enabled, the

 

VBrick gets its IP Address and Subnet Mask from the DHCP

 

server. If the DHCP server supplies the Gateway Address or

 

DNS server address, these parameters will replace the user

 

entered Gateway and DNS settings. If DHCP is enabled and the

 

appliance cannot obtain an IP address from the server, it will start

 

in limited run mode after 90 seconds, using its default IP Address

 

of 172.17.5.5. After 15 minutes, it will automatically reset and

 

again attempt to acquire an address. The LCD screen on the front

 

of the VBrick will indicate a DHCP failed message. Note: The

 

VBrick appliance requires a minimum DHCP lease length of 8

 

minutes to work, however it is recommended to extend the lease

 

time to what is maximally available via the network to avoid

 

disruptions.

 

 

IP address

IP Address of the VBrick.

 

 

Subnet Mask

Subnet mask for the VBrick address.

 

 

Gateway IP Address

Gateway IP Address for communicating across distinct network

 

segments.

 

 

Host Name

The Host Name defaults to the Media Access Control (MAC)

 

address, a hardware address that uniquely identifies each node of

 

a network. The VBrick Host Name identifies the appliance to

 

various network applications including DHCP, SNMP and VBrick

 

application tools. The Host Name syntax can be a maximum of 18

 

characters, the first character must be a letter and the rest can be letters,

 

numbers or hyphens.

 

 

Network Interface

10Mbps, 100Mbps, or Automatic. This allows the Ethernet

Speed

interface of the VBrick to be manually forced to 10 or 100 Mbps.

 

Automatic is the default and recommended setting. Automatic

 

enables auto negotiation and the appliance will automatically

 

match its speed setting to the speed of the switch or hub to which

 

it is attached. Automatic can resolve up to 1GB depending on

 

your network.

 

The settings for Network Interface Speed and Network Interface

 

Type are interdependent. They must both be set to Automatic or

 

they must both be set manually. Manual settings should be used

 

only in the rare case when the appliance is attached to network

 

equipment that does not support auto negotiation. The VBrick's

 

capabilities will be limited when its Ethernet link is at 10 Mbps

 

and/or Half Duplex. If auto negotiation fails, the VBrick defaults

 

to 100 Mbps, Full Duplex, and attempts "parallel detection," an

 

alternative way to sense speed. Status parameters are available on

 

the network status screen to indicate the state of the link and the

 

current configuration of the Ethernet hardware. In auto mode,

 

they reflect the results of the negotiation and in manual mode

 

they follow the configuration options.

 

 

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Network Interface Type

Half Duplex, Full-Duplex, or Automatic. This allows the

 

 

 

Ethernet interface of the VBrick to be manually forced to Half or

 

 

 

Full Duplex. The default setting is Automatic which enables auto

 

 

 

negotiation in the appliance so it will automatically match its

 

 

 

duplex setting to that of the switch or hub that it is attached to.

 

 

 

Automatic is the default and recommended setting. The settings

 

 

 

for Network Interface Speed and Network Interface Type are

 

 

 

interdependent. See the description of Network Interface Speed

 

 

 

above.

 

 

 

Note: Half Duplex is only supported on encoder models with a

 

 

 

Hardware Revision level of 2.1 or higher. To check revision level,

 

 

 

go to Monitor > System page.

 

 

 

 

 

Maximum Transmission

Range 1024–1500 (default = 1500). The MTU is used for all

 

Unit Size

 

network traffic from the VBrick and defines the largest network

 

 

 

packet size that will be transmitted. A higher MTU brings higher

 

 

 

bandwidth efficiency and VBrick recommends using the default.

 

 

 

However you may wish to reduce MTU size to meet the

 

 

 

requirements of some networks with VPN or other security

 

 

 

tunnels that cannot tolerate 1500-byte packets.

 

 

 

 

 

Domain Name Server

 

 

 

 

Primary Server IP

This is the primary server used for DNS.

 

Address

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secondary Server IP

This is the secondary server used for DNS.

 

address

 

 

 

 

 

 

Default Domain

This is the domain name used for DNS.

 

Extension

 

 

 

 

 

 

Network Time Synchronization

These fields are used to synchronize network time using the host name or IP address of a known server to provide a synchronized time for all appliances in the network.

Note Network Administrators please note. DHCP Option 4 (TIME) and Option 42 (NTP) are requested from the DHCP server to obtain SNTP server addresses. One or both of these options must be enabled in the DHCP server for these addresses to be returned to the VBrick. If both are returned, the VBrick will use the NTP server address. If the DHCP server configuration is unknown, it is recommended that the address(es) be manually entered since the DHCP server-supplied address will always override a manually-entered address.

Network Time Protocol

Check to enable network time synchronization. Default =

 

Disabled.

 

 

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Primary Server IP Address

Primary host name (VBrick Host Name or DNS Host

 

Name) or IP address of valid SNTP server providing time

 

synchronization. A blank field indicates the server address

 

will be acquired via the DHCP server only if the Network

 

DHCP field above is checked.

 

 

Secondary Server IP Address

Secondary host name (VBrick Host Name or DNS Host

 

Name) or IP address of valid SNTP server providing time

 

synchronization. A blank field indicates the server address

 

will be acquired via the DHCP server only if the Network

 

DHCP field above is checked.

 

 

General

System Identification

The Name, Location, and Contact fields are used to identify the appliance. They are not changed when you click Default. (They are changed when you reset to the defaults on the Manage Configuration page.)

System Description

Read-only. Company name, appliance model number, and serial

 

number.

 

 

System Name

User-defined. System name, for example Biology Dept.

 

 

System Location

User-defined. System location, for example West Campus.

 

 

System Contact

User-defined. Contact person, for example Jane Doe.

 

 

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System Time

System Date Time

 

Sets system date and time in mm/dd/yyyy hh:mm format. The

 

appliance will reset when you click Set Time.

 

 

Time Zone

Select from list: (GMT-12) Eniwetok – (GMT +12) Auckland.

Daylight Saving Time U.S. only. Check this box and the appliance will automatically adjust for Daylight Savings Time. This is particularly useful when monitoring the System Logs.

System Mode

Operational Mode

 

Indicates the configured operational mode of the appliance. The

 

 

following modes are supported:

 

 

• Run Mode – Normal operation.

 

 

• Diagnostics – User selected mode for running certain VBrick

 

 

diagnostics. See Troubleshoot on page 63.

 

 

 

System Reset

 

 

 

 

Reset

Resets (i.e. reboots) the appliance. A reset does not change, save, or

 

reset any configuration parameters.

 

 

 

Front Panel

The parameters shown here are used to configure the appearance and behavior of the front panel. Access to front panel Configuration Mode is restricted by Pin number. Pin numbers (default = 0000) are defined on the Usernames & Passwords page. Some VBrick H.264 appliance models have a front panel without keypad buttons or an LCD screen. If you have one of these devices, the front panel configuration parameters shown below are not displayed. For a description of how to actually use the front panel, see the "Front Panel" topic in the

H.264 Appliance Getting Started Guide.

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Config Mode

Use this option to allow or prevent users from making configuration

 

changes via the front panel. If disabled, users (in Function mode)

 

can still run scripts from the front panel using the F1–F4 function

 

keys.

 

 

Display IP Address

Check to display the appliance IP address on LCD panel.

 

 

Display Hostname

Check to display the appliance hostname on LCD panel.

 

 

Display Transmitter

Check to display transmitter name and destination IP address on

Information

LCD front.

 

 

Display User

Check to display user-defined text on the first two lines of LCD

Description

panel.

 

 

User Description 1

Enter user-defined text (20 chars. max.) that will be displayed on

 

first line of LCD panel. Default = VBrick Systems

 

 

User Description 2

Enter user-defined text (20 chars. max.) that will be displayed on

 

second line of LCD panel. Default = Release nn.nn.nnn

 

 

User Function

After navigating to Function mode with the Mode button, there are

Description 1–4

four configurable lines of text you can use to describe the behavior

 

associated with each function key. For example, you might define the

 

four configurable lines of text as follows:

 

F1 - Start Transmitting

 

F2 - End Transmitting

 

F3 - Mute Audio

 

F4 - Unmute Audio

 

 

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Read or Write Script

You can add scripts to the /scripts folder on the appliance via FTP

 

Files

by clicking on the FTP Scripts button.

 

 

 

 

User Function Script

Use this parameter to associate a user-defined and user-named .txt

 

1–4

script file with (F1–F4) function keys on the front panel. Simply

 

 

press the appropriate function key to execute the script. For an

 

 

example of a user-defined script, see Sample Script on page 17.

 

 

 

Usernames & Passwords

Use this page to define user names and passwords and their corresponding permissions with respect to the appliance. (Table 2 shows the default user names, passwords, and permissions.) It also lets you assign a Pin number that will allow direct access to the keypad and functions on the appliance front panel (if the appliance is configured with a front panel.

User Name

Enter desired user name. Cannot exceed 20 characters. It may include

 

any combination of alphanumeric characters and only the following

 

special characters: ~ ! # $ ^ * + & [ ] { } | < > See Table 2 below for

 

defaults.

 

 

Password

Enter password. Cannot exceed 20 characters. May include any

 

combination of alphanumeric characters but only the following special

 

characters: ~ ! # $ ^ * + & [ ] { } | < > See Table 2 for defaults.

 

 

Confirm

Confirm new password entry. The appliance will then display a user

 

message and reboot.

 

 

Pin

Default = 0000. Enter a four-digit numeric string that will allow direct

 

access to the keypad and functions on the appliance front panel.

 

 

Confirm Pin

Enter the same numeric string from above to confirm.

 

 

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Table 2. Default User Names and Passwords

User Level

Default User Name

Default Password

Permissions

 

 

 

 

Administrator

admin

admin

Read, diagnostics, edit, change

 

 

 

password, network and routing.

 

 

 

 

Operator

operator

operator

Read, diagnostics, edit.

 

 

 

 

Diagnostics

diagnostics

diagnostics

Read, diagnostics.

 

 

 

 

Public

public

public

Read

 

 

 

 

Manage Configuration

This page lets you reset some or all of the parameters in the appliance configuration. It also lets you read and save the current configuration to an .xml file and restore that configuration if necessary. Manage configuration includes the following functions.

Reset System Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Read System Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Restore System Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

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Reset System Configuration

This menu lets you default some or all appliance configuration parameters.

Default All

Sets all parameters except Network DHCP, IP Address, Subnet Mask,

 

Gateway IP, User Names, Passwords and System Date & Time.

 

 

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Factory Defaults

Sets all parameters to factory defaults with the exception of System

 

 

Date and Time.

 

 

 

Read System Configuration

This function lets you read configuration parameters from the VBrick appliance to a file, as well as write configuration parameters from a file to the VBrick. The file is an .xml file and Internet Explorer is the assumed browser. Note that the VBrick appliance the .xml file is read from, and VBrick appliance the .xml file is written to, should be running the same version of code. Mismatched versions may work but are not supported or guaranteed.

Note .xml configuration files from VB6000 Series appliances are not compatible with VBrick 7000 Series models. Do not try to run VB6000 Series configuration files on VBrick 7000 Series appliances.

Use any text editor, preferably an .xml editor to make changes to the file. You can change the "values" field as well as delete objects as necessary. Make sure the right data types are used. For example if a parameter takes integer values, do not enter a string. Also IP Address parameters must have the right IP syntax. Enter "0.0.0.0" to enter a null IP address. Blanks and null strings are not valid IP Addresses.

You can read the configuration parameters from the VBrick by clicking the Read button on the page. After clicking on the button, an xml document with all the configuration parameters will pop up (see Figure 4). The .xml document can then be saved to your PC as an

.xml file using File > Save As. To view this file offline, you must download the style sheet to the same directory as the saved file. Do not change the name of the style sheet. It should always be saved as cfgdata.xsl and the first line at the top of the configuration file must

always be: <?xml-stylesheet type="text/xsl" href="cfgdata.xsl"?>

Note Firefox users: To view or save the configuration file, click Read. Then go to File > Save Page As and save the file as Web Page, XML only. Then download the stylesheet to the same folder and you can view the configuration file using the stylesheet.

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Figure 4. Sample VBrick Configuration File

Restore System Configuration

This function lets you write configuration parameters from an .xml file to the VBrick appliance. On a successful restore, all parameters will be saved to flash and the appliance will reboot. Only administrator-level users and above have "write" privileges. Note that the VBrick appliance that the configuration file is read from, and VBrick appliance that the configuration file is written to should be running the same version of code. Mismatched versions may work but are not supported or guaranteed.

TTo restore the system configuration from an .xml file:

1.Click the Browse button and navigate to the configuration file you want to write to the appliance.

2.Click on the Restore button to write the selected file to the VBrick appliance. If there are no validation errors the configuration parameters will be saved to flash memory and the appliance will reset.

3.If the configuration has validation errors, the file is rejected and the errors are displayed. You will need to correct the errors and create a valid .xml "read" file as explained above.

Auto Configuration

Auto Configuration lets you perform a configuration via a URL script file. It is typically used for remote configuration and troubleshooting or to configure appliances behind a firewall. To configure a parameter on an appliance (or more likely a set of parameters) you simply point the URL to a server with an .xml configuration file. This is useful, for example, to set the audio and video rates when the VBrick appliance is behind a firewall and cannot be accessed remotely.

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The VBrick reads the URL field (e.g. www.myserver.com/config.xml) via HTTP protocol and executes the script depending on the VBEXECUTE tag. If a VBEXECUTEFORCE tag is present in the .xml file (see example below), the script runs every time at the poll interval even if it has not changed. If a VBEXECUTEIFDIF tag is present the script runs only if it is different from the last executed file. One of these tags is required.

If the VBrick is in Edit mode, the script file will not run until the edit session is ended. The auto config script will run before any external event scripts. In Edit mode, you can press Run Script to execute the script on demand. After a reboot, the VBrick checks for a script URL and will run the script immediately, regardless of the VBEXECUTE tag value.

URL

Valid path to a URL script file, for example: www.myserver.com/

 

config.xml. Default = blank.

 

 

Poll Rate

The rate at which the appliance checks the config file. 0–1440

 

minutes. Default = 0.

 

 

Auto Config Status

Shows auto config status including when the script was last run, URL

 

connection errors, etc.

 

 

Run Script

Edit mode only. Run the script now.

 

 

Sample Script

The auto config script file (config.xml) is an .xml file with the following syntax. It can set any VBrick parameters and force an "apply" as needed. This example shows how to set various recorder parameters. Note that a VBEXECUTE tag is required and all commands must be preceded by an svar (set variable) command.

<?xml version="1.0"?> <?VBEXECUTEFORCE?> <VBRICK>

SVAR vbrickEncoderVideoCommonAspectRatio.1.1=2 SVAR vbrickEncoderVideoH264Resolution.1.1=15

SVAR vbrickEncoderVideoH264TargetBitRate.1.1=5000000 SVAR vbrickEncoderVideoCommonApplySet.1=2

</VBRICK>

Note The script file must have DOS/Windows style line endings. Text files created on Windows machines have different line endings than those created on Unix or Linux machines. Windows machines use a carriage return and line feed (\r\n) whereas Unix machines use line feed (\n) only.

Advanced Configurations

The functions in this section are generally used by system administrators to configure management parameters. These parameters should not be changed except by knowledgeable systems administrators. Advanced configurations include the following.

Management SAP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Security. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Logging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Event Triggering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Passthrough . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

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