Adder TS4
Four-port keyboard and mouse switch
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Locations.......................................................................................5
Mounting......................................................................................5
Making connections.....................................................................6
System connections ................................................................6
Keyboard and mouse connections..........................................7
Optional power supply connections.......................................7
Remote control connections...................................................7
Installing Synchrony.....................................................................8
Connections for Synchrony.....................................................8
Configuration for Synchrony..................................................9
Configuration switch settings....................................................12
Hot plugging and mouse restoration...................................13
Further information
Troubleshooting.........................................................................18
Getting assistance.......................................................................18
Upgrade cable pin out...............................................................18
Safety information.....................................................................19
Warranty.....................................................................................19
Emissions and Immunity.............................................................20
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Installation
The SYSTEM readout..............................................................14
Selecting systems........................................................................14
Configuration options................................................................15
Setting (or changing) a password.........................................15
Changing hotkeys..................................................................15
Mouse button switching modes...........................................16
All channel/active channel cycling........................................16
Resetting and restoring default settings..............................16
Upgrading..............................................................................17
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Introduction..................................................................................2
Automatic switching between systems..................................2
How does Synchrony work?.........................................................3
Synchrony configuration tips..................................................3
Standard items..............................................................................4
Additional and optional items.....................................................4
Operation
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Welcome
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Contents
Welcome
The Adder TS4 is a robust keyboard and mouse switch created
specifically for trading floors and control rooms, where information
must be controlled across numerous systems and screens. The
TS4 allows a single keyboard and mouse to fulfil the function that
previously required four separate sets. This provides immediate savings
in both desk space and also the time required to access information
spread across up to four systems and screens.
Switching between the systems connected to the Adder TS4 can be
achieved in five different ways:
• The Adder TS4 unit SELECT button
• The optional RC4 Remote control selector
• Keyboard hotkey combinations
• Mouse button combinations
• Automatic switching using the Synchrony utility (see below)
When used with Synchrony software, the Adder TS4 allows automatic
switching between the connected systems and screens. The switching
between the systems is determined primarily by the position of the
mouse cursor. As the cursor exceeds the periphery of one screen,
control is seamlessly switched to the next screen/system.
This operation
PC1
PC2
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(PRIMARY)
requires all of the
systems to run the
Synchrony utility
and one of them
to be designated
as the ‘primary’.
Additionally, a
serial link is required
between the
primary system and
TS4 unit
the Adder TS4.
Serial (RS232) link between
switch and primary system
See page 3 for
further details: How does Synchrony work?
The display
clearly shows
which system
is currently
connected to the
keyboard and
mouse.
TS4 unit
RC4 Remote
control allows
the main unit
to be neatly
concealed
amongst the
cabling.
Single keyboard and mouse are common to all
of the systems and are electronically connected
to the required one using any of four switching
methods. Switching can be initiated from either
the keyboard or mouse in addition to the TS4
unit or optional remote control.
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Automatic switching between systems
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The keyboard and mouse are
electronically linked through to
the currently selected system.
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The video displays are connected directly to their respective
systems as usual. The keyboard and mouse ports of each
system, however, are connected to the TS4 unit.
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Introduction
SYSTEM
www.adder.com
SELECT
Full instructions on how to install
and configure Synchrony, please
see the Installing Synchrony
section in this guide.
Cursor position data sent to primary system via standard network links
The primary
system runs
the Synchrony
utility in Server
mode. All
other systems
run the utility
in Client mode.
PC1
(PRIMARY)
PC2
PC3
PC4
Cursor currently
active on system
PC4
Common keyboard and mouse
links switched through to the
currently active system (PC4)
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In combination with the installation instructions provided with the Synchrony
utility, please consider these configuration tips:
• You are recommended to use a native serial port or third-party serial card on
the primary system. USB to serial adapters will work, but won’t provide such
a rapid switching action between systems.
• Option switch 5 is used to place the Adder TS4 into Synchrony mode,
however, the setup switches are only consulted during the power on phase,
or when the TS4 is reset using option switch 8. Moving option switch 5
whilst the unit is on will have no effect.
• For each system, the screen name that you enter in the Synchrony setup
must be the name that identifies the system on the network (it cannot be
random). In Windows this can be found in My Computer > Properties >
Computer Name. Alternatively, you can discover the screen name by running
the Synchrony software and selecting “Advanced”. The computer name of
the current computer is then shown in the Screen Name field.
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Synchrony configuration tips
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Synchrony is a small software utility that runs on each of your computer
systems and continually tracks the current mouse cursor position. One system is
designated as the ‘primary’ and the other systems use standard network links to
report their mouse cursor information back to it.
The primary system has an extra communication link directly to the Adder TS4
switch. When the Synchrony utility detects that the cursor has moved over the
edge of a screen boundary, it instructs (via the primary computer) the Adder
TS4 to switch the common keyboard and mouse through to the appropriate
computer.
The Adder TS4 and Synchrony combination minimises any potential security risks
in two important ways:
• The network messages flowing between the systems contain only benign
cursor positioning reports.
• All keyboard and real mouse data flow only through the direct keyboard and
mouse connections via the Adder TS4, not via the network.
The Synchrony utility provides straightforward configuration in which you
can define the connected systems, their network identities and their relevant
switching scenarios. The primary system runs Synchrony in server mode whereas
the other systems run Synchrony within its client mode.
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How does Synchrony work?
ADDER
SYSTEM
www.adder.com
Switching commands sent from primary
system via special serial link
SELECT
Standard items
Adder TS4 unit
Adder P/N: CCP2U
Additional and optional items
RC4 Remote control plus link cable
(not usable when Synchrony auto
switching is in use)
Optional power supply
(required only when long
cables are used) plus
country-specific mains cable
Adder P/N: PSU-IEC-5VDC-2A
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Sychrony/flash
upgrade link cable
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CCP2U converter (required when
connecting to a system that uses
a USB keyboard and mouse - two
VSC3 cables are also required)
CD-ROM
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Adder P/N: VSC3
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PS/2-style keyboard/mouse cable, 2 metres
(two required per system)
Converter for connecting a SUN
computer to the Adder TS4
(not pictured)
Adder P/N: CCSUN
Installation
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Before you begin connecting to the keyboard, mouse and source systems, it is
advisable to mount the Adder TS4 unit in place, either:
• On a horizontal surface using the supplied self adhesive feet, or
• Amongst the cabling at the rear of the desk.
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Please consider the following important points when planning the position of
the Adder TS4 unit:
• Situate the Adder TS4 unit close to the systems to which it will be
connected. The Adder TS4 does not require a power supply providing that
its connection cables are no longer than 2 metres.
• Thanks to the remote control, the Adder TS4 unit can be situated out of
sight within the cabling cradle of a desk or adjacent to the systems.
• Consult the precautions listed within the Safety information section.
Mounting
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Locations
Keyboard and
mouse link cables
from Adder TS4
Symbols indicate the
keyboard and mouse
sockets
3 Attach the other end of the VSC3 link cable to the keyboard socket (usually
coloured purple) on the first system.
4 Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the mouse connection (green) between the Adder
TS4 port 1 and the first system.
Note: For neatness and accessibility it is advisable to join the keyboard and
mouse link cables, that lead to each system, using several cable ties.
5 Repeat the above steps for systems 2, 3 and 4 to the corresponding ports of
the Adder TS4. If any systems do not have PS/2-style keyboard and mouse
connectors, please use an Adder CCP2U converter, as discussed opposite.
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Adder CCP2U
converter
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To connect a system (PS/2-style connections)
Note: Two Adder VSC3 link cables are required per connected system.
1 Ensure that the computer system to be connected is switched off and power
is removed from the Adder TS4.
(Note: If it is not possible to switch off systems prior to connection, then
a ‘Hot plug’ procedure is available – see the Hot plugging and mouse
restoration section for more details).
2 At the rear panel of the Adder TS4 unit, attach a VSC3 link cable to the
(purple) keyboard socket of port 1.
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System connections
To connect a system (USB-style connections)
Note: Two Adder VSC3 link cables plus one CCP2U converter are required per
connected system.
1 At the rear panel of the Adder TS4 unit, attach a VSC3 link cable to the
(purple) keyboard socket of port 1.
2 Attach the other end of the VSC3 link cable to the inline keyboard socket of
the CCP2U converter.
3 Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the mouse connection (green) between the Adder
TS4 port 1 and the CCP2U converter.
USB port on system
Note: For neatness and accessibility it is advisable to join the keyboard and
mouse link cables, that lead to each system, using several cable ties.
4 Attach the USB connector of the CCP2U converter to a vacant USB socket of
the first system.
5 Repeat the above steps for any other system that requires USB connections.
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Connections to the Adder TS4 unit do not need to follow the precise order
given in this user guide, although if one or more systems must be hot-plugged,
connect these after all other connections have been made.
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Making connections
Optional power supply connections
Note: The Adder TS4 can obtain its power from the keyboard connections of any
of the four connected systems. Thus, an external power supply is not required
unless the connection cables used exceed 2 metres.
Important: Please read and adhere to the electrical safety information given
within the Safety information section of this guide. In particular, do not use an
unearthed power socket or extension cable.
To connect the optional power supply
1 Attach the output connector of the power supply (country specific power
supplies are available) to the socket on the far left of the rear panel of the
Adder TS4.
2 When all other connections have been made, connect the main body of the
power supply to a nearby earthed mains socket.
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To connect the remote control
1 On the underside of the Adder TS4 unit, ensure that switch 5 is switched
OFF. Note: The switch settings are consulted by the unit only during its
power up phase, i.e. when power is first supplied by a keyboard socket
of a powered system. Therefore, change the setting while the unit is
disconnected or use switch 8 to force a reset, whereupon the other switches
will be consulted.
2 Locate the remote control unit and the remote control cable. Attach the
smaller of the two cable connectors to the socket at the rear of the remote
control.
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The remote control unit can be used to provide manual switching between
systems.
Note: The remote control cannot be used in conjunction with the Adder TS4
when a Synchrony auto switching link is being used because they both use the
same switching socket.
3 At the other end of the cable, attach the larger connector to the socket on
the end of the Adder TS4 unit.
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To connect a keyboard and mouse
1 At the rear panel of the Adder TS4 unit, attach the connector from the
keyboard to the purple socket that is closest to the power input socket.
2 At the rear panel of the Adder TS4 unit, attach the connector from the
mouse to the green socket that is closest to the power input socket.
Remote control connections
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Keyboard and mouse connections
Installing Synchrony
This section covers the connections, switch setting and software installation
procedures required to use the Synchrony application with the Adder TS4 unit.
Connections for Synchrony
4 On the underside of the Adder TS4 unit, remember to set switch 5 to ON to
enable the auto switching mode.
ON
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To connect the Synchrony serial link cable
1 Locate the Synchrony serial link cable.
2 Attach the smaller of the two cable connectors to a vacant serial port socket
on the designated ‘primary’ computer system.
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When using the Synchrony software utility to provide automatic system
switching (according to mouse movements) it is necessary to link the Adder TS4
to the designated ‘primary’ system that will run the software utility.
Note: The remote control cannot be used in conjunction with the Adder TS4
when a Synchrony auto switching link is being used because they both use the
same switching socket.
1
Change switch 5
to ON
2
4
5
6
7
8
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Vacant serial port
on designated
primary system
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• For application setup details, please refer to Configuration for Synchrony
starting on the next page.
• For more information about how the Synchrony system works, please
refer to page 3.
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3 At the other end of the cable, attach the larger connector to the socket on
the end of the Adder TS4 unit.
Configuration for Synchrony
Repeat this procedure within the copy of Synchrony on each system.
5 On the ‘primary system’ only (the one that has its serial port connected to
the Adder TS4 unit), select the ‘Use this computer as the server...’ radio
button and then click the ‘Configure’ button:
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Note the ‘Hostname’
as you will need to
reference this system
using this name.
This is where you will register each computer (including the primary system
itself) and define the positional relationships between their monitor screens.
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The Synchrony application consists of three main files plus other supporting
items. The three files are as follows:
Synchrony.exe
The main file used to perform the initial configuration.
Synchronyc.exe
This is the application file that runs on the client systems.
Synchronys.exe
This is the application file that runs on the server system.
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To configure Synchrony
1 Locate the Synchrony zip file on the supplied Adder CD-ROM (issue v6.0e or
later) or download it from the adder.com website.
2 Unzip the file and place the resulting group of files within a ‘Synchrony’
folder on each of the computer systems that are connected to the Adder
TS4 unit.
3 On each system, run the ‘synchrony.exe’ file. The main Synchrony window
will be displayed:
4 First, you need to discover the fixed ‘Hostname’ of each system as these will
be used to address each of them on the network. Click the ‘Info’ button to
display the following dialog box:
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To correctly configure Synchrony, you need to install a copy on each system,
configure one as the server and the rest as clients. You then need to define the
relationships between the screens so that Synchrony knows when to switch, and
to which screen.
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10You now need to define the positional relationships between the various
screens of the systems, using the lower part of the Screens & Links window.
0 to 100% of the right of PC1-Primary goes to 0 to 100% of PC2
The above setting will change to PC2 when the mouse exceeds the right
border of PC1-Primary.
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11Use the drop down controls (ringed in red), to select the border (left, right,
top or bottom) of a screen, and the screen to which it should switch, e.g.
12Click the ‘+’ button to add your entry to the list. The above entry would be
added to the list as follows:
PC2 is right of PC1-Primary
13Repeat steps 11 and 12 for each screen border that leads to another screen.
This must be done for both switching directions, i.e. ‘...right of PC1 goes to
PC2’ and left of PC2 goes to PC1’.
The percentage
values only need
to be changed if
different switching
routes from the same
screen are required.
In the example right,
the bottom half of
the right side of PC1
switches to PC3, while
the top half goes
to PC2. This would
expressed as follows:
PC2
50 to 100%
PC1
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See the next page for typical setup examples Ü
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7 In the ‘Screen Name’ field, enter the ‘Hostname’ (see step 4) of one of the
computer systems and choose the corresponding ‘Switch Number’ (its port
number on the Adder TS4 unit).
You can optionally use the other controls within this dialog:
Aliases - Enter one or more unique names that you would prefer to use for
the system.
Dead Corners - This option allows you to define one or more corner regions
of the screen where you need to prevent switching to another screen. This is
most often used in the corner where the Windows Start button is located so
that you do not accidentally switch screens. Check one or more of the boxes
to select the appropriate corner(s) and use the ‘Size‘ field to define a square
area (side length of the square in pixels, extending out from the corner) in
which switching should be disabled.
8 Click the OK button when all items have been entered.
9 Repeat steps 6 to 8 to define each system, including the primary server
system itself.
(PRIMARY)
0 to 49%
PC3
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6 Beneath the Screens field, click the ‘+’ button to display the Add Screen
dialog so that you can add a new screen (computer system):
0 to 49% of the right of PC1-Primary goes to 0 to 100% of PC3
50 to 100% of the right of PC1-Primary goes to 0 to 100% of PC2
10
0 to 100% of the left of PC2 goes to 0 to 100% of PC1-Primary
0 to 100% of the bottom of PC2 goes to 0 to 100% of PC4
Screens arranged
in a square
formation
PC1
PC2
(PRIMARY)
PC3
PC4
0 to 100% of the top of PC4 goes to 0 to 100% of PC2
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0 to 100% of the bottom of PC1-Primary goes to 0 to 100% of PC3
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0 to 100% of the right of PC1-Primary goes to 0 to 100% of PC2
14When all of the screen switching entries have been entered, click the OK
button to return to the main window. Now choose the Serial Port on the
primary computer to which the Adder TS4 serial cable is connected.
15On each client system, select the ‘Use this computer as a client’ radio
button and enter the Screen Name (Hostname) of the primary system in the
‘Name of Server’ field.
Tip: To confirm that each client can see the server on the network, open
the Windows Command Prompt and enter: ping <server hostname>. If the
server can be seen, you will see replies to each outgoing message listed
within the Command Prompt window. This test can also be performed from
the server system to verify each of the clients.
16On every system you now need to determine when Synchrony should start.
Depending on your access rights on each system, you can choose to launch
Synchrony either:
• When the system first starts up, or
• When you log in.
Click the ‘AutoStart...’ button to display the following dialog:
The application will check your current login status and present the
available choices to you.
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Set up examples for positional relationships
0 to 100% of the left of PC4 goes to 0 to 100% of PC3
0 to 100% of the top of PC3 goes to 0 to 100% of PC1-Primary
0 to 100% of the right of PC3 goes to 0 to 100% of PC4
0 to 100% of the left of PC1-Primary goes to 0 to 100% of PC4*
0 to 100% of the left of PC2 goes to 0 to 100% of PC1-Primary
0 to 100% of the right of PC2 goes to 0 to 100% of PC3
Screens
arranged
in a row
PC1
(PRIMARY)
PC2
PC3
PC4
0 to 100% of the left of PC3 goes to 0 to 100% of PC2
0 to 100% of the right of PC3 goes to 0 to 100% of PC4
* Leave out these two
entries if you don’t need to
wrap around at each end
0 to 100% of the left of PC4 goes to 0 to 100% of PC3
0 to 100% of the right of PC4 goes to 0 to 100% of PC1-Primary*
17Click the relevant Install button and then click the Close button to return to
the main window.
You can now either click the Start button to begin each Synchrony session
immediately or wait until each system is next restarted. The taskbar on the
server system will begin greyed out
and will become coloured
once
the client systems are located.
In operation, as the mouse exceeds the boundary of one screen, the Adder
TS4 unit should switch across to the next system and screen.
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0 to 100% of the right of PC1-Primary goes to 0 to 100% of PC2
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Configuration switch settings
2,3,4 Reserved
ON
1
OFF: Cycle between all system ports
6
ON: Cycle between active ports only
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The underside of the TS4 unit features a block of eight switches which are used
to configure various fundamental settings. When shipped, all switches are set to
OFF, which produces normal operation within the TS4 unit. Further details about
switch settings can be found within sections of this guide dealing with specific
setup issues.
2
3
6
7
8
Note: The switch settings (except switch 8) are
consulted by the unit only during its power up
phase, i.e. when power is first supplied by a
keyboard socket of a powered system. Therefore,
change the setting while the unit is disconnected
or use switch 8 to force a reset, whereupon the
other switches will be consulted.
OFF: Normal operation
7
ON: Upgrade mode
ON
1
2
3
4
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5
OFF: Normal operation
5
ON: Synchrony mode
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OFF: Normal operation
8
ON: (while power applied) Reset unit
4
5
6
7
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8
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OFF: Normal operation
1
ON: Auto switch to powered port
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The general rule is that unless both the mouse and the driver are both
IntelliMouse compatible then you need to restore the mouse as ‘PS/2’. An
IntelliMouse can operate in either mode, whereas a PS/2 mouse cannot.
Recognising an IntelliMouse-style mouse
The IntelliMouse format was introduced to support, among other features, the
scroll wheel function. If the mouse has a scroll wheel, then it is likely to support
the IntelliMouse format. If it is a Microsoft-branded mouse, then it will usually
state that it is an IntelliMouse on its underside label.
Recognising an IntelliMouse driver
Before hot plugging to the Adder TS4 (or afterwards using only keyboard
control), access the Windows Control Panel of the system and select either
the Mouse option (on Windows NT, 2000 and XP) or the System option (on
Windows 95, 98, ME). Look for the name of the driver, which will usually
include the words PS/2 or IntelliMouse.
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Which restore setting do I use?
To restore mouse operation when hot plugging:
1 Using link cables, carefully make the keyboard and mouse connections
between the host system and the appropriate ports on the Adder TS4.
2 Press and hold the SELECT button on the Adder TS4 front panel for five
seconds, until the SYSTEM readout shows C (Configuration mode).
3 Choose one of the following actions:
• To restore a standard PS/2-style mouse: Press
• To restore an IntelliMouse: Press
The SYSTEM readout will show the entered characters and then return
to show C when you press
. The mouse restoration should now be
complete.
Note: The restore functions predict the likely mouse resolution settings but
may not restore the exact speed or sensitivity settings that were originally
set.
4 Move the mouse a short distance and check for appropriate on-screen
cursor movement. If the mouse cursor darts erratically around the screen,
then cease moving the mouse. This is an indication that the chosen restore
function is incorrect. Try again using the other restore function.
5 To exit from Configuration mode, press
.
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It is strongly recommended that you switch off a host system before attempting
to connect it to the Adder TS4. However, if this is not possible then you need
to ‘hot plug’ the system while it is still running. There is not normally a danger
of damage to the system, however, when PS/2-style mouse or IntelliMouse
communications (i.e. non-USB) are interrupted, often they fail to re-initialise
when reconnected. The Adder TS4 provides a feature to reinstate mouse
communications once the necessary connections have been made.
There are two main types of data formats used by current non-USB mice,
these are the older ‘PS/2’ format and the more recent ‘IntelliMouse®’ format
introduced by Microsoft. These use slightly different data arrangements and it
is important to know which type was being used before you hot-plugged the
system to the Adder TS4. The previous setting depends both on the type of
mouse and the type of driver, as various combinations of PS/2 and IntelliMouse
are possible. Using the incorrect restore function may produce unpredictable
results and require the system to be re-booted.
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Hot plugging and mouse restoration
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Operation
Main digit indicates currently selected system
or other modes - see below for details.
Flashing dot indicates keyboard
and/or mouse activity.
Typical SYSTEM readout displays are:
,
,
or
Indicates the currently selected system. The selected channel
will also be indicated on the remote control.
The Adder TS4 is disabled, no system is currently selected. The
remote control will not show any channel indication.
The Adder TS4 is password protected. You must enter the
current password to gain access. See Setting (or changing)
a password for details. The remote control will not show any
channel indication.
Configuration mode is currently active. Press
to exit. See
Configuration options for details. The remote control will not
show any channel indication.
Upgrade mode is currently active. See Upgrading for details.
The remote control will not show any channel indication.
The upgrade process is complete. Set mini switch 7 to OFF to
exit upgrade mode.
To use keyboard hotkey combinations
Note: The standard hotkeys can be changed to avoid clashes with software
applications, see Changing hotkeys for details.
• To select a particular system: Press and hold the hotkeys (usually
and
), then also press the number of the required system and release all three
keys.
• To select the next system: Press and hold the hotkeys (usually
and
), then press and release the
key until the required system is
selected. Release the hotkeys.
Note: You can determine whether the Adder TS4 visits every port in turn
(regardless of whether active systems are connected to them) or only those with
active systems connected. See All channel/active channel cycling for details.
To use mouse button combinations
Note: The mouse button arrangements can be changed, see Mouse button
switching modes for details.
• Press and hold the mouse scroll wheel (or centre mouse button) and then
press either the left mouse button to change to the next system or the right
mouse button to change to the previous system.
To use automatic switching (optional Synchrony utility required)
Simply move the mouse cursor beyond the edge of the current screen in the
direction of the next screen. Control should switch to a new screen/system.
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To use the remote control selector
• Press the remote control button that corresponds to the required system. The
adjacent indicator will illuminate to show that the chosen system is selected.
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On the front panel of the Adder TS4 unit, the SYSTEM readout indicates either:
• The computer system to which the keyboard and mouse are connected, or
• An alternative mode of operation, such as password protected mode,
configuration mode, upgrade mode, etc.
To use the Adder TS4 unit SELECT button
Note: You can determine whether the Adder TS4 visits every port in turn
(regardless of whether active systems are connected to them) or only those with
active systems connected. See All channel/active channel cycling for details.
• Press the SELECT button repeatedly until the SYSTEM readout shows the
required system number.
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The SYSTEM readout
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In operation, the Adder TS4 allows you to quickly switch between up to four
systems. One system can be accessed at a time, whereupon the common
keyboard and mouse are linked to that system. The Adder TS4 deceives the
other systems that they still have a keyboard and mouse connected to them in
order that they respond quickly and correctly once they are again selected.
There are five ways to select a system:
• The Adder TS4 unit SELECT button
• The optional RC4 Remote control selector
• Keyboard hotkey combinations
• Mouse button combinations
• Automatic switching using the optional Synchrony utility
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Selecting systems
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Configuration options
The Adder TS4 provides numerous configuration options to ensure that it best
suits your circumstances and the tasks carried out by the connected systems.
To lock the system (invoking password protection)
• Press and hold the hotkeys (usually
and
) and press . The SYSTEM
readout should show p.
Note: If the SYSTEM readout shows , there is no password currently set.
To enter a password and unlock the system
1 Enter the current password (upper and lower cases are not differentiated).
2 Press
. The SYSTEM readout should show the number of the first available
system.
If the password is forgotten
1 Remove power from the Adder TS4. If any systems are active, either switch
them off or remove their keyboard link connectors from the Adder TS4. If an
optional power supply is used, remove it.
2 Press and hold the SELECT button and re-apply at least one source of power.
The SYSTEM readout will show C to signify that configuration mode is active.
3 Follow the standard procedure ‘To set (or change or cancel) a password’
from step 2 to create a new password.
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To change the hotkeys
1 Enter configuration mode: Press and hold the SELECT button until the SYSTEM
readout shows C.
2 Press
followed by a number to select the required hotkey setting, as
follows:
‘CTRL’ and ‘ALT’ keys together (default)
‘CTRL’ and ‘SHIFT’ keys together
‘ALT’ and ‘SHIFT’ keys together
‘RIGHT ALT’ key
‘LEFT ALT’ and ‘RIGHT ALT’ keys together
‘LEFT CTRL’ and ‘LEFT ALT’ keys together
‘RIGHT CTRL’ and ‘RIGHT ALT’ keys together
No hotkey enabled 3 When the hotkey combination selection has been made, press
to fix it
and press
to exit from configuration mode.
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To set (or change or cancel) a password
Note: If the SYSTEM readout shows p then the current password must be entered
before attempting to enter the configuration mode.
1 Enter configuration mode: Press and hold the SELECT button until the SYSTEM
readout shows C.
. The SYSTEM readout will show = to indicate that you should
2 Press
enter your new password.
Note: The password is not case sensitive and can be any combination of
keystrokes including the function keys but excluding
,
,
and
.
Note: To cancel the password protection function, do not enter any
characters, merely press
.
to fix it and press
to
3 When the password has been entered, press
exit from configuration mode.
Hotkeys are two normal keyboard keys that, when pressed simultaneously with
a third key, signal to the Adder TS4 that you are sending a message specifically
to it and not to the currently selected system. The hotkeys are ordinarily
and
, while a third keypress determines what you want the Adder TS4 to do, e.g
change to different system, invoke password protection, etc.
If the standard
and
hotkeys are also needed for computer system tasks,
you can change them for another combination, as discussed below.
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The password option allows you to quickly impose a level of security suitable to
prevent system tampering while you are away from your desk for short periods.
When enabled, the Adder TS4 will default to protected mode when switched on
or when you press the hotkeys and L (lock).
Changing hotkeys
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Setting (or changing) a password
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To change SELECT button channel cycling
1 Remove power from the Adder TS4. If any systems are active, either switch
them off or remove their keyboard link connectors from the Adder TS4. If an
optional power supply is used, remove it.
2 On the rear panel, click mini switch 6 to the required position, as follows:
• To cycle between all system ports, set switch 6 to OFF.
• To cycle between active ports only, set switch 6 to ON.
3 Re-apply power to the Adder TS4.
Resetting and restoring default settings
On occasions it may be necessary to reset the Adder TS4 or to remove all custom
settings and return the Adder TS4 to its factory default state.
To reset the Adder TS4
1 On the rear panel, click mini switch 8 to its ON position for a moment and
then return it to its OFF position.
To restore default settings
1 Enter configuration mode: Press and hold the SELECT button until the SYSTEM
readout shows c.
2 On the connected keyboard, press
and then press , followed by
to perform the restoration of the default settings. The SYSTEM readout will
momentarily show to confirm that the process is complete.
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To change keyboard/mouse channel cycling
1 Enter configuration mode: Press and hold the SELECT button until the SYSTEM
readout shows c.
2 Press
followed by a number to select the required keyboard/mouse
channel cycling setting, as follows:
Cycle between all ports when switching with ‘hotkeys and Tab’
or three button mouse (default).
Cycle between active ports only when switching with ‘hotkeys
and Tab’ or three button mouse (default).
3 When the channel cycling selection has been made, press
to fix it and
then press
to exit from configuration mode.
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The Adder TS4 provides the option, when cycling between the system channels,
to visit each channel (irrespective of whether an active system is connected)
or to only select active channels. You can affect the keyboard/mouse setting
independently from the front panel SELECT switch setting.
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To change the mouse button switching modes
1 Enter configuration mode: Press and hold the SELECT button until the SYSTEM
readout shows c.
2 Press
followed by a number to select the required mouse button setting,
as follows:
System channels are switchable using a 3-button mouse or
IntelliMouse (default). Adder TS4 reports 2-button mouse mode
to the systems.
System channels are not switchable using the mouse. Adder TS4
reports 2-button mouse mode to the systems.
System channels are not switchable using the mouse. Adder TS4
reports 3-button mouse mode to the systems.
System channels are switchable using a 3-button mouse or
IntelliMouse (default). Adder TS4 reports IntelliMouse mode to
the systems.
System channels are not switchable using the mouse. Adder TS4
reports IntelliMouse mode to the systems.
3 When the mouse button selection has been made, press
to fix it and
then press
to exit from configuration mode.
All channel/active channel cycling
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You can use a three button mouse to switch between systems. However, when
used in this way, the action of the middle mouse button or scroll wheel click
is ‘trapped’ by the Adder TS4 and is not passed to the system. This makes it
unavailable for use in controlling applications on the selected system. The scroll
wheel scrolling action is unaffected and passed on normally to the systems, only
the scroll wheel click is used by the Adder TS4.
• To use the mouse buttons to change systems, use options U1 (default) or
U4.
• To use the scroll wheel click/third mouse button with the systems, use
options U3 or U5.
• To report only a simple 2-button mouse to the systems, use option U2.
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Mouse button switching modes
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6 Locate and run the application ‘KVMUploader’ to display this window:
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To upgrade the Adder TS4
1 Download the latest TS4 firmware upgrade file from the Adder website:
www.adder.com. The upgrade files are compressed using pkzip format
which you will need to decompress them. If you do not have pkzip, go to
www.pkware.com to download the latest version. Place the decompressed
upgrade files onto the Windows system that will be connected (via a vacant
serial port) to the Adder TS4 unit.
2 Remove power from the Adder TS4. If any systems are active, either switch
them off or remove their keyboard link connectors from the Adder TS4. If an
optional power supply is used, remove it.
3 Connect the supplied upgrade cable between the remote control socket
on the end of the Adder TS4 unit adjacent to the Adder logo, and a vacant
serial port on the system containing the upgrade files.
4 On the underside of the unit, click mini switch 7 to its ON position.
5 Re-apply power to the Adder TS4 and switch on the system to be used for
the upgrade. The SYSTEM readout will show .
7 Click the Browse... button and locate the TXT file that accompanied the
upgrade utility. Highlight the TXT file and click the Open button.
8 Click the Advanced... button and in the subsequent dialog, ensure that the
Serial Port entry matches the port to which the upgrade cable is attached.
Also select the Program and verify option. Click the OK button.
9 Click the Query Unit button to check the name and version of the current
firmware - the application will interrogate the TS4 via the upgrade cable.
Once the version information is displayed, check that the Intended Target
Units field matches the Unit Connected field and the New Firmware Version
field exceeds that of the Current Firmware Version.
10Click the Upload Now button to begin transferring the upgrade data from
the system to the Adder TS4. The progress of the upload is shown in the
status bar (indicating the advancement of the current task) and the progress
bar (indicating the progress of the upload as a whole). The SYSTEM readout
will show u.
During the upload, all buttons become disabled except for the Abort
button. The upload can take as long as fifteen minutes. Should you need to
abandon the upload at any stage, click the Abort button.
Following the upload, a verification will be carried out and the results
displayed within the upgrade application window.
11When complete, switch off the Adder TS4, disconnect the upgrade cable,
return mini switch 7 to its OFF position and resume operation of the Adder
TS4 in the usual manner.
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To discover the current firmware version
1 Enter configuration mode: Press and hold the SELECT button until the SYSTEM
readout shows c.
2 You need to discover the three digits of the firmware release individually, as
follows:
to discover the first firmware release digit.
• Press
• Press
to discover the second firmware release digit.
• Press
to discover the third firmware release digit.
At each stage, the SYSTEM readout will momentarily show = and then the
relevant digit, before returning to the c prompt. For example, the respective
digits 1, 4 and 6 mean that the firmware version is v1.46.
3 Once completed, press
to exit from configuration mode.
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Like all Adder products, the internal software (firmware) of the TS4 is designed
to be easily upgraded in order to take advantage of a continual process of
improvement and innovation.
You can discover the current version of your Adder TS4 in two ways, either using
the upgrade application (discussed later) or within the configuration mode as
discussed next.
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Upgrading
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Further information
Mouse does not move cursor on screen.
• If you move the mouse and the activity indicator (dot on 7 segment display)
does not flash then the Adder TS4 is not receiving data from the mouse.
Check the mouse connection to the Adder TS4, try resetting the mouse
using the reset function or re-powering the Adder TS4. If you are attempting
to connect the Adder TS4 to a system with a PS/2 mouse connection
that has not been powered down then you will need to use the mouse
restoration functions.
• Email
support@adder.com
• Fax in the UK:
in the US: 01954 780081
+1 888 275 1117
• Phone in the UK: in the US: 01954 780044
+1 888 932 3337
Mouse causes channel to change.
• Some cheaper mice are not fully compatible with the Adder TS4 and can
lose data causing the channel to be changed (if mouse switching of channels
is enabled). Ensure that you are using a Microsoft compatible mouse driver
on your system. Some other manufacturers’ drivers may switch the mouse to
use a proprietary mouse data format not supported by the Adder TS4. If you
have unplugged and re-connected a mouse to the Adder TS4 then ensure
that you reset it using the mouse reset function.
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Upgrade cable pin out
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• Adder Technology website – www.adder.com
Check the Support section of our website for the latest solutions.
Mouse jumps around the screen after disconnecting the mouse cable or
powering down the Adder TS4.
• The mouse data format may be out of synchronisation with that required by
the system (PS/2 or Intellimouse). Try the ‘restore Intellimouse’ function (F6)
to resolve the problem or repower the system.
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Keyboard does not function or functions intermittently. Num lock light
does not always come on when the num lock key is pressed.
• Some older keyboards were designed for use with specific systems and
are not truly AT or PS/2 compatible. These are not common but if you
experience problems try another keyboard.
If you are still experiencing problems after checking the list of solutions in the
Troubleshooting section then we provide a number of other solutions:
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If you experience problems when installing or using the Adder TS4, please check
through this section for a possible solution. If your problem is not listed here
and you cannot resolve the issue, then please refer to the ‘Getting assistance’
section.
Getting assistance
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Troubleshooting
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Adder Technology Ltd warrants that this product shall be free from defects in
workmanship and materials for a period of two years from the date of original
purchase. If the product should fail to operate correctly in normal use during the
warranty period, Adder will replace or repair it free of charge. No liability can be
accepted for damage due to misuse or circumstances outside Adder’s control.
Also Adder will not be responsible for any loss, damage or injury arising directly
or indirectly from the use of this product. Adder’s total liability under the terms
of this warranty shall in all circumstances be limited to the replacement value
of this product. If any difficulty is experienced in the installation or use of this
product that you are unable to resolve, please contact your supplier.
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• For use in dry, oil free indoor environments only.
• Not suitable for use in hazardous or explosive environments or next to highly
flammable materials.
• The optional power adapter is only required when the link cables used
exceed 2 metres in length. Otherwise the Adder TS4 can derive its power
from any of the host systems via the keyboard connections.
• Warning – the optional power adapter contains live parts.
• No user serviceable parts are contained within the optional power adapter
- do not dismantle.
• Do not use the optional power adapter if the power adapter case becomes
damaged, cracked or broken or if you suspect that it is not operating
properly.
• Replace the optional power adapter with a manufacturer approved type
only.
• If you use a power extension cable, make sure the total ampere rating of the
devices plugged into the extension cable do not exceed the cable’s ampere
rating. Also, make sure that the total ampere rating of all the devices
plugged into the wall outlet does not exceed the wall outlet’s ampere rating.
• Do not attempt to service the Adder TS4 unit or its remote control yourself.
• The optional power adapter can get warm in operation – do not situate it in
an enclosed space without any ventilation.
• The Adder TS4 unit does not provide ground isolation and should not be
used for any applications that require ground isolation or galvanic isolation.
• When using the optional power adapter, use only with a grounded outlet.
When using a backup power supply (UPS), power the computers, the
monitors and the Adder TS4 from the same supply.
Warranty
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Safety information
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Emissions and Immunity
All interface cables used with this equipment must be shielded in order to
maintain compliance with radio frequency energy emission regulations and
ensure a suitably high level of immunity to electromagnetic disturbances.
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
This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy
and if not installed and used properly, that is, in strict accordance with the
manufacturer’s instructions, may cause interference to radio communication.
It has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a class A computing
device in accordance with the specifications in Subpart J of part 15 of FCC rules,
which are designed to provide reasonable protection against such interference
when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. Operation of this
equipment in a residential area may cause interference, in which case the user at
his own expense will be required to take whatever measures may be necessary
to correct the interference. Changes or modifications not expressly approved by
the manufacturer could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
This equipment does not exceed the class A limits for radio noise emissions from
digital apparatus set out in the radio interference regulations of the Canadian
Department of Communications.
Le présent appareil numérique n’émet pas de bruits radioélectriques dépassant
les limites applicables aux appareils numériques de la classe A prescrites dans
le règlement sur le brouillage radioélectriques publié par le ministère des
Communications du Canada.
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Canadian Department of Communications RFI statement
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This equipment has been tested and found to comply with
the limits for a class A computing device in accordance with
the specifications in the European standard EN55022. These
limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against
harmful interference. This equipment generates, uses and can
radiate radio frequency energy and if not installed and used in accordance with
the instructions may cause harmful interference to radio or television reception.
However, there is no guarantee that harmful interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this equipment does cause interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment on
and off, the user is encouraged to correct the interference with one or more
of the following measures: (a) Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna. (b)
Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver. (c) Connect
the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver
is connected. (d) Consult the supplier or an experienced radio/TV technician for
help.
FCC Compliance Statement (United States)
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European EMC directive 89/336/EEC
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Tel: +65 6288 5767
Fax: +65 6284 1150
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Adder Asia Pacific
6 New Industrial Road,
Hoe Huat Industrial Building
#07-01,
Singapore 536199

Adder Corporation,
29 Water Street,
Newburyport,
MA 01950,
United States of America
Tel: +1-888-932-3337
Fax: +1-888-275-1117
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
Adder Technology Limited,
Technology House,
Trafalgar Way, Bar Hill,
Cambridge, CB3 8SQ,
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1954 780044
Fax: +44 (0)1954 780081
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© 2008 Adder Technology Limited
All trademarks are acknowledged.
Release 1.1c
November 2008
Part No. ADD0064
Documentation by:
www.ctxd.com
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