ADDER AVMP4-SPU Specifications

AdderView MP
Installation and Use
Part
Model
AVMP4-SP
4 port AdderView MP
(Sun and PC)
AVMP4-SPU
4 port AdderView MP
(Sun, PC and USB)
RC1
Remote control
pad / display
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AdderView MP - Multi-platform KVM switches with multimedia support
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Quick Installation and Operation Guide
QUICK INSTALLATION
Power off all your computers and connect them to the ORANGE ports on the rear
of the AdderView MP. Adder 3-in-1 keyboard/video/mouse combination cables
are recommended for convenience.
Connect your keyboard, monitor and mouse to the GREY port on the rear of the
AdderView.
OPERATION GUIDE SUMMARY
The AdderView's default configuration is suitable for most systems.
A computer may be selected using the front panel key, a three button mouse or a
keyboard hotkey combination. To select a computer using the mouse press and
release the left or right hand buttons whilst holding down the central button. To
select a computer using the keyboard hotkeys hold down the CTRL and ALT
keys, press and release the required port key (e.g. 1) and then release the CTRL
and ALT keys.
Safety information
For use in dry, oil free indoor environments only.
Do not attempt to service the AdderView MP yourself.
Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the AdderView MP, its optional
power adapter and its accessories.
Warning - live parts contained within optional power adapter.
No user serviceable parts within optional power adapter - do not dismantle.
Replace the optional power adapter with a manufacturer approved type only.
If you use a power extension cord with the AdderView MP, make sure the total
ampere rating of the devices plugged into the extension cord does not exceed the
cord’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.
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Quick-Guide für Installation & Betrieb
QUICK-INSTALLATION
Schalten Sie alle Ihre Computer aus, und schließen Sie sie an die ORANGEFARBENEN
Ports auf der Rückseite des AdderView MP an. Wir empfehlen der Einfachheit halber die
Verwendung der Adder 3-in-1 Tastatur/Video/Mauskabel, es sind in der Regel jedoch
auch geeignete einzelne Standardmaus-, Video- und Tastaturkabel überall im Handel
erhältlich.
Schließen Sie Ihre Tastatur, Monitor und Maus an den GRAUEN Port auf der Rückseite
des AdderView an.
ZUSAMMENFASSUNG DES BETRIEBS-GUIDES
Die Vorgabekonfiguration des AdderView ist für die meisten Systeme geeignet.
Ein Computer kann für entweder die Verwendung der Taste auf der Frontanzeige, einer
Maus mit drei Tasten oder einer Kombination der Hot-Keys der Tastatur ausgewählt
werden. Zur Auswahl eines Computers, der eine Maus verwendet, die linke oder rechte
Taste kurz drücken, während die mittlere Taste gedrückt gehalten wird. Um einen
Computer auszuwählen, der die Hot-Keys der Tastatur verwendet, die Strg und ALT
Tasten zusammen gedrückt halten, und die erforderliche Port-Taste (z.B. 1) drücken und
loslassen, und dann die Strg und ALT Tasten loslassen.
Sicherheitstechnische Informationen
Nur für den Gebrauch innerhalb von trockenen, ölfreien Räumen vorgesehen.
Die Wartung des AdderView MP darf nur ausschließlich von dazu qualifiziertem
Fachpersonal vorgenommen werden.
Sämtliche Warnhinweise und Anweisungen auf dem AdderView MP, seinem optionalen
Stromadapter und Zubehörteilen beachten und befolgen.
Warnung – im Stormadapter sind unter Spannung stehende Teile enthalten.
Keine vom Benutzer zu wartenden Teile im optionalen Stromadapter enthalten – nicht
auseinandernehmen.
Den optionalen Stromadapter nur durch einen vom Hersteller zugelassenen Typ
ersetzen.
Bei Verwendung eines Stromverlängerungskabels für den AdderView MP, muss darauf
geachtet werden, dass die Gesamtamperezahl der an dieses Kabel angeschlossenen
Geräte nicht den Amperenennwert des Kabels übersteigt. Auch darauf achten, dass die
Gesamtamperezahl aller an die Steckdose angeschlossenen Geräte nicht den
Amperenennwert der Steckdose überschreitet.
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Guía rápida de instalación y funcionamiento
INSTALACIÓN RÁPIDA
Desconecte todos los ordenadores y conéctelos a los puertos NARANJA en la parte
posterior del AdderView MP. Para mayor comodidad se recomiendan cables combinados
3-en-1 teclado/vídeo/ratón.
Conecte el teclado, el monitor y el ratón al puerto GRIS en la parte posterior del
AdderView.
RESUMEN DE LA GUÍA DE FUNCIONAMIENTO
La configuración por defecto del AdderView es adecuada para la mayoría de los
sistemas.
Puede seleccionarse un ordenador utilizando la tecla del panel frontal, un ratón de tres
botones o una combinación de teclas rápidas en el teclado. Para seleccionar un
ordenador utilizando el ratón, pulse y suelte los botones izquierdo o derecho mientras
mantiene pulsado el botón del medio. Para seleccionar un ordenador utilizando las teclas
rápidas del teclado, mantenga pulsadas las teclas CTRL y ALT, pulse y suelte la tecla del
puerto requerida (p.e. 1) y a continuación suelte las teclas CTRL y ALT.
Información sobre seguridad
Solamente debe usarse en interiores, en entornos secos y sin grasa.
No intente realizar ningún tipo de mantenimiento al AdderView MP usted mismo.
Siga todos los avisos e instrucciones marcadas en el AdderView MP, el adaptador de
potencia opcional y todos sus accesorios.
Aviso – el adaptador de potencia opcional tiene piezas con tensión.
El adaptador de potencia opcional no contiene piezas que pueda mantener el usuario –
no desmontarlo.
Cambie el adaptador de potencia opcional solamente con un tipo aprobado por el
fabricante.
Si utiliza una cable de extensión con el AdderView MP, compruebe que el amperaje
nominal total de los equipos enchufados en el cable de extensión no superen el amperaje
nominal del cable de extensión. Asimismo, compruebe que el amperaje nominal total de
todos los equipos conectados a la toma de red no superen el amperaje nominal de la
toma.
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Guide d'installation rapide et mode d'emploi
INSTALLATION RAPIDE
Mettez tous vos ordinateurs hors tension et raccordez-les aux ports ORANGE à l'arrière
d'AdderView MP. Les câbles clavier/vidéo/souris Adder 3-in-1 sont recommandés pour
des raisons pratiques.
Raccordez votre clavier, moniteur et souris au port GRIS à l'arrière de l'AdderView.
MODE D'EMPLOI SOMMAIRE
La configuration par défaut de l'AdderView convient à la plupart des systèmes.
Pour sélectionner un ordinateur, utilisez la touche du panneau avant, une souris à trois
boutons ou une combinaison de touches de raccourci clavier. Pour sélectionner un
ordinateur à l'aide de la souris, maintenez la pression sur le bouton central et appuyez
sur le bouton gauche ou droite avant de relâcher. Pour sélectionner un ordinateur avec
les touches de raccourci clavier, maintenez les touches CTRL et ALT enfoncées,
appuyez sur la touche du port souhaité (ex. 1) et relâchez, puis relâchez les touches
CTRL et ALT.
Consignes de sécurité
A n'utiliser qu'à l'intérieur, dans un environnement sec et exempt d'huile.
Ne pas assurer soi-même l'entretien de l'AdderView MP.
Observer tous les avertissements et instructions marqués sur l'AdderView MP, son
adaptateur de courant optionnel et ses accessoires.
Avertissement – l'adaptateur de courant optionnel renferme des pièces sous tension.
L'adaptateur de courant optionnel ne contient aucune pièce devant être révisée par
l'utilisateur – ne pas le démonter.
Ne remplacer l'adaptateur de courant optionnel que par un adaptateur approuvé par le
fabricant.
Lorsqu'une rallonge est utilisée pour l'AdderView MP, vérifier que l'intensité nominale
totale des périphériques branchés sur la rallonge ne dépasse pas l'intensité nominale du
câble. Par ailleurs, vérifier que l'intensité nominale totale de tous les périphériques
branchés sur la prise murale ne dépasse pas l'intensité nominale de la prise murale ellemême.
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FRENCH
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Guida di installazione rapida e funzionamento
INSTALLAZIONE RAPIDA
Spegnere tutti i computer e collegarli alle porte ARANCIONI sul retro
dell’AdderView MP. Per facilità consigliamo i cavi Adder combinati 3-in-1
tastiera/video/mouse.
Collegare la tastiera, monitor e mouse alla porta GRIGIA sul retro dell’AdderView.
SOMMARIO GUIDA OPERATIVA
La configurazione di default dell’AdderView è adatta alla maggior parte dei
sistemi.
Si può selezionare un computer usando il tasto sul pannello frontale, un mouse a
tre bottoni o una tastiera con tasti attivi. Per selezionare un computer con il
mouse, premere e rilasciare i bottoni sinistro o destro trattenendo
contemporaneamente quello centrale. Per selezionare un computer con tasti attivi
tastiera, tener premuti i tasti CTRL e ALT, premere e rilasciare il tasto porta
richiesta (es. 1) e quindi rilasciare i tasti CTRL e ALT.
Informazionoi riguardanti la sicurezza
Da usare esclusivamente in interni asciutti e privi di olio.
Non cercare di effettuare manutenzione sull’AdderView MP.
Seguire tutti gli avvertimenti ed istruzioni presenti sull’AdderView MP, sull’adattatore
opzionale di potenza e sugli accessori.
Attenzione – l’adattatore opzionale di potenza contiene parti sotto tensione.
L’adattatore opzionale di potenza non contiene parti soggette a manutenzione da parte
dell’utente – non smontarlo.
Sostituire l’adattatore opzionale di potenza solo con uno di tipo approvato dal produttore.
Se si usa una prolunga con l’AdderView MP, controllare che la potenza nominale totale in
ampère dei dispositivi collegati alla prolunga non superi la potenza nominale in ampère
della prolunga stessa. Controllare inoltre che la potenza nominale totale in ampère dei
dispositivi collegati non superi la potenza nominale in ampère della presa a muro.
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ITALIAN
AdderView MP
About this manual
AdderView MP - Installation and Use
First edition (August 2001)
Part No. ADD0037/3
(c) 2001 Adder Technology Ltd.
www.addertec.com
All rights reserved. Whilst every precaution has been taken in the preparation of this
manual, Adder Technology Ltd assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions.
Neither is any liability assumed for damages resulting from the use of the information
contained herein. We reserve the right to change the specifications, functions and
circuitry of the product without notice. All trademarks acknowledged.
Safety information
For use in dry, oil free indoor environments only.
Do not attempt to service the AdderView MP yourself.
Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the AdderView MP, its optional
power adapter and its accessories.
Warning - live parts contained within optional power adapter.
No user serviceable parts within optional power adapter - do not dismantle.
Replace the optional power adapter with a manufacturer approved type only.
If you use a power extension cord with the AdderView MP, make sure the total
ampere rating of the devices plugged into the extension cord does not exceed
the cord’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.
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Warranty
Adder Technology Ltd warrants that this product shall be free from defects in
workmanship and materials for a period of one year 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.
Trademarks
All trademarks mentioned in this manual are acknowledged to be the property of the
respective trademark owners.
Adder is a registered trademark of Adder Technology Limited.
Compaq is a registered trademark of Compaq Computer Corporation.
Hewlett-Packard is a registered trademark of Hewlett-Packard.
IBM, PC/AT, PS/2, RS/6000 and ThinkPad are registered trademarks of
International Business Machines Corporation.
Logitech, MouseMan+ and Pilot Mouse+ are trademarks of Logitech Inc.
Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks, and IntelliMouse is a trademark
of Microsoft Corporation.
Velcro is a trademark of Velcro USA Inc.
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Radio Frequency Energy
Shielded cables must be used with this equipment to maintain compliance with radio
frequency energy emission regulations and ensure a suitably high level of immunity
to electromagnetic disturbances.
European EMC directive 89/336/EEC
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)
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.
Canadian Department of Communications
RFI statement
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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Contents
1. Introduction .................................................................................... 6
1.1 Key features ........................................................................................... 6
1.2 Package contents .................................................................................. 8
1.3 Remote controller contents .................................................................... 8
1.4 Product information ............................................................................... 9
2. Installation ...................................................................................... 11
2.1 What you will need ................................................................................ 11
2.2 Mounting the AdderView MP ................................................................. 13
2.3 Connecting your devices ....................................................................... 13
2.4 ‘Interface powered' operation without the optional power adapter ........ 16
2.5 Configuring your PCs ............................................................................ 16
2.6 Configuring the AdderView MP ............................................................. 16
2.7 Summary of AdderView MP configuration options ................................. 18
2.8 Resetting the AdderView MP without disconnecting your devices......... 20
2.9 Other useful installation information ...................................................... 20
2.10 Re-enabling a disconnected PS/2 mouse ........................................... 21
2.11 Hot plugging the AdderView MP into running systems and
re-enabling disconnected PS/2 CPU mouse connections ................... 21
2.12 Upgrading the AdderView's flash memory .......................................... 23
3. Using the AdderView MP ............................................................. 27
3.1 Power on status ..................................................................................... 27
3.2 Front panel keys and remote controller.................................................. 27
3.3 Status display......................................................................................... 28
3.4 Keyboard hotkey control ........................................................................ 29
3.5 Mouse control......................................................................................... 30
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4. AdderView MP configuration options.......................................... 32
4.1 Screen saver time delay ........................................................................ 32
4.2 Autoscan lock on mode and delay time ................................................ 32
4.3 Mouse mode and mouse switching of channels .................................... 33
4.4 Keyboard hotkey combination ............................................................... 34
4.5 Cycling between all channels or just the active channels ..................... 35
4.6 Firmware functions (version query, mouse restore and reset) .............. 35
4.7 Setting a security password .................................................................. 36
4.8 Cascade query code ............................................................................. 37
4.9 Resolving slow mouse problems ........................................................... 37
4.10 Sun keyboard type .............................................................................. 38
4.11 Using the Sun keyboard's "hot media" keys to select computers ....... 38
4.12 Customising the Sun keyboard operation to force the
generation of a £ .................................................................................. 38
4.13 Exit configure mode ............................................................................ 38
Appendices
A - Cable and connector specifications ................................................................ 39
B - Problem solving .............................................................................................. 46
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1. Introduction
Thank you for purchasing the AdderView MP. Your AdderView MP is a very high
performance multi-platform keyboard, monitor and mouse sharing device which
supports a wide range of computer hardware and software platforms. Stereo
speaker and microphone connections add further to the AdderView's versatility by
enabling you to control several multimedia computers from a single console. Your
AdderView intelligently handles the conversions between various hardware
standards so that you can use a single keyboard and mouse of your choice to
control a diverse mixture of computers. A range of useful features and functions
have been provided to enhance the easy of use of this product and we trust that you
will enjoy using it.
1.1 Key features
Control multiple computers from a single console (keyboard, mouse, monitor,
stereo speakers and microphone).
Connects to computers with Sun (8-pin) or PC (6-pin) style keyboard and mouse
connections.
SPU models also connect to computers with USB keyboard and mouse
connections.
All models support Sun or PC style keyboards and mice.
Automatic "seemless" conversion between different hardware platforms.
Channel switching by front panel key, keyboard hotkey, 3 button mouse or Sun
keyboard "hot media" keys.
"All-in-one" colour coded cables provide a very neat installation with excellent
video quality.
Supports a very wide range of software including Windows ® 3.X, WFWG, 95, 98,
2000, ME, XP, NT, DOS, Unix, Linux®, Novell® NetWare®, OS/2, BSD, Solaris,
Mac OS (8.6 and higher).
Automatic detection of the connected hardware.
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Continuous keyboard and mouse emulation on all ports ensures problem free
computer bootup.
On SPU models, continuous USB device emulation ensures reliable and quick
switching without having to wait several seconds for the USB bus to enumerate.
Interface powered operation – AdderView MP draws its power from the connected
computers for maximum convenience.
Intelligent switching feature enables users to switch between all ports or just the
active ports.
Stereo audio and microphone support makes MP ideal for multimedia
applications.
"Clickless" audio switching ensures that the speakers don't "thump" every time
that you switch channels.
Supports high bandwidth monitors at resolutions up to 1900 x 1440 with an
excellent video transfer characteristic - high bandwidth and low distortion.
RS232 mice supported as standard.
Flash upgradeable - AdderView MP's firmware may be upgraded by connecting a
computer's serial port and running a download program.
Video channels support Display Data Channel (DDC/DDC1/DDC2) signalling.
Password security prevents unauthorised use.
User options stored in EEPROM memory.
Remote control module for convenient operation.
Sun keyboard remap feature to force generation of £ key.
Automatically restores keyboard and mouse states when channel changed.
Supports mouse prompt and stream modes for maximum compatibility.
Includes screen saver, auto-scan and variable hotkey options.
Supports Microsoft IntelliMouse and other common wheel mice.
Allows mixtures of controlling devices such as a Sun keyboard with a PC style
PS/2 mouse.
Mouse restoration functions to enable ‘hot plugging’ of certain systems.
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Keyboard, mouse and AdderView MP resets may be performed without
disconnecting devices.
Supports IBM ThinkPad ‘Y’ cables.
Power and activity indication confirm correct operation.
All ports are active simultaneously – all computers may all be booted at the same
time.
Keyboard data flowing through the AdderView is kept in its "native" format which
enables the additional keys on enhanced keyboards to be supported.
Robust metal case ensures good shielding and video quality.
All models support desktop and laptop PCs, Sun (8-pin style), RS6000s, DEC
Alphas, and Silicon Graphics.
SPU models additionally support Sun (USB style), desktop and laptop PCs (USB
style) and Apple (USB style).
Optional power adapter can be used for ‘video only’ or cascade applications.
1.2 Package contents
AdderView MP.
This installation guide.
(Please note that a power adapter is NOT required for most applications and so is
not included. This may be purchased separately if required - part code
AVGPSU).
1.3 Remote controller contents (part code: RC1)
Remote control module.
Velcro strip for mounting remote controller.
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1.4 Product information
Figure 1 - AdderView MP front view
Figure 2 - AdderView MP rear view (SP and SPU models)
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Figure 3 - Remote control pad / display (optional accessory - part RC1)
Figure 4 - Rear view of AdderView MP
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2. Installation
2.1 What you will need
Cables to connect the AdderView MP to each of your computers. These cables
are specially constructed for use with the AdderView MP and may be purchased
from your AdderView MP supplier. Cable specifications and part codes are given in
appendix A.
A suitable keyboard. Supported types are:
1) A Sun keyboard with an 8 pin mini-DIN connector (recommended if you are
going to connect any Sun computers to the MP).
2) A standard PC style keyboard with a 6 pin mini-DIN PS/2 style connector.
3) A standard PC style keyboard with a 5 pin DIN connector and an AT to PS/2
keyboard adapter (5 pin DIN to 6 pin mini-DIN)
A suitable mouse. If you wish to use the mouse to switch the AdderView MP's
channel then you will need a three button mouse or an IntelliMouse. Supported
types are:
1) A standard PC style two or three button Microsoft or Logitech compatible
mouse or a Microsoft IntelliMouse compatible mouse with a 6-pin mini-DIN
connector.
2) A Sun mouse of the type that plugs into the Sun keyboard. This should have
an 8 pin mini-DIN connector.
A monitor with a standard VGA/SVGA (15 pin) connector that will work when
connected directly to each of your computers. AdderView MP supports low and high
resolution monitors. If you have a monitor with a 13 pin 13W3 connector of the type
that was traditionally used to connect to older Sun computers then you will need an
adapter to convert this to the 15 pin format - please contact your AdderView MP
supplier.
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You may also need one or more of the following adapters. These adapters may
be obtained from your AdderView MP supplier and other good retailers.
Video adapter - 13W3 male connector to 15 pin D-type connector
(Adder part code: VSA7)
If you have a Sun computer with an older style 13W3 video connector then you
will need an adapter to convert this to the 15 way D-type format.
Keyboard adapter - 6 pin mini-DIN female to 5 pin standard DIN male
(Adder part code: VSA2)
If you have a PC with an older style 5 pin standard DIN connector then you will
need an adapter to convert this to the 6 pin mini-DIN format.
Mouse adapter - 9 pin D-type female to 6 pin mini-DIN female
(Adder part code: VSA1)
If you have a PC with an older style RS232 mouse connection then you will need
an adapter to convert this to the 6 pin mini-DIN format. There are several
specifications of these adapters that are provided with various mice. They all look
the same but unfortunately there are several common wiring schemes all of
which are different. To ensure that you have the right adapter, either purchase
this from your AdderView MP supplier or check your adapter against the wiring
specification given in Appendix A.
If you are connecting to PCs then you will need a suitable mouse driver.
Supported types are:
1)
2)
3)
4)
A PS/2 or RS232 two button mouse driver (any manufacturer).
Microsoft mouse driver (including IntelliMouse).
Logitech mouse driver (including two button, three button and wheel mouse).
A mouse driver that is compatible with the above types (most are).
(The AdderView MP supports ‘Internet Mice’ that are compatible with the Microsoft
IntelliMouse. These are fitted with a wheel or other scroll control and sometimes
have additional buttons. Examples are: Microsoft IntelliMouse, Logitech Pilot
Mouse+, Logitech MouseMan+, Genius NetMouse and Genius NetMouse Pro.)
Use of PS/2 and RS232 style mice with the AdderView MP - All of the mouse
connections from AdderView MP to PCs support either a PS/2 or an RS232 mouse.
AdderView MP automatically converts from the PS/2 mouse commands to RS232
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serial mouse commands. Serial mice types are selected by using an adapter as
described in Appendix A. The AdderView MP will operate without a mouse
connected if you do not wish to use one.
2.2 Mounting the AdderView MP
The AdderView MP has been designed for use on a desktop or shelf in close
proximity to the user’s monitor and peripherals. The optional remote controller may
be used if you wish to locate the AdderView MP on a desk or shelf that is some
distance from the monitor and peripherals.
2.3 Connecting your devices
Ensure that the optional power adapter is disconnected from the AdderView MP and
that all the devices which are to be attached are switched off. Connect the shared
keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers and microphone to the connectors at the rear
of the AdderView MP (see figs 1, 2 and 3). If you are using a Sun keyboard with an
8 pin DIN connector then plug the keyboard into the MP and the mouse into the
keyboard. You may leave any unused ports disconnected if you don't wish to use all
these devices.
Next, connect each computer system unit in turn using the Adder interface cables
that you have purchased for use with the AdderView MP (see Appendix A for cable
specifications and part codes). These are colour coded and should connect directly
to the various ports on your computers. The three main cables type are shown in
figure 5. These cables are available with or without the audio connectors. Any
unused computer connections can be left unconnected.
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Figure 5 - AdderView MP cables.
See appendix A for part codes and ordering information
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To connect PCs with serial mouse connections and AT style keyboard connections
use the PC cable together with the adapters specified in appendix A. If you have an
existing 6-pin mini-DIN to 9-pin serial adapter that came with a mouse it may not be
suitable for use with the AdderView as there are several different standard wiring
configurations for these adapters.
To connect Sun computers with older style 13W3 video connections you will need to
use the Sun cable together with a 13W3 to 15 way D-type video adapter.
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The AdderView MP is now ready for use and will start to operate as soon as one of
the attached PCs is powered on. If you are connecting to PCs using cables that are
longer than 5 metres or are cascading the AdderView MP to another AdderView MP
you will need to use the optional power adapter. When using the optional power
adapter, ensure that it is connected to the mains and powering the AdderView MP
before you switch on the connected computers. Failure to switch the AdderView MP
and computers on in the correct order can lead to the mouse and/or keyboard not
being recognised by the computers when they are switched on.
2.4 ‘Interface powered’ operation without the optional power
adapter
The AdderView MP draws its power from the connected computers via the keyboard
cables. A single keyboard connection is normally sufficient to power the AdderView
MP provided that the cable is no longer than 5 metres. If more than one computer is
connected then the power will be intelligently drawn from all computers. Cables
longer than 5 metres may be used provided that the AdderView MP is already
powered by another connected computer or the optional power adapter. If you are
cascading the AdderView MP to another AdderView MP then a power adapter must
be connected to all AdderView MPs.
2.5 Configuring your computers
Configure your computers in the same way that you would if your keyboard, mouse
and monitor were all connected directly to your computer. For PCs, the AdderView
MP emulates Microsoft compatible serial, IntelliMouse, and PS/2 mice, so ensure
that your PC software is configured for a Microsoft mouse of the correct type. Refer
to the list of supported drivers in section 2.1.
2.6 Configuring the AdderView MP
The AdderView MP is supplied pre-configured with factory defaults which are
suitable for most applications. There are a number of more advanced options which
can be set by the user. These are stored in the AdderView MP's EEPROM memory
and are retained when the power is disconnected.
The options may be changed whilst the AdderView MP is in configure mode. You
may enter configure mode at initial power on or whilst the AdderView MP is running:
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To enter configure mode at power on:
Switch off all the attached computers and the AdderView MP. Hold down the front
panel key whilst powering on the AdderView MP. Remember that the AdderView MP
draws its power from any attached PC via the keyboard cable and so will power itself
on when the attached PC is switched on or when the optional power adapter is
connected. Do not release the key until the AdderView MP displays 'u'. Whilst the
AdderView is displaying 'u', press and hold down the front panel key for 5 seconds
until the AdderView MP displays 'C' to show that it has entered configure mode.
If you wish you may use the reset switch that is situated on the underside of the
AdderView MP (see figure 4) to perform a power-on reset without powering down
the connected computers.
To enter configure mode whilst the AdderView MP is running:
Hold down the front panel key for 5 seconds until the front panel display shows ‘C’.
In configure mode, options are entered by typing a letter followed by a number
followed by (return). Use ESC to abort the entry of an option. The AdderView MP will
remain in configure mode until you type 'E' (return).
For example: to set hotkey option 2 type the following at the 'C' prompt
(at AdderView MP 'C' prompt)
H2f
To exit configure mode type:
Ef
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2.7 Summary of AdderView MP configuration options
Full details of each of the configuration options and their uses are given in section 4.
B1 - screen saver disabled (default)
B2 - Blank screen after 1 minute of inactivity
B3 - Blank screen after 2 minutes of inactivity
B4 - Blank screen after 4 minutes of inactivity
B5 - Blank screen after 8 minutes of inactivity
B6 - Blank screen after 12 minutes of inactivity
B7 - Blank screen after 16 minutes of inactivity
B8 - Blank screen after 20 minutes of inactivity
D1 - Sun default keyboard type = UK (default setting)
D2 - Sun default keyboard type = UNIX / US
S1 - Enable "hot media" keys (default)
S2 - Disable "hot media" keys
S3 - Enable shift-3 remap
S4 - Disable shift-3 remap (default)
(Shift-3 remap inserts key sequence
[compose]
L -)
L1 - AdderView MP locks on to active ports only during autoscanning (default)
L2 - AdderView MP locks on to every port during autoscanning
L3 - AdderView MP powers on in autoscan mode and locks on to active ports only
L4 - AdderView MP powers on in autoscan mode and locks on to all ports
L7 - Cascade query code = AD (default)
L8 - Cascade query code = EF
T1 - 2 seconds autoscan delay time before switching to next port (default)
T2 - 5 seconds autoscan delay time before switching to next port
T3 - 7 seconds autoscan delay time before switching to next port
T4 - 10 seconds autoscan delay time before switching to next port
T5 - 15 seconds autoscan delay time before switching to next port
T6 - 20 seconds autoscan delay time before switching to next port
T7 - 30 seconds autoscan delay time before switching to next port
T8 - 60 seconds autoscan delay time before switching to next port
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U1 - AdderView MP channels are switchable using a 3 button mouse
or IntelliMouse (default)
(AdderView MP reports 2 button mouse mode to PCs)
U2 - AdderView MP channels are not switchable using 3 button mouse
or IntelliMouse
(AdderView MP reports 2 button mouse mode to PCs)
U3 - AdderView MP channels are not switchable using 3 button mouse
or IntelliMouse
(AdderView MP reports 3 button mouse mode to PCs)
U4 - AdderView MP channels are switchable using 3 button mouse
or IntelliMouse
(AdderView MP reports IntelliMouse mode to PCs)
U5 - AdderView MP channels are not switchable using 3 button mouse
or IntelliMouse
(AdderView MP reports IntelliMouse mode to PCs)
U7 – Cycle between all ports when switching with ‘Hotkeys + Tab’ or three button
mouse (default)
U8 – Cycle between active ports only when switching with ‘Hotkeys + Tab’ or three
button mouse
H1 - Hotkey combination is CTRL + ALT + command key (default)
H2 - Hotkey combination is CTRL + SHIFT + command key
H3 - Hotkey combination is ALT + SHIFT + command key
H4 - Hotkey combination is RIGHT ALT + command key
H5 - Hotkey combination is LEFT ALT + RIGHT ALT + command key
H6 - Hotkey combination is LEFT CTRL + LEFT ALT + command key
H7 - Hotkey combination is RIGHT CTRL + RIGHT ALT + command key
H8 - No hotkey combination enabled
F1 - Display firmware first digit
(Note: F1 is F followed by 1 NOT l)
F2 - Display firmware second digit
F3 - Display firmware third digit
F5 - Restore PS/2 mouse function
F6 - Restore IntelliMouse function
F8 - RESET all configurations to default settings. (Display confirms with 'r').
P - Sets password - see section 4.6 for instructions.
E - Exits configure mode and returns the AdderView MP to normal operation mode.
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2.8 Resetting the AdderView MP without disconnecting your
devices
The AdderView MP draws its power from the connected computers and therefore
may only be fully powered down when all the connected computers have been
switched off or disconnected. However, the AdderView MP may be reset without
disconnecting or powering down your computers by using the reset switch on the
underside of the unit. Performing a reset using this switch performs a complete
hardware reset on the AdderView MP and is equivalent to switching off the power.
To perform a hardware reset, insert a small blunt object, such as the ball of a pen,
into the small hole on the base of the AdderView.
2.9 Other useful installation information
PC boot up sequence - When your PCs are powered on they communicate with
any attached keyboards and mice and setup parameters required by the particular
operating system. It is necessary for the AdderView MP to be attached and powered
on during this sequence so that it can give the required responses and keep track of
all the modes and settings requested by each of the connected PCs.
Mouse characteristics - do not unplug a PS/2 mouse connection from a PC whilst
the PC is on. Due to the design of PS/2 mice communications the mouse function on
the PC will be lost and you will have to re-boot the PC to regain normal operation.
Unplugging the mouse from the AdderView MP will also cause it to stop operating
when it is plugged back in. RS232 mice can usually be unplugged and plugged back
in provided that a mouse was connected when the operating system initially booted.
The AdderView MP is fitted with a PS/2 mouse recovery system which allows you to
disconnect and re-connect the shared mouse without powering down the system
(although this is generally not advisable) - see section 2.10 for details.
Keyboard and mouse mode switching - The AdderView MP keeps a log of the
keyboard and mouse mode and resolution settings requested by each of the
connected computers. These settings are automatically restored to the shared
keyboard and mouse when the AdderView MP channel is switched thus ensuring
maximum software compatibility. The keyboard num, caps and scroll lock states are
an obvious example of this process.
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2.10 Re-enabling a disconnected PS/2 mouse
If you disconnect the shared PS/2 mouse from the AdderView MP by accident
during operation then the mouse operation will be lost when the mouse is plugged
back in. To avoid having to reboot the entire system in this situation the AdderView
MP is fitted with an automatic mouse recovery system.
With the PS/2 mouse disconnected, change the channel using the keypad or
keyboard hotkeys. The AdderView MP detects that the mouse has been
disconnected and triggers the automatic recovery system. Plug in the PS/2 mouse
and the AdderView MP will re-initialise it.
2.11 Hot plugging the AdderView MP into running systems and reenabling disconnected CPU PS/2 mouse connections
It is advisable to switch off the systems that are going to be connected to the
AdderView MP before installation. However, if this is not possible then most systems
can be hot plugged by using the AdderView MP’s mouse restoration functions. The
keyboard connection will normally restore itself automatically.
On many PCs, mouse movement will be lost if the PS/2 mouse is unplugged and
plugged back in whilst the PC is running. Mouse movement can then only be
restored by rebooting the PC. This is because the mouse drivers only setup and
enable the mouse when the PC is initially booted.
If you have switched off your AdderView MP or you are attempting to ‘hot plug’ it into
a system that is already running, you may be able to restore lost mouse movement
using the AdderView MP's mouse restoration functions.
Mouse restoration functions should be used with care as unpredictable results
may occur if the wrong mouse type is selected. If in doubt restore the mouse
by powering down the PC normally.
Standard PS/2 mouse data uses a different data format to IntelliMouse data and so
two reset functions are provided on the AdderView MP. The type of data format
expected by the PC depends upon the driver and the type of mouse that was
connected when the driver was booted. The following table may be used as a guide.
Note that the mouse reset functions predict the likely mouse resolution settings but
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may not restore the speed or sensitivity of the mouse exactly as they were when the
PC originally booted.
Type of mouse / system
Connected at bootup
Driver type Likely expected
data format
PS/2
PS/2
IntelliMouse / AdderView MP
IntelliMouse / AdderView MP
PS/2 only
IntelliMouse
PS/2 only
IntelliMouse
Suggested
restoration
PS/2
PS/2
PS/2
IntelliMouse
F5
F5
F5
F6
To restore lost mouse movement on a CPU connected to the AdderView MP:
1) Select the CPU that has lost its mouse movement
2) Press the select key on the front of the AdderView MP for 5 seconds until ‘C’ is
displayed. You are now in configure mode.
3) To restore a PS/2 mouse connection press
F 5 f
Or, to restore an IntelliMouse connection press
F 6 f
4) Exit from configure mode by typing
E f
5) Test the mouse movement by moving the mouse a short distance.
F5 - Restore PS/2 mouse function
F6 - Restore IntelliMouse function
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2.12 Upgrading the AdderView's flash memory
The AdderView MP uses flash memory technology which enables the firmware code
to be upgraded by the user. Upgrades are performed by connecting a PC's serial
port to the AdderView's options port and running an upgrade program on the PC.
This upgrade program downloads the new firmware to the AdderView and checks
that the data has been programmed correctly.
To perform a firmware upgrade on your AdderView MP you will need a suitable
serial upgrade cable and an IBM PC compatible computer with an RS232 serial port
and an operating system that supports DOS. Upgrade cables may be purchased
from Adder Technology or may be made using the wiring specification given in
Appendix A4. You will also need to download the latest version of the AdderView
MP firmware which is available free of charge at www.addertec.com.
To perform a flash upgrade on the AdderView MP:
Step 1 - Connect your computer to the AdderView
Connect your computer's serial port to the AdderView MP's options port (labelled
OPTIONS/FLASH).
Step 2 - Reset the AdderView MP whilst holding down the front panel key
The AdderView MP may be reset by powering it off and then on again. Remember
that the AdderView MP draws its power from any of the connected computers so you
will need to power down or disconnect all the computers to power down the
AdderView. Alternatively you may reset the AdderView by inserting a small blunt
object, such as the nib of a ball point pen, into the small hole located on the
underside of the AdderView (see figure 4). Hold down the front panel key BEFORE
the AdderView is reset and keep it held down until the AdderView has powered on
and displays 'u'.
Step 3 - Ensure that the AdderView MP is powered on and displays 'u'
Ensure that the AdderView is powered on. It is normally possible to upgrade the
AdderView when it is powered from a single computer. The upgrade program
monitors the AdderView's voltage and will not allow an upgrade to be performed if
the voltage is insufficient.
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The display should now show:
Step 4 - Run the upgrade program
The latest version of the AdderView MP firmware is available from the Adder
Technology website at www.addertec.com. The upgrade files will be supplied to
you as a group and consist of several files as explained below. These files should be
downloaded to the same directory on your computer.
1) A universal upgrade program
AVMP.EXE
2) Binary code files for each of the processors within the AdderView (up to 3)
e.g.
MP129M.HEX
MP129S.HEX
MP129U.S19
These files use the following naming scheme. The first two characters are the
product type (e.g. MP = AdderView MP). The next three characters represent the
firmware release version (e.g. 129 equals version 1.29). The last character is
designation that tells the upgrade program where to load the file within the MP.
3) A data file that tells the upgrade program (AVMP.EXE) which binary code files to
download to the AdderView MP and where to put each file. Theoretically this DAT
file can be modified so that only certain processors are upgraded but do not do this
unless specifically instructed by Adder technical support.
e.g.
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Like the code files, the first two digits represent the product type (e.g. MP4 is
AdderView MP). The next three digits represent the version number (e.g. 129 equals
firmware version 1.29). The last three digits are the model number (e.g. SP is the
AdderView MP model SP).
To upgrade the AdderView MP, check that the DAT file designation matches the
model that you have. In other words, if you have an AdderView MP model SP and
you want to upgrade to version 1.30 then the DAT file that you need would be
named MP130SP.DAT. Also check that all the required files are loaded into the
same directory on your computer. From that directory run the upgrade file using the
following command line.
AVMP {Dat_file_name}.DAT
Where {Dat_file_name} is the name of the required DAT file
For example, if the name of the required DAT file is MP129SP.DAT then use the
following command line:
AVMP MP129SP.DAT
For you convenience the upgrade files will include a batch file that contains the
command shown above. To run the upgrade using the batch file, type the name of
the batch file e.g.
MP129SP
Follow the instructions given on the screen to perform the upgrade. When the
upgrade is complete the program will confirm that the upgrade has been successful
and then quit.
During the upgrade the display will show an upper case U and the dot will flash to
show that the upgrade is in progress.
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Step 5 - Complete the upgrade process
When the upgrade program reports that the upgrade process is complete, reset the
AdderView MP to start normal operation. This may be done by powering off the
AdderView MP or by using the reset switch located on the underside of the
AdderView.
Some useful issues to bear in mind when performing flash upgrades
The upgrade program rewrites the AdderView's firmware code. If the upgrade
process is interrupted then the AdderView will have invalid code and will not be able
to operate. It is therefore good practice to ensure that the upgrade process is always
fully completed. A partial or failed upgrade may be rectified by performing another
upgrade. If the upgrade process is interrupted accidentally then you should
immediately repeat the upgrade process. Running faulty or partially upgraded code
may have unpredictable results and may damage your AdderView MP or computing
equipment. For obvious reasons, the code that the AdderView MP uses to perform
upgrades is not itself upgradeable - a common problem on some flash upgradeable
products that could effectively be destroyed by a partial upgrade!
WARNING - Running faulty or partially upgraded code may have unpredictable
results and may damage your AdderView or computing equipment.
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3. Using the AdderView MP
This section explains the general operation of the AdderView MP. We recommend
that you read this section before starting to use the product.
3.1 Power on status
At power on the AdderView MP selects computer 1 and displays '1'. If a password
has been set then ‘P’ will be displayed and the AdderView MP will remain locked
until a valid password is entered.
3.2 Front panel key and remote controller
The front panel key is used to select which channel is currently controlled by the
shared keyboard, mouse and monitor ports. Pressing the key during normal
operation will cause the next channel to be selected.
The key can also be used to access the AdderView MP’s configuration mode (see
section 2.6). To do this press the key and hold it down for 5 seconds until ‘C’
appears on the AdderView MP’s front panel display.
An optional remote controller is also available which replicates the front panel key
and display, but can be located remotely from the AdderView MP. This is particularly
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useful in applications where the AdderView MP is located away from the desktop.
The remote controller can be conveniently attached to your keyboard with a couple
of Velcro strips to give instant channel information and key control.
3.3 Status display
The status display usually shows the currently selected port. If autoscan mode is
selected, the segments will illuminate in sequence in a clockwise direction
interspersed with a display of the currently selected channel. If AdderView MP has
been locked, ‘P’ will be displayed until a valid password has been typed to unlock
the unit. Data flow from the mouse or keyboard causes the dot to flash.
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3.4 Keyboard hotkey control
AdderView MP can be conveniently controlled by selecting channel, autoscan mode
or security locking from the keyboard. All of the hotkey control commands are
invoked by holding down the two hotkeys and then pressing a command key. By
default, the two hotkeys are ‘CTRL’ and ‘ALT’, although other combinations can be
selected by reconfiguring the hotkeys (see section 4.4). Once the hotkey command
has been activated you will need to release the hotkeys and the command key
before a new hotkey command is accepted by the AdderView MP. HOTKEYs + TAB
is an exception and this allows you to 'tab through' the ports by holding down the
hotkeys and repeatedly pressing TAB.
The hotkey command are summarised below (note that the numbers on the numeric
keypad do not form part of a valid hotkey) :
‘HOTKEYs’ and ‘1’ - selects channel 1
‘HOTKEYs’ and ‘2’ - selects channel 2
‘HOTKEYs’ and ‘3’ - selects channel 3
‘HOTKEYs’ and ‘4’ - selects channel 4
‘HOTKEYs’ and ‘TAB’ - selects the next channel
‘HOTKEYs’ and ‘A’ - selects autoscan mode where each channel is displayed for
the selected time (see section 4.2). To cancel autoscan mode simply select any
fixed channel either by hotkey or using the AdderView MP button.
‘HOTKEYs’ and ‘0’ – switches off the video signal and displays 0. This will cause
some monitors to go into standby mode or switch off. The video signal can be reenabled by selecting a channel.
‘HOTKEYs’ and ‘L’ - disables the AdderView MP's keyboard and mouse and
displays 0. The video signal is switched off. If a password has not been set then the
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AdderView MP can be re-enabled by selecting a channel. If a password has been
set then the AdderView MP displays 'P' to indicate that a valid password must be
entered to unlock the switch. Simply type the same key combination as was set
during configuration (see section 4.7) followed by the (return) key. Note - if anyone
has typed at the keyboard whilst in secure mode, it will be necessary to type (return)
first to clear the invalid password, then type the valid password followed by (return)
again.
Examples of common hotkey sequences (assuming CTRL + ALT hotkey option):
To select channel 2:
press
ba2
release
2ba
To 'tab through' channels:
press
ba v release v press v
release
v press v release vba
3.5 Mouse control
Computers may conveniently be selected using a three button mouse. In order to
switch to the next computer simply hold down the central mouse button (the wheel
mouse button on an IntelliMouse) and click on the left hand mouse button to select
the next computer or the right hand mouse button to select the previous computer. If
the AdderView has been set to scan active ports then the next or previous active
channel will be selected. If it has been set to scan all ports then the next or previous
numerical channel in sequence will be selected (see section 4.5 for more details).
Mouse switching may be enabled or disabled by setting options during configuration
(see section 4.3). When mouse switching is disabled the third button or wheel button
state is ‘passed through’ the AdderView and seen by the application software.
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Hold down centre button (
)
Press and release left hand button
Press and release right hand button
(
) to select previous computer
(
) to select next computer
Hold down centre button (
)
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4. AdderView MP configuration options
All the options described in this section are entered in AdderView MP configure
mode - see section 2.6 for instructions on entering configure mode.
4.1 Screen saver time delay
AdderView MP contains a programmable screen saver which will blank the display
after the set time delay with no keyboard or mouse activity. Simply typing at the
keyboard or moving the mouse will re-enable the display. The display will flash whilst
the AdderView MP is in screen save mode.
B1 - screen saver disabled (default)
B2 - Blank screen after 1 minute of inactivity
B3 - Blank screen after 2 minutes of inactivity
B4 - Blank screen after 4 minutes of inactivity
B5 - Blank screen after 8 minutes of inactivity
B6 - Blank screen after 12 minutes of inactivity
B7 - Blank screen after 16 minutes of inactivity
B8 - Blank screen after 20 minutes of inactivity
4.2 Autoscan ‘lock on’ mode and delay time
AdderView MP can be set to select each channel in turn for a period of time set by
the autoscan delay time. Autoscan mode is entered by typing the hotkey keys
together with ‘A’. By default, only those channels which have a powered up
computer connected to them will be scanned. Sometimes it may be desirable to
scan all channels, even if the attached computer is switched off (this will simply
show a blank screen when it is selected). All the AdderView MP’s ports will be
scanned if option L2 is selected. Some applications may also require the AdderView
MP to power on in autoscan mode. This feature can be selected using the L3 or L4
options.
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L1 - AdderView MP only locks on to active ports during autoscanning (default)
L2 - AdderView MP locks on to every port in turn during autoscanning
L3 - AdderView MP powers on in autoscan mode and locks on to active ports only
L4 - AdderView MP powers on in autoscan mode and locks on to all ports
T1 - 2 seconds autoscan delay time before switching to next port (default)
T2 - 5 seconds autoscan delay time before switching to next port
T3 - 7 seconds autoscan delay time before switching to next port
T4 - 10 seconds autoscan delay time before switching to next port
T5 - 15 seconds autoscan delay time before switching to next port
T6 - 20 seconds autoscan delay time before switching to next port
T7 - 30 seconds autoscan delay time before switching to next port
T8 - 60 seconds autoscan delay time before switching to next port
Note: Autoscan mode is ended simply by selecting a fixed channel using the
keypad, the keyboard hotkeys or the mouse.
WARNING - Many modern monitors are fitted with automatic power save relays
and will switch off after a few seconds if connected to an inactive PC. If you
are using such a monitor you must not use the L2 feature. Constant switching
on and off of your monitor's relay will eventually damage your monitor.
4.3 Mouse mode and mouse switching of channels
A three button PS/2 mouse or an IntelliMouse can be used to switch channels on the
AdderView MP. To switch to the next channel, the user simply holds down the
central button or wheel button and presses the left or right hand button to change
the channel (see section 3.5). If the user does not wish to take advantage of this
feature, it can be disabled by selecting U2, U3 or U5. If the third button is being used
to switch the AdderView MP then it is not available for use with PC software
although the function of an IntelliMouse wheel is not affected. Consequently in
modes U1, U2 and U4 the AdderView MP reports to the PCs that a 2 button mouse
is connected. If you wish to use the full function of a 3 button mouse or IntelliMouse
for your PC software then you should select options U3 or U5.
The AdderView MP supports ‘Internet Mice’ that are compatible with the Microsoft
IntelliMouse. These are fitted with a wheel or other scroll control and sometimes
have additional buttons.
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Examples are:
Microsoft IntelliMouse
Logitech Pilot Mouse +
Logitech MouseMan+
Genius NetMouse
Genius NetMouse Pro
Standard PS/2 and IntelliMouse compatible mice can be connected to the control
port. You may configure your CPUs using Microsoft PS/2 or IntelliMouse drivers in
any combination as required. The IntelliMouse features are supported on both PS/2
and RS232 CPU connections. When using PS/2 CPU connections, the AdderView
MP will automatically configure itself to the type of mouse requested by the driver. If
you are using RS232 CPU connections then you will need to select mouse options
U4 or U5 to enable the IntelliMouse features.
U1 - AdderView MP channels are switchable using a 3 button mouse
or IntelliMouse (default)
(AdderView MP reports 2 button mouse mode to PCs)
U2 - AdderView MP channels are not switchable using 3 button mouse
or IntelliMouse
(AdderView MP reports 2 button mouse mode to PCs)
U3 - AdderView MP channels are not switchable using 3 button mouse
or IntelliMouse
(AdderView MP reports 3 button mouse mode to PCs)
U4 - AdderView MP channels are switchable using 3 button mouse
or IntelliMouse
(AdderView MP reports IntelliMouse mode to PCs)
U5 - AdderView MP channels are not switchable using 3 button mouse
or IntelliMouse
(AdderView MP reports IntelliMouse mode to PCs)
4.4 Keyboard hotkey combination
The keyboard hotkey combination is used to change a channel, set autoscan mode
or secure the product (so that the password needs to be typed before it can be used
again). The following keyboard hotkey combinations can be selected. These hotkey
combinations are used together with the command keys to trigger the required
AdderView MP function. The left and right alt key combination is particularly suitable
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for extended keyboards where additional keys can be programmed to act as a
combination of other keys. Such keyboards are supplied with many Gateway 2000
computers. Programming spare keys to trigger the hotkey combination allows
channels to be selected via a single key stroke.
H1 - ‘CTRL’ and ‘ALT’ keys together (left or right hand keys operate) (default)
H2 - ‘CTRL’ and ‘SHIFT’ keys together (left or right hand keys operate)
H3 - ‘ALT’ and ‘SHIFT’ keys together (left or right hand keys operate)
H4 - ‘RIGHT ALT’ key
H5 - ‘LEFT ALT’ and ‘RIGHT ALT’ keys together
H6 - ‘LEFT CTRL’ and ‘LEFT ALT’ keys together
H7 - ‘RIGHT CTRL’ and ‘RIGHT ALT’ keys together
H8 - No hotkey enabled
4.5 Cycling between all channels or just the active channels
The AdderView MP can be set to cycle between all channels or just the active
channels when using ‘Hotkeys + Tab’ or a three button mouse to switch the channel.
This avoids wasting time viewing channels that are not active. Option are:
U7 – Cycle between all ports when switching with ‘Hotkeys + Tab’ or three button
mouse (default)
U8 – Cycle between active ports only when switching with ‘Hotkeys + Tab’ or three
button mouse
4.6 Firmware functions (version query, mouse restore and reset)
For technical support purposes, it may be necessary to find the firmware release
version for the control software in your AdderView MP. For example, if the release
version is v1.29 the response shown to F1f
F1f will be a brief display of the digit
‘1’, then F2f
F2f will be a brief display of the digit ‘2’, then F3f
F3f will be a
brief display of the digit ‘9’. You can reset all of the configured options back to the
factory default states by typing F8f
F8f. Use options F5f
F5f and F6f
F6f
to restore mouse function on disconnected PS/2 CPU mouse connections.
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F1 - Display firmware first digit (Note: F1 is F followed by 1 NOT l)
F2 - Display firmware second digit
F3 - Display firmware third digit
F5 - Restore PS/2 mouse function to the currently selected CPU’s mouse port
F6 - Restore IntelliMouse function to the currently selected CPU’s mouse port
F8 - Reset all configurations to factory default settings. An ‘r’ will show briefly on the
display to confirm that the reset has been completed.
4.7 Setting a security password
There are many situations where unrestricted access to corporate file servers or
sensitive information needs to be controlled. In such circumstances, the AdderView
MP can be locked away in a room or secure cabinet and controlled remotely. In this
mode typing the keyboard hotkeys together with 'L' will blank the screen, disconnect
the keyboard and mouse from all of the computers and display ‘P’ on the AdderView
MP display. Control can only be regained by typing the correct password on the
keyboard.
To set the password in configure mode, first type ‘P’ then (return). The display on
AdderView MP will change to show ‘=' and you can then type your password. The
password is not case sensitive and can be any combination of key strokes, including
the function keys, but excluding the (ctrl), (alt), (shift) and (return) keys and the keys
that only appear on a Sun type keyboard (i.e. Help, Stop, Again, props, Undo, Front,
Copy, Open, Paste, Find, Cut and the media control keys). When you have typed in
your password type (return) to register it in the stored memory. Do not worry if you
type the password incorrectly, you can always re-enter configure mode and set the
password again. If you have lost the password and the AdderView MP is locked, the
unit may be unlocked by powering down the AdderView MP, entering configure
mode at power on (see section 2.6), and performing a complete reset using the F8
function.
NOTE - The password consists of a combination of key strokes rather like the code
to a safe. The key strokes are not case sensitive and can include all the keys on the
keyboard (except ctrl, alt, shift and enter). Consequently the following 'password'
would be valid:
oFRED g
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4.8 Cascade query code
The AdderView MPs use a special ‘query code’ to detect whether or not they are
connected to another AdderView MP. By default your AdderView MP uses query
code AD. SmartView (another range of keyboard / mouse / video switches from
Adder Technology) units with firmware versions less than 1.09 used query code EF.
This was found to conflict with a small number of other (rare) devices that used the
same query code so an alternative query code was provided to ensure compatibility.
Either query code may be used but you should make sure that all cascaded
AdderView MP and SmartView units are set to use the same query code. If any of
the cascaded SmartViews have firmware versions less than 1.09 then the cascade
query code for all the AdderView MPs and SmartViews should be set to EF.
L7 – Cascade query code = AD (default)
L8 – Cascade query code = EF
4.9 Resolving slow mouse problems
Due to certain technical reasons some systems running particular combinations of
operating system and mouse drivers are sensitive to small timing changes relating to
mouse communications. The introduction of a switch like the AdderView inevitably
causes some timing changes and in rare cases interactions have been observed
that causes the mouse to run very slowly. Certain HP Vectra computers running
later versions of Windows NT with Logitech mouse drivers and Logitech mice have
been observed to exhibit such interactions with older switches. One solution to this
problem is to change the mouse driver.
The AdderView MP is a high performance device that is carefully engineered to
minimise such interactions and should not exhibit this characteristic. Nevertheless
such interactions are unpredictable and so the AdderView is fitted with a feature that
ensures that the mouse can never operate at a very slow rate regardless of such
interactions. This feature is activated using the following options:
L5 – Allow the mouse to run at any speed (default)
L6 – Don't allow the mouse to run at very slow speeds
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4.10 Sun keyboard type
The AdderView MP interrogates any attached Sun keyboard to find out its country
code / type setting. This is then communicated back to any attached Sun computer.
If a Sun keyboard is not attached then the MP will report a default type setting as
defined below.
D1 - Sun default keyboard type = UK (default setting)
D2 - Sun default keyboard type = UNIX / US
4.11 Using the Sun keyboard's "hot media" keys to select
computers
The four "hot media" keys on the top right hand side of a Sun keyboard can be reallocated to change the AdderView MP's channel. When the functions of these keys
have been reallocated they will not be available for computer control.
S1 - Enable "hot media" keys (default)
S2 - Disable "hot media" keys
4.12 Customising the Sun keyboard operation to force the
generation of a £
In some circumstances it is useful to reallocate the Shift + 3 key combination to force
the generation of a pound sign. This is done using the following options.
S3 - Enable shift-3 remap
S4 - Disable shift-3 remap (default)
4.13 Exit configure mode
When you have finished configuring any special options, simply type ‘E’ followed by
(return) to exit configure mode and return to normal operation mode. The attached
computers can now be switched on.
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Appendix A. Cable and connector
specifications
IMPORTANT NOTE
The maximum cable lengths supported vary widely between devices and
cables. It may be possible to use cables that are longer than those specified
below with certain computers and peripherals but this cannot be guaranteed. If
you experience problems try using shorter cables.
A1. Keyboard, monitor and mouse to AdderView MP
All of the shared devices plug directly into the relevant ports at the rear of the
AdderView MP. If you use a PC AT style keyboard you will need an AT (5 pin DIN
female) to PS/2 (6 pin mini-DIN male) converter.
Cable specification (self-powered operation):
Keyboard, monitor and mouse cables should be no longer than 2 metres.
Cable specification (with optional power adapter):
Keyboard, monitor and mouse extension cables can be used to increase the
distance from AdderView MP up to 10m. Most keyboards and mice will also operate
at distances of 20 metres.
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A2. AdderView MP to computers 1 to 4
Cables for connection to PCs:
When used without the optional power adapter, cables to PCs may be up to 5
metres long. With the optional power adapter the cables may be extended up to 30
metres using standard extension cables. Video extension cables should be good
quality with a coaxial construction and should support the DDC (Display Data
Channel) signals (pins 12 and 15 on the 15-way video connector). Please contact
your supplier if you have any questions.
Part code
VADD-PS2-2M
VADD-PS2-5M
Description
Cable for connection to PCs (no audio)
Cable for connection to PCs (no audio)
Length
2 metres
5 metres
Part code
VADD-PS2-A-2M
VADD-PS2-A-5M
Description
Cable for connection to PCs (with audio)
Cable for connection to PCs (with audio)
Length
2 metres
5 metres
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Cables for connection to Sun computers with 8-pin keyboard/mouse
connectors:
When used without the optional power adapter, cables to Sun computers with 8 pin
mini-DIN keyboard/mouse connectors may be up to 5 metres long. With the optional
power adapter the cables may be extended up to 30 metres using standard
extension cables.
Part code
VADD-SUN-2M
VADD-SUN-5M
Description
Cable for Sun (8-pin style) without audio
Cable for Sun (8-pin style) without audio
Length
2 metres
5 metres
Part code
VADD-SUN-A-2M
VADD-SUN-A-5M
Description
Cable for Sun (8-pin style) with audio
Cable for Sun (8-pin style) with audio
Length
2 metres
5 metres
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Cables for connection to computers with USB keyboard/mouse connections:
Part code
VADD-USB-2M
VADD-USB-5M
Description
Cable for USB-enabled computers without audio
Cable for USB-enabled computers without audio
Length
2 metres
5 metres
Part code
VADD-USB-A-2M
VADD-USB-A-5M
Description
Cable for USB-enabled computers with audio
Cable for USB-enabled computers with audio
Length
2 metres
5 metres
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Adapters:
VSA1 mouse adapter - This is required if you wish to connect a computer that has
a 9-pin serial mouse connection:
Cables should be no longer than 30 metres.
NOTE - There are several common wiring specifications for 6-pin mini-DIN to
9-pin serial adapters. If you have an adapter that has been supplied with a
mouse it may have a completely different internal wiring to that shown above
and may not be compatible with the AdderView MP
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VSA2 keyboard adapter - If your PC has a 5-pin DIN AT style keyboard connector
you will need a PS/2 to AT keyboard adapter 6-pin mini-DIN female to 5-pin DIN
male.
VSA7 keyboard adapter - If your Sun computer has a 13W3 video connector then
you will need to fit a 15-way D-type to 13W3 video adapter onto the end of the Sun
cable.
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A.3 Flash upgrade cable connection
The cable connections shown below are to connect either COM1 or COM2 of a PC
to the AdderView MP to allow flash upgrades.
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Appendix B.
Problem Solving
Problem:
Mouse causes channel to change.
Action:
Some cheaper mice are not fully compatible with the AdderView MP and can lose data causing the
channel to be changed (if mouse switching of channels is enabled). If you experience this problem
then change the mouse and use a Microsoft, Sun, Logitech, IBM, Compaq or Hewlett-Packard type. If
your computer is a PC then ensure that you are using a Microsoft compatible mouse driver. Some
other manufacturers’ drivers may switch the mouse to use a proprietary mouse data format not
supported by the AdderView MP. If you have unplugged and re-connected a mouse to the AdderView
MP then ensure that you reset it using the mouse reset function (see section 2.10).
Problem:
Mouse jumps around the screen after disconnecting the mouse cable or powering down the
AdderView MP.
Action:
If you have disconnected and re-connected a CPU mouse cable or you have powered down the
AdderView MP then the mouse data format may be out of synchronisation with that required by the PC
(PS/2 or Intellimouse). Try the ‘restore Intellimouse’ function (F6) to resolve the problem or re-power
the CPU.
Problem:
On PCs, mouse moves very slowly but otherwise functions correctly.
Action:
Change the mouse driver to a Microsoft type or take the action recommended in section 4.9.
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