Caple C603E Specifications

AdderView
MATRIX MP
Installation and Use
Part
Model
AVM208MP
AdderView Matrix – 2 user ports and
8 computer ports
AdderView Matrix – 2 user ports and
16 computer ports
AVM216MP
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AdderView MATRIX MP - Installation and Use
First edition (October 2003)
(c) 2003 Adder Technology Ltd.
Part No. ADD0051/1
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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 MATRIX MP yourself.
Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the AdderView MATRIX MP, its
power adapter and its accessories.
Warning - live parts contained within power adapter.
No user serviceable parts within power adapter - do not dismantle.
Plug the power adapter into a socket outlet close to the AdderView MATRIX MP.
Replace the power adapter with a manufacturer approved type only.
Do not use power adapter if power adapter case becomes damaged, cracked or
broken or if you suspect that it is not operating properly.
If you use a power extension cord with the AdderView MATRIX 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.
Warranty
Adder Technology Ltd warrants that this product shall be free from defects in
workmanship and materials for a period of 2 years from the date of original
purchase. If the product should fail to operate correctly in normal use during the
warranty period, Adder will either repair it free of charge, or, at Adder's discretion,
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replace 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.
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..................................................................................... 5
1.1 Key features and benefits ...................................................................... 7
1.2 AdderView MATRIX MP package contents............................................ 9
1.3 AdderView MATRIX MP rackmount kit for model 208............................ 9
1.4 AdderView MATRIX MP rackmount kit for model 216............................ 9
1.5 Product information ............................................................................... 10
2. Installation....................................................................................... 12
2.1 What you will need ................................................................................ 12
2.2 Mounting the AdderView ....................................................................... 14
2.3 Connecting your devices ....................................................................... 14
2.4 Configuring your PCs ............................................................................ 16
2.5 Structuring your AdderView MATRIX MP installation ............................ 17
2.6 Maximising the video quality ................................................................. 21
2.7 Other useful installation information ...................................................... 22
2.8 Hot plugging the AdderView into running systems and re-enabling
disconnected PS/2 CPU mouse connections .............................................. 22
3. Configuring the AdderView MATRIX MP ..................................... 24
3.1 Configuration summary .......................................................................... 24
3.2 Enabling password security ................................................................... 25
3.3 Setting an ADMIN password .................................................................. 26
3.4 Creating and editing user accounts ....................................................... 27
3.5 Creating and editing computer names ................................................... 27
3.6 Setting the SETUP OPTIONS and GLOBAL PREFERENCES .............. 31
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4. Using the AdderView MATRIX MP ............................................... 39
4.1 Rear panel special function switches ..................................................... 39
4.2 Power supply connections and indicators ............................................. 39
4.3 USER display and key switch................................................................. 39
4.4 COMPUTER display and key switch ...................................................... 40
4.5 Activity indicators .................................................................................. 41
4.6 Selecting a computer using the front panel controls .............................. 41
4.7 Logging on to the AdderView MATRIX MP ............................................ 42
4.8 Keyboard hotkeys ................................................................................. 43
4.9 Selecting computers using the mouse ................................................... 46
4.10 Selecting computers using the on-screen menu .................................. 47
4.11 The reminder banner .......................................................................... 51
4.12 Setting the USER PREFERENCES ..................................................... 52
4.13 Using the FUNCTIONS menu .............................................................. 53
4.14 Querying the routing status ................................................................. 54
4.15 Cascading AdderViews ....................................................................... 54
4.16 Resetting user port keyboards and mice ............................................. 55
4.17 Using the AdderLink extender ............................................................. 56
4.18 What to do if you forget your ADMIN password .................................. 56
4.19 Saving and restoring the menu configuration to and from an Excel
compatible spreadsheet ....................................................................... 56
4.20 Switching channels by sending RS232 data ........................................ 58
4.21 Keyboard equivalent key mappings ..................................................... 59
5. Upgrading the AdderView's firmware ......................................... 61
6. Special features of the AdderView MATRIX MP ......................... 66
6.1 Synchronising AdderView MATRIX MPs for multiple video head
applications............................................................................................ 66
6.2 Logging access activity ......................................................................... 68
Appendices
A - Cable and connector specifications ................................................................ 70
B - Problem solving .............................................................................................. 76
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1. Introduction
Thank you for purchasing the Adder AdderView MATRIX MP. Your AdderView
MATRIX MP is a very high performance Keyboard, Video monitor and Mouse (KVM)
sharing device which supports a wide range of computer hardware and software
platforms. The AdderView MATRIX MP supports multiple users and enables each
user to independently access the connected computers.
The AdderView MATRIX MP is a multi-platform KVM switch that is designed for
controlling computers that have different styles of keyboard and mouse port. Cables
are available to connect to PC PS/2 style ports (6-pin min-DIN connectors for
keyboard and mouse, often coloured purple and green), USB style ports (common
on many laptop and desktop PCs, Sun computers and Apple Mac computers) and
Sun style ports (8-pin min-DIN connector for keyboard and mouse used on older
style Sun computers). USB style keyboards and mice are available for all the
different styles of computer that may be controlled and so the AdderView MATRIX
MP supports USB devices to enable you to use your preferred style of keyboard and
mouse.
An On-Screen-Display (OSD) menu system is provided for easy computer selection
and control. This enables users to select computers by name or description without
having to remember the port that the computer is physically connected to. The OSD
menu system also provides a security structure that enables the system
administrator to allocate access rights to each user on a login basis.
We trust that you will be delighted with the function of your new AdderView MATRIX
MP. We are always interested to hear any suggestions that you may have for
additional features or functionality (email to: enquiry@adder.com). Product
enhancement upgrades are provided free of charge during the warranty period and
may be obtained from www.adder.com. Some of the main features and benefits that
are offered by your AdderView MATRIX MP are listed in section 1.1
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Adder explains:
What does KVM stand for?
Throughout this manual the abbreviation KVM is used to refer to the combination of
a Keyboard, Video monitor and Mouse that is used to access a computer. A KVM
console usually consists of a keyboard, monitor and mouse although sometimes
only a keyboard and monitor may be used. Devices such as the AdderView MATRIX
MP are generally known as KVM sharers or KVM switches.
What is a multi-platform KVM switch?
Multi-platform KVM switches enable you to connect to computers that have different
styles of keyboard, video and mouse ports and control all the computers from a
single keyboard, monitor and mouse.
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1.1 Key features and benefits
Enables many computers to be independently controlled by two users.
Enables desktop and laptop PCs, Sun (USB), Sun (8-pin), Mac (USB), SGI, Alpha
and RS/6000 computers to be controlled from a common KVM console.
USB keyboard and mouse support enables KVM console devices to be chosen
that are the most appropriate for multi-platform control (keyboards and mice for all
the main computer types are available in USB format).
On-screen menu allows computers to be selected by name or description.
Configurable security enables the administrator to assign access rights to users.
Two independent users are supported on all models.
Advanced On-Screen Display (OSD) for easy control and configuration.
Channel switching by OSD, front panel key, keyboard hotkey, or 3 button mouse.
Supports high bandwidth monitors at resolutions up to 1920 x 1440.
Fully flash upgradeable via the serial port.
Supports a very wide range of software including Windows 3.X, WFWG, 95, 98,
2000, NT, ME, XP, DOS, Unix, Linux, NetWare, OS/2, BSD, Mac OS, Sun OS etc.
Supports several computer keyboard styles: PS/2 (6-pin mini-DIN), USB, Sun (8pin mini-DIN), AT (5-pin standard-DIN).
Supports several computer mouse styles: PS/2 (6-pin mini-DIN), USB, Sun (8-pin
mini-DIN), RS232 (9-pin D-type).
Supports several computer video styles: High bandwidth analogue video signals
with separate or combined sync signals presented on standard 15-way HD D
connectors or 13W3 connectors.
Video channels support Display Data Channel (DDC/DDC1/DDC2) signalling.
Supports desktop and laptop PCs, Sun (USB), Sun (8-pin), Mac (USB), RS/6000,
Alpha, and Silicon Graphics computers.
Front panel "healthy voltage" indicator.
Automatic detection of the country type of the controlling keyboard enables
computers to configure themselves for the correct keyboard layout. Optionally, the
country type may be specifically defined by the user.
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Support for up to 16 user access profiles and 512 named computers.
The colours and position of the OSD menu may be changed by each user.
OSD routing status window shows the computers that are currently being
controlled by the KVM consoles.
Supports three computer control modes - Exclusive, Shared and Video Only.
Optional small-sized reminder banner permanently confirms the selected
computer.
Compact 1U (model 208) and 2U (model 216) cases may be neatly fitted under a
monitor or fixed into a 19 inch rack.
SmartBoot ensures reliable simultaneous bootup of all computers.
User and computer name information may be uploaded to a PC and saved in an
Excel compatible file. This file may be edited in Excel and downloaded back to the
AdderView.
Can be cascaded to a depth of four levels to provide a video switching network.
Automatically restores keyboard and mouse states when channel changed.
Supports PC keyboard modes 1,2 and 3 and PC mouse prompt and stream
modes for maximum compatibility.
Includes screen saver, auto-scan and name search options.
Supports moving or blank screen savers and auto-logout on screen save option.
Wheel mouse may be used to launch and operate the OSD menus.
User may select English, French, German or Swedish OSD menus.
Supports user definable hotkeys and mouse modes.
Positive confirmation of selected ports on local and cascaded AdderViews
achieved by full acknowledgement signalling across all cascaded units.
Supports Microsoft IntelliMouse, IntelliMouse Explorer and other common wheel
mice.
Mouse restoration functions to enable ‘hot plugging’ of certain systems.
Front panel controls may be locked for secure operation.
Standard colour-coded cable connections make installation easy and inexpensive.
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Auto-scan list feature enables scanning of selected computers.
1.2 AdderView MATRIX MP package contents
AdderView MATRIX MP.
Power supply suitable for your country.
6 x stick on self-adhesive rubber feet.
A CD-ROM containing this manual (in PDF format).
1.3 AdderView MATRIX MP rackmount kit for model 208
(part code RMK1)
2 x mounting brackets for fixing the unit into a 19 inch rack.
4 x screws for fixing mounting brackets to AdderView MATRIX MP.
1.4 AdderView MATRIX MP rackmount kit for model 216
(part code RMK2)
2 x mounting brackets for fixing the unit into a 19 inch rack.
6 x screws for fixing mounting brackets to AdderView MATRIX MP.
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1.5 Product information
Fig. 1 - AdderView MATRIX MP 208 and 216 models viewed from the front
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Fig. 2 - AdderView MATRIX MP 208 and 216 models viewed from the rear
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2. Installation
Adder explains:
Flexible configuration
The AdderView MATRIX MP has many ports for connection to computers,
keyboards, mice and monitors. There are no restrictions placed upon which ports
are connected to devices and you can leave any of the ports disconnected if you
wish. You do not need to connect a keyboard, monitor and mouse to each user port
if you do not wish to use all of these. You may perhaps decide to connect just a
keyboard and monitor or you may decide to connect to just one user port. All of
these configurations are supported. What's more, your devices do not all need to be
of the same type. You may wish to use a large high-resolution monitor with an
extended keyboard and a wheel mouse on one user port and a smaller monitor with
a basic mouse and keyboard on another. The AdderView MATRIX MP intelligently
handles these mixtures of devices.
2.1 What you will need
For the computer connections you will need:
Cables to connect the AdderView MATRIX MP to each of your computer
keyboard, video and mouse ports.
There are three main types of cable available from Adder that connect to PS/2, USB
or Sun systems. Each cable type is available in various lengths. You may also need
one or more cabling adapters if you have older type 5-pin DIN keyboard connectors,
9-pin serial mouse connectors or 13W3 video connectors. Cabling and adapter
specifications and part numbers are given appendix A. (You do not need to connect
a mouse cable if you are not using the mouse).
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A suitable mouse driver for your computers. Supported types are:
General mouse drivers that are supplied with the operating system (PC, Sun,
Mac etc.)
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- PC 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).
You may also need one or more of the following adapters. These adapters may
be obtained from your AdderView MATRIX 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 MATRIX MP supplier or check your adapter against the
wiring specification given in Appendix A.
For the user port connections you will need:
A monitor with a standard VGA-style 15-pin analogue video connector that will
work when connected directly to each of your computers. AdderView MATRIX MP
supports low and high resolution monitors.
A USB keyboard.
USB keyboards are available in Sun, PC and Mac styles. Each style has a slightly
different layout and different numbers of keys. Any USB keyboard may be used but
for maximum ease of use you are recommended to choose a keyboard style with at
least as many keys as the native keyboard style for the computers that you wish to
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connect. This will avoid the need to use key combinations to create any missing
keys (e.g. the Stop, Again, Props and Undo keys for Sun systems). Sun keyboards
have more keys than standard PC keyboards which have more keys than Mac
keyboards and so if you are controlling a mixture of computers that include any Suns
you are recommended to use a Sun keyboard.
A USB mouse.
The AdderView supports most ‘Internet / scroll mice’ that are compatible with the
Microsoft IntelliMouse and Sun and Mac mice.
2.2 Mounting the AdderView
The AdderView MATRIX MP has been designed to be used either on a desktop or
mounted in a 19 inch rack. If the AdderView is to be used on a desktop then you will
need to stick the supplied self-adhesive rubber feet to the underside of the
AdderView. If the AdderView is to be mounted in a 19 inch rack then you will need to
fit the rack mounting brackets to the side of the AdderView.
2.3 Connecting your devices
Ensure that the power is disconnected from the AdderView and all devices which
are to be attached. Connect any keyboards, monitors and mice to the user port
connectors at the rear of the AdderView (see figure 2). The individual connectors
are colour coded for your convenience. If you are connecting several KVM
(Keyboard, Video monitor, Mouse) sets then you do not need to use the same
brands or mix of devices on each user port.
Next, connect each computer system unit in turn using the Adder interface cables
that you have purchased for use with the AdderView MATRIX 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. Remember that the video quality is
maximised if the cables are kept as short as possible. Where possible, 2 metre
cables are recommended as these will give very high video quality. Any unused
computer connections can be left unconnected. The three main cables type are
shown in figure 3.
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Figure 3 - AdderView MATRIX MP cables.
See appendix A for part codes and ordering information
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.
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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.
The AdderView is now ready for connection to the mains using the mains power
adapter supplied. It is important to apply power to the AdderView first, then power on
the monitor and each of the computers in turn. Failure to switch the AdderView 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. There is no ON/OFF
switch and the AdderView will start to operate as soon as the power is applied.
2.4 Configuring your computers
Configure your computers in the same way that you would if your keyboard, mouse
and monitor were all connected directly. If you are connecting PC computers then
please bear in mind the following:
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AdderView 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.
2.5 Structuring your AdderView MATRIX MP installation
A single AdderView MATRIX MP 216 may be used to manage and control up to 16
computers (see figure 4). For larger numbers of computers, MATRIX MP units may
be cascaded in a tree structure with AdderView MATRIX products to form a video
switching network (see figure 5). The AdderView unit at the top of this tree structure
is normally used to control all the cascaded AdderViews although other
configurations are possible.
The AdderView MATRIX MP and AdderView MATRIX are fitted with an intelligent
communication system that enables it to detect and communicate with other
AdderViews so that it is able to positively verify that all the cascaded AdderViews
have correctly responded to a switching request from the user. The AdderViews
communicate with each other via the keyboard cables.
AdderView MATRIX MP may be cascaded in a very flexible manner. Either 1 or 2
links may be made between cascaded AdderViews. The number of independent
users supported by the system is determined by the number of cascade links that
have been installed. If two cascade links are made then two users have
simultaneous access to ports on the cascaded AdderViews. The AdderView
intelligently manages the cascade links and allocates them on a first come first
served basis rather like a telephone network.
AdderView MATRIX MP may also be cascaded to some other Adder KVM switches
although some restrictions may apply. Please consult Adder or your supplier if you
would like more information.
When cascading AdderView MATRIX MP keep in mind the following rules
The maximum number of layers in a AdderView MATRIX MP / MATRIX cascade
is four.
You may cascade MATRIX MP / MATRIX units with 1 or 2 KVM links. The
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number of KVM links that you install defines the number of simultaneous uses that
are supported.
The MATRIX MP unit should be used as the master (i.e. at the top of the tree). All
other levels should be MATRIX products.
Keep all cascade cables as short as possible. The video quality is maximised by
using the shortest possible total cable run from computer to KVM.
If you are making multiple cascade links then ensure that the cables are
approximately the same length.
You must choose groups of cascade ports from the following table. When you
cascade using a group of ports the system will allocate the first available free port in
that group (see section 4.10 and 4.15 for more details)
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The following diagrams show some typical AdderView MATRIX MP installations.
Fig. 4 - A typical installation using a single AdderView MATRIX MP 208
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Fig. 5 - A cascaded application using multiple AdderView MATRIX units
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2.6 Maximising the video quality
The AdderView MATRIX MP supports very high bandwidth video signals and
resolutions up to 1900 x 1440 pixels. It regenerates the video signals using
wideband amplifiers in order to minimise any loss of video quality. All video cables
introduce distortion onto the video signal. For short cables this is minimal but for
longer cables the loss of quality can start to become noticeable particularly at higher
video resolutions. To maximise the video quality of your AdderView MATRIX MP
installation we recommend the following:
Use the shortest possible video cables between your devices. High quality two
metre long cables will give excellent results.
Avoid using cables with 15-pin D-type connectors that are not specifically
designed to carry video signals - you will see a picture but the quality will be truly
appalling with smudging, ghosting and loss of focus. Cables that are designed to
carry video signals are constructed using three separate co-axial cores to carry the
red, green and blue signals. These co-axial cores make the cable thick like the cable
that you see coming out of the back of a monitor. Typically this cable will be 8.5 to 9
mm in diameter. If your cable is thin (say 6mm in diameter) or does not look like the
cable you would expect to see coming out of a monitor then it may well be an
unsuitable 'data' cable. Such cables are only suitable for very low resolution DOSstyle screens.
Where possible use a single cable of the correct length rather than multiple
extension cables. If you must use an extension cable then make sure that it is a
cable that is specifically designed to carry video signals.
When cascading AdderViews use the shortest possible cables between units.
Structure the installation so that the maximum cable run between computers and
KVMs is minimised. If possible keep this distance to below 30 metres (100 feet).
For longer distances use the AdderLink extender.
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2.7 Other useful installation information
Intelligent cables – The USB and Sun cables contain miniature active circuits that
are moulded into the ends of the cable assembly. These circuits intelligently provide
signals to your computers that make them think that a keyboard and mouse are
continuously attached, even if the AdderView is not connected or powered on. This
increases the reliability and robustness of the installation.
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 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.
RS232 mice can usually be unplugged and plugged back in provided that a mouse
was connected when the operating system initially booted.
Keyboard and mouse mode switching - The AdderView keeps a log of the
keyboard and mouse mode and resolution settings requested by each of the
connected PCs. These settings are automatically restored to the shared keyboard
and mouse when the AdderView channel is switched thus ensuring maximum
software compatibility. The keyboard num, caps and scroll lock states are an
obvious example of this process.
2.8 Hot plugging the AdderView into running systems and reenabling disconnected CPU PS/2 mouse connections
It is adviseable to switch off the systems that are going to be connected to the
AdderView before installation. However if this is not possible then most systems can
be hot plugged by using the AdderView’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
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enable the mouse when the PC is initially booted.
If you have switched off your AdderView 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'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. 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
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
Suggested
restoration
PS/2
PS/2
IntelliMouse / AdderView
IntelliMouse / AdderView
PS/2 only
IntelliMouse
PS/2 only
IntelliMouse
PS/2
PS/2
PS/2
IntelliMouse
Standard
Standard
Standard
IntelliMouse
To restore lost mouse movement on a CPU connected to the AdderView:
1)
2)
3)
4)
5)
6)
Select the CPU that has lost its mouse movement
Activate the on-screen menu using the keyboard hotkeys
Press F1 to view additional menus
Select the FUNCTIONS menu
Select RESTORE STANDARD MOUSE or RESTORE INTELLIMOUSE
Exit the on-screen menu
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3. Configuring the AdderView MATRIX MP
3.1 Configuration summary
The AdderView is configured using the on-screen menu system which is activated
by default when you first power on the system. It may also be accessed by using the
keyboard 'hotkeys' (see section 4.8) or by using the AdderView's front panel keys
(see section 4.6). The following steps summarise a typical configuration process.
For more advanced information on each of the configuration steps please refer to
the appropriate sections of this manual shown in brackets.
Note: The AdderView is configured via the ADMIN user account. The AdderView will
allow multiple users to be logged in under the ADMIN account but will only allow one
of these users to be adding or editing computer names or user profiles or setting
global and setup options at any one time.
Step 1 - Decide if you are going to use password security
The AdderView may be run with security enabled or disabled. With security
disabled, all user ports have full access to all of the computers and full
administration rights. The AdderView is shipped to you with security disabled. This
mode is suitable for simple installations with a small number of users. Larger
installations or systems with larger numbers of users will require password security
to be enabled. In this mode, each user logs on to the system and is allocated access
rights to defined computers by the system administrator. This mode is
recommended for most systems (see section 3.2 for details on how to enable
security). If you are not using security the go to step 4.
Step 2 - Create an ADMIN (administration) account password
The AdderView has a fixed user account that cannot be deleted named ADMIN. This
user account is the only one that is able to make important system changes. If you
are going to be using security then you should allocate a password to this account
(see section 3.3 for instructions).
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Step 3 - Create user accounts
Login to the AdderView using the ADMIN account and add user profiles and
passwords for each of the system users (see section 3.4). The AdderView supports
up to 16 user profiles.
Step 4 - Add / edit names to identify your computers
Whilst you are logged into the AdderView using the ADMIN account, create names
for each of the computers that you have attached to the system. The AdderView
creates default names for each of its ports (Computer 1 to Computer 16). These
default names may be edited as required. Whilst adding the computer names you
can define which users will have access to each computer. Each computer has an
associated 8 digit port number which defines its location. If you are using a single
AdderView MATRIX MP then all the computers will have two digit port numbers (01
to 16). If you are cascading AdderViews then each computer will have a four, six or
eight digit port number depending on the number of cascade levels that have been
connected (see section 4.10 for details). The AdderView supports up to 512
computer names although special versions are available that support more names.
Step 5 - Set the required SETUP OPTIONS and GLOBAL PREFERENCES
Use the ADMIN account to select the required SETUP OPTIONS and GLOBAL
PREFERENCES. The SETUP OPTIONS menu is used to configure important
system operating parameters such as security mode, language, hotkeys and control
options. The GLOBAL PREFERENCES menu is used to select various timing
characteristics and other options.
3.2 Enabling password security
The AdderView MATRIX MP may be operated with or without security enabled. With
no security all users will have full administration rights and full access to all the
connected computers. For systems with several users this may not be desirable.
System security is enabled using the on-screen menu. The on-screen menu is
activated automatically when you first switch on the AdderView but may also be
selected using the keyboard hotkeys (see section 4.8) or the front panel controls
(see section 4.6).
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To switch on the password security system:
From the main on-screen menu press F1 for MORE MENUS.
Select SETUP OPTIONS from the menu.
Move the menu bar over the SECURITY option.
Press SPACE BAR to enable security.
Press ESC to quit from the menu.
3.3 Setting an ADMIN password
The AdderView MATRIX MP supports up to 16 user profiles. The administrator of
the system can grant or deny users access to any of the connected computers and
has complete control over the setup of the system. The administrator accesses the
system via a special user named ADMIN. This profile may not be altered or deleted
from the system and has full access rights to all computers and system parameters.
Consequently it is advisable to set a password for this user.
To set a password for the ADMIN user:
From the main on-screen menu press F1 for MORE MENUS.
Select EDIT USER LIST from the menu.
Move the menu bar over the ADMIN user.
Press RETURN or ENTER to edit the ADMIN user.
Press RETURN or ENTER again to edit the ADMIN user's password.
Make sure that the password you want is displayed.
Press RETURN or ENTER to save the password.
You will now see the "Edit Access Rights" menu. The ADMIN user always has
access to all the computers. Press RETURN or ENTER again to quit from this
menu.
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3.4 Creating and editing user accounts
To create user accounts:
Ensure that you are logged on as the ADMIN user.
From the main on-screen menu press F1 for MORE MENUS.
Select EDIT USER LIST from the menu.
Press INSERT to add a new user.
Type in the name of the new user and press RETURN or ENTER.
Type in the password for the new user and press RETURN or ENTER.
(You may leave the password field blank if you do not want to define a password)
Define the computers that you want this user to have access to using the SPACE
BAR and function keys as directed on the menu. The user will have access to all
the starred (selected) computers. Don't worry if all the computers have not yet
been defined. You can allocate users access to computers when you add the
computer names later.
Press RETURN or ENTER to create the user.
Follow a similar process to edit users:
In the EDIT USER LIST use the menu bar to select the user that you want to edit.
Press ENTER or RETURN to edit the user's name, password and access rights.
Press RETURN or ENTER if you want to keep the existing entries.
3.5 Creating and editing computer names
Computer names provide a very convenient way of selecting and identifying
computers that are attached to the AdderView MATRIX MP. You can select
computers by port number (see sections 4.8 and 4.15) but when you have several
computers it becomes hard to remember which computer is attached to which port.
By defining descriptive computer names you can select the required computer from
an on-screen menu without having to remember which physical port the computer is
connected to. For each computer name that you define you can grant or deny
access to any of the defined users.
Each computer name that you define will have an associated port number. This is
the AdderView port that the computer is attached to. If all of your computers are
connected to a single AdderView MATRIX MP then all the port numbers will be two
characters long (for example: 01, 02, 03, 16 etc.). If you are cascading AdderView
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MATRIXs then the port numbers will be four, six or eight characters long depending
upon whether you have two, three or four levels of cascade (see figure 7). See the
end of this section and section 4.10 for an explanation of how the port numbers are
constructed. The AdderView MATRIX MP supports up to 512 computer names.
To create computer names:
Ensure that you are logged on as the ADMIN user.
From the main on-screen menu press F1 for MORE MENUS.
Select EDIT COMPUTER LIST from the menu.
Press INSERT to add a new computer name.
Type in the name of the computer and press RETURN or ENTER.
Type in the port number for this computer and press RETURN or ENTER.
Define the users that you want user to have access to this computer using the
SPACE BAR and function keys as directed on the menu. The starred users will
have access to this computer. Don't worry if all the users have not yet been
defined. You can allocate computers to users when you add the users later.
Press RETURN or ENTER to create the new computer name.
When you are adding computers it is advisable to setup just one name for any
particular port. Avoid creating two names for the same port as this can lead to
confusion. Also, if you are using ports to cascade to other AdderViews, avoid setting
up unique names for individual ports that form part of a group of ports that are being
used to cascade. For example, if you are using group 41 (ports 1,2,3 and 4) to
cascade to another AdderView then avoid setting up individual names for these
ports.
Follow a similar process to edit computer names:
In the EDIT COMPUTER LIST use the menu bar to select the computer that you
want to edit. Press ENTER or RETURN to edit the computer's name or change the
users who you want to have access to this computer. Press RETURN or ENTER if
you want to keep the existing entries.
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Creating entries for computers connected to cascaded AdderViews
You can cascade AdderView MATRIX MP units using one or two KVM links. Section
2.5 explains the rules that you must follow when installing a AdderView cascade.
The number of cascade links that you install determines the number of simultaneous
users that can access computers on the cascaded AdderViews. Ideally if you are
cascading AdderView MATRIX units then you should use two cascade links as this
will cause no blocking and will allow both users simultaneous access to all
computers.
Each computer name that you add to the on-screen menu has an associated port
number that tells the AdderView where to find the computer. Port numbers for
computers attached to a single AdderView are simply the port number that the
computer is attached to. Port numbers for computers connected to cascaded
AdderViews are constructed by defining the port routing that is required to get from
the user's KVM to the computer.
Figure 6 illustrates how port numbers are constructed and how the physical
configuration of a cascaded system relates to entries in the on-screen menu. The
illustrated configuration is an unlikely configuration in practice but has been chosen
for explanation purposes. If you make multiple cascade links then they must be
connected to the groups of ports defined in figure 7. These ports have associated
group port numbers. The AdderView uses this group port number to connect to the
first available port in that group. For example, group port number 21 comprises of
ports 1 and 2. If these ports are linked to a cascaded AdderView and users try to
connect to computers that are attached to the cascaded AdderView, the system will
allocate the cascade links to the first two users on a first come first served basis.
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Fig. 6 - Creating menu entries for computers that are
connected to cascaded AdderViews
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Fig. 7 - Possible cascade groups and their associated names
3.6 Setting the SETUP OPTIONS and GLOBAL PREFERENCES
The SETUP OPTIONS and GLOBAL PREFERENCES are system operating
parameters that apply to the whole system rather than to individual users. These
may only be setup or changed by the system administrator logged in using the
ADMIN account. From the main menu press F1 for MORE MENUS. Use the cursor
keys to position the menu bar over SETUP OPTIONS or GLOBAL PREFERENCES.
Press ENTER or RETURN to view the individual menus. Use the cursor keys to
place the menu bar over the required option and then use SPACE BAR to change
the option as required. Press ESC to quit and save the changes.
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3.6.1 SECURITY
Accessed from menu: SETUP OPTIONS
Settings: DISABLED, ENABLED
With security disabled there is no requirement for users to login to the system. All
users have full access to all the connected computers and full administration rights.
With security enabled, users are required to login to the AdderView. Each user is
allocated access rights to computers by the system administrator and they are only
able to see the computers that they have access to on their on-screen menu.
3.6.2 LANGUAGE
Accessed from menu: SETUP OPTIONS
Settings: ENGLISH, FRENCH, GERMAN, SWEDISH
This option specifies the language that is used for the on-screen menu and the
keyboard layout that is assumed for the keyboard. When the French option is
selected the keyboard is assumed to have an AZERTY format. When the English
and German options are selected the keyboard is assumed to have a QWERTY
format. The new language settings are enabled when you quit from the SETUP
OPTIONS menu. The language option only affects the way that the AdderView
interprets the keyboard keys, it does not affect the way that the computers interpret
the keyboard. It is advisable to avoid setting a language that you do not understand
as all the menus will change to use the new language and you may have difficulty
reselecting your original language.
3.6.3 HOTKEYS
Accessed from menu: SETUP OPTIONS
Settings: CRTL+ALT, CTRL+SHIFT, ALT+SHIFT, ALT GR, LEFT ALT+RIGHT ALT,
LEFT CTRL+LEFT ALT, RIGHT CTRL+RIGHT ALT, DISABLED
The keyboard hotkeys are special combinations of keys that, when used together
with certain keyboard "command keys", perform special AdderView functions. For
example, pressing the hotkeys together with the "M" key will cause the on-screen
menu to be displayed on your monitor. Other hotkey combinations allow you to
query which computer you are connected to and to move the on-screen menu
around the screen. You can also use the hotkeys together with the port number to
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quickly select a chosen computer without activating the on-screen menu. See
section 4.8 for full details on using keyboard hotkeys to control the AdderView. We
do not normally recommend that you disable the hotkeys but if you choose to do this
then you will need to access the on-screen menu using the AdderView's front panel
controls.
3.6.4 KEYPAD CONTROLS
Accessed from menu: SETUP OPTIONS
Settings: ENABLED, DISABLED
The key controls on the front of the AdderView may be disabled so that it is only
possible to select the special channels "o" and "0" (the on-screen menu and the
non-existent channel zero).
3.6.5 EXCLUSIVE USE
Accessed from menu: SETUP OPTIONS
Settings: ALLOWED, DISABLED
In normal operation, the AdderView will allow two or more users to share access to a
computer. In this mode, the computer's video picture will be displayed on all the
user's monitors but only one user may have active control of the computer's
keyboard and mouse at any one time. The AdderView detects an active user by
looking for keyboard and mouse data. A user becomes inactive if no keyboard or
mouse data has been received by the AdderView for a specified timeout period.
Whilst one user is active all the other users that are connected to the same
computer will see a "video only" message displayed on their screen.
There may be situations where particular users want to be able to control and view
their computers in private with exclusive use. The AdderView has the facility to allow
users to select exclusive use of computers but this facility should be used with care.
When exclusive use is requested the video from the selected computer is only
available to the user with exclusive access. Users that have selected exclusive
access are never timed out by the AdderView and so all other users are effectively
"locked out" until the exclusive user switches to another computer or logs out. This
could potentially be very irritating if a user has selected exclusive use and has then
left their desk without logging out. This would prevent other users from working on
the computer until they came back. Consequently the system administrator can
disable all exclusive use so that all connections are shared.
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3.6.6 AUTOMATIC LOGOUT
Accessed from menu: SETUP OPTIONS
Settings: DISABLED, ENABLED
The AdderView enables you to restrict access to your computers on a login basis. If
a user forgets to logout when they have finished accessing the AdderView then the
user console may unintentionally be left with full access to all the computers. The
AdderView may be set to automatically logout unattended user consoles when the
screen saver kicks in. This reduces the risk of security problems by preventing user
consoles remaining in a permanent “logged-in” state when there is no keyboard or
mouse activity. The automatic logout feature is only enabled when the screen saver
feature is active (i.e. not disabled).
3.6.7 KEYBOARD COUNTRY and DEFAULT COUNTRY
Accessed from menu: SETUP OPTIONS
Settings: AUTOMATIC, MANUAL, DISABLED
Some computers query the keyboard to find out its country code and key layout.
These computers use this information to configure the way that they interpret the
keyboard data coming from the keyboard and so it is important for the correct
country information to be supplied. Not all keyboards report country information and
two different styles of keyboard may be connected to the AdderView. Consequently
in AUTOMATIC mode the AdderView will attempt to query both the keyboards that
are attached to try and find a country code (user port 1 is tested first). If a country
code is not found then the AdderView will use the DEFAULT COUNTRY code
specified by the user. In MANUAL mode, the connected keyboards are not queried
for country information and instead the DEFAULT COUNTRY value is reported to all
computers that request country information. In DISABLED mode no country
information is supplied to computers requesting country information.
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Keyboard Country Codes
Country
Code
Country
Code
Arabic
Belgian
Canadian-Bilingual
Canadian-French
Czech Republic
Danish
Finnish
French
German
Greek
Hebrew
Hungary
International (ISO)
Italian
Japan (Katakana)
Korean
Latin American
Netherlands
Norwegian
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
Persian (Farsi)
Poland
Portugese
Russian
Slovakian
Spanish
Swedish
Swiss/French
Swiss/German
Switzerland
Taiwan
Turkish-Q
UK
US
Yugoslavia
Turkish-F
Reserved
Not supported
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36-255
00
3.6.8 MOUSE SWITCHING
Accessed from menu: GLOBAL PREFERENCES
Settings: ENABLED, DISABLED
Like most Adder Technology KVM switches, the AdderView MATRIX MP's channel
may be switched using a three button mouse or IntelliMouse (see section 4.9).
Pressing the central button or wheel button together with the left hand mouse button
will cause the AdderView to switch to the next available computer. When mouse
switching is enabled the central mouse button or wheel mouse button is allocated to
control the AdderView and is not therefore available for use by computer
applications. If you want to use the central mouse button within your applications
you will need to disable mouse switching. The rotation action of an IntelliMouse
wheel is not affected and is always available to the computer application.
3.6.9 SCREEN SAVER
Accessed from menu: GLOBAL PREFERENCES
Settings: DISABLED; 2, 5, 7, 10,15, 20 & 30 MINUTES
To avoid burning out the phosphor on CRT monitor screens, the AdderView can be
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set to blank the screen after no keyboard or mouse activity has been detected for a
selected timeout period. If preferred, the user can blank the screen manually by
selecting channel '0' using the keyboard hotkeys or by pressing ESC from the login
screen.
3.6.10 AUTOSCAN MODE
Accessed from menu: GLOBAL PREFERENCES
Settings: SCAN LIST, ACTIVE PCs, ALL PCs
The AdderView supports an autoscan mode that automatically scans between the
connected computers in sequence. The AdderView supports three autoscan modes.
In the first mode the AdderView will scan all the named computers that are defined
in the autoscan list (SCAN LIST). The computers defined in the scan list may be
connected to cascaded AdderViews. If you wish to scan the ports on the current
AdderView then you may select ALL the available computers or just the available
computers that are currently powered on (the ACTIVE computers). Scanning just the
active computers avoids blank screens from being displayed and stops the monitor
from going into a power down state on every scan cycle.
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 set the AdderView to scan ALL
ports. Constant switching on and off of your monitor's relay will eventually
damage your monitor. If you are using the SCAN LIST option then you should
ensure that all the computers are active if you are using one of these
monitors.
If you choose to use the SCAN LIST option then you may define the computers to
be scanned in the following manner.
To define the autoscan list
Ensure that you are logged on as the ADMIN user.
From the main on-screen menu press F1 for MORE MENUS.
Select EDIT AUTOSCAN LIST from the menu. A list of defined computers will
appear. The starred computers will be autoscanned during the autoscan cycle.
To add a computer to the autoscan list, move the selection bar over the computer
name and press SPACE BAR. To add all named computers press F1. To remove
all named computers press F2.
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When all the computers that you wish to scan have a star to the right hand side of
their name, press RETURN or ENTER to save the selections.
The selected computers will be autoscanned in alphabetical order when you
activate autoscan mode (when the SCAN LIST option is selected).
3.6.11 AUTOSCAN PERIOD
Accessed from menu: GLOBAL PREFERENCES
Settings: DISABLED; 2, 5, 7, 10, 15, 20, 30 SECONDS
The autoscan time defines the length of time that the AdderView will display video
from an autoscanned computer before changing to the next computer. If the
DISABLED setting is chosen then no autoscan functions will be available.
3.6.12 OSD DWELL TIME
Accessed from menu: GLOBAL PREFERENCES
Settings: 1, 2, 3, 5, 10 SECONDS
After a successful computer channel change the AdderView will display a
confirmation message for a few seconds. The length of time that this confirmation
message dwells on the screen may be changed. Options are 1, 2, 3, 5 & 10 secs.
3.6.13 USER TIMEOUT
Accessed from menu: GLOBAL PREFERENCES
Settings: 1, 2, 5, 10, 30 SECONDS; 1, 5, 10 MINUTES
When two users are connected to the same computer only one can have access at
any one time. When no keyboard or mouse data has been received from the active
user port for the user timeout period the AdderView will allow other users to access
the computer. The new port then becomes the active port until it too times out. To
avoid confusion between users it is desirable to set the timeout period to be
sufficiently long so that user's work is not needlessly interrupted by other users and
sufficiently short to ensure good overall system efficiency.
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3.6.14 RS232 Mouse Type
Accessed from menu: GLOBAL PREFERENCES
Settings: INTELLIMOUSE, 2 BUTTON, 3 BUTTON
These setting control the type of RS232 mouse that the AdderView reports to
computers. All the necessary conversions are dealt with automatically with the
AdderView. The IntelliMouse setting sends four byte mouse reports to the
computers and is therefore very slightly more sluggish than the others that send
three byte mouse reports. RS232 mice are almost always more sluggish than PS/2
types because the data rate is much slower.
3.6.15 Mouse Type
Accessed from menu: GLOBAL PREFERENCES
Settings: MICROSOFT, LOGITECH
Most mouse drivers are compatible with Microsoft mice and so a “Microsoft
compatible” mouse signalling protocol is suitable for most systems. In some
installations, Logitech mouse drivers may disable the action of the mouse buttons
when used with the “MICROSOFT compatible” signalling protocol implemented by
the AdderView. To solve this problem select the “LOGITECH compatible” mouse
signalling protocol.
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4. Using the AdderView MATRIX MP
This section explains the general operation of the AdderView MATRIX MP. We
recommend that you read this section before starting to use the product.
4.1 Rear panel special function switches
Before powering on the AdderView ensure that the two option switches on the rear
are set to the OFF (up) position. Option switch 1 is reserved for future use and
option switch 2 is used to enable firmware upgrades (see section 5).
4.2 Power supply connections and indicators
Plug the power adapter into the power inlet. The power indicator on the front of the
AdderView (see figure 1) monitors the voltage that is being supplied to the power
inlet. If the power indicator is illuminated then a healthy power adapter is connected.
4.3 USER display and key switch
The USER key selects the user port that is shown on the green USER display (see
figure 1). Pressing the key will cause the green display to change to the next user
port in numerical sequence. When the USER display is changed, the red
COMPUTER display will also change to show the current connection status of the
new user port. AdderView MATRIX MP models have 2 user ports.
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4.4 COMPUTER display and key switch
The COMPUTER key selects the computer port that is to be connected to the user
port that is currently displayed on the green USER display (see figure 1). Pressing
the key will cause the red COMPUTER display to change to the next available
computer port in numerical sequence. The next available computer port is defined
by the way that the AdderView MATRIX MP is configured.
There are two special computer ports that may be selected using the COMPUTER
key switch. These are the on-screen menu port 'o' and the non-existent channel
zero '0'. Selecting the on-screen menu port will cause the on-screen menu or the
login menu to be displayed. Selecting channel zero will cause the video to be
disabled and all keyboard and mouse activity to have no effect upon any of the
connected computers. These channels are provided as convenient places to 'park'
user ports that are not currently in operation.
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4.5 Activity indicators
The AdderView MATRIX MP has a front panel activity indicator for each user port
(see figure 1). The indicator will flash when keyboard or mouse data is received by
the AdderView. These indicators provide a useful confirmation that the keyboards
and mice connected to the AdderView are functioning normally.
4.6 Selecting a computer using the front panel controls
To select a computer using the front panel controls, press the USER key until the
green USER display shows the user port number that your keyboard and mouse are
connected to. Then press the COMPUTER key until the red COMPUTER display
shows the computer that you wish to connect to. Pressing the computer key will
cause the computer channel to change to the next available port. If the password
security system has not been enabled then this will be the next highest channel
number in the sequence shown below. If password security has been enabled then
you will only be able to select the computer ports that you have access to. If the front
panel controls have been disabled by the administrator then you will only be able to
select the special channels 'o' and '0' (the on-screen menu / login screen or nonexistent channel zero).
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Action of the COMPUTER key if no security has been set and the front panel
controls are enabled
Action of the COMPUTER key if the front panel controls are enabled, security has
been set and the current logged in user only has access to computer ports 1,3 and 7
Action of the COMPUTER key if the front panel controls have been disable.
4.7 Logging on to the AdderView MATRIX MP
If password security has been set on the system then the following login menu will
appear when the AdderView is switched on or when no user is currently logged in.
The previous user may have activated the screen save function (screen blanking). If
so, you may need to press a key before the login menu appears. Type in you user
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name and password to access the AdderView.
4.8 Keyboard hotkeys
AdderView MATRIX MP can be conveniently controlled using special keyboard
hotkey combinations. These hotkey combinations can be used to select computers
and perform a number of other useful functions. All of the hotkey control commands
are invoked by holding down the 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 3.6.3). 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.
HOTKEYs + TAB is an exception and this allows you to 'tab through' the ports by
holding down the hotkeys and repeatedly pressing TAB. HOTKEYs + the cursor
keys is also an exception. You can hold down the hotkeys and repeatedly press the
cursor keys to change the position of the on-screen menu.
The hotkey commands are summarised below (note that the numbers on the
numeric keypad do not form part of a valid hotkey). The hotkeys will only select the
requested channels if you have access rights to the requested channel.
Selecting computers using the hotkeys and the port number is most suitable for
systems with small numbers of computers. For systems with more computers it is
easier to use the on-screen menu for computer selection.
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‘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 ‘5’ - selects channel 5
‘HOTKEYs’ and ‘6’ - selects channel 6
‘HOTKEYs’ and ‘7’ - selects channel 7
‘HOTKEYs’ and ‘8’ - selects channel 8
‘HOTKEYs’ and ‘9’ - selects channel 9
‘HOTKEYs’ and ‘1 then 0’ - selects channel 10
‘HOTKEYs’ and ‘1 then 1’ - selects channel 11
‘HOTKEYs’ and ‘1 then 2’ - selects channel 12
‘HOTKEYs’ and ‘1 then 3’ - selects channel 13
‘HOTKEYs’ and ‘1 then 4’ - selects channel 14
‘HOTKEYs’ and ‘1 then 5’ - selects channel 15
‘HOTKEYs’ and ‘1 then 6’ - selects channel 16
(16 port models only)
(16 port models only)
(16 port models only)
(16 port models only)
(16 port models only)
(16 port models only)
(16 port models only)
(16 port models only)
‘HOTKEYs’ and ‘TAB’ - selects the next available channel
‘HOTKEYs’ and ‘M’ - displays the on-screen menu for selecting computers by name
(this is the recommended way of selecting computers for systems with more than 4
computers)
‘HOTKEYs’ and ‘A’ - selects autoscan mode where each channel is displayed for
the selected time (see section 3.6.11). To cancel autoscan mode simply select any
fixed channel either by hotkey or by using the on-screen menu or the front panel
controls.
‘HOTKEYs’ and ‘0’ – switches off the video signal. This will cause some monitors to
go into standby mode or switch off. The video signal can be re-enabled by selecting
a channel.
‘HOTKEYs’ and ‘L’ - Logs out the user if password security has been enabled or
disables the video and selects the non-existent channel '0' if no security is set.
‘HOTKEYs’ and 'the cursor keys' - Moves the currently displayed on-screen menu
around the screen.
‘HOTKEYs’ and ‘0 then {number}’ – (where {number} is 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 or 9).
Selects the channel specified by {number}. This allows ports on cascaded units to
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be selected. For example HOTKEYs + 0 10216 would select port 1 (01) on the
current AdderView, port 2 (02) on the next cascaded AdderView and port 16 on the
last AdderView.
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
To select channel 12 (on a 16 port AdderView):
press
ba1
press
2
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release
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4.9 Selecting computers using the mouse
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. If password security has been set then the AdderView will select
the next available channel, otherwise it will select the next numerical channel.
Mouse switching may be enabled or disabled (see section 3.6.8). When mouse
switching is disabled the third button or wheel button state is ‘passed through’ the
AdderView and seen by the application software.
Selecting computers using the mouse is most suitable for systems with small
numbers of computers. For systems with more computers it is easier to use the onscreen menu for computer selection.
Hold down centre button (
)
Press and release left hand button
(
) to select next computer
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4.10 Selecting computers using the on-screen menu
You can conveniently select computers by name using the AdderView's on-screen
menu. For systems with many computers this is the recommended method of
computer selection. The on-screen menu is called up by pressing the ‘HOTKEYs’
and the ‘M’ key together. Its position on the screen may be moved using the
'HOTKEYs' and the cursor keys (see section 4.8)
For example, with the default hotkeys (CTRL + ALT) the key combination to launch
the on-screen menu would be:
press
ba M release Mba
You may also use a 3-button mouse or wheel mouse to launch the on-screen menu
if you have enabled mouse control (see section 3.6.8). To do this, hold down the
central button or wheel button and click the right hand button.
Hold down centre button (
launch the on-screen menu
). Press and release left hand button (
) to
When the menu is first called up, a set of default names will be listed. You will
probably want to change these names to suit your computers (see section 3.5).
When you launch the on-screen menu you will see a screen similar to that shown
below.
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To connect to a computer, place the menu bar over the computer name using a
combination of the up and down cursor keys and the page up / page down keys.
You may also use the wheel on a wheel mouse to move the menu bar up and down
if you have enabled mouse control (see section 3.6.8).
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To select the computer with SHARED access press:
e
or
f
When a computer is selected in SHARED mode, the computer’s video picture will be
displayed on all the KVM consoles that are connected to that computer. Only one
user will have control of the computer’s keyboard and mouse at any one time. If no
keyboard or mouse activity has been detected for the timeout period (see section
3.6.13) then other KVM consoles may gain control.
To select the computer with EXCLUSIVE access press:
je
or
jf
When a computer is selected in EXCLUSIVE mode, the computer’s video picture will
only be displayed on the KVM console that has exclusive access. Other KVM
consoles will not be able to access the computer or view its video until the exclusive
user has selected another computer or logged out. This mode prevents other KVM
consoles from using the computer and so should be used with care.
To select the computer with VIDEO ONLY access press:
be
or
bf
When a computer is selected in VIDEO ONLY mode, the computer’s video picture
will be displayed on the KVM console’s monitor but the keyboard and mouse will not
control the computer. The “VIDEO ONLY” message will be displayed under the
confirmation banner if this has been enabled.
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You may also use a 3-button mouse or wheel mouse to select a computer if you
have enabled mouse control (see section 3.6.8).
To select a computer in SHARED mode use the left hand mouse button (
) whilst
the menu bar is positioned above the required computer name. To escape without
selecting a new computer use the right hand mouse button.
To select a computer in EXCLUSIVE mode, use the left hand mouse button together
with the SHIFT key on the keyboard. To select a computer in VIDEO ONLY mode
use the left hand mouse button together with the CTRL key on the keyboard.
If you have many connected computers then you can do an alphabetic search of the
list of computer names by pressing F3 and then entering the name that you want to
find.
When you select a computer the AdderView will briefly confirm the computer that
has been selected by displaying a message. There may be situations where the
selected computer cannot be accessed and in this case the AdderView will display a
error message and wait for the user to press ESC before continuing. The AdderView
may not be able to connect due to the following reasons:
The requested port is being accessed exclusively by another user.
There are no free cascade links available.
The requested port does not exist.
AdderView confirms a successful connection
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AdderView indicates an unsuccessful connection
4.11 The reminder banner
Normally the AdderView will display a discreet computer name reminder banner that
reminds you which computer you are connected to. This banner will normally appear
at the top of the screen in a central location and may optionally be disabled (see
section 4.12.2). Many computer screens can look very similar and so this banner
serves as a useful reminder of which computer you are working on. The colour and
transparency of the banner can be selected to make it as discreet as possible. It
may also be moved around the screen in any direction by using the ‘HOTKEYs’
together with the cursor keys.
For example to move the banner up the screen (assuming the default CTRL + ALT
hotkeys) use:
ba w
The computer name banner is also used to tell the you that another user is using the
computer that you are currently connected to. Whist the other user has control of the
computer you will see the message "Video Only" below the computer name banner.
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4.12 Setting the USER PREFERENCES
The USER PREFERENCES are system operating parameters that are
independently selectable for each user. From the main menu press F1 for MORE
MENUS. Use the cursor keys to position the menu bar over USER PREFERENCES
Press ENTER or RETURN to view the preferences. Use the cursor keys to place the
menu bar over the required option and then use SPACE BAR to change the option
as required. Press ESC to quit and save the changes.
4.12.1 OSD COLOUR
Accessed from menu: USER PREFERENCES
Settings: DEFAULT, SCHEME 1, SCHEME 2
As you toggle between these options you will see the colour of the menu change to
show the selected scheme. The menu schemes have been specially chosen to
provide a high contrast with the colours that you would normally see on a computer
screen.
4.12.2 REMINDER BANNER
Accessed from menu: USER PREFERENCES
Settings: ENABLED, DISABLED
When the reminder banner is enabled, the name of the currently selected computer
will appear in a small reminder banner. This is normally located at the top of the
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screen in a central position but may be moved as required (see section 4.8)
4.12.3 REMINDER COLOUR
Accessed from menu: USER PREFERENCES
Settings: BLUE/TRANS, PINK/TRANS, BLUE/WHITE, WHITE/RED
You may select the colour of the reminder banner. The BLUE/TRANS and
PINK/TRANS select blue or pink text with a transparent background. The
BLUE/WHITE and WHITE/RED settings select blue and white text on solid white and
red backgrounds.
4.12.4 SCREEN SAVER TYPE
Accessed from menu: USER PREFERENCES
Settings: BLANK, MOVING DOT
You may select the type of screen saver. If you select BLANK then the screen will
blank completely. If you select MOVING DOT then a moving dot will be displayed on
a blank background. The dot regularly changes colour and bounces off the sides of
the screen in a zigzag pattern.
4.13 Using the FUNCTIONS menu
The FUNCTIONS menu provides you with a number of useful functions that will help
you to make the most of your AdderView. You can access the FUNCTIONS menu
from the main on-screen menu by pressing F1 and selecting FUNCTIONS.
Standard users will be offered just two functions:
RESTORE STANDARD MOUSE and
RESTORE INTELLIMOUSE
If you have disconnected a mouse cable or you have switched the AdderView off
then the mouse connection will normally be lost. To reconstitute the mouse
connection use the mouse reset functions. See section 2.9 for a full explanation of
how these functions work.
The ADMIN user is also given the option to RESET TO FACTORY DEFAULTS. This
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will clear all the computer and user names and set all parameters back to the factory
defaults. To avoid activating this function by accident the administrator must confirm
the reset instruction by pressing F8.
See section 4.19 for details on using the SEND DATA TO RS232 PORT and READ
DATA FROM RS232 PORT functions. These functions are only available to the
Admin user.
4.14 Querying the routing status
It is sometimes useful to know which KVM consoles are connected to which
computers and their connection modes (shared, exclusive or video only). For
example, if the AdderView denies you access to a particular computer you may wish
to know if another KVM console has exclusive use of this computer and
consequently is preventing your access. To query the routing status press F1 from
the main on-screen menu and then select ROUTING STATUS. A routing status
display similar to the one shown below will be displayed for 10 seconds. Press ESC
to quit or wait for the routing status screen to disappear.
4.15 Cascading AdderViews
AdderView MATRIX MPs can be cascaded in a tree structure to support larger
numbers of computers. Up to four cascade levels are supported and the number of
cascade links between AdderViews can be chosen by the user. The number of
installed cascade links determines the number of users that may be accessing ports
on the cascaded units simultaneously. The full rules that must be followed when
configuring a cascade of AdderViews are given in section 2.5.
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Although it is theoretically possible to select computers on cascaded units by
pressing the hotkeys and then typing in the port address this would be highly
confusing for users and is not generally recommended. Consequently it is normally
advisable to use the on-screen menu to select computers on cascaded units.
However it is sometimes useful to be able to connect to ports on cascaded units via
a specific cascade cable (rather than the first available of a group) in order to check
that the cabling is working as expected. To do this you can use a hotkey sequence
similar to the example shown below.
For example to connect to port 14 on a AdderView MATRIX MP that is cascaded off
port 1 of your first AdderView MATRIX MP. Although the following example selects a
port with a four digit address (port 0114) you can type port addresses that are eight
digits long to access computers that are on the forth cascade level (e.g. Port
01140203).
press
ba0release 0
press
1release 1
press
1release 1
press
4release 4ba
4.16 Resetting user port keyboards and mice
The user port keyboards and mice may be reset by disconnecting then reconnecting
the device. You may also disconnect devices and reconnect different devices.
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4.17 Using the AdderLink extender
Refer to the installation guide provided with your AdderLink extender.
When using an AdderLink extender we highly recommend that you set the
AdderLink's hotkeys to be different to the AdderView's hotkeys to avoid any
confusion
4.18 What to do if you forget your ADMIN password
If you forget your ADMIN account password you will not be able to access the
AdderView MATRIX MP to add or edit users and computer names. If this
unfortunate situation does occur then you can resolve it by performing a complete
reset to return the AdderView to its factory default state. A complete reset erases all
the user names and computer names that you have setup. You can only perform a
complete reset if you have access to both the front and the rear of the AdderView.
To perform a complete reset and return the AdderView to its factory default state:
1) Power on the AdderView normally.
2) Whilst the AdderView is powered on move switch 2 on the rear panel of the
AdderView (labelled UPGRADE) to the ON (down) position.
3) Press the USER and the COMPUTER keys together.
4) The green USER display will show 'r' for a few seconds to confirm that a reset is
taking place.
5) Return switch 2 to the normal OFF position (up).
4.19 Saving and restoring the menu configuration to and from an
Excel compatible file.
The AdderView MATRIX MP will store up to 512 computer names and 16 sets of
user access rights. If you have a cascade of AdderViews then it may take some time
to enter all the computer names and port numbers and decide on the access rights
that you are going to grant to each user profile. Consequently, for peace of mind it is
useful to be able to store these settings. This can be done by connecting a computer
to the AdderView’s RS232 serial port and uploading to configuration settings. You
can only perform this function if you are logged onto the AdderView as the
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ADMIN user. The file that is used to store the configuration settings has the
additional advantage that it can be loaded into an Excel spreadsheet and edited to
make changes to computer names and access rights. This edited information may
then be downloaded back to the AdderView.
To save the menu names and configuration settings:
1. Logon to the Adder Technology website at www.adder.com and download the
files AVMREAD.EXE and AVMWRITE.EXE.
2. Connect the serial port on the rear of the AdderView MATRIX MP to a serial
COM port on your computer using the serial cable supplied with the AdderView.
If you have lost this cable then you may use a replacement cable with a 9-way
female connector on one end and a 9-way male connector on the other end and
all lines connected straight through (i.e. pin 1 to pin 1, 2 to 2, 3 to 3 etc.).
3. Run the program AVMREAD.EXE on the computer that is connected to the
AdderView’s serial port. Follow the instructions given by the program.
4. Make sure that you are logged onto the AdderView as the ADMIN user. From the
main selection screen press F1 for More Menus. In the Configuration Menu
select Functions. In the Functions menu select Send Data to RS232 port.
5. The AdderView should then send the configuration data to your computer. The
AVMREAD program will store the data in a file named AVMDATA.CSV that will
be created in the same directory that you ran the AVMREAD program from.
Please ensure that you have sufficient rights to write to this directory.
To edit the menu names and configuration settings:
You may open the AVMDATA.CSV using a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft
Excel. The format of a typical file is shown below. You will see that the computer
names (rows) are tabulated against the user profiles (columns). To grant a user
access to a computer, enter the value 1 in the box that is common to the computer’s
row and the user’s column. To deny access, leave this box blank. To add extra
users, add additional columns (up to 16 users). To add extra computers, add
additional rows (up to 512 computers). The ADMIN user will always be granted
access to all computers regardless of the values entered.
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USERS
PASSWORDS
COMPUTERS
Admin PC
Alan's System
Comms Server
Comms PC
Gateway 1
Gateway 2
Test System
Web Browser
ADMIN
password
Alan
letmein
Jim
hello
Sue
logmein
Test
Test
PORT
2103
2102
3
4
8
5
15
9
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
To restore the saved / edited menu and configuration settings:
1. Connect the serial port on the rear of the AdderView MATRIX MP to a serial
COM port on your computer using the serial cable supplied with the AdderView.
2. Copy the program AVMWRITE and AVMDATA.CSV into the same directory on
the PC that is connected to the AdderView’s serial port.
3. Run the program AVMWRITE.EXE and follow the instructions given by the
program.
4. Make sure that you are logged onto the AdderView as the ADMIN user. From the
main selection screen press F1 for More Menus. In the Configuration Menu
select Functions. In the Functions menu select Read Data from RS232 port.
5. The AdderView should then receive the configuration data to your computer and
load the new menu names and access rights into the menu.
4.20 Switching channels by sending RS232 data
You can switch the AdderView MATRIX MP remotely by sending RS232 data to the
serial communications port (located on the rear panel adjacent to the power
connectors). All data should be sent using the following RS232 protocol.
Baud: 19200, bits: 8, stopbits: 1, parity:none
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No handshaking is implemented but valid command characters will be echoed back
to the sender.
The top nibble (4 bits) of the command byte defines the user port that is to be
switched (1=port 1, 2=port 2). The bottom nibble defines the computer port that the
user port is to be switched to (e.g. 0=port 1, 1=port 2, E=port 15, F=port 16).
For example:
Hexadecimal code 14 switches user port 1 to computer port 5
Hexadecimal code 28 switches user port 2 to computer port 9
Hexadecimal code 2D switches user port 2 to computer port 14
Special codes are:
Hexadecimal code 71 switches user port 1 to computer port 0 (off)
Hexadecimal code 72 switches user port 2 to computer port 0 (off)
The 9-pin female RS232 connector at the rear of the AdderView has the following
pinout:
4.21 Keyboard equivalent key mappings
If you are connecting a mixture of IBM compatible PCs, Sun and Macintosh
computers to the AdderView then you have several possible keyboard configuration
options. You may decide to connect a Sun, PC or Macintosh style keyboard to the
AdderView. Generally, Sun keyboards have more keys than PC keyboards which
have more keys than Mac keyboards. It is generally advisable to use a keyboard
with the maximum number of keys that are expected by any of the connected
computers (i.e. if you are connecting any Suns then you are recommended to use a
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Sun keyboard).
If you are using a Sun style controlling keyboard, the equivalent key mappings are:
Sun keyboard
Left Control
Left Diamond ( )
Left Alt
Alt Graph
Right Diamond ( )
No equivalent
IBM 104/105-key
keyboard
Left Ctrl
Left Win Start ( )
Left Alt
Right Alt or Alt Graph
Right Win Start ( )
Right Ctrl
Apple keyboard
Left Control
Left Command ( )
Left Option (alt)
Right Option (alt)
Right Command ( )
Right Control
Compose
Win Right Mouse Click ( )
No equivalent
If you are using a PC style controlling keyboard, the equivalent key mappings are:
IBM 104/105-key
keyboard
Left Ctrl
Left Win Start ( )
Left Alt
Right Alt or Alt Graph
Right Win Start ( )
Right Ctrl
Sun keyboard
Apple keyboard
Left Control
Left Diamond ( )
Left Alt
Alt Graph
Right Diamond ( )
No equivalent
Left Control
Left Command ( )
Left Option (alt)
Right Option (alt)
Right Command ( )
Right Control
Win Right Mouse Click ( )
Right Ctrl+F1
Right Ctrl+F2
Right Ctrl+F3
Right Ctrl+F4
Right Ctrl+F5
Right Ctrl+F6
Right Ctrl+F7
Right Ctrl+F8
Right Ctrl+F9
Right Ctrl+F10
Right Ctrl+1
Right Ctrl+2
Right Ctrl+3
Right Ctrl+4
Right Ctrl+H
Compose
Stop
Again
Props
Undo
Front
Copy
Open
Paste
Find
Cut
Mute
Volume Volume +
Power
Help
No equivalent
No equivalent
No equivalent
No equivalent
No equivalent
No equivalent
No equivalent
No equivalent
No equivalent
No equivalent
No equivalent
No equivalent
No equivalent
No equivalent
No equivalent
No equivalent
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5. Upgrading the AdderView's firmware
The AdderView MATRIX MP uses flash memory technology which enables the
firmware code to be upgraded by the user. New keyboards, mice operating systems
and drivers are being launched all the time. From time to time the AdderView's
firmware will be updated to provide support for these new devices. You can take
advantage of these upgrades free of charge during the warranty period.
Upgrades are performed by connecting a PC's serial port to the AdderView's serial
port and running an upgrade program on the PC. This upgrade program downloads
the new firmware to the AdderView MATRIX MP and checks that the data has been
programmed correctly.
You can check the version of the firmware that is currently loaded into your
AdderView using the on-screen menu. To do this activate the on-screen menu using
the keyboard hotkeys (see section 4.10) and then press F1. The version number of
the current firmware will then be displayed at the bottom of the Configuration Menu.
To perform a firmware upgrade on your AdderView MATRIX 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. Suitable upgrade cables
with 9-pin serial connectors are provided with the AdderView MATRIX MP. If you
have lost your cable then you will need to buy a cable with a 9-way D-type male
connector on one end and a 9-way D-type female connector on the other end with
all 9 lines connected "straight through" (i.e. pin 1 to pin 1, pin 2 to pin 2, pin 3 to pin
3 etc.). These are standard serial extension cables.
You will also need to obtain the latest version of the AdderView MATRIX MP
firmware which is available by request from www.adder.com. Please ensure that
you have your product serial number and model number at hand when requesting
an upgrade.
Note: The normal flash upgrade process does not clear the computer names, user
names, security passwords or other configuration settings.
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To perform a flash upgrade on the AdderView MATRIX MP:
Step 1 - Prepare your computers
Ensure that you have saved any important work on the connected computers. The
AdderView MATRIX MP can be upgraded whilst attached to live systems but
remember that the mouse connections will probably need to be reconstituted after
the upgrade is finished (see sections 4.13 and 2.9). Where possible, mission critical
servers should be switched off or disconnected before performing an upgrade.
Step 2 - Connect your computer to the AdderView MATRIX MP
Connect your computer's serial port (COM1 or COM2) to the AdderView MATRIX
MP's serial port (see figure 2). You do not need to set the serial baud rate and
protocol because the upgrade program will do this for you automatically (for
reference, the RS232 baud rate used by the upgrade program is 19200 and the
protocol is 8 bits, 1 stopbit and no parity).
Step 3 - Select flash upgrade mode using option switch 2 (labelled UPGRADE)
Move option switch 2 on the back of the AdderView MATRIX MP to the ON position
(down).
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Step 4 - Power off the AdderView MATRIX MP
Remove the power from the MATRIX MP.
Step 5 - Power on the AdderView with the UPGRADE switch ON
Attach the power adapter to the AdderView whilst the UPGRADE switch is ON. The
green USER display should now show a lower case 'u'. This indicates that the
AdderView is ready to be upgraded.
The display should now show:
Step 6 - Run the upgrade program
The latest version of the AdderView MATRIX MP firmware is available from the
Adder Technology website at www.adder.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
XPROMP.EXE
2) Binary code files for each of the processors within the AdderView (up to 3)
e.g.
M216A129.HEX
M216B129.HEX
M216C129.HEX
These files use the following naming scheme. The first three numeric characters are
the model type (e.g. 216 is an AdderView MATRIX MP model 216 with 16 computer
ports). The fifth character is the processor designation. The last three characters
represent the firmware release version (e.g. 129 equals version 1.29).
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3) A data file that tells the upgrade program (XPROMP.EXE) which binary code files
(HEX files) to download to the AdderView MATRIX 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.
M216V129.DAT
Like the hex files, the first three digits represent the model number (e.g. 216
represents an AdderView MATRIX MP model 216 with 16 computer ports). The next
four digits represent the version number (e.g. V129 equals firmware version 1.29).
To upgrade the AdderView, check that the DAT file designation matches the model
that you have. In other words, if you have an AdderView MATRIX MP with 16
computer ports and you want to upgrade to version 1.30 then the DAT file that you
need would be named M216V130.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.
XPROMP {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 M216V129.DAT then use the
following command line:
XPROMP M216V129.DAT
IMPORTANT NOTE
The upgrade programs are DOS based to enable compatibility with the widest
range of operating systems. They run efficiently on DOS, Windows 3.X,
Workgroups, 95, 98, ME and Windows NT. The upgrades will take
approximately 10 minutes but vary slightly according to the AdderView model
and the speed of the PC. Upgrades run from PCs using Windows 2000 will
take very substantially longer due to the way that this operating system
handles the DOS programs. The upgrade will be reliable but may take around
3 hours to complete!
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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.
Step 7 - Switch the UPGRADE key to the OFF position and cycle the power
Switch the UPGRADE switch on the rear of the AdderView to the OFF position and
disconnect the power. When the power is re-applied the AdderView will operate
using the new firmware.
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 without moving switch 2 from the upgrade
(ON) position. Switch 2 forces the AdderView into flash upgrade mode and prevents
the upgraded code from being run. Running faulty or partially upgraded code may
have unpredictable results and may damage your AdderView or computing
equipment. For obvious reasons, the code that the AdderView 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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6. Special features of the MATRIX MP
6.1 Synchronising AdderView MATRIX MPs for multiple video head
applications
Multiple AdderView MATRIX MPs may be connected together so that they operate
in a synchronised manner. Synchronised operation is useful for applications that
require multiple video signals to be switched together. This type of operation is
usually required where each computer is fitted with multiple video cards or video
cards with multiple video heads. Such configurations are typically required in
banking and engineering applications where greater video 'real estate' is required.
Whenever the AdderView’s channel is switched it sends an RS232 command out on
its serial interface. The AdderView switches its channel if it receives the same
command on its serial interface. Consequently, by linking the serial interfaces a
master unit may be made to automatically switch a daisy chain of slaved units as
shown in the diagram below.
It should be noted that the synchronisation cable deliberately does not have the
transmit pin of the Slave End connector linked to the receive pin of the Master End
connector. To do so would cause the Slave unit to be able to switch the Master unit.
This would setup an endless cyclical switching sequence that would prevent the
AdderViews from operating correctly.
The AdderView MATRIX MP may be synchronised with other Adder Technology
KVM switches that support compatible synchronisation features. These include the
AdderView MATRIX and SmartView XPro products running firmware versions of
1.12 or higher.
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Synchronised AdderViews used for a dual head video switching application
The pinout of the RS232 synchronisation cable is as shown below.
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The pinout for a “daisy chain” RS232 cable for more than 2 units is shown below:
6.2 Logging access activity
By connecting the AdderView’s serial port to a computer, a time stamped log of the
AdderView’s activity can be generated. This is useful for applications where it is
necessary to keep track of which users have accessed which computers. A simple
data logging program may be downloaded from the Adder Technology website
(XPLOG.EXE). This enables the activity log to be saved to a file or printed to a
printer. This logging program uses the Excel-compatible file XPRODATA.CSV (that
may be downloaded from the AdderView – see section 4.2) to cross reference the
port and user information to computer and user names in order to generate an
informative activity log.
To make use of the activity logging features:
1. Download the program XPLOG.EXE from the support section of the Adder
Technology website (www.adder.com).
2. Follow the instructions in section 4.2 to create the Excel compatible file
XPRODATA.CSV that contains a list of user and computer names and port
numbers.
3. Copy the XPRODATA.CSV file into the same directory as the XPLOG.EXE file.
4. Run the XPLOG file using the following command format:
XPLOG {activity_log_destination} {com_port}
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{activity_log_destination} is the file name where the log is to be stored or the word
PRINT if the log is to be printed on a printer attached to the computer’s parallel port.
LPT1
{com_port} is the computer’s serial port that is connected to the AdderView.
Options are 1 (for COM1) or 2 (for COM2).
For example:
XPLOG datalog.txt 1
would log activity information received on COM1 to the file datalog.txt.
XPLOG PRINT 2
would print activity information received on COM2 to the printer attached to the
computer’s LPT1 printer port.
These programs will run continuously until the user presses the SPACE BAR.
More information
Users who wish to integrate activity data logging with their own PC programs may
contact Adder for a list of RS232 data logging codes and their associated meaning.
It is possible to use the activity logging and AdderView synchronisation features
together but this requires a specially constructed RS232 cable. Please contact
Adder for further details.
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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 PCs and peripherals but this cannot be guaranteed. If you
experience problems try using shorter cables.
A1. Keyboard, monitor and mouse to AdderView MATRIX MP
All of the shared devices plug directly into the relevant ports at the rear of the
AdderView MATRIX MP.
Cable specification:
Cables should be no longer than 5 metres.
A2. AdderView MATRIX MP to computers 1 to 16
Cables for connection to PCs:
Cables may be extended up to 20 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.
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Part code
VKVM-1M
VKVM-1M-AT
VKVM-2M
VKVM-2M-AT
VKVM-5M
VKVM-5M-AT
VKVM-10M
VKVM-10M-AT
Description
Cable for PC connection (PS/2 style)
Cable for PC connection (AT style)
Cable for PC connection (PS/2 style)
Cable for PC connection (AT style)
Cable for PC connection (PS/2 style)
Cable for PC connection (AT style)
Cable for PC connection (PS/2 style)
Cable for PC connection (AT style)
Length
1 metre
1 metre
2 metres
2 metres
5 metres
5 metres
10 metres
10 metres
The –AT cable kits include the adapters shown below.
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Cables for connection to Sun computers with 8-pin keyboard/mouse
connectors:
Cables to Sun computers with 8 pin mini-DIN keyboard/mouse connectors may be
up to 20 metres long. If you use an extension cable then this should be added to the
MATRIX MP end of the cable.
Part code
CCSUN-2M
CCSUN-5M
CCSUN-10M
Description
Cable for Sun (8-pin style)
Cable for Sun (8-pin style)
Cable for Sun (8-pin style)
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2 metres
5 metres
10 metres
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Cables for connection to computers with USB keyboard/mouse connections:
Cables to computers with USB keyboard/mouse connectors may be up to 20 metres
long. If you use an extension cable then this should be added to the MATRIX MP
end of the cable as the USB end can only be extended by up to 5 mertres.
Part code
CCUSB-2M
CCUSB-5M
CCUSB-10M
Description
Cable for USB-enabled computers
Cable for USB-enabled computers
Cable for USB-enabled computers
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2 metres
5 metres
10 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 MATRIX 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 video 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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Appendix B.
Problem Solving
Problem:
Poor video quality with smearing fuzziness or ripple.
Action:
Use screened coaxial video cables to connect your devices to the AdderView.
For more help with problems visit the Adder Technology website at www.adder.com.
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Notes
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