MasterConsole
CAT
MCCAT18/MCCAT116
User Guide
Release 1.1
Copyright © 2007 Raritan, Inc. MCCAT‐0B‐E December 2007 255‐20‐0002‐00 This document contains proprietary information that is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. No part of this document may be photocopied, reproduced, or translated into another language without express prior written consent of Raritan, Inc. © Copyright 2007 Raritan, Inc., CommandCenter®, Dominion®, Paragon® and the Raritan company logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Raritan, Inc. All rights reserved. Java® is a registered trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc. Internet Explorer® is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation. Netscape® and Netscape Navigator® are registered trademarks of Netscape Communication Corporation. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective holders. FCC Information
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a commercial installation. 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 communications. Operation of this equipment in a residential environment may cause harmful interference. VCCI Information (Japan)
Raritan is not responsible for damage to this product resulting from accident, disaster, misuse, abuse, non‐Raritan modification of the product, or other events outside of Raritanʹs reasonable control or not arising under normal operating conditions. Power Safety Guidelines
To avoid potentially fatal shock hazard and possible damage to Raritan equipment: •
Do not use a 2‐wire power cord in any product configuration. •
Test AC outlets at your computer and monitor for proper polarity and grounding. •
Use only with grounded outlets at both the computer and monitor. When using a backup UPS, power the computer, monitor and appliance off the supply. Rack Mount Safety Guidelines
In Raritan products which require Rack Mounting, please follow these precautions: •
Operation temperature in a closed rack environment may be greater than room temperature. Do not exceed the rated maximum ambient temperature of the appliances. •
Ensure sufficient airflow through the rack environment. •
Mount equipment in the rack carefully to avoid uneven mechanical loading. •
Connect equipment to the supply circuit carefully to avoid overloading circuits. •
Ground all equipment properly, especially supply connections, such as power strips (other than direct connections), to the branch circuit. Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction
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Product Overview ..................................................................................................................................... 1
Product Photos........................................................................................................................................... 1
Product Features........................................................................................................................................ 2
Package Contents ...................................................................................................................................... 3
Chapter 2 Quick Start
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A Glance at the Product............................................................................................................................ 4
Front View....................................................................................................................................... 4
Rear View ........................................................................................................................................ 5
Connecting Computers............................................................................................................................. 6
Selecting a Channel ................................................................................................................................... 9
Front Panel Operation ................................................................................................................... 9
OSD Operation ............................................................................................................................. 10
Changing Channel Names ..................................................................................................................... 11
Chapter 3 Introduction to the On-Screen Display (OSD)
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Activating the OSD ................................................................................................................................. 13
OSD Layout .............................................................................................................................................. 13
Frequently Used Keys............................................................................................................................. 14
OSD Menus .............................................................................................................................................. 14
Introduction to the Selection Menu ...................................................................................................... 15
Switching between Pages............................................................................................................ 16
Chapter 4 Advanced Operation and System Configuration
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Toggling the Channel Sorting................................................................................................................ 17
Cycling Through Channels .................................................................................................................... 19
Front Panel Operation ................................................................................................................. 19
OSD Operation ............................................................................................................................. 20
Returning to the Previous Channel....................................................................................................... 21
Refreshing the Channel Status............................................................................................................... 22
Using the F8 Function Key.......................................................................................................... 22
Using the AutoScan Function..................................................................................................... 22
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Accessing Active Channels Only .......................................................................................................... 22
The Security Feature ............................................................................................................................... 23
Activating the Security Feature.................................................................................................. 23
Accessing the System in the Security Mode ............................................................................. 24
Changing Passwords ................................................................................................................... 24
Changing the Keyboard Layout Setting............................................................................................... 25
System Configuration ............................................................................................................................. 26
Setting the Scan Time for Individual Scan Mode..................................................................... 29
Accessing the Help Menu....................................................................................................................... 30
Functions Keys.............................................................................................................................. 30
Resetting the System ............................................................................................................................... 31
Chapter 5 Two-Tier System
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Overview .................................................................................................................................................. 32
Setting Up a Two‐Tier System ............................................................................................................... 33
STEP 1: Programme an MCCAT Unit as a Second‐Tier Device............................................. 33
STEP 2: Connect the Second‐Tier MCCAT Unit ...................................................................... 34
STEP 3: Connect the Keyboard, Mouse and Monitor to the First‐Tier Device..................... 36
STEP 4: Specify the Type of the Connected Second‐Tier Device in the OSD....................... 36
STEP 5: Connect Computers to the MCCAT System .............................................................. 38
Accessing the Second‐Tier Channels .................................................................................................... 38
Chapter 6 Firmware Upgrade
40
STEP 1: Download the Latest Firmware and Upgrade Utility .......................................................... 40
STEP 2: Connect the MCCAT Unit to the Computer Running the Upgrade Utility ...................... 41
STEP 3: Launch the Upgrade Utility..................................................................................................... 42
STEP 4: Power Cycle the Upgraded MCCAT Unit ............................................................................. 44
Appendix A Specifications
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Measurement ........................................................................................................................................... 45
Supported Resolutions............................................................................................................................ 45
Appendix B MCCAT Default Settings
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Appendix C Compatibility with Other Raritan Products
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Compatible CIMs..................................................................................................................................... 47
Connecting a Serial Device via the Serial CIM......................................................................... 48
Compatibility with MasterConsole II ................................................................................................... 49
STEP 1: Programme a MasterConsole II Unit as a Second‐Tier Device................................ 49
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STEP 2: Connect the Second‐Tier MasterConsole II Units...................................................... 50
STEP 3: Specify the Type of the Connected Second‐Tier Device in the OSD....................... 50
Appendix D Troubleshooting
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Index
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Introduction
Chapter 1
Congratulations on purchasing a Raritan MasterConsole CAT KVM (keyboard/video/mouse) switch. This User Guide explains how to use these KVM switches to access and control multiple computers (or servers). In This Chapter
Product Overview..............................................................................................1 Product Photos ...................................................................................................1 Product Features ................................................................................................2 Package Contents...............................................................................................3 Product Overview
MasterConsole CAT (MCCAT) is a product that allows control of multiple computers from a single keyboard, mouse and monitor. All you need to do is simply connect the keyboard, mouse, monitor and multiple computers to an MCCAT unit, and you will be able to switch between various computers. The product features the use of the standard Category 5 (Cat5) unshielded twisted‐pair (UTP) cabling, and the number of the accessible computers can be expanded to a maximum of 256 computers with a two‐tier cascaded system. In terms of operation, the product provides front panel buttons for easy and fast access to the attached computers in addition to a friendly OSD interface for simple system configuration. Product Photos
Model: MCCAT18 (Front and Rear View) 1
Product Features
Model: MCCAT116 (Front and Rear View) Product Features
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One user can control up to 16 computers per unit. The number of computers that can be controlled varies depending on the model purchased: ƒ
MCCAT18: allows control of 8 computers ƒ
MCCAT116: allows control of 16 computers Chapter 1: Introduction
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A maximum of 256 computers can be controlled in a two‐tier cascaded MCCAT system •
The unit interconnects with each computer via the standard Cat5 UTP cables •
The units can be cascaded to form a two‐tier KVM switch system •
The OSD interface features simple system control and management •
Support the video resolution up to 1600x1200 •
The user can be located at a distance up to 100 feet (30.4 meters) from the attached computers •
With the “keep‐alive” technology, users can add, remove and hot‐swap components without interruption to the computers. •
LEDs in the front panel indicate the status of computers •
Buttons in the front panel provides fast access to computers •
Multi‐platform support, including MS‐DOS, Windows 2000/2003/NT/Me/XP/Vista, Linux (Red Hat, Novell Suse) and SCO Unix •
Support IBM, Dell and HP servers •
The Scan function allows the system to automatically cycle through all of the channels at the default or user‐customized rates •
The Skip function allows the system to bypass inactive channels during the channel scanning •
The Password Security function, providing one administrator and 5 user passwords, prevents unauthorized access to the attached computers •
Support the use of a standard keyboard and a standard 2‐wheel mouse Package Contents
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MasterConsole CAT Unit x 1 •
Power cord x 1 •
Rackmount Kit x 1 (including brackets and associated screws) •
“User Manuals & Quick Setup Guides” CD x 1 •
Warranty Card x 1 3
Chapter 2
Quick Start
This chapter addresses only the basic connections for setting up an MCCAT system and basic operations for interacting with the computers being connected to the system. For advanced hardware installation or OSD operations, refer to Chapter 4: Advanced Operation and System Configuration (on page 17) and Chapter 5: Two‐Tier System (on page 32) for details. In This Chapter
A Glance at the Product ....................................................................................4 Connecting Computers .....................................................................................6 Selecting a Channel ...........................................................................................9 Changing Channel Names..............................................................................11 A Glance at the Product
This section briefly introduces the components on the front and rear sides of the MCCAT unit and the initial OSD menu that you will see after the product starts to work. Front View
The front panel provides the model number for identification and push buttons for convenient operation of frequently used functions. No.
Component
Description
n Model name CAT18 indicates the unit is MCCAT18. CAT116 indicates the unit is MCCAT116. o SKIP button Toggles AutoSkip on/off. When the AutoSkip function is on, the system skips inactive channels and accesses active ones only. 4
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p SCAN button Toggles AutoScan on/off. When the AutoScan function is on, the system automatically cycles through all channels until the function is turned off. q r Channel buttons TIER LED These buttons enable immediate access to the computer connected to the corresponding channel. In addition, each channel button can show each channelʹs status through its LED color change. •
Off: Either no device is connected to the channel, or the connected device is NOT powered. •
Orange: A device, which is powered, is connected to the channel. •
Green: The channel is being selected and accessed. Shows the unitʹs tier status. •
Off: The MCCAT unit is programmed as the first‐tier device. This is the factory default. •
On: The unit is programmed as the second‐tier device. For details about setting the unit as the second‐tier device, see Setting Up a Two‐Tier System (on page 33). Rear View
The rear side comes with a number of connectors for attaching various devices or cables, such as the monitor. No.
Component
Description
n Power switch Toggles power on/off. o Power jack Connects to a power cord. p PS/2 mouse port Connects to a PS/2 mouse for computer operation. q PS/2 keyboard port Connects to a PS/2 keyboard for both of the computer operation and system management. 5
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r Admin port Connects to a computer via a serial cable for upgrading the MCCATʹs firmware. s HD15 video port Connects to a monitor for displaying the MCCAT OSD and the video of the accessed computer. t Channel ports Connect to computers via standard Cat5 UTP cables. The number of available channels varies depending on the model you purchased. Connecting Computers
Prepare the following components or devices before connecting computers to the MCCAT unit: ƒ
Cat5 UTP cables (one cable per computer) ƒ
Computer Interface Modules (CIMs): MCIM‐PS2 or MCIM‐USB (one CIM per computer) ƒ
A standard keyboard ƒ
A standard 2‐wheel mouse ƒ
A standard monitor Note: For better video quality, the use of “Belden” Cat5 UTP cable is strongly recommended. 1.
Make sure the MCCAT unit and all devices are powered OFF, including the monitor and computer(s) that you want to connect. 2.
Attach a PS/2 or USB CIM to the computer: If the CIM is a PS/2 CIM: 6
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Connect the PS/2 mouse connector of the CIM to the PS/2 mouse port of the computer. ƒ
Connect the PS/2 keyboard connector of the CIM to the PS/2 keyboard port of the computer. Chapter 2: Quick Start
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Connect the HD15 video connector of the CIM to the HD15 video port of the computer. If the CIM is a USB CIM: ƒ
Connect the USB connector of the CIM to one of the USB ports of the computer. ƒ
Connect the HD15 video connector of the CIM to the HD15 video port of the computer. 7
Connecting Computers
3.
Use a Cat5 UTP cable to connect from one of the channels ports of the MCCAT to the RJ45 port of the CIM being connected to the computer. 4.
Repeat Steps 2 to 3 if you want to connect more computers. 5.
Connect a keyboard, mouse and monitor to the MCCAT unit. a.
Connect the mouseʹs connector to the PS/2 mouse port of the MCCAT unit. b. Connect the keyboardʹs connector to the PS/2 keyboard port of the MCCAT unit. c.
Connect the monitorʹs connector to the HD15 video port of the MCCAT unit. d. Connect the monitorʹs power cord to the appropriate power outlet. 8
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6.
Connect one end of the MCCATʹs power cord to its power jack and the other end to the appropriate power outlet. 7.
Power on the monitor, connected computer(s) and the MCCAT unit. Selecting a Channel
After finishing the hardware installation, try to access one or more channels to verify the connections. Use one of the following to access channels: •
Front panel buttons •
OSD Note: If you establish a two‐tier MCCAT system, the only way to access the second‐tier channels is through the OSD. For more information, see Chapter 5: Two‐Tier System (on page 32). Front Panel Operation
Press the channel button whose number corresponds to the channel you want to access. The video of the accessed channel appears on the screen and you can control the computer with the keyboard and mouse attached to the MCCAT unit. 9
Selecting a Channel
Note: The front panel operation becomes invalid if the OSD remains displayed on the screen. Therefore, make sure the OSD is NOT onscreen when operating with the front panel buttons. OSD Operation
1.
Press the hot key twice QUICKLY (default: Scroll Lock) to activate the OSD. 2.
The Selection Menu similar to the following image appears, with eight channels shown on one page. Note that the default name PC<XXXX> (<XXXX> indicates the channel number) appears only when the MCCAT unit detects that a device is being connected to the channel. 10
3.
(Optional) Press Page Down or Page Up to switch between pages if your MCCAT contains more than eight channels and the desired channel is not on the current page. 4.
Press Ð or Ï to move the yellow highlight bar to the desired channel, or simply press the corresponding “Key” number of that channel to immediately access it. 5.
Press Enter and the video of the accessed channel appears on the screen. Chapter 2: Quick Start
Now you can control the computer with the keyboard and mouse attached to the MCCAT unit. Warning!! MCCAT does not support real‐time channel detection when channel changes occur. Therefore, if you disconnect the computer from the channel you are accessing now and reconnect another computer to that channel, you must activate the OSD to select the same channel again. Otherwise, you may have mouse or keyboard input issues with the channel being accessed. Changing Channel Names
By default, the connected device or computerʹs name is shown “PC<XXXX>,” and a second‐tier MCCAT unitʹs name is shown “/MCCAT<XX>” in the On‐Screen Display (OSD). <XXXX> or <XX> indicates the channel number but may not be meaningful for you to identify the connected device. Therefore, it is recommended to change the default channel name(s) for better identification. 1.
(Optional) If the OSD is not onscreen, press the hot key twice QUICKLY (default: Scroll Lock) to activate it. The Selection Menu appears. 11
Changing Channel Names
2.
Press F3 to go to the Edit Names and Scan Rate menu. 3.
Press the arrow keys (Ï, Ð, Í, Î), Tab or Shift+Tab to select the desired channel name. The selected character blinks, indicating where the selection is. 4.
Type the new name up to eight characters and each blinking character is replaced. However, a second‐tier device does not allow you to change its first character “/” so you can only type up to seven characters for such a device name. 5.
If there are more than one device or computerʹs name to modify, repeat Steps 3 to 4. 6.
Press Esc to exit the current OSD menu. 7.
The message “Save the changes: [Y/N]” appears on the message bar. Press Y to save the new name(s) or N to abort the name(s). The OSD returns to the Selection Menu. Verify if the names have been changed successfully. 12
Chapter 3
Introduction to the On-Screen
Display (OSD)
The product provides a simple OSD user interface for both of the channel selection and system configuration. In addition, the OSD shows information relevant to the MCCAT unit or the channel being accessed. In This Chapter
Activating the OSD..........................................................................................13 OSD Layout ......................................................................................................13 Frequently Used Keys .....................................................................................14 OSD Menus.......................................................................................................14 Introduction to the Selection Menu...............................................................15 Activating the OSD
To activate the OSD, press the systemʹs hot key twice QUICKLY. The default hot key is Scroll Lock. You can change it in the Configuration Menu. For more information, see System Configuration (on page 26). OSD Layout
The OSD interface usually has a layout like this: n Current menuʹs title o The area of system data or configuration fields p Function keys that can be used while the OSD is onscreen 13
Frequently Used Keys
q Message bar, which shows the options or keys that are applicable to the selected field, or shows prompt messages for the action being performed Frequently Used Keys
The following keys are frequently used with the OSD operation. •
Tab and Shift+Tab: These keys allow you to move between fields. •
Arrow keys (Ï, Ð, Í, Î): These keys, usually the Up and Down arrow keys, are mainly used to change the numeric values or to switch between available options of the selected field. However, sometimes they can also be used to move between fields or alphanumeric characters, such as the Edit Names and Scan Rate menu. •
Esc: Press this key when quitting the current OSD. OSD Menus
The OSD interface provides five menus in total. You can go to any of them by pressing a specific function key when the OSD is onscreen. Function
Key
Menu
Description
F1 Help Menu Shows all available function keys and the productʹs firmware version F2 Selection Menu Lists all channels for channel selection and shows each channelʹs scan time for ʺIndividual scan modeʺ F3 Edit Names and Scan Rate Allows you to change each channelʹs name and scan time for ʺIndividual scan modeʺ F4 Configuration Menu Allows you to set up a number of system configurations, such as the power‐saving mode, etc. F5 Administration Menu
Allows you to set up the security settings for preventing unauthorized access to the system 14
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Introduction to the Selection Menu
The Selection Menu, showing all channels of the system, allows you to access channels. Besides, it displays the scan time setting for ʺIndividual scan modeʺ of each channel . Every time when you activate the OSD, the system always displays the Selection Menu similar to the image below. Field
Meaning
Description
MC Name of the MCCAT unit The default is the model name: MCCAT18 or MCCAT116. This name can be customized and it helps you identify the current MCCAT unit if more than one unit exist in the system. For more information, see System Configuration (on page 26). Page Page information Page information comprises two parts: ʺcurrent pageʺ and ʺtotal number of pages.ʺ Each page displays a maximum of eight channels. Key Selection number for the channel Pressing this number in the keyboard allows you to access the desired channel immediately. Ch. ID Channel port number This is the number of the channel where the computer or device is connected. If the channel number contains four numeric digits with a dot in between, like 01.03, the digits prior to the dot is the channel number of the first tier, where the second‐tier MCCAT unit is connected, and the digits following the dot is the channel number of the second tier, where the computer or device is attached. 15
Introduction to the Selection Menu
Field
Meaning
Description
Name Name of the device or If there is any computer or device connected to the channel, the computer connected to default name is PC<XXXX>, where <XXXX> indicates the channel number. For example, the computer connected to the channel channel number 3 is shown PC0003. The name can be changed. For more information, see Changing Channel Names (on page 11). Status Channel status It is always shown +S<XX> and has two meanings: •
The appearance of this channel status indicates the channel is active while its absence indicates the channel is inactive.
•
<XX> indicates the scan time setting of the single channel for “Individual” scan mode and the unit of the scan time is in seconds. Switching between Pages
If there are more than one page of channels, use the following keys to change pages: 16
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Press Page Up or Page Down to go to previous or next page. •
Press Home or End to go to the first or the last page. Chapter 4
Advanced Operation and
System Configuration
In this chapter, you will learn more about the OSD or front panel operations for advanced features, such as updating the channel status, setting up the security feature, etc. If your MCCAT is a two‐tier system, you must perform these operations on the first‐tier MCCAT unit. Make sure you have programmed all of the second‐tier MCCAT units as the second‐tier devices; otherwise, any operation or setting you have done will apply to the first‐tier MCCAT unit only instead of the whole system. For information on how to programme an MCCAT unit as a second‐tier device, see STEP 1: Programme an MCCAT Unit as a Second‐Tier Device (on page 33). Note: In a two‐tier system, SCAN, SKIP and channel buttons of all second‐tier devices are disabled. However, these buttons work properly on the first‐tier MCCAT unit. In This Chapter
Toggling the Channel Sorting ........................................................................17 Cycling Through Channels.............................................................................19 Returning to the Previous Channel ...............................................................21 Refreshing the Channel Status .......................................................................22 Accessing Active Channels Only...................................................................22 The Security Feature........................................................................................23 Changing the Keyboard Layout Setting .......................................................25 System Configuration .....................................................................................26 Accessing the Help Menu...............................................................................30 Resetting the System .......................................................................................31 Toggling the Channel Sorting
The OSD Selection Menu can sort channels by two ways: channel numbers and names. The default sorting is by channel numbers. 1.
(Optional) If the OSD is not onscreen, press the hot key twice QUICKLY (default: Scroll Lock) to activate it. 17
Toggling the Channel Sorting
2.
If the current OSD menu is not the Selection Menu, press F2 to have the Selection Menu displayed. 3.
Press F12 to toggle the sorting. TIP: When the channels are sorted by channel name, you can type the first character of the name of the desired channel, the system will jump to the channel whose name begins with the same character. 18
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Cycling Through Channels
Instead of manually selecting the desired channel to view its video, you can activate the AutoScan function to make the MCCAT system automatically display the video of all channels one after another. There are two types of AutoScan modes: Global and Individual. The default AutoScan mode is Global. Their differences are described below: •
Global scan mode: The scan time for each channel is the same and it is based on the setting configured in the Configuration Menu. •
Individual scan mode: The scan time for each channel can be different and it is based on the settings configured for each channel in the Edit Names and Scan Rate menu. For instructions on changing the scan mode and time, see System Configuration (on page 26) later in this chapter. You can activate the AutoScan function with one of the following ways: •
Front panel buttons •
OSD Front Panel Operation
1.
(Optional) If the OSD remains displayed on the screen, quit it by pressing the Esc button. 2.
Press the SCAN button on the front panel. The LED under the button is lit. Starting from the currently selected channel, the system displays the video of each channel one after another. Each channelʹs number and name (if available) will pop up temporarily on the screen when accessed. 19
Cycling Through Channels
Turn off AutoScan Press the SCAN button so the LED light is off. The system will stop at the last scanned channel. Cycling Through Active Channels Only
When AutoScan is on, the system cycles through all channels, including ʹactiveʹ and ʹinactiveʹ ones. To shorten the scanning time, you can have the system skip inactive channels by activating the AutoSkip function. Activate the AutoSkip Function: Press the SKIP button on the front panel. The LED under the button is lit. Turn off AutoSkip Press the SKIP button and the LED light is off. OSD Operation
1.
(Optional) If the OSD is not onscreen, press the hot key twice QUICKLY (default: Scroll Lock) to activate it. 2.
Press F6 to activate the AutoScan function. 3.
The OSD disappears, indicating the system enters the AutoScan mode. Starting from the currently selected channel, the system displays the video of each channel one after another. Each channelʹs number and name (if available) will pop up temporarily on the screen when the channel is accessed. 20
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Turn off AutoScan Activate the OSD again and press Alt+F6. Cycling Through Active Channels Only
You can choose to skip inactive channels through the OSD after the AutoScan function is activated. Therefore, only active channels are scanned. 1.
(Optional) If the OSD is not onscreen, press the hot key twice QUICKLY (default: Scroll Lock) to activate it. 2.
Press F7 to activate the AutoSkip function. 3.
The OSD disappears, indicating the system enters the AutoSkip mode. Turn off AutoSkip Activate the OSD again and press Alt+F7. Returning to the Previous Channel
MCCAT allows you to quickly return to the previously selected channel, if any, by using a hot key without triggering the OSD or looking for the corresponding button on the front panel. Requisite for performing this function: You must have activated the “Previous Channel” function in the Configuration Menu. Otherwise, the hot key will not work. See System Configuration (on page 26) for details. Operation: 1.
You accessed a specific channel (computer). 2.
Then select a different channel by using the OSD or pressing the channel button. 3.
To switch back to the channel selected in Step 1, press the hot key twice quickly (the hot key is the one you specified for the Previous Channel Key field in the Configuration Menu). Now you are switched to the previously selected channel again. 21
Refreshing the Channel Status
Refreshing the Channel Status
From the OSD or LED status, you can tell which channel is connected to a powered device and which is not. However, MCCAT does not support real‐time channel detection. Besides, the OSD remembers and shows the last second‐tier channel status instead of re‐detecting the second‐tier channel status after the MCCAT unit is power cycled. Therefore, you need to refresh the channel status shown in the OSD or LED if you have made any changes to the hardware configuration, such as channel swapping or disconnection and reconnection of computers. MCCAT provides two methods to update the channel status: •
Use the F8 function key •
Use the AutoScan function Using the F8 Function Key
1.
(Optional) If the OSD is not onscreen, press the hot key twice QUICKLY (default: Scroll Lock) to activate it. 2.
Press F8 to upgrade the status. The system starts to check each channel one by one and displays “Upgrade PC Status....” on the screen. 3.
Once the status checking is complete, both of the OSD and LED status is updated. Using the AutoScan Function
The MCCAT unit checks all of the channels one by one and updates both of the OSD and LED status after the AutoScan function is performed. For instructions on activating the AutoScan funciton, see Cycling Through Channels (on page 19). Accessing Active Channels Only
To avoid accessing inactive channels by accident when selecting channels, you can turn on the Autoskip function without turning on the Autoscan function. 22
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Turn on the Autoskip function by either pressing the SKIP button on the front panel, or pressing F7 when the OSD is onscreen. 2.
Select any channel, and the system automatically accesses the next active channel if the channel you select is not an active one. Chapter 4: Advanced Operation and System Configuration
The Security Feature
You can prevent unauthorized access to the system and the attached computers by activating the security feature. When the security feature is ON, the system will enter the security mode after the mouse and keyboard activity is not detected for a preset period of time. Users have to enter a password in order to access the system in the security mode. Activating the Security Feature
1.
(Optional) If the OSD is not onscreen, press the hot key twice QUICKLY (default: Scroll Lock) to activate it. 2.
Press F5 and the prompt message “Admin. Password” appears on the screen. 3.
Type the Admin password (default: raritan) and press Enter. Note that the password is case sensitive. The Administration Menu appears. 4.
Make sure the Security field is already highlighted. If not, press Tab or Shift+Tab to highlight the field. 5.
Press Ï or Ð to change the option to On. 6.
Press Tab to highlight the Time Out field. This field determines the length of time for which keyboard and mouse activity can remain inactive before the system enters the security mode. 7.
Type two numeric digits or press Ï or Ð to adjust the time. 8.
Press Esc to quit the current menu. 23
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Accessing the System in the Security Mode
After the system or the MCCAT unit enters the security mode, a message “Security Mode Protected”appears on the screen. Do the following to access the system: 1.
Press any key and the prompt message “Password:” appears. 2.
Type either the administrator (Admin) or user password and press Enter. Unless changed, type one of the default passwords shown below. User Type
Default Password
(case sensitive)
Administrator (Admin) raritan User1 111 User2 222 User3 333 User4 444 User5 555 Video of the currently selected channel appears on the screen if the password is entered correctly. Now you can activate the OSD or press the channel button to access any channel in the system. Changing Passwords
MCCAT provides one administrator (Admin) password and five user passwords by default. These passwords allow you to access the system after it enters the security mode. It is strongly recommended to change the default passwords before turning on the security feature. 24
1.
(Optional) If the OSD is not onscreen, press the hot key twice QUICKLY (default: Scroll Lock) to activate it. 2.
Press F5 and the prompt message “Admin. Password” appears on the screen. Chapter 4: Advanced Operation and System Configuration
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Type raritan and press Enter. Note that the password is case sensitive. The Administration Menu appears. 4.
Press Tab or Shift+Tab to highlight the field of which you want to change the password; for example, if you want to change the administrator password, highlight Admin. 5.
Press Enter and the following fields appear. 6.
Type the new password in the Enter New Passwd field and press Enter. The maximum length of the password is eight characters. 7.
Type the same password in the Confirm New Passwd field and press Enter. Now the password has been changed. In case you will forget new passwords, it is suggested to note down new passwords and keep them in a safe place. Changing the Keyboard Layout Setting
If you are using a non‐English keyboard, such as a French or German keyboard, change the keyboard language setting to match the one you are using. 1.
(Optional) If the OSD is not onscreen, press the hot key twice QUICKLY (default: Scroll Lock) to activate it. 2.
Press F5 and the text “Admin. Password” appears on the screen. 25
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3.
Type the Admin password (default: raritan) and press Enter. Note that the password is case sensitive. The Administration Menu appears. 4.
Press Tab to highlight the Language Mode field. There are three options available: English, German and French. 5.
Press Ï or Ð to select the appropriate option. 6.
Press Esc to quit the OSD menu. System Configuration
Many system settings are available in the Configuration Menu. Press F4 to go to this menu when the OSD is onscreen. Most of the settings can be adjusted by following this procedure: 1.
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Press Ï or Ð to change the value or switch between options of the selected field. Exception: You need to type a letter or symbol in the Device field to change its values, instead of using the arrow keys. The table below explains the functions and available options of each field in the menu. Field
Available options
Description
Connected No options The field CANNOT be configured. It shows the number and name of the channel being accessed now. Model No options The field CANNOT be configured. It shows the model name of the MCCAT unit. Name No options Allows you to assign a name to the current MCCAT unit for identification. The default is its model name. Device x, y, z, . (dot) Specifies the type of the device connected to each channel of current MCCAT unit. If you connect a second‐tier KVM switch, it is a must to specify the type of this switch. The characters of this field represent channel numbers 1, 2, 3, and so on from left to right. The default value is ʺ.ʺ (dot). The following lists the characters representing different types of devices: . (dot) = computer Scan On, Off x = MCC4 y = MCCAT18, MCC8 z = MCCAT116, MCC16 Toggles the AutoScan mode on or off. If it is ON, after you exit the OSD, the system enters the scan mode (Global or Individual scan mode) and cycles through all channels. Set 05 ~ 99 (seconds) Determines the length of time for which the system scans each channel in the “Global”scan mode. 27
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Mode Skip Global, Individual On, Off Determines which scan mode is applied once the AutoScan function is activated. There are two scan modes: Global and Individual. •
Global scan mode: The scan time for each channel is the same. •
Individual scan mode: The scan time for each channel varies depending on the settings you have set for each channel in the Edit Names and Scan Rate menu. Toggles the AutoSkip mode on or off. If it is ON, after you exit the OSD, only active channels can be accessed. ID Display 01 ~ 99 (seconds) Hotkey ScrollLock, LftAlt (left Alt), Determines which hot key can activate the OSD. The default is Scroll Lock. LftSht (left Shift), CapsLock, NumLock Note that if you have set any hot key in the Previous Channel Key field, the same key will not be available in the Hotkey field. Display Position Menu, ID Determines the length of time for which the accessed channelʹs number (ID) appears on the screen when the channel is selected. Determines the horizontal/vertical position where the Menu (OSD menu) and/or the ID (channel number) are displayed. To change the position, do the following: a.
Highlight the option of which you want to change the position. b. Press Enter and the image of the selected option (Menu or ID) appears on the screen. c.
Use arrow keys (Ï, Ð, Í, Î) to move the Menu or ID image until it reaches the position you prefer. d. Press Esc or Enter to save the changes. 28
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Green Mode On, Off Toggles the power‐saving function on or off. If setting the mode to On, the MCCAT unit will enter the power‐saving mode after no keyboard/mouse activity is detected for a period of time specified in the Minutes field. Minutes 01~99 (minutes) Determines the length of time for which no keyboard/mouse activity is detected before the MCCAT unit enters the power‐saving mode. Previous Channel None, LftAlt (left Alt), Key LftSht (left Shift), Caplck (CapsLock), Numlck (NumLock), Scrlck (Scroll Lock) Determines which hot key is used for returning to the previously selected channel. The default is None. Note that the hot key which you have set in the Hotkey field will not be available in the Previous Channel Key field. Setting the Scan Time for Individual Scan Mode
The scan time setting in the Configuration Menu is for “Global” scan mode. To set the scan time for “Individual” scan mode, go to the Edit Names and Scan Rate menu. Unlike the universal scan time for “Global” scan mode, you can specify different scan time in different channels for “Individual” scan mode. 1.
If the OSD is not onscreen, press the hot key twice QUICKLY (default: Scroll Lock) to activate it. 2.
Press F3 and the Edit Names and Scan Rate menu appears. 3.
Press Tab, Shift+Tab or arrow keys (Ï, Ð, Í, Î) to select the Scan Rate column of the desired channel. The selected character blinks. 29
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4.
Type numeric digits to change the scan time. The scan time is measured in seconds. 5.
Press Esc to quit the current menu. 6.
The message “Save the changes [Y/N]” appears on the message bar. Click Y to save the changes or N to abort them. Accessing the Help Menu
While the OSD is onscreen, you can view the OSD help at any time by pressing F1. This displays the Help Menu, which lists all function keys available and the current version of the firmware. Functions Keys
You can use any of the functions keys to go to any specific menu or perform certain functions as long as the OSD remains onscreen: Function Key
Description
F1 Displays the Help Menu. F2 Displays the Selection Menu. F3 Displays the Edit Names and Scan Rate menu. 30
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Function Key
Description
F4 Displays the Configuration Menu. F5 Displays the Administration Menu. F6 Turns on the AutoScan function. Alt+F6 Turns off the AutoScan function. F7 Turns on the AutoSkip function. Alt+F7 Turns off the AutoSkip function. F8 Checks channels one by one and updates the channel status accordingly. F12 Toggles the channel sorting between sorting by “channel number” and sorting by “name” in the Selection Menu. Esc Quits the current menu or the OSD interface. Resetting the System
To restore all MCCAT settings back to factory defaults, follow the procedure below. Note that this function should be performed on the first‐tier MCCAT unit alone f yours is a two‐tier system. 1.
Power OFF the MCCAT unit. 2.
Press the channel number 3 button on the front panel, and then power ON the MCCAT unit. 3.
Continue to hold down the channel number 3 button until you hear the beep sound. Warning!! If you perform the reset function on a two‐tier system, all of the second‐tier units will be programmed back as the first‐tier units. Therefore, you need to programme them as the second‐tier devices once again. For instructions on programming an MCCAT unit as a second‐tier device, see STEP 1: Programme an MCCAT Unit as a Second‐Tier Device (on page 33). 31
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Two-Tier System
You can cascade various MCCAT units to organize a two‐tier KVM switch system and expand the number of available channels accordingly. A mix of different MCCAT models is permitted. If the two‐tier system completely comprises the MCCAT116 models, the number of connected computers can even be expanded up to 256 computers. In This Chapter
Overview...........................................................................................................32 Setting Up a Two‐Tier System .......................................................................33 Accessing the Second‐Tier Channels ............................................................38 Overview
When one or multiple MCCAT units are connected to the channel ports of a single MCCAT unit, this KVM switch system is the so‐called ʺtwo‐tier system.ʺ The former MCCAT units belong to the second tier, and the latter is the first tier. You can connect computers to all channel ports available in such a system, including those of the first tier and those of the second tier. n Computers with CIMs attached o Cat5 UTP cables p Second‐tier MCCAT units 32
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q First‐tier MCCAT unit r Keyboard, mouse and monitor (attached to the first‐tier unit only) Setting Up a Two-Tier System
Basically, there are five major steps to set up a two‐tier system: ƒ
STEP 1: Programme an MCCAT unit as a second‐tier device ƒ
STEP 2: Connect the second‐tier MCCAT unit to the first‐tier MCCAT unit ƒ
STEP 3: Connect the keyboard, mouse and monitor to the first‐tier MCCAT unit ƒ
STEP 4: Specify the type of the second‐tier device in the Configuration Menu ƒ
STEP 5: Connect computers to any MCCAT unit in the system STEP 1: Programme an MCCAT Unit as a Second-Tier
Device
Each MCCAT unit is programmed as a first‐tier device when shipped out of the factory. To set up a two‐tier MCCAT system, you have to programme some MCCAT units as the second‐tier devices before proceeding with the hardware installation. 1.
Turn OFF the MCCAT unit. 2.
Press the channel number 2 button on the front panel, and then power ON the MCCAT unit. 3.
Continue to hold down the channel number 2 button until you hear the beep sound. 4.
The TIER LED (the top‐right one) on the front panel is lit continuously, indicating the device is now programmed as a second‐tier device. 5.
Repeat Steps 1 to 4 if more MCCAT units are to be programmed as second‐tier devices. Note: To programme a second‐tier device back as the first‐tier device, follow the same procedure described above, but press the channel number 1 button instead while the MCCAT unit is being powered ON. The TIER LED turns off, indicating it is now programmed as a first‐tier device. 33
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STEP 2: Connect the Second-Tier MCCAT Unit
Now you need to connect the second‐tier MCCAT units to the first‐tier MCCAT unit. A mix of different MCCAT models is permitted in such a system. For example, you can connect the MCCAT18 to the MCCAT116 unit. Important: Use only MCIM‐PS2 to connect the second‐tier KVM switches. Do NOT use other CIMs for connecting the second‐tier switches. 1.
Make sure all of the MCCAT units are turned OFF. 2.
Attach an MCIM‐PS2 to an MCCAT unit that is programmed as a second‐tier device: a.
Connect the PS/2 keyboard connector of the CIM to the PS/2 keyboard port of the MCCAT unit. b. Connect the PS/2 mouse connector of the CIM to the PS/2 mouse port of the MCCAT unit. c.
Connect the HD15 video connector of the CIM to the HD15 video port of the MCCAT unit. 34
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Connect one end of the Cat5 UTP cable to the RJ45 port of the CIM being attached to the second‐tier MCCAT unit; connect the other end of the cable to one of the channel ports of the first‐tier MCCAT unit. 4.
Connect one end of the power cord to the power jack of the MCCAT unit and the other end to the appropriate power outlet. 5.
If you want to connect more second‐tier MCCAT units to the first‐tier MCCAT unit, repeat Steps 1 to 4. 6.
Power ON the second‐tier devices first. After hearing the beep sounds of the second‐tier devices, power ON the first‐tier device. Note: Make sure you follow the above power‐on sequence; otherwise, the first‐tier device may show incorrect channel status. 35
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STEP 3: Connect the Keyboard, Mouse and Monitor to the
First-Tier Device
Connect a keyboard, mouse and monitor to the first‐tier MCCAT unit. For details, refer to Step 5 in Connecting Computers (on page 6). STEP 4: Specify the Type of the Connected Second-Tier
Device in the OSD
MCCAT cannot detect which type of the second‐tier device is connected. Therefore, you must specify the type(s) by yourself. Otherwise, you cannot properly access the second‐tier channels. To specify the type: 1.
(Optional) If the OSD is not onscreen, press the hot key twice QUICKLY (default: Scroll Lock) to activate it. 2.
Press F4 and the Configuration Menu appears. 3.
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The characters or dots (see the figure below), from left to right, represent channel numbers 1, 2, 3, and so on of the first‐tier unit. If the first‐tier unit contains 16 channels, you will see 16 characters or 16 dots in the field. Press Í or Î to select the character representing the channel where the second‐tier device is connected. 5.
Type the appropriate code that corresponds to the type of the connected second‐tier device. For example, if you connect an MCCAT18 unit to the channel number 3 of the first‐tier unit, type y in the third character. See the following table for all codes representing different types of devices. Code
Type of device
. computer (or server) x MCC4 y MCCAT18, MCC8 z MCCAT116, MCC16 Note: For detailed information on other types of MasterConsole products, please refer to MasterConsole II User Manual on the “User Manuals & Quick Setup Guides” CD or on Raritanʹs Product Documentation webpage (http://www.raritan.com/support/productdocumentation). Default Name of the Second-Tier Device
The following default names of the second‐tier devices appear in the channel list after assigning the device type. Note that <XX> represents the number of the channel where the device is connected. •
/MCC<XX> ‐‐ This device is a MasterConsole II unit. •
/MCCAT<XX> ‐‐ This device is an MasterConsole CAT (MCCAT) unit. 37
Accessing the Second-Tier Channels
STEP 5: Connect Computers to the MCCAT System
You can connect computers to available channel ports of any MCCAT units in the two‐tier system, including those of the first‐tier and second‐tier MCCAT units. For details, see Steps 2 to 4 in Connecting Computers (on page 6). Accessing the Second-Tier Channels
Unlike the first‐tier channels, there is only one way to access the second‐tier channels, that is, through the OSD. If you have properly followed the procedure described in Setting Up a Two‐Tier System (on page 33), the second‐tier channels will be displayed in the OSD, following the page(s) of the first‐tier channels. To access these channels, do the following: 1.
(Optional) If the OSD is not onscreen, press the hot key twice QUICKLY (default: Scroll Lock) to activate it. The Selection Menu appears. Note that the names of all second‐tier devices start with “/” like channel number 3 and 6 illustrated below. 2.
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There are several methods to go to the second‐tier channels. Do one of the following: ƒ
Press Ð or Ï to highlight the first‐tier channel where the desired second‐tier device connects, and press Enter. The channel list of the selected second‐tier device appears. ƒ
Press the “Key” number of the first‐tier channel where the desired second‐tier device connects. The channel list of the selected second‐tier device appears. Chapter 5: Two-Tier System
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Press Page Down or Page Up until you see the page where the desired second‐tier channel is available. Note: A second‐tier channel is always shown with two channel numbers: the first one is the number of the first‐tier channel where the second‐tier device connects, and the second one is the number of the second‐tier channel where the computer connects. 3.
Press Ð or Ï to highlight the desired channel among the second‐tier channels. 4.
Press Enter to select the channel. Now you can control the accessed computer with the keyboard and mouse attached to the first‐tier MCCAT unit. Important: If you have made physical changes to channels, such as disconnection or swapping of connected computers, it is strongly recommended to refresh the channel status before accessing the channels through OSD. This is because MCCAT does not automatically update its channel status when the changes occur. For instructions on refreshing the channel status, see Refreshing the Channel Status (on page 22). 39
Firmware Upgrade
Chapter 6
You can upgrade MCCAT’s firmware to benefit from the latest enhancements and features whenever new MCCAT firmware is released on Raritan’s website. The upgrade process mainly incorporates four steps: •
STEP 1: Download the latest firmware and upgrade utility •
STEP 2: Connect the MCCAT unit to the computer running the upgrade utility •
STEP 3: Launch the upgrade utility •
STEP 4: Power cycle the upgraded MCCAT unit Note: If your system consists of two or more MCCAT units, you should upgrade each of them, starting from the first tier to the second tier. In This Chapter
STEP 1: Download the Latest Firmware and Upgrade Utility ..................40 STEP 2: Connect the MCCAT Unit to the Computer Running the Upgrade Utility.................................................................................................................41 STEP 3: Launch the Upgrade Utility .............................................................42 STEP 4: Power Cycle the Upgraded MCCAT Unit .....................................44 STEP 1: Download the Latest Firmware and Upgrade Utility
1.
Use your browser to visit Raritanʹs Firmware Upgrades webpage (http://www.raritan.com/support/sup_upgrades.aspx). 2.
Click MasterConsole to locate the latest firmware version for MCCAT. 3.
Click the firmware (*.hex). 4.
Click Save and specify the location to save the file. 5.
Wait until the download completes. The downloaded file contains the *.hex firmware file and the upgrade utility. 6.
(Optional) If associated release notes are NOT included in the downloaded file, locate the release notes on the same Frimware Upgrades page, and double click it to either open or download it. 7.
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Upgrade Utility
1.
Prepare one DB9 male‐to‐female serial (RS‐232) cable. Note: If you donʹt have this cable, contact Raritan technical support for details. 2.
Connect one end of the serial cable to one of the serial ports of the computer; connect the other end to the Admin port of the MCCAT unit. 41
STEP 3: Launch the Upgrade Utility
STEP 3: Launch the Upgrade Utility
The upgrade utility for MCCAT is the same one for Raritanʹs Paragon products, that is, the ParagonUpdate utility. However, the ParagonUpdate utility which is implemented with the capability to upgrade the MCCAT units starts from version 2.4.3. To ensure the success of the upgrade, it is strongly recommended to use the upgrade utility downloaded along with the MCCAT firmware when upgrading MCCAT units. 1.
Double click the downloaded upgrade utility ‐‐ ParagonUpdate_XXX.exe, where XXX represents the version number. The firmware upgrade utility appears. 2.
If the MCCAT unit intended to upgrade is already listed in the dialog, go to Step 3. If not, do the following to specify the device that you want to upgrade: a.
Click New to start adding the device information. b. Click the Name field and type the appropriate name for the MCCAT unit you want to upgrade. c.
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d. Click the Port field and type the appropriate number of the serial port. For example, if the MCCAT unit connects to the computer via COM 1, type 1. e.
Ensure <Default No Encryption> is selected in the Encryption Key field. f.
(Optional) Click Save to save the device information so next time you donʹt have to specify the same information again. 3.
Select the checkbox next to the MCCAT unit. 4.
Click Load Hex File . The Open dialog appears. 5.
Navigate to where the desired firmware file (*.hex) is located, select it and click Open. 6.
Click Raritan MasterConsole to perform the upgrade. Note: The “Check Device Information” button is disabled with the MCCAT unit. Therefore, never click it when the device intended to upgrade is MCCAT. 43
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7.
Click Yes when the following message box appears. 8.
A progress indicator is shown on the bottom of the dialog, displaying the upgrade status. The upgrade may last for several minutes. 9.
The “Device Update Successful” message appears when the upgrade completes successfully. Click OK. For more information on the ParagonUpdate utility, see Paragon Manager User Guide on the “User Manuals & Quick Setup Guides” CD or on Raritanʹs Product Documentation webpage (http://www.raritan.com/support/productdocumentation). STEP 4: Power Cycle the Upgraded MCCAT Unit
After completing the firmware upgrade, you must power OFF and then power ON the upgraded unit to ensure the upgrade success. 44
Appendix A Specifications
In This Chapter
Measurement....................................................................................................45 Supported Resolutions....................................................................................45 Measurement
MCCAT18 (8‐channel model) 1U rackmountable Dimension: Weight: 17.32”(W) x 7.20”(D) x 1.73”(H) or 44 cm (W) x 18.3 cm (D) x 4.4 cm (H)
5.30 lb or 2.40 kg
MCCAT116 (16‐channel model) 1U rackmountable Dimension: Weight: 17.32”(W) x 7.20”(D) x 1.73”(H) or 44 cm (W) x 18.3 cm (D) x 4.4 cm (H)
5.35 lb or 2.42 kg
Supported Resolutions
Screen Resolution
Refresh Rate (HZ)
640x350 70, 85 640x400 85 640x480 60, 67, 72 720x400 70, 85 800x600 56, 60, 70, 75, 85, 100 1024x768 60, 70, 75, 85, 100 1152x864 75 1280x960 60, 85 1280x1024 60, 75, 85 1600x1200 60 45
Appendix B MCCAT Default Settings
Field or Function
Factory Default Setting
Administration password raritan (note the password is case sensitive) AutoScan OFF AutoScan mode Global AutoSkip OFF Scan time per channel in the Individual scan 5 seconds mode Device “.” (a dot represents the device is a computer) Scan time per channel in the Global scan mode 5 seconds Hot Key Scroll Lock ID Display Interval 3 seconds MCCAT tier configuration First tier Power‐saving mode (Green Mode) OFF Power‐saving delay time 15 minutes Security OFF Security activation delay time 15 minutes Selection Menu sorting Channel number (ID) User password User 1: 111 User 2: 222 User 3: 333 User 4: 444 User 5: 555 46
Appendix C Compatibility with Other
Raritan Products
You can connect other Raritan products to the MCCAT unit, such as MasterConsole II, which can work as the second tier, or P2CIM‐SER, which enables the connection of an ASCII serial device to the MCCAT unit. In This Chapter
Compatible CIMs.............................................................................................47 Compatibility with MasterConsole II ...........................................................49 Compatible CIMs
In addition to MCIM‐PS2 and MCIM‐USB, MCCAT is also compatible with other Raritan CIMs (see the table below). The procedure of connecting these CIMs is the same as that of connecting MCIM. For details, see Connecting Computers (on page 6). CIM
Connector Type
P2CIM‐APS2 PS‐2 and HD15 (video) connectors P2CIM‐AUSB USB and HD15 (video) connectors P2CIM‐PS2 PS‐2 and HD15 (video) connectors P2CIM‐USB USB and HD15 (video) connectors DCIM‐APS2 PS‐2 and HD15 (video) connectors DCIM‐USB USB and HD15 (video) connectors DCIM‐USB G2 ** USB and HD15 (video) connectors P2CIM‐SER RS‐232 (serial) and USB connectors P2CIM‐SER‐EU RS‐232 (serial) and USB connectors ** When connecting a DCIM‐USB G2 to the computer, ensure the slide switch on the back of the CIM is moved to P for PC‐based servers, instead of S for SUN servers. Important: Although MCCAT supports the use of P2CIM‐APS2, it does NOT support the use of Pinnacle FastAction keyboard. 47
Compatible CIMs
Connecting a Serial Device via the Serial CIM
To connect an ASCII serial device, LAN/WAN component or a computer through a serial port (RS‐232) to the MCCAT system, use one of Raritanʹs serial CIMs: P2CIM‐SER or P2CIM‐SER‐EU. These CIMs can emulate an ASCII terminal and convert the serial data from the ASCII device to VGA video (800x600x60) and PS/2 keyboard signals. This conversion allows users to access and operate any ASCII serial device connected to the MCCAT system. Here are some useful features of the serial CIMs: •
Interoperates with an ASCII device in the On Line Mode as if the device were attached to a text terminal •
Edits, copies, marks, and/or resends data to the ASCII serial device or computer in the Buffer Edit Mode •
Maintains eight pages of data in a circular buffer •
Provides 12 programmable keys for frequently‐used character strings or commands Note: The P2CIM‐SER and P2CIM‐SER‐EU are functionally identical. The only difference between the two is that the P2CIM‐SER‐EU supports a wider variety of non‐English language keyboards and character sets. 48
n DB9 connector o USB connector p RJ45 connector Appendix C: Compatibility with Other Raritan Products
Installing a Serial CIM
Take these steps to attach a serial CIM to the serial port of a serial device or computer and to your MCCAT system. 1.
Connect the CIM to a serial port on the serial device or computer, using its serial DB9 connector. 2.
Connect the CIM to the MCCAT system using a standard Cat5 UTP cable. 3.
Connect the CIMʹs USB connector to a powered USB port, or to a separately available Raritan PWR‐SER‐4 power adapter, to obtain power. For detailed information on the CIMs, see Paragon and Dominion KX Serial Device CIM User Guide (see Serial Device CIM User Guide ‐ http://www.raritan.com/_downloads/pdfs/products/P2CIM‐SER%20User
%20Guide.pdf). This user guide can be downloaded from Raritanʹs website. Compatibility with MasterConsole II
MCCAT is able to work in conjunction with MasterConsole II products, including MCC4, MCC8 and MCC16. These MasterConsole II units can function as the second‐tier devices of the MCCAT system. The procedure of connecting MasterConsole II products is the same as that of connecting MCCAT units. •
STEP 1: Programme a MasterConsole II unit as a second‐tier device •
STEP 2: Connect the second‐tier MasterConsole II unit to the first‐tier MCCAT unit •
STEP 3: Specify the type of the second‐tier device in the Configuration Menu For more information on the MasterConsole II products, see MasterConsole II User Manual provided on the “User Manuals & Quick Setup Guides” CD or on Raritanʹs Product Documentation webpage (http://www.raritan.com/support/productdocumentation).. STEP 1: Programme a MasterConsole II Unit as a
Second-Tier Device
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Turn OFF the MasterConsole II unit. 2.
Press the channel number 2 button on the front panel for 2 to 3 seconds while powering ON the MasterConsole II unit. 49
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3.
The rightmost LED on the front panel is lit, indicating the device is now programmed as a second‐tier device. 4.
Repeat Steps 1 to 3 if more MasterConsole II units are to be programmed as the second‐tier devices. STEP 2: Connect the Second-Tier MasterConsole II Units
1.
Attach a PS/2 CIM to a MasterConsole II unit that is programmed as a second‐tier device. 2.
Connect one end of the Cat5 UTP cable to the RJ45 port of the CIM being attached to the second‐tier MasterConsole II unit; connect the other end of the cable to one of the channel ports of the first‐tier MCCAT unit. 3.
Connect one end of the power cord to the power jack of the MasterConsole II unit and the other end to the appropriate power outlet. 4.
If you want to connect more second‐tier MasterConsole II units to the first‐tier MCCAT unit, repeat Steps 1 to 3. 5.
Power ON the second‐tier devices first. Then power ON the first‐tier MCCAT unit. STEP 3: Specify the Type of the Connected Second-Tier
Device in the OSD
You must specify the type of the connected device in the Configuration Menu. Otherwise, you may not be able to access the second‐tier channels. For instructions on specifying the type, see STEP 4: Specify the Type of the Connected Second‐Tier Device in the OSD (on page 36). Note: The second‐tier MasterConsole II unit is shown “/MCC<XXXX>” in the OSD, where <XXXX> represents the channel number. 50
Appendix D Troubleshooting
Problem
Solution
No power •
Check the power cord. •
Make sure the power switch is turned ON. •
Check the cable connection from the computer to MCCAT. No video display for one •
or all computers •
•
The monitor cannot correctly display the video output from some of the computers •
All computers powered •
up without keyboard error, but the keyboard •
attached to MCCAT has no control (cannot input •
to any computer) Repeated “KB ERRORʺ •
at power‐up of computer •
Check video cableʹs connection to the computer. Check the monitor and computer: Power off MCCAT and the computers. Connect the monitor to the computer directly, boot the computer, and make sure the monitor has the proper display. If it does not, the problem is either with your computer, or the monitor is not compatible with your computer. If it does display, continue to the troubleshooting below. The monitor probably does not match the video outputs. If the monitor is a single mode type VGA, all computers must have the same type of video output. (Note: this problem occurs most often with some IBM PS/2s and IBM 63xx, 85xx, and 95xx monitors.) The intelligent type display card outputs video signals based on the monitor ID‐pin setting in the connector of the monitor cable. If the ID‐pin setting is incorrect, the monitor attached to the MCCAT may have no display, become monochrome instead of color, or become unstable. If this is the case, you will need to provide a proper ID‐pattern to the display card. Call Raritan technical support (see the last page) for help if necessary. Make sure the keyboard is connected firmly to MCCAT. Disconnect and reconnect the keyboard. Replace the keyboard. (MCCAT allows hot re‐connection of the keyboard at its Keyboard port.) In a two‐tier configuration, check that the MCCAT with the keyboard connected is the first tier. The keyboard cable from the CIM to the computer is loose. Secure the connection and power on the computer again. If the problem occurs after MCCAT has been installed for a period of time, and occurs on computers that have previously worked with MCCAT, then some components are out of order. Verify that the computer works with the keyboard when connected directly. Then contact your dealer or Raritan for service. 51
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Problem
Solution
•
After a period of trouble‐free operation, the keyboard attached to MCCAT locks (unable to input keystrokes) when a particular computer is selected, but works normally when other •
computers are selected The most likely cause of the problem is either a voltage ʺspikeʺ (increase) or a ʺbrown outʺ (decrease) in the power supply, which would cause the microprocessors in the MCCAT to malfunction. A short‐term solution to the problem is to try to recover operation by turning the MCCAT power switch off and on. Then, if necessary, restart all computers. The long‐term method of avoiding this problem is to power MCCAT from a UPS. •
Repeated ʺMOUSE INSTALLATION FAILUREʺ at power‐up •
of computer. The mouse cable from the CIM to the computer is loose. Secure the connection and power on the computer again. •
After a period of trouble‐free operation, the mouse attached to MCCAT locks (unable to control mouse functions) when a particular computer is selected, but •
works normally when other computers are selected. Check the keyboard connection. If the problem only occurs to new computers which are just added to the system, the firmware in the KVM (MCCAT internal mouse emulator) may need to be upgraded to a later version to be compatible with newer computers. Contact your dealer or Raritan for service. Try to identify if the problem is originating from the computer by reconnecting the computer to a different channel with a different cable. Then power on the computer. If the problem is not with the cable or with a specific channel, connect the mouse directly to the computer. If the problem persists, then the computerʹs mouse port is out of order. Otherwise, contact your dealer or Raritan for service. If the problem occurs after MCCAT has been installed for a period of time, and occurs to computers that have previously worked with MCCAT, then some components are out of order. Contact your dealer or Raritan for service. Unit does not operate in Replace the keyboard. OSD interface works only with PS/2 or extended the OSD interface. AT style keyboards. Unable to select channel Scan function is active; press the Scan button once to toggle Scan OFF so the light below the button is off. 52
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A Glance at the Product • 4 Accessing Active Channels Only • 22 Accessing the Help Menu • 30 Accessing the Second‐Tier Channels • 38 Accessing the System in the Security Mode • 24 Activating the OSD • 13 Activating the Security Feature • 23 Advanced Operation and System Configuration • 4, 17 OSD Layout • 13 OSD Menus • 14 OSD Operation • 10, 20 Overview • 32 C
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Changing Channel Names • 11, 16 Changing Passwords • 24 Changing the Keyboard Layout Setting • 25 Compatibility with MasterConsole II • 49 Compatibility with Other Raritan Products • 47 Compatible CIMs • 47 Connecting a Serial Device via the Serial CIM • 48 Connecting Computers • 6, 36, 38, 47 Cycling Through Channels • 19, 22 Quick Start • 4 F
Firmware Upgrade • 40 Frequently Used Keys • 14 Front Panel Operation • 9, 19 Front View • 4 Functions Keys • 30 I
Introduction • 1 Introduction to the On‐Screen Display (OSD) • 13 Introduction to the Selection Menu • 15 M
MCCAT Default Settings • 46 Measurement • 45 P
Package Contents • 3 Product Features • 2 Product Overview • 1 Product Photos • 1 R
Rear View • 5 Refreshing the Channel Status • 22, 39 Resetting the System • 31 Returning to the Previous Channel • 21 S
Selecting a Channel • 9 Setting the Scan Time for Individual Scan Mode • 29 Setting Up a Two‐Tier System • 5, 33, 38 Specifications • 45 STEP 1 Download the Latest Firmware and
Upgrade Utility • 40
Programme a MasterConsole II Unit as a
Second-Tier Device • 49
Programme an MCCAT Unit as a
Second-Tier Device • 17, 31, 33
STEP 2 Connect the MCCAT Unit to the Computer
Running the Upgrade Utility • 41
Connect the Second-Tier MasterConsole II
Units • 50
Connect the Second-Tier MCCAT Unit • 34
STEP 3 53
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Connect the Keyboard, Mouse and Monitor
to the First-Tier Device • 36
Launch the Upgrade Utility • 42
Specify the Type of the Connected
Second-Tier Device in the OSD • 50
STEP 4 Power Cycle the Upgraded MCCAT Unit •
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Specify the Type of the Connected
Second-Tier Device in the OSD • 36, 50
STEP 5 Connect Computers to the MCCAT
System • 38
Supported Resolutions • 45 Switching between Pages • 16 System Configuration • 13, 15, 19, 21, 26 T
The Security Feature • 23 Toggling the Channel Sorting • 17 Troubleshooting • 51 Two‐Tier System • 4, 9, 32 U
Using the AutoScan Function • 22 Using the F8 Function Key • 22 54
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