Kramer Electronics, Ltd.
USER MANUAL
Models:
RC-6, Universal Room Controller
RC-8, Universal Room Controller
RC-6IR, Universal Room Controller
RC-8IR, Universal Room Controller
Introduction
Contents
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4.1
4.2
4.3
4.4
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5.1
5.2
5.3
5.4
5.5
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Introduction
Getting Started
Overview
Your Universal Room Controller
Your RC-8IR
Your RC-8
Your RC-6IR
Your RC-6
Using Your Universal Room Controller
Operating the RC-8IR
An Example of Operating the RC-8IR
Using the Macro Buttons
Locking the Front Panel
Using the Internal Web Page
Technical Specifications
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Figures
Figure 1: RC-8IR (Front Panel and Right Side Panel)
Figure 2: RC-8IR Rear Panel
Figure 3: Example of a Typical RC-8IR Configuration
Figure 4: Example of a Typical RC-8IR Setup in the Lecture Auditorium
Figure 5: RC-8IR Labels Setup
Figure 6: RC-8IR Operation Example
Figure 7: Assigned Button Numbers
Figure 8: Internal Web Page Front Panel
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Tables
Table 1: RC-8IR Features
Table 2: RC-8IR Rear Panel Features
Table 3: Connection Scheme (for the example in Figure 3)
Table 4: The Commands Configuration
Table 5: Technical Specifications of the Universal Room Controller Series
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ADDENDUM (this data is included at the end of the Overview section)
This addendum adds the following information to the user manual:
Caution – No operator-serviceable parts inside unit.
Warning – Use only the Kramer Electronics input power
wall adapter that is provided with this unit1.
Warning – Disconnect power and unplug unit from wall
before installing or removing device or servicing unit.
1 For example: model number AD2512C, part number 2535-000251
2900-9999992
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Introduction
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Introduction
Welcome to Kramer Electronics (since 1981): a world of unique, creative and
affordable solutions to the infinite range of problems that confront the video, audio
and presentation professional on a daily basis. In recent years, we have redesigned
and upgraded most of our line, making the best even better! Our 500-plus different
models now appear in 8 Groups1, which are clearly defined by function.
Congratulations on purchasing your Kramer RC-6, RC-8, RC-6IR and/or
RC-8IR Universal Room Controllers, which are designed to let an instructor
enter a multimedia classroom and operate an A/V system with ease.
The package includes the following items:
RC-6 or RC-8 or RC-6IR or RC-8IR
This user manual2
Configuration software
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Getting Started
This user manual is written for the end user. Refer to the separate online
guide for details of how to install and configure the Universal Room
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Controller
We recommend that you:
Review the contents of this user manual
Use Kramer high performance high resolution cables4
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Overview
Kramer’s one-gang wall plates: RC-6, RC-6IR, RC-8, and RC-8IR are a
unique series of highly versatile controller interfaces that act as an all-in-one
extended remote control panel for control of A/V equipment—especially
1 GROUP 1: Distribution Amplifiers; GROUP 2: Video and Audio Switchers, Matrix Switchers and Controllers; GROUP
3: Video, Audio, VGA/XGA Processors; GROUP 4: Interfaces and Sync Processors; GROUP 5: Twisted Pair Interfaces;
GROUP 6: Accessories and Rack Adapters; GROUP 7: Scan Converters and Scalers; and GROUP 8: Cables and
Connectors
2 Download up-to-date Kramer user manuals from the Internet at this URL: http://www.kramerelectronics.com
3 That provides information about how to set up the system. This online guide may well be updated on a regular basis. For
the latest online guide, go to http://www.kramerelectronics.com
4 The complete list of Kramer cables is on our Web site at http://www.kramerelectronics.com
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Your Universal Room Controller
projectors and associated equipment—in any room (such as classrooms,
boardrooms, or auditoriums). They streamline operations and simplify
control by integrating audio, video, and computer-video sources into a
centralized system.
The Kramer Universal Room Controllers include:
An Ethernet port for configuration and control1
Configurable backlit buttons2 to set up any supported3 command
Two bidirectional RS-232 wired serial ports, for universal display (for
example, projectors) and switcher control, and one RS-485 serial port
Two relays for the simplified and centralized control of room functions
(such as lighting, closing blinds, screen settings, and so on)
Up to four (2x2) IR emitters for IR control (for the RC-8IR and the
RC-6IR only)
An IR-learner for the customized control of external sources, receiving the
IR commands from different remote transmitters without the need for an
external IR remote control unit (for the RC-8IR and the RC-6IR only)
Macro mode operation, for programming up to 15 commands with the
press of a single button. The RC-8 and RC-8IR (that have eight buttons)
have a total of 120 commands; and the RC-6 and RC-6IR (that have six
buttons) have a total of 90 commands
Supports firmware upgrade
To achieve the best performance:
Connect only good quality connection cables, thus avoiding interference,
deterioration in signal quality due to poor matching, and elevated noiselevels (often associated with low quality cables)
Avoid interference from neighboring electrical appliances and position
your Kramer Universal Room Controllers away from moisture,
excessive sunlight and dust
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Your Universal Room Controller
This section describes each Universal Room Controller as follows: the
RC-8IR (see section 4.2), the RC-8 (see section 4.2), the RC-6IR (see
section 4.3) and the RC-6 (see section 4.4).
1 For example, control of switchers or amplifiers
2 Six buttons for the RC-6 and the RC-6IR, and eight buttons for the RC-8 and the RC-8IR
3 To be configured by the system integrator only
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Introduction
4.1 Your RC-8IR
Figure 1 and Table 1 define the RC-8IR front panel and right side panel:
Front Panel
Buttons
Figure 1: RC-8IR (Front Panel and Right Side Panel)
Table 1: RC-8IR Features
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Feature
Mounting holes (2)
Faceplate Attachment Holes
IR IN Receiver
Configurable Control
Buttons (Macro Buttons)
RELAY2
RELAY1
RS-485 Terminal Block
Connector
RS-232 Terminal Block
Connector (1 and 2)
IR OUT1 PIN
GND PIN
IR OUT2 PIN
GND PIN
+12VDC IN PIN
Function
For fastening the controller in place
For attaching the faceplate to the controller1
Accepts IR remote commands (for the IR-learner feature)
Control the room and the A/V equipment (eight buttons)
Connect each relay to a room item (such as lighting, screen
settings, blinds, and so on)2
Connect to the RS-485 detachable terminal block on a switcher or
PC
Connect to the RS-232 connector on the A/V equipment or a PC or
other Serial Controller
Control up to 4 machines via IR Emitters
Connects (-) to the Ground
Connects (+) to the connector for powering the unit
1 These screws should not be removed during or after mounting
2 See the examples in Figure 3
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Your Universal Room Controller
Figure 2 and Table 2 define the RC-8IR rear panel:
Ethernet Port
Side View
Figure 2: RC-8IR Rear Panel
Table 2: RC-8IR Rear Panel Features
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Feature
N.U Switch
PROGRAM Switch
Function
Not used
Switch to OFF for normal operation;
Switch to ON for firmware upgrade
RS-485 TERM. Switch
Switch to ON for RS-485 line termination
FACTORY DEFAULT Button Press to return to the factory default settings, including all the
configured buttons and the network settings1
Ethernet Port
Connects to a PC or other controller through computer
networking
4.2 Your RC-8
The RC-8 is similar to the RC-8IR, without items 3 and 9 in Table 1.
4.3 Your RC-6IR
The RC-6IR is similar to the RC-8IR, just with 6 configurable control
buttons2 (instead of 8).
4.4 Your RC-6
The RC-6 is similar to the RC-8 just with 6 configurable control buttons2
(instead of 8).
1 Including the factory default IP number: 192.168.1.39 (an IP number is a device'
s numerical address as expressed in the
format specified in the Internet Protocol)
2 Item 4 in Table 1
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Introduction
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Using Your Universal Room Controller
This user manual is applicable once the unit is installed and configured1. The
installation process is not detailed in this user manual2, and includes:
Setting up the labels on the buttons, according to your specific
requirements3
Hardware installation
Connecting the inputs and the display
Configuration via the Windows®-based configuration software and/or
the IR learner
The universal room controller is very easy to use, as the example in Figure 3
and Table 3 defines4:
1 By authorized Kramer technical personnel or by an external system integrator
2 Refer to the separate online guide at http://www.kramerelectronics.com
3 It is recommended to place labels on the buttons prior to installing the unit, as this involves removing the face plate
4 Your RC-8IR was installed and configured to suit your specific requirements. This example describes how to setup one of
an unlimited number of available setups for the system
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IR
IR
RS-485
RS-232
Relay 2
Relay 1
RS-232
INTERNET
LCD
Remote Control
Computer
Figure 3: Example of a Typical RC-8IR Configuration
Table 3: Connection Scheme (for the example in Figure 3)
This connector:
RELAY2
RELAY1
RS-485 Terminal Block Connector
RS-232 Terminal Block Connector (1 and 2)
IR OUT1 PIN2
IR OUT2 PIN2
GND PIN
Ethernet
Controls:
The screen
The lights
A power amplifier (and speakers)
(1) A projector; (2) An LCD1
A video player3
A DVD player
Connects (-) to the Ground
The RC-8IR via a remote control PC
1 Alternatively, the second RS-232 port can be used to control another A/V unit
2 Connected via the IR emitter
3 Each IR connector can control two different machines. For example, a video player and a document camera could be
connected to the same IR connector (not shown in Figure 3)
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Introduction
Figure 4 shows the RC-8IR built into a podium that is located in a lecture
auditorium. An overhead projector and screen, speakers, lights; and a cabinet
with a DVD, a VCR and an amplifier inside, are all controlled via the
RC-8IR. The presenter’s laptop is located on the podium, next to where the
RC-8IR is mounted. It is also controlled by the RC-8IR and is used for
presentations, slide shows and so on.
VCR
DVD
Amplifier
Figure 4: Example of a Typical RC-8IR Setup in the Lecture Auditorium
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Using Your Universal Room Controller
5.1 Operating the RC-8IR
In the following example1, that is illustrated in Figure 5, the RC-8IR is
labeled with specific functions and each button is programmed2 to perform
several tasks3 as defined in Table 4.
Each button may be assigned with up to 15 commands.
Table 4: The Commands Configuration
ON
OFF
DVD
Vol
UP
Vol
PC
DOWN
VCR
HELP
DESK
Figure 5: RC-8IR Labels
Setup
The Label
ON
The Macro Sequence
Power up the projector
Power up the power amplifier
Power up the DVD player
Power up the video player
Roll down the projector screen
Turn on the speakers
1 minute delay [for the projector to heat up]
Turn lights off
The projector selects the PC input
OFF
Turn lights on
Power down the projector
Power down the power amplifier
Stop the DVD player
Power down the DVD player
Stop the video player
Power down the video player
Roll up the projector screen
Turn off the speakers
DVD
Stop the video player
The projector selects the DVD input
Play the DVD
VCR
Stop the DVD
The projector selects the VCR input
Play the VCR
PC
Stop the DVD
Stop the VCR
The projector selects a PC input
Vol UP
Power amplifier volume up
Vol DOWN
Power amplifier volume down
HELP DESK
Call for technical assistance
1 This is only one example among numerous possibilities, each button can be configure as required
2 By the technical installer
3 A macro sequence, including up to 15 commands per button, carried out one after the other
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Introduction
5.2 An Example of Operating the RC-8IR
Figure 6 shows an operating example:
ON
turn off the lights
DVD
Vol
UP
Vol
DOWN
PC
VCR
PC
OFF
Figure 6: RC-8IR Operation Example
5.3 Using the Macro Buttons
Pressing any button initiates a macro sequence1, during which the button
blinks (as programmed by the system integrator).
If during the macro sequence the button blinks faster than usual2, this indicates
that a malfunction has been detected3 and the RC-8IR exits the macro sequence.
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To solve the problem, summon technical help
1 The macro sequence can be carried out instantly or can take a while, depending on the delay times included in the sequence
2 Six times per second, as compared with twice per second during normal operation
3 For example, a faulty DVD player
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If you want to stop a macro sequence, press and hold that button for 5
seconds. The sequence will come to an end. You can resume operation by
pressing any of the buttons2. The unit will carry out the macro sequence
commands from the beginning.
5.4 Locking the Front Panel
The buttons on the RC-8IR are configured uniquely in accordance with your
specific requirements. Thus each button will be assigned an identification3
number, see the example illustrated in Figure 7:
Figure 7: Assigned Button Numbers
The front panel can be locked to avoid unintended tampering with the
buttons.
To lock the panel, press and hold buttons 7 and 8 simultaneously for about 2
seconds.
All eight buttons blink momentarily and the panel is locked. When pressing
a button at this stage, all buttons light up once and the light intensity lowers
down once again.
To unlock the panel buttons, press and hold buttons 7 and 8 again.
All the buttons blink momentarily and unlock.
You can now use the buttons as usual.
1 In this example, press the HELP DESK button
2 Including the button you kept pressed to stop the macro sequence
3 On the RC-6 and the RC-6IR, buttons 3 and 4 do not exist
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Introduction
5.5 Using the Internal Web Page
The internal Web page can be used to remotely operate the RC-8IR via the
Ethernet.
To control your RC-8IR via the internal Web page, do the following:
1.
Type the unit’s IP number1 in the Address bar of your browser (or type
any link defined by the system integrator).
The RC-8IR front panel is displayed on your screen.
2. Press the on-screen buttons to control the unit.
Figure 8: Internal Web Page Front Panel
1 The default IP number is 192.168.1.39, and may be changed by the system integrator
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Technical Specifications
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Technical Specifications
Table 5 defines the technical specifications:
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Table 5: Technical Specifications of the Universal Room Controller Series
PORTS:
OUTPUTS:
POWER SOURCE:
DIMENSIONS:
WEIGHT:
ACCESSORIES:
OPTIONS:
2 RS-232 on terminal block connectors; 1 RS-485 on terminal block
connectors; 1 ETHERNET RJ-45 port
2 relays on terminal block connectors (250V isolated, 1A); 2 IR emitters on
terminal block connectors (for RC-6IR and RC-8IR)
12 VDC, 155mA
11.4cm x 4.3cm x 6.9cm (4.49" x 1.70" x 2.72", W, D, H)
0.3 kg (0.67 lbs.) approx
Power supply, Java based control software (internal), Windows®-based
Kramer control software
Dual IR emitter cable, single IR emitter cable, IR extension cable
1 Specifications are subject to change without notice
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LIMITED WARRANTY
Kramer Electronics (hereafter Kramer) warrants this product free from defects in material and workmanship under the
following terms.
HOW LONG IS THE WARRANTY
Labor and parts are warranted for seven years from the date of the first customer purchase.
WHO IS PROTECTED?
Only the first purchase customer may enforce this warranty.
WHAT IS COVERED AND WHAT IS NOT COVERED
Except as below, this warranty covers all defects in material or workmanship in this product. The following are not covered
by the warranty:
1.
2.
3.
Any product which is not distributed by Kramer, or which is not purchased from an authorized Kramer dealer. If you are
uncertain as to whether a dealer is authorized, please contact Kramer at one of the agents listed in the web site
www.kramerelectronics.com.
Any product, on which the serial number has been defaced, modified or removed.
Damage, deterioration or malfunction resulting from:
i)
Accident, misuse, abuse, neglect, fire, water, lightning or other acts of nature
ii)
Product modification, or failure to follow instructions supplied with the product
iii)
Repair or attempted repair by anyone not authorized by Kramer
iv)
Any shipment of the product (claims must be presented to the carrier)
v)
Removal or installation of the product
vi)
Any other cause, which does not relate to a product defect
vii)
Cartons, equipment enclosures, cables or accessories used in conjunction with the product
WHAT WE WILL PAY FOR AND WHAT WE WILL NOT PAY FOR
We will pay labor and material expenses for covered items. We will not pay for the following:
1.
2.
3.
Removal or installations charges.
Costs of initial technical adjustments (set-up), including adjustment of user controls or programming. These costs are the
responsibility of the Kramer dealer from whom the product was purchased.
Shipping charges.
HOW YOU CAN GET WARRANTY SERVICE
1.
2.
3.
To obtain service on you product, you must take or ship it prepaid to any authorized Kramer service center.
Whenever warranty service is required, the original dated invoice (or a copy) must be presented as proof of warranty coverage,
and should be included in any shipment of the product. Please also include in any mailing a contact name, company, address, and
a description of the problem(s).
For the name of the nearest Kramer authorized service center, consult your authorized dealer.
LIMITATION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES
All implied warranties, including warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, are limited in duration to
the length of this warranty.
EXCLUSION OF DAMAGES
The liability of Kramer for any effective products is limited to the repair or replacement of the product at our option. Kramer
shall not be liable for:
1.
2.
Damage to other property caused by defects in this product, damages based upon inconvenience, loss of use of the product, loss
of time, commercial loss; or:
Any other damages, whether incidental, consequential or otherwise. Some countries may not allow limitations on how long an
implied warranty lasts and/or do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above
limitations and exclusions may not apply to you.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights, which vary from place to place.
NOTE: All products returned to Kramer for service must have prior approval. This may be obtained from your dealer.
This equipment has been tested to determine compliance with the requirements of:
EN-50081:
"Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC);
generic emission standard.
Part 1: Residential, commercial and light industry"
EN-50082:
"Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) generic immunity standard.
Part 1: Residential, commercial and light industry environment".
CFR-47:
FCC Rules and Regulations:
Part 15: “Radio frequency devices
Subpart B – Unintentional radiators”
CAUTION!
Servicing the machines can only be done by an authorized Kramer technician. Any user who makes changes or modifications to
the unit without the expressed approval of the manufacturer will void user authority to operate the equipment.
Use the supplied DC power supply to feed power to the machine.
Please use recommended interconnection cables to connect the machine to other components.
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For the latest information on our products and a list of Kramer
distributors, visit our Web site: www.kramerelectronics.com,
where updates to this user manual may be found.
We welcome your questions, comments and feedback.
Safety Warning:
Disconnect the unit from the power supply before
opening/servicing.
Caution
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