Mark Audio AS601 Setup guide

Mark Audio AS601 Setup guide
NV9000 Virtual Control Panels
Windows Setup Guide
31 Aug 2012
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• Document Revision: 1.5
• Document Part Number: UG0020-05
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• Software Version: NV9000-SE Utilities, v6.2.0, build 770
Change History
Description of Changes
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10 Jul 07
Initial document release.
19 Aug 08
Added NV9609V.
26 Mar 09
Format change.
31 Jul 09
Added panel types. Minor new features.
19 Jul 10
Added minor new features.
24 Aug 12
Brought up to date with NV9000-SE Utilities v6.2.
Added NV9647V and NV9654V.
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Virtual Control Panels
This document tells you how to install and set up virtual control panels on computers running
Miranda’s virtual panels are software control panels (a.k.a. GUIs) for NV9000 router control
systems. A virtual panel runs on a computer connected to your NV9000’s house network or to
your NV9000 router/panel network.
The virtual panels correspond closely to physical control panels of similar names:
Virtual Panel
Physical Panel
Virtual Control Panels
Virtual panels use the same configurations as the corresponding physical panels. Using a virtual
control is the same as using the matching physical control panel except for a few minor points.
Physical panels have tactile pushbuttons. Some physical panels have displays; others have GPIO
buttons at the rear of the panel. The virtual panels emulate the buttons and displays of the physical panels, but of course, have no GPIO connections. Compare, for example, the NV916V with
the NV9616:
(The configurations shown here are samples only; your configurations will differ.)
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This document discusses a few configuration issues. If you want to understand panel configuration refer to the NV9000-SE Utilities User’s Guide or its help files, or to the NV9000 User’s Guide
and its associated control panel user’s guides.
Virtual panels run under Macintosh and Windows, subject to the following constraints:
• Windows 2000, XP, Vista, or Windows 7.
• Mac OS X, version 10.4.x or newer, with JRE (Java runtime environment) 1.6.0 or newer.
To use a virtual panel, your computer must be connected to an NV9000 router control system.
NV9000-SE Utilities: revision 6.2.0 or newer
NV9601V: SV0696-04 or newer
NV9000: revision 6.2.0 or newer
NV9602V: SV0949-02 or newer
Monitor: 1152 horizontal pixels or more
NV9603AV: SV0698-04 or newer
NV9605V: SV0700-05 or newer
NV9606V: SV0952-02 or newer
NV9607V: SV0953-02 or newer
NV9609V: SV0806-03 or newer
NV9616V: SV0702-04 or newer
NV9640V: SV0704-05 or newer
NV9641V: SV0706-04 or newer
NV9642V: SV0743-02 or newer
NV9647V: SV1140-00 or newer
NV9654V: SV1166-00 or newer
You will find the virtual panel installation programs on the NV9000 Virtual Panels Installation
disk (SB0217-06) you received from Miranda. Load the CD in your CD drive and navigate to the
installation program for the virtual panel of your choice. You can install any or all virtual panels.
Choose the Windows folder (for Windows installation). The Windows installation program has a
.exe extension. Each installation program installs one virtual panel. All 12 installation programs
are the same except for the name of the control panel.
Your computer need not be connected to a router control system when you run the installation program(s).
Virtual Control Panels
Double-click the installation program and wait a few seconds while it loads. Then you will see its
initial screen:
Click ‘Cancel’ if you wish to quit; click ‘Next’ to proceed.
If you have a previous version of the virtual panel, you will be asked for permission to uninstall it:
Respond ‘Yes’ if you want to proceed with your installation.
The next screen allows you to specify where to install the software:
We recommend that you use the default installation folder. However, you can click ‘Browse...’ to
navigate to the folder in which to install the panel software. Click ‘Cancel’ if you wish to quit;
click ‘Next’ to proceed. Click ‘Back’ if you want to go back to the previous screen.
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The next screen summarizes your choices so that you can make changes if necessary:
Click ‘Cancel’ if you wish to quit; click ‘Back’ if you want to go back to the previous screen. Click
‘Install’ to start the actual installation.
The next screen is a progress indicator:
The installation does not take long. The final screen appears indicating that installation is
If the installation fails, call Tech Support.
The default installed pathname for any of the virtual panels is
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C:\Program Files\NVISION\‹panelname›\‹panelname›.exe
The default path in the start menu
Start > Programs > NVision > ‹panelname›
The installer places a shortcut to your virtual panel on your desktop.
Initial Setup
At some time after you install the virtual panel, and before it becomes operational, you must
perform a brief setup. The setup (1) identifies the router control system’s primary controller (or a
redundant system’s virtual IP address) and (2) selects a configuration for the virtual panel.
Your computer must be connected to your router control system.
You can use NV9000-SE Utilities to review existing panel configurations. (These are labelled
HW Panels.) If you have no configuration of the type required for a virtual panel, you will
have to create one.
Follow these steps to perform the setup:
1 Launch the virtual panel.
Either double-click the application directly, double-click its desktop shortcut, or choose the
program from the Windows start menu. The panel will appear after several seconds and it
will appear black with dark gray buttons.
If a panel does not appear, or the panel is minimized, take the corrective steps outlined
under Upgrading Old Virtual Panels on page 14.
Every virtual panel has a context menu in which to select options. (There is no other menu.)
Right-click anywhere in the virtual panel (except over a “display” region) to get the context
This is the context menu:
2 Choose ‘Set Parameters’ from the context menu. The ‘Panel Options’ dialog appears:
Enter the IP address of the primary system controller (or the virtual IP address of a redundant
system). Enter the panel ID of the panel configuration you want to use. Click ‘OK’.
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In general, a “local port” value of 0 will be suitable. If, after setting up your virtual panel, it
fails to function (because of firewall or security protection), set the local port to a non-zero
value, corresponding to an enabled port on your firewall.
Multiple panels need distinct local port numbers. (A zero value tells the operating system to
use the next available port.)
The term “host” refers to the active system controller.
3 Open the context menu again and Click ‘Connect’.
If the IP address and panel ID were valid entries, the panel buttons and display (if present)
will illuminate in appropriate colors and with appropriate text, defined by the panel configuration, and the panel will be connected to the router control system.
(You define panel configurations and panel IDs in NV9000-SE Utilities.)
When a panel is connected, the context menu changes slightly:
The ‘Set Parameter’, ‘Connect’, and ‘Allow Auto-Reconnect’ commands become disabled and
the ‘Disconnect’ command becomes enabled. You cannot change the IP address or panel ID
when the virtual panel is connected.
Other commands remain enabled.
4 Open the context menu once again and Click ‘Exit’.
The ‘Exit’ command closes the virtual panel. After a few seconds, the router control system
will detect that the panel is off-line.
When panel operators start a virtual panel that has been set up this way, it will automatically
reconnect (if so enabled) to the router control system. If automatic reconnect is not enabled,
the operator must reconnect manually.
There is no real difference between choosing ‘Exit’ and clicking the close button (X) at
the top right of the panel window.
For a review of the context menu options, see Context Menu Commands on page 9.
It is in NV9000-SE Utilities that you create and manage configurations for the virtual panels (and
other control panels).
NV9000-SE Utilities supports what are called hardware panels and software panels. Software
panels are the EC9700 (for router control) and EC9710 (for router status).
Virtual Control Panels
NV9000-SE Utilities knows nothing about “virtual panels.” Virtual panels can be considered
“virtual hardware panels” and to create a configuration for a virtual panel in NV9000-SE Utilities,
you create a hardware panel configuration of matching type. For example, go to “HW panels”
and create an NV9616 panel configuration to use with an NV9616V virtual panel.
A panel configuration consists of a configuration file (with a suffix such as .601, .640, etc.) and a
.legends file. The configuration file provides initial states for the panel. The .legends file provides
fixed button text for the virtual panel. The configuration files are generated by NV9000-SE Utilities every time you save a panel configuration. The panel configurations do not become active
until you issue either an “Update Panel Configuration” or “Write Configuration to Local System”
command in NV9000-SE Utilities.
Every virtual panel requires a unique panel ID. (In fact, all control panels must have a unique
panel ID.) You can run multiple instances of any virtual panel on your computer. Each instance
requires a distinct panel ID, even if the multiple instances are to have identical configurations.
Configuration files are, however, identified by panel ID. Consequently, you must have a unique
configuration file for every instance of every panel. If your system has 12 panels all using the
same configuration, you must have 12 copies of that configuration file (and 12 copies of the
matching .legends file).
Physical hardware panels ignore the .legends file. Button legends for some of the physical
panels are placed on the button using clear plastic overlays.
Minor Configurations
In addition to the panel configuration, the virtual panels also allow minor display configurations. Virtual panel operators may change display parameters during operation. The display
configurations include:
• Resizing the panel on the screen.
• Changing the font size.
• Setting the ‘Always On Top’ flag. When this option is enabled, the panel is always displayed
in front of every other window on your Windows “desktop.”
• Displaying the panel with, or without, its Windows frame.
• Whether to reconnect to the router control system automatically (on startup or restart of the
control system).
The options are available in the context menu. See Context Menu Commands on page 9.
Each instance of any panel starts with settings contained in the last saved .INI file for that
Functionally, the virtual panels are exactly identical to their matching hardware panels.
However, there are a few slight operational differences. The most obvious is that with a physical
panel, you press a physical button and with a virtual panel, you click on a colored rectangle (a
virtual “button”) that might change color or text, depending on context.
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Differences between virtual panels and hardware panels
1 Virtual panels have no GPIOs. GPIO configurations apply to the NV9605, NV9640, and
NV9641 hardware panels and are ignored by the virtual panels.
2 Virtual panel buttons are relegendable. Buttons on some physical panels have fixed legends
(plastic button inserts). (The NV9616, NV9640, NV9641, and NV9642 physical panels do have
relegendable buttons.)
3 The virtual panels have a context menu with which to connect or disconnect the panel and
to select certain display options. (See Minor Configurations previous.)
4 The virtual panels can be resized and repositioned on your screen.
5 Dark (i.e, disabled) buttons illuminate if you click on them and hold the mouse down.
Context Menu Commands
The context menu presents 3 dialogs, 3 checkbox options, and 5 commands:
Before Connection
After Connection
When a virtual panel is not connected to a router control system, the ‘Disconnect’ command is
When a virtual panel is connected to a router control system, the ‘Set Parameters’, ‘Connect’, and
‘Allow Auto Reconnect’ options are disabled.
Set Parameters...
Use this command to set the IP address of the primary system controller and the panel ID. See
Initial Setup on page 6 for a discussion.
Change Button Text...
Normally you would never use this command. You might occasionally use this command to
update the button text for your virtual panel. It displays a dialog in which you can browse to
select the appropriate .legends file:
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In most case, you will find .legends files in the following folder in the NV9000 system controller
(and not on your PC):
(A .legends file provides the fixed button text for the panel configuration.)
Set Font Size...
Use this command to select the text size for your virtual panel. The command presents a dialog
having these choices:
The panel retains its selected font size from session to session.
Set to Default Size
Use this command to restore the virtual panel to its default size.
The panel retains its screen position and its size (whether default or not) from session to session.
Always On Top
If you mark the ‘Always On Top’ checkbox, the virtual panel is always displayed in front of every
other window on your Windows “desktop.”
If you have more than one designated “always on top,” the panel you are actively using is in front
of the others.
The panel retains its “always on top” setting from session to session.
Show Frameless Next Time
If you mark the ‘Show Frameless Next Time’ checkbox, the virtual panel is displayed without its
Windows frame, and slightly smaller, the next time you start the panel. The option remains set
until you change it.
When the checkbox is unmarked, the virtual panel has a Windows frame with Windows controls.
Allow Auto Reconnect
If you mark the ‘Allow Auto Reconnect’ checkbox, the virtual panel reconnects to the router
control system automatically (on startup). You will have to assign new and unique panel IDs to
every instance before you connect it.
The panel ID of any control panel anywhere in a router control system must be unique.
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Use this command to connect a virtual panel to the router control system.
Use this command to disconnect a virtual panel from the router control system.
Use this command to obtain the current software revision data:
It is especially important to know this information when you are placing calls to technical
Use this command to close the virtual panel application. It is automatically disconnected. The
router control system requires a few seconds to detect that the panel was disconnected.
Diagnostic Launch
(Diagnostic launch is available only under Windows.)
By holding the CTRL key down when you launch a virtual panel, you can place the panel in a
diagnostic mode. This mode displays a “DOS box” (in addition to the virtual panel) that you can
use to monitor the exchange between the virtual panel software and the system controller.
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This is an example of such an exchange:
Multiple Instances of the Same Virtual Panel
Every instance starts with the last saved .INI file for that virtual panel type. (There is one and only
one .INI file for any application program.)
Resizing the Panel that is Displayed with No Frame
When the panel has no frame, dragging the lower right corner works, but does not provide any
feedback until you release the cursor. Then the frame displays at its new size.
Reducing the panel size will generally crop off many of the panel’s buttons and features.
Resizing non-uniformly might distort panel buttons and features considerably.
The frame can be restored to its default size with the context menu’s ‘Set Default Size’
Restarting a Panel
Wait at least 10 seconds between stopping a panel and restarting the panel. The router control
system needs a few seconds to register the fact that the panel went off-line. No harm will come
if you do not wait, but it might take longer (up to 30 seconds) for the panel to reconnect.
Dark Buttons
Some panel buttons can be disabled dynamically when you perform certain operations.
Disabled buttons are dark gray and you probably will not be able to read the button text. If you
need to read the text of a disabled button, click-and-hold the cursor on the button. It will illuminate and you can read the text.
In cases where buttons do go dark (become disabled), it is advisable to know what buttons you
can or should click. Read the NV9000-SE Utilities User’s Guide or help files, or the NV9000 User’s
Guide and its associated control panel user’s guides, for information on panel functions.
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Caveat about Reconfiguration
If you reconfigure a virtual panel while it is on-line, you might see button text that does not
conform to the new configuration.
Therefore, after you reconfigure a virtual panel, open its context menu, choose ‘Set Parameters’
and click ‘OK’. Doing this forces an update of the button text.
IP Addresses
When you are viewing control panels in your system (using NV9000-SE Utilities), active virtual
panels appear in the list. In this illustration, the panel named “QC2” with the panel ID 104 is a
virtual panel:
Note, however, that IP addresses for the physical panels are those assigned to the panel and
vary. The IP addresses for virtual panels are, in most cases, those for your computers and vary if
you have more than one computer on your router control network.
Virtual panels running directly on a primary system controller take the IP address of the primary
system controller and that IP address does not vary.
The pathname of the configuration file folder (which is in the NV9000 system controller, not on
your PC) is
in case you need to browse the configuration files.
Legacy Configurations
A very old panel configuration might have no .legend file and will not work with a virtual panel.
The remedy is to open the old configuration in NV9000-SE Utilities (version 4.2.0 or later) and resave the configuration. After creating the new configuration and associated .legends file, the
virtual panel should run properly with the new configuration.
NV9000-SE Utilities requires that you must make at least some slight change to a configuration before you save it. (For example, uncheck an option and then re-check it. The ‘Save’
button will become enabled.)
Copies of Configurations
NV9000-SE Utilities has a mechanism by which you can make copies of configurations, but
neglects to copy the configuration’s associated .legends file. If you intend to make copies of a
configuration, open every copy and save it. Here again, NV9000-SE Utilities requires that you
must make at least some slight change to a configuration before you save it. (For example,
uncheck an option and then re-check it. The ‘Save’ button will become enabled.)
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Upgrading Old Virtual Panels
If you install a new virtual panel, it will not work properly with the .INI file of an old virtual panel.
There are 3 ways to solve this problem.
• Use the Windows ‘Add or Remove Programs’ command to remove the old virtual panel software entirely before installing the new software.
• Delete the .INI file from the old virtual software folder. The new virtual panel will initialize
properly if there is no old .INI file.
• The default location of the .INI file is
C:\Program Files\NVISION\‹panel›\‹panel›.ini
where ‹panel› is NV9601V, NV9602V, as appropriate.
• If the new virtual panel appears minimized at first launch, drag a corner to resize its window.
Then click anywhere in the black region to get the context menu. There, click ‘Set Default
Size’. Then click ‘Set Font Size’ in the context window and choose one of the font sizes listed.
• That will be sufficient to make the panel usable. You can either close the panel or continue
with its setup at this point.
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