Apex Digital Outlook 180DX User guide

Apex Digital Outlook 180DX User guide
Apex PC Solutions Inc
ViewPoint
®
S Y S T E M
User Guide
ViewPoint User Guide
© 1998 Apex PC Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.
Third Edition March 1998
Printed in the United States of America
Part Number 053-0072-00
The information in this guide is subject to change without notice.
Apex PC Solutions shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions
contained herein; nor is it liable for incidental or consequential damages resulting
from the furnishing, performance, or use of this material.
Product names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks
of their respective companies. PC/AT, PS/2, RS/6000 and IBM are registered
trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation. Sun Microsystems
and Sun Sparc are registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. ViewPoint,
OutLook and OSCAR are registered trademarks and the Apex logo is a trademark
of Apex PC Solutions, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Various
aspects of ViewPoint and its OSCAR interface are protected by United States
patent number 5,721,842.
Apex PC Solutions Inc
20031 142nd Ave NE
Woodinville WA 98072
USA
Tel
425 402-9393
Fax
425 402-9494
Email
[email protected]
Web
http://www.apexpc.com
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Technical Support
You can contact Apex PC Solutions Technical Support at:
800 861-5858
Monday through Friday between 7 am and 6 pm
Pacific Time
888 346-4564
Weekdays between 6 pm and 7 am Pacific Time and
24 hours on Saturday and Sunday
[email protected]
Please provide the following information to Apex PC Technical Support:
Unit model number and serial number.
Make and model of keyboard and mouse attached to the unit.
Make and model of computers used.
Name and version of operating systems used.
■ Note
Apex PC Solutions will not accept any returned materials without first issuing a
return material authorization number. Please call technical support for details.
■ Note
Apex ships the ViewPoint system in packaging designed
to protect the system during shipping and handling.
We recommend that you save the carton and packing
materials until your equipment is fully installed and
operational.
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Communications Regulation Information
ENGLISH
FRANÇAIS
Federal Communications Notice
(Class A Equipment)
Observation des normes—Classe A
Cet appariel numérique respecte les
limites de bruits radioélectriques
applicables aux appariels numérique de
Classe A prescrites dans la norme sur
le matériel brouilleur: “Appariels
Numérique,” NMB-003 édictée par le
ministre des Communications.
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
interference when the equipment is
operated in a commercial environment.
Radio Interference
DEUTSCH
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 area is
likely to cause harmful interference, in
which case the user will be required to
correct the interference at personal
expense.
BZT Hinweis
Hiermit wird bescheinigt, daß dieses
Gerät in Übereinstimmung mit den
Bestimmugen der BMPT-AmtsblVfg
243/1991 funk-entstört ist. Der
vorschriftsmäßige Betrieb mancher
Gerät (z.B. Meßsender) kann
allerdings gewissen Einschränkungen
unterliegen. Beachten Sie deshalb die
Hinweise in der Bedienungsanleitung.
DOC Class A Compliance
Dem Bundesamt für Zulassungen in
der Telekommunikation wurde das
Inverkehrbringen dieses Geräts
angezeigt und die Berechtigung zur
Überprüfung der Serie auf die
Einhaltung der Bestimmugen
eingeräumt.
This digital apparatus does not exceed
the Class A limits for radio noise
emissions from digital apparatus as set
out in the interference-causing
equipment standard entitled “Digital
Apparatus,” ICES-003 of the Department of Communications.
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Limited Warranty
No Liability For Consequential
Damages
Apex PC Solutions warrants that the
ViewPoint System (Product) will be
free from defects in materials and
workmanship under normal use and
service for a period of one year from
the date of receipt. Any implied
warranty on the Product is limited to
one year.
IN NO EVENT SHALL APEX PC
SOLUTIONS BE LIABLE FOR ANY
OTHER DAMAGES WHATSOEVER
(INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF
BUSINESS PROFITS, BUSINESS
INTERRUPTION, LOSS OF BUSINESS INFORMATION, OR OTHER
PECUNIARY LOSS) ARISING OUT
OF THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO
USE THE PRODUCT, EVEN IF APEX
PC SOLUTIONS HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF
SUCH DAMAGES. IN ANY CASE,
APEX PC SOLUTIONS’ ENTIRE
LIABILITY UNDER ANY PROVISION OF THIS AGREEMENT SHALL
BE LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT
ACTUALLY PAID BY YOU FOR
THE PRODUCT.
Customer Remedies
Apex PC Solutions’ entire liability and
your exclusive remedy shall be, at
Apex’s option, either (a) return of the
price paid or (b) repair or replacement
of the Product that does not meet
Apex’s Limited Warranty and which is
returned to Apex with a copy of your
receipt. THIS LIMITED WARRANTY
IS VOID IF FAILURE OF THE
PRODUCT HAS RESULTED FROM
ACCIDENT, ABUSE, OR MISAPPLICATION. Any replacement Product
will be warranted for the remainder of
the original warranty period or six
months, whichever is longer.
No Other Warranties
APEX PC SOLUTIONS DISCLAIMS
ALL OTHER WARRANTIES,
EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED,
INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO
IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF
MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS
FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE,
WITH RESPECT TO THE PRODUCT
AND THE ACCOMPANYING
PRODUCT MANUAL AND
WRITTEN MATERIALS. This Limited
Warranty gives you specific rights.
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C ONTENTS
FEATURES
9
The ViewPoint System Offers Flexibility in
Controlling Your Network
9
INSTALLATION 11
Installation Checklist
11
Identifying Components
12
Planning the System Layout
14
Connecting the User Pod to the Console
16
Connecting the User Pod to the Core
17
Connecting the System Pod to Your Computer
18
Connecting the System Pod to the Core
19
Connecting the Administration Terminal
20
Turning On the System
21
Connecting Computers While the System
is Running
22
OPERATION
23
Navigating with OSCAR
23
Interpreting the Status Flag
26
Switching to a Computer
27
Disconnecting Any User
30
Querying Pod Status
31
Scanning the Computers
32
Sending a User Message
35
Establishing Security
36
6
Optimizing Video Quality for the User Pod
38
Changing Menu Attributes
40
Changing Status Flag Attributes
42
Displaying Firmware Version and Settings
44
Resetting the Mouse and Keyboard
45
ADMINISTRATION TOOLS
47
ViewPoint Enables System Administrators to
Monitor and Control Connections
47
Displaying All Connections
48
Selecting Switch Connection Modes
49
Optimizing Video Quality for the System Pod
50
Assigning Specific Device Types
52
Assigning Unique Names to Computers
53
APPENDICES
55
A
Specifications
55
B
Options and Accessories
56
C
Tiering with Other Apex Switch Systems
57
D
Troubleshooting
58
E
Connector Pin Specifications
60
7
T ABLES AND F IGURES
Core Card and Port Diagram
12
Basic Components of the ViewPoint System
13
Example of a ViewPoint System
15
Keyboard Conventions for
Navigating OSCAR
23
Effects of Settings on Security Configuration
37
Video Compensation Settings
for the User Pod
39
Effects of Settings on Screen Appearance
41
Values and Effect on Flag Appearance
43
Connection Settings in Display Matrix Screen
48
Video Compensation Settings
for the System Pod
51
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FEATURES
of
ViewPoint
S Y S T E M
THE V IEWP OINT S YSTEM OFFERS F LEXIBILITY IN
CONTROLLING Y OUR N ETWORK
Allows network administrators at a local console
to pass keyboard and mouse commands to as
many as 32 remote computers.
•
Accommodates Apex OutLook Concentrators to
expand your control to as many as 256 remote
computers. Multiple ViewPoints expand your
control to as many as 1024 computers. Incorporates new boards in the core to meet future needs.
•
Shares control with another remote unit, the Apex
SwitchBack system.
•
Features an administration terminal that allows
you to display all connections, system types, and
names, switch cooperatively or preemptively
between computers, and optimize video quality.
•
Allows user pods to be located up to 600 feet
away from the core, system pods 250 feet away
from the core, enabling the user and the system
pods to be up to 850 feet away from one another.
•
Switches any user to selected computer in either
Full control mode or Watch mode.
•
•
•
Allows you to send messages to other consoles.
Provides security against unauthorized users.
Displays system-related information on the Apex
On-Screen Configuration and Activity Reporting
(OSCAR) screen.
9
ViewPoint Features
•
1
Features
10
2
INSTALLATION AND SETUP
for
ViewPoint
S Y S T E M
I NSTALLATION C HECKLIST
●
ViewPoint components
(quantity of each depends on your system needs)
❑ user pods
❑ system pods
●
Interconnecting cables*
(not included in kit)
❑ two male Cat5 cables for each user pod to core
❑ two male Cat5 cables for each system pod to core
❑ keyboard, video, and mouse interconnecting
cables to each computer
❑ keyboard, monitor, and mouse cables to each
user pod
●
Your computers, monitors, keyboards, mice
●
Your administration terminal with serial cable
*See Appendix B Options and Accesories for purchasing
information.
See Appendix E for diagrams of the monitor, mouse,
keyboard, and Cat5 connector pin specifications.
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Installation Checklist
❑ core
2
Installation and Setup
Identifying Components
I DENTIFYING C OMPONENTS
The User Pod
The Core
Each user console, consisting of a
keyboard, mouse, and monitor,
connects to a user pod. The user pod
encodes mouse and keyboard data
then transmits it, via the Cat5 cables,
to the output cards in the core, and on
to the selected system pod. OSCAR
(On-Screen Configuration and
Activity Reporting), which is used to
operate the ViewPoint system, is
accessed at the user pod.
Each ViewPoint system contains a
core that connects to user pods,
system pods, and an administration
terminal. The core contains the
Core Card and Port Diagram
Master
Administrator
Terminal Port
The System Pod
Each system pod can attach to two
computers. The system pod decodes
the keyboard and mouse commands it
receives, via the Cat5 cables, from
the input cards in the core, and
forwards the data to the selected
computer.
1
9
17 25
1
9
32
System Ports
16
User Ports
8 16
1
2
24 32
3
Input
12
4
8 16
5
6
7
8
Switch Output
A P E X
V I E W P O I N T
S Y S T E M
T he Administration Terminal
internal input and output cards that
provide the connection between user
pods and system pods. Its master
card provides the connection to the
administration terminal.
The administration terminal connects
to the core. From the terminal the
system administrator monitors and
controls ViewPoint connections.
Basic Components of the ViewPoint System
Computers
Identifying Components
System Pod
Core
Administration Terminal
User Pod
Console
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2
Installation and Setup
Planning the System Layout
P LANNING THE S YSTEM L AYOUT
Cable length and location
Cable length and video quality
Choosing good locations for each
component enhances the benefits of
the ViewPoint system. For example,
in your office space if you place the
core 250 feet away from the system
pods and 600 feet away from the user
pods, then you can locate each user
and system pod up to 850 feet away
from each other; whereas, if you
place the core next to the user pods,
then the maximum distance between
user and system pods can be only
250 feet.
All ViewPoint components arrive
configured for cable lengths of 100
feet or less. If you will be using
cables longer than 100 feet, you can
improve video quality by changing
the default configuration. High
quality video transmission requires a
“tuned circuit.” To adjust video
settings for the user pods you must
access OSCAR, while the system
pods adjustments are accessed
through the administration terminal.
Cable type and video quality
For best video quality use UTP Cat5
or better cables with high quality
RJ45 male connectors. Select high
quality cables because of their
superior electrical and mechanical
properties.
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A P E X
V I E W P O I N T
S Y S T E M
Example of a ViewPoint System
System Pods and Computers
Up to 250 Feet
Up to 25 Feet
Core
User Pods and Consoles
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Administration Terminal
Planning the System Layout
Up to 600 Feet
2
Installation and Setup
CONNECTING THE U SER P OD TO THE C ONSOLE
User Pod
1 2
.....
.....
.....
Connecting the User Pod to the Console
3 4
To connect the user pod to
a monitor, keyboard, and
mouse:
l
Connect the monitor, keyboard,
and mouse to the jacks that show
the monitor, keyboard, and
mouse symbols on the back
panel of the user pod.
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A P E X
V I E W P O I N T
S Y S T E M
CONNECTING THE U SER P OD TO THE CORE
User Pod
1 2
User Port 1
.....
.....
.....
3 4
User Port 16
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
To connect the Cat5 cables to
the user pod:
1
2
Locate the RJ45 jacks on the
back panel.
To connect the Cat5 cables to
the core:
Connect one end of the video
Cat5 cable to the RJ45 jack with
a monitor symbol.
3
Connect one end of the data Cat5
cable to the RJ45 jack with a
data symbol.
4
Repeat steps for all user pods.
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1
Locate the output cards (slots 7
and 8).
2
Connect the other end of the
video Cat5 cable to one of the
user ports with a monitor
symbol.
3
Connect the other end of the data
Cat5 cable to the port with the
data symbol in the same user
port number.
4
Route and bundle cables to
facilitate removal of the input
and output cards.
5
Repeat steps for all user pods.
Connecting the User Pod to the Core
Core
2
Installation and Setup
CONNECTING THE S YSTEM P OD TO Y OUR C OMPUTER
System Pod
Port A
1 2
Connecting the System Pod to Your Computer
3 4
.....
.....
.....
Computer
To connect the system pod to
your computer:
l
Connect the monitor, keyboard,
and mouse cables between the
computer and the jacks with the
monitor, keyboard, and mouse
symbols in one of the ports on
the system pod.
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.....
.....
.....
A
A P E X
V I E W P O I N T
S Y S T E M
CONNECTING THE S YSTEM P OD TO THE C ORE
System Pod
System Port 1
Port A
1 2
.....
.....
.....
A
3 4
1
To connect the Cat5 cables to
the system pod:
1
2
3
4
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
System Port 32
On the back panel of the system
pod locate the RJ45 jacks in the
same port label where you
connected the monitor, keyboard,
and mouse cables earlier.
To connect the Cat5 cables to
the core:
1
Connect one end of the video
Cat5 cable to the RJ45 jack with
a monitor symbol.
At the back of the core locate the
input cards (slots 1–4).
2
Connect the other end of the
video Cat5 cable to the RJ45
jack with the monitor symbol in
one of the system ports.
4
Connect the other end of the data
Cat5 cable to the RJ45 jack with
the data symbol in the same port
number.
5
Route and bundle cables to
facilitate removal of the input
and output cards.
6
Repeat steps for additional
system pods.
Connect one end of the data Cat5
cable to the RJ45 jack with a
data symbol.
Repeat steps for additional
system pods.
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Connecting the System Pod to the Core
Core
2
Installation and Setup
CONNECTING THE A DMINISTRATION T ERMINAL
Administrator
Terminal Port
Connecting the Administration Terminal
Core
Administration Terminal
To connect the administration
terminal:
1
2
3
On the master card at the back of
the core, connect the female end
of the DB9 null modem cable to
the administrator terminal port.
Connect the other end of the null
modem cable to the serial port
on the back of your terminal.
20
Set terminal settings to read the
ViewPoint software:
Baud rate
19200
Data bits
8N1
Parity
none
Flow control
none
Emulation
132 column
VT100 mode
A P E X
V I E W P O I N T
S Y S T E M
TURNING ON THE S YSTEM
To start the system:
Startup Behavior and the
Status Flag
When you turn on the ViewPoint
system, it performs the following
actions:
Displays each pod’s particular
identification number on the user
console monitor.
•
Identifies the mouse and keyboard
and puts them into default states;
the keyboard LEDs illuminate.
•
Starts up the user pods with no
user consoles connected to any
computers.
•
Displays a status flag on each user
console monitor that appears
similar to that shown below. (On
startup there is no system connection.) For more information about
status flags, see in Chapter 3,
Interpreting the Status Flag and
Changing Status Flag Attributes.
C
With the power switch (located
on the back panel) of each
component in the Off (0)
position, connect each component to an AC power source
using the supplied three-wire
grounded power cords.
2
Turn on the ViewPoint core by
pushing the power switch located
on the back panel to the On (1)
position.
3
Turn on each pod by pushing the
power switch located on the back
panel to the On (1) position.
4
Turn on the console monitors.
5
Turn on the computers.
n Note
Always turn on the core and pods
before the computers. Then the pods
can store in memory the device settings
the computers send when they boot.
X
alone
If the monitor does not display the
status flag, make sure that the
monitor is connected and turned on.
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Turning On the System
•
1
2
Connecting Computers While the System Is Running
CONNECTING
IS R UNNING
Installation and Setup
C OMPUTERS WHILE THE SYSTEM
You can connect additional computers to the ViewPoint system while it
is running. When you turn on a newly
connected computer, its system pod
recognizes it and you can switch
users to the new computer without
taking any additional steps.
You can also connect a new user
console to the system while it is
running. When you connect the new
keyboard, mouse, and monitor to the
new user pod, the pod configures
automatically.
This technique allows replacement of
failed devices without having to
restart the system. It also allows the
user to move input devices from one
console to another if necessary.
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3
OPERATION GUIDE
for
ViewPoint
S Y S T E M
You’ll operate the ViewPoint system using OSCAR
(On-Screen Configuration and Activity Reporting).
Keyboard Conventions for Navigating OSCAR
DOES THIS
PRINT SCREEN
Opens OSCAR Selection screen.
F1
Opens OSCAR Help screen.
F2
When in OSCAR Selection screen, opens OSCAR
Advanced Menus screen.
ARROWS
Moves highlight to select command feature or setup.
+ / –
Changes the value of the selected option.
ENTER
Saves current settings or changes and returns to
OSCAR Advanced Menus screen.
ESCAPE
Cancels unsaved changes and returns to OSCAR
Advanced Menus screen. When in OSCAR Selection or
Advanced Menus screens, ESCAPE exits OSCAR.
NUMERIC KEYPAD
Always in the numeric state, although the indicator
on the keyboard may indicate otherwise.
CAPS LOCK
Disabled (Use the SHIFT key to change case)
PAG E U P / PA G E D O WN
Displays previous or next screen, respectively.
HOME/ END
Displays first or last item in a list, respectively.
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OSCAR Keyboard Conventions
THIS KEY
3
Operation Guide
N AVIGATING WITH OSCAR
OSCAR Selection Screen
Navigating with OSCAR
OSCAR SELECTION
Port
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Name
COMPUTER
COMPUTER
COMPUTER
COMPUTER
COMPUTER
COMPUTER
COMPUTER
COMPUTER
F1 Help
F2 Advanced
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Basic functions such as selecting computers and
checking port/computer status are performed from
the OSCAR Selection screen. The OSCAR Selection
lists all the ports in the system, the associated computer names, and the status of each port. It can be
organized either by port number or by computer
name. (To assign names see in Chapter 4 Assigning
Unique Names to Computers. To change the order in
which the computers are listed, see Changing Menu
Attributes found later in this chapter.) On large systems, you may need to use the ARROW keys or the
PAGE DOWN key to scroll through the list of ports.
■ Note
The OSCAR Selection screen above shows the default
screen. Your screen will show the computer names and
port numbers assigned to your system.
To open the OSCAR Selection screen:
l
Press the PRINT SCREEN key.
Because the PRINT SCREEN key is used to
activate the OSCAR menus, you cannot use it to
print a screen in the usual way. To print the
screen, press PRINT SCREEN twice.
■ Note
If you press PRINT SCREEN and receive the message
”Names out of date,“ press ENTER to update your
user pod. The OSCAR Selection screen appears when
the update is complete. See Assigning Unique Names
to Computers in Chapter 4.
To exit OSCAR:
l
Press ESCAPE.
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A P E X
V I E W P O I N T
S Y S T E M
OSCAR Advanced Menus Screen
OSCAR ADVANCED MENUS
COMMANDS
Switch
Scan
Query
Message
Version
Reset
SETUP
All commands other than selecting computers are
performed from the OSCAR Advanced Menus. The
Advanced Menus screen contains two menus. The
Commands menu shows the commands that cause
an action to take place. The Setup menu shows the
commands that have screens to set configurations.
To open the OSCAR Advanced Menus:
1
OSCAR ADVANCED MENUS
COMMANDS
Press PRINT SCREEN to open OSCAR Selection.
2
Press F2.
The OSCAR Advanced Menus screen appears
showing the commands listed under the Commands menu. Pressing the RIGHT ARROW key
to move the highlight to Setup will show the
commands listed under the Setup menu.
Moving the highlight with the UP and DOWN
ARROW keys in either menu selects a command.
To cancel unsaved changes and retain
previous settings:
l
Press ESCAPE.
To exit OSCAR:
l
Press ESCAPE.
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Navigating with OSCAR
■ Note
If you press PRINT SCREEN and receive the message
”Names out of date,“ press ENTER to update your
user pod. The OSCAR Selection screen appears when
the update is complete. See Assigning Unique Names
to Computers in Chapter 4.
SETUP
Scan
OSCAR
Flag
Security
3
Operation Guide
I NTERPRETING THE S TATUS F LAG
The monitor of the user console displays a small
screen, referred to as the status flag, that indicates
the connection status of the user console and mode
of operation. It can be set to show the connection by
port number or by name. When operating the
ViewPoint system with OSCAR, the status flag
disappears from the display and reappears when the
operation is completed.
Two Display Modes
C9
Interpreting the Status Flag
at
S3
ABBR mode
Console 9
switched to
COMPUTER 3
LONG mode
The status flag can be displayed in either an abbreviated, ABBR, or in LONG mode, as shown in these
examples. The status flag in the abbreviated mode
indicates that Console 9 is connected to Computer 3.
In ABBR mode S stands for computer. The status
flag in the long mode indicates the same information without abbreviations. See Changing Status
Flag Attributes later in this chapter if you want to
change the appearance of the status flag.
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A P E X
V I E W P O I N T
S Y S T E M
S WITCHING TO A COMPUTER
The most common ViewPoint operation is switching
either a user’s keyboard, mouse, and monitor or just
the monitor (video) between computers. Switching
disconnects either the keyboard, mouse, and monitor
or only the video from one computer and connects
them to another. When switching any user to a
selected computer, ViewPoint reconfigures the
keyboard, mouse, and monitor to suit the newly
connected computer, while saving each computer’s
keyboard settings for the next use.
To switch to a computer:
Port
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Name
COMPUTER
COMPUTER
COMPUTER
COMPUTER
COMPUTER
COMPUTER
COMPUTER
COMPUTER
F1 Help
F2 Advanced
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
SWITCH COMPLETED
from MASTER
ACCESS DENIED
from MASTER
1
Press PRINT SCREEN; the OSCAR Selection
screen appears.
2
Use the ARROW keys (or PAGE UP, PAGE DOWN,
HOME, and END keys) to select the computer to
which you want to switch.
—or in port mode—
Press the key that corresponds to computer’s
port number, then press ENTER.
For example, to select the computer connected
to Port 2, press PRINT SCREEN, 2, ENTER. If the
computers are listed by their assigned names,
they will be in alphabetical order.
—or in names mode—
Type the first few letters of the computer name
to establish it as unique, then press ENTER.
For example, to select “Accounting,” type ACC,
then press ENTER.
3
The status flag displays one of two messages:
Switch Completed: computer is now connected.
—or—
Access Denied: another user has control over
the computer.
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Switching to a Computer
OSCAR SELECTION
3
Operation Guide
To switch any user to a selected computer:
1
OSCAR ADVANCED MENUS
Switching any User to a Selected Computer
COMMANDS
Switch
Scan
Query
Message
Version
Reset
SETUP
■ Note
If you press the wrong number (Computer is
highlighted by default), enter the number of the
desired computer.
SWITCH CONSOLE TO COMPTR
Computer
Console
Mode
X
X
OPEN
From the Commands menu in the Advanced
Menus screen, (Switch is highlighted by
default) press the number key that corresponds
to the port number of the computer to which
you wish to switch; the Switch Console to
Computer screen appears with the computer
port highlighted.
2
Move the highlight down to Console and use
the + or – keys to scroll through the available
consoles until the desired user console number
is displayed.
3
Highlight Mode and use the + or – keys to
select the connection mode from either
Full, which gives keyboard and mouse control
of the selected computer,
—or—
Watch, which displays the video of the selected
computer but provides no keyboard or mouse
control,
—or—
Open, which disconnects a user console.
4
Press ENTER.
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A P E X
V I E W P O I N T
S Y S T E M
To switch video only:
From the Commands menu in the Advanced
Menus screen (Switch is highlighted by
default), press the number key that corresponds
to the port number of the computer to which
you wish to switch; the Switch Console to
Computer screen appears with the computer
port highlighted.
2
Move the highlight down to Console and use
the + or – keys to scroll through the available
user consoles until the desired user console
number is displayed.
3
Highlight Mode and use the + or – keys to
select Watch, which displays the video of the
selected computer but provides no keyboard or
mouse control.
4
Press ENTER.
SWITCH CONSOLE TO COMPTR
Computer
Console
Mode
X
X
WATCH
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Switching Video Only
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3
Operation Guide
D ISCONNECTING A NY USER
OSCAR ADVANCED MENUS
COMMANDS
Switch
Scan
Query
Message
Version
Reset
SETUP
To disconnect the currently selected
computer:
l
From the Commands menu in the Advanced
Menus screen (Switch is highlighted by
default), press ENTER.
To disconnect any user:
Disconnecting Any User
1
From the Commands menu in the Advanced
Menus screen (Switch is highlighted by
default), press the number key that corresponds
to the port number of the computer to which
you wish to disconnect; the Switch Console to
Computer screen appears with the computer
port highlighted.
■ Note
If you press the wrong number (Computer is
highlighted by default), enter the number of the
desired computer.
2
Move the highlight down to Console and use
the + or – keys to scroll through the available
user consoles until the desired user console
number is displayed.
To determine which user console is currently
connected to the computer, see Querying Pod
Status in this chapter.
3
Highlight Mode and use the + or – keys to
select Open, which disconnects a user console.
4
Press ENTER.
SWITCH CONSOLE TO COMPTR
Computer
Console
Mode
X
X
OPEN
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V I E W P O I N T
S Y S T E M
QUERYING P OD STATUS
You can check the connection status of any user pod
or system pod in the ViewPoint system. This may be
useful when you want “full” connection (control of
keyboard and mouse) to a computer and need to
determine if another user is already connected.
OSCAR ADVANCED MENUS
COMMANDS
Switch
Scan
Query
Message
Version
Reset
SETUP
To query pod status:
From the Commands menu in the Advanced
Menus screen, use the DOWN ARROW key to
move the highlight to Query.
2
Press ENTER to display your own switch status
—or—
press the number key that corresponds to the
console or computer you want to query; the
Query Pod Connection screen appears with
pod number highlighted.
3
Move the highlight to Console/Computer to
find out if a console or computer is connected.
Use + or – keys to toggle between Computer or
Console.
4
Press ENTER to begin the query; the status flag
appears.
In the example shown, the status flag shows
console connection: Console 03 is connected to
Computer 9.
Get status of pod
QUERY POD CONNECTION
Pod Number
Console/Computer
User
X
CONSOLE
03
from MASTER
9
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Querying Pod Status
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3
Operation Guide
S CANNING THE COMPUTERS
When placed in the scan mode, the specified user
console automatically switches from computer to
computer in a selected scan sequence, and in watch
mode. You can scan the entire system sequentially
or designate a custom scan pattern by specifying
computers and durations.
OSCAR ADVANCED MENUS
Scanning the Computers
COMMANDS
Switch
Scan
Query
Message
Version
Reset
SETUP
To place in scan mode:
1
From the Commands menu in the Advanced
Menus screen, use the DOWN ARROW key to
move the highlight to Scan.
2
Press ENTER to operate scan mode from the
current console
—or—
press the number key of the console from which
you want to operate the scan mode; the Scan
Setup screen appears with the console number
highlighted.
3
Press ENTER.
The default duration time is 15 seconds.
SCAN SETUP
Console
X
To cancel scan mode:
l
Switch to any computer.
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A P E X
V I E W P O I N T
S Y S T E M
To create a custom scan pattern:
1
In the Advanced Menus screen, press the
RIGHT ARROW key to move the highlight to the
Setup menu.
2
Use the DOWN ARROW key to move the
highlight to Scan and press ENTER; the Pattern
Setup screen appears with the first port position
or computer name highlighted.
OSCAR ADVANCED MENUS
COMMANDS
SETUP
Scan
OSCAR
Flag
Security
In the Scan Pattern Setup screen shown, the
order-by-port mode is selected. Your screen
may appear different. See Changing Menu
Attributes found later in this chapter.
SCAN PATTERN SETUP
Sec
15
15
15
15
15
15
15
Name
COMPUTER
COMPUTER
COMPUTER
COMPUTER
COMPUTER
COMPUTER
COMPUTER
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
3
Use the DOWN ARROW key to select the port
number of the first computer to be included in
the scan
—or—
if your computers are listed by name, select the
name of the first computer to be included in the
scan.
4
Press the RIGHT ARROW key to highlight the
Sec column, and then type the number of
seconds (255 is maximum) that you want this
computer to be selected before switching to the
next computer in the sequence.
5
Press the DOWN ARROW key to move the
highlight to the next computer you want to
include in the scan and repeat steps 3 and 4.
6
Press ENTER to start the scan sequence.
F2 for defaults
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Scanning the Computers
Port
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
3
Operation Guide
To remove a computer from the scan list:
1
In the Scan Pattern Setup screen, move the
highlight to the port number of the computer to
be removed from the scan list
—or—
if your computers are listed by name, to the
name of the computer.
2
Press the RIGHT ARROW key to highlight the
Sec column.
3
Type 0 for the number of seconds.
Pressing DELETE while in the Scan Pattern
Setup screen deletes the highlighted computer
and all entries below it.
4
Press ENTER.
SCAN PATTERN SETUP
Port
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Sec
15
15
15
15
15
15
15
Name
COMPUTER
COMPUTER
COMPUTER
COMPUTER
COMPUTER
COMPUTER
COMPUTER
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Removing a Computer from the Scan List
F2 for defaults
■ Note
To return all Port and Sec values to factory defaults,
press the F2 key while in the Scan Pattern Setup screen.
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V I E W P O I N T
S Y S T E M
S ENDING A U SER MESSAGE
You can send a brief text message to any other user
consoles for display on their monitors. This feature
may be useful when another user has a “full”
connection to the computer you want to switch to,
and you need to request that the current user
relinquish control.
OSCAR ADVANCED MENUS
COMMANDS
Switch
Scan
Query
Message
Version
Reset
SETUP
To send a user message:
From the Commands menu in the Advanced
Menus screen, use the DOWN ARROW key to
move the highlight to Message.
2
Type the number of the console to which you
want to send a message; the Message Sender
screen appears with the console number
highlighted.
3
Move the highlight with the DOWN ARROW key
to Message and enter a message of up to 14
characters.
4
Press ENTER to send the message.
MESSAGE SENDER
Console
Message
X
XXXXXX
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Sending a User Message
1
3
Operation Guide
E STABLISHING S ECURITY
Advanced computer applications should usually be
protected against unauthorized users. ViewPoint’s
security features enable you to lock the keyboard
and monitor, requiring you to type a password
before resuming operation. You can also set a time
delay before the system is locked.
Establishing Security
You must always provide a password to access the
fields in the Security Configuration screen. After
you type the correct password, the other fields on
the screen are activated. The table, Effects of
Settings on Security Configuration, describes the
menu attributes.
To lock the screen and keyboard:
OSCAR ADVANCED MENUS
COMMANDS
SETUP
Scan
OSCAR
Flag
Security
1
In the Advanced Menus screen, press the
RIGHT ARROW key to highlight the Setup menu.
2
Use the DOWN ARROW key to move the highlight to Security, and press ENTER; the Security
Configuration screen appears.
3
Type your password and press RETURN.
Passwords can be up to 8 characters (case
sensitive). You must enter the new password
twice for confirmation.
SECURITY CONFIGURATION
Password
******
New password
Repeat new
******
******
Time delay
Mode
Test
OFF
SCREEN
■ Note
The factory default password is OSCAR. Because the
CAPS LOCK is disabled in OSCAR, you must hold
down the SHIFT key as you type each letter.
4
Highlight Time Delay and use the + or – keys to
obtain the desired value in minutes.
5
If you want to immediately activate the security
screen, highlight Test and press ENTER.
6
Press ENTER to save settings.
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V I E W P O I N T
S Y S T E M
Effects of Settings on Security Configuration
PASSWORD
Enter current password to activate other fields.
NEW PASSWORD
Type new password.
REPEAT NEW
Retype new password to confirm.
TIME DELAY
Set a value from 0 to 254 minutes.
MODE
Not selectable in ViewPoint.
TEST
Immediately activates security screen.
Establishing Security
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Operation Guide
O PTIMIZING V IDEO Q UALITY FOR THE U SER P OD
Optimizing Video Quality for the User Pod
If your cable lengths are more than 25 feet, you can
optimize the video quality for the user pod. Interconnecting system cables of less than 25 feet require
no compensation adjustments. The cable length entry
will maximize video performance in most cases.
If you cannot obtain satisfactory video by entering
the cable length, contact Apex PC Technical
Support, because changing the settings values can
greatly affect other adjustments. The technician can
step you through the video compensation settings.
When instructed, use the + or – keys to obtain the
desired value or type in the number. The table, Video
Compensation Settings for the User Pod, describes
the available menu attributes.
OSCAR ADVANCED MENUS
COMMANDS
SETUP
Scan
OSCAR
Flag
Security
Video
VIDEO COMPENSATION
Cable Length
DC
ELF
VLF
Vid Hi C
Vid Hi F
Vid MF
Vid LF
To optimize video quality for the user
pods:
1
In the Advanced Menus screen press the RIGHT
ARROW key to highlight the Setup menu.
2
Use the DOWN ARROW key to move the
highlight to Video, and press ENTER; the Video
Compensation screen appears with the cable
length field highlighted.
3
Use the + or – keys to enter the length of cable
from the core to the user pod or type in the
number.
4
Press ENTER to save the changes.
5
Repeat the steps at each console for each user
pod.
XXX
ON
ON
ON
OFF
ON
ON
OFF
XXX
XXX
XXX
XXX
XXX
XXX
XXX
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V I E W P O I N T
S Y S T E M
Video Compensation Settings for the User Pod
STATUS
RELATIVE
NUMBER
ADJUSTMENT
DC
ON/OFF
XXX
DC gain
ELF
ON/OFF
XXX
Extremely low frequency
VLF
ON/OFF
XXX
Very low frequency
Vid Hi C
ON/OFF
XXX
Video high frequency – Coarse
Vid Hi F
ON/OFF
XXX
Video high frequency – Fine
Vid MF
ON/OFF
XXX
Video mid frequency
Vid LF
ON/OFF
XXX
Video low frequency
■ Note
If changes to settings makes video unreadable, press
ESCAPE to return to previous settings.
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Optimizing Video Quality for the User Pod
ON-SCREEN
DISPLAY
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Operation Guide
CHANGING MENU A TTRIBUTES
It is not necessary to change any of the default
settings before using ViewPoint; however, you can
set several options to suit your preferences or
specific application. For example, you may want to
change the position, color, and other display
attributes of the OSCAR screens. See the table,
Effects of Settings on Screen Appearance, for
available menu attributes.
To change menu attributes:
OSCAR ADVANCED MENUS
Changing Menu Attributes
COMMANDS
SETUP
Scan
OSCAR
Flag
Security
1
In the Advanced Menus screen, press the
RIGHT ARROW key to highlight the Setup menu.
2
Use the DOWN ARROW key to move the highlight to OSCAR and press ENTER; the OSCAR
Attributes screen appears.
3
Highlight the setting(s) you want to change and
use the + or – keys to obtain the desired value
or type in number. As you select different
values, the effect of the changes is reflected
immediately.
Press ENTER to save the changes.
OSCAR ATTRIBUTES
Resolution
Height
Horizontal
Vertical
640
16
5
10
Background
Highlight
Text
1
4
6
Delay Time
Order
0
PORT
4
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V I E W P O I N T
S Y S T E M
Effects of Settings on Screen Appearance
SELECT THIS SETTING
CHOOSE VALUES
Size of screen
RESOLUTION
Select either 320, 480, or
640; the lower the value,
the larger the size.
Size of text
HEIGHT
Higher values display larger
sized text.
Location of screen
HORIZONTAL
0– 127
VERTICAL
0– 255
BACKGROUND
0– 7
HIGHLIGHT
0– 7
TEXT
0– 7
Timing of
OSCAR Selection
screen display
DELAY TIME
Time in seconds the OSCAR
Selection screen is delayed
before appearing after
PRINT SCREEN is pressed.
Increasing delay can
prevent the screen from
being a distraction when
performing simple
computer switching
operations.
Order of computers
ORDER
Choose to list computers by
port number or
alphabetically by name.
Color of screen
and text
■ Note
It is possible, while changing the menu attributes, to
render the menu and windows invisible, making it
difficult to choose attributes that correct the problem.
If this occurs, reset the user pod to its default values by
pressing: ESCAPE, PRINT SCREEN, F10, Y, ENTER.
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Changing Menu Attributes
TO CHANGE THIS
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Operation Guide
CHANGING STATUS F LAG ATTRIBUTES
The status flag indicates the name or port number of
the currently selected computer. You can choose to
display the status flag at all times, for a few seconds
after switching, or not at all. You can also change
the color of the status flag and its location on the
screen. The table, Values and Effect on Flag Appearance, describes the available menu attributes.
OSCAR ADVANCED MENUS
Changing Status Flag Attributes
COMMANDS
SETUP
Scan
OSCAR
Flag
Security
To change status flag attributes:
1
In the Advanced Menus screen, press the
RIGHT ARROW key to highlight the Setup menu.
2
Use the DOWN ARROW key to move the
highlight to Flag, and press ENTER; the Flag
Configuration screen appears.
3
Highlight the settings you want to change, and
use the + or – keys to adjust the values.
4
Press ENTER to save the settings.
FLAG CONFIGURATION
Enabled
Row
Column
Color
Text
Mode
ABBR
0
1
2
0
OPAQUE
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A P E X
V I E W P O I N T
S Y S T E M
Values and Effect on Flag Appearance
TO CHANGE THIS
SELECT THIS SETTING
CHOOSE EFFECT
Timing, size,
and indications
of flag
ENABLED
FLAG OFF
Flag does not appear.
ABBR
Flag indications are
abbreviated; flag is smaller.
LONG
Flag indications are not
abbreviated; flag is larger.
LONG TIMED
Looks like LONG and
displays 5 seconds.
Location of flag
ROW
0 – 12 values position flag
vertically on screen.
COLUMN
0 – 25 values position flag
horizontally on screen.
Color of flag
and text
Display mode
of flag
COLOR
0–7
TEXT
0–7
MODE
OPAQUE
TRANSPARENT
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Changing Status Flag Attributes
ABBR TIMED
Looks like ABBR and
displays 5 seconds.
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Operation Guide
D ISPLAYING F IRMWARE V ERSION AND SETTINGS
OSCAR ADVANCED MENUS
Displaying Firmware Version and Settings
COMMANDS
Switch
Scan
Query
Message
Version
Reset
VERSION
Firmware
Hardware
Dip Switch
Port X
SETUP
To display firmware version and settings:
X.X.X.X
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F
Computer
Keyboard
ENABLED
Rate X
LEDs X
Mode X
Mouse
DISABLED
Rate X
Res
X
Type
Type
X
To facilitate system troubleshooting and support,
you can display the firmware version and settings
information.
1
From the Commands menu in the Advanced
Menus screen, use the DOWN ARROW key to
move the highlight to Version.
2
Press ENTER; the Version screen appears.
■ Note
Both the Version and the Firmware Version screens
shown here use X to indicate your firmware version
numbers.
X
X
3
From the Version screen press F2 to access the
Firmware Version screen which shows hardware version information on the core.
4
Press ESCAPE to exit.
FIRMWARE VERSION
Master
XX: X. X. X. XX
Input
X: X. X. X. XX
Switch
X: X. X. X. XX
Output
X: X. X. X. XX
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V I E W P O I N T
S Y S T E M
RESETTING THE MOUSE AND K EYBOARD
OSCAR ADVANCED MENUS
COMMANDS
Switch
Scan
Query
Message
Version
Reset
Resetting the mouse and keyboard attempts to
restore the correct settings for the selected computer.
SETUP
To reset the mouse and keyboard values:
1
From the Commands menu in the Advanced
Menus, use the DOWN ARROW key to move the
highlight to Reset.
2
Press ENTER.
Resetting the Mouse and Keyboard
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Operation Guide
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ADMINISTRATION TOOLS
for
ViewPoint
S Y S T E M
V IEWP OINT E NABLES S YSTEM ADMINISTRATORS TO
M ONITOR AND C ONTROL CONNECTIONS
Display computer/console connections
•
•
Adjust video quality for the system pods
Control switch connection mode
Display and modifiy device types and system
names
Create names for each user and/or computer for
ease of tracking
■ Note
In order to use the administration functions, you need
to set up an administration terminal. See procedure in
Chapter 2 Connecting the Administration Terminal.
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System Administrator Controls
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4
Administration Tools
D ISPLAYING A LL CONNECTIONS
The Display Matrix screen shows all 16 by 32
switch connections. It shows if a console has
keyboard control, the switch connection mode, and
computer/console connections. From this screen you
can access the Display System screen.
Displaying All Connections
To display all switch connections:
Connections
\ Computer
Console \ 1
2
3
1
2
3
4
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At the prompt “>” type DM to open the Display
Matrix screen.
2
Press ENTER.
Mode: PREEMPTIVE
4
5
6
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9
10
11
12
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Connection Settings in Display Matrix Screen
F
Full
User has keyboard control
W
Watch
User has no keyboard control
(. )
Open
No connection or user disconnected
Mode
Cooperative
Denies a switch request if there is an existing
connection
Preemptive
No switch request can be blocked (Default mode)
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V I E W P O I N T
S Y S T E M
S ELECTING S WITCH CONNECTION MODES
There are two switch connection modes. Both allow
immediate connections if the requested computer is
not in use. How they respond to a request is what
makes them different:
•
Preemptive switching (Default mode)
User’s request disconnects current user’s connection to selected computer.
•
Cooperative switching
User’s request is denied if another user is already
connected to the selected computer.
Connections
\ Computer
Console \ 1
2
3
1
2
3
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At the prompt “>” in the Display Matrix screen,
type SC for cooperative
—or—
type SS for preemptive.
2
Press ENTER.
Mode: PREEMPTIVE
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■ Note
Switch connection mode is a global command and will
affect all user consoles.
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Selecting Switch Connections
To select switch connection mode:
4
Administration Tools
O PTIMIZING V IDEO Q UALITY FOR THE S YSTEM P OD
Optimizing Video Quality for the System Pod
If your cable lengths are more than 25 feet, you can
optimize the video quality for the system pod.
Interconnecting system cables of less than 25 feet
require no compensation adjustments. The cable
length entry will maximize video performance in
most cases.
If you cannot obtain satisfactory video by entering
the cable length, contact Apex PC Technical
Support, because changing the settings values can
greatly affect other adjustments. The technician will
step you through the video compensation settings.
When instructed, use the + or – keys to obtain the
desired value or type in the number. The table,
Video Compensation Settings for the System Pod,
describes the available menu attributes.
To optimize video quality for system pods:
1
At the prompt “>” in the Display Matrix screen
type DS and press ENTER to access the Display
Systems screen.
Designate computer pod
Computer
1
2
3
4
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Device
Default
Default
Default
Default
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Name
Computer
Computer
Computer
Computer
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1
2
3
4
Cable
Length
XXX
XXX
XXX
XXX
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DAC 0
255
255
255
255
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DAC 1
255
255
255
255
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DAC 2
255
255
255
255
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DAC 3
255
255
255
255
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2
Press the RIGHT ARROW to move the highlight
to cable length. Then with the DOWN ARROW,
move the highlight to the desired computer.
3
Use the + or – keys to select the length of cable
from the core to the system pod or type in the
number.
4
Press ENTER to save your changes.
5
Repeat the steps for additional system pods.
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V I E W P O I N T
S Y S T E M
Video Compensation Settings for the System Pod
RELATIVE
NUMBER
ADJUSTMENT
DAC0
XXX
Video high frequency–Coarse
DAC1
XXX
Video high frequency–Fine
DAC2
XXX
Video mid frequency
DAC3
XXX
Video low frequency
■ Note
If changes to settings makes video unreadable, press
ESCAPE to return to previous settings.
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Optimizing Video Quality for the System Pod
DAC
NUMBER
4
Administration Tools
A SSIGNING SPECIFIC D EVICE T YPES
Assigning Specific Device Types
When you have a tiered configuration, that is, if
your system includes one or more external devices
such as an Apex OutLook or another ViewPoint,
you must make the ViewPoint core aware of these
external devices by assigning a specific device
type. You designate the device types in the Display
Systems screen. The possible device types are
4 port, 8 port, 10 port, or 32 port. The “Default”
setting indicates no external device is connected.
For more information on tiering, see Appendix C.
To assign a device type:
1
At the prompt “>” in the Display Matrix
screen type DS and press ENTER to access the
Display Systems screen.
Designate computer pod
Computer
1
2
3–1
3–2
3–3
3–4
4
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Device
Default
Default
4 port
Default
Name
Computer 1
Computer 2
SLAVE 3–1
SLAVE 3–2
SLAVE 3–3
SLAVE 3–4
Computer 4
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Cable
Length
XXX
XXX
XXX
XXX
XXX
XXX
XXX
DAC 0
255
255
255
255
255
255
255
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2 Use the ARROW keys
to highlight “Default” in
the Device column and the
+ or – keys to choose from
the following settings:
4 port, 8 port, 10 port, or
32 port. Your selection is
immediately reflected on
the screen.
3 Press ENTER to save
types, or ESCAPE to return to previous values.
■ Note
After pressing ENTER, do not turn off the core
until you see UPDATE COMPLETE on your
terminal screen or you will lose all your updates.
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V I E W P O I N T
S Y S T E M
ASSIGNING U NIQUE N AMES TO C OMPUTERS
You may find it easier to identify the computers in a
system by name, rather than by port number. You
can assign unique names to computers in the Display
Systems screen. Computer names are listed by
number, 1 through 32, until you make changes. Each
screen shows 16 entries, and you can scroll or page
down to see the next page.
To assign names to computers:
At the prompt “>” in the Display Matrix screen
type DS and press ENTER to access the Display
Systems screen.
Designate computer pod
Computer
1
2
3
4
.
.
Device
Default
Default
Default
Default
.
.
Name
Computer
Computer
Computer
Computer
.
.
1
2
3
4
Cable
Length
XXX
XXX
XXX
XXX
.
.
DAC 0
255
255
255
255
.
.
2 Use the ARROW keys to
move the highlight to the
Name column and then to
the port number for which
you want to enter or change
a computer name.
3 Type a name for the
computer. Computer names may be up to 12
characters long, including only A–Z, 0–9, the +,
*, ., /, :, –, and the space character.
4
If necessary, repeat steps 2 and 3 for each
computer or tiered device in the system.
5
Press ENTER to save names, or ESCAPE to return
to previous values.
■ Note
After pressing ENTER, do not turn off the core
until you see UPDATE COMPLETE on your
terminal screen or you will lose all your updates.
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Assigning Unique Names to Computers
1
4
Administration Tools
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APPENDICES
for
ViewPoint
S Y S T E M
A
S PECIFICATIONS
Dimensions
User Pod
Voltage
Temperature
DEPTH
9.00 in
(22.86 cm)
WIDTH
12.75 in
(32.39 cm)
WEIGHT
5 lbs
(2.3 kg)
HEIGHT
1.71 in
(4.45 cm)
DEPTH
9.00 in
(22.86 cm)
WIDTH
17.00 in
(43.18 cm)
WEIGHT
6 lbs
(2.7 kg)
HEIGHT
25.50 in
(64.77 cm)
DEPTH
20.12 in
(51.12 cm)
WIDTH
8.75 in
(22.22 cm)
WEIGHT
35 lbs
(15.9 kg)
INPUT VOLTAGE
100–120, 200–240 VAC
POWER SUPPLY
50/60 Hz
AMBIENT RANGE
50–105 o F
55
(10–50 o C)
Specifications
Core
(4.45 cm)
A
System Pod
1.71 in
HEIGHT
Appendices
B
O PTIONS AND A CCESSORIES
COMPONENT
B
Options and Accessories
CARD
CABLE
DESCRIPTION
PART NUMBER
Core
(to support 8 x 8 configuration)
ELC-0808VP
User Pod
ELC-00UP
System Pod
ELC-00SP
Input
ELC-00IM
Output
ELC-000M
Switch
ELC-1616SM
25 ft
(7.62 m)
CT-025
50 ft
(15.24 m)
CT-050
100 ft
(30.48 m)
CT-100
150 ft
(45.72 m)
CT-150
250 ft
(76.20 m)
CT-250
350 ft
(106.68 m)
CT-350
500 ft
(152.40 m)
CT-500
The Apex PC product line is highly adaptable. For
more information on system configuration using Apex
options and accessories, please contact your sales
representative at 800 861-5858.
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A P E X
C
V I E W P O I N T
S Y S T E M
TIERING WITH OTHER APEX S WITCH S YSTEMS
In lieu of computers, you can connect ViewPoint to
other Apex switching devices like the OutLook
concentrator; this is called tiering. In order for
tiering to work, ViewPoint must be made aware of
the external device first in order to transmit commands and the external device must be able to read
and execute those commands. See Chapter 4 for the
procedure Assigning Specific Device Types.
C
1
OSCAR SELECTION
Port
1
2–1
2–2
2–3
2–4
3
4
5
6
7
8
Name
COMPUTER
SLAVE 2–1
SLAVE 2–2
SLAVE 2–3
SLAVE 2–4
COMPUTER
COMPUTER
COMPUTER
COMPUTER
COMPUTER
COMPUTER
F1 Help
F2 Advanced
1
Press PRINT SCREEN; the OSCAR Selection
screen appears. Move the highlight with the
DOWN ARROW key to select the Apex external
device port number to which you want to switch.
—or in port mode—
Type the number of the computer port and
press ENTER.
For example, to select Port 2–3 by keyboard,
press 2, –, 3 and ENTER.
3
4
5
6
7
8
—or in names mode—
Type the first few letters of the computer name
to establish it as unique, then press ENTER.
For example, to select “Accounting,” type ACC,
then press ENTER.
2
C9
at
2–3 SLAVE 2–3
The status flag appears showing that the console
is switched to an Apex external device.
For example, the bottom illustration shows that
Console 9 is switched to Port 2–3 of an Apex
external device.
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Tiering with Other Apex Switch Systems
To transmit commands with a tiered
system:
Appendices
D
TROUBLESHOOTING
SYMPTOM
PROBABLE CAUSE
RECOMMENDED SOLUTION
No OSCAR or
video on any
computer
Loose monitor
connection
Reconnect monitor
No power to
ViewPoint core
Check power switch
Reconnect power cable
Check AC outlet for power
Can't select
computers
D
Troubleshooting
No video on one
computer
Keyboard error
on boot, all
computers
OSCAR colors or
setup incompatible
Reset OSCAR colors
to defaults
Loose video connection
Reconnect video cable
Defective video cable
Replace video cable
Computer off
Turn on the computer
connected to that port
Keyboard did not
initialize
Disconnect then reconnect
keyboard to pod
Keyboard incompatible
Replace keyboard
Computer off
Turn on computer
connected to that port
Loose keyboard
connection
Check that all cables are
well seated
Incompatible or
defective keyboard
Replace keyboard
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A P E X
V I E W P O I N T
S Y S T E M
SYMPTOM
PROBABLE CAUSE
RECOMMENDED SOLUTION
Keyboard error on
boot, one computer
Loose keyboard
connection
Check that all cables are
well seated
Ensure mouse and
keyboard cables are not
swapped
Defective cable
Replace keyboard cable
Computer left keyboard
in shifted state when
last connected
Press both SHIFT keys
Mouse error on boot,
all computers
Loose mouse
connection
Check that all cables are
well seated
Mouse error on boot,
one computer
Incompatible or
defective mouse
Replace mouse with PS/2 or
mouse-port compatible
mouse
Loose mouse
connection
Check that all cables are
well seated
Ensure that mouse/
keyboard cables are not
swapped
Defective mouse cable
Replace mouse cable
Using serial port on
computer
Install PS/2-to-serial
protocol converter
Mouse displays
erratic behavior
Computer left mouse in
indeterminate state
Reset mouse
through OSCAR
Mouse pointer
frozen on display
Mouse not initialized
Reset mouse
through OSCAR
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Troubleshooting
Ensure that mouse/
keyboard cables are not
swapped
D
Keyboard strokes
shifted (swaps upper
case for lower case)
Appendices
E
CONNECTOR P IN SPECIFICATIONS
DB-15 HD Video Cable, Male
6
Red Ground
11
Monitor Sense 0
7
Green Ground
12
Monitor Sense 1
2
Green Drive
8
Blue Ground
13
Horizontal Sync
Connector Pin Specifications
1
Red Drive
3
Blue Drive
9
Plug
14
Vertical Sync
4
Reserved
10
Ground
15
5
Ground
Reserved
IBM PC 5-Pin DIN Keyboard Cable, Male
1
3
Keyboard Clock
Keyboard Reset
4
5
Ground
+5 Volts
2
E
Keyboard Data
IBM PS/2 6-Pin Mini DIN Keyboard Cable, Male
5
6
Keyboard Clock
Reserved
3
4
Ground
+5 Volts
1
2
Keyboard Data
Reserved
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A P E X
V I E W P O I N T
S Y S T E M
UTP Cat5 or Better Cable W/RJ45 Connectors, Male
1
White/Orange
2
Orange/White
Twisted Pairs
White/Orange
3
White/Green
4
Blue/White
5
White/Blue
6
Green/White
Green/White
7
White/Brown
White/Brown
8
Brown/White
Brown/White
Orange/White
White/Green
Blue/White
White/Blue
Connector Pin Specifications
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E
Belden equilvalent cable
#1538a with male connectors Kycon #MP-88R-1000K
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