AMX NetLinx NXC Series Operating instructions

AMX NetLinx NXC Series Operating instructions
Quick Start Guide
NI-4100 NetLinx Integrated Controller
For more detailed installation, configuration, programming, file transfer, and
operating instructions, refer to the NetLinx Integrated Controllers (NI-2100,
NI-3100, and NI-4100 Series) Instruction Manual, available online at
NI-4100 Specifications (Cont.)
Rear Panel
• RS-232/422/485 (Ports 1 - 7): Seven RS-232/422/485 control
ports using DB9 (male) connectors with XON/XOFF (transmit on/
transmit off), CTS/RTS (clear to send/ready to send), and
300-115,200 baud.
• ICSNet: Two RJ-45 connectors for ICSNet interface (included).
• ICSHub Out: RJ-45 connector provides data to a Hub connected
to the Controller (included).
• Relay (Port 8): 8-channel single-pole single throw relay ports with
each relay being independently controlled and supporting up to
8 independent external relay devices.
• Digital I/O (Port 17): 8-channel binary I/O port for contact closure
with each input being capable of voltage sensing. Input format is
software selectable with interactive power sensing for IR ports.
• IR/Serial (Ports 9 - 16): Eight IR/Serial control ports support
high-frequency carriers of up to 1.142 MHz with each output
being capable of two electrical formats: IR or Serial. Eight IR/
Serial data signals can be generated simultaneously. IR ports
support data mode (at limited baud rates and wiring distances).
• Program Port: RS-232 DB9 connector (male) can be connected to
a DB9 port on a PC. This connector can be used with serial and
NetLinx programming commands, as well as other DB9 capable
devices, to both upload/download information from the NetLinx
Studio program.
• Configuration DIP Switch: Sets the communication parameters for
the Program port.
• ID Pushbutton: Sets the NetLinx ID (Device only) assignment for
the device.
• Ethernet Port: LEDs show communication activity, connection
status, speeds, and mode information:
SPD (speed) - Yellow LED lights On when the connection speed
is 100 Mbps and turns Off when the speed is 10 Mbps.
L/A (link/activity) - Green LED lights On when the Ethernet cables
are connected and terminated correctly, and blinks when
receiving Ethernet data packets.
• AXlink LED: Green LED indicates the state of the AXlink port.
• AXlink Port: 4-pin 3.5 mm mini-Phoenix (male) connector that
provides data and power to external control devices.
• Power Port: 2-pin 3.5 mm mini-Phoenix (male) connector.
• CardFrame Number DIP Switch: Sets the starting address for the
Control Cards in the CardFrame. (Factory default CardFrame
DIP switch value = 0). The Control Card address range is 1-3064.
• Control Card Connectors (1 - 4): 20-pin (male) connectors that
connect the Control Cards and external equipment to the
FIG. 1 NI-4100 NetLinx Integrated Controller (front view)
The NI-4100 unit (FG2105-06) is geared toward those advanced control and
automation requirements associated with most complex commercial and
residential installations. The NI-4100 provides support for up to 4 NetLinx
control cards (such as NXC-COM2, NXC-IRS4, etc.),
7 RS-232/RS-422/RS-485 Ports, 8 IR/Serial Output ports,
8 Digital Input/Output ports, and 8 Relays. The NI-4100’s on-board Master
also provides the ability to update installed control card firmware.
Verify you are using the latest NI firmware for the on-board Master. Verify
you are using the latest version of NetLinx Studio (available for download
NI-4100 Specifications
• 5.21" x 17.00" x 9.60" (13.23 cm x 43.18 cm x 24.27 cm)
• 3 rack units high
• 900 mA @ 12 VDC
• 1 MB Non-volatile (NV) SRAM
Compact Flash:
• 128 MB Card (upgradeable) (refer to the Other AMX Equipment
section for more information)
• Refer to the NetLinx Integrated Controllers (NI-2100, NI-3100,
and NI-4100 Series) Instruction Manual for more information.
• 9.15 lbs (4.15 kg)
• Metal with black matte finish
• FCC Part 15 Class B, CE, and IEC 60950
Front Panel
• LINK/ACT: Green LED blinks when the Ethernet cables are
connected and terminated correctly. Also blinks when receiving
Ethernet data packets.
• Status: Green LED blinks to indicate that the system is
programmed and communicating properly.
• Output: Red LED blinks when the Controller transmits data, sets
channels On and Off, sends data strings, etc.
• Input: Yellow LED blinks when the Controller receives data from
button pushes, strings, commands, channel levels, etc.
• RS-232/422/485 LEDs: Seven sets of red and yellow LEDs light to
indicate the rear DB9 Ports 1 - 7 are transmitting or receiving
RS-232, 422, or 485 data
• Relay LEDs: Eight red LEDs light to indicate the rear relay
channels 1 - 8 are active (closed). These LEDs reflect the state of
the relay on Port 8.
• IR/Serial LEDs: Eight red LEDs light to indicate the rear IR/Serial
channels 1 - 8 are transmitting control data on Ports 9 - 16. LED
indictor for each IR port remains lit for the length of time that
IR/Serial data is being generated.
• I/O LEDs: Eight yellow LEDs light when the rear I/O channels 1 - 8
are active. LED indicator for each I/O port reflects the state of that
particular port.
• NetLinx Control Card Slot 1 - 4: Accepts up to 4 compatible
NetLinx Cards: such as the NXC-COM2, NXC-I/O10, etc.
• Rack-mount brackets: Provides an installation option for the
Integrated Controller to be mounted into an equipment rack,
when used with the Installation Kit (KA2105-01).
Other AMX
2-pin 3.5 mm mini-Phoenix (female) PWR connector (41-5025)
4-pin 3.5 mm mini-Phoenix (female) AXlink connector (41-5047)
10-pin 3.5 mm mini-Phoenix (female) I/O connector (41-5107)
Installation Kit (KA2105-01):
8-pin Relay Common Strip
Four rack mount screws
Four washers
Quick Start Guide
Two 8-pin 3.5 mm mini-Phoenix (female) Relay connectors
Two CC-NIRC IR Emitters
Two removable rack ears (62-2105-07)
2-pin 3.5 mm mini-Phoenix male connector (41-5026)
CSB Cable Support Bracket (FG517)
CC-NIRC IR cables (FG10-000-11)
CC-NSER IR/Serial cables (FG10-007-10)
NCK, NetLinx Connector Kit (FG2902)
STS, Serial To Screw Terminal (FG959)
Upgrade Compact Flash (factory programmed with firmware):
NXA-CF2NI256M - 256 MB compact flash card (FG2116-47)
NXA-CF2NI512M - 512 MB compact flash card (FG2116-48)
NXA-CF2NI1G - 1 GB compact flash card (FG2116-49)
Connections and Wiring
FIG. 2 shows the layout of the connectors and components located on the
rear of the NI-4100 NetLinx Integrated Controller.
ICSNet (2)
ICSHub Out
RS-232/422/485 (Ports 1-7)
(Port 8)
I/O (Port 17)
ID Pushbutton
IR/Serial (Ports 9-16)
Program port
CardFrame DIP
Slot 1-4 connectors
FIG. 2 NI-4100 rear connectors and components
AXlink LED
AXlink port
Wiring a power connection
Use a 12 VDC-compliant power supply to provide power to the Integrated
Controller through the rear 2-pin 3.5 mm mini-Phoenix. Use the power
requirements information listed in the Specifications table to determine the
power draw.
The incoming PWR and GND cable from the PSN power supply must be
connected to their corresponding locations within the PWR connector.
The factory default CardFrame DIP switch value = 0 (All CardFrame DIP
switches in the OFF position).
RS-232/422/485 wiring connector information
FIG. 3 shows the pinout and wiring specification information for the rear
RS-232/RS-422/RS-485 (DB9) Device Ports. These ports support most
standard serial mouse control devices and RS-232 communication protocols
for PC data transmission (NI-4100 uses Ports 1 - 7).
Set the CardFrame Number DIP switch value is based on the table below.
DB9 Serial Port pinouts (male connector)
Pin 1: RX Pin 4: TX +
Pin 6: RX +
Pin 9: TX -
Pin 2: RX signal
Pin 3: TX signal
Pin 7: RTS
Pin 8: CTS
Pin 1: A (strap to 9)
Pin 4: B (strap to 6)
Pin 6: B (strap to 4)
Pin 9: A (strap to 1)
The formula for setting the starting address is:
(DIP switch value) + Card slot Number (1 - 4) = Card Address
For example:
A DIP switch setting of 00010101: (0 + 0 + 0 + 96 + 0 + 384 + 1536) +
SLOT #(ex:1) = 2017. A card in slot number 1 = device address 2017.
Cycle power to the unit for approximately 5 seconds. This allows the
unit to read the new device number settings.
Preparing the NI-4100 for Serial Communication
FIG. 3 RS-232/422/485 DB9 (male) connector pinouts
RJ-45 Connections
Use a standard CAT5 Ethernet cable to provide communication between the
Integrated Controller and external NetLinx devices.
Ethernet 10/100 Base-T Connector
The Ethernet cable provides 10/100 network connectivity between the panel
and the NetLinx Master.
Baud Rate Settings
The Program Port DIP switch is located on the rear of the device. Use this
DIP switch to set the baud rate for the Program Port, according to the
settings shown in the following table. Make sure the baud rate you set
matches the baud rate on your PC's NetLinx COM Settings before
programming the unit. By default, the baud rate is set to 38,400 (bps).
Baud Rate Settings
Baud Rate
Position 5
Position 6
Position 7
Position 8
9600 bps
38,400 bps
57,600 bps
115,200 bps
Note: DIP switch 1 activates/deactivates the Program Run Disable
Mode. DIP Switches 2,3, and 4 must remain OFF at all times.
Inserting NetLinx Cards into the NetLinx Control Card Slots
NetLinx Cards can be installed into the front card slots. The cards mount
horizontally through the card slot openings on the front panel of the
enclosure. To install a NetLinx Card:
1. Discharge the static electricity from your body by touching a grounded
metal object and unplug all the connectors from the unit.
2. Remove the three screws by turning them in a counter-clockwise
direction and remove the front faceplate.
3. Align the edges of the card with the internal guide slots and gently slide
it in all the way until the rear edge of the card snap into place.
4. Re-secure the faceplate by inserting the three screws by turning them
in a clockwise direction and securing the front faceplate to the
Integrated Controller.
5. Re-apply power and other connections as necessary.
Setting the Integrated Controllers’ starting Card Address
The rear 8-position CardFrame Number DIP switch, lower-left rear of the
Integrated Controller, sets the starting address (the device number in the
D:P:S specification) for the Control Cards installed in the controller.
The Control Card address range is 1 - 3064.
ON position
Launch NetLinx Studio 2.x (default location is Start > Programs >
AMX Control Disc > NetLinx Studio 2 > NetLinx Studio 2).
Select Settings > Master Communication Settings, from the Main
menu, to open the Master Communication Settings dialog box.
Click the Communications Settings button to open the
Communications Settings dialog.
Click the NetLinx Master radio button (from the Platform Selection
section) to indicate you are working with a NetLinx Master.
Click the Serial radio button (from the Transport Connection Option
section) to indicate you are connecting to the Master via a COM port.
Click the Edit Settings button (on the Communications Settings
dialog) to open the Serial Settings dialog and set the COM port
parameters (used to communicate to the NetLinx Master).
Click the OK button three times to return to the main application.
Right-click the Online Tree tab entry and select Refresh System.
Assign a System Value by using Diagnostics > Device Addressing
from the Main menu.
Enable the Change System selection by clicking on it and then enter
the current and new System values.
Click the Change Device/System Number button and when finished
click Done.
Select Tools > Reboot the Master Controller to access the Reboot
the Master dialog, then click Reboot to restart the Master and
incorporate any changes.
Once the dialog replies with "Reboot of system complete", click Done
and then click the OnLine Tree tab in the Workspace window to view
the devices on the System.The default System value is one.
Right-click on the Empty Device Tree/System entry and select Refresh
System to re-populate the list.
Configuring the NI-4100 for Ethernet Communication
Before continuing, complete the COM port steps above.
Connect an Ethernet cable to the unit’s rear Ethernet connector.
Select Diagnostics > Network Address from the Main menu and
enter the System, Device (0 for a Master), and Host Name information.
3. To configure the Address:
• Use a DHCP Address by selecting the Use DHCP radio button, then
click the GET IP button (to obtain a DHCP Address from the DHCP
Server), click the SET IP Information button (to retain the new
address), and then finish the process by clicking the Reboot Master >
OK buttons.
• Use a Static IP Address by selecting the Specify IP Address radio
button, enter the IP parameters into the available fields, then click the
SET IP Information button (to retain the pre-reserved IP Address to
the Master), and then click the Reboot Master > OK buttons to finish
the process.
Repeat steps 1 - 5 from the previous section but rather than selecting
the Serial option, choose TCP/IP and edit the settings to match the IP
Address you are using (whether Static or IP).
Click on the Authentication Required radio box (if the Master is
secured) and press the User Name and Password button to enter a
valid username and password being used by the secured Master.
Click the OK button three times to return to the main application.
For full warranty information, refer to the AMX Instruction Manual(s) associated with your Product(s).
060-004-2948 05/06
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