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VNM Enterprise Controller • Setup Guide
The Extron VNM Enterprise Controller is a dedicated control device used to manage
large VN-Matrix systems. The VNM Enterprise Controller allows users to view, manage,
and dynamically control multiple VN-Matrix systems and networked VN-Matrix
domains from a single user interface.
This guide provides basic instructions for an experienced installer to configure and operate a single VNM Enterprise
Controller using a basic VN-Matrix system.
NOTE: See the VNM Enterprise Controller User Guide, VN-Matrix 200 Series User Guide, VN-Matrix 225 Series User Guide,
VN-Matrix 300 User Guide, and the VN-Matrix 325 User Guide for complete installation, network configuration,
and mounting information. User guides are available at www.extron.com.
Initial Installation and Configuration of Devices
Step 1 — Determine the Default Network Settings
Before any device is connected
to a network, the default
network settings of each
device must be changed. On an
existing network, check with
the network administrator for a
range of available IP addresses.
On a closed network that is
used exclusively for VN-Matrix
devices, it is recommended
to use addresses within the
range of 192.168.254.1 through
192.168.254.254 with a subnet
mask of 255.255.255.0.
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LAN -2
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LAN -1
LAN -2
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VN-MATRIX 200 SERIES
RGB/DVI OVER IP
PC (Source)
VNM 200 (Encoder)
VN-MATRIX 200 SERIES
Local Network
Switch
RGB/DVI OVER IP
VNM 225 (Decoder)
Display
Ethernet
Local IP Address: 192.168.254.101
Controller IP Address: 192.168.254.254
Local IP Address: 192.168.254.102
Controller IP Address: 192.168.254.254
VNM Enterprise Controller (System Controller)
Local IP Address: 192.168.254.254
Controller IP Address: 192.168.254.254
Figure 1 shows an example
Figure 1. Example VN-Matrix Network Configuration
addressing scheme for a
simple system that contains a VNM Enterprise Controller, an encoder, and a decoder.
Step 2 — Install and Configure the VN-Matrix 200 / 225 / 300 / 325 Devices
Connect these devices as necessary and power them on. Configure the network settings of these devices using a PC running
HyperTerminal. For installation and configuration instructions, see the setup guides included with these devices. Figure 1
can also be used as a guide for configuring network settings.
Step 3 — Connect the VNM Enterprise Controller to the VN-Matrix Network
While directly looking at the rear panel of the VNM Enterprise Controller, connect the VN-Matrix network
to the left Ethernet connector of the controller using Category (CAT) 6 twisted pair cable.
NOTE: The right Ethernet connector should be used only if a secondary VNM Enterprise Controller
is installed. For information on how to set up a secondary VNM Enterprise Controller, see the
VNM Enterprise Controller User Guide.
Left Connector
Right Connector
Step 4 — Power on the VNM Enterprise Controller
Plug a standard IEC power cord into the controller and connect it to a 100 to 240 VAC, 50 Hz or 60 Hz power source.
Step 5 — Configure the Network Settings of the VNM Enterprise Controller
The VNM Enterprise Controller is preconfigured with the following network settings:
IP address: Subnet mask: 192.168.254.254
255.255.255.0
NOTE: With these settings, the VN-Matrix 200 / 225 / 300 / 325 devices must use IP addresses within the range of
192.168.254.1 through 192.168.254.253 and use the same subnet mask. The example in figure 1 uses the default
settings of the VNM Enterprise Controller.
Use the following procedure to change the network settings of the VNM Enterprise Controller, if necessary.
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a. Configure the network settings of a control PC so that it is
using an IP address within 192.168.254.1 to 192.168.254.253
and a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0. Connect the control PC to
the VN-Matrix network.
b. Open a web browser on the control PC and type in the
IP address of the VNM Enterprise Controller into the address
bar (for example, http://192.168.254.254). The login screen
appears in the browser (see figure 2).
Figure 2. Enterprise Controller Login Page
c. Enter the appropriate username and password.
NOTE: The default username is admin. By default,
no password is required. Entries are case sensitive.
d. Click Login or press the <Enter> key. The Devices page
appears (see figure 3).
e. From the Devices page, click the Configuration tab. The
Configuration page appears.
f. From the Configuration page, click the Network link
(see figure 4).
Figure 3. Devices Page
g. Change the IP Address, Netmask, and Gateway fields as
necessary. The MTU field does not need to be changed. Click
Apply Changes, located at the lower right corner of the
web page, to save the configuration. The VNM Enterprise
Controller restarts. The controller network settings are
properly configured after powering up.
h. Configure the IP address of the control PC so that it is within
the address range of the VNM Enterprise Controller.
NOTE: Complete this step only if the IP address of the
VNM Enterprise Controller is using a network
prefix or subnet other than 192.168.254.xxx.
i.
If necessary, restart the control PC to save the configuration.
Figure 4. Network Configuration Page
Step 6 — Set Up the VNM Enterprise Controller as the System Controller
a. Click the Configuration tab. The Configuration page appears (if login is required, follow steps 5b through 5e).
b. From the Configuration page, click the System config link (see figure 5).
c. From the Protocol drop-down menu, select the transport protocol that will be used throughout the VN-Matrix system.
NOTES: • The default transport protocol is unicast.
•Unicast supports up to four simultaneous streams from a single encoder.
•TCP supports a single stream from a single encoder.
•Multicast supports a single stream that can be used by multiple decoders. This protocol requires a
network that supports Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) snooping for correct operation.
d. Ensure that the Clean Switch option is checked to
enable smooth transitions when switching between
VN-Matrix 200 / 225 device streams.
NOTE: VN-Matrix 300 / 325 devices do not support
Clean Switch and will ignore this setting.
e. If necessary, clear the Controllers field by highlighting the
displayed IP addresses and clicking Delete.
f. Click Add. Enter the IP address of the VNM Enterprise
Controller (use the IP address that was created in step 5g)
into the window that appears and click OK.
g. Save the configuration by clicking Apply Changes, located at
the lower right corner of the web page. The VNM Enterprise
Controller restarts the web-based user interface and is
assigned as the system controller.
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Figure 5. System Configuration Page
h. Refresh the browser to activate and view the changes.
i.
Click the Configuration tab. The Configuration page appears (if login is required, follow steps 5b through 5e).
j.
From the Configuration page, click the Role link (see figure 6).
k. From the Device Mode drop-down menu, select singleton.
NOTE: This guide details how to set up a VN-Matrix
system using a single VNM Enterprise Controller.
For information on how to set up a secondary
controller, see the VNM Enterprise Controller
User Guide.
l.
Save the configuration by clicking Apply Changes, located at
the lower right corner of the web page.
m. Refresh the browser to activate and view the changes.
Figure 6. Role Configuration Page
Step 7 — Assign VN-Matrix 200 / 225 / 300 / 325
Devices as Encoders and Decoders
a. Click the Devices tab. The Devices page appears (if login is
required, follow steps 5b through 5d).
b. Select a device from the Devices page. A device is selected
when the row is highlighted and the box next to the device is
checked (see figure 7).
c. Select Mode from the menu at the bottom of the page.
d. Determine the functionality of the device and choose the
Encoder or Decoder option as appropriate.
Figure 7. Devices Page — Mode Selection Menu
NOTE: Choosing a mode or toggling a device between an encoder and a decoder may take a few seconds after the
selection has been made.
e. Repeat this procedure for other devices as necessary.
Configuration of the VN-Matrix Devices
Figure 8. Help Menu Icon
Once the VN-Matrix 200 / 225 / 300 / 325 devices have been assigned as encoders and decoders, no further configuration is
required. However, the devices on a VN-Matrix network can be further configured using the VNM Enterprise Controller
web-based user interface.
The following sections summarize how to configure devices using the VNM Enterprise Controller. For detailed information
on device configuration, click on the question mark icon (see figure 8) located on each of the menu pop-up pages or see the
VNM Enterprise Controller User Guide and the VN-Matrix 200 / 225 / 300 / 325 user guides.
Encoder Configuration
1. Click the Devices tab. The Devices page appears (if login is required, follow steps 5b through 5d).
2. Select an encoder from the Devices page. At the bottom of the page, several menus are available (see figure 9).
Figure 9. Devices Page — Device Configuration Menu
3. Select the following menus and configure the settings as necessary to allow for optimal encoder streaming.
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Configure — Sets global parameters specific to selected VN-Matrix units. Use this window to change the device
name and configure the operating mode of the device.
Format — Use this window to view information about the incoming source, make adjustments to the signal, and
set EDID options.
Compression — Use this window to adjust the amount of compression that is applied to the stream.
4. Repeat this procedure for other encoders as necessary.
Decoder Configuration
1. Click the Devices tab. The Devices page appears (if login is required, follow steps 5b through 5d).
2. Select a decoder from the Devices page. At the bottom of the page, several menus are available
(see figure 9; the Compression menu is not available when configuring decoders).
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3. Select the following menus and configure the settings as necessary to allow for optimal decoder streaming.
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Configure — Sets global parameters specific to selected VN-Matrix units. Use this window to change the device
name and configure the operating mode of the device.
Format — Use this window to adjust the format of the signal being output by a VN-Matrix display.
4. Repeat this procedure for other decoders as necessary.
Web-based User Interface Control Options
This section details some of the control options that are available when using the web-based user interface. For more
information on available control options, see the VNM Enterprise Controller User Guide.
Using the Switcher Page
The Switcher page is used to assign encoders (sources) to decoders (displays). This allows the user to control what is
streamed throughout the entire system using a single page. Use the following procedure to configure the Switcher page.
1. Click on the switcher link located at the top right of the web page (if login is required, follow steps 5b through 5d).
The Switcher page appears.
2. From the Sources column, click on an encoder (source).
3. From the Displays column, click on a decoder (display).
4. Click Take. A connection is created between the selected
encoder (source) and decoder (display). Figure 10 shows that
Encoder1 is streaming media to Decoder3.
5. Repeat this procedure to create other connections as
necessary.
Figure 10. Switcher Page
NOTE: To remove a connection, select a connection (from the Connections column) and click Break Connection.
To remove all connections, select a connection and click Break All Connections.
6. If audio data is present within the stream, click on the edit link located at the top right of
the Switcher page and select the Switch audio with video option (see image at right).
This keeps the audio and video data together when creating connections.
Updating the VNM Enterprise Controller License
Updating the license of the VNM Enterprise Controller is sometimes necessary to enable certain features of the system.
Use the following procedure to update the license.
1. Click the Configuration tab. The Configuration page appears (if login is required, follow steps 5b through 5e).
2. From the Configuration page, click the System config link (see figure 5 on page 2).
3. From the Controllers field, select the IP address of the controller that requires a new license.
4. Click License. The Controller License Management window appears (see figure 11). Keep this window open.
5. Contact Extron Sales Support and provide the following information (contact information is available below):
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The serial number of the VNM Enterprise Controller. This can be obtained from the Controller License Management
window or from the back of the controller.
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The order number of the VNM Enterprise Controller.
6. Extron Sales Support provides a structure key and a
license key.
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Enter the structure key into the Options field.
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Enter the license key into the Checksum field.
7. Click Update License to assign the new license settings and
then close the Controller License Management window.
Figure 11. Controller License Management Window
Logging Out
To log out, click on the logout link located at the top right of the web page or simply close the web browser.
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