EBOX - Quad Serial / Ethernet / GPI Interface

EBOX - Quad Serial / Ethernet / GPI Interface
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eBOX is a 10/100BASE-T (Ethernet) to
Quad RS-232/422 (9-Pin) and GPI/Tally
hardware interface.
It acts as a portal for controlling devices
across your facility or across the world.
It eliminates information bottlenecks and
overcomes distance limitations typically
inherent to serial communication.
It simplifies long distance cabling by
using IP addressable, point-to-point architecture to send control messages over
existing 10/100 BASE-T wiring.
eBOX features 4 serial connectors, activity LED’s, 24 GPI Inputs and 24 GPI
Outputs as a standard feature (Tally or
General Purpose Interface - facilitates
switch closure control).
It’s ideal for LAN, WAN and Internet
control of VTRs, DDRs, switchers, computer based editing systems, cameras,
projectors and other devices that use RS232/422 (9-Pin) and GPI.
Commands from a host NLE, Browser or
RS-422 switcher/controller are directed
to individual devices on the network.
This allows broadcast or networked
facilities to control distant machine
rooms from a facility’s central server.
eBOX is ideal for broadcast television,
streaming media networks, multi-room
editing facilities, news production, alert
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systems, monitor switching or in any
audio/video/multimedia studio where
remote hosts need to control devices over
long distances or via the Web.
Host to eBOX, eBOX to host and eBOX
to eBOX communication is possible. An
unlimited number of units can be addressed.
eBOX can also be used as an IP remote
RS-422 interface, controlled by ES-450 Je
controllers.
JLCooper’s Developer Documentation provides comprehensive tools for
software developers to link Visual Basic,
C++, HTML or embedded devices for
direct control of any device connected to
any eBOX.
eBOX converts 4 serial ports and 24 GPI
(General Purpose Interface and Tally) inputs and 24 GPI outputs to 100/10 baseT
Ethernet.
The serial ports can be configured in the
field to appear as EIA/TIA RS-232E and
CCITT V.28 or as EIA/TIA RS-422A, RS423 and Federal Standards 1020 & 1030
ports. Additionally, the port direction can
independently be configured as DTE or
DCE.
eBOX is directly supported by
Chyron Hego (Vidigo Live), Click Effects,
Ensemble Designs (Avenue), Imagine
Communications, Newtek (Tricaster),
Yamaha (Nuage version 1.7 or newer),
and other professional broadcast applications.
eBox communicates over standard
TCP/IP which allows it to be used
with any host computer. With TCP/
IP, traffic can be routed over internal
LANs, wireless LANs, MANs, WANs
and even over the Internet.
Configurataion is accomplished
through a software application for
Mac and Windows. Items such as
port speed, parity, IP address, remote
IP address and TCP port are set
using supplied software. Settings are
stored in nonvolatile memory.
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Typically, the eBOX functions as a server,
passively waiting for client devices to connect to it. The device can be a computer
or another eBOX configured as a client.
When the eBOX is configured as a client,
it will actively attempt
to connect to the server
eBOX. Once accomplished, eBOX will then
pass data received in the
serial or GPI ports to the
remote eBOX. If there is
no data received, eBOX
will not send any TCP
packets.
Ethernet
This eBOX port is just like an Ethernet
port on a computer, and can be connected
to a hub, switch or router.
eBOX supports IEEE 802.3u clause 28
Auto-Negotiation which automatically
senses the Ethernet port speed & duplex
operation and chooses the highest performance settings. Front panel LEDs indicate
various operating conditions of the Ethernet connection.
Serial
The four serial ports along the top of the
rear panel are 9 pin D-Sub connectors
which can be configured for RS-232C or
RS-422A operation.
In RS-422 mode, eBOX direction can be
configured to appear as a Controller or
a Device. In RS-232 mode, the eBOX appears as a DCE or DTE.
GPI
The GPI ports on the rear of the eBOX
are 25 pin D-sub connectors. The GPI In
connector has 24 TTL/CMOS compatible
inputs with internal pull-ups to +5 volts.
The GPI Out connector has 24 TTL/CMOS
compatible outputs. On both connectors,
pin 1 is the ground reference and pins 2-25
are the GPI signals.
to the remote eBOX. A packet/keep alive
message is sent every 5 seconds.
GPI to Serial Converter
eBOX can act as a GPI to Serial convert-
eBOX Rear Panel
from passing data through a secured
eBOX. A password is set on the configuration page and stored in nonvolatile
memory. When password protection is
enabled, eBOX embeds the password
in the transmitted
IP packet. At the
remote end, the
receiving eBOX
must have password
protection enabled
and be programmed
with a matching
password.
er. Each of the 24 GPI Inputs can be assigned to send P2 or Odetics Commands.
Assignments are retained in non-volatile
memory. Basic tally back information is
provided via GPI outputs.
GPI /Serial to Ethernet Converter
eBOX can also work as an interface for
GPI or serial. eBOX supports older P2
controllers via LAN, WAN and Internet.
Security
EBOX contains a basic security mechanism that prevents unintended hosts
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JLCooper Electronics announces the eBOX Software for Mac OSX. This software provides real time control
of eBOX features using the Mac mouse and keyboard. It allows your Mac to become a powerful GPI controller for triggering any external switched or serially controlled devices.
Software like Final Cut Pro X, Soundtrack Pro, Logic, Pro Tools, Cubase, Nuendo and others can take advantage of eBOX to automate control of external devices, including RS-422 tape machines, DDRs & others.
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When eBOXes connected together in a client/server manner establish a connection,
both client and server will send the state
of its GPI In ports to each other so it can
be shown on the GPI Output port on the
remote eBOX.
After that, only changes to a GPI In port
will cause an eBOX to send a GPI message
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