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Integration Note
Manufacturer:
ELAN
Model Number(s):
M86A
Core Module Version:
g! version 5.1.351 or later required
Comments:
M86A FW version 2.3.2.1
Document Revision Date:
1/14/2013
OVERVIEW AND SUPPORTED FEATURES
THE FOLLOWING FEATURES ARE SUPPORTED:
Traditional Whole-House Audio and Video: The ELAN M86A is a multi-zone – multi-source audio
switcher that is controlled over VIANET. The g! Viewer interface can be used to select sources by zone,
and control volume in each zone.
Multiple M86A units: Up to 4 ELAN M86A units can be controlled on the VIANET connection of the HCSeries Controllers.
Independent Zone Settings: Volume, Bass and Treble can be adjusted independently for each zone.
Whole House Music: The Whole House Music (WHM) feature is supported.
Do Not Disturb: The Do Not Disturb (DND) feature is supported.
Sense Inputs: The sense inputs are supported and can be used to trigger system events.
Audio Sense: Audio Input sensing (independent of audio source selection) is supported and can be used
to trigger system events.
IR Routing: All eight Sources can be configured to route IR from Zone RJ45 inputs and IR Link ports to
any combination of Source IR ports. Note that IR must still be generated outside the M86 (from HC, for
example) as the M86 cannot generate IR.
ELAN M86A Chassis Programming: The g! software supports programming ELAN M86A features from
Configurator, including WHM modes, volume levels, IR Routing and more.
THE FOLLOWING FEATURES ARE NOT SUPPORTED:
Control from HomeBrick/MultiBrick: Control of an M86A is only available from the HC Series
controllers VIANET jack. The M86a can not be controlled from legacy HomeBrick/MultiBrick controllers.
Any feature not specifically noted as supported should be assumed to be unsupported.
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INSTALLATION OVERVIEW
1. During the rough-in phase, install speaker wire for the speakers and Cat5 cable for keypads, in each
zone.
2. Also during the rough-in phase, run a Cat5 wire from the location of the zone controllers back to the
system controller of the g! system for VIANET communications. These will be terminated with an
ELAN standard connection.
3. Mount the speakers and keypads in each zone, and install the ELAN and the sources.
4. Connect the HC Controller to the ELAN system electrically. See the wiring diagrams for more
information.
5. Configure the g! system for the ELAN M86A and confirm communication between the ELAN and the
HC Controller.
6. Test the system by changing sources in a zone to confirm the correct source plays and volume is
controlled. Test source control for any sources that are to be controlled from the g! interface.
CHECK/UPDATE THE M86A FIRMWARE
Verify the M86A firmware on all chassis is one of the supported versions listed in the document
header above.
1. Connect a USB cable from your PC to the front USB mini port
on the M86. The USB port is behind the door on the right side
of the chassis.
2. Disconnect all Vianet cables from the back of the chassis.
3. Start the ELAN Firmware Updater by selecting it from your start
button menu and navigating to it via the All Programs browser.
4. To check the firmware: select the
device as an M86A and click the
Current Version button. The
application will search the com ports for
the M86A then report the current
version of that chassis. If the firmware
is supported then remove the USB
cable, reboot the chassis, and
reconnect the Vianet cables.
5. If the firmware needs to be updated:
select the device as an M86, select the
COM Port, and the proper firmware
version then click the Transfer button.
Wait for the transfer to complete and
state that it was successful as shown in
the screen on the right.
6. Remove the USB cable, reconnect the
Vianet cables, and reboot the chassis.
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CONNECTION DIAGRAMS
Note: Connect one chassis VIANET In/Out on the M86 to VIANET In/Out on the HC Controller (it is not
important which port is used). Loop VIANET from the 1st chassis to the next (and so on) for control of all
chassis.
BILL OF MATERIALS
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D e v ic e
M a nuf a c t ure r
P a rt N um be r
P ro t o c o l
C o nne c t o r T ype
1
Cat5 Cable A ssy.
Installer
N/A
VIA NET
RJ-45 M ale X RJ-45 M ale
2
RCA Cable
N/A
N/A
A nalo g
RCA X RCA
3
Speaker Wire
N/A
N/A
A nalo g
B are leads
4
ELA N M 86A
ELA N
M 86A
VIA NET
RJ-45 Female
5
HC Co ntro ller
ELA N
Vario us (Ex. HC-12)
VIA NET
RJ-45 Female
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N o tes
E LA N S t a nda rd
g! CONFIGURATION DETAILS
The following table provides settings used in the Configurator when connecting to an ELAN system. Please refer to the g! Training Guide for more details.
In the table below:
o
“<Select>”
Select the appropriate item from the list (or drop-down) in the Configurator.
o
“<User Defined>”, etc.
Type in the desired name for the item.
Devices
Variable Name
Setting
Communication Devices
<Other RS-232 Sources>
<Other IR Controlled Sources>
Other Audio Devices / Interfaces
Audio Zone Controllers
Sources
Zones
Settings Interface
Tab Layout
Comments
PRECONFIGURED VIANET
Add any other RS-232 controlled sources. Refer to the Integration Note for each specific source device.
Add IR devices on the Input/Output tab for other IR controlled sources. Refer to the Configurator Reference Guide .
Name
Template
Default Device
<User Defined>
<Select>
<Select>
Add Interfaces for any source that does not have a built-in interface
Name
Device Type
Location
Comm Device
<User Defined> (Default: Elan M86a (X Zones))
ELAN M86a(X Zones)
<User Defined> (Not Required)
<Auto-Select> (Default: VIANET)
Name
Source Device
Source Volume
Show Source
Source Icon
Display Name
<User Defined>
<Select>
<Select>
<Select>
<Select>
<User Defined>
Name
Display
Universal Receiver
Configuration Interface
<Sources List>
<User Defined>
<N/A>
<Select>
<Select>
<N/A>
Settings
Right click zones to add a settings interface to provide independent control of Bass, Treble, Loudness, Whole House Music and Do Not Disturb
Interface Tabs
<Select>
Select the RS-232 or IR controlled source for this interface
See note 1
Sources must be previously configured in order to allow selection.
See note 2
Set to No for any inputs that are not used
This icon appears on the source button in the Viewer Interface
This text appears on the source button in the Viewer Interface
Move any unused zones to the right into Available Zones to remove from the viewer
Notes:
1. Select 6 Zones for control of one Elan M86, 12 Zones for two Elan M86, and so on.
2. For systems with devices that have controlable volume (such as a Squeezebox), select the desired volume (normally 100%).
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M86A PROGRAMMING
In Version 5.1 (or later) of the g! software, it is possible to program basic M86A features from the
Configurator.
M86A Source Settings: To access these settings. Click on the ELAN M86A
under Audio Zone Controllers on the Media Tab of Configurator. Be sure to Apply
any changes made on this page to write settings down to the M86A.
Source Name
The names of the sources. See the source exercise below for
more details.
IR 1-8
IR routing matrix. This matrix allows configuration of IR
routing through the M86A chassis.
Note: These setting have no effect on IR outputs from Global
Cache or the HC series controllers.
Select the IR output jack for each source. An “X” indicates
that IR received by the chassis zone input will be passed to
that port when the selected source is active. In the screen
above, for example, if IR is received to control source 2,
AM/FM, the IR will be routed to IR output 2.
Audio Input
The source volume level. Use these adjustments (+ / –) on
each source to maintain equivalent source volumes
throughout the system.
Import Settings
from Device
(Optional) If the chassis has already been configured, click
this button to read in the existing settings from the device.
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Quick Reference: M86A Zone Volume Settings
Volume Control
Max Volume
The Maximum volume allowed for a zone. Use this setting to prevent
unpleasant volume levels or speaker damage in a zone.
On Min
The minimum volume level for a zone when it is turned on. If the zone is
turned off with the volume below this point, it will return to this level when
reactivated.
On Max
The maximum volume level for a zone when it is turned on. If the zone is
turned off with the volume above this point, it will return to this level when
reactivated.
Page Volume
The default volume for paging. Can be set from 0% (Off) to 100%. Default is
75%.
WHM
An “X” in this column designates that the zone participates in the Whole
House Music functionality of the zone controller.
Balance
Adjust the default Left channel/Right channel balance for the zone output.
DB
An “X” in this column designates that the zone participates in the Doorbell
functionality of the zone controller.
DB Volume
If DB is enabled in the previous column, set the default volume for doorbell.
Can be set from 0% (Off) to 100%. Default is 75%.
Paging Preferences
WH Page Type
Default Paging. When Default Paging is selected, all zones on the M86A
will switch to paging mode when a page is received. Default is On (X).
Group Paging. If Group Paging is selected, zones can be grouped to
respond to pages differently. Default is Off (-).
WH Page
Select zones to participate in paging functionality. By default, all zones are
selected for paging.
Pg Group 1 – Pg
Group 8
These columns display when Group Paging is selected as the WH Page
Type. Eight paging groups are provided for paging customization. Each
zone can be set to be a member of a group. By default, zones are only
members of the WH (whole house) group.
Note: Clicking the “Import Settings from Device” button will read in the current settings stored in the zone
controller.
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COMMON MISTAKES
1. Multiple Chassis configuration: When using multiple M86A chassis, it is important to set the
DIP switches on each chassis to reflect the correct chassis number. Refer to the ELAN
documentation to set these switches properly. Note that you must power cycle the unit after
changing the ID settings.
2. Incompatible Firmware: Confirm the firmware running on the M86A is the same on all chassis in
the system and is the compatible version. See the header of this document for compatible
versions. Note you must power cycle the M86A chassis after querying firmware or changing
firmware from the Firmware Updater tool.
Important Note: If an update to the firmware is required be sure to disconnect the VIANET jack
from the M86A chassis prior to updating.
3. Adding a communication device: The M86a will use the pre-configured VIANET
communication device included with the HC Controller.
4. Incorrect Cat5 terminations: The Cat5 terminations use the ELAN standard. They are NOT the
T568A/B terminations.
5. Incompatible devices on the VIANET: The only devices allowed on the HC Controller VIANET
are TS2s, M86, and C2.
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