Oracle Diversity Controller

Oracle Diversity Controller
ORACLE
VIDEO DIVERSITY CONTROLLER
The Oracle video diversity controller is used
to bridge two wireless video receivers
together. Dual receivers can be used to help
reduce RF multi-path problems, as well as
allow for other signal improving techniques.
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FEATURE SUMMARY
Universal wireless video receiver compatibility (NTSC or PAL).
Two channel audio support (stereo audio or voice/data).
Very high bandwidth. No A/V signal degradation.
Two buffered video outputs.
Buffered audio output.
No special installation requirements (uses standard RCA connectors).
Low voltage alarm.
Operates on 6VDC to 14VDC (90mA typical).
WHAT IS IT?
Oracle is an intelligent video switch with two A/V (audio/video) inputs that are merged into a
single output. In a typical installation, it constantly monitors the video signals from two user
supplied wireless video receivers. Whenever Oracle determines that the currently chosen A/V
source has corrupted video, it automatically switches over to the other A/V source (if it is error
free). The switching is very fast, which helps maintain A/V quality.
Oracle can be used to create a spatial diversity antenna system. This configuration involves
placing the antennas (from two receivers) at slightly different locations. As little as a few inches
apart is enough to offer some signal improvement. Spatial diversity is used to reduce
multipathing interference, which is a common nuisance with RF wireless video systems.
It is also possible to install vastly different antennas on the two video receivers to enhance the
overall antenna performance. For example, you can combine a moderate gain patch antenna
and a high gain directional Yagi for automatic switching from short to long range. Maybe you
want to extend the beamwidth of your antenna system? If so, then use two similar
receivers/antennas to nearly double the beam width. Or, perhaps pair up a 900Mhz and
2400Mhz video system for the ultimate in frequency diversity and redundancy.
The antenna strategy you choose will depend on your operating environment and application
requirements. Although Oracle cannot eliminate all video problems, using it with a carefully
chosen receiver/antenna setup will certainly help minimize reception issues.
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INSTALLATION
Connecting Oracle to your wireless video receiver is a simple matter of plugging in the RCA
cables (not included) to the unit’s rear panel. Below is a photo of the A/V connectors:
A/V INPUTS
AUD-1 R :
AUD-1 L :
Connect this to the main/right audio output of A/V receiver #1.
Optional, connect this to the left audio output of A/V receiver #1.
AUD-2 R :
AUD-2 L :
Connect this to the main/right audio output of A/V receiver #2.
Optional, connect this to the left audio output of A/V receiver #2.
VIDEO-1 :
VIDEO-2 :
Connect this to the composite video output of A/V receiver #1.
Connect this to the composite video output of A/V receiver #2.
A/V OUTPUTS
VIDEO-A :
VIDEO-B :
Connect this composite video output to the A/V monitor or recorder.
Spare video output (fully buffered) for additional monitoring equipment.
AUDIO-R :
AUDIO-L :
Connect this main/right audio output to the A/V monitor or recorder.
Connect this left audio channel output to the A/V monitor or recorder.
POWER INPUT
DC-IN :
The power input is a 2.1mm X 5.5mm DC Power Jack. The center pin is positive
r and the connector body is negative s. The applied voltage may range from
6VDC to 14VDC (8-cell AA NiMH or 12V Gel-cell is typical).
Note: A universal DC power cord is included. The white striped wire lead is
the positive conductor.
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FRONT PANEL LED IDENTIFICATION
Three LED’s and a pushbutton switch are located at the front. They are as follows:
Video-1 A/V input is the displayed source. Flashes if video is disconnected.
VID1:
VID2:
Video-2 A/V input is the displayed source. Flashes if video is disconnected.
STATUS:
Normally on, Blinks during low battery alert.
FRONT PANEL PUSH SWITCH
The front panel push switch is used to control
several features:
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Manual Video Switching
Low Voltage Alert Silence
System Configuration Programming
MANUAL VIDEO SWITCHING
During normal operation, the video source can be manually switched by briefly pressing
the pushbutton switch. A quick tap (less than ½ second) of the pushbutton switch is
required. The automatic video switching is disabled for five seconds to allow temporary
viewing of a noisy video source. After the short delay, normal video switching will be
restored.
The safety timeout can be disabled by pressing the pushbutton switch for more than
three seconds. A confirmation beep will be heard and the yellow Status LED will slowly
blink as a warning that the automatic switching is turned off. The manual switching mode
will not revert back to normal operation until the pushbutton switch is pressed for two
seconds again (or DC power is removed). This feature is a toggle operation and can be
used whenever you want to disable or enable the automatic video switching.
LOW VOLTAGE ALERT
A periodic beep warning will be heard if the low voltage alert has been enabled and the
battery voltage is too low. The STATUS LED will also blink at a fast rate. To temporarily
silence the alert, press the pushbutton switch for more than one second. The alert
cancellation will be in effect until the battery voltage is returned to a higher allowed level.
SYSTEM CONFIGURATION PROGRAMMING
Oracle must be configured for your particular application. Please see the next section for
system programming instructions.
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SYSTEM PROGRAMMING INSTRUCTIONS
Oracle can be easily configured to your requirements. The system programming feature allows
you to set the following parameters:
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Video Type (NTSC/PAL).
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Switching Alert Chirp (On/Off).
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Low Battery Alert Beep (On/Off).
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Low Battery Alert Voltage (6.0V - 13.9V).
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Switching Sensitivity.
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Video Level Balance Adjustment.
Programming Oracle involves pressing the front pushbutton switch while observing the LED
indicators. The green VID1 LED’s blink pattern indicates the programming step. There are six
steps, so there are six unique LED patterns that will be seen by the time programming is
complete. The programmed settings are stored and are not lost when power is removed.
At each step you will respond by pressing the push switch. The number of presses will program
the feature. For example, during the “Video Type” programming step, pressing the switch two
times will select the PAL video mode. Once you are done with the step, wait three seconds for
the yellow STATUS LED to wink once and it will move to the next step. If desired, programming
can be exited by removing power after the yellow STATUS LED winks, which will leave the
remaining values unchanged.
If a pushbutton response is not entered within seven seconds, Oracle’s green VID2 LED will
report the existing stored setting by blinking out its code. The setting will not change and you
will move to the next step. Note: If your entry is illegal, all three LED’s will rapidly flash for
several seconds as a warning. You will then be allowed to try again.
The LED patterns are arranged as simple patterns of short and long blinks. The following table
outlines the blink codes ( Ž = short blink, ,, = long blink).
STEP
VID2 LED
DESCRIPTION
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Video Type, 1=NTSC / 2=PAL
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Switching Alert Chirp, 1=ON / 2=OFF
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Low Battery Alert Beep, 1=ON / 2=OFF
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Ž ,,
Low Battery Alert Voltage, 6 - 13 VDC
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ŽŽ ,,
Low Battery Alert Voltage, 0.0 - 0.9 VDC
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ŽŽŽ ,,
Switching Sensitivity, 1=LOWEST, 5=HIGHEST
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ŽŽ ,,
Video Level Balance Adjustment, 1=ON / 2=SKIP
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START OF PROGRAMMING
Programming begins by holding down the pushbutton switch while you apply power.
Continue to press the switch until the yellow STATUS LED is on. The audio buzzer will
also begin to sound off. When you are ready start programming, release the switch. Now
the fun begins!
Step 1: Ž
Video Type.
Range: 1= NTSC, 2= PAL
This entry is used to set the video mode of your two wireless video receivers. For
example, press once for NTSC video.
Step 2: ŽŽ Switching Alert Chirp
Range: 1= On, 2= Off.
This entry is used to control the audio alert that is heard whenever the video
sources are automatically switched. For example, press twice to disable the chirp
noise.
Step 3: ŽŽŽ Low Battery Alert Beep
Range: 1= On, 2= Off.
This entry is used to control the low battery alarm beep. For example, press once
to enable the voltage alarm beep.
Step 4: Ž ,, Low Battery Voltage (N)
Range: 6 to 13 VDC (in 1 volt increments).
This entry configures the low voltage alarm threshold. To set the alarm to 6.5V, press six
times. Note: the following step will be used to enter the remaining 0.5V value.
Step 5: ŽŽ ,, Low Battery Voltage (.n)
Range: 0 to 0.9 VDC (in 0.1 volt increments).
This entry is a companion to Step-4 and is used to enter the one-tenth volt value.
For example, if the desired threshold is 6.5V, press six times at Step-4 and five
times at this step. To enter a “.0" value (i.e., 6.0), do not enter any key presses
(wait a few seconds for the step to end).
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Step 6: ŽŽŽ ,, Switching Sensitivity
Range: 1=Very Low, 2=Low, 3=Normal, 4=High, 5=Very High.
The video switching criteria can be altered to suit your preference. When set to
LOW, the video will switch less often (more video noise is tolerated). When set to
HIGH, the video will switch more often (less video noise is tolerated). For most
users the NORMAL setting is best.
Step 7: ŽŽ ,, ,, Video Balance Adjustment
Range: 1=On, 2=Skip (exit)
The Video Balance Adjustment step is used to ensure that the wireless receivers’ video
levels are closely matched for best image quality. This adjustment should be made
whenever new A/V sources are installed. The balance feature requires that the brightest
A/V source is connected to the VID2 input.
Note: The balance adjustment is found on the bottom of the unit. A small
screwdriver is required to adjust it.
During the balance adjustment mode, the green VID1 and VID2 LED’s will rapidly toggle
back and forth. At the same time, the two video inputs will also toggle; what you will see
is the video from the two receivers in a ping-pong fashion. The goal is to adjust their
brightness so that the two video sources look the same (or nearly so).
While watching the video image, carefully adjust the balance trimmer found near the
Video Out jack (see photo on the right). The best adjustment is found when the displayed
video image has the least amount of perceived brightness “flicker.” When the
adjustment is complete, press the pushbutton switch for at least two seconds to exit.
If the balance trimmer does not provide sufficient range, then it will be necessary to
switch the A/V-1 and A/V-2 input cable positions. This will ensure that the A/V source,
with the highest brightness, is installed on the VID2 input. This is needed to allow proper
operation of the balancing feature. Don’t forget to switch the audio inputs to match the
relocated video cables.
Note: If the battery voltage is too low the Video Balance feature will be disabled. Please
check for a low battery alert if you are unable to enable this feature.
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This product is warranted to be free from defects in parts and workmanship for a period of 90 days. Digital Products Company (DPC) will repair or
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2. Possible incompatibility with other A/V equipment.
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7. Adjustment of customer-operated controls and features as explained in the instruction guide.
WHEN SERVICE IS NEEDED DURING THE WARRANTY PERIOD:
1. Contact DPC using the “contact us” link instructions found at www.dpcav.com. Please provide the model name, serial number, purchase date,
and specific details to the problem. If DPC determines that service is required, they will issue a Return Authorization (RA) number and they will
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WHEN SERVICE IS NEEDED AFTER THE WARRANTY PERIOD:
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resulting from the use of this product. Under no circumstances will the buyer be entitled to
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Can I power Oracle from the same 12V battery that operates my two video receivers?
A: Yes you can. As a bonus, Oracle’s low battery alarm will tell you when the battery needs
attention.
Q: To reduce polarization reception problems, I would like to combine a vertical polarized antenna
with one that is horizontally polarized. Will this help my 2.4Ghz “mobile” application?
A: Perhaps, but it is not the ideal solution. To help minimize polarization dropouts, a better
method would be to use circularly polarized patch antennas on your receivers. Then space these
apart for spatial diversity.
Q: I have a wireless public address system that I would like to improve with a diversity antenna
setup. Can I use two audio receivers (no video) with Oracle?
A: No. Oracle needs the video signals to perform the intelligent A/V switching.
Q: I noticed that the audio level changes after the A/V sources have switched. Why is that?
A: Although Oracle has a video balance adjustment, it does not have one for unmatched audio
levels. If the problem is excessive, try inserting a series resistor on the audio signal of the loudest
source. The exact resistor value will require experimentation (start with 1K ohms and go from
there).
Q: There are two video outputs but only one set of audio outputs. How do I install a second audio
output?
A: The audio output is specially buffered and can drive two audio inputs. All that is needed is an
RCA “Y” cable, which is available from electronic suppliers.
Q: Sometimes I still see bad video from my wireless receivers. I thought Oracle prevented such
problems?
A: Oracle determines which video source is error free and then switches to it. However, if both
sources are corrupt, then the video will be poor until at least one source has good video.
Q: Can I use the system with HDTV signals?
A: No. Only composite NTSC/RS-170 and PAL/CCIR signals are supported.
Q: Although the video will look fine, occasionally my receiver’s audio will have static noise in it
or will fade away. It is definitely RF signal related. Why does it occur?
A: That is a common behavior on some video receivers due to the way the audio sub-carrier is
processed. Because Oracle only analyzes the video signal, it cannot correct bad audio.
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Q: Can I use Oracle to mix a 900Mhz video receiver with a 2.4Ghz video receiver?
A: Yes. Some folks claim that this is the ultimate in diversity methods. Keep in mind that your
video camera will probably need to be “buffered” with a video amplifier when it is connected to
the input of the two RF transmitters.
Q: I am not able to reliably toggle the video sources when I use the manual switching mode.
When I press the pushbutton switch it does not seem to work. What is wrong?
A: To toggle the video sources you must briefly tap the pushbutton switch. Do not press and hold
it. This is because longer button presses are reserved for the low battery alarm silencing feature.
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ORACLE PROGRAMMING SUMMARY
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Video Type
Range: 1= NTSC, 2= PAL
2.
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Switching Alert Chirp
Range: 1= On, 2= Off
3.
ŽŽŽ Low Battery Alert Beep
Range: 1= On, 2= Off
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Ž ,, Low Battery Voltage (N)
Range: 6 to 13 VDC (in 1 volt increments)
5.
ŽŽ ,, Low Battery Voltage (.n)
Range: 0 to 0.9 VDC (in 0.1 volt increments)
6.
ŽŽŽ ,, Switching Sensitivity
Range: 1=Very Low, 2=Low, 3=Normal, 4=High, 5=Very High
7.
ŽŽ ,, ,, Video Balance Adjustment
Range: 1=On, 2= Skip (exit)
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