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Epica Series
User’s
Operation
Manual
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CAUTION
To avoid ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) damage to sensitive components,
make sure you are properly grounded before touching any internal Epica
Distribution Matrix materials.
When working with any equipment manufactured with electronic
devices, proper ESD grounding procedures must be followed to ensure
people, products, and tools are as free of static charges as possible.
Grounding straps, conductive smocks, and conductive work mats are
specifically designed for this purpose. Anyone performing field
maintenance on AutoPatch equipment should utilize an appropriate ESD
field service kit complete with at least a dissipative work mat with a
ground cord and a UL listed adjustable wrist strap with another ground
cord. These items should not be manufactured locally. ESD devices are
composed of conductive materials specifically designed to drain static
charges without damaging components or causing danger of shock to the
technician. ESD protective equipment can be obtained from 3Mä,
DescoÒ, Richmond TechnologyÒ, Plastic SystemsÒ, and other such
vendors.
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Important Safety Information
and Instructions
When using and installing your AutoPatch product, adhere to the following basic safety
precautions. For more information about operating, installing, or servicing your
AutoPatch product see your product documentation.
ä Read and understand all instructions before using and installing AutoPatch products.
ä Use the correct voltage range for your AutoPatch product.
ä There are no user serviceable parts inside an AutoPatch product; service should only
be done by qualified personnel.
ä If you see smoke or smell a strange odor coming from your AutoPatch product, turn
it off immediately and call AutoAssist.
ä Turn off and unplug an enclosure before adding or removing boards, unless otherwise
specified in that product’s documentation.
ä To avoid shock or potential ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) damage to equipment,
make sure you are properly grounded before touching components inside an
AutoPatch product.
ä For products with multiple power supplies in each unit, make sure all power supplies
are turned on simultaneously.
ä Use surge protectors and/or AC line conditioners when powering AutoPatch
products.
ä Only use a fuse(s) with the correct fuse rating in your enclosure.
ä Make sure the power outlet is close to the product and easily accessible.
ä Make sure the product is on or attached to a stable surface.
ä Turn off equipment before linking pieces together, unless otherwise specified in that
product’s documentation.
ä For safety and signal integrity, use a grounded external power source and a grounded
power connector.
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Information et directives
de sécurité importantes
Veuillez vous conformer aux directives de sécurité ci-dessous lorsque vous installez et
utilisez votre appareil AutoPatch. Pour de plus amples renseignements au sujet de
l’installation, du fonctionnement ou de la réparation de votre appareil AutoPatch, veuillez
consulter la documentation accompagnant l’appareil.
ä Lisez attentivement toutes les directives avant d’installer et d’utiliser les appareils
AutoPatch.
ä Le voltage doit être approprié à l’appareil AutoPatch.
ä Les appareils AutoPatch ne contiennent aucune pièce réparable par l’usager; la
réparation ne doit être effectuée que par du personnel qualifié.
ä Si de la fumée ou une odeur étrange se dégagent d’un appareil AutoPatch, fermez-le
immédiatement et appelez le Service de soutien technique (AutoAssist).
ä Fermez et débranchez le boîtier avant d’ajouter ou d’enlever des plaquettes, à moins
d’indication contraire fournie dans la documentation du appareil.
ä Pour éviter les chocs ou les dommages éventuels causés à l’équipement par une
décharge électrostatique, veillez à ce le dispositif oit bien relié à la terre avant de
toucher les composantes se trouvant à l’intérieur d’un appareil AutoPatch.
ä Veillez à ce que tous les blocs d’alimentation des appareils dotés de blocs
d’alimentation multiples dans chaque unité soient allumés simultanément.
ä Servez-vous de protecteurs de surtension ou de conditionneurs de lignes à courant
alternatif lorsque vous mettez les appareils AutoPatch sous tension.
ä Placez uniquement des fusibles de calibre exact dans les boîtiers.
ä Veillez à ce que la prise de courant soit proche de l’appareil et facile d’accès.
ä Veillez à ce que votre appareil AutoPatch soit installé sur une surface stable ou qu’il
y soit fermement maintenu.
ä Fermez toutes les composantes de l’équipement avant de relier des pièces, à moins
d’indication contraire fournie dans la documentation de l’appareil.
ä Par mesure de sécurité et pour la qualité des signaux, servez-vous d’une source
d’alimentation externe mise à la terre et d’un connect d’alimentation mis à la terre.
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Notices
AutoPatch© 2001, all rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced,
stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic,
mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission
of AutoPatch. Copyright protection claimed extends to AutoPatch hardware and software
and includes all forms and matters copyrightable material and information now allowed
by statutory or judicial law or here in after granted, including without limitation, material
generated from the software programs which are displayed on the screen such as icons,
screen display looks, etc. Reproduction or disassembly of embodied computer programs
or algorithms is expressly prohibited.
No patent liability is assumed with respect to the use of information contained herein.
While every precaution has been taken in the preparation of this publication, AutoPatch
assumes no responsibility for error or omissions. No liability is assumed for damages
resulting from the use of the information contained herein.
Further, this publication and features described herein are subject to change without
notice. The United States Federal Communications Commission (in 47CFR 15.838) has
specified that the following notice be brought to the attention of the users of this product.
Federal Communication Commission Radio Frequency Interference Statement:
“This equipment generates and uses radio frequency energy and if not installed and used
properly, that is, in strict accordance with the manufacturers instructions, may cause
interference to radio and television reception. It has been type-tested and found to
comply with the limits for a Class B computing device in accordance with the
specifications in Subpart J of Part 15 of FCC Rules, which are designed to provide
reasonable protection against such interference in a residential installation. However
there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this
equipment causes interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined
by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following measures:
ä
Reorient the receiving antenna
ä
Relocate the matrix with respect to the receiver
ä
Move the matrix away from the receiver
ä
Plug the matrix into a different outlet so that computer and receiver are on different
branch circuits
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If necessary, the user should consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television
technician for additional suggestions. The user may find the booklet, How to Identify and
Resolve Radio-TV Interference Problems, prepared by the Federal Communications
Commission to be helpful.”
This booklet is available from the U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.
20402, Stock N. 004-000-00345-4.
Use shielded cables. To comply with FCC Class B requirement, all external data
interface cables and adapters must be shielded.
Epica™, XNNet™, and XNConnect™ are trademarks of XNTechnologies, Inc.
MS-DOS, Windows, and Windows95 are registered trademarks of Microsoft
Corporation.
WordPerfect is a trademark of Corel.
3M, Desco, Richmond Technology, and Plastic Systems are all registered trademarks.
Neuron® and Lon Talk® are registered trademarks of Echelon.
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AutoPatch
Statement of Warranty
AutoPatch, a division of XN Technologies, Inc., Cheney, Washington,
warrantees that the products manufactured by AutoPatch will be free of defects
in materials and workmanship for the lifetime of the product, subject to the
following terms and conditions.
Terms and Conditions
1.
AutoPatch products are under warranty for a period of five (5) years
following the original sales invoice date. The warranty period may be
extended to the life of the product provided the warranty card is filled out
and returned to AutoPatch. TO VALIDATE THE LIFETIME
WARRANTY: THE AutoPatch WARRANTY CARD MUST BE FILLED
OUT BY THE DEALER AND RECEIVED BY AutoPatch WITHIN
THIRTY (30) DAYS OF THE INSTALLATION OF EQUIPMENT BUT
NO LATER THAN ONE (1) YEAR FROM THE ORIGINAL SALES
INVOICE DATE. A warranty certificate will be returned to the dealer to
verify the warranty period.
2.
This Limited Lifetime warranty covers AutoPatch products shipped on or
after October 1, 1997. The Limited Lifetime warranty applies to products
in the original installation only. If the product is moved to a different
installation, the Limited Lifetime warranty will no longer apply and the
product warranty will revert to the original warranty which covers a period
of five (5) years following the original sales invoice date.
3.
The product lifetime is defined as the period of time from the original sales
invoice date to ten (10) years after AutoPatch ceases manufacturing the
product model.
4.
Warranty repairs are accomplished by returning the subassembly to
AutoPatch for repair. If conditions do not permit this procedure, AutoPatch
will invoice new or reconditioned (at AutoPatch’s option) replacement parts
and ship them to the dealer or to the customer if so directed by written order
from the dealer. In that case the replacement will be billed to the customer
and the customer may return the failed subassembly within 30 days for
credit. See “AutoPatch Returns Policy” in this manual for replacement
policies and procedures.
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5.
AutoPatch’s liability and Buyer’s remedies under this warranty shall
be limited solely to repair, replacement, or credit, at AutoPatch’s
option.
6.
The AutoPatch warranty does not apply to any AutoPatch product that has
been modified, repaired by an unauthorized agent, or improperly installed,
used, or maintained. AutoPatch shall not be liable under any circumstances
for consequential or incidental damages including, but not limited to, labor
costs or loss of profits arising in connection with the use of or inability to
use AutoPatch products.
7.
AutoPatch will not be responsible for items damaged during shipment to or
from AutoPatch. The shipping carrier is responsible for items damaged
during shipment.
8.
This warranty is exclusive and in lieu of any other warranty, expressed or
implied, including but not limited to any implied merchantability or fitness
for a particular purpose. The terms of this warranty are governed by the
laws of the state of Washington; certain other states restrict warranty
limitations. You may have rights that are not defined herein.
9.
This warranty may not be modified except in writing by an authorized
AutoPatch officer.
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Contents
Welcome
Meet the Epica Series Distribution Matrix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ii
Meet the Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iii
Terms to Know. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iv
Technical Support. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . v
Chapter 1 — Introduction to the Epica Distribution Matrix
Front of Enclosure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2
AutoPatch Nameplate Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3
Status Indicator Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-4
Matrix Resource Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5
Rear of Enclosure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-6
Chapter 2 — Executing Switches
Executing Switches Using the Local Control Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2
Executing Switches Using BCS Commands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-7
Chapter 3 — Verifying Signal Status
Verifying Signal Status Using the Local Control Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2
Verifying Signal Status Using BCS Commands. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-6
Chapter 4 — Executing Local Presets
Executing Local Presets Using the Local Control Panel . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2
Executing Local Presets Using BCS Commands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5
Chapter 5 — Disconnecting Switches
Disconnecting Switches Using the Local Control Panel . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2
Disconnecting Switches Using BCS Commands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6
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Appendix A — AutoPatch Service and Returns Policy
Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-1
Return Authorizations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-1
Claims for Shipping Damages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-1
Replacement Policies and Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-2
Special Notice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-3
Appendix B — Product Specifications
General. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-2
Analog Audio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-2
Standard Audio Boards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-2
Analog Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-3
Standard Video Boards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-3
Ultra-Wideband Video Boards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-4
Appendix C — BCS (Basic Control Structure) Commands
Glossary
Index
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Welcome
Welcome to the Epica Series User’s Operation Manual. The User’s
Operation Manual is the second piece of a four piece documentation set:
Installation and Setup Guide – for the technician installing the system
User’s Operation Manual – for the end-user who operates the system
Quick Reference Guide – BCS (Basic Control Structure) and Local
Control Panel information for the end-user (a companion to the User’s
Operation Manual)
Service Manual – for the on-site technical support specialist (At this
printing, the Service Manual is still in development. Please contact your
authorized AutoPatch dealer for availability.)
The Epica Series User’s Operation Manual contains quick,
easy-to-follow instructions for operating an Epica Distribution Matrix
from both a serial control device that supports BCS commands and the
Local Control Panel.
This document does not include any detailed information about SBCs
(Single Bus Controllers) or remote control panels for Epica Distribution
Matrices. Call AutoAssist for more information about these controller
types (see Technical Support, page v).
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Welcome
Meet the
Epica Series Distribution Matrix
Epica Series Distribution Matrices are highly versatile signal switching
devices that can route audio, video, and digital signals. Each enclosure
can have one of many input and output layouts to meet your current
signal switching needs, with future upgrade potential.
An Epica Series Distribution Matrix can stand alone or comprise a
virtually unlimited number of linked enclosures, including any other
AutoPatch products with a network compatible interface. Each enclosure
holds input and output boards with 16 connectors each, for a total
capacity of 128 input and 128 output connectors per Epica–128 enclosure
and 256 input and 256 output connectors per Epica–256 enclosure.
Epica Distribution Matrices fit into a broad range of audio/video/data
environments and are controllable from a variety of sources-including
the Local Control Panel, any control device that can send ASCII
characters through an RS232 or RS422 serial cable, a PC, a third party
serial controller*, or a chain of Single Bus Controllers*.
Noticeable features of Epica Distribution Matrices include:
q Ability to mix audio and video ultra-wideband in a
single enclosure
q I/O range up to 128 x 128 per signal type for Epica–128
enclosures and 256 x 256 for Epica–256 enclosures
q Modular in increments of 16 inputs and/or outputs
q Controllable via Ethernet, Neuron®, RS232/RS422,
Local Control Panel, and Single Bus Controllers
q Standard redundant power supplies
q System self-diagnostics
*These options are not covered in this manual.
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Meet the Manual
Meet the Manual
This manual contains five chapters and three appendices. The
information in this manual progresses from introducing the Epica
Distribution Matrix in Chapter 1 to BCS (Basic Control Structure)
commands in Appendix C. Use the following chapter descriptions to
guide you through the manual.
Title
Description
Chapter 1
Introduction to the Epica
Distribution Matrix
ä Descriptions and illustrations of the front and the
rear of a typical enclosure
Chapter 2
Executing Switches
ä Directions for executing switches using the Local
Control Panel
ä Directions for executing switches using BCS
commands
Chapter 3
Verifying Signal Status
ä Directions for monitoring the status of signals using
the Local Control Panel
ä Directions for monitoring the status of signals using
BCS commands
Chapter 4
Executing Local Presets
ä Directions for executing local presets using the
Local Control Panel
ä Directions for executing local presets using BCS
commands
Chapter 5
Disconnecting Switches
ä Directions for disconnecting switches using the
Local Control Panel
ä Directions for disconnecting switches using BCS
commands
Appendix A
AutoPatch Service and
Returns Policies
ä Details regarding AutoPatch Service and Returns
Policies
Appendix B
Product Specifications
ä Technical specifications and performance
information
Appendix C
BCS (Basic Control Structure)
Commands
Glossary
Index
ä Table of BCS characters (keys), descriptions, and
functions
ä Definitions of terms as they are used in this manual
ä Index of subjects by features and tasks
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Welcome
Terms to Know
Before jumping into the technical details of this manual, you should be
familiar with the following terms:
Basic Control Structure (BCS)
BCS is a set of alphanumeric characters that combine to form command
lines. Use BCS command lines to control a system from any serial device
that allows you to enter characters, such as a PC (personal computer).
Control Dial
The Control Dial is on the right side of the Local Control Panel and is
used for scrolling horizontally and/or vertically through long lists. It is
used in conjunction with the right-hand menu commands for selecting
numbers (depending on the need and the screen).
ESD
Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) refers to electrical charges (such as static
electricity) that can damage sensitive components inside an enclosure.
The graphic to the left of this definition precedes every procedure where
ESD damage could occur if you are not properly grounded and not
handling components correctly (see the Caution page inside the front
cover of this manual for more details about ESD).
Input and Output Connectors
Input and output connectors are on the rear of an enclosure. Input and
output signal cables attach to the input and output connectors. Standard
Epica Series audio and data connectors are 3 position terminal block;
video and sync connectors are BNC.
Level
A level is a set of input and output signals that are grouped and,
therefore, switch together.
Local Control Panel
The Local Control Panel is attached to each enclosure and concealed by
the AutoPatch nameplate door on the front of the enclosure. The Local
Control Panel is designed for system diagnostics and limited control of
an Epica Distribution Matrix.
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Resource Loading
Resource loading refers to the number of switching paths occupied by
signals at any given time and is indicated by the Matrix Resource
display.
Matrix Resource Display
The Matrix Resource display is on the front of the enclosure below the
Status Indicator panel. The Matrix Resource display indicates the relative
utilization of the system’s modules.
Signal
A signal can be analog audio, analog video, serial digital, sync
information, or other types. A signal (also called an input or output
signal) can comprise a set of connectors whose signals switch together,
such as an “RGB” signal. To route a specific input (source) signal to a
specific output (destination) device, the input and output must be of the
same signal type and must share the same level designation.
Switch
A switch is an active connection between an input (source) signal and
one or more output (destination) devices.
Technical Support
AutoPatch provides technical support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
(except for U.S. holidays). Before calling technical support with a
question, please consult the Epica Series documentation set. If these
manuals cannot fully answer your question, have your serial number
(located above the expansion slots on the rear of the enclosure) ready
and call your authorized AutoPatch dealer or call AutoPatch AutoAssist
at: (toll free for U.S. and Canada) 800-622-0246 or (international)
509-235-2636. You can also reach us through our web site:
www.autopatch.com, or e-mail our AutoPatch Technical Support
Specialists at: [email protected]
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Introduction to the
Epica Distribution Matrix
An Epica Distribution Matrix is composed of one or more enclosures.
Enclosures are the structural basis of a matrix switcher. Since AutoPatch
Epica Distribution Matrices are custom built for each installation, factors
such as control method and signal types affect the appearance and weight
of each enclosure. This chapter describes the following:
ä Front of a typical enclosure
ä Rear of a typical enclosure
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Introduction to the Epica Distribution Matrix
1.1 Front of Enclosure
The front of an enclosure has the AutoPatch nameplate panel, Status
Indicator panel, and Matrix Resource display (see graphic below).
AutoPatch Nameplate Panel
Nameplate door
Local Control Panel
(Behind nameplate door)
Status Indicator Panel
Power Status indicator
Power Supply Status indicator
Controller Communication Status indicator
Matrix Resource Display
Front view of an Epica–128 enclosure
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AutoPatch Nameplate Panel
AutoPatch Nameplate Panel
The nameplate door swings open from the right, revealing the
Local Control Panel.
Local Control Panel
Nameplate Door
LCD Screen
Local Control Panel
Control Dial
AutoPatch Epica-128
Network Activity
22%
Switching Activity
System Diagnostics
5%
100%
-->
CHG
|
STS
|
DIS
|
PRE
Dynamic Menu Keys
Dynamic Menu Area
The Local Control Panel is behind the nameplate door
LCD screen: Displays instructions and selection entry fields.
Dynamic menu area: Displays different command and setting options
across the bottom and on the right of the Local Control Panel LCD
screen (depending on which screen is active).
Dynamic menu keys: Select commands and settings. The four keys
across the bottom and the lowest key on the right allow selections from
commands across the lower part of the screen. The other three keys on
the right side work in conjunction with the Control Dial. When numbers
are an option, select one of the top three keys on the right to change the
screen, narrowing the range of numbers offered. You can then use the
Control Dial to scroll to the number you want.
Control Dial: Scrolls horizontally to number selections and horizontally
and/or vertically and through long lists (depending on the need and the
screen).
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Introduction to the Epica Distribution Matrix
Working with the Local Control Panel
To interact with an Epica Distribution Matrix, use the dynamic menu
keys and the Control Dial to choose commands and values from the
dynamic menu area on the LCD screen. Each menu key lines up with a
different section of the dynamic menu area (see the graphic on page 1-3).
To choose a command, push the key that corresponds with the one you
want to select.
To select values for fields (such as Level, Input, Output, and Preset
values), you can use a combination of the dynamic menu keys and the
Control Dial. Selecting a value with a menu key adjusts all the values in
the dynamic menu area to fit a range around the value you just selected.
You can adjust the value by continuing to use the menu keys, or you can
use the Control Dial to scroll up or down to your final value selection.
Status Indicator Panel
The Status Indicator panel has the following three lights.
Power Status Indicator
p o w e r
r
p
s
c o m m
Power Supply Status Indicator (redundant power supply)
Controller Communication Status Indicator
The Status Indicator panel
Power Status Indicator
The Power Status indicator is the top light on the Status Indicator panel.
When power flow is sufficient, the indicator is green; if power flow is
interrupted, the indicator turns off.
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Matrix Resource Display
Power Supply Status Indicator
The Power Supply Status indicator is the middle light on the Status
Indicator panel. When all power supplies are functioning, the indicator is
green; if one or more of the power supplies fails, the indicator turns red.
Controller Communication Status Indicator
The Controller Communication Status indicator is the bottom light on the
Status Indicator panel. When communication between an enclosure and
an external controller or between multiple enclosures is transmitted, the
indicator blinks green. This indicator will periodically blink from
background network traffic even if you have not entered commands.
Matrix Resource Display
LED Display
The Matrix Resource display
LED Display
The Matrix Resource display is on the front of the enclosure below the
Status Indicator panel. The Matrix Resource display indicates the relative
utilization of the system’s modules.
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Introduction to the Epica Distribution Matrix
1.2 Rear of Enclosure
The rear of the enclosure has the input and output connectors, expansion
slots, CPU, power supplies, and serial number (see graphic below).
Input Connectors
Power Supplies
LINK
PORT 2
CPU
STATUS
TO DISCONNECT POWER,
TURN OFF ALL POWER AND
UNPLUG ALL POWER CORDS.
Div. of XN Technologies, Inc.
Cheney, WA USA
509-235-2636
PORT 1
COMM
Serial
Number
5A 250V
STATUS
POWER
110 - 220 V~ 50/60 Hz
300 W MAX EACH SUPPLY
450 W TOTAL FOR UNIT
70437
Conforms
UL Std. 1950
70437
Conforms
UL Std. 1950
70437
Conforms
UL Std. 1950
5A 250V
STATUS
POWER
110 - 220 V~ 50/60 Hz
300 W MAX EACH SUPPLY
450 W TOTAL FOR UNIT
5A 250V
Expansion
Slots
STATUS
POWER
110 - 220 V~ 50/60 Hz
300 W MAX EACH SUPPLY
450 W TOTAL FOR UNIT
Output Connectors
Rear view of an Epica–256 enclosure
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Rear of Enclosure
Input and Output Connectors
Input and output connectors are the attachment points for devices that
connect to the system. On an Epica–256, the inputs (sources) are on the
top section of the enclosure, and the outputs (destinations) are on the
bottom. On an Epica–128, the inputs (sources) are at the top and the
outputs (destinations) are directly below them. A single enclosure can
handle a combination of analog audio, analog video, digital video, and
sync signals.
CPU
The CPU is in the center section of the enclosure on an Epica–256 and in
the lower section of an Epica–128 and has connectors for attaching
external control devices. The CPU also has a system status indicator, a
network use indicator, and ports for controlling and for linking to other
enclosures.
Expansion Slots
The expansion slots, located to the right of the CPU, are reserved for
possible future options.
Power Supplies
All Epica series enclosures have standard redundant power supplies,
located to the far right of the CPU. There will be two or three, depending
on the model. Each power supply holds a power switch, a power
connector, and a fuse drawer. Toggle each power switch down to turn it
on (toward the “1”), and up to turn it off (toward the “0”).
Caution: To avoid system damage, all power switches on an enclosure
must be turned on simultaneously to ensure proper startup power. We
recommend surge protectors and/or an AC line conditioner.
Serial Number
The serial number for the system is above the expansion slots.
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Executing Switches
Switches connect an input signal from a source device to an output
signal(s) that goes to your destination device(s). The signals connected in
a switch command are groups of individual signals coming through the
connectors on the rear of an enclosure. When executing a switch, you
must specify a level that has all the signals you want to route. Level
definitions reside in the configuration information in each enclosure’s
CPU.
You can execute switches from the following:
ä The Local Control Panel
ä An external serial controller (computer, Panja, Crestron, etc.)*
via BCS (Basic Control Structure) commands
ä An SBC (Single Bus Controller)
SBCs are not covered in this manual.
*AutoPatch provides, at no charge, an interface library for various
controllers. This library is called the XNNet Communication Library.
This library, documentation, and programming examples are available
upon request from your AutoPatch representative.
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Executing Switches
2.1 Executing Switches
Using the Local Control Panel
You can execute switches from the Local Control Panel using the steps
below or by executing a local preset. For information about local presets,
see Chapter 4, “Executing Local Presets.”
When you begin the process of executing a switch by choosing the CHG
(Change) command, the Execute Switch Options screen appears with the
following three options:
q LEV command (Level)
q IN command (Input)
q OUT command (Output)
You can return to the Title screen at any time by choosing the EXIT
command. To choose a command, press the dynamic menu key that
corresponds with that command.
In each switch command you can enter multiple output signals, but only
one input signal and only one level. Make sure the signals are all part of
the same level before executing a switch; trying to switch signals from
different levels at the same time could result in an error message.
To execute a switch using the Local Control Panel:
1. In the Title screen, choose the CHG command.
The Execute Switch Options screen appears.
Choose CHG and the Execute Switch Options
screen appears
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2. Choose the LEV command.
The cursor appears in the LEV field.
Choose LEV and the cursor appears in the
LEV field
3. Select a level by choosing from the numbers on the right side of the
screen and/or scrolling to a number using the Control Dial (left is
down; right is up).
Using the Control Dial or the keys on the right,
select a level number
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4. Choose the IN command.
The level value is entered and the cursor appears in the IN field.
Choose IN and the cursor appears in the
IN field
5. Select an input signal by choosing from the numbers on the right side
of the screen and/or scrolling to a number using the Control Dial (left
is down; right is up).
Using the Control Dial or the keys on the right,
select an input number
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6. Choose the OUT command.
The input value is entered and the cursor appears in the OUT field.
Choose OUT and the cursor appears in the
OUT field
7. Select an output by choosing from the numbers on the right side of
the screen and/or scrolling to a number using the Control Dial (left is
down; right is up).
Using the Control Dial or the keys on the right,
select an output number
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8. If you want to use only this output, go to step 9.
If you want to use additional outputs, choose ADD and select
another output, repeating the “ADD/select” sequence as necessary.
The output values are entered. (Choosing the TAKE command in
step 9 will enter the last number selected.)
For each additional output, choose ADD and
select an output number, repeating as
necessary
9. To execute the switch, choose the TAKE command.
The switch is executed and the Title screen appears.
To return to the Title screen without executing the switch, choose the
EXIT command.
Choose TAKE and the Title screen appears
Note: Before choosing TAKE, you can change the input signal by
choosing the IN command and scrolling to a different number. You can
also change the level by choosing the LEV command and scrolling to a
different number. Doing so does not affect the outputs.
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Using BCS Commands
2.2 Executing Switches
Using BCS Commands
You can execute switches through a device that connects to one of the
RS232 connectors on the CPU.
In each switch command you can enter multiple output signals, but only
one input signal and only one level. Make sure the signals are all part of
the same level before executing a switch; trying to switch signals from
different levels at the same time results in an error message.
To execute a switch, enter the command using the following command
line format, where “#” represents any valid level, input, or output
number.
CL#I#O#T or CL#O#I#T
To cancel an incomplete BCS command, enter the “X” command at
any time.
Examples:
BCS Command
CL1I6O24T
CL1I6O2 4 9T
CL3O2I5T
CL2I6X
Action
Switches input 6 to output 24 on Level 1
Switches input 6 to outputs 2, 4, and 9 on Level 1
Switches input 5 to output 2 on Level 3
Cancels the incomplete command
Note: In each execute switch command, you can enter multiple outputs
by including a space between each output number, but you can enter
only one input signal and only one level.
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The following chart shows the BCS command characters (keys) used to
execute switches. Appendix C gives a complete list of the BCS command
characters.
Key
Function
C
Change
L
Level
“0” - “9”
Number
I
Input
O
Output
Description
Initiates an execute switch command; this must precede
the input and output specifications
Flags the next 1 - 3 digit number as a level specification
Identifies inputs, outputs, presets, and levels; combine
the digits to form larger numbers
Flags the next 1 - 3 digit number as an input
specification
Flags the next 1 - 3 digit number as an output
specification
Note:
2-8
O is the letter O, not the number 0 (zero)
“ ”
Space
T
Take
Executes a command; a “T” must follow each change
command before another can be initiated
X
Exit
Exits, or cancels, the command being entered
Separates numbers in multiple entries
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Verifying Signal Status
Verify the status of signals to confirm that switches have executed
properly.
You can verify signal status from the following:
ä The Local Control Panel
ä An external serial controller (computer, Panja, Crestron, etc.)*
via BCS (Basic Control Structure) commands
*AutoPatch provides, at no charge, an interface library for various
controllers. This library is called the XNNet Communication Library.
This library, documentation, and programming examples are available
upon request from your AutoPatch representative.
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3.1 Verifying Signal Status
Using the Local Control Panel
When you begin the process of verifying signal status by choosing the
STS (Status) command, the Verify Status Options screen appears with
the following three options:
q LEV command (Level)
q OUT command (Output)
q IN command (Input)
You can return to the Title screen at any time by choosing the EXIT
command. To choose a command, press the dynamic menu key that
corresponds with that command.
To verify signal status using the Local Control Panel:
1. In the Title screen, choose the STS command.
The Verify Status Options screen appears.
Choose STS and the Verify Status Options
screen appears
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2. Choose the LEV command.
The cursor appears in the LEV field.
Choose LEV and the cursor appears in the
LEV field
3. Select a level by choosing from the numbers on the right side of the
screen and/or by scrolling to a number using the Control Dial (left is
down; right is up).
Using the Control dial or the keys on the right,
select a level number
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4. Choose the OUT command.
The level value is entered and the cursor appears in the OUT field.
Choose OUT and the cursor appears in the
OUT field
5. Select an output signal by choosing from the numbers on the right
side of the screen and/or scrolling to a number using the Control Dial
(left is down; right is up).
Using the Control Dial or the keys on the right,
select an output number
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6. To finish the procedure, choose the TAKE command.
The input sent to that output appears. If DIS appears in the IN field,
the output is not connected to an input.
To return to the Title screen without verifying signal status, choose
the EXIT command.
Choose TAKE and the input sent to the chosen
output appears
7. To return to the Title screen, choose the EXIT command.
Choose EXIT and the Title screen appears
8. Repeat this procedure for each signal for which you want to verify its
status.
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3.2 Verifying Signal Status
Using BCS Commands
You can verify signal status through a device that connects to one of the
RS232 connectors on the CPU.
To verify signal status, enter the command using the following
command line format, where “#” represents any valid level, input, or
output number.
SL#O#T or SL#I#T
To cancel an incomplete BCS command, enter the “X” command at any
time.
The results of the BCS command will display in parentheses (see table
below); ( ) indicates that no inputs are routed to the output being
verified or that no outputs are routed to the input being verified.
Examples:
BCS Command
Action
Signal Reply
SL3O4T
Returns the status for output 4 on Level 3
SL3O4T(6)
SL0I4T
Returns the status for input 4 on Level 0
SL0I4T(2 7 8 11)
SL1O50T
Returns the status for output 50 on Level 1
SL1O50T( )
Cancels the incomplete command
SL2O7X
SL2O7X
The following chart shows the BCS command characters (keys) used to
verify the status of a switch. Appendix C gives a complete list of the
BCS command characters.
Key
Function
S
Status
Initiates verification of signal status; this must precede the
level, input, and output specifications
L
Level
Flags the next 1 - 3 digit number as a level specification
“0” - “9”
Number
Identifies inputs, outputs, presets, and levels; combine the
digits to form larger numbers
I
Input
Flags the next 1 - 3 digit number as an input specification.
O
Output
T
Take
Executes a command; a “T” must follow each verify status
command before another can be initiated
X
Exit
Exits, or cancels, the command being entered
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Description
Flags the next 1 - 3 digit number as an output specification
Note:
O is the letter O, not the number 0 (zero)
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Executing Local Presets
A preset is a set of switches stored in each enclosure’s configuration
information. You can execute a preset at any time. Presets are not
programmed when we ship your system, so before you can execute any,
you must have your dealer program them. An Epica Distribution Matrix
can store a virtually unlimited number of presets.
You can execute local presets from the following:
ä The Local Control Panel
ä An external serial controller (computer, Panja, Crestron, etc.)*
via BCS (Basic Control Structure) commands
*AutoPatch provides, at no charge, an interface library for various
controllers. This library is called the XNNet Communication Library.
This library, documentation, and programming examples are available
upon request from your AutoPatch representative.
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Executing Local Presets
4.1 Executing Local Presets
Using the Local Control Panel
You can execute local presets on your system at any time using either the
Local Control Panel or BCS commands (see page 4-5). Your system is
shipped without programmed presets, so your dealer will program these
into your system.
You can execute multiple local presets simultaneously using the Local
Control Panel. When you begin the process of executing a local preset by
choosing the PRE (Preset) command, the Execute Global Preset screen
appears. Global presets are not implemented at this time; however, you
must go through this screen to execute a local preset.
You can return to the Title screen at any time by choosing the EXIT
command. To choose a command, press the dynamic menu key that
corresponds with that command.
When you execute a local preset, the system executes the switches
immediately.
To execute local presets using the Local Control Panel:
1. In the Title screen, choose the PRE command.
The Execute Global Preset screen appears.
Choose PRE and the Execute Global Preset
screen appears
Note: Global presets are not implemented at this time; however, you
must go through this screen to execute a local preset.
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2. Choose LOC to go to the Execute Local Preset screen, and then
select a level number from the right side of the screen and/or scroll to
a number using the Control Dial (left is down; right is up).
Choose LOC and select a level number using
the Control Dial or the keys on the right
3. Choose PRE and select a local preset ID number from the right side
of the screen and/or scroll to a number using the Control Dial (left is
down; right is up).
Choose PRE and select a local preset ID
number using the Control Dial or the keys
on the right
Note: Make sure all the presets are in the same level when selecting
multiple presets.
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4. If you want to use only this preset, go to step 5.
If you want to use more presets, choose the ADD command,
repeating the “ADD/select” sequence as necessary. (Choosing the
TAKE command in step 5 will enter the last number selected.)
For each additional local preset, choose ADD
and select a local preset number, repeating
as necessary
5. Choose the TAKE command.
The local preset(s) is executed and the Title screen appears.
To return to the Title screen without executing the local preset,
choose the EXIT command.
Choose TAKE or EXIT to return to the
Title screen
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Using BCS Commands
4.2 Executing Local Presets
Using BCS Commands
You can execute local presets through a device that connects to one of
the RS232 connectors on the CPU.
To execute a local preset, enter the command using the following
command line format, where “#” represents any valid preset ID number.
RL#P#T or RL#P# #T
To cancel an incomplete BCS command, enter the “X” command at
any time.
Examples:
BCS Command
Action
RL4P2T
Executes local preset 2 on Level 4
RL4P12T
Executes local preset 12 on Level 4
RL4P1 2T
Executes local presets 1 and 2 on Level 4
RL3P6T
Executes local preset 6 on Level 3
RL3PX
Cancels the incomplete command
Note: In each execute local preset command, you can enter multiple
local presets by including a space between each preset number. You can
enter only one level.
The following chart shows the BCS command characters (keys) used to
execute local presets. Appendix C gives a complete list of the BCS
command characters.
Key
Function
Description
R
Global Preset
Initiates an execute global preset or execute local preset
command
Note: Global presets are not implemented at this time
P
Local Preset
Flags the next 1 - 3 digit number as a local preset number
L
Level
“0” - “9”
Number
“ ”
Space
T
Take
X
Exit
Flags the next 1 - 3 digit number as a level specification
Identifies inputs, outputs, presets, and levels; combine the
digits to form larger numbers
Separates numbers in multiple entries
Executes the preset command; a “T” must follow each
preset command before another can be initiated
Exits, or cancels, the command being entered
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Disconnecting Switches
Disconnecting a switch removes an input signal from one or more output
devices. You can disconnect a single switch on one level with one
command; however, you cannot disconnect all signals on a single level
with one command.
You can disconnect switches from the following:
ä The Local Control Panel
ä An external serial controller (computer, Panja, Crestron, etc.)*
via BCS (Basic Control Structure) commands
ä An SBC (Single Bus Controller)
SBCs are not covered in this manual.
*AutoPatch provides, at no charge, an interface library for various
controllers. This library is called the XNNet Communication Library.
This library, documentation, and programming examples are available
upon request from your AutoPatch representative.
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Disconnecting Switches
5.1 Disconnecting Switches
Using the Local Control Panel
When you begin the process of disconnecting a switch by choosing the
DIS (Disconnect) command, the Disconnect Switch Options screen
appears with the following three options:
q LEV command (Level)
q OUT command (Output)
q IN command (Input)
You can return to the Title screen at any time (before choosing the
TAKE command) without disconnecting the switch by choosing the
EXIT command. To choose a command, press the dynamic menu key
that corresponds with that command.
To disconnect a switch using the Local Control Panel:
1. In the Title screen, choose the DIS command.
The Disconnect Switch Options screen appears.
Choose DIS and the Disconnect Switch
Options screen appears
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2. Choose the LEV command.
The cursor appears in the LEV field.
Choose LEV and the cursor appears in the
LEV field
3. Select a level by choosing from the numbers on the right side of the
screen and/or scrolling to a number using the Control Dial (left is
down; right is up).
Using the Control Dial or the keys on the right,
select a level number
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4. Choose the OUT command.
The level value is entered, and the cursor appears in the OUT field.
Choose OUT and the cursor appears in the
OUT field
Caution: Although you can choose IN to disconnect inputs,
disconnecting an input disconnects all the outputs receiving that input
signal.
5. Select an output by choosing from the numbers on the right side of
the screen and/or scrolling to a number using the Control Dial (left is
down; right is up).
Using the Control Dial or the keys on the right,
select an output number
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6. If you want to disconnect only this output, go to step 7.
If you want to disconnect additional outputs, choose ADD and select
another output, repeating the “ADD/select” sequence as necessary.
The output values are entered. (Choosing the TAKE command in
step 7 will enter the last number selected.)
For additional outputs, choose ADD and select
an output number, repeating as necessary
7. To disconnect the switch, choose the TAKE command.
The switch is disconnected and the Title screen appears.
To return to the Title screen without disconnecting the switch,
choose the EXIT command.
Choose TAKE or EXIT and the Title screen
appears
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5.2 Disconnecting Switches
Using BCS Commands
You can disconnect switches through a device that connects to one of the
RS232 connectors on the CPU.
Caution: Disconnecting an input disconnects all the outputs receiving
that input signal.
To disconnect a switch, enter the command using the following
command line format, where “#” represents any valid level, input, or
output number.
DL#O#T or DL#I#T
To cancel an incomplete BCS command, enter the “X” command at
any time.
Examples:
BCS Command
DL4O3T
DL1O6 8 57T
DL2I5T
DL3OX
Action
Disconnects output 3 on Level 4
Disconnects outputs 6, 8, and 57 on Level 1
Disconnects input 5 on Level 2
Cancels the incomplete command
Note: In each disconnect switch command, you can enter multiple
outputs by including a space between each output number.
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The following chart shows the BCS command characters (keys) used to
disconnect switches. Appendix C gives a complete list of the BCS
command characters.
Key
Function
Description
D
Disconnect
L
Level
“0” - “9”
Number
Identifies inputs, outputs, presets, and levels; combine the
digits to form larger numbers
I
Input
Flags the next 1 - 3 digit number as an input specification
O
Output
“ ”
Space
T
Take
Executes a command; a “T” must follow each disconnect
command before another can be initiated
X
Exit
Exits, or cancels, the command being entered
Initiates a disconnect switch command
Flags the next 1 - 3 digit number as a level specification
Flags the next 1 - 3 digit number as an output specification
Note:
O is the letter O, not the number 0 (zero)
Separates numbers in multiple entries
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AutoPatch
Service and Returns Policy
A.1 Service
The AutoPatch Epica Distribution Matrix is to be serviced only by
AutoPatch authorized service agents.
Return Authorizations
Except for warranty claims, merchandise will not be accepted for return
or exchange after the first thirty (30) days following the invoice date.
Returned items must be shipped prepaid and insured in their original
packing containers (if possible). When returning merchandise, clearly
show the Return Materials Authorization (RMA) number on the outside
of each carton. Merchandise will not be accepted for any reason without
an RMA number.
Products and parts returned or exchanged for any reason other than
warranty purposes are subject to a restocking fee not greater than twenty
percent (20%) of the invoiced price, if returned in unused condition.
Claims for Shipping Damages
Unless otherwise specified, merchandise is normally shipped by Federal
Express Economy service; however, AutoPatch reserves the right to
select the final method and carrier for any shipment.
Although we take special care to ensure the safe arrival of all orders,
shipping accidents and damage can occur. Shipments are transferred to
the appointed carrier in good condition, and AutoPatch’s liability for the
product ceases when the transfer to the carrier is complete. Therefore,
claims for damages and shortages must be filed with the transporting
company by the receiving company within fifteen (15) days of receipt.
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AutoPatch Service and Returns Policy
Visible damage and shortages must be noted on the freight bill;
packaging and contents must be retained for inspection.
A.2 Replacement Policies and
Procedures
During the warranty period:
1. Describe the problem to an AutoPatch dealer, regional
representative, or the AutoPatch customer service department.
2. Upon verification of a problem that requires factory repairs, an
AutoPatch customer service representative will issue a Return
Materials Authorization (RMA) number, and we will, at no cost,
repair or replace the part(s) returned to the factory and return the
part(s) to the sending party. If conditions do not permit this
procedure, we will invoice new or reconditioned (at AutoPatch’s
option) replacement part(s) to the dealer and ship the part(s) to the
dealer or to the consumer if so directed by written order from the
dealer. Unless otherwise instructed in writing by an AutoPatch
customer service representative, part(s) replaced under this warranty
must be returned to the factory:
a) within thirty (30) days;
b) with shipping and insurance costs prepaid;
c) with the RMA number clearly indicated on the outside of each
container;
d) in the original shipping container(s), if possible;
e) with a written description of problem.
If the replaced part(s) are returned within thirty (30) days, we will
apply credit to the dealer’s account for the total value of part(s)
determined defective, plus return shipping costs. Any part(s)
received after thirty (30) days or otherwise not in compliance with
these requirements may be refused, and credit will not be issued.
3. Repaired or replaced part(s) will be warranted for the remainder of
the original system warranty period for the first thirty (30) days
following the invoice date, or we will extend the original warranty
period by the period of verifiable downtime, whichever provides the
greatest benefit.
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Special Notice
Following warranty expiration:
1. Call your AutoPatch dealer, area representative, or the AutoPatch
customer service department with a description of the problem.
2. Upon verification of a problem that requires factory repairs, an
AutoPatch customer service representative will issue a Return
Materials Authorization (RMA) number. We will, at nominal cost,
invoice the sending party, repair or replace the part(s) returned to the
factory and return those part(s) to the sending party. If conditions do
not permit this procedure, we will invoice and ship new or
reconditioned (at AutoPatch’s option) replacement part(s) to the
dealer or to the consumer if so directed by written order from the
dealer.
3. Post warranty repairs and replacements are warranted for the first
thirty (30) days following invoice date.
A.3 Special Notice
AutoPatch reserves the right to modify or discontinue designs,
specifications, warranties, and policies without notice. All data with
regard to model numbers series, specifications, and prices in our
literature have been thoroughly reviewed and edited. Although we cannot
assume responsibility for inadvertent omissions or errors, we sincerely
apologize if misunderstandings occur, and we appreciate your criticism,
corrections, and suggestions.
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Product Specifications
The following pages contain performance specifications for your
AutoPatch Epica Distribution Matrix. The AutoPatch web site
(www.autopatch.com) also has a full list of specifications for all
AutoPatch products.
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Product Specifications
B.1 General
AC Power
85 - 264 VAC single phase
Frequency
47 - 63 Hz
Humidity
0 to 90% non-condensing
Epica–128
25 in. (63.5 cm) depth
19 in. (48.26 cm) width with mounting ears
Dimensions
17.63 in. (44.77 cm) width without mounting ears
30.63 in. (77.8 cm) height (17.5 RU)
Epica–256
25 in. (63.5 cm) depth
19 in. (48.26 cm) width with mounting ears
17.63 in. (44.77 cm) width without mounting ears
43.75 in (111.13 cm) height (25 RU)
Epica–128
Approximately 140 lb. (63.50 kg) per enclosure
Epica–256
Approximately 170 lb. (77.11 kg) per enclosure
Weight
Fuse
5 Amp time lag (5 mm x 20 mm)
B.2 Analog Audio
Standard Audio Boards
Throughput
Parameter
Frequency Response
Conditions
20 Hz to 200 kHz
Value
<0.1 dB
Total Harmonic Distortion + 20 Hz to 20 kHz, Vin = -6 to +26.6 dBu
Noise (THD+N)
20 Hz to 20 kHz, Vin = 0 to +26.6 dBu
<0.02%
<0.01%
Crosstalk
1 kHz, Vin = +20dBu
<-110 dB
Signal to Noise Ratio
(SNR)
20 Hz to 20 kHz, Vin = +20 dBu
-95 dB
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Analog Video
Input
Parameter
Conditions
Level
Value
Common Mode
+24.7 dBu
Differential
+27 dBu
Impedance
18 K Ohms
Balanced or
Type
unbalanced
Pluggable
3 position terminal
Connector Type
block
Output
Parameter
Conditions
Value
Level
+27 dBu
Impedance
50 Ohms
Type
Balanced or
unbalanced
Gain Adjustment Range
Digital gain control option
-6 dB to +7 dB
Pluggable
3 position terminal
block
Connector Type
B.3 Analog Video
Standard Video Boards
Throughput
Parameter
Conditions
Value
Frequency Response
1:All
+/- 3 dB to 10 MHz
Differential Gain*
f = 3.58 MHz, 10 to 90% APL
<0.2% or better
Differential Phase*
f = 3.58 MHz, 10 to 90% APL
<0.1° or better
f = 5 MHz
< -50 dB
Crosstalk (adjacent
channel)
*Differential gain and phase measurements are performed with a standard 5-step
modulated staircase test signal.
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Product Specifications
Input
Parameter
Conditions
Value
Level
±5 V
Impedance
75 Ohms
Return Loss
5 MHz
-45 dB
Connector Type
BNC
Output
Parameter
Conditions
Value
Level
±5 V
Impedance
75 Ohms
Connector Type
BNC
Ultra-Wideband Video Boards
Throughput
Parameter
Conditions
Value
Frequency Response
1:All
+/- 3 dB to 300 MHz
Crosstalk (adjacent
channel)
f = 5 MHz
f = 150 MHz
< -60 dB
< -30 dB
Input
Parameter
Conditions
Value
Level
±1 V
Return Loss
-45 dB @ 5 MHz
Connector Type
BNC
Output
Parameter
Conditions
Value
Level
±1 V
Connector Type
BNC
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BCS (Basic Control
Structure) Commands
BCS is a set of alphanumeric characters that allow a PC or other control
device to send commands to the system serially. When using a PC to
control an Epica Distribution Matrix, use serial software, such as
Windows95 HyperTerminal, to establish communication. Command
lines are not case-sensitive.
The following table shows BCS command characters (keys), their
functions, and short descriptions of their functions.
Key
Function
Description
C
Change
L
Level
“0” - “9”
Number
Identifies inputs, outputs, presets, and levels; combine the
digits to form larger numbers
I
Input
Flags the next 1 - 3 digit number as an input specification
O
Output
“ ”
Space
T
Take
Executes a command
X
Exit
Exits, or cancels, the command being entered
S
Status
D
Disconnect
R
Global Preset
Initiates an execute switch command
Flags the next 1 - 3 digit number as a level number
Flags the next 1 - 3 digit number as an output specification
Note: O is the letter O, not the number 0 (zero)
Separates numbers in multiple number entries
Initiates verification of the status of input and output
connections
Initiates a disconnect switch command
Initiates an execute global preset or execute local preset
command
Note: Global presets are not implemented at this time
P
Local Preset
Flags the next 1 - 3 digit number as a local preset number
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Glossary
A
ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange)
A code for representing alphanumeric information.
B
BAUD
The speed at which communications travel through the serial connector.
Epica Distribution Matrices can send and receive communications at
9600, 19200, 38400, and 57600 BAUD (with the default set at 9600
BAUD).
BCS (Basic Control Structure)
A set of alphanumeric characters that combine to form command lines.
BCS command lines can be used to control a system from any serial
device that allows you to enter characters, such as a PC (personal
computer).
C
Command Line
A set of BCS command characters that constitute a command recognized
by the CPU.
Control Dial
A dial on the right side of the Local Control Panel used for scrolling
horizontally and/or vertically through long lists. It is also used in
conjunction with the right-hand menu commands for selecting numbers
(depending on the need and the screen).
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Glossary
CPU (Central Processing Unit)
Receives, interprets, and executes commands from the user through the
user interface (the Local Control Panel or other control device).
D
Dial
(see Control Dial)
Distribution Matrix
(see matrix switcher)
E
Enclosure
The metal chassis that holds input and output boards, a CPU board, and a
power supply. Each Epica Distribution Matrix enclosure contains input
and output boards with sixteen connectors each providing a total capacity
of up to 128 input and 128 output signal paths for the Epica–128 and up
to 256 input and 256 output signal paths for the Epica–256.
ESD (Electrostatic Discharge)
Electrical charges (such as static electricity) that can damage sensitive
components inside an enclosure. ESD damage can occur if you are not
properly grounded and not handling components correctly (see the
Caution page inside the front cover of this manual for more details about
ESD).
Expansion Slots
Empty slots on the rear of an enclosure that allow for future boards that
will increase functionality and add new features to the system.
External Controller
Any device that can control the matrix switcher via the serial connector.
I
Input and Output Connectors
Attachment points on the rear of an Epica Series enclosure for devices
that connect to the system. Input and output signal cables attach to the
input and output connectors. Standard Epica Series audio and data
connectors are 3 position terminal block; video and sync connectors are
BNC.
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Input Board
A circuit board that receives video, audio, or data signals from outside
sources.
L
LCD (Liquid Crystal Display)
The screen on the front of an Epica Distribution Matrix for user
interaction.
LED (Light-Emitting Diode)
The Matrix Resource display lights on the front of the enclosure are
LEDs.
Level
A set of input and output signals that are grouped and, therefore, switch
together.
Local Control Panel
A panel designed for system diagnostics and limited control of an Epica
Distribution Matrix that is attached to the front of each enclosure and
concealed by the AutoPatch nameplate door.
Local Preset
A pre-defined set of signal routings that can be executed at any time.
M
Matrix Switcher
The hardware and software necessary to switch signals. Matrix switchers
are also known as routing switchers or routing matrices.
Matrix Resource Display
A display on the front of the enclosure below the Status Indicator panel
that indicates the relative utilization of the system’s modules.
O
Output Boards
A circuit board that routes input signals to specified destinations.
Output Connectors
(see Input and Output Connectors)
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P
Power Supply
Contains a power switch, a power connector, and a fuse drawer. The
power supplies are to the right of the expansion slots on the rear of an
Epica Series enclosure.
R
Resource Loading
The number of switching paths occupied by signals at any given time.
Resource loading is indicated by the Matrix Resource display.
S
SBC (Single Bus Controller)
Devices for controlling the input to a specified output device. For more
information see the SBC documentation.
Serial Connector
A 9-pin female connector on the rear of an enclosure used to connect
serial external control devices to the matrix switcher.
Serial Controller
An external controller that communicates with the matrix switcher via a
serial cable.
Signal
A set of connectors whose signals switch together. A signal may contain
audio, video, data, or sync information. In an Epica Distribution Matrix,
signals are defined inside level definitions.
Single Bus Controller
(see SBC)
Switch
An active connection between an input signal and one or more output
devices.
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Index
A
Central Processing Unit
see CPU
AC line conditioner 1-7
applying power 1-7
chapter descriptions iii
audio
CHG (Change command) 2-2
boards, specifications B-2 to B-3
connectors
connectors iv
capacity ii
connectors, illus. 1-7
definition iv
signals ii, v
external control devices 1-7, 2-7
AutoAssist v
illus. 1-6
AutoPatch nameplate panel
input and output 1-7
signals v, 2-1
illus. (close-up) 1-3
switches 2-1
B
types iv
video (standard) specifications B-3
BCS (Basic Control Structure)
video (ultra-wideband) specifications
definition iv
disconnecting switches 5-6
executing presets 4-5
B-4
Control Dial
executing switches 2-7
definition iv
table of command characters (keys)
C-1
directions for using 1-4
verifying switches 3-6
function 1-3
control options
boards
external controllers ii
capacity ii
see also connectors
Local Control Panel ii
control panel
buttons
see Local Control Panel
see keys
C
Controller Communication Status indicator
1-5
capacity, board ii
CPU (Central Processing Unit) 1-7
Caution
D
applying power at startup 1-7
disconnecting inputs 5-4, 5-6
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dial
see Control Dial
Index
dimensions, enclosure B-2
G
DIS (Disconnect command) 5-2
global presets
disconnecting switches 5-2
Caution 5-6
part of BCS command 4-5
screen on Local Control Panel 4-2
using BCS commands 5-6
H
using Local Control Panel 5-2 to 5-5
humidity B-2
door
HyperTerminal, Windows 95 C-1
see nameplate door
dynamic menu area 1-3
I
indicators
dynamic menu keys 1-3
Controller Communication Status 1-5
E
Matrix Resource Display v
Matrix Resource Display, illus. 1-2
Electrostatic Discharge
network use 1-7
see ESD
Power Status 1-4
e-mail, technical support v
Power Supply Status 1-5
Status Indicator Panel, illus. 1-2
enclosure
connector capacity ii
dimensions B-2
system status 1-7
inputs and outputs
front view, illus. 1-2
BCS commands 2-7, 3-6, 5-6
rear view, illus. 1-6
boards ii
weight B-2
connectors iv, 1-7
definition iv
ESD (Electrostatic Discharge)
disconnecting switches 5-1
definition iv
function 1-7
executing local presets
grouped iv
illus. 1-6
preset, definition 4-1
layouts ii
programming 4-1
level iv
using BCS commands 4-5
signals v, 2-2, 2-4, 5-4
using Local Control Panel 4-2 to 4-4
specifications B-3
executing switches
switches v, 2-1, 5-1
using BCS commands 2-8
using Local Control Panel 2-2 to 2-6
see also executing local presets
expansion slots 1-7
external control options ii
F
features, Epica Series ii
verifying signal status 3-2
K
keys
dynamic menu, illus. 1-3
function 1-3
using with Control Dial 1-4
keys, BCS commands
frequency B-2
characters C-1
front view enclosure, illus. 1-2
disconnecting switches 5-7
fuse drawer, location 1-7
fuse, specifications B-2
executing local presets 4-5
executing switches 2-8
verifying signal status 3-6
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keys, Local Control Panel
power connector 1-7
disconnecting switches 5-2
Power Status indicator 1-4
executing local presets 4-2
power supplies 1-7
executing switches 2-2
verifying signal status 3-2
Power Supply Status indicator 1-5
power switches 1-7
L
LCD screen 1-3
LED display 1-5
PRE (Preset command) 4-2
presets, local
definition 4-1
level 2-1, 5-1
executing (BCS Commands) 4-5
definition iv
executing (Local Control Panel) 4-2
to 4-4
lights
see indicators
product specifications B-1 to B-4
see also specifications
Local Control Panel
definition iv
R
directions for using 1-4
rear of enclosure
disconnecting switches 5-1
components 1-6
executing local presets 4-1
illus. 1-6
executing switches 2-1
illus. 1-3
replacement policies and procedures A-2
verifying signal status 3-1
resource loading
local presets
definition v
see presets, local
M
return authorizations A-1
returning equipment A-1
manual, overview iii
RMA (Return Materials Authorization) A-1
Matrix Resource display 1-5
S
definition v
illus. 1-2
illus. (close-up) 1-5
screen
see LCD screen
serial number 1-7
N
nameplate door 1-3
network use indicator 1-7
Service and Returns Policy A-1
shipping, damage claims A-1
signals
O
options, Epica Series ii
outputs
cables iv
definition v
grouped iv
see inputs and outputs
switches v
types ii, v, 1-7
P
performance specifications B-1 to B-4
ports, location 1-7
power, applying 1-7
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see also disconnecting switches
executing switches
level
verifying signal status
virtual matrix
Index
Special Notice A-3
verifying signal status (continued)
using the Local Control Panel 3-2
specifications
to 3-5
AC power B-2
audio B-2 to B-3
video
dimensions B-2
board (standard) specifications B-3
frequency B-2
to B-4
fuse B-2
board (ultra-wideband) specifications
general B-2
B-4
humidity B-2
connectors iv
video, standard B-3 to B-4
connectors, illus. 1-7
video, ultra-wideband B-4
weight B-2
startup
applying power 1-7
Status Indicator panel 1-4
illus. 1-2
signal v
W
warranty/repair and replacement
information A-2
web site v
weight, enclosure B-2
illus. (close-up) 1-4
status, signal
see verifying signal status
STS (Status command) 3-2
surge protectors 1-7
switch
definition v
switches, BCS commands
disconnecting 5-6
executing 2-7
presets 4-5
verifying status 3-6
switches, Local Control Panel
disconnecting 5-2 to 5-5
executing 2-2 to 2-6
presets 4-2 to 4-4
verifying status 3-2 to 3-5
system status indicator 1-7
T
technical support v
Terms to Know iv
V
verifying signal status
using BCS commands 3-6
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