Contemporary Research ICC2-IRC Product manual

Product Manual
ICC2-VDC
Video Display Controller
Ver. 8.1 December 17, 2012
4355 Excel Pkwy, Suite 600, Addison, TX, 75001
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Table of Contents
Overview ............................................................................................................................................. 3
Video Display Control ................................................................................................................................ 3
Specifications ...................................................................................................................................... 4
Physical ................................................................................................................................................... 4
Front Panel .............................................................................................................................................. 4
Rear Panel ............................................................................................................................................... 4
Internal Closures ...................................................................................................................................... 4
RF Tuner.................................................................................................................................................. 5
ICC-Net ................................................................................................................................................... 5
Status Indication ...................................................................................................................................... 5
Accessories .............................................................................................................................................. 5
Installation ......................................................................................................................................... 6
AC Power ................................................................................................................................................. 6
RF Coax and iCC-Net Operation ................................................................................................................. 6
RS-232 Control Wiring .............................................................................................................................. 6
A/V Setup ................................................................................................................................................ 6
External IR Sensor .................................................................................................................................... 7
Programming the IC-RC Remote ................................................................................................................ 7
RS-232 Control Wiring .............................................................................................................................. 7
On-Screen Menus ..................................................................................................................................... 8
Firmware Updates .................................................................................................................................... 8
Projector/Monitor Control Codes ........................................................................................................ 9
RS-232 Terminal Commands ............................................................................................................ 10
Overview ................................................................................................................................................10
General protocol specifications .................................................................................................................10
Command String Structure .......................................................................................................................10
Command and Status Response ...............................................................................................................10
RS-232 Command Hints and Tips ..............................................................................................................10
Terminal RS-232 Commands ....................................................................................................................11
Tune Ring Commands and Replies ............................................................................................................12
Terminal Communication Commands ........................................................................................................12
Character Generator Commands ...............................................................................................................13
Keypad Channel Command ......................................................................................................................14
IC-RC Remote Emulation..........................................................................................................................14
Terminal Response Strings ............................................................................................................... 15
Channel/Source Status Response String (T): .............................................................................................15
Audio Status Response String (V): ............................................................................................................15
Front Panel Mode Status Response String (S): ...........................................................................................15
Q Mode Response String (Q): ...................................................................................................................15
iC-Net Control Protocol ..................................................................................................................... 16
Overview ................................................................................................................................................16
Command String Structure .......................................................................................................................16
iC-Net Commands ............................................................................................................................. 17
RS-232 Responses ............................................................................................................................ 21
Response String Structure ........................................................................................................................21
iC-Net SmartZones ............................................................................................................................ 23
System Map....................................................................................................................................... 24
Typical RF and ICC-Net Signal Flow .................................................................................................. 25
Mounting the VDC ............................................................................................................................. 26
Safety Instructions ........................................................................................................................... 27
Limited Warranty and Disclaimer ..................................................................................................... 28
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Overview
The ICC2-VDC Video Display Controller provides two-way control of video projectors, plasma monitors, and
other displays over the iCC-Net data network. As part of a Contemporary Research media system, the ICC2-VDC
can network with up 4,000 controllers, communicating simultaneously over the wired iCW-Net and RF coax iCCNet pathways. New models feature closed captioning and S12 processing that allows firmware updates through
the RF system.
Video Display Control
 Controllable over network and wireless IR remote
 Built-in TV tuner provides absolute control over channel access, tunes broadcast, CATV, HRC, and IRC
frequencies
 Onboard memory stores list of available TV channels, updatable over the network
 Built-in character generator provides closed captioning, on-screen text, and channel names
 Video and mono audio outputs deliver A/V to projector or monitor
 Inserts blue screen video image when unit senses loss of video level
 External A/V inputs accept video and mono audio from local VCR or PC
 Front-panel IR sensors receives commands from included IC-RC IR remote
 Optional external IR sensor
 Front-panel LEDS for Power, Net, IR In, and Data Out
 Front-panel controls can be selectively enabled or disabled via iC-Net commands
 RS-232 control port operates RS-232-controlled projectors, plasma monitors, and other displays
 Non-volatile memory saves and restores operation status on power-up
 Internal I/O ports can be used for optional buzzer, camera power relay or other application
 New! Aux port sends volume data to optional 232-Amp
 Updates firmware over RF coax wiring
 Includes power supply (US only)
 Optionally available with alert buzzer
 Optional accessories include IR-RXC External IR Receiver, IC-RC IR Remote, CC-232 RS-232 Control
Cable and RK2 kit for surface-mounting
New Features
 Panasonic, Sharp, Westinghouse ProAV displays (V 4.5–4.7)
 Digital Projection VPs, LG LCD Monitors, Akira PDP monitors (V 5.0–5.1)
 Closed Captioning, RF updatable firmware, Serial #325-5030-XXXX, (V7.0)
 Sony FWD42PV1 (V7.4)
 Data Out for 232-AMP (V7.5)
 Christie, InFocus, Optoma, Samsung (v8.0)
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Specifications
Physical
Size:
Weight:
Enclosure:
Mounting:
Front Panel
Push Buttons:
Indicators:
Rear Panel
Power In:
RS-232 Control:
Aux:
IR In:
Antenna/Cable:
External Inputs:
A/V Outputs:
Internal Closures
Type:
8.5" [216mm] wide x 1.75" [38mm] height (1RU) x 6.0" [153mm] deep
1.5 lbs [0.68kg]
All aluminum with durable black powder coat paint
Surface mounting with optional RK2 mounting kit
Channel up and down, Volume up and down, and Power
Power: Red LED
Net: Green LED for iC-Net bus, flashes once per second if active
IR In: Red LED lights when receiving IR commands from remote
Data Out: Red LED lights when sending commands
2.1mm coaxial jack (inside center conductor positive), 350 mA maximum
11.5 to 15 VDC, 12 VDC typical (may be unregulated)
North American version includes UL/CSA listed wall power supply
DB-9 male connector, baud rates from 1200 to 115.2K baud
Optional CC-232 RS-232 cable available to match specific makes and models
3.5mm mono jack for data to optional 232-Amp
3.5mm stereo jack for optional IR-RXC IR Receiver
Sleeve= DC power+ from power jack input, limited to less than 100mA
Ring=DC power– (GND)
Tip= IR data signal
Add a 1500pf capacitor between IR and GND for Xantech IR recievers
‘F’, female, 75 ohm impedance
Video - RCA female, NTSC composite
Audio – 2 RCA female, mono 20K ohms unbalanced,
+3dBm (1.1V RMS or 3.2V p-to-p)
Video - RCA female, NTSC composite
Audio – 2 RCA female, mono 1K ohms, 20Hz to 20KHz,
0.5% maximum, 0.1% typical THD
2 Solid-State output switch closures, max 50 mA, 24 VDC
Closure 1 normally used for optional buzzer
Closure 2 normally used for an external camera power relay (by others)
Available as factory-installed option only
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RF Tuner
Frequency Range:
Maximum Input:
Formats:
Video Gain:
Video Phase:
ICC-Net
Operation:
Data Receive:
Data Transmit:
NTSC television 55.25 to 801.25 MHz, 62.5KHZ fine tune resolution
+20dBmV
Broadcast, CATV, HRC, and IRC
±5% maximum, 2% typical
±3 degrees maximum, 2 degrees typical
Carried over the same RF coax connection as TV channels
Mid-band VHF, 74.7MHz, sent from IC Head-End Network Controller
-25 to +35 dBmV signal level
Sub-band, 5.6MHz sent to Head-End Network Controller
+/- 80 KHz max carrier deviation, +49dBmV nominal
Status Indication
The Net and Power LEDs have special modes that help system setup and troubleshooting.
Power LED
Net LED
Off = off, Blinks = on
Blinks once per second when it is receiving network data
LED Response
Off – DC power to VDC missing or other internal power problem
Solid On – no network communication
Blinks once per second - communicating over network
The Head-End Network Controller sends out a “heartbeat” command once every
second that will flash the Net LED.
Accessories
Includes:
Optional Accessories:
12 VDC power supply, 500 mA (Domestic shipments only)
IC-RC Wireless IR Remote
IR-RXC External IR Receiver
CC-232 RS-232 Control Cable (specify make and model)
RK2 Kit for surface-mounting VDC
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Installation
AC Power
1. Insert DC power supply plug into 12 VDC jack on the VDC.
2. Plug power adaptor into AC wall outlet.
3. The Net LED should turn on and stay lit (indicates no network communication).
RF Coax and iCC-Net Operation
1. Connect the RF Coax cable into the Antenna/Cable input on the VDC.
2. If the iCC-Net signal is operating, the Net LED will blink once per second.
RS-232 Control Wiring
1. Attach the RS-232 cable to the VDC RS-232 Control connector.
2. Connect the cable to the video projector or display’s RS-232 control input.
A/V Setup
1. Connect audio and video outputs of the VDC into the audio and video inputs of the projector.
2. You may use the left or right audio output for a projector with mono audio, both for a TV with stereo
audio (ICC2-VDC sound is mono).
3. Set the projector to its Video Input to view on-screen setup commands from the VDC.
Tip: At this point, you’ve set up the control wiring and the manufacturer’s commands sent will be
programmed or changed with the On-Screen Setup Menu 45700. Press the Power button on the
VDC. If the Projector turns on and off, the settings are already correct.
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External IR Sensor
The ICC2-VDC includes front-panel 38 KHz and 57 KHz IR sensors. An IR In jack is provided on the back for
installation of an optional external IR-RXC IR Receiver. The external sensor, switchable for 38 KHz and 57 KHz
sensing, can add IR coverage to the front sensors, or solve installation hurdles. Sometimes it’s hard to mount
the VDC near the display and position the front-panel sensors for good IR reception. In addition, plasma
displays radiate a fair amount of IR that could interfere with VDC IR reception.
1. Install the IR-RXC in a good location for IR reception.
2. Run the wire to the IR In jack on the VDC.
a. Sleeve= DC power+ from power jack input, limited to less than 100mA
b. Ring=DC power– (GND)
c. Tip= IR data signal
3. Set the front-panel IR sensor to 38 KHz, 57 KHz, or off with On-Screen Menu command 45702 (page 8)
Programming the IC-RC Remote
In order to complete the setup of the VDC, you’ll need the IC-RC IR Remote to use the On-Screen Menus.
Typically, the remote is shipped ready to communicate to the VDC (Code 9). Just in case, here’s how to set the
format of IR codes in the remote:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Press and hold the Select button and a numeric key for the code # below.
Release the two keys at the same time.
The remote will now send the selected codes.
Remote will keep the codes, even if battery power is lost.
IR Code Format
Zenith Smart TV
Philips Smart TV
RCA Smart TV
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Code
1
2
3
4
9
RS-232 Control Wiring
The RS-232 Control port includes connections for data transmit and receive, RTS/CTS handshaking and optional
wired IR serial control. Most models do not require RTS/CTS handshaking. IR serial is optional and rarely
recommended for plasma displays.
VDC RS-232 Wiring
5 GND
GND
2 RXD
TXD
3 TXD
7 RTS
RXD
CTS
8 CTS
9 IR Serial
RTS
To VDC RS-232 Port
9-pin D-sub female
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On-Screen Menus
The remaining installation steps use the IR remote and the built-in character generator of the VDC.
1. Touch Menu, then 999, then Enter.
2. The text CR MENU> should appear on the screen.
3. Key in one of the commands shown below, then press Enter to activate.
4. Note that, in Menu mode, the Channel Down key acts as a backspace/delete key.
Command
45678
45679
45700
45702
65478
65487
65480
65481
65482
65483
Function
Display firmware version
Display the unit’s device #. At this point, you can use the Channel Down key as a
Delete key, enter a new device # with the remote’s numeric keypad, then hit Enter to
save the new number.
Display or edit projector control commands. Sets the IR/RS-232 control format to
match your projector or display. In many cases, CR will pre-set this command to the
format specified by the dealer.
See RS-232 Control Codes on next page.
Set IR receive, IR output and power sensing levels.
1 = Enable 38KHz IR receive in, 0=disable
2 = Enable 57KHz IR receive in, 0=disable
4 = Enable IR output carrier, 0=no carrier (ignored in VDC)
8 = High/Low power sensitivity (ignored in VDC)
16 = Set IR output for high current, 0=low current (ignored in VDC)
Add up the values and enter the result. For example, the default setting is 30 (57 KHz
on, IR carrier, high power sensitivity, and high IR output).
Reset VDC, similar to disconnecting power then restarting.
Initialize to factory default settings: Power on, unlocked, display channel 11, channel
ring set to 4, 5, and 11, Group 0. Note that this command works even if TV power is
off or control is locked out.
Enable constant Net transmit to the Head-End. This is used for measuring the signal
strength of the unit’s RF output. Press Enter to stop transmit or the unit will
automatically stop after 50 seconds.
Display DA transmitter frequency control voltage – should be 2000 - 3150.
Display iCC-Net RF receive signal strength. Shows Net RX if receiving the
iC-HE’s “heartbeat” pulse once per second, !NET RX if not.
Display DF transmitter frequency deviation – should be 245 - 300
Firmware Updates
Units that have serial # 325-5030-XXXX are updatable via the iC-Net RF network, using SF-series firmware
update software and an RS-232 connection through an ICE or ICC-HE Head End.
Older units can be updated with chip replacement at the factory or in the field. There is a small
charge for replacement firmware chips.
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Projector/Monitor Control Codes
The following chart includes the current RS-232 control codes for many brands and types of video displays.
While a manufacturer code set will control virtually all models in a given type or series, there are differences
that arise, most commonly for baud rate, input selection, and options for internal tuner control. In addition,
some models (especially for plasmas) may be OEM’ed from another supplier and use a different control code.
CR maintains a constantly-updated database on display makes and models – call our support team to confirm
the best solution for your application.
Code MFG
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
Sharp
Sharp
Eiki
Proxima
Sanyo
Elmo
Elmo
Panasonic
CR
Electrohome
Mitsubishi
Fujitsu
Fujitsu
NEC
RCA
Pioneer
Photonics
NEC
Sony
Sampo, NetTV
Gateway, ViewSonic
Samsung
Pioneer 2
Eiki
Sanyo
Zenith/LG
Hitachi
Dukane
Sony
Epson
Epson 2
NEC 2
Samsung 2
Samsung 3
Zenith/LG 2
NEC LCD
LG 3 LCD
NEC 3
Sharp LCD
Westinghouse ProAV
Panasonic
LG
Digital Projection
Akira
Sony
Optoma
Samsung
Christie
InFocus
Panasonic
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Kbd
VP
VP
VP
9.6
VP
VP
VP/PDP
VP
VP
PDP
PDP
PDP
PDP
PDP
VP
VP
PDP/VP
TV
PDP
PDP
VP
Models
Notes
Ver
Added S-Video, RGB2
Wired IR, factory option
Video=3
4.8
XG-E1200U
PG-D100
Most models
LS1, DP5950, DP9250
Most models
EDP-2100, not recommended
EDP-3100, not recommended
Most models
Special Applications
VP EPS1024, RTS/CTS
Most models
Most models
Not recommended
Most models
PSP42300
Most models
38.4
38.4
9.6
HT/GT/LT/MT series
Most models
Most models
Also 26 (19.2)
1.9
2.0
2.8
3.2
2.8
19.2
4.8
19.2
Most models
PDP-503,PDP-433
NB series
SU series
Most models
Most models
Most models
Most models
Models 30-820, S1
Models 7800-9600
Most models
323/423
Most models
Same as 21, 9600 baud
NEC LCD displays
29, with input changes
30, with input changes
All models
All models
Most models
M3201/M4201
30XG-XB
PK8110/20
FWD42PV1
ID=0
All units
Video=2
3.1
3.1
3.3
19.2
9.6
9.6
4.8
9.6
4.8
9.6
9.6
LCD
VP
115.2
19.2
PDP
VP
VP
VP
LCD
PDP
LCD
LCD
PDP
PDP
LCD
LCD
PDP
LCD
VP
PDP
PDP
VP
LCD
VP
VP
LCD
9.6
9.6
9.6
19.2
9.6
19.2
9.6
9.6
9.6
9.6
9.6
9.6
9.6
9.6
19.2
115.2
9600
400CXn/460CXn
DHD700
LP500
TH-42lf25U
9
3.8
1.9
1.9
1.9
1.9
1.9
1.9
1.9
1.9
1.9
1.9
1.9
Single unit
3.4
3.5
RGB=11
RGB=10
Also 15 (38.4)
ID=All
ID=All
3.6
3.7
3.7
3.7
3.8
3.8
4.2
4.3
4.4
4.5
4.6
4.6
4.7
5.0
5.1
5.1
7.1
8.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
8.1
ICC2-VDC
RS-232 Terminal Commands
Overview
While the ICC-VDC is generally controlled through the RF using iC-Net commands, sometimes the tuner is used
as a stand-alone tuner. For that application, the RS-232 port can be used for basic control and setup commands.
Communications parameters are fixed at 9600 baud, 8 data bits, No parity, and 1 stop bit. All settings are
saved to NVRAM.
General protocol specifications
Characters in command strings to the 232-MTA are common ASCII keyboard characters. Command strings sent
to the 232-MTA begin with the ASCII > (greater than symbol) as an 'Attention' character and end with carriage
return - ASCII CR, Hex $0D, or keyboard Enter - as an 'End-of-command' character. Responses from the 232MTA begin with the ASCII < (less than symbol) as an 'Attention' character and end with a carriage return
followed by line feed an ASCII LF or Hex $0A as 'End-of-command' characters.
A carriage return is required at the end of each command and is assumed in all examples.
Command String Structure
[Attention] (Unit#) [Command] (Parameters) [Return]
Attention
Unit#
Command
Parameters
Return
Single character (>) starts the string
In general, use 0 (zero) – this will work regardless of the VDC device number
A two-character command
Added attributes to some commands
A carriage return ends the command string, you may use ASCII CR, Hex $0D, or keyboard
‘Enter’ in programming. For simplicity, the programming examples in the manual will not show
the ‘CR’ – so remember, you’ll need to add it in your control code.
Command and Status Response
Commands can be sent back to back at any time without any delay. To allow for rapid, multiple commands,
status responses are intentionally delayed by about 125mS, sending the most current status in response to
control commands or user actions.
RS-232 Command Hints and Tips
Leading zeros may be included or omitted from command parameters.
Example: ‘>0TC=009’
Selects channel 9 as A/V output, same as ‘>TC=9’.
Multiple commands may be concatenated as single strings up to 120 ASCII characters long.
Example: ‘>0VXTC=9’
Selects Mute A/V off, channel 9.
Example: ‘ >0S0=0S4=0’ Selects CATV mode, no front panel lockout.
Mute A/V Off command is not required in any command; however, it may be useful to send Mute A/V Off in case
Mute A/V had been set On from the front panel.
Sending all 3 status request commands to the ICC2-VDC back-to-back for a full status update is allowed.
Example: ‘>0STSVSS’
Returns all 3 response strings back-to-back.
The carriage return line feed at the end of each ICC2-VDC response allows for easy monitoring of responses with
an ASCII terminal program. You may use ASCII CR, Hex $0D, or keyboard ‘Enter’ in programming.
You don’t have to use the ‘=’ character between the command and parameter – the string works either way.
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Terminal RS-232 Commands
Q0=
Caption Mode Off (0-2)
Sets captioning mode
Q1=
Captioning Type (1-8)
0=Captioning off (fixed)
Turns on captioning type, no functionality in 232-MTA
Q2=
Video Loss Detection (0-3)
1=Caption 1 (default)
2=Caption 2
3=Caption 3
4=Caption 4
5-8= Text 1-4
Selects response when a loss of video signal is detected
Q3=
A/V Detect Status (0-3)
Example: ‘>Q3=1’ or ‘>Q31’
Q4=
Label Mode with Status (0-3)
TR=
Set Tune Ring (TR)
Example: ‘>2TR=2,4,7-10’
Select tuned channel (0-126)
TT=
Example: ‘>TT=28’
TC=
Force tuned channel (0-126)
Example: ‘>TC=39’
TP
TU
TD
XT
XX
XM
P0
P1
PT
VU
VD
VL
VX
VV
VT
VM
Set to previous channel
Tune channel up
Example: ‘>3TU’
Tune channel down
Toggle Mute A/V
Mute A/V off
Mute A/V on
Example: ‘>XM’
Power Off
Power On
Power Toggle
Ramp volume up
Ramp volume down
Ramps volume to level (0 – 63)
Volume Mute off
Stop volume ramp
Toggle Volume Mute
Volume Mute on
Example: ‘>VM’
3=No Function (fixed)
Enables/disables sending status response when Stereo/Mono or
Video Loss Detect changes. Only status operation is affected,
the functions continue to operate.
0=Disable Stereo/Mono detection (fixed)
1=Enable Stereo/Mono
2=Disable Stereo/Mono
3=Enable Stereo/Mono
0= No Function
1= No Function
2= No Function (fixed)
3= No Function
Limits access to specified channels, 120 chars max
Stores unit#2 Tune Ring as 2,4,7,8,9,10
0=video mute, 255=video unmute*
126=External AV Inputs
Selects channel 28 only if 28 is present in current TR
0=video mute, 255=video unmute*
126=External AV Inputs
Selects channel 39 regardless of current TR
Selects previous channel only if present in current TR
Selects next higher channel in stored Tune Ring
Bumps Unit#3 tuned channel up one from available Tune Ring
Selects next lower channel in stored Tune Ring
Alternates Mute A/V on and off
Turn A/V outputs on at previous level
Mutes A/V outputs
Mutes audio and video outputs
Same as XM
Same as XX
Same as XT
Starts volume ramping up
Starts volume ramping down
Sets volume to specific level
Restores audio volume to previous level
Stops volume ramping
Alternates audio mute on and off
Turns off audio outputs
Mutes audio outputs
* Video Mute will display a blue screen, useful as a character background. Without a CG, Video Mute will blank
the video output. The Video Mute command does not mute the audio.
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Terminal RS-232 Commands
VU
VD
VL
VX
VV
VT
VM
S0=
Ramp volume up
Ramp volume down
Ramps volume to level (0 – 63)
Volume Mute off
Stop volume ramp
Toggle Volume Mute
Volume Mute on
Example: ‘>VM’
Set tune mode
S4=
Set front panel lockout mode
S5=
Power-up volume
S7=
S8=
S9=
SS
ST
Set audio mode
Set bass gain level (8)
Set treble gain level (4)
Request Front Panel status
Request Channel status
Example: ‘>ST’
Request A/V status
SV
No response
No response
No response
Restores audio volume to previous level (full)
No response
Alternates audio mute on and off
Turns off audio outputs
Mutes audio outputs
0=CATV
1=Broadcast
2=HRC
3=IRC
0=None
1=Channel
2=Select
3=Channel & Select
4=Mute A/V
5=Channel &Mute A/V
6=Select & Mute A/V
7=All
0=restore to previous level (always full)
1= Restore to full
0=Mono (fixed)
8= 0 db (fixed)
4= 0 db (fixed)
Unit sends “S” Front Panel status string
Unit sends “T” Channel/Source status string
Returns Channel/Source status response string
Unit sends “V” Audio status string
Tune Ring Commands and Replies
$R
Request Tune
Ring
$N=xxx
Request Label
Asks for reply with list of channels in Tune Ring
Example: ‘>$R’ asks for list from Unit 1
Reply:’<1$TR2-31,35,52,126’
Asks for reply with channel text assigned to specific channel
Example: ‘>$N31’ asks for label assigned to channel 31
Reply: ‘<1$TN038,ABC’
Terminal Communication Commands
EF
EN
Echo Off
Echo On
ID
Z!
Product ID
Zap
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Characters received will not be re-transmitted (power up default).
Characters received will be re-transmitted.
Example: ‘>EN’ Characters received will be re-transmitted.
Returns the product model number and software version.
Reconfigures unit for all factory default settings.
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Character Generator Commands
The optional character generator supports an on-screen display that is 32 columns (characters) across by 13
rows (lines) down. An imaginary cursor represents the current screen write position. Writing text automatically
increments the cursor to the next character space. The character text is always white.
TM=<label mode>
Sets on-screen channel label mode.
0=None
1=Alpha only
2=Numeric only
3=Both alpha and numeric labels
Channel labels are displayed overlaying the video in the top-left corner
of the screen for about 10 seconds after each channel change.
Example: '>TM=2' Sets channel mode to display channel number only.
TN=<channel>,<alpha label>
Sets the alpha label for the specified channel. Alpha labels may be up
to 8 characters and are displayed on screen when a channel changes, if
alpha labels are enabled by the 'TM' command.
Example: '>TN=8,ABC' Sets the alpha label for channel 8 to be 'ABC'.
TN=0,0
TC
DG=<row>,<column>
E7=<column>
E8=<row>
EA
EB
DC
DB
E9=<num spaces>
DN<text>
DW<text>
DQ=<time>
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Clears (blanks) all stored alpha labels
Displays the current channel label on screen for about 10 seconds
Moves the cursor to the specified row and column position. If row is 0,
then row will not be changed, and if column is 0, then column will not
be changed.
Moves cursor to specified column.
Moves cursor to specified row.
Clear on screen display. Also, moves cursor to column 1 and row 1.
Moves cursor down to the first column of the next row (like a carriage
return plus line feed).
Clear on screen display from the cursor to the end of the screen.
Cursor position does not change.
Clear on screen display from the cursor to the end of the current line.
Cursor position does not change.
Clears the specified number of spaces. Cursor position does not change
Clears on screen display, then writes the specified text to the display
starting at column 1 and row 1.
Writes the specified text to the display starting at current cursor
position.
Sets screen timeout to specified time in seconds. If time is 0 or 255,
any text on the screen will persist indefinitely, or until cleared.
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Keypad Channel Command
If you’re using an external control system, this command will emulate the pressing of numeric keypad buttons
for channel selection, which means you won’t need to use extra elements for capturing channel commands in
your programming. The KC command will access any channel, KT will only access a channel stored in the Tune
Ring.
KC=0
KC=1
KC=9
KC
KT=9
KT
KD
Emulates ‘0’ key, accesses any channel
Emulates ‘1’ key, accesses any channel
Emulates ‘9’ key, accesses any channel
Emulate ‘Enter’ key, accesses any channel.
Emulates ‘9’ key, accesses channel if it exists in current Tune Ring
Emulate ‘Enter’ key, accesses channel if it exists in current Tune Ring
Clears or cancels any KC or KT channel entry
After 3 seconds, with no other key, the selected channel will be tuned to. Optionally, you can have an Enter key
send the command KC or KT to select the channel immediately. Using the KD command can cancel a channel
entry before the time delay or Enter executes the channel change.
IC-RC Remote Emulation
You can also emulate IR commands sent from the CR IC-RC Wireless Remote. If you are using the numeric keys
to select a channel, the user or program will need to follow the numeric command with an Enter.
.
Emulates IC-RC remote key codes
KK=<key>
0=Release Key
9=Power (toggling)
10= 0 (numeric keypad)
11=1
12=2
13=3
14=4
15=5
16=6
17=7
18=8
19=9
21=Enter
22=Channel up or +
23=Channel down or –
24=Volume up or + (use Release Key (0) to stop volume ramp)
25=Volume down or – (use Release Key (0) to stop volume ramp)
26=Volume mute
30=Switch to tuner AV (previous channel) if unit is currently set to External AV
31= Input (toggling)
115=Captions (Cycles between modes and Off)
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Terminal Response Strings
Typical: [Attention] [Unit#] [data ...data] [cr] [lf]
232-STS status response strings contain ASCII characters similar to those used for the same functions in
command strings. An ASCII 'carriage return' and ‘line feed' follow each response string. Functions shown as N/A
are not applicable; characters will appear in status strings as lower-case x.
Channel/Source Status Response String (T):
Start
Unit
1-9
CMD
<
1
T
Power
U=On
M=Off
U
Channel
Current Channel
3 digits
008
Video Mute
U=Unmuted
M=Mute
U
N/A
2
digits
xx
Video Present
N=No Video
Y=Video
Y
Audio Status Response String (V):
Start
Unit
1-9
CMD
<
1
V
Power
U=On
M=Off
U
Volume
0-63
2 digits
63
Volume Mute
U=UnMuted
M=Mute
U
Stereo
S=Stereo
M=Mono
S
Front Panel Mode Status Response String (S):
Start
Unit
1-9
CMD
<
1
S
Audio Mode
0=Mono/Mono
1=Stereo
2=Mono/SAP
3=SAP/SAP
1
Tune Mode
0-3
Lockout
0-9
Bass
0-9
2 digits
Treble
0-8
0
1
08
4
Q Mode Response String (Q):
Start
Unit
1-9
CMD
Q0
0-2
Q1
1-8
<
1
Q
2
1
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0=AV Muted
2=Video Muted
0
15
Q3
0-3
Q4
0-3
N/A
5 digits
0
x
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iC-Net Control Protocol
Overview
RS-232 control for up to 4094 TV and Display Controllers is provided through an iC-series Head-End Network
Controller. The ICC-HE or ICE-HE Head-End receives the RS-232 or Telnet Ethernet commands and converts the
data to a channel transmitted over RF coax, between a gap in channels 4 and 5.
Each Video Display Controller is assigned a unique device number from 1 to 4000 to which control commands
are addressed. The devices are organized into 16 zones of 255 devices. All the devices in each zone will respond
to a single “virtual device number” — one device number that represents all devices in each zone. There is also
a global device number, 4095, that will command all devices in the system. This feature dramatically speeds up
system operation and programming, because one command can affect an entire group of devices—or all. To
take advantages of this feature, review the section iC-Net Zones in this manual.
In ABC Media Retrieval Systems, we reserve the first group of devices, 1-255, for components operating on a
connected control system. Zones 1-16 are used for CR TV Controllers, Video Display Controllers and Tuners. As
it’s unlikely any system will use all 4000 devices, this may be a good device standard for your system as well.
The Remote RS-232 port on the Head-End Network Controller can communicate from 1200 to 38.4K baud. The
factory default setting is 19.2K baud, 8 data bits, No parity, and 1 stop bit.
Command String Structure
Characters in command strings are expressed in a combination of hex and ASCII characters. For clarity, the
following protocol examples use the following conventions:







Single-byte hex numbers are preceded by the ‘$’ symbol
ASCII characters or strings are enclosed in single quotes
Numbers not marked as hex or ASCII are a single decimal byte
Parameters shown in < > brackets are single byte
A series of multiple commands or parameters are set apart by [ ] brackets
Commas separate the bytes, but are not part of the protocol
Double quotes enclose the command string, but are not part of the protocol
Command format:
“$A5,<dh>,<dl>,<ncb>,<cmd1>,<para> [<cmdN>]"
$A5
<dh>
<dl>
<ncb>
<cmd1>
<parameter>
[<cmdN>]
Starts the command
The zone or high order byte of the device (n times 256)*
The unit or low order byte of the device (number past dh - 0 for global zone)*
The number of command bytes to follow
The first command byte
Command parameters (not used by all commands)
Multiple commands can be concatenated, with byte count added to <ncb>
*Device number example: $A5,2,4=Device 516 (256*2 + 4)
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iC-Net Commands
Command
Description
Power
Power Off
P0
Power On
P1
Power Toggle
PT
“$A5,<dh>,<dl>,2,’P0’ ” (6 bytes) – sends discrete power on and off commands
Turns off display power, mutes all A/V outputs
“$A5,<dh>,<dl>,2,’P1’ ” (6 bytes) – sends discrete power on and off commands
Turns on display power, unmutes all A/V outputs
“$A5,<dh>,<dl>,2,’PT’ ” (6 bytes) – sends discrete power on and off commands
Toggles power/mute states on and off
Setup
Operating
Parameters
RS-232 Control
TM
T0
“$A5,<dh>,<dl>,3,’TM’,<setting>” (7 bytes)
Sets up key functions in the unit
Bit 0 – Alpha channel labels
0=alpha labels off
1=alpha labels on
Bit 1 – Numeric channel labels,
0=num labels off
1=num labels on
Bit 2 – Channel up/down operation,
0=Tune Ring,
1=Send IR Keypad response
Bit 3-7 = 0
“$A5,<dh>,<dl>,3,’T0’<type> ” (7 bytes) – Sets RS-232 control codes
Identical to on-screen menu 45700 command on Page 8. Specify value to match make
and model of video display
Volume
Volume
Ramp Up
Ramp Down
Stop Ramp
Mute On
Mute Off
Toggle Mute
Save Level
Power-up
Volume
VL
“$A5,<dh>,<dl>,3,’VL’,<vol level>” (7 bytes)
Sets volume level
0 = Mute
1 – 63 = Minimum level (1) to maximum volume (63)
VU “$A5,<dh>,<dl>,2,’VU’ ” (6 bytes)
Starts volume ramping up
VD “$A5,<dh>,<dl>,2,’VD’ ” (6 bytes)
Starts volume ramping up
VV “$A5,<dh>,<dl>,2,’VV’ ” (6 bytes)
Stop volume ramp
VM “$A5,<dh>,<dl>,2,’VM’ ” (6 bytes)
Mutes volume
VX “$A5,<dh>,<dl>,2,’VX’ ” (6 bytes)
Unmutes volume
VT “$A5,<dh>,<dl>,2,’VT’ ” (6 bytes)
Toggles between mute on and off
VW “$A5,<dh>,<dl>,2,’VW’ ” (6 bytes)
Save current volume level, default when unit powers up
To power-up to last level, set volume to zero (VL) and save.
S5 "$A5,<dh>,<dl>,3,'S5',<volume>" (7 bytes)
Sets volume level when unit powers up
0 = restore to previous level
1 – 63 = Set from minimum (1) to maximum level (63)
Control
Control String
UX
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"$A5,<dh>,<dl>,2+string length>,'UX'<string>" (variable bytes)
Sends an RS-232 string (ASCII, decimal, or hex) directly to the TV display.
Ex: "$A5,1,2,6,'UX, 'PON', 13" Sends PON, followed by carriage return (device 258)
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Command
Description
Channels
Marquee Chan
T2
Ts & Qs
“$A5,<dh>,<dl>,3,’T2’<channel> ” (7 bytes) – Sets default power-up channel
Sets default channel selected when unit powers up
The following T-series channel commands select a channel and display the channel label
on the TV, while Q-series commands don’t show the on-screen text.
T Channel Up
TU
“$A5,<dh>,<dl>,2,’TU’ ” (6 bytes) – Tunes to next channel up in Tune Ring
T Channel Dwn
TD
“$A5,<dh>,<dl>,2,’TD’ ” (6 bytes) – Tunes to next channel down in Tune Ring
T Channel Prev
TP
“$A5,<dh>,<dl>,2,’TP’ ” (6 bytes) – Tunes to previous channel in Tune Ring
“$A5,<dh>,<dl>,3,’TC’, <channel>” (7 bytes) – Tunes to a specific channel
Force T Channel TC
124 =
125 =
126 =
127 =
0=
255 =
RGB 2 input on TV
RGB input on TV
Select VDC external A/V input (also selects TV video input)
Select S-Video Input
Blank video output to TV
Unblank TV video (restore to previous channel)
Tip: Not all inputs are available on every TV make and model.
Select T Chan
TT
“$A5,<dh>,<dl>,2,’TT’ <channel>” (7 bytes) – Tunes channel if included in TR
Channel ?
T?
“$A5,<dh>,<dl>,2,’T?’ ” (6 bytes) – Request response for current channel
Q Channel
Q-
This series of commands will change channels without displaying on-screen labels.
Q Channel Up
QU
“$A5,<dh>,<dl>,2,’QU’ ” (6 bytes) – Tunes to next channel up in Tune Ring
Q Channel Dwn
QD
“$A5,<dh>,<dl>,2,’QD’ ” (6 bytes) – Tunes to next channel down in Tune Ring
Force Q Chan
QC
“$A5,<dh>,<dl>,3,’QC’, <channel>” (7 bytes) – Tunes to a specific channel
Q Channel Prev
QP
“$A5,<dh>,<dl>,2,’QP’ ” (6 bytes) – Tunes to previous channel in Tune Ring
Select Q Chan
QT
“$A5,<dh>,<dl>,2,’QT’,<channel>” (7 bytes) – Tunes channel if included in TR
Q0
“$A5,<dh>,<dl>,2,’Q0’,<mode>” (7 bytes) - Sets captioning mode
Same special-function channels as in the T Channel Select section above
Captions
Captions
0=Captioning off (default)
1=Captioning on
2=Captioning active when volume is muted
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Command
Description
Operation
Video Loss
Detection
Tuner Mode
Tune Ring
Q2
"$A5,<dh>,<dl>,3,'Q2',<video loss mode>" (7 bytes)
Selects response when a loss of video signal is detected
S0
0=Both audio and video muted (default-blue screen for video)
1=Audio muted only
2=Video muted only
3=No muting (do nothing on loss of video)
"$A5,<dh>,<dl>,3,'S0',<tune mode>" (7 bytes)
TR
Sets tuner mode to standard CATV, Broadcast, HRC, or IRC
0 = CATV
1 = Broadcast/Antenna
2 = HRC
3 = IRC
“$A5,<dh>,<dl>,<ncb>,’TR’, [<chan 1>, <chan N>]” (variable bytes)
This command stores a Tune Ring, a series of preset channels accessed by channel
up/down commands.
Ex1:
Tip:
Ex Ex2:
Tip:
Channel Labels
TN
“$A5,<dh>,<dl>,6,’TR’, 5,4,8,11” sets ring to channels 5, 4, 8 and 11
The ring follows the stored order, channels do not have to be in ascending order
“$A5,<dh>,<dl>,2,’TR’ ” clears the Tune Ring, locks unit to current channel
In the above mode, the IR Keypad channel up/down response to the Head-End, so
the system will know the user is trying to change channels. In response, the
system could change channels on a media sources, like a VCR or satellite.
Ex3: “$A5,<dh>,<dl>,9,’TR’, $82,5,7,$89,13” sets channels 2-5, 7, and 9-13. You can
specify a range using MSB bit for the first channel; the next byte is the last.
“$A5,<dh>,<dl>,<ncb>,‘TN’,<channel>,<label>” (variable bytes)
Stores an ASCII string as the channel label. The text will appear briefly when the channel
is selected, if the feature has been activated by IRC Setup command (TM).
Display Label
TC
Closures
Y-
Ex1: “$A5,<dh>,<dl>,6,‘TN’, 7, ‘PBS’ ” IRC displays PBS when 7 is selected
Ex2: “$A5,<dh>,<dl>,3,‘TN’, 7, ” Clears alpha label for channel 7
Ex3: “$A5,<dh>,<dl>,4,‘TN’,0,0” Clears all alpha labels
“$A5,<dh>,<dl>,2,’TC’ ” (6 bytes) – Display current channel label for about 15 seconds
“$A5,<dh>,<dl>,3, ‘Y’ <I/0 Port>’ ” (7 bytes)
Turns the two internal closures on and off. Closure 1 is typically used to control the
optional buzzer, Closure 2 typically used to control an external camera power relay.
Control Lock
LM
“$A5,<dh>,<dl>,3, ‘Y10’” turns Closure 1 off
“$A5,<dh>,<dl>,3, ‘Y11’” turns Closure 1 on
“$A5,<dh>,<dl>,3, ‘Y20’” turns Closure 2 off
“$A5,<dh>,<dl>,3, ‘Y21’” turns Closure 2 on
“$A5,<dh>,<dl>,3,'LM',<control>” (7 bytes)
Locks out front panel and IR remote control functions.
Device Status
SP
Bit 7
Selects IR remote control operation (0=enabled, 1=disabled)
Bit 6
Selects volume control operation (0=enabled, 1=disabled)
Bit 5 - 1 Always 0
Bit 0
Selects front panel buttons operation (0=enabled, 1=disabled)
"$A5,0,0,2,'SP'" (6 bytes)
Queries the Head-End for the number of devices present on the network and the number
of devices expected.
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Command
Description
Text
Write Text
DM “$A5,<dh>,<dl>,<ncb>,‘DM’, <start line>,<text color>,<background color>,
<background>,<size and shadow>,<timeout>,<message bytes>” (variable bytes)
Clears current text, displays text message over video (default) or blank background.
The built-in character generator can accept up to 40 characters of text (including
carriage returns), 28 characters per line. Use a hex $0D or decimal 13 in the text as a
carriage return, which will advance CG to the next line, first space on the right.
Start Line - 1-11
Text Color - 1-7= White
Text Background Color – 0-7=Transparent (no background)
Full screen background – 0=normal insert over video, 1=blank screen (blue)
Size and Shadow – 0-3=small text with drop shadow
Time-Out – 0=15-second display, 1=persistent
Persistent text stays on screen until the next DM, or new Menu or channel.
Ex1: “$A5,<dh>,<dl>,10,‘DM’, 2,7,0,0,1,0,’TEST’ ” displays the word TEST on the
second line, white text, inserted over video, small size with drop shadow, and timing
out after 15 seconds.
Ex2: “$A5,<dh>,<dl>,2,‘DM’ ” clears on-screen display, also clears persistent text
Fast Write
Write Here
Row, Column
Cursor Column
Cursor Row
Return
Clear All
Clear to End
Clear Line
Clear Spaces
Text Timeout
The VDC uses white text and clear backgrounds when it receives a Text or
Background Color parameter between 1 and 7, and accepts values 0-3 for text size
and shadow. This allows compatibility with Smart TVs mixed in the same system that
can display other colors and fonts.
DN “$A5,<dh>,<dl>,<ncb>,’DN’, <text> ” (variable bytes)
Clears display, writes specified text starting at column 1, row 1. $0D and hex $EA,
$EB, $DC, and $DB can be included, operate same as matching commands below.
DW “$A5,<dh>,<dl>,<ncb>,’DW’, <text> ” (variable bytes)
Writes specified text starting at present cursor position. Accepts same Hex as DN.
DG “$A5,<dh>,<dl>,4,’DG’, <row>, <column>” (8 bytes)
Moves the cursor to the specified row and column position. If row is 0, then row will
not be changed, and if column is 0, then column will not be changed.
E7 “$A5,<dh>,<dl>,3,’E7’, <column>” (7 bytes)
Sends cursor to specified column.
E8 “$A5,<dh>,<dl>,3,’E8’, <row>” (7 bytes)
Sends cursor to specified row.
EB “$A5,<dh>,<dl>,2,’EB’ ” (6 bytes)
Moves cursor down to the first column of the next row.
EA “$A5,<dh>,<dl>,2,’EA’ ” (6 bytes)
Clears display, sends cursor to column 1, row 1.
DC “$A5,<dh>,<dl>,2,’DC’ ” (6 bytes)
Clear on-screen display from cursor to end of screen, position stays the same.
DB “$A5,<dh>,<dl>,2,’DB’ ” (6 bytes)
Clear on-screen display from cursor to end of line, cursor position stays the same.
E9 “$A5,<dh>,<dl>,3,’E9’, <num spaces>” (7 bytes)
Clears specified number of spaces, starting from cursor to the right.
DQ “$A5,<dh>,<dl>,3,’DQ’, <time>” (7 bytes)
Sets screen timeout to specified time in seconds (1-254). If time is 0 or 255, any text
on the screen will persist indefinitely, or until cleared.
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RS-232 Responses
iC-Net devices will send a response over the network whenever there is there is a change in status or command
from an IR remote or front panel.
Response String Structure
Characters in response strings are expressed in a combination of hex and ASCII characters. For clarity, the
following protocol examples use the following conventions:






ASCII characters or strings are shown enclosed in single quotes
Numbers shown that are not in single quotes are a single decimal byte
Parameters shown in < > brackets are single byte
A series of multiple commands or parameters are set apart by [ ] brackets
Commas separate the bytes, but are not part of the protocol
Double quotes enclose the command string, but are not part of the protocol
Command format:
“ ‘<’,<dh>,<dl>,<nrb>,<rb1>, <para1> [<rbN>]"
‘>’
<dh>
<dl>
<nrb>
<rb1>
<para1>
[<rbN>]
Starts the response
The zone or high order byte of the device
The unit or low order byte of the device (0 for global zone)
The number of response bytes to follow
The first response byte
Associated parameters, if any
Multiple responses may be included
Response
New
Channel
T
IR Function
F
Description
“ ‘<’,<dh>,<dl>,2,'T',<new channel>" (6 bytes)
Sent in response to T? command.
“ ‘<’,<dh>,<dl>,2,'F',<IR Function>" (6 bytes)
Sent unit receives a new function command is pressed (1-8) or released (0) from the IR
remote.
0
1
2
3
4
5
8
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=
=
=
Release
Play
Stop
Pause
Fast Forward
Rewind
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Response
IR Key
K
Description
“ ‘<’,<dh>,<dl>,2,'K',<IR Key>" (6 bytes)
Sent when unit receives a new key command is pressed (10-116) or released (0) from
the IR remote.
0 = Release
10 - 19 = Numeric keypad entry 0 – 9
21 = Enter
22 = Channel Up
23 = Channel Down
29 = Menu
101 = Previous Channel
IR Menu
M
105 = Media Menu
106 = Cursor Right
107 = Cursor Left
108 = Cursor Up
109 = Cursor Down
110 = Media Select
115 = CC
116= Timer
The 0 – 9, Channel Up/Down functions are sent only if enabled in the TM command
(Bit 2 = 1). The Channel Up/Down responses will be sent if the Tune Ring contains no
channels – see Ex2 in the Tune Ring command section.
“ ‘<’,<dh>,<dl>,5,'M',<msh>, <msl>, <mph>, <mpl>" (9 bytes)
Sent when unit receives a new Menu command is pressed or released (0) from the IR
remote. Menu Selection high and low bytes are in <msh> and <msl>. Menu Parameter
high and low bytes are in <mph> and <mpl>.
A Menu command is initiated by pressing the Menu key, followed by a numeric entry,
then the Enter or Channel Up key. During the Menu process, the Channel Down key
acts as a backspace or delete key.
Some selections that need only a single numeric entry and will have a parameter value
of zero (0). Those keys are 0, 8, 9, 18, 20, 30, 900, 911, and 912.
Menu selections that will prompt the user to enter a second parameter entry are:
1 = Select Media
2 = Password
3 = Chapter Search
4 = Frame Search
11 = Channel
21 = Page Zone
22 = Page Room
25 = Go
21 = Attach Zone
32 = Attach Room
Tip: The Menu entries are active even if the TV power is off.
Device
Response
SP
" '<',0,0,4,'SP',<number devices present>,<number devices expected> (8 bytes)
Sent in response to HE status query.
Tip: If the number of present and expected devices match, the green Net LED on the
HE will blink once per second. If the two numbers do not agree, the LED blinks twice
per second.
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iC-Net SmartZones
To simplify controlling groups of devices, iC-Net is divided into 16 zones of 255 devices, called
SmartZones. All the devices within each zone can be controlled simultaneously by sending a
command to a single virtual device number.
For example, noting the zone chart below, if we send a Power On command to device #256, any TV
controller numbered between 257 and 511 will instantly turn on. If we send a Power Off command to
device #4095, all devices in the system will turn off.
This is an immensely powerful feature, because most systems can only address one device at time.
So if you need to turn off all 50 TV in a zone, you would need to send 50 commands. In addition to
the hassles of creating multiple commands, there would be a long delay between the first and last
command. One command, instant response is easier.
As we noted before, ABC Media Retrieval Systems reserve Zone 0 for devices used in the central
control system, 1 -15 for iC-Net devices. This structure may be useful for your application, or you
could use Zone 0 just like any other iC-Net zone.
Zone
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
All Zones
Tip:
First Device
257
513
769
1025
1281
1537
1793
2049
2305
2561
2817
3073
3329
3585
3841
Last Device
511
767
1023
1279
1535
1791
2047
2303
2559
2815
3071
3327
3583
3839
4000
Virtual Device
256
512
768
1024
1280
1536
1792
2048
2304
2560
2816
3072
3328
3584
3840
4095
You've probably figured out that you never want to assign a virtual device number to an
actual device in the system. If you assigned #1536 to a device, all the TV controllers in
Zone 6 would respond every time you sent a command to that one device.
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System Map
One of the key tasks for iC-Net integrators is to create a logical System Map, assigning device numbers to TV
controllers so they fall into physical zones useful to the client. The device mapping could be sorted by type or
location; whichever suits the application.
iC-Net Zone
1
2
3
4
Zone
W 1st Floor
W 2nd Floor
E 1st Floor
E 2nd Floor
Room
256
W151
W152
W153
W154
W251
W252
W253
W254
E151
E152
E153
E154
E251
E252
E253
E254
5
Coffee Areas
G100
G150
G151
6
Day Care
TV 1
TV 2
7
Hallways
W1
W2
E1
E2
8
Office
Admin
A/V Center
All Zones
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Device
257
258
259
260
512
513
514
515
516
768
769
770
771
772
1024
1025
1024
1025
1026
1280
1281
1282
1283
1536
1537
1538
1792
1793
1794
1795
1796
2048
2049
2050
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Typical RF and ICC-Net Signal Flow
The diagram below shows the structure of a typical Contemporary Research media retrieval system. One of the
key aspects for iCC-Net communication is to provide a forward and return (sub-channel) path for data.
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Mounting the VDC
In most cases, you’ll mount the VDC directly to the display, either below or above. Mounting below
the display is preferred, as it’s usually the best location for IR reception from remotes, and helps to
screen the internal IR sensors from stray ceiling-fixture IR.
With some video projectors, it’s hard to find the perfect location for control and IR reception for the
internal IR sensors. In addition, many plasma displays emit a large amount of IR interference. In
those situations, order the optional IR-RXC External IR Sensor, locating the sensor remotely from the
display.
Installers commonly use Velcro to secure the VDC to the display. Others will use brackets, such as
our optional RK2 Brackets to mount the VDC to the display, as shown below. Some combine the two
approaches, using Velcro during the initial phase of installation, then securing with brackets when
testing and troubleshooting is completed.
In all cases, it’s best to mount the VDC near to the display, simplifying wiring for A/V and control
cables. If, for some reason, the VDC must be mounted in an equipment rack, you’ll need an optional
RK1 Rack Mount Kit.
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Safety Instructions
Read before operating equipment
1. Cleaning - Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol
cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning.
2. Power Sources - Use supplied or equivalent UL/CSA approved low voltage DC plug-in transformer.
3. Outdoor Antenna Grounding - If you connect an outside antenna or cable system to the product, be
sure the antenna or cable system is grounded so as to provide some protection against voltage surges
and built-up static charges. Section 810 of the National Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA No. 70, provides
information with respect to proper grounding of the mast and supporting structure, grounding of the leadin wire to an antenna discharge unit, size of grounding conductors, location of antenna discharge unit,
connection to grounding electrodes, and requirements for the grounding electrode.
4. Lightning - Avoid installation or reconfiguration of wiring during lightning activity.
5. Power Lines - Do not locate an outside antenna system near overhead power lines or other electric light
or power cVDCuits or where it can fall into such power lines or cVDCuits. When installing an outside
antenna system, refrain from touching such power lines or cVDCuits, as contact with them might be fatal.
6. Overloading - Do not overload wall outlets and extension cords as this can result in a risk of fire or
electric shock.
7. Object and Liquid Entry - Never push objects of any kind into this product through openings as they
may touch dangerous voltage points or short out parts, resulting in a fire or electric shock. Never spill
liquid of any kind on the product.
8. Servicing - Do not attempt to service this product yourself as opening or removing covers may expose
you to dangerous voltage or other hazards. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
9. Damage Requiring Service - Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified
service personnel under the following conditions:
 When the power supply cord or plug is damaged.
 If liquid spills or objects fall into the product.
 If the product is exposed to rain or water.
 If the product does not operate normally by following the operating instructions. Adjust only those
controls that are covered by the operating instructions. An improper adjustment of other controls may
result in damage and will often require extensive work by a qualified technician to restore the product
to its normal operation.
 If the video product is dropped or the cabinet is damaged.
 When the video product exhibits a distinct change in performance, this indicates a need for service.
* Note to CATV system installer: This reminder is provided to call CATV system installer's attention to
Article 820-40 of the National Electrical Code (Section 54 of Canadian Electrical Code, Part I), that provides
guidelines for proper grounding and, in particular, specifies that the cable ground shall be connected to the
grounding system of the building as close to the point of cable entry as possible.
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Limited Warranty and Disclaimer
Contemporary Research Corporation (CR) warrants this product to be free from defects in
material and workmanship under normal use for a period of two years from the date of
purchase from CR. Should such a defect occur CR will repair or replace, at their option, the
defective product at no cost for parts or labor.
This warranty extends to product purchased directly from CR or an Authorized CR Dealer.
Consumers should inquire from selling dealer as to the nature and extent of the dealer's
warranty, if any.
All warranty claims must be shipped pre-paid to the factory. Call or fax to obtain a Return
Material Authorization (RMA) number.
CR is not liable for any damages caused by any of its products or for the failure of any
products to perform, including any lost profits, lost savings, incidental damages, or
consequential damages. CR is not responsible for any claim made by a third party or made
for you by a third party. This limitation of liability applies whether damages are sought, or a
claim is made, under this warranty or as a tort claim (including negligence and strict product
liability), a contract claim, or any other claim. This limitation of liability cannot be waived or
amended by any person. This limitation of liability will be effective even if CR or an
authorized representative of CR has been advised of the possibility of any such damages.
Some states do not allow a limitation of how long an implied warranty lasts. Some states do
not allow the limitation or exclusion of incidental or consequential damages for consumer
products. In such states, the limitation or exclusion of the Limited Warranty may not apply to
you. This Limited Warranty gives you specific legal rights. You may also have other rights
that may vary from state to state. You are advised to consult applicable state laws for a full
determination of your rights.
Except as expressly set forth in this Limited Warranty, CR makes no other warranties,
expressed or implied, including any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a
particular purpose. CR expressly disclaims all warranties not stated in this Limited Warranty.
Any implied warranties that may be imposed by law are limited to the terms of this Limited
Warranty.
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