2. Installation and Getting Started. Epiphan Video VGA Printer

2. Installation and Getting Started. Epiphan Video VGA Printer

2. Installation and Getting Started

2. Installation and Getting Started

This chapter describes how to connect and install the VGA Printer device, add a printer, and print captured images. This chapter contains the following sections:

• VGA Printer Hardware Features

• VGA Printer Software Features

• Connect and Power on the VGA Printer Device

VGA Printer Basics

Connecting the VGA Printer Device

Using the Network Discovery Utility to Find the IP Address of the VGA Printer Device

Logging Into the VGA Printer Web admin interface

Troubleshooting

If the Network Doesn’t Have a DHCP Server

RS-232 Integration

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2. Installation and Getting Started VGA Printer Hardware Features

VGA Printer Hardware Features

The VGA Printer device includes the following hardware features.

Figure 3: VGA Printer connectors, buttons, and LEDs

Power not supported

Eth 1 Eth 2

Left Side

USB USB

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Power

ETH 1

ETH 2

Reset

Button

Not

Used

LEDs USB VGA

OUT

Right Side

VGA

IN

Connect the AC adapter to the VGA Printer power connector and to a power outlet.

Primary 10/100/1000 Base-T RJ-45 autosensing Ethernet network port to connect the device to an Ethernet network.

Secondary 10/100/1000 Base-T RJ-45 autosensing Ethernet network port. This port is useful for some configurations. See

“Configuring the Ethernet Bridge For Use if

You Have Only One Ethernet Connection” on page 40 for more information.

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VGA IN

To connect a VESA-compatible VGA source to the VGA Printer device. See the VGA Printer technical specifications on the Epiphan web site for information about the video input supported by the VGA Printer

VGA OUT

Not used.

USB ports

All VGA Printer devices have multiple USB

2.0 connectors (that also support USB 1.1).

You can send commands to VGA Printer device by connecting a USB port to an RS-232 control system (using a USB to RS-232

connector). See “RS-232 Integration” on page 25

for more information.

Reset Button

Reset the VGA Printer device to factory default settings. To use this button, disconnect power to the device, press and hold the Reset button as you reconnect the power. The blue

LED lights up. Keep pressing the Reset button until the blue LED turns off and the Green

LED lights up. Release the Reset button. The device starts normally but with all settings returned to factory defaults.

Note:

You may have to re-configure the device’s network settings to reconnect the device to the network. See

“Changing the

VGA Printer IP Address” on page 22

for more information.

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VGA Printer LEDs

LED Activity Description

Red

Power

(PWR)

Capture

(CAP)

Status

(STAT)

Off

Flashing

Amber

On

Off

Flashing

Green

Normal operation, the Frame Grabber is receiving power.

Power is disconnected from the Frame

Grabber.

The video capture application is running and has found the Frame Grabber. The

Frame Grabber is capturing images.

The Frame Grabber is not receiving a

VGA/DVI-A signal, or cannot adjust video capture parameters.

The Frame Grabber is not recognized by the operating system.

Normal operation, the Frame Grabber is initialized and ready to capture.

VGA Printer Basics

To get started, a quick reference of VGA Printer system requirements and some useful information:

Video source

Printer

Interface

Any VESA-compatible VGA or DVI-A source.

USB connection and network printers that use the http, ipp, lpd, or socket protocol. The

VGA Printer device does not support printing to Windows shared network printers.

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Recommended and Supported

Printers

See the VGA Printer compatible printers page of the Epiphan Web Site for the up-to-date list of recommended and supported printers.

PostScript printers are recommended for fastest printing. You can use the VGA Printer

Web admin interface to easily find and quickly configure printers.

Note:

You can automatically find printers connected to the VGA Printer device or on the same network. You must add a printer before you can print captured images. See

3. “Printing Basics” on page 27

.

Web admin interface

Use the Web admin interface to add printers, configure the VGA Printer device and print captured images. To log in, open a web browser to and browse to: http://<VGA_Printer_IP_Address>

User Name:

admin (no password)

Default Web admin interface IP address and network mask

IP:

192.168.255.250

Netmask:

255.255.255.252

The VGA Printer device can get an IP address from a DHCP server on your network if available. After you connect the VGA Printer device to your network, check your DHCP server logs to find the IP address assigned to the VGA Printer device. If your network does not have a DHCP server, see

“If the Network

Doesn’t Have a DHCP Server” on page 20 .

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2. Installation and Getting Started Connecting the VGA Printer Device

Connecting the VGA Printer Device

This section describes how to connect the VGA Printer device to a

VGA or DVI-A video source, a printer, and to your network. Use the network connection to connect to the VGA Printer Web admin interface. The VGA Printer device also uses the network connection to communicate with network printers.

Figure 4

shows VGA Printer connectors, buttons, and LEDs.

Figure 4: Connecting the VGA Printer device

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VGA Printer

Admin Interface

Connection to printer

(USB or network)

VGA or

DVI-A

Cable

Video Source

(Equipment with VGA or

DVI-A Output)

Epiphan

VGA Printer

Printer

(Print Captured

Images)

To connect the VGA Printer device you need:

• A VGA or DVI-A video source.

• An IP-based Ethernet network.

• One or more printers the can connect to the network or to a

VGA Printer USB port.

To connect and turn on the VGA Printer device

1

Use a VGA cable to connect the VGA signal output source to the VGA IN port.

You can connect the VGA Printer device to any VGA source.

If you are connecting to a DVI-A video signal, use a VGA to

DVI-A adapter.

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Figure 5: Connecting a the VGA Printer device to a VGA source

VGA IN

You can use an active VGA splitter to split the VGA signal between a monitor and the VGA Printer device. Splitting the

VGA signal may reduce the image quality.

2

Use a USB cable to connect a printer directly to any VGA

Printer USB port.

Follow the connection instructions supplied by your printer manufacturer for connecting your printer (except that you do not have to install printer drivers on the VGA Printer device.)

3

Use a standard 10/100 Base-T RJ-45 Ethernet cable to connect the network to the VGA Printer ETH 1 port.

The network must be running the TCP/IP protocol. Ideally you should be able to connect to the Internet from the VGA

Printer device.

4

Connect the power adapter to the VGA Printer power connector.

The VGA Printer device powers on and starts up.

5

Power on any printers connected to the VGA Printer device.

6

Start up the VGA source.

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7

Confirm that the VGA Printer device is receiving images from the VGA source by logging into the VGA Printer Web admin interface (see

“Logging Into the VGA Printer Web admin interface” on page 18

) and confirming that a captured image appears.

If a captured image does not appear, check the VGA source to make sure it is transmitting a VGA image. Also check the cable between the VGA Printer device and the VGA source to make sure it is connected correctly.

Using the Network Discovery Utility to

Find the IP Address of the VGA Printer

Device

You can use the Network Discovery Utility on a Windows PC to find the VGA Printer device and its IP address on the network.

You can also use the Network Discovery Utility to connect to the

Web admin interface.

The VGA Printer device must be assigned an IP address on the network to be able to find and print to network printers. It can get an IP address from a DHCP server if there is one on the network.

If the network does not have a DHCP server, see “If the Network

Doesn’t Have a DHCP Server” on page 20 .

This section assumes that the network has a DHCP server and that the DHCP server gives the VGA Printer device an IP address on the network.

To install the Network Discovery Utility

1

Find the latest Network Discovery Utility on an Epiphan download page. For example: http://www.epiphan.com/products/broadcasting/ vga-broadcaster-lite/download/

2

Select

Download Network Discovery Utility

.

Make sure you note the download destination folder.

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3

Run NetworkDiscovery.exe.

4

Select Search to find the Epiphan devices connected to the network.

Note:

The Network Discovery Utility can only find the Epiphan devices on the same network as the Windows PC.

If the VGA Printer device is operating, has received an IP address from a DHCP server, and is connected to the network, the

Network Discovery Utility should find it and it should appear on the Network Discovery Utility display. The Network Discovery

Utility also displays the VGA Printer IP address.

You can use this IP address to connect to the Web admin interface. You can also select Web config to connect to the Web admin interface.

If the VGA Printer device is capturing images, its status should be

Device OK shown with a green indicator.

Note:

When you restart the Network Discovery Utility and if it has already found an Epiphan device, it will show the status as

Detecting and the indicator will be amber. The DHCP server may have assigned a new IP address; therefore, always select Search after starting the Network Discovery Utility.

If the Network Discovery Utility cannot find the VGA Printer device, make sure the device is turned on and check the network connections. If you find and correct the problem, select Search to refresh the list of devices.

If you still cannot see the VGA Printer device, it may not have gotten an IP address from the DHCP server. Use the information

in “Changing the VGA Printer IP Address” on page 22 to log into

the Web admin interface and manually change the VGA Printer

IP address.

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2. Installation and Getting Started Logging Into the VGA Printer Web admin interface

Logging Into the VGA Printer Web admin interface

You use the VGA Printer Web admin interface to configure the

VGA Printer device. Log into the VGA Printer Web admin interface from any web browser. Before you log into the Web admin interface you need to determine the IP address of the VGA

Printer device.

Note:

You can always log into the VGA Printer Web admin interface by browsing to the default VGA Printer IP address, which is

http://192.168.255.250

. To log into the VGA Printer device using this IP address you must change your PC to use the static IP address 192.168.255.249 and netmask 255.255.255.252.

Then open a Web browser and browse to

http://192.168.255.250

.

If the Network has a DHCP Server

The VGA Printer device can get network settings automatically if the network has a DHCP server. After connecting the VGA

Printer device to the ethernet network, you can use the Network

Discovery Utility or check the DHCP server logs to determine the

IP address given to the VGA Printer device.

To log into the VGA Printer Web admin interface

1

Start a web browser on a PC connected to the same network as the VGA Printer device.

2

Browse to: http://<VGA_Printer_IP_address>

3

Enter the following:

User Name:

admin

Password:

(no password required)

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4

Press Enter.

The VGA Printer Web admin interface appears. Figure 6

shows a sample VGA Printer Web admin interface with an example captured image. If the VGA Printer device is connected to an active VGA source, the Web admin interface shows the current captured image.

Figure 6: VGA Printer Web admin interface (example image)

Troubleshooting

If the VGA Printer device can’t print but the printer is connected and functioning properly you may need to select a default printer or add a new printer. Log into the VGA Printer Web admin interface and if Configure VGA Printer displays the message

Error: printer is not configured!

the VGA Printer device cannot find a printer.

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• To add a new printer, see “Adding Printers” on page 27

.

• To set a printer to be the default printer, see “Selecting the

Default Printer” on page 68

.

If a printer is turned off or disconnected, VGA Printer may store print jobs in that printer’s print queue. When the printer is connected or turned on again, the stored print jobs will be printed. After the printer is restarted you may have to go to the print queue and restart print jobs for them to print. See

“Controlling Print Jobs” on page 70 for information about

viewing and starting print jobs.

If the Network Doesn’t Have a DHCP

Server

If the network doesn't have a DHCP server, to log into the VGA

Printer Web admin interface you need to temporarily change the network configuration of your PC.

You must also establish an ethernet connection between the VGA

Printer device and your PC. You can do this one of the following ways:

• Connect the VGA Printer ETH 1 port to the same Ethernet network as your PC.

• Connect the VGA Printer ETH 1 port to an Ethernet network switch and connect your PC’s Ethernet port to the same switch.

• Connect the VGA Printer ETH 1 port directly to your PC’s

Ethernet port using a cross-over cable.

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To log into the VGA Printer Web admin interface

1

Change the IP address of a PC connected to the same network as the VGA Printer device to:

IP Address:

192.168.255.249

Subnet Mask:

255.255.255.252

Follow the instructions for your operating system. If your operating system supports adding more than one IP address, then you can add this IP address as a second IP address instead of changing the current address.

Figure 7: VGA Printer Web admin interface (with an example captured image)

2

Start a web browser on the PC and browse to: http://192.168.255.250

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3

Enter the following:

User Name:

admin

Password:

(no password required)

4

Press Enter.

The VGA Printer Web admin interface appears. Figure 7 shows a sample VGA Printer Web admin interface. If the VGA source is active, the display shows a captured image.

Otherwise it will be blank.

Changing the VGA Printer IP Address

You can change the VGA Printer IP address at any time. You may need to change the IP address so that PCs on the network can connect to the VGA Printer Web admin interface and so that the

VGA Printer device can connect to network printers.

• If the network does not have a DHCP server you will most likely need to change the VGA Printer IP address.

• If the network does have a DHCP server you might also want to change the VGA Printer IP address if you would rather the the VGA Printer device have a static IP address instead of a dynamic address assigned by the DHCP server.

• You can also change the VGA Printer IP address even if the

DHCP server has assigned an IP address. If for some reason the DHCP server goes down, you can switch the VGA Printer to connect using the static IP address.

To change the VGA Printer IP address

This procedure describes how to disable DHCP and give the VGA

Printer device a static IP address.

1

Log into the VGA Printer Web admin interface.

2

Scroll down to

Change IP Address

.

You can also use your web browser find feature to find

Change IP Address.

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Figure 8: Change the VGA Printer IP address

3

Set

How to obtain IP address

to

Use static address

.

You must disable DHCP for the VGA Printer device to use a static IP address.

4

Enter an

IP

address,

Mask

,

Gateway

, and

DNS server

that are valid for the network.

Contact your network administrator if you are not sure what information to use. The IP address, netmask, gateway, and

DNS server that you assign to the VGA Printer device must be compatible with the IP addresses and netmask of the other devices on the network. For example:

IP:

Mask:

Gateway:

DNS server:

192.168.1.20

255.255.255.0

192.168.1.2

192.168.1.99

5

Select

Change IP Address Configuration

to save these changes.

The VGA Printer device displays the changed IP address configuration.

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Figure 9: Example VGA Printer IP address configuration change

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6

Confirm that the settings are correct and select

Continue

.

7

Scroll down the Web admin interface to the

Reboot the system

section and select

Reboot

. Then select

Continue

.

It takes a few minutes for the VGA Printer device to reboot.

8

After a few minutes try logging into the VGA Printer Web admin interface by browsing to the new IP address. For example, browse to: http://192.168.1.20

9

Enter the Web admin interface user name and password to login.

To reset network settings to use DHCP

By default, if you connect the VGA Printer device to a network with a DHCP server, the DHCP server will automatically configure the VGA Printer network settings. If required you can disable DHCP settings to use a static IP address. This procedure describes how to re-enable DHCP settings that have been disabled.

1

Log into the VGA Printer Web admin interface.

2

Scroll down to

Change IP Address

.

You can also use your web browser find feature to find

Change IP Address.

3

Change

How to obtain IP address

to

Use DHCP

.

4

Select

Continue

.

5

Scroll down the Web admin interface to the

Reboot the system

section and select

Reboot

. Then select

Continue

.

It takes a few minutes for the VGA Printer device to reboot.

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6

After a few minutes check the Network Discovery Utility or your DHCP server logs to determine the VGA Printer IP address.

7

Try logging into the VGA Printer Web admin interface by browsing to the new IP address. For example, if the VGA

Printer IP address has changed to 192.168.1.200, browse to: http://192.168.1.200

RS-232 Integration

You can integrate the VGA Printer device with control equipment that uses an RS-232 interface. You can use this RS-232 interface to trigger the VGA Printer device to print the current captured image by sending a PRINT command over the RS-232 connection.

The PRINT command must be terminated with an LF (ASCII code

10).

Connect your control equipment to the VGA Printer using a standard RS-232 null-modem cable. (such as Belkin Serial File

Transfer cable part number F3X171-10). You must use an RS-232 serial adapter to connect the RS-232 null-modem cable to one of the VGA Printer USB ports.

The VGA Printer package does not include an RS-232 serial adapter but you can purchase one from Epiphan as an optional accessory.

Use the following serial port configuration for the RS-232 connection:

Speed

Data bits

Parity

Stop bits

Flow control

19200 bps

8

None

1

Hardware

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