RoomBox 6 PC configuration software

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This software must be installed and run on a PC to configure and update the RoomBox 6. You will need a PC with a COM port. There is no Mac version of this software.


You should download the latest version of the PC_configuration_software

If you are using Windows 7 you must be logged in as an administrator for this software to work properly.

We strongly recommend that you install and run this software on the PC you intend to use for configuration, to check for problems, before you go on site


When you first run software, you must put it into dealer mode to be able to configure of the RoomBox. To do this, from the 'File' menu select preferences and enter the password, the default for this is the word 'password'. Ensure the 'Dealer mode' box is ticked.

It is also a good idea to initially select demo mode when asked for a com port. This will enable you to see how to use the software without it continually looking for the RoomBox. When you want to use it for real, remember to set the correcvt com port.


Connect the PC to the 9-pin D-Type port on the RoomBox with a straight-through, also called extension, serial lead, not a null-modem lead. If you do not have a serial port on your computer you may be able to use a suitably set up USB to serial adaptor but a real RS232 (COM) port is always better. Generally these are found on older computers. Any USB to RS232 adapter that is based on either the Prolific or FTDI chip-sets are sugested, but these devices are not guaranteed to work, and Living Control cannot provide support for such devices. Ensure that the adapter has a suitable COM port number on the computer, the lower the better. If you are still enable to establish communications, check that there is no phone management software running, these (especially Nokia) tend to block the COM ports, expecting phone communications. Bluetooth software can also have a similar effect.


You must tell the RoomBox 6 what sources will be connected to it. To do this, from the 'Edit' menu click 'Sources'.

The boxes at the top of the screen show the sources that will be connected to the source inputs on the rear panel of the RoomBox. Available pre-configured sources are shown in the left hand window. Click a category to expand it. Click on the source you want to add. This will create a box. Drag the box to the source number which you intend to use it for. This will bring up the source configuration box.

The first 6 sources are generally used for those that will be connected to the RoomBox. Sources 7-8 are virtual sources which may be used for sources which do not require an input to the RoomBox, for example, local AV-room sources.

Deleting a source

To delete a source, right click it and select 'delete'.

Adding an Apple Airport Express or a Sonos Zone Player as a source

The RoomBox does not control these products, they must be controlled by their own software. They can be added as simple sources though. Add them as a single CD player', any brand, then rename the source 'Airport' or 'Sonos' as required. No of Sources should be set to '1'. Deselect the 'Track screen on DisplayPad' box. Connect the audio output from the device to the input number of the new source. This will require a stereo 3.5 mm jack to phono lead for the Airport Express.

Source Configuration box

Main/user tab


This is the name for that source that will appear on pads. You can edit this to show the name of your preference. Keep this to 8 characters so that it will appear correctly on all types of pad.

For the MusicBox outputs it is suggested that you change this name to show the way in which the output will be used. For example you could set it to the name of the person in the household who will be using this output.

Track name

This is the name of a track or chapter on your source.


This is the name of the media used in the source when relevant. Leave this as it is.


This is the number of media, for example discs or preset radio stations in the source. For multi-disc CD players leave set this to the disc capacity of the player. For the MusicBox leave this as it is (currently 2). For sources with no titles set this to 1, do not set it to 0.

Advanced/Ir/Control tab

Use this tab to set up the way in which the source will be controlled by the RoomBox

IR protocol

This sets the way in which the RoomBox controls the source. generally this should not be changed.

Allow Infrared pass through

Tick this box if you want to create an IR passthrough from the room pad to the source. This would let you use the original source remote control to control the source, for example with Sky.


This sets the overall volume level for that source. Reduce the value if that source sounds louder than the others

Single digit remote control

This allows selection of a radio station by pressing a single digit on your IR remote control

Video tab

This sets the video input number to which that source is connected on a CVX.


Select 'File', 'Zones' from the main menu to get the zone configuration box. Use this to set up the features of each zone.

Zone name

Enter the name of the zone here, generally the name of the room, 'Kitchen', 'Living'. Use up to 8 characters only. The default names are 'Zone 1', etc.

Source enable boxes

Tick the box in each zone to enable each source in that zone. If the box ix not ticked then that source will not be shown on any of the wall pads in that zone.

Max volume

This is the maximum volume that can be set in the zone. The default is the system maximum of 64. Reduce this number to restrict the volume in that zone.

Video outputs

Set the output to be used for that zone on a CVX video switcher.

AV Room Box

Tick this box if the zone is to be used with an AV amp. This will create a button which you should click to select the AV-room setting box. Note that only zones 6, 7, and 8 have a line-level output for connection to an AV amp.


Select 'Edit', 'Titles' from the main menu to get the title box.