RoomBox NT PC configuration software

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This software must me installed and run on your PC to configure and update the RoomBox NT

Download

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

Configuration

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.

Hardware

If you do not have a serial port on your computer you must use a suitably set up USB to serial adaptor. Any USB to RS232 adapter that is based on either the Prolific or FTDI chip-sets are preferred, Living Control cannot provide support for these 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.

Sources

You must tell the RoomBox NT 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 8 sources are generally used for those that will be connected to the RoomBox. Sources 9-12 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'.

Creating a new source

To create a new a source, right click it and select 'Create New Source'. For further information, see creating a new source type.

Downloading Sources

You can download additional sources from RoomBox NT device files.

Copy the file to the correct folder in the configuration software devices folder. Normally in Windows XP this will be at: c:\Program Files\Living Control\RoomBoxNT\Devices

Source Configuration box

Main/user tab

Name

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.

Tracks/titles

This shows the type of source in respect of the way it uses tracks and titles. Leave this as it is.

Identifier

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

Capacity

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.

Control tab

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

Control type

This will be by Serial (RS232) for the MusicBox and some tuners but otherwise it will be infrared.

Port

For a serial control source, set the COM port that you will be connecting to the source to control it here.

IR port

Set the IR port into which you will plug the IR emitter that will be used to control the source here. Some sources may have both serial and IR control.

RC5

Tick this box if the source uses RC5 IR control.

IR 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.

IR code block

Use this area to add your own Pronto hex IR codes when you create a new source type

Inputs tab

Use this tab to set up which inputs each source will be connected to. By default, source 1 is connected to input 1 etc.

Audio - Analogue input

This is the analogue audio input (phonos on the rear panel of the unit) that the source will be connected to on the RoomBox.

Audio - Digital input

This function is currently not used

Sensitivity

Move this slider to set the overall volume of each source to balance the volume levels of different sources. For high output sources set the sensitivity to a lower number and vice versa.

Video - Analogue input

This is the input number on a CVX video switcher that the source will be connected to. It should be a number from 1 to 6.

Video - Digital input

This is the input number on a third party digital switching unit. Currently not implemented. See Controlling CYP video switchers for instructions on using an CYP HDMI matrix.

Zones

Select 'File', 'Zones' from the main menu to get the zone configuration box. Use this to set up the features of each zone. There are three tabs at the top of the box for zones 1-8 (on the RoomBox NT itself), zones 9-16 on an 8-More), and zones 17-24 9On a second 8-More) Please inform Living Control if you want to use a second 8-More as it will need to be specially configured for zones 17-24.

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

Digital

Will be used to set the output to be used for that zone on a third party digital video switcher. Set this value to 0 if ther is no digital video output for this zone.

Analogue

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.

Lights

Tick this box if you wish the system to control lighting in that zone. This will create a button which you should click to select the Lighting setting box

Curtains

Tick this box if you wish the system to control curtains in that zone. This will create a button which you should click to select the Curtain setting box

This section is currently non-functioning.

Screens

Tick this box if you wish the system to control a projector screen in that zone. This will create a button which you should click to select the Screens setting box

This section is currently non-functioning.

Heating

The RoomBox NT has integration with Sensible Heat heating systems. Tick the 'heating' box if you wish the system to control the heating in that zone. This will create a button which you should click to select the Heating setting box

Titles

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