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PDF Content Summary: User Guide EL-80DC EL-40DT / EL-80DT / EL-80DTF EL-100DT EL-280DT / EL-480DT Innovation & Technology by Design APEX PC SOLUTIONSTM OutLook User Guide © 1998 Apex PC Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved. Fourth Edition August 1998 Printed in the United States of America Apex Part Number 053-0074-00 The information in this guide is subject to change without notice. Apex PC Solutions shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein; nor is it liable for incidental or consequential damages resulting from the furnishing, performance, or use of this material. Product names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. PC/AT, PS/2, RS/6000 and IBM are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation. Sun Microsystems and Sun Sparc are registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. OutLook and OSCAR are registered trademarks and the Apex logo is a trademark of Apex PC Solutions, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Various aspects of OutLook and its OSCAR interface are protected by United States patent number 5721842. Apex PC Solutions Inc 20031 142nd Ave NE Woodinville WA 98072 USA Tel 425 402-9393 Fax 425 402-9494 E-mail email@example.com Web apexpc.com 2 Technical Support Along with your OutLook switch, you receive a variety of support services to give you the results you need quickly and professionally. Where to go for assistance Visit our web site for the latest technical information and to download upgrades apexpc.com Contact your distributor or reseller E-mail Apex Technical Support firstname.lastname@example.org Phone Apex Technical Support Monday through Friday between 7 am and 6 pm Pacific Time 800 861-5858 What information you need to provide to Apex Technical Support Unit model number and serial number. Make and model of keyboard and mouse attached to the unit. These numbers are on the underside of each unit. Make and model of computers used. Name and version of operating systems used. 3 Communications Regulation Information ENGLISH FRANÇAIS Federal Communications Notice Observation des normes—Classe A (Class A Equipment) Cet appariel numérique respecte les This equipment has been tested and limites de bruits radioélectriques found to comply with the limits for a applicables aux appariels numérique Class A digital device, pursuant to Part de Classe A prescrites dans la norme 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are sur le matériel brouilleur: “Appariels designed to provide reasonable Numérique,” NMB-003 édictée par le interference when the equipment is ministre des Communications. operated in a commercial environ- ment. Radio Interference DEUTSCH This equipment generates, uses, and BZT Hinweis can radiate radio frequency energy Hiermit wird bescheinigt, daß dieses and, if not installed and used in Gerät in Übereinstimmung mit den accordance with the instructions, may Bestimmugen der BMPT-AmtsblVfg cause harmful interference to radio 243/1991 funk-entstört ist. Der communications. Operation of this vorschriftsmäßige Betrieb mancher equipment in a residential area is likely Gerät (z.B. Meßsender) kann allerdings to cause harmful interference, in which gewissen Einschränkungen case the user will be required to unterliegen. Beachten Sie deshalb die correct the interference at personal Hinweise in der Bedienungsanleitung. expense. Dem Bundesamt für Zulassungen in DOC Class A Compliance der Telekommunikation wurde das This digital apparatus does not exceed Inverkehrbringen dieses Geräts the Class A limits for radio noise angezeigt und die Berechtigung zur emissions from digital apparatus as set Überprüfung der Serie auf die out in the interference-causing Einhaltung der Bestimmugen equipment standard entitled “Digital eingeräumt. Apparatus,” ICES-003 of the Depart- ment of Communications. 4
Limited Warranty Apex PC Solutions warrants that the Outlook Switch (Product) will be free from defects in materials and work- manship under normal use and service for a period of one year from the date of receipt. Any implied warranty on the switch is limited to one year. Customer Remedies Apex PC Solutions’ entire liability and your exclusive remedy shall be, at Apex’s option, either (a) return of the price paid or (b) repair or replacement of the Product that does not meet Apex’s Limited Warranty and which is returned to Apex with a copy of your receipt. THIS LIMITED WARRANTY IS VOID IF FAILURE OF THE PRODUCT HAS RESULTED FROM ACCIDENT, ABUSE, OR MISAPPLICATION. Any replacement Product will be warranted for the remainder of the original warranty period or six months, whichever is longer. No Other Warranties APEX PC SOLUTIONS DISCLAIMS ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, EITHER EX- PRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO IMPLIED WARRAN- TIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, WITH RESPECT TO THE PRODUCT AND THE ACCOMPANYING PRODUCT MANUAL AND WRITTEN MATERIALS. This Limited Warranty gives you specific rights, and you may have other rights which vary from state to state. 5 No Liability For Consequential Damages IN NO EVENT SHALL APEX PC SOLU- TIONS BE LIABLE FOR ANY OTHER DAMAGES WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF BUSINESS PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, LOSS OF BUSINESS INFORMATION, OR OTHER PECUNIARY LOSS) ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE PRODUCT, EVEN IF APEX PC SOLUTIONS HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IN ANY CASE, APEX PC SOLUTIONS’ ENTIRE LIABILITY UNDER ANY PROVISION OF THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT ACTUALLY PAID BY YOU FOR THE PRODUCT.
A P E X O U T L O O K S W I T C H E S CONTENTS 1 INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Illustrations of Switch Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Model Comparison Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 2 INSTALLATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Installation Check List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Your OutLook switch package contains . . . . 15 You need to provide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Save your OutLook switch package. . . . . . . 15 Select switch connection mode for EL-280DT/EL-480DT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Select location for the OutLook switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Connecting the Console . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Standard connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Special connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Remote connection. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Sequence of cable connection. . . . . . . . . . . 18 Connecting the Primary Switch to a Secondary Switch (Tiering). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Tiered configurations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Adding a secondary switch while the system is running . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Port numbering scheme . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Connecting the Computers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Adding a computer while the system is running . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Turning On the System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Startup sequence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Startup behavior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 6 3 OPERATION GUIDE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Navigating with OSCAR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Operate with keyboard and mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Using the Print Screen key . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 OSCAR Selection screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 OSCAR Advanced Menus screen . . . . . . . . . 37 Selecting Computers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Assigning Unique Names to Computers . . . . . 39 Changing Menu Attributes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Changing Status Flag Attributes . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Scanning the Computers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Broadcasting Commands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Broadcasting to tiered configurations . . . . . 47 Securing Server Access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Displaying Version Information . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Saving the Hardware Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Resetting the Mouse and Keyboard . . . . . . . . . 54 Assigning Specific Device Types . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Adjusting the Video Impedance Value . . . . . . . 56 Your video board version . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Impedance values in tiered systems . . . . . . 57 APPENDICES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 A Specifications. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 B Options and Accessories. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 C Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 D Firmware Upgrade Instructions. . . . . . . . . 64 E Connector Pin Specifications . . . . . . . . . . 66 F Optional Rackmounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 G Setting OutLook DIP Switches . . . . . . . . . 68 7 8
1 INTRODUCTION OVERVIEW Apex PC Solutions offers the OutLook® family of switches to enable you to control large com- puter networks using a single keyboard, monitor, and mouse. On a single video screen, you can select as many as 100 computers running different operating sys- tems. The OutLook switch patented On-Screen Configuration and Activity Reporting (OSCAR) interface has intuitive menus for accessing each attached computer. Computers can be identified by name or number, enabling you to view and select server names that make sense to you. A typical OutLook switch system consists of the console (monitor, keyboard, and mouse), the switch unit, and the attached computers. You can choose from a single-user system or a multiple-user system. The OutLook family includes switches specifically designed for use in telecommunications systems, financial and trading applications, and Sun/Unix networks. Additional OutLook switches can be connected to the primary OutLook switch, called tiering, to increase computer access from 4, 8, or 10 computers A P E X O U T L O O K S W I T C H E S 9 Overview Features Illustrations of Switch Systems Model Comparison Chart to as many as 16, 64, or 100 computers. Tiering allows you to modify your OutLook switch system, as your network system needs change. Switching between computers is accomplished by typing a com- mand at the keyboard. The selected computer receives characters typed at the keyboard and displays its video output on the monitor. You can also use the mouse to interact with the graphic interface of the selected computer. The OutLook family of products is available in 4, 8, and 10-port versions and can be used in various configurations to accommodate large or small systems. All versions are packaged in space-efficient 1-U height (1.75-in) or 2-U (3.5-in) cases for desktop or rack-mounted systems.
1 Introduction FEATURES
Compatible with major computer and peripheral devices, including: • Industry standard PS/2 mouse and keyboard • RS/6000 keyboard and mouse • Computers requiring serial pointing devices (Via the Apex PS/2-to-serial port converter) • Sun Microsystems workstations Offers customization and adaptability to network needs • Flexible configurations for a variety of networks • Adapts easily to changing network needs • Integrates computers running diffferent operating systems Support standard display converters and high-resolution video, specifically: • Analog VGA, SVGA, and XGA video • Maximum resolution of 1024 x 768 for video with a 25-ft video cable, except for EL-100DT which has a maximum resolu- tion of 1600 x1200 with a 12-ft video cable. • Sun, RS/6000, HP 9000, and Apple Macintosh video (using converters purchased sepa- rately). 10 Ease of Use and Maintenance • On-Screen Configuration and Activity Reporting (OSCAR) OSCAR displays system-related information on the monitor, including power-up test data and configuration menus. • Programmable scanning Lets you observe system default performance by automatically switching computers in se- quence, or you can set the sequence and duration for each computer in the system. • Nonvolatile memory Stores system settings and display options even if the unit is turned off or unplugged. • External reset switch Reinitializes attached devices without interrupting power to the system • External keypad Can take the place of the keyboard for switching between computers. • Password security feature Protects network resources by locking the keyboard and monitor.
APEX OUTLOOK SWITCHES ILLUSTRATIONS OF SWITCH SYSTEMS Single-Switch Systems Multiple-user units allowing 2 or 4 Single-user units connecting 4 or 8 users to select up to 8 computers. computers. Access up to 64 computers Access up to 64 computers in tiered in tiered configurations. configurations. EL-40DT and EL-80DT EL-280DT and EL-480DT EL-80DFT EL-100DT Single-user unit connecting 8 Single-user unit connecting up to 10 computers with only keyboard and computers. Access up to 100 Sun mouse switching. Designed for computers in tiered configurations. financial and trading applications. Designed for SunUnix networks. 11
1 Introduction Multiple-Switch or Tiered System This sample tiered configuration shows the EL-80DT switch connected to two secondary EL-80DT switches. 12 APEX OUTLOOK SWITCHES MODEL COMPARISON CHART 13 1 Introduction 14 A INSTALLATION 2 P E X O U T L O O K S W I T C H E S Installation Checklist Connecting the Console Connecting the Primary Switch to a Secondary Switch (Tiering) Connecting the Computers Turning On the System INSTALLATION CHECK LIST Your OutLook switch package contains • The OutLook switch main unit Save your OutLook switch • Its power cord (not included with EL-80DC) package Apex ships the OutLook switch in packaging designed to protect the • This User Guide system during shipping and • A warranty card handling. We recommend that you save the carton and packing materials until your equipment is You need to provide fully installed and operational. • Interconnecting cables for If you should find that anything is video, keyboard, and mouse missing or arrived damaged, please Interconnecting and extension cables may be purchased separately from Apex.(see Appendix B Options and Accessories) • Your monitor, keyboard, and mouse for each user console contact Apex PC Technical Support. If you do need to return the product, you must get an authori- zation number from technical support. Apex PC Solutions will not accept any returned materials without first issuing a return materials authorization number. • Your computers 15 2 Installation
Select switch connection mode for EL-280DT/EL-480DT If you have purchased the multiple user system EL-280DT or EL-480DT, you must choose which switch connection mode you perfer, either cooperative or preemptive. Both models ship with the factory- default “cooperative” switch connection mode. Cooperative switching maintains established port connections. If another console attempts to select that port, the request is denied. If you want to change the default setting to have the switch favor new connec- tions, you need to move the DIP switch 1 to the “preemptive” setting. For additional information and instructions, see Appendix G, Setting DIP Switches. 16 Select location for the OutLook switch OutLook switches can be used in desktop or rackmounted systems. Rackmount kits are available from Apex PC Solutions if you would like to mount your switch in an EIA-standard 19-inch equipment rack. Contact your Apex sales representative for more information regarding rackmount kits for specific computers. See Appendix F for instructions for mounting brackets that fit EIA-standard equipment racks. Maximum Cable Length Distance for Components 12 ft console to switch 50 ft computer to switch
50 ft switch to switch Cable length affects video quality as well as keyboard and mouse data timing. The maximum length is determined in part by the computer and peripherals used. Not all systems will give satisfactory results at the maximum length.
APEX OUTLOOK SWITCHES CONNECTING THE CONSOLE Standard connection The console consists of the keyboard, mouse or other pointing device, and the monitor. The keyboard and mouse connections on the back panel of the switch are 6-pin mini-DIN PS/2 style. The video connection is HD15-pin VGA/SVGA style. If the cables on your keyboard, mouse, or monitor require different connectors, you can obtain a converter from Apex (see Appendix B Options and Accessories) or from the manufac- turer of the device. IBM RS/6000 and HP 9000 Workstations When connecting workstations that use the “composite sync on green” video option, you must use the Apex video sync converter (see Appendix B Options and Accessories), which converts video transmission to the more common “separate sync” and improves color balance. The video sync converter must be connected to both the keyboard and video cables between the switch and the workstation. Special connections The EL-100DT OutLook switch You will need a video cable with HD13W3 connectors and a key- board cable with 8-pin mini-DIN connectors for each computer. (see Appendix B for cable kits) 17 Sun Microsystems Workstations Use the Apex Sun-to-PC keyboard and mouse converter (see Appen- dix B Options and Accessories) to convert the video and keyboard signals from the Sun Microsystems workstation to PC-compatible signals. The converter must be connected to both the keyboard and video cables between the switch and the workstation. This converter is not needed for the OutLook EL-100DT switch. Remote connection Systems with External Keypad The optional Apex external keypad (see Appendix B Options and Accessories) allows remote opera- tion of the OutLook switch without access to the keyboard. The keypad cable terminates with an RJ45 modular plug that is connected to the AUX jack on the back panel of the switch.
Sequence of cable connection You should connect the cables to the switch in this order: 1 mouse 2 video 3 keyboard This cable connection sequence is particularly important later when you install new devices to your OutLook system. You can connect a mouse and/or keyboard to the OutLook switch when the system is running. When you connect the new device, the switch recognizes the device and configures it to the settings of the currently selected computer. This allows you to replace failed devices without having to restart the system. Save the hardware settings when you make changes Whenever you make changes to the switch system, you should save the hardware configuration settings. If you do not save the settings, they will be lost when power is lost or turned off. To reestablish keyboard and mouse communication to the switch, you might have to reboot each com- puter. For procedure, see in Chapter 3, Saving the Hardware Settings. 18 Required Connectors for Switch ALL MODELS EXCEPT EL-100DT Mouse 6-pin mini-DIN PS/2 style Keyboard 6-pin mini-DIN PS/2 style Monitor HD15-pin VGA/SVGA style EL-100DT ONLY If attaching Sun console Mouse/ Keyboard 8-pin mini-DIN Monitor HD13W3 If attaching PC console* Mouse 6-pin mini-DIN PS/2 style Keyboard 6-pin mini-DIN PS/2 style Monitor HD15-pin VGA/SVGA style * (see table, Enabling Alternate Connection on EL-100DT, later in this section) Maximum Cable Length Distance for Console ALL MODELS 12 ft keyboard, monitor, and mouse extension cables for console connection If you need longer than 12 foot connections, contact your Apex sales representative for information about SwitchBack®.
Outlined symbols represent jacks for interconnecting cables Solid-colored symbols represent jacks for attaching physical devices APEX OUTLOOK SWITCHES Console Monitor Keyboard Mouse 1 Console connection for EL-40DT/EL-80DT, EL-80DTF, EL-80DC To connect the console: 1 Make sure the OutLook switch is turned off and unplugged. Console jacks for 2 Place the switch in the desired attaching location. The maximum monitor, distance the console can be keyboard, from the switch is 12 feet. If and mouse rackmounting see Appendix F for instructions. 2 Console connection for 3 Locate your model number EL-280DT/EL-480DT below for procedure on con- necting the console. When you have completed step 4, you can skip the next section and go to section Connecting the Comput- 19MODELS EL-40DT/EL-80DT EL-80DTF, EL-80DC (refer to fig. 1) ers if you are not tiering computers. 4 Connect the mouse, monitor, and keyboard cables to their respective jacks on the back panel of the switch. 2 Installation
MODELS EL-280DT/EL-480DT (refer to fig. 2) 4 On the back panel of the switch locate the keyboard, mouse, and monitor jacks grouped by labels, for example A, B, etc., and connect the mouse, monitor, and keyboard cables to their respective jacks. MODEL EL-100DT (refer to fig. 3) 4 You have the option of attach- ing a Sun console or a PC console. The PC console connects to the Alternate Connection jacks. Enabling one set of console jacks disables the other set. If you wish to connect a PC console then you must move its DIP switch. If you are tiering an EL-100DT switch from a primary switch that has a PC console attached, then you must move the switch to enable Alternate Connection. For the procedure see table Enabling Alternate Connection on EL-100DT. To attach a Sun console: Connect the monitor and keyboard cables to its respec- tive jacks in the “Sun Console Connection” on the back panel of the switch. To attach a PC console: Connect the mouse, monitor, and keyboard cables to their respective jacks in the Alternate Connection area on the back panel of the switch. 20 Enabling Alternate Connection on EL-100DT FOR ATTACHING A PC CONSOLE 1 Unplug the power cable, if it is connected, from the switch. 2 Remove the two screws holding the access cover on the bottom of the unit. 3 Inside the unit, set switch 1-1 to the On position to enable the Alternate Connection jacks, the Off position to enable the Sun Console Connection jacks. 4 Replace the access cover. Sun console Sun Console Connection Sun Console Connection Reset Reset Alternate Connection PC console Aux Ke Aux Ke 3 Console connection for EL-100DT
APEX OUTLOOK SWITCHES CONNECTING THE PRIMARY SWITCH TO A SECONDARY SWITCH (TIERING)
Tiered configurations Multi-switch systems or tiered configurations allow the greatest flexibility and capacity. In a tiered system, the OutLook switch connected to the console becomes the “primary” switch. Tiers consist of one or more “secondary” OutLook switches, which are connected to the computer ports on the primary switch. One 8-port primary unit can accommodate eight secondary switches and access up to 64 servers. One 10-port primary unit can accommodate ten secondary switches and access up to 100 servers. Adding a secondary switch while the system is running If you are installing a secondary switch to an existing OutLook switch system, you can attach the secondary switch while the system is running. To do this, you must first connect the mouse and video cables, then the keyboard cable. When you power on the secondary switch, the keyboard connection sends data to the primary switch allowing the secondary switch to boot up. Whenever you add new devices to the system, you have to let the OutLook switch know you added an additional device. For procedure see Saving the Hardware Settings in Chapter 3. 21 Port numbering scheme Secondary computer ports have a different numbering scheme from the primary computer ports. The port numbering scheme for the primary switch is Port 1, Port 2, Port 3, etc. The numbering scheme for the secondary switch is the number of the port on the primary switch followed by a dash, then the number of the port on the second- ary switch. For example, a second- ary switch connected to Port 2 on the primary switch has the number Port 2-1. Other ports on the second- ary unit would be Port 2-2, Port 2-3, Port 2-4, etc. You can assign names to computers. For procedure see in Chapter 3 Assigning Unique Names to Computers. Required Connectors for Switch ALL MODELS EXCEPT EL-100DT Mouse 6-pin mini-DIN PS/2 style Keyboard 6-pin mini-DIN PS/2 style Monitor HD15-pin VGA/SVGA style EL-100DT ONLY Mouse/ Keyboard 8-pin mini-DIN Monitor HD13W3
2 Installation 22 MODELS EL-40DT/EL-80DT, Maximum Cable Length Distance 50 ft switch to switch EL-80DTF, EL-80DC Refer to fig. 4 50 ft switch to computer MODELS EL-280DT/EL-480DT Refer to fig. 5 Cable length affects video quality as well as keyboard and mouse data timing. The maximum length is determined in part by the computer 4 For EL-40DT/EL-80DT, EL-80DTF, EL-80DC and peripherals used. Not all systems On the far left side of the back will give satisfactory results at the panel of the secondary switch, maximum length. connect the video, mouse, and keyboard interconnecting cables to their respective To connect a secondary console jacks. switch to a primary switch: —or— 1 Make sure the secondary OutLook switch is turned off and unplugged. For EL-280DT/EL-480DT On the far left side of the back panel of the secondary switch, connect the video, mouse, and keyboard interconnecting 2 Place the secondary switch in cables to their respective jacks the desired location. The in console “A.” maximum distance a secondary switch can be from the primary unit and computers is 50 feet. If rackmounting see Appendix F for instructions. 5 On the back panel of the primary switch, connect the other end of the video and mouse cables to their respective jacks beneath one of the 3 Locate your model number numbered port labels. below for procedure on con- necting a secondary switch. 6 Connect the other end of the keyboard cable to its respective jack in the same port. 7 Bundle and label cables for easy identification. 8 Connect the power cord to the switch.
APEX OUTLOOK SWITCHES secondary primary 4 Tiered switch connection for EL-40DT/EL-80DT, EL-80DTF, EL-80DC RESET video, mouse, and keyboard cables secondary primary Your RESET monitor, keyboard, and mouse 5 Tiered switch connection for EL-280DT/EL-480DT 23
2 Installation EL-100DT Sun Console Connection Alternate Connection 24 Video Sun Console Connection One Reset Alternate Connection Video Two Keyboard Aux One Keyboard Two keyboard cable secondary EL-100DT primary EL-100DT Sun Console Connection Alternate Connection Video One Reset video cable Video Two Keyboard Keyboard Aux One Two 6 Tiered Sun Configuration for EL-100DT 7 Tiered PC/Sun Configuration for EL-100DT Video One Video Two Keyboard Keyboard One Two video, keyboard, and mouse cables Reset Aux secondary EL-100DT primary EL-80DT MODEL EL-100DT For an EL-100DT to another EL-100DT switch with a Sun console (refer to fig. 6) 4 On the far left side of the back panel of the secondary switch, connect the video and keyboard interconnecting cables to their respective jacks on the Sun Console Connection. 5 On the back panel of the primary switch select one of the available computer ports to connect the other end of the video and keyboard cables to their respective jacks. 6 Bundle and label cables for easy identification. 7 Connect the power cord to the switch. For an EL-100DT to a primary switch, such as an EL-80DT with a PC console (refer to fig. 7) 4 If you are integrating both PC and Sun computers, you must enable the Alternate Connection jacks. To do this, you must move the DIP switch. For APEX OUTLOOK SWITCHES 25 procedure, see table Enabling Alternate Connection on EL-100DT in previous section, Connecting the Console, for model EL-100DT. Then proceed to step 5. 5 On the far left side of the back panel of the EL-100DT switch, connect the video, mouse, and keyboard interconnecting cables to their respective jacks in Alternate Connection. 6 On the back panel of the primary switch, connect the other end of the video cable to the HD15-pin VGA jack beneath one of the numbered port labels. Under the same port label connect the mouse cable to its respective jack. 7 Connect the other end of the keyboard cable to its respective jack in the same port label as step 6. 8 Bundle and label cables for easy identification. 9 Connect the power cord to the switch.
2 Installation CONNECTING THE COMPUTERSturer of the device. Any graphics Required Connectors for Switch system that uses sync on green requires a video converter. A ALL MODELS EXCEPT EL-100DT variety of other video converters Mouse 6-pin mini-DIN PS/2 style, male Keyboard 6-pin mini-DIN PS/2 style, male 26 are also available. (contact Apex PC Solutions Technical Support for help) See Appendix E for diagrams of monitor, keyboard, and mouse connector pin specifications. Video HD15-pin VGA/SVGA style, male Adding a computer while the EL-100DT ONLY system is running Mouse/ Keyboard 8-pin mini-DIN, male Video HD13W3, male If you are installing a computer to an existing OutLook switch system, you can attach the computer while the system is running. To do this, you must first connect the mouse and video cables, then the key- board cable. When you power on Maximum Cable Length Distance 50 ft switch to computer the computer, the keyboard connec- tion sends data to the switch, allowing the computer to boot up. Cable length affects video quality as Save the hardware settings well as keyboard and mouse data when you make changes timing. The maximum length is Whenever you make changes to the determined in part by the computer switch system, you should save the and peripherals used. Not all systems hardware configuration settings. If will give satisfactory results at the you do not save the settings, they will maximum length. be lost when power is lost or turned If your computer has a different off to the switch, and you might have to reboot each computer to reestab- keyboard or mouse connector, you lish keyboard and mouse communi- can obtain a converter from Apex cation. For procedure see in Chapter 3, (see Appendix B Options and Saving the Hardware Settings. Accessories) or from the manufac- Outlined symbols represent jacks for interconnecting cables Solid-colored symbols represent jacks for attaching physical devices
APEX OUTLOOK SWITCHES 8 Computer connection for EL-40DT/EL-80DT, EL-80DC To connect a computer to the OutLook switch:
1 Make sure the computer is turned off and unplugged. 2 Place the computer in the desired location. Maximum distance a computer can be from the switch is 50 feet. If rackmounting see Appendix F for information. 3 Locate your model number below for procedure on con- necting a computer. 27 MODELS EL-40DT/EL-80DT, EL-80DC (refer to fig. 8) MODELS EL-280DT/EL-480DT (refer to fig. 9) 4 Connect video, mouse, and keyboard cables to their respective jacks on the computer. 5 On the back panel of the switch in one of the numbered ports, connect the mouse and video cables to their respective jacks. 6 Connect the keyboard cable to its respective jack in the same numbered port as step 5.
2 Installation 7 Repeat steps 4–6 for additional computers. Bundle and label the cables for easy identifica- tion. 8 Connect the power cord to the switch.
MODEL EL-80DTF (refer to fig. 10) 4 Connect mouse, keyboard, and video cables to their respective jacks on the computer. 5 Determine which computer to connect to Port 1. Locate Port 1 on the back panel of the switch. Connect the other end of the video, mouse, and keyboard cables to their respective jacks. 6 For additional computers, connect the mouse and key- board cables to their respective jacks in Ports 2–8. Connect the video cable of the computer directly to the video jack on the monitor. It does not connect to the switch. 7 Bundle and label the cables for easy identification. 8 Connect the power cord to the switch. 28 Port 1 jacks for attaching video, keyboard, and mouse computer cables 9 Computer connection for EL-280DT/EL-480DT Port 1 jacks for attaching video, keyboard, and mouse computer cables 10 Computer connection for
EL-80DTF MODEL EL-100DT (refer to fig. 11) 4 Connect the video and key- board cables to their respective ports on the computer. 5 Determine which computer to connect to Port 1. Connect the other end of the video and keyboard cables to their respective jacks labeled “Video One” and “Keyboard One” on the switch. 6 Repeat steps 4 and 5 for connecting additional comput- ers. Bundle and label the cables for easy identification. 7 Connect the power cord to the switch. APEX OUTLOOK SWITCHES 29 Video One Video Two Keyboard One Video Three Reset Video Four Keyboard Aux Two Keyboard Four 11 Computer connection for EL-100DT Keyboard Three Port 1 jacks for attaching keyboard and video computer cables 2 Installation TURNING ON THE SYSTEM
Startup sequence When a computer boots up, the attached keyboard, mouse, and monitor send device configuration/ commands settings out of the computer port. The OutLook switch stores these device settings. If the switch is turned on before the computers, the OutLook switch can boot up computers that do not have physically connected to them, a keyboard, monitor, or mouse. If the computers are turned on before the OutLook switch, the computers will probably either hang, crash, or exhibit abnormal behavior because the computers need the keyboard, mouse, and monitor device con- figuration/commands settings in order to boot properly. For your switch system to work, the switch must be turned on before the computers. Startup behavior When you turn on the switch, it performs the following actions: • Identifies the mouse and key- board and puts them into default states. • Displays copyright information about the OutLook switch and firmware. 30 • Selects Port 1 and displays the number 1 in the status flag on the monitor as shown here. 1 —or— If you have models EL-280DT/ EL-480DT, selects Port 0 and displays the number 0 in the status flag instead of number 1. If the copyright information and status flag do not appear on the monitor, make sure that the monitor is connected and turned on. OutLook switch behavior with power outages The OutLook switch system will help your computers recover from power outages. After a power outage, each computer connected to the switch reboots (if designed to do so) auto- matically when power is restored. The switch generates responses to ensure that the reboot is successful and that the switch is ready to select comput- ers when regular operation resumes. If you are using an uniterrupted power supply, connect the switches to the same power source as the rest of the system.
To start the system: 1 Plug in the power cord. 2 Turn on the monitor according to the manufacturer’s instruc- tions. 3 Turn on the switch by pressing the power switch located on the back panel to the On (|) position. 4 Turn on the computers accord- ing to the manufacturer’s instructions. 5 From the console press <PRINT SCREEN> to open OSCAR menus and then <F2>; OSCAR Advanced Menus screen appears. 6 Highlight Snapshot and press <ENTER> to save the hardware settings, used when the switch reinitializes. (For more informa- tion see in Chapter 3 the procedure Saving the Hardware Settings.) 7 If you have a tiered configuration Designate that the numbered port is connected to a second- ary switch rather than a computer by performing the procedure Assigning Specific Device Types. You will find the procedure in Chapter 3. APEX OUTLOOK SWITCHES 31 2 Installation 32 3 A P E X O U T L O O K S W I T C H E S OPERATION GUIDE Navigating with OSCAR Selecting Computers Assigning Unique Names to Computers Changing Menu Attributes Changing Status Flag Attributes Scanning the Computers NAVIGATING WITH OSCAR Broadcasting Commands Securing Server Access Operate with keyboard and mouse Displaying Version Information OSCAR, On-Screen Configuration and Activity Reporting, is the Saving the Hardware Settings interface you use to communicate with the OutLook switch. You’ll Resetting the Mouse and Keyboard navigate the OSCAR menus and enter commands using the mouse Assigning Specific Device Types and keyboard; however, because the switch operates independently Adjusting the Video Impedance Value of the computer operating systems, OSCAR keyboard and mouse conventions may differ from those you use when controlling the selected computer. See the follow- ing table, Keyboard Conventions for OSCAR Menus, for keyboard sequences used to navigate OSCAR. 33 3 Operation Keyboard Conventions for OSCAR Menus THIS KEY DOES THIS PRINT SCREEN Opens OSCAR Selection screen. (To print a screen, see in this section the procedure To conduct a screen capture.) F2 When in OSCAR Selection screen, opens OSCAR Advanced Menus screen. ARROWS Moves highlight to select command feature or setup. + / – Changes the value of the selected option. ENTER Saves current settings or changes and returns to OSCAR Advanced Menus screen. ESCAPE Cancels unsaved changes and returns to OSCAR Advanced Menus screen. When in OSCAR Selection or Advanced Menus screens, ESCAPE exits OSCAR. NUMERIC KEYPAD Always in the numeric state, although the indicator on the keyboard may indicate otherwise. CAPS LOCK Disabled. (Use the SHIFT key to change case.) Once OSCAR is activated, you can use the mouse instead of the arrow keys to highlight menu options. Use the left mouse button as you would the ENTER key, to select menu options and move between data entry fields. Use the right mouse button as you would the ESCAPE key, to cancel an entry and return to the previous screen. 34
Using the Print Screen key In the Outlook switch system pressing the PRINT SCREEN key opens the OSCAR Menus. If you want to print a screen capture displayed by a computer, follow this procedure: To conduct a screen capture: q On a computer connected to a primary OutLook switch press PRINT SCREEN twice. The first keystroke opens OSCAR menus in the primary switch. The second keystroke clears the screen, then captures or prints the screen. q On a computer connected to a secondary OutLook switch in a tiered configuration, press PRINT SCREEN 4 times. The first keystroke brings up OSCAR in the primary switch. The second keystroke brings up OSCAR in the secondary switch. The third keystroke brings up both OSCARs. The fourth keystroke clears the screen, then captures or prints the screen. APEX OUTLOOK SWITCHES 35 OSCAR Selection screen When you press the PRINT SCREEN key to open the OSCAR menus, the first screen that appears is called the OSCAR Selection screen (see the following procedure for illustra- tion of screen). Basic functions such as selecting computers and checking port/computer status are performed from the OSCAR Selec- tion screen. The OSCAR Selection lists all the ports in the system, the associated computer names, and the status of each port (see following table OSCAR Status Port Symbols). It can be organized either by port number or by computer name. To identify your computers by name see procedure Assigning Unique Names to Computers. To change the order in which computers are listed, see the procedure Changing Menu Attributes. On large systems, you may need to use the ARROW keys or the PAGE DOWN key to scroll through the list of ports.
3 Operation 36To open OSCAR or access the To open OSCAR or access the OSCAR Selection screen on a OSCAR Selection screen on a primary switch: secondary switch: q Press <PRINT SCREEN> once. 1 Press <PRINT SCREEN> to All naming, scanning, status flag attributes, OSCAR attributes, device access OSCAR Selection screen at the primary switch. settings, passwords, etc. must be set at the primary switch. 2 Hightlight the number of the port to which you want to OSCAR SELECTION access. Press <PRINT SCREEN>; Port Name OSCAR Selection at the second- 1 COMPUTER 1 2 COMPUTER 2 + ary switch appears. 3 COMPUTER 3 + 4 COMPUTER 4 5 COMPUTER 5 + The factory defaults for OSCAR should not be changed in a second- 6 COMPUTER 6 7 COMPUTER 7 + 8 COMPUTER 8 ary switch because adjustments can cause conflicts between the secondary and the primary switch. F1 Help F2 Advanced If your primary switch has secondary switches connected to it, the OSCAR Selection screen shows a different port- OSCAR Status Port Symbols numbering scheme. The numbering scheme for the + Computer connected and running. secondary switch is the number of the port on the primary switch followed by a x Secondary switch connected and running. dash, then the number of the port on the secondary switch. OSCAR SELECTION Port Name 1–1 COMPUTER 1 x s Note The OSCAR screens in this User Guide show the default screens of model 1–2 COMPUTER 2 x 1–3 COMPUTER 3 x 1–4 COMPUTER 4 x 1–5 COMPUTER 5 x EL-80DT. Your screens will show the OSCAR features and the computer names and port numbers associated 1–6 COMPUTER 6 with your particular OutLook switch 1–7 COMPUTER 7 x 1–8 COMPUTER 8 system. F1 Help F2 Advanced APEX OUTLOOK SWITCHES OSCAR Advanced Menus screen All commands other than selecting computers are performed from the OSCAR Advanced Menus. The Advanced Menus screen contains two menus. The Commands menu shows the commands that cause an action to take place. The Setup menu shows the commands that have screens to set configurations. To open the OSCAR Advanced Menus: 1 Press <PRINT SCREEN> to open OSCAR Selection. 2 Press <F2>. The OSCAR Advanced Menus screen appears showing the commands listed under the Com- mands menu. Highlighting Setup shows the commands listed under the Setup menu. Moving the highlight with the arrow keys or mouse in either menu selects a command. To exit OSCAR: q Press <ESCAPE>. OSCAR ADVANCED MENUS OSCAR ADVANCED MENUS COMMANDS Scan Version Snapshot Reset Broadcast 37 SETUP COMMANDS SETUP COMMANDS SETUP Scan Names OSCAR Flag Devices Security Broadcast
3 Operation SELECTING COMPUTERS
Use the OSCAR menus to switch computers, that is, to select which computer receives commands from and displays output to the console. When you select a computer, the OutLook switch reconfigures the keyboard and mouse for the selected computer using the settings stored in its memory. In this way OutLook maintains current information, (e.g., the state of the CAPS LOCK key) for each computer in the system. When configuration is complete, the video output of the selected computer passes to the monitor. To switch computers: 1 If your computers are ordered by the number of the port, in the OSCAR Selection screen type the port number of the computer you want to switch to.—or— Use the arrow keys or mouse to select a computer. —or— If your computers are ordered by name, type the first letters of the computer name to establish it as unique in order to select it. To identify comput- ers by name, see the procedure Assigning Unique Names to Computers. 38 OSCAR SELECTION Port Name 1 COMPUTER 1 2 COMPUTER 2 + 3 COMPUTER 3 + 4 COMPUTER 4 5 COMPUTER 5 + 6 COMPUTER 6 7 COMPUTER 7 + 8 COMPUTER 8 F1 Help F2 Advanced 2 Press <ENTER>. 3 When you are finished switch- ing, press <ESC> to exit OSCAR and remove the OSCAR menus from your monitor display. If the status flag is enabled, it will remain displayed to indicate the currently selected computer. s Note Your OSCAR Selection screen will look different from the example above. It will show the computer names and port numbers assigned to your particu- lar OutLook switch system.
APEX OUTLOOK SWITCHES ASSIGNING UNIQUE NAMES TO COMPUTERS
You may find it easier to identify the computers in a system by name, rather than by port number. For example, in a network environ- ment, you can assign the same names as those assigned by the network for each computer. To list the computers by name in the OSCAR menus, see the procedure Changing Menu Attributes. s Note Before you can assign names to com- puters attached to secondary switches, you must first associate the second- ary device with a port. See the proce- dure Assigning Specific Device Types found later in this chapter. 39 To assign unique names to computers: 1 In the Advanced Menus screen, move the highlight to the Setup menu. 2 Highlight Names and press <ENTER>; the Port Name Setup screen appears. PORT NAME SETUP Port Name 1 COMPUTER 1 2 COMPUTER 2 3 COMPUTER 3 4 COMPUTER 4 5 COMPUTER 5 6 COMPUTER 6 7 COMPUTER 7 8 COMPUTER 8 3 Select the port number for
which you want to enter or change a computer name. 4 Type a name for the computer. Computer names may be up to 12 characters long, including only A–Z, 0–9, and the dash character. Lowercase letters are converted to uppercase. Press <BACKSPACE> to delete an incorrect entry. 5 If necessary, repeat steps 3 and 4 for each computer in the system. 3 Operation CHANGING MENU ATTRIBUTES In the OSCAR Attributes screen you can change the order of computer ports from displaying the number to displaying the name of the port. Other attributes of the OSCAR screens, such as the position and color, can be changed to suit the particular use of the system. 40 3 Highlight the setting(s) you want to change and use the + or – keys to obtain the desired value. As you select different values, the effect of the changes is reflected immediately on the display. The following table, Effects of Settings on Screen To change menu attributes: Appearance, describes each of the available menu attributes. 1 In the Advanced Menus screen, s Note move the highlight to the Setup While changing OSCAR attributes, it menu. is possible to garble the menu and screens, making it difficult to correct 2 Highlight OSCAR and press the problem. If this occurs, you can reset the switch to its default OSCAR <ENTER>; the OSCAR Attributes values by pressing: screen appears. <ESCAPE, ESCAPE, PRINT SCREEN, F10, Y, ENTER>. OSCAR ATTRIBUTES Resolution 320 Height 56 Horizontal 3 Vertical 4 Background 7 Highlight 6 Text 0 Delay Time 0 Order PORT APEX OUTLOOK SWITCHES Effects of Settings on Screen Appearance SIHTEGNAHCOT GNITTESSIHTTCELES SEULAVESOOHC neercsfoeziS NOITULOSER ro,084,023rehtietceleS ,eulavehtrewoleht;046 .ezisehtregraleht txetfoeziS THGIEH yalpsidseulavrehgiH .txetdezisregral
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The status flag indicates the name or port number of the currently selected computer. You can choose to display the status flag at all times, for a few seconds after switching, or not at all. You can also change the color of the status flag and its location on the screen. 3 Highlight the setting you want to change and use the + or – keys to adjust the values. The following table, Values and Effects of Settings on Flag Appearance, describes each of the available menu attributes. To change status flag attributes: 1 In the Advanced Menus screen, move the highlight to the Setup menu. 2 Highlight Flag and press <ENTER>; the Flag Configura- tion screen appears. 1 FLAG CONFIGURATION Enabled PORTS ON Row 14 Column 1 Color 2 Text 0 Mode OPAQUE 42
APEX OUTLOOK SWITCHES Values and Effects of Settings on Flag Appearance SETTING VALUES EFFECT ENABLED Flag Off Flag does not appear. Ports On Indicates selected port number. Names On Indicates selected computer by name. Ports Timed Port number displays for 5 seconds after switching. Names Timed Name displays for 5 seconds after switching. ROW 0–14 Positions the flag vertically on the screen. COLUMN 0–25 Positions the flag horizontally on the screen. COLOR 0–7 Sets the flag color. TEXT 0–7 Sets the flag text color. MODE Opaque Makes flag opaque. Transparent Makes flag transparent. 43 3 Operation SCANNING THE COMPUTERS In scan mode, the OutLook switch To set a custom scan pattern: automatically switches from port to port (computer to computer). You can scan the entire system sequen- tially or designate a custom scan pattern by specifying computers 1 In the Advanced Menus screen, move the highlight to the Setup menu. and durations. OSCAR ADVANCED MENUS COMMANDS SETUP To place the switch in scan mode: Scan Names OSCAR Flag 1 From the Commands menu in Devices Security the Advanced Menus screen, Broadcast move the highlight to Scan. OSCAR ADVANCED MENUS COMMANDS SETUP Scan Version 2 Highlight Scan and press <ENTER>; the Scan Pattern Snapshot Reset Broadcast Setup screen appears with the first port position (or computer name) highlighted. In the Scan Pattern Setup screen shown, the order-by- port mode is selected. Your menu may appear different 2 Press <ENTER>. (see the procedure Changing Menu Attributes). To cancel scan mode: SCAN PATTERN SETUP Port Sec Name q Press any key (except PRINT 6 20 COMPUTER 6 5 20 COMPUTER 5 SCREEN) or move the mouse; the scan stops at the currently 4 10 COMPUTER 4 1 10 COMPUTER 1 selected computer. F2 for defaults 44
3 Type the port number of the first computer to be included in the scan. —or— If your computers are listed by name, type the first few letters of the name of the first com- puter to be included in the scan. 4 Move the highlight to the Sec column, and then type the number of seconds that you want this computer to be selected before switching to the next computer in the sequence. 5 Move the highlight to the next line and repeat steps 3 and 4 for each of the remaining computers. 6 Press <ENTER> to save the settings. The new scan pattern replaces the standard or previous custom scan pattern. s Note Pressing ESCAPE at any time prior to pressing ENTER retains the previous scan pattern. To return all Port and Sec values to factory defaults, press <F2> while in the Scan Pattern Setup screen. APEX OUTLOOK SWITCHES 45 To remove a computer from the scan list: 1 In the Scan Pattern Setup screen, type the port number of the computer to be removed. —or— If your computers are listed by name, type the first few letters of the name of the computer. 2 Move the highlight to the Sec column. 3 Type 0 for the number of seconds. Pressing <DELETE> (not the DEL key on the numeric keypad) while in the Scan Pattern Setup screen deletes the highlighted computer and all entries below it. 4 Press <ENTER> to save the settings. The new scan pattern replaces the standard or previous custom scan pattern.
3 Operation BROADCASTING COMMANDS FOR MODELS EL-40DT/EL-80DT, To broadcast to selected EL-80DTF, EL-40DC/EL-80DC ONLY computers: The broadcast feature (OutLook version 1.5.0 or later) enables you 1 From the Setup menu in the to simultaneously control more Advanced Menus screen, than one computer in a system. highlight Broadcast and press This feature is useful when you <ENTER>; the Broadcast Settings want to ensure that all selected menu appears. computers receive identical input. For each computer receiving the OSCAR ADVANCED MENUS broadcast, you can choose to COMMANDS SETUP broadcast keystrokes and/or mouse Scan movements independently. Names OSCAR Flag s Notes Devices For all computers receiving a broad- cast to interpret commands identically, When broadcast mode is on, its symbol appears in the status flag as shown here. 46 Security Broadcast the keyboard and mouse states for the computers must be identical. Specifi- cally, the CAPS LOCK and NUMLOCK modes should be the same on all key- boards. For the mouse to work accu- rately, all systems must have identical mouse drivers, identical desktops, and identical video resolutions. In addition, 2 For each port select which computers receive keyboard and/or mouse commands by using the + or – key to choose the mouse must be in exactly the same YES or NO. place on all screens. Because these conditions are extremely difficult to BROADCAST SETTINGS achieve, broadcasting mouse move- Port Keyboard Mouse ment to multiple systems may have 1 YES YES unpredictable results. 2 NO NO 3 YES NO OutLook attempts to send keystrokes and mouse commands to the selected computers simultaneously; however, 4 YES YES 5 NO NO 6 YES NO 7 YES YES some computers may inhibit and thus 8 YES YES delay the transmission.
3 Press <ENTER> to save the settings. 4 From the Commands menu in the Advanced Menus screen, highlight Broadcast. Press <ENTER> to turn on the broad- cast mode. Type information and/or make mouse move- ments you want to broadcast. OSCAR ADVANCED MENUS COMMANDS Scan Version Snapshot Reset Broadcast SETUP To turn off the broadcast mode: q From the Commands menu in the Advanced Menus, highlight Broadcast and press <ENTER>. APEX OUTLOOK SWITCHES 47Broadcasting to tiered configurations In a tiered system you can broad- cast to any combination of comput- ers on the entire system. To broadcast to tiered configurations: 1 From the OSCAR Selection screen at the primary switch, highlight the port number of the secondary switch (for example, Port 1-1, 2-1, 3-1, etc) to which you want to broadcast commands; press <ENTER>. OSCAR SELECTION Port Name 1–1 COMPUTER 1 x 1–2 COMPUTER 2 x 1–3 COMPUTER 3 x 1–4 COMPUTER 4 x 1–5 COMPUTER 5 x 1–6 COMPUTER 6 x 1–7 COMPUTER 7 x 1–8 COMPUTER 8 x F1 Help F2 Advanced 2 Press <PRINT SCREEN> twice; the OSCAR Selection screen of the secondary switch appears. Press <F2> to access the Advanced Menus screen. OSCAR SELECTION Port Name 1 COMPUTER 1 + 2 COMPUTER 2 + 3 COMPUTER 3 + 4 COMPUTER 4 + 5 COMPUTER 5 + 6 COMPUTER 6 + 7 COMPUTER 7 + 8 COMPUTER 8 + F1 Help F2 Advanced
3 Operation 483 From the Setup menu, highlight 7 Repeat steps 1–6 to send Broadcast. Press <ENTER> to broadcast commands to access the Broadcast Settings computers attached to addi- menu. tional secondary switches. OSCAR ADVANCED MENUS 8 From the Setup menu in the COMMANDS SETUP Scan Names OSCAR Advanced Menus at the primary switch, highlight Broadcast. Press <ENTER>; the Broadcast Flag Devices Settings menu appears. Security Broadcast BROADCAST SETTINGS Port Keyboard Mouse 1–1 YES YES 1–2 NO NO 1–3 YES NO 4 For each port select which 1–4 YES YES 1–5 NO NO computers receive keyboard and/or mouse commands by using the + or – key to choose 1–6 YES NO 1–7 YES YES 1–8 YES YES YES or NO. BROADCAST SETTINGS 9 For each port select which Port Keyboard Mouse 1 YES YES 2 NO NO computers receive keyboard and/or mouse commands by 3 YES NO using the + or – key to choose 4 YES YES 5 NO NO YES or NO. 6 YES NO 7 YES YES 8 YES YES 10 Press <ENTER> to save the settings. 5 Press <ENTER> to save the settings. 11 From the Commands menu in the Advanced Menus screen at the primary switch, highlight Broadcast. Press <ENTER> to 6 Press <PRINT SCREEN> once to turn on the broadcast mode. access the primary switch. 12 From the OSCAR Selection screen at the primary switch, hightlight the port number of the secondary switch for which you want to broadcast com- mands; press <ENTER>. 13 Press <PRINT SCREEN> twice; then press <F2>. From the Commands menu in the Advanced Menus screen highlight Broadcast, then press <ENTER> to turn on the broadcast mode on the second- ary switch. 14 From a computer attached to the primary switch and con- nected to the secondary switch, type information and/or make mouse movements you want to broadcast. s Note Broadcast only to systems directly con- nected to a primary OutLook switch or only to secondary OutLook switches connected to a primary OutLook switch. APEX OUTLOOK SWITCHES 49 To turn off broadcast mode for a tiered configuration: 1 From the OSCAR Selection screen at the primary switch, hightlight the port number of the secondary switch for which you want to stop broadcasting commands; press <ENTER>. 2 Press <PRINT SCREEN> twice; then press <F2>. From the Commands menu in the Advanced Menus screen highlight Broadcast, then press <ENTER> to turn off the broadcast mode on the second- ary switch. 3 From the Commands menu in the Advanced Menus screen at the primary switch, highlight Broadcast. Press <ENTER> to turn off the broadcast mode.
3 Operation SECURING SERVER ACCESS Advanced server applications should usually be protected against unauthorized users. The OutLook switch security feature enables you to lock the keyboard and monitor, requiring you to type a password before resuming operation. You can also set a time delay before the 3 Type your password and press <RETURN>. Passwords can be up to eight characters (case sensitive). You must enter the new password twice for confirmation. system is locked. s Note You must always provide a pass- word to access the fields in the Security Configuration screen. After you type the correct password, the The factory default password is OSCAR. Because the CAPS LOCK is disabled in OSCAR, you must hold down the SHIFT key as you type each letter. other fields on the screen are activated. 4 Highlight the setting(s) you want to change and use the + To lock the screen and key- board: or – keys to obtain the desired value. The following table, Effects of 1 In the Advanced Menus screen, move the highlight to the Setup menu. Settings on Security Configuration, describes the available menu attributes. 2 Highlight Security and press <ENTER>; the Security Configu- ration screen appears. To blank the monitor when it is not in use and remain unlocked: SECURITY CONFIGURATION Password q In the Security Configuration New password Repeat new screen press <ENTER> twice with the New password and Time delay OFF Mode SCREEN Repeat new fields empty. This action overrides the use of Test a password. Pressing any key on the keyboard will unlock the console. Your system will not be secure. 50
APEX OUTLOOK SWITCHES Effects of Settings on Security Configuration PASSWORD Enter current password to activate other fields. NEW PASSWORD Type new password. REPEAT NEW Retype new password to confirm. TIME DELAY Set a value from 0 to 99 minutes. MODE Energy Turns off monitor. Use with EnergyStarTM- compliant monitors that go into low-power mode when time delay has elapsed. Screen Turns off video when time delay has elapsed. Use with non-EnergyStar-compliant monitors. TEST Immediately activates selected mode. Warning Monitor damage can result from use of Energy Mode with monitors that are not EnergyStarTM compliant. 51 3 Operation DISPLAYING VERSION INFORMATION
To facilitate system troubleshooting and support, you can display the version number of the OutLook switch firmware as well as informa- tion about any auxiliary devices connected to the switch. The Version screen also displays specific device information for the currently selected computer, including enabled/disabled, typematic rate, LED settings, port mode, and keyboard type for the keyboard, and enabled/disabled, sample rate, resolution, and mouse type for the mouse. To display version informa- tion and device settings: 1 From the Commands menu in the Advanced Menus screen, move the highlight to Version and press <ENTER>; the Version screen appears. VERSION Firmware x.x.x Hardware x x x Dip Switch F Port 1 COMPUTER 1 Keyboard Mouse ENABLED DISABLED Rate 2C Rate 100 LEDs 2 Res 2 Mode 2 Type 101 Type Gen 52 2 To display version information for an auxiliary device, press <F2>. 3 Press <ESCAPE> to close the Version screen.
APEX OUTLOOK SWITCHES SAVING THE HARDWARE SETTINGS Whenever you add or remove computers to or from the system, or whenever you change the mouse or monitor, you should save the hardware settings. If you do not save the settings, they will be lost when power is lost or turned off, and it might be necessary to reboot each computer to reestablish keyboard and mouse communica- tion. To save the hardware settings: 1 From the Commands menu in the Advanced Menus screen, highlight Snapshot. OSCAR ADVANCED MENUS COMMANDS SETUP Scan Version Snapshot Reset Broadcast 2 Press <ENTER>. 53 3 Operation RESETTING THE MOUSE AND KEYBOARD If the keyboard or mouse locks up, you may be able to recover the device settings by resetting the switch. Resetting the mouse and keyboard attempts to restore the correct settings for the selected computer. To reset the mouse and keyboard values: 1 From the Commands menu in the Advanced Menus, highlight Reset and press <ENTER>. OSCAR ADVANCED MENUS COMMANDS SETUP Scan Version Snapshot Reset Broadcast 2 If step 1 does not correct the problem, press the Reset button on the back panel of the switch. 54 APEX OUTLOOK SWITCHES ASSIGNING SPECIFIC DEVICE TYPES
If your system includes one or more secondary switches in a tiered configuration, you must make the primary switch aware of the secondary switches by assigning a specific device type. In addition, if one or more of the computers in your system need a special type of monitor or other device, it may be necessary to assign that device type to the port associated with that computer. To assign a device type: 1 In the Advanced Menus screen, move the highlight to the Setup menu. 2 Highlight Devices and press <ENTER>; the Device Settings screen appears. DEVICE SETTINGS Port Monitor 1 SVGA 2 SVGA 3 8515 4 SVGA 5 Default 6 Default 7 Default 8 8port 55 3 To assign a secondary switch to a port, highlight the port and use the + or – keys to obtain the appropriate 4-port or 8-port or 10-port values. —or— To assign a monitor type, highlight the port you want and use the + or – keys to obtain the value that corre- sponds to the particular monitor.
3 Operation 56ADJUSTING THE VIDEO IMPEDANCE VALUE FOR MODEL EL-100DT ONLY If you have a video card that uses low voltage/low impedance video sync termination, you can set the impedance value to 75 ohms from the default value of 1000 ohms at TTL voltage levels. 4 Highlight the port number for which you want to change the value. Use the + or – key to toggle between the values of 1000 or 75. 1000 is the default setting. 75 is only required for special To change the impedance video boards. value of a system port video sync connection: 5 Press <ENTER> to save the settings. 1 Press <PRINT SCREEN> to enter OSCAR. Your video board version 2 Press <F2> to view OSCAR Advanced Menus screen. If you have a unit with a video board older than revision 03, then you will not be able to access the video sync impedance feature. The 3 From the Setup menu select Sync Imp. Press <ENTER>; the Video Sync Impedance menu will appear as follows: Video Sync Impedance menu appears. VIDEO SYNC IMPEDANCE Feature not supported with this hardware. VIDEO SYNC IMPEDANCE Press Enter or Esc Port Impedance to continue. 1 1000 2 1000 3 0075 4 1000 5 0075 6 1000 7 1000 8 1000 9 0075 10 1000 To check your video board version: 1 From the Commands menu in the OSCAR Advanced Menus, highlight Version. Press <ENTER>; the Version menu appears. VERSION Firmware X.XX Hardware 0 3 10 Port Port 1 COMPUTER 1 Keyboard Mouse ENABLED ENABLED Rate 12 Rate 12 LEDs 2 Res 2 SUN 3 Button 2 Locate Hardware; the version of the video board is the second number. Impedance values in tiered systems If you are tiering an EL-100DT switch from another EL-100DT, setting the device type of the primary port to 10-port forces its video sync impedance setting to 1000. To set individual values for secondary switches you must access the Video Sync Impedance menu in OSCAR at the secondary EL-100DT switch. APEX OUTLOOK SWITCHES 57 To access the Video Sync Impedance menu at a sec- ondary EL-100DT switch: 1 Press <PRINT SCREEN> once to access OSCAR at the primary EL-100DT switch. Highlight the port with the tiered device for which you want to set values. Press <ENTER>. 2 Press <PRINT SCREEN> twice; OSCAR at the secondary switch appears. 3 Press <F2>. From the Setup menu in the OSCAR Advanced Menus screen, highlight Sync Imp. Press <ENTER>; the Video Sync Impedance menu appears. s Note If you are specifying device types for tiering EL-100DT switches after you have set impedance, the video sync impedance value is automatically re- set to the 1000 ohms value in the Video Sync Impedance menu.
3 Operation 58 A P E X O U T L O O K S W I T C H E S APPENDICES A Specifications B Options and Accessories C Troubleshooting D Firmware Upgrade Instructions E Connector Pin Specifications F Optional Rackmounting G Setting OutLook DIP Switches 59 Appendices A SPECIFICATIONS Dimensions EL-40DT/EL-80DT, EL-80DC, EL-80DTF HEIGHT 1.75 in (4.5 cm) EL-280DT/EL-480DT, EL-100DT 3.5 in (8.9 cm) ALL MODELS DEPTH 10.80 in (27.5 cm) ALL MODELS WIDTH 17.00 in (43.2 cm) EL-40DT/EL-80DT, EL-80DC, EL-80DTF WEIGHT 9.1 lb (4.1 kg) EL-280DT/EL-480DT 10.3 lb (4.6 kg) EL-100DT 11.0 lb (5.0 kg) Voltage ALL MODELS EXCEPT EL-80DC INPUT VOLTAGE 100–120V AC 200–240V AC EL-80DC 48V DC ALL MODELS POWER SUPPLY 30W Internal Temperature ALL MODELS AMBIENT RANGE 50–104° F 0–40° C Video Modes Supported ALL MODELS EXCEPT EL-100DT VGA, SVGA, XGA, RISC System 6000 GTX, GTX1XX EL-100DT Color with HD13W3 connector Monochrome with HD13W3 connector Agency Approvals EL-40DT/EL-80DT, EL-80DTF FCC-A, UL, cUL, TUV/GS, CISPER-A, CE mark, VCCI-1, NEMKO, SEMKO, FIMKO,DEMKO EL-280DT/EL-480DT, EL-80DC, EL-100DT FCC-A, UL, cUL, TUV/GS, CISPER-A, CE mark 60 APEX OUTLOOK SWITCHES B OPTIONS AND ACCESSORIES PART NUMBER DESCRIPTION EL-40DT 4-Port OutLook Switch EL-80DT 8-Port OutLook Switch EL-80DC 8-Port OutLook Switch with 48V Power Supply EL-80DTF 8-Port OutLook Switch, Financial Trader Model EL-280DT 2-User by 8-Port OutLook Switch EL-480DT 4-User by 8-Port OutLook Switch EL-100DT 10-Port OutLook Switch for Sun Workstations ELC-15TE ASCII Terminal Adapter (TE Trap) ELC-11KM Serial to PS/2 Converter (MouseTrap) ELC-12KM Apple Macintosh ADB Keyboard and Mouse Adapter ELC-11ST Sun Microsystems Keyboard and Mouse Adapter ELC-11RV Video Sync Adapter EL-08DK External Keypad, Desktop BR-11SB 19-inch Switch Mounting Bracket Kit (1 U) BR-01SB 19-inch Switch Mounting Bracket Kit, Adjustable (1 U) BR-01AP 19-inch Switch Mounting Bracket Kit (2 U) CZ-XXXX Cable Sets (include keyboard, SVGA monitor and mouse cables) in 3, 7, 10, 12, 25, and 50-ft lengths CZ-1220 12-ft Console Device Extension Cable Kit CB-0021 PS/2 to AT Adapter (6-pin mini-DIN male to 5-pin DIN female) CB-0011 PS/2 to AT Adapter (6-pin mini-DIN female to 5-pin DIN male) CB-07R3 7-ft (2.14 m) Video Sync Adapter Cable Set CB-1213W3 12-ft (3.66 m) 13W3 to HD15 Video Cable The Apex product line is highly adaptable. Please contact your sales representative for more information on system configuration using Apex options and accessories. 61 Appendices C TROUBLESHOOTING MOTPMYS ESUACELBABORP NOITULOSDEDNEMMOCER oN RACSO roynanooediv retupmoc rotinomesooL noitcennoc rotinomtcennoceR otrewopoN rotartnecnoc rotinomro hctiwsrewopkcehC elbacrewoptcennoceR rewoprofteltuoCAkcehC RACSO rosroloc elbitapmocniputes teseR RACSO sroloc stluafedot enonooedivoN retupmoc noitcennocoedivesooL elbacoedivtcennoceR elbacoedivevitcefeD elbacoedivecalpeR fforetupmoC retupmocehtnonruT troptahtotdetcennoc tcelest'naC sretupmoc tondiddraobyeK ezilaitini dna(draobyekteseR tesergnisserpyb)esuom folenapkcabehtnonottub hctiwskooLtuOeht elbitapmocnidraobyeK draobyekecalpeR fforetupmoC retupmocnonruT troptahtotdetcennoc rorredraobyeK lla,toobno sretupmoc draobyekesooL noitcennoc eraselbacllatahtkcehC detaesllew roelbitapmocnI draobyekevitcefed draobyekecalpeR 62 APEX OUTLOOK SWITCHES nororredraobyeK retupmoceno,toob draobyekesooL noitcennoc eraselbacllatahtkcehC detaesllew dnaesuomerusnE toneraselbacdraobyek deppaws elbacevitcefeD elbacdraobyekecalpeR sekortsdraobyeK reppuspaws(detfihs )esacrewolrofesac htobsserP TFIHS syek ,toobnororreesuoM sretupmoclla draobyektfelretupmoC nehwetatsdetfihsni detcennoctsal esuomesooL noitcennoc eraselbacllatahtkcehC detaesllew /esuomtahterusnE toneraselbacdraobyek deppaws roelbitapmocnI 2/SPhtiwesuomecalpeR esuomevitcefed enoroesuomelyts trophtiwelbitapmoc ,toobnororreesuoM retupmoceno esuomesooL noitcennoc eraselbacllatahtkcehC detaesllew /esuomtahterusnE toneraselbacdraobyek deppaws elbacesuomevitcefeD elbacesuomecalpeR notroplairesgnisU retupmoc laires-ot-2/SPllatsnI retrevnoclocotorp syalpsidesuoM roivahebcitarre niesuomtfelretupmoC hguorhtesuomteseR RACSO etatsetanimretedni hctiwsteserlenapkcabro retniopesuoM yalpsidnonezorf dezilaitinitonesuoM hguorhtesuomteseR RACSO hctiwsteserlenapkcabro sehctiwskooLtuO metsysenomorf lliwtatxenehtot detaitiniedomnacS gnisserpybgninnacspotS esuomgnivomroyekyna esuomrodraobyeK nosraeppatupni enonahterom retupmoc edomtsacdaorB detaitini esU RACSO tixeot edomtsacdaorb 63 AppendicesD FIRMWARE UPGRADE INSTRUCTIONS Follow the instructions below to upgrade the processor firmware of 3 Remove the 2 screws holding your Apex OutLook switch. The the access coverplate on the processor firmware is stored on an bottom of the unit. EPROM chip. The enclosed chip replaces the chip currently installed in your Outlook switch. 4 Carefully remove the firmware EPROM from its socket using a If you have any questions regarding chip puller. The chip can also this procedure, contact Apex be removed with a small flat technical support at: blade screwdriver by alternately email@example.com or prying from each end. Use 800 861-5858 extreme caution to avoid damage to the circuit board or Tools required: IC socket. • small Phillips screwdriver Warning • chip puller or small, flat-blade screwdriver The EPROM chip and the components inside the OutLook switch can be To install the EPROM upgrade: 64 damaged by static electric- ity. Follow standard elec- trostatic discharge precau- tions for all work involving 1 Save current system settings the switch printed circuit using the Snapshot command. board. See Saving the Hardware Settings in Chapter 3 for using the Snapshot command. 2 Turn off power and disconnect the power cord. Warning Before installation, make sure that the power cord is unplugged from the OutLook switch. APEX OUTLOOK SWITCHES EPROM 5 Carefully insert the new firmware EPROM into the socket, ensuring that the orientation notch on the EPROM chip matches the outline of the socket and drawing on the circuit board. Refer to the drawing above. Note the orientation mark on both the IC socket and the circuit board. Press firmly to ensure the chip is seated. Visually check that all the pins on the new chip go straight into the IC socket. 6 Replace the access coverplate and return the unit to service. 65 Bottom view with access coverplate removed AppendicesE CONNECTOR PIN SPECIFICATIONS DB-15 HD Video Cable, Male 6 11 Red Ground Monitor Sense 0 7 12 Green Ground Monitor Sense 1 8 13 Blue Ground Horizontal Sync 9 14 Plug Vertical Sync 10 15 Ground Reserved 1 Keyboard Reset 66 1 Red Drive 2 Green Drive 3 Blue Drive 4 Reserved 5 Ground IBM PC 5-Pin DIN Keyboard Cable, Male 3 Keyboard Clock 4 5 Ground 2 +5 Volts Keyboard Data IBM PS/2 6-Pin Mini DIN Keyboard Cable, Male 5 6Keyboard Clock Reserved 3 4 Ground +5 Volts 1 2 Keyboard Data Reserved F OPTIONAL RACKMOUNTING The OutLook switch may be mounted in any EIA standard 19- inch rack. The switch mounting bracket kit is available from Apex (see Appendix B Options and Accessories).
Follow safety measures when installing equipment Before installing the OutLook switch and other components in the cabinet, stabilize the cabinet in a permanent location. Start rackmounting your equipment at the bottom of the cabinet, then work to the top. Avoid uneven loading or overloading of cabinets. Caution Do not exceed your cabi- net load rate. Overloading or uneven loading of cabi- net may result in shelf or cabinet failure, causing damage to equipment and possible personal injury. Connect only to power source specified on the unit. Do not exceed circuit capabilities. Overloaded power sources and exten- sion cords present fire and shock hazards. APEX OUTLOOK SWITCHES 67 To rackmount the OutLook switch: 1 With an Allen wrench fasten the mounting brackets to the switch using two 8-32 button head socket cap screws per side. 2 Attach the rack nut/holders to the mounting rail of the rack so that the nut is positioned on the inside of the cabinet. 3 Mount the switch assembly to the cabinet by inserting the 10-32 Phillips screws through the slots in the bracket and the holes in the mounting rail and then into the rack nut/holders.
AppendicesG SETTING OUTLOOK DIP SWITCHES
FOR MODELS EL-280DT/EL-480DT In its factory default state, the OutLook switch always resolves port contention in favor of existing connections. This switch connec- tion mode is called cooperative. If you would prefer the switch to favor new connections, you must move the DIP switch to the pre- emptive setting. In preemptive switch connection mode the OutLook switch is set to allow any console to select any computer port at any time. 68 To set the DIP switch: 1 Make sure that the OutLook switch is turned off and unplugged. 2 Open the little panel on the bottom of the OutLook unit, exposing an area of the circuit board that contains a block of four DIP switches 3 Move the switch marked 1-1 on the left end of the block to the ON position to select the preemptive setting. Or move the switch marked 1-1 to the OFF position for the cooperative setting.
4 Close the panel and re-connect the power cord.
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