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Control4 Endpoint Control (RS232, IR, CEC)


Overview

Control4 systems can use Just Add Power Transmitters and Receivers as an extension cord to manage sources and displays through CEC, IR, or RS232.

Control is done on an individual device basis, so you can have a mixture of CEC, IR, and RS232 control in the same system depending on the needs of the endpoint.

IP control is also possible in a Just Add Power system, but Just Add Power is not part of the communication pathway for IP control.


Requirements

  1. Just Add Power devices running the latest firmware.
  2. One Terminal Server loaded for each endpoint.
  3. A Static Route on the router connected to the system so the Control4 processor on the Data network can communicate with the Just Add Power network
  4. RS232 is supported on all Just Add Power devices.
  5. IR is supported on all devices, but requires the Flux Capacitor IR Dongle. Review the Setup Guide for the Flux Capacitor IR Dongle to ensure the proper physical setup and connectivity of the Flux Capacitor before beginning.
  6. CEC is supported on:
    • All 2G+ devices
    • All 3G devices in 3G Mode
    • 3G+ devices in 2G Mode

Setup RS232

  1. Load the appropriate display or source device into your Control4 project that you wish to control over RS232. Ensure that the device has an RS232 Input connection. Bind the HDMI connection of the endpoint driver to the matching HDMI Input or Output on the Just Add Power Matrix Control driver. The display driver will be the audio and video endpoints for the room.
  2. Load a Just Add Power RS232-IP Server. It will look like a display inside Composer.

  3. In the RS232-IP Server driver properties, set Serial/IR Selection to Serial. Set the Baud Rate to match the baud rate of the endpoint device. Set the IP Address to the IP of the Transmitter or Receiver connected to the endpoint device.

  4. In System Design, connect the RS_232 Output of the RS232-IP Server to the RS232 Input of the endpoint driver. Remember, the HDMI connection is already made between the endpoint driver and the Just Add Power Matrix Control driver. The RS232-IP Server driver WILL NOT have an HDMI connection.

  5. Done! Commands from the RS232 endpoint driver will be passed over IP to Just Add Power, which will convert it to serial to control the endpoint device.

Setup IR

  1. Load the appropriate display or source device into your Control4 project that you wish to control over IR. Ensure that the device has an IR Input connection. Bind the HDMI connection of the endpoint driver to the matching HDMI Input or Output on the Just Add Power Matrix Control driver. The display driver will be the audio and video endpoints for the room.
  2. Load a Just Add Power RS232-IP Server. It will look like a display inside Composer.

  3. In the RS232-IP Server driver properties, set Serial/IR Selection to Flux IR Dongle (v1) or (v2) based on the dongle version you have. Go here if you're not sure which version you have. Set the IP Address to the IP of the Transmitter or Receiver connected to the Flux IR Dongle.

  4. In System Design, connect the IR_OUT of the RS232-IP Server to the IR Input of the endpoint driver. Remember, the HDMI connection is already made between the endpoint driver and the Just Add Power Matrix Control driver. The RS232-IP Server driver WILL NOT have an HDMI connection.

  5. Done! Commands from the IR endpoint driver will be passed over IP to Just Add Power, which will convert it to IR to control the endpoint device.

Setup CEC

  1. Load a Just Add Power RS232-IP Server. It will look like a display inside Composer. DO NOT load a driver for the display itself.

  2. In the RS232-IP Server driver properties, set Serial/IR Selection to None. Set the IP Address to the IP of the Transmitter or Receiver connected to the endpoint device.

  3. In System Design, connect the HDMI Input of the RS232-IP Server to the correct Output of the Just Add Power Matrix Control driver (Output 3 in the image). CEC commands are sent over the HDMI cable so no other connection is needed. This will make the RS232-IP Server the video and audio endpoint for the room.

  4. Done! CEC commands will send over IP to Just Add Power, which will convert it to CEC to control the display.
  5. CEC only supports 3 functions: Power On, Power Off, and Select HDMI 1. If you need to control additional functions, you must use another control method.
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