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  • Sam Drazin
    Configuring IR Presets2
    Topic posted November 7, 2011 by Sam DrazinExpert, tagged how-to in Wireless Workbench > All Questions & Answers Topics public
    Title:
    Configuring IR Presets
    Description:

    Overview

    IR Presets allow you to configure transmitter parameters to be set for Axient and UHF-R transmitters. The parameter values will be pushed when you IR sync the transmitter with the receiver that you configured the IR Presets.

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    Open the receiver's Properties Panel

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    Right-click on an AXT400 or UR4D/UR4S receiver in the Inventory view and select "Properties"_" to access the receiver's properties panel.

    Access the IR Presets menu

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    Expand the "Settings" section, and switch to the "Tx" tab. Within this area, you can access the IR Presets menu by selecting the "IR Presets" button.

    Configure IR Presets

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    Each drop-down represents a value-set of a parameter that can be pushed to the transmitter when one is IR synced. Change the setting for each parameter to the value you want any transmitter to adjust to when you sync it.

    By default, all parameters will be set to "No Change", which will leave that parameter of the transmitter on its current value.

    Press "Close" to save any changes made.

    Sync a transmitter

    The next time you sync a transmitter, confirm that the IR Presets you configured were pushed successfully to the device.

  • Sam Drazin
    Full Band Scan with AXT400 Receiver
    Topic posted November 7, 2011 by Sam DrazinExpert, tagged how-to in Wireless Workbench > All Questions & Answers Topics public
    Title:
    Full Band Scan with AXT400 Receiver
    Description:

    Overview

    The AXT400 receiver is capable of tuning to a bandwidth of roughly 228 MHz. Within this range, a specific band is selected at any given time in which the receiver operates. When scanning, however, the AXT400 can perform a scan across the entirety of its tuning capability. This guide will walk you through the necessary steps to perform a wideband scan using the AXT400.

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    Discover an AXT400 on your network

    Launch Wireless Workbench 6, and connect to a network with an AXT400 receiver. You will see the device listed in the Inventory View once discovered.

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    Select the AXT400 as a device to scan

    Navigate to the "Frequency Coordination" tab, and select "Change Scan Data"_" from the right sidebar. This will present the "Scan Data" dialog.

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    Select "Settings"_" to view a full list of online Shure devices that are capable of scanning.

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    Check the channel of the AXT400 that you would like to perform the scan. Then, modify the channel's "Start" and "Stop" frequency values to extend to the wideband edges of the receiver by double clicking and typing the new value in the text area.

    For "Start", enter 470.125 MHz. For "Stop", enter 697.875 MHz. (Note: this is the maximum tuning range of an AXT400 receiver.)

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    Notice that the "Band Preset" field of the modified channel will change to "Custom" instead of whatever band the receiver was tuned to previously. This indicates that the scanning bandwidth is a different range than one of the preset bands.

    Start the scan

    Select "Start". This will begin the wideband scan from the specified "Start" and "Stop" values. The scan data will populate the Frequency Coordination plot.

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    Note that you can modify the scanned frequency range by entering any "Start" and "Stop" values that lie within the bounds of those mentioned above.

  • Sam Drazin
    Device Association Dialog
    Topic posted November 5, 2011 by Sam DrazinExpert, tagged how-to in Wireless Workbench > All Questions & Answers Topics public
    Title:
    Device Association Dialog
    Description:

    Overview

    The Device Association dialog is an interface to assist the user in choosing parameters of devices for which the system has conflicting information. Because Wireless Workbench acts as a remote control for Shure hardware, it and the hardware can become out-of-sync in their opinions of parameter values for devices. This dialog gives the user several options to resolve them.

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    When it is Shown

    The Device Association dialog is shown in several scenarios, which are summarized below:

    1. An online device goes offline. Before it comes back online, either its parameters in Wireless Workbench change, the parameters on the hardware change, or both change such that when it comes back online, the hardware and Wireless Workbench disagree about what certain values of merge-able parameters(1) should be.
    2. In the Inventory view, both an offline and an online instance of a certain device exist. The user then drags-and-drops(2) one of the instances on top of the other, in an attempt to merge their values (ie: taking an offline setup and applying it to hardware once on site).
    3. In scenario #1, when the Device Association dialog pops up, it represents a pending merge that must be resolved before that device is interacted with. If you choose to dismiss the Device Association dialog, it will reappear if you attempt to modify that device in any way.

    The Interface

    The Device Association dialog allows the user to keep parameters for a device from either Wireless Workbench or the hardware. Parameters are grouped into 2 buckets, and can be selected independently for each device in conflict.

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    Parameter Buckets

    Parameters for every device are classified in 2 buckets, "Frequency" and "Settings". For each device in conflict, Frequency and Settings parameters can be chosen from either the hardware or Wireless Workbench. For a full reference of which bucket parameters are classified in, consult the "Frequency and Settings Parameters Per Model" chapter of the Wireless Workbench 6 Help System. To access this page, search for "parameters" in the left sidebar, and find the page within the results below.

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    Frequency Bucket

    The "Frequency" bucket represents all parameters that are directly tied to the frequency value of a device, including Group & Channel, band, and Tx Profile. Note that Frequency parameters will only be available for certain devices with tunable frequency values, like microphone and in-ear monitor systems. Use the toggle buttons in the section labeled "A" in the window below to choose which "Frequency" parameters are kept.

    Settings Bucket

    The "Settings" bucket represents all other parameters that are directly tied to the device, including Channel Name, Device ID, RF Gain, and others. Use the toggle buttons in the section labeled "B" in the window below to choose which "Settings" parameters are kept.

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    Interaction

    To select whether parameters come from the hardware or Wireless Workbench, use the toggle buttons for each bucket of parameters for each device.

    When the button says "From LIVE Devices", this means that the parameters for that device from that bucket will come from the hardware's current settings.

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    When the button says "From OFF-LINE Devices", this means that the parameters for that device from that bucket will come from Wireless Workbench's current settings.

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    Modifying One Device vs. All Devices

    The Device Association dialog is split into 2 horizontal sections, allowing device-by-device granularity of choosing parameters to keep, or a global choice for all devices in conflict.

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    In section "C" of the window above, Frequency and Settings parameters can be set for all devices in conflict. In section "D", Frequency and Settings parameters can be chosen on a device-by-device basis.

    Committing Parameters

    Once each device has been configured to receive the appropriate Frequency and Settings parameters, pressing the "Apply" button next to each individual device (as in section "D" above) will update both the hardware and Wireless Workbench to the proper values, and remove that device from the Device Association dialog. If it was the only device in conflict, then the Device Association dialog will close, as all conflicts will have been resolved.

    If Frequency and Settings parameter values for all devices have been set using the toggle buttons in section "C", pressing the "Apply to All" button (as in section "C" above) will update both the hardware and Wireless Workbench to the proper values, and close the Device Association dialog, as all conflicts will have been resolved.

    (1) Consult the "Frequency and Settings Parameters Per Model" section of the Wireless Workbench 6 Help system for a full list of merge-able parameters for all networked Shure devices.

    (2) Consult the "Merge Offline and Live Devices" section of the Wireless Workbench 6 Help system for more information on the mechanics of drag-and-drop merging.

  • Sam Drazin
    How do I access a coordination report?4
    Topic posted November 4, 2011 by Sam DrazinExpert, tagged how-to in Wireless Workbench > All Questions & Answers Topics public
    Title:
    How do I access a coordination report?
    Description:

    Overview

    A coordination report is a document that summarizes a list of the channels for which new frequencies were most recently calculated. This report might be useful to distribute to A2s tuning gear to specific frequencies, clients to portray a full listing of devices and their assigned frequencies, or even yourself to keep a record of a particular coordination.

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    Access

    To access a coordination report, you must have devices in your inventory and perform Frequency Coordination.

    First, navigate to the Frequency Coordination tab. Select "Manage Channels..." from the right sidebar to access the Channel Summary dialog.

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    Ensure that all the channels you want to calculate new frequencies for (and to be included in your coordination report) are checked. Note that any checked backup frequencies will also be included as a part of the coordination report.

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    Select "OK" to close the dialog.

    Ensure that all other parameters for Frequency Coordination are configured. Consult the Frequency Coordination tutorial video for more details on each of the controllable parameters that impact Frequency Coordination.

    To begin Frequency Coordination, select "Calculate New Frequencies".

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    The RF Coordination Results dialog will be displayed, and show progress as the channels that requested frequencies are calculated for.

    Once complete, the RF Coordination Results dialog will display a summary of all frequencies found. It is from this dialog that you must access the coordination report.

    Select the "Export" button, and from the drop-down menu, select "Coordination Report...".

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    A Coordination Report configurator will pop up, allowing you to show or hide certain sections of the report. Once the report is configured to your liking, select "Generate Report.

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    The Coordination Report will be displayed for your review.

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    From this dialog, you can browse all elements of the report you elected to view, as well as print the report, or save it to a variety of formats. The Coordination Report can be saved as:

    • PDF
    • Text file (.txt)
    • Comma separated values (.csv)

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    Once saved, you can reprint, distribute, or archive the coordination report.

    Deployment

    NOTE: Pressing "Calculate New Frequencies" and waiting for the calculation to complete does not deploy found frequencies to online Shure devices. In order to deploy the coordinated solution, you must press "Deploy to Inventory" from the RF Coordination Results dialog. A subsequent dialog will summarize the success of the deployment.

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