Snell Advanced Media®

This setup information applies to the Halo and Freeway using the SW-P-08 protocol.

Note: The SW-P-08 protocol supports mnemonic names. You do not need to manually upload the names for to the switcher.

Cable Connections

These devices connect to the switcher over an RS-422 serial connection to a DB9 port on the switcher and a DB9 port on the device.

If you are connecting to a Halo, use the CTRL 2 port, or the RS-485-2 port if you are connecting to a Freeway.

Table 1. Switcher to Halo/Freeway Cable Connections
Acuity (Remote Port) Halo/Freeway (Serial Port)
2 (Rx-) 2 (Tx-)
3 (Tx+) 3 (Rx+)
7 (Rx+) 7 (Tx+)
8 (Tx-) 8 (Rx-)

Switcher Setup

The switcher must be set up to communicate with the router, as well as associate the video inputs that are coming into the switcher from the router with the specific router they are coming from.

To Set Up Communications

  1. Press HOME > Setup > Installation > Com Setup
  2. Press Type and use the Com Port knob to select the remote port that you want to set up for the device.
  3. Use the Device knob to select Router.
  4. Press Select Device and use the Device knob to select Pro-Bel.
  5. Press Com Type and use the Type knob to select RS-422.
  6. Press Com Settings and use the Baud and Parity knobs to select 38400 (Baud) and NONE (Parity).
  7. Press Extra Options and use the Option and Value knobs to set the device parameters.
    Option Value
    Src Xpts 128 (default)
    Dest Xpts 128 (default)
    Num Levels 16 (default)
    Name Length 8 Chars (default)
    Src & Dest Base 0 (default)
    Polling Both (default)
  8. Press HOME > Confirm.

To Set Up a Video Input

  1. Press HOME > Setup > Installation > Source Configuration > Input Type.
  2. Use the Input knob to select the input source that is coming from the router.
  3. In the Input Type area, select Router.
  4. Press More.
  5. Press Router Setup and use the Router knob to select the router that the video source is coming from.
  6. Use the BNC DST knob to select the destination, or output, on the router that is feeding the selected input BNC.
  7. Press Router Options and use the Level knob to select the level, or breakaway, that is switched on the router when a new input is selected.
  8. Use the Show Mnemonics knob to select whether the router source name is shown on the mnemonic for the selected input (Yes) or if the switcher source name is shown (No).
  9. Press HOME > Confirm.

Device Setup

The device must be set up to communicate with the switcher using the same serial or ethernet communications as you set the switcher up to use.

Note: This information in this procedure is provided as a guide and is based on the current version of hardware and software that was available at the time of testing. For the most accurate and up-to-date information, refer to the documentation that came with your device.

To Set Up the Halo

Note: The switcher does not support the General Switcher Protocol (SW-P-88).
  1. The Halo must be configured to allow it to be controlled using the CTRL 2 port.
  2. Ensure the DIP Switch on the Halo is set to CTRL 2 to enable serial control from the switcher.

Router Mnemonic Names

If your router/protocol does not support passing mnemonic names to the switcher, you can manually add those names. Refer to Router Mnemonic Names for more information.