Quick Setup on the HDME Encoder
Setting Up a HDME Encoder
As part of the quick start up guide for the HDME Encoder Series:
- To access the front panel enter the password, "0,0,0,"
- Arrow down for zero.
The nice part about accessing the unit after boot up via the front panel is that you can navigate through all the top level menus:
- Common setup, RF setup
- Encoder setup
- IP streaming setup
- Web management setup
- and then return
So in order to communicate with the HDME encoder via the web browser; If you don't have a DHCP server set up on your network the first thing you need to do is boot up the encoder, enter up the password- all zeros- and then navigate to the top level of web management setup, hit OK and enter the menu, hit OK.
The first menu is DHCP but you don't have a DHCP server, you hit OK and make sure it says "disable." OK. Arrow up to IP address. OK. You can see here that the IP address is set to "192.168.10.9" Now set your PC's NIC card accordingly. Right now my IP on the laptop is 192.168.10.10 and I'm a direct connect cable from the back of the web management port of the encoder to the laptop. Hit "OK" check you subnet mask and make sure your subnet mask is set properly. If need be, enter your gateway.
Back to main. Hit OK and continue to arrow up until you get to main menu exit, this will save the changes you've just entered
Accessing the GUI
So now you're ready to access the GUI. Now that you have the IP address assigned to the HDME Encoder via the front panel, we're going to walk through a few simple steps to get video out of the encoder.
I recommend that the user start from ‘overview' and work their way down to ‘administration,' but again this is a quick setup. Now the first thing a user should do is go into common setup and select the output channel for the appropriate com, in this case we're going to use channel 5 at 79 MHz.
Determine what kind of VCN mode works best for your instillation. The default is VCN Major Minor which is tied to the RF frequency. For example, the major minor channel for a single channel encoder with an output of 5 would be 5.2, for a two channel encoder it would be 5.1 and 5.2.If you don't use major minor your want to you VCN one part manual which allows you to define a virtual channel number that is not tied to the actual output channel or output frequency. VCN one part manual is the most common and we're going to local save.
The next tab would be RF setup. Select the appropriate constellation either 256 QAM or 64. 265 QAM is the default. Transport Steam ID is important if you are using a set top box, in this case we're streaming video directly to a TV. Let's do a local save.
The next tab is encoder setup. This is a single channel HDME. For additional channel HDMEs there will be additional encoder tabs. Each tab is exactly the same. The most common change you'll make on each one of the tabs is basically the short name descriptor. HBO-HD we'll use for encoder number one, if there were additional encoders it would be for example HBO Standard Def ESPN and so on. VCN, here's the channel this will be the actual channel that is displayed on the TV. All the other settings are really default with the exception of video output. You want to select either MPEG CBR or ABC CBR. Your audio output you'll select AC-3. Closed Captioning on or off. And there are some additional video controls for brightness, contrast, saturation, and hue.
Again the main thing to really pick here on the encoder setup screen is your VCN, your video input you can leave set to auto detect, your video output, and your audio output format. Again local save.
IP Streaming tab, this tab is used to configure your streaming setup for video. It is our recommendation that you contact your video administrator, who can provide you with the appropriate streaming setup information.
In this example we've chosen UDP Multicast with a destination IP: 18.104.22.168 with a Destination Port 500 and a Time to live of 24. This is a very standard type setup. In this streaming setup you could use, for example, VLC to decode the video or you could sent this UDP Multicast address to and edge QAM at a remote hub to then be turned back into RF. A local save on IP steaming.
Web Management. We've configured a lot of these setting via the front panel but once you're connected via the GUI you have the opportunity once again to configure the IP address, enable DHCP if there is a DHCP server on your network, and change the host name and gateway.
Administration Tab basically allows you to remotely reboot the device, restore it to default and clear out all the setting you've made.
You can do a backup and here is where you would perform a software upgrade if needed; you would choose a file and upload and or restore a backup. You also have the ability as a user to change the password and put in a new password.
So at this point we're going to go back up to our common setup, double check our output channel at 5, we're collected DCM one part Manual, we're selected 256 QAM and we've selected our virtual channel number to be five, the short name of the channel is HBO-HD. At this point the user can upload and reboot the settings, the encoder should reset fairly quickly.
Concluding the HDME Encoder Setup Process
So at this point if you have a small TV connected directly to the encoder with a jumper and some padding roughly about 40 DVB of padding needed you can come directly out of the encoder RF, scan the TV. You can find that setting in the menu. The TV will scan, once it scans to frequency 79 MGhz or channel 5 it should lock into the program and then at video will be displayed on channel 35. The HDME encodes are fairly simple to set up, most user have video running on the TV in 5-10 minutes. We're back on the welcome screen and we can see that the video output on the menu screen is now playing.
That ends this short video of HDME Encoder setup.
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