RedRat Device Manager
RedRat Device Manager is a simple software application intended to help with the installation and set-up of RedRat devices, providing basic testing of their functionality. It is not intended as an end-user application; once devices have been installed and configured, other software applications can then use them.
When the application launches the first thing it will do is initiate a search for RedRat hardware. By default the RedRat Device Manager will look for devices connected to your PC via USB and to your network. The network search uses a UDP broadcast and waits for a response from devices. While the USB search is instantaneous, the network search takes a few seconds and so if you are only interested USB devices then the search can be made quicker. In the options dialog (File → Options) there is the option of excluding network devices from the search. Once the search has finished all devices found are then listed in the main window and additional searches can be initiated manually at any time via Devices → Find.
If UDP broadcasts are not permitted on your network, then you can manually add an irNetBox or RedRat-X using its IP address by going to Devices → Add (IP Address).
If you find that you can’t communicate with a device because the IP address is not correct for your network, for example it has been moved from one network to another, then there is a mechanism in place for resetting its IP address (Devices → Set IP via MAC Address). The information you need for this is slightly different for different devices.
For the irNetBox-II and III you will need:
For the irNetBox-IV and RedRat-X you will need the device's full MAC address. For the irNetBox-IV this can be found by cycling through the front panel display menu while for the RedRat-X this is printed on the underside of the device. This will instruct the unit to use a dynamic IP address.
Once the necessary information is provided a change IP address instruction is sent to all devices via UDP broadcast. However, only the device with the correct MAC address will respond to it. A new search will then commence and your device should appear in the main window.
|Type||Number of IR Outputs||IR Output Power Level Control|
|MK-I||16||LOW or HIGH power on port 1, otherwise LOW power only|
|MK-II||16||LOW, MEDIUM or HIGH power on all outputs|
|MK-III||16||Power controllable from 0 - 100 on all outputs|
|MK-IV||16||Power controllable from 0 - 100 on all outputs|
|RedRat-X||4||Power controllable from 0 - 100 on all outputs|
For devices that have IR capabilities, double clicking on them will show an IR Input + Output window. For a selected device the window can also be shown via Devices → IR Input + Output or by right clicking on the device.
The right hand side of the window allows control of various aspects of the device. The purpose of this dialog is to validate that we have network communication with the device, to help install the stick-on emitters and to ensure that the A/V equipment under control responds correctly.
To test signal output, use this area to learn/capture an IR signal from a remote control. The application stores a single signal only – for full signal database management please use the IR Signal DB Utility.
For irNetBoxes and RedRat-Xs, these areas allow the testing and validation of the IR outputs, for example to check that output number 4 is actually wired up to a particular device. The state of the device’s ports is indicated by a graphical representation and selecting an output will enable/disable it. There is a default power level setting but the power levels of individual outputs can be changed by right-clicking on them.
Additionally, for the irNetBox-IV there are two display modes; Blink and Power. Blink replicates the display behaviour of the LEDs on previous versions i.e. on/off, while Power allows various power levels to be displayed. The display mode can be changed in the top-left hand panel of the window.
These parameters are used to adjust the exact behaviour of signal input. In cases of difficulty when capturing a signal, these values can be adjusted to improve signal learning, however this is not generally needed. The parameters are all returned to their default value if the device is restarted. They can be changed in the top-left hand panel of the window.
A Hardware/Firmware Information window can be shown for some devices via Devices → Hardware/Firmware Info or by middle or right clicking on the selected device.
The purpose of this dialog is to reconfigure the device if necessary and to update its firmware.
Network information is given in the left hand panel of the window for devices that can connect to a network.
This allows the user to set some of the network information for the device.
For some RedRat devices, upgrading or downgrading the firmware is supported. The current firmware version is given in the left hand panel of the window.
RedRat Device Manager checks for firmware updates whenever a device's IR Input + Output or Hardware/Firmware Info window is opened and a notification appears in the window title bar if an update is available. If in the options dialog (File → Options) the source for firmware updates is set to "URL" then the update can be downloaded from the RedRat website and installed. Set the firmware update source to "Directory" if you are wanting to install firmware that is already saved on your PC.
For RedRat devices that can host RF4CE and Dual-Bluetooth modules, module information is listed in the left hand panel. Here, the module firmware can be updated.
For the irNetBox-IV, the power levels of the various board supplies can be read and are given in the left hand panel of the window.
For the irNetBox-III, the firmware configuration is also listed in the left hand panel. Configuration properties are read-only by default but can be edited by checking the "Allow altering advanced properties" box.
If an irNetBox's XPort loses its setup or is completely reset, the irNetBox will not be able to function, so the XPort will need to be re-configured. This is done via Devices → Configure XPort or by right clicking on the selected device and care should be taken when doing this to ensure that the correct irNetBox version is set.
By default, the configuration steps will not allow changing the irNetBox type. This, however, can be overridden in the options dialog (File → Options).
Another issue that can happen if the XPort loses configuration information is that RedRat applications and software will not think it is an irNetBox, so will not list it. In this situation, in the options dialog the option "Accept responses from hardware not explicitly labelled as a RedRat device…" can be selected.
Note: Care must be taken with this as there may be other devices on the network using XPorts and so these should not be configured as irNetBoxes! So only use this option if you recognise the IP/MAC address as an irNetBox.
The irNetBox-IV and RedRat-X host a basic HTTP web server at the device's IP address. Their webpage can be loaded using your default browser via Devices → Device Webpage or by right clicking on the selected device.
For the irNetBox-IV and RedRat-X, a firmware update can be installed on multiple devices as a single operation instead of having to do it individually for each device. This can be done via Devices → Bulk Firmware Update.
On restricted networks, or if attempting to use a RedRat device from behind a firewall, the following ports need to be opened: