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Octava Matrix Question

kevshed

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Just reading the install manual for one of these 4x4 matrix's - as i think this is perfect for what i need.

Clarifying questions though please, from anyone that has them.

1) It looks like IR passthrough is only done if using Cat5/6 - makes sense, but can someone confirm..... if this is true, then i wont bother running HDMI to the remote locations....

2) IR control of the switch itself.... this is a bit confusing. For the sources, there is a TX IR cable, which you put infront of the source.

Are the Switch IR commands captured when they arrive at the switch - OR, do switch commands TX to all ports etc.... I just dont get how the switch is controlled... which is a bit worrying. The manual mentions an IR Extender, which goes to a room, but i dont want to do that to every possible room....

Maybe im missing something.....

3) and finally... Is it possible to 'split' an output, i.e. Have 1 pair of ports feed 2 devices (i'm thinking plasma/projector in the same room - that will always be one/other on, not both).

Guess i need to see one to completely understand it - It looks perfect, but i guess the devil is in the detail.

If anyone has one on the south coast/M4 corridor installed that i could see i'd be grateful.

Thx
Kev
 

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Joe Fernand

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Hello kevshed

Each in-room Rx (receiver) is supplied complete with a plug in 2m IR receiver 'eye'. The IR signal is captured and sent to the Matrix over the CAT6 cables.

The Matrix has a corresponding IR output socket for each of the four HDMI/Ethernet output 'zones' and comes supplied with 4 x 4 head IR Blaster cables - you position the heads over any kit you want to control from each 'zone'.

Were looking at a range of optional IR connector units to cut down on the number of blaster heads you end up with in your rack and ways to add in a bit more intelligence to the IR control (without costing a fortune).

The Matrix is also RS232 controlled so many folk will be looking to integrate it with a control system.

If you need a PJ and Display in one 'zone' I'd suggest you add an Octava HDDA12-UK 1x2 Distribution amp to the Output of the Rx unit in that zone.

Joe
 

kevshed

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Thanks guys - appreciated.
 

elliott1381

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i was looking at this switch as well, i understand everything about the passthru with the IR to the devices but still cant find a solution of how to control the actual switch in different zones i.e to change the input for each display.
 

Joe Fernand

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If your not planning to use Programmable Remotes you can order the Matrix kit with extra Credit Card style remotes for each 'Zone'.

Joe
 

elliott1381

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If your not planning to use Programmable Remotes you can order the Matrix kit with extra Credit Card style remotes for each 'Zone'.

Joe

hi Joe, sorry i havent rang you yet but with the move approaching and work been busy. i currently have 1 harmony 1000 remote and was going to get a harmony 1100 for the bedroom so i would have 2 remotes and the other 2 rroms would have the basic sky remote in.

is there a relative cheap way of solving the IR problem?
 

Joe Fernand

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If your using the Matrix + four In-room receivers the supplied kit with the addition of one additional Octava remote along with your two Harmony remotes should sort you out.

You can control the Matrix + SKY over the CAT6 extenders - of course you will have to sort out who's in charge of the SKY box if a few folk are viewing simultaneously!!!

Joe
 

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