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control of a HDMI Matrix via RS232
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Post 1 made on Tuesday November 3, 2009 at 12:26
puch27
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I have just bought a HDMI matrix switcher.

It claims that the matrix can be controlled by RS232.

I am trying to control it via a Phillips Pronto and a serial extender.

The extender indicates that it is sending RS232 signals but I cannot get the matrix to switch.

I have been given ASCI codes like POWER 00 is which is 504F574552203030 in HEX but again no luck.

Does anyone know how I can test the matrix by directly controlling it with a PC and Hyper Terminal.

I had a quick look and it looks like Hyper terminal requires files as opossed to strings.

Thanks for any help!

Regards Alf
Post 2 made on Tuesday November 3, 2009 at 17:01
sydinstaller
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Can you supply more produt details.

Brand.
Model number.

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Post 3 made on Saturday November 7, 2009 at 21:47
RAFAEL.ABBAS
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Whats is the model number????

Regards,

Rafael
Post 4 made on Friday December 11, 2009 at 11:39
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On November 3, 2009 at 12:26, puch27 said...
I have just bought a HDMI matrix switcher.

It claims that the matrix can be controlled by RS232.

I am trying to control it via a Phillips Pronto and a serial extender.

The extender indicates that it is sending RS232 signals but I cannot get the matrix to switch.

I have been given ASCI codes like POWER 00 is which is 504F574552203030 in HEX but again no luck.

Does anyone know how I can test the matrix by directly controlling it with a PC and Hyper Terminal.

I had a quick look and it looks like Hyper terminal requires files as opossed to strings.

Thanks for any help!

Regards Alf

Thanks you for the post.
Hi guys, Im a newbie. Nice to join this forum.
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Post 5 made on Tuesday December 22, 2009 at 13:29
Carlton Bale
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I want to control a Monoprice 4x2 HDMI matrix switch via RS-232. I can't find any documentation for the codes. Does anyone have some details on how to do this?

This is the switch:
[Link: monoprice.com]
Carlton Bale
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Post 6 made on Tuesday December 22, 2009 at 13:47
Carlton Bale
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Looks like Monoprice updated their website and now have the RS-232 control specs. Any idea how this would look in a Philips Pronto Professional configuration?

[Link: monoprice.com]
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Post 7 made on Monday December 28, 2009 at 09:59
Carlton Bale
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I played around with these codes in my Pronto RFX9600 and didn't have any luck. Suggestions?
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Post 8 made on Tuesday February 2, 2010 at 10:49
vaporhat
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I have this same 4x2 switcher and have been having issues with the rs232 commands.

Can anyone confirm one of the commands so I can check my structure? Thanks
Post 9 made on Tuesday February 2, 2010 at 10:59
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I don't have this switcher (but I am thinking about buying one) but looking at the documentation it seems there is a command (or "order" as in "I order you to...") protocol and a status protocol. The commands are 4 bytes long. The first is the command, the second is the command inverted (~order) and the last two appear to be markers of some sort. So it appears that the power toggle command is the string:

"\x10\xEF\xD5\x7B";

I would expect that the switcher would reply with a status string that your would then need to decode. Annoyingly there doesn't appear to be discrete power codes but I suppose you could try sending a dummy command like:

"\xFF\x00\xD5\x7B";

and see if the switch responds with status. If so you can determine the power state from the status returned and decide whether the switch needs to be powered on. You could also leave it on all the time I suppose.

The switching commands are fairly simple:

A = 1 "\x00\xFF\xD5\x7B";
A = 2 "\x01\xFE\xD5\x7B";
A = 3 "\x02\xFD\xD5\x7B";
A = 4 "\x03\xFC\xD5\x7B";
B = 1 "\x04\xFB\xD5\x7B";
B = 2 "\x05\xFA\xD5\x7B";
B = 3 "\x06\xF9\xD5\x7B";
B = 4 "\x07\xF8\xD5\x7B";

Again. I have no way of testing this but this is how I interpret the docs. Please let me know if this works.
Post 10 made on Tuesday February 2, 2010 at 15:49
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The problem you guys are going to have, is that it's a $66 switch, and none of us CI's would touch it for fear of the problems it will cause down the road. The saying is,"you get what you pay for".
"You can't fix stupid."
Post 11 made on Wednesday February 3, 2010 at 14:04
vaporhat
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Thank you very much. I will test out these commands later tonight when I get home and post up my results. That is a huge help for me. I could not figure out what ~order meant.

if anyone else is looking at this switch, I have had no handshake issues (which I have experienced with other $300 4x2 matrix switchers). These switches either work or don't. if your not paying the bill I suppose it does not matter what it costs. If you are personally paying the bill, I would recommend this switch. Worst case, you return it to monoprice and waste $15 in shipping. As with any matrix switcher, use good quality cables.

Displays:
LG Plasma (35ft cable)
Optoma projector (50ft cable)

Sources:
PS3
PC
Comcast/Motorola cable box
Post 12 made on Thursday February 4, 2010 at 11:48
vaporhat
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I did not have any luck with those codes..
I will post up any progress I make.

Althoguh i might decided to make a custom executable driver instead.
Post 13 made on Thursday February 4, 2010 at 23:35
robnee
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Hmmm... The docs mention DTR enable That would imply that you must enable DTR (pull pin 4 high) during communication like with the MSCOMM DTREnable option. I'm not sure that the Pronto serial extender has a similar option via the Serial class. Perhaps this would need to be handled in hardware by making an adapter that always pulls this line high. Another thing to check is if the DTR pin is asserted high by default by the serial extender. If so then there is probably a software problem. If it is low then that would be the first thing I would work on.
Post 14 made on Friday February 5, 2010 at 11:49
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Are you using a 9-pin null modem adapter? I am using the Monoprice 4x4 HDMI matrix and I have to use the null modem to make it work with my RTI XP-8.
Post 15 made on Friday February 12, 2010 at 12:48
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On February 5, 2010 at 11:49, dinom said...
Are you using a 9-pin null modem adapter? I am using the Monoprice 4x4 HDMI matrix and I have to use the null modem to make it work with my RTI XP-8.

No I was not but I will give that a try.

I did ask monoprice if I needed a null modem cable and they said no :(
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