Test Crestron & AMX code without the HAL DSP on your bench

This years-old blog article talked about testing your 3rd-party control system code using only the Halogen software. Here’s a video that steps through how to set up and use PuTTY software to monitor your PC’s IP Address, not the DSP. This lets you send and monitor Ethernet control messages to and from Halogen software – no hardware required.

New HAL System Products for InfoComm 2014

How did we improve a product by 750 times? That’s 57.5 dB better. And don’t worry, the accounting department checked and double checked our math here, so you know it’s gotta be good.Math

Here’s an informal video slide deck of three new products.

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Managing Device IP Addresses with Halogen’s Web Controls

HAL-controlled Lemonade Stand

HAL-controlled Lemonade Stand

If you’re wondering how to effectively set up control devices and the HAL’s IP Addresses when using Halogen’s Web Controls, start here.

The controls devices such as tablets, iPads, smart phones, desktop or laptop computers are the easy part. Log them on to the WiFi (or wired) network, and be sure they are set to receive a DHCP-served IP Address (obtained automatically). This is typically the default in many gadgets these days.

HAL can use static (specified), dynamic (DHCP/obtained automatically) and/or a link-local IP address to serve the custom web pages you can create in Halogen software to the above devices.

Which IP Address to use in the HAL is often a function of the DHCP server’s capability or often the ability of the IT gal setting up the DHCP server. Continue reading

Rane ships new Halogen 4.0, EXP7x & HAL4 on HALloween

HAL4, EXP7x & Halogen 4.0 ship on HALoween

HAL4, EXP7x & Halogen 4.0 ship on HALoween

He not someone dressed as a UPS driver for Halloween. It’s Rane’s first HAL4 and EXP7x products shipping. Included in the box, and on Rane’s website is Halogen 4.0 software that adds support for the Web Controls feature in any HAL ever shipped. A firmware update to existing HAL devices allows customizable web page creation within Halogen. Run the custom page(s) on any smartphone, tablet or computer’s web browser (yellow stickies optional).

7 Simultaneous Wireless Control Devices (… because you can)

7 Simultaneous Wireless Control Devices (because you can)

Here’s a Halogen tutorial video explaining how to setup a HAL4 with custom Web Controls:

7 Simultaneous Wireless Control Devices (because you can)

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Know HAL #2: Plug it in, it works! (Remember analog audio?)

Remember when you could plug in a live audio cable and immediately you’d hear sound? This was before you needed an IP Address, software, a mouse or (gasp!) the correct firmware in all your devices before you could hear music. We do.

HAL's DR & RAD devices - just like analog. Yet unlike any digital audio device you know.

HAL’s DR & RAD devices – just like analog. Unlike any digital audio device you know.

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HAL is Evolving (2013)

The significantly enhanced HAL1x Expansion Bus ships in the new EXP1x, EXP3x & EXP5x in April 2013. The new Bus supports daisy-chaining any combination of up to 32 EXPs, allows 512 x 512 audio channels, permits EXPs to be 100 meters (328 feet) apart, and supports unmanaged gigabit media converters (fiber) if EXPs need to be miles apart. This allows spreading HAL system audio and control I/O between distant equipment rooms in conference centers, campuses, classrooms, hotels, malls, arenas, sports centers, water parks, among others.

EXP5x Input & DSP Expander for HAL1x

EXP5x Input & DSP Expander for HAL1x

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Tech Topic – Rane DR3 LCD Screen Editing

The end user interface provided by Rane’s DR1, DR2 & DR3 remotes is what solves customer problems for sound contractors.

The Halogen software allows advanced customization to ease end user cognitive friction. Here’s how to use Halogen software to change what appears on the LCD screen.

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