Smart Remotes provide cost-effective, flexible control of Rane’s RPM series of Drag Net Multiprocessors. Depending on which remote is selected for the application, the end user is presented easy access to a variety of functions such as source selection, preset recall, and level adjustment.
Rane’s Drag Net software is used to configure the remotes. The various modes and parameters (e.g., Backlight Timer) are set directly when connected to a live device; alternately, configurations can be created offline and saved as Storage files or user templates for subsequent upload to the remote at the job site.
Remotes are easily mapped to specific functions or parameters within a particular RPM using Drag Net’s Remote Map feature. It is possible to assign a single remote to one or more parameters – to control a mono or stereo zone level, for example. It is also possible to assign multiple remotes to control the same parameter, as in a primary/secondary arrangement. Remotes linked in this manner automatically track each other’s changes, remaining in synch at all times.
All Smart Remotes are electrically compatible with standard RS-485 interfaces plus power, typically requiring only shielded CAT 5 cable with two twisted pairs. Any combination of star or series wiring is permitted, within the guidelines specified in the Manual. A maximum of 8 remotes connect to the RS-485 bus at one time. A rotary switch on the side of each unit sets a unique address, numbered 0 through 7.
In addition to the power and data connections, each remote features an Encoder Lock which, when grounded using an external key switch or other method, effectively prevents unauthorized users from making changes, while still displaying the current status.
The remotes mount in a standard U.S. electrical box with a minimum depth of 2¼ inches, and covered with a standard Decora® plate cover. Since Decora plates come in different colors, the remotes ship with a variety of colored inserts that install behind a clear protective lens. If the architect or interior designer requires a custom color, download a template allowing a custom insert (out of the wall paper, if need be) and cut to the proper size.
Although Smart Remotes are primarily used in conjunction with RPM products, they can also be used with any host controller capable of implementing the RW-485 communications protocol, detailed in the Operators Manual.
*External Power Supply may be required with the RPM 88. Details in the manual.
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The SR 2 features a 31-position LED indicator and rotary data encoder with integrated push switch. The push switch permits control of two independent parameters: Level 1 when the encoder is rotated normally, and Level 2 when the encoder is pushed and held while rotating. Each SR 2 ships with four faceplate inserts: white (w/ black logo), white (w/ almond logo), almond (w/ black logo) and black (w/ white logo).
The SR 3 features a 31-position LED indicator, rotary data encoder with integrated push switch, and a 98 x 64 pixel, monochrome, LCD display with programmable backlight. Up to 16 images are stored locally in the SR 3 as bitmap pages and automatically recalled to correspond to different system modes. Create your own bitmaps (.bmp files) using a graphics program, such as Microsoft Paint, or use any of the images installed automatically with Drag Net. The RaneSR_3 font contains a number of useful audio/visual symbols, and is automatically installed. Each SR 3 ships with four faceplate inserts: white (w/ black logo), white (w/ almond logo), almond (w/ black logo) and black (w/ white logo).
Due to the the width of the SR 3, it cannot be mounted immediately next to another SR 3 and have a dual Decora plate fit the front. However, other remotes can be mounted next to the SR 3, such as an SR 2, SR 4, MRS 4, VR 2 or LRS 4. In order to mount two SR 3s next to each other, you need two single gang boxes with enough space for two Decora plates.
The SR 4 features a 31-position LED indicator, rotary data encoder with integrated push switch, and a column of eight green LED indicators for selection status. Custom selection lists are easily created using the included Microsoft Word template or SR 4 Label Maker application. The printed list is then placed beneath the transparent window of the SR 4’s faceplate insert, and held firmly in place by a plastic lens. Each SR 4 ships with three faceplate inserts: white (with black logo), almond (with black logo) and black (with white logo).
One or more remotes has a flashing red LED and won't control the RPM unit. What's wrong?
Make sure that every remote is set to its own address, and check to be sure the A and B data lines are not reversed. Equally important to correct wiring is using pairs of twisted conductors (i.e. A = blue w/ white, B = blue, V+ = green w/ white, V- = green etc.). Don't mix wires from different pairs. Also do not "double up" extra pairs on the A and B data lines, as the extra capacitance can affect communication.
I have remotes connected to an RPM xx and can upload / download to / from the SR 3s but they will not "talk to" (control) the Drag Net unit. Is there a setup issue or am I missing something?
The RPM xx polls (searches) for Smart Remotes when it is first turned on. It's sort of a roll call to see which addresses are being used. Any devices connected correctly are seen and commands from them recognized. However any remotes not connected and powered up at the moment power is supplied to the RPM xx will be ignored. The first resolve is always to cycle the power at the RPM xx (unplug it, and plug it back in). Typically this cures the "my remotes don't work" symptom. For the computer types out there, this operation is very much the same as polling for SCSI hard drives at boot-up. Only active devices found during polling will be useable by the computer.
I have remotes connected to an RPM 88, but some are not working and appear completely dark
The RPM 88 can only power three SR 3 or six SR 4 remotes. If more remotes will be used on an RPM 88, then an external power supply must be utilized (do not connect any wires to the V+ and V- terminals of the RPM 88 in this instance). Refer to the zipped Excel file: SR Cable Length Calculator Spreadsheet for specific details on wiring, power consumption and other details.