For advanced configuration settings and/or remote access to the system, the HDbridge™ modules utilize the WebManager, a web interface available over an Ethernet connection either directly to a PC or through a switch/LAN connection.
This page provides an overview that will help you log into and navigate WebManager. For complete step-by-step configuration instructions, please download the complete HDbridge™ Advanced Configuration Manual.
- By default, all HDbridge™ units are configured to use DHCP for Ethernet connectivity. If the units are connected to a LAN, they will request a IP address from the local DHCP server, if they are connected directly to a PC, they will use the link-local address. You will need a standard patch cable, not a cross-over cable. PCs that are connected directly to the units do not require an internet connection.
- Once your PC is connected to the module, the modules will be listed under “Network” or “Network Neighborhood.” Double-click on a module icon to open Webmanager in a new browser window.
- You will be directed to a login page.
- The Username will always be “admin.”
- The default password is “admin” but it can be changed in the configuration tool (see page 8 of the PDF guide).
- NOTE: Login is case-sensitive.
- Tabs across the top allow for different configuration and actions.
- Note that you can get detailed information about any field on any page by hovering over the purple ? icon to the right of the field from within the WebManager.
- The Navigation Bar on the left lists categories that link to a specific pages in the configuration section.
- In the screenshot on the right, we are on the RF & HDTV Channel page within the configuration section.
Unlocking the Front Button
The front button on HDbridge™ modules is normally in a 'locked' state to prevent accidental reprogramming.
If the unit is locked, the LED will continue to show a steady blue even when the button is pressed.
- To unlock, press and hold the button until the LED flashes twice (approx. 5 seconds). The LED will then flash the current channel. The unit is now ready for programming.
- Once unlocked, the unit will re-lock automatically if there is no activity within 30 seconds
Example: Programming Channel 50
- Press the Button 5 times. The LED blinks YELLOW at each press
- Wait for the LED to flash BLUE once
- Press the Button 10 times
- Wait for the LED to flash BLUE once. Wait 5 more seconds (exits channel setting mode)
Setting the channel using the Front Button
- Wait for steady blue LED to indicate the unit is ready for programming. Verify the unit is unlocked. (Refer to “Unlocking the Front Button.”)
- Digits are entered from left to right. Just start entering them.
- Each digit is entered by pressing the button multiple times. A “zero” is entered as 10 presses.
- Wait for the LED to blink blue between digits.
- After all digits are entered, wait a few seconds and the programmed channel number is played back.
- The LED will blink red if an improper channel was selected. The original value is restored.
- If the channel is valid, the broadcast is changed before playing back the new channel.
To read back the current channel (assume it is 67)
- Press and Hold the button until the LED turns yellow, and then blue again
- Release the button
- The LED will flash yellow twice per second SIX times
- There will be a two second pause
- The LED will flash yellow twice per second SEVEN times
- The LED will return to a steady blue.
Changing Modulation StandardsCable STD, HRC and IRC channel plan considerations: Most cable services program their channel placements using a Standard (STD) channel lineup. In increasingly rare cases, HRC or IRC channel placements are used. The modulator can be reprogrammed to use these standards by entering the following channel numbers using the channel programming procedure:
- STD Channel 205
- HRC Channel 206
- IRC Channel 207
Note: These instructions can also be found in the HDbridge™ Advanced Configuration Manual which is included in the box with all HDbridge™ units.