Getting Started: Installation

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The ContentDepot® is easy for most stations to get up and running. A minimum level of connectivity and interface to your audio setup is required for ContentDepot to operate. After the initial installation, you may elect to integrate the ContentDepot into your production systems in more complex ways as required by your operation.

  • Installation Overview
  • Installing IDC SFX 4104 Pro Audio Receivers
  • Documentation and Resources

Installation Overview

The base ContentDepot equipment package includes two IDC SFX 4104 Pro Audio satellite receivers. Each Pro Audio receiver captures both streams and audio files in a single unit. The Pro Audio's stream decoders play live satellite-delivered audio, and each unit has four independently tuned stereo outputs/ports to stream live programming.  A significant amount of audio traffic in the ContentDepot is delivered exclusively as audio files. The Pro Audio's storage receiver connects to the station downlink, receives files from a satellite channel, and then exports those files to a station automation system. Only one Pro Audio receiver is required for normal operations, but two are recommended to provide a "shelf spare" in case of failure. Your new receivers will be in an extended test/checkout mode for several weeks and/or months. Do not use files and streams from the new receivers on-air until the new system is officially operational.

The ContentDepot is easy for most stations to get up and running. A minimum level of connectivity and interface to your audio setup is required for ContentDepot to operate. After the initial installation, you may elect to integrate the ContentDepot into your production systems in more complex ways as required by your operation.

What the installation entails

  1. You will need to install up to eleven rack units for two Pro Audio receivers (four rack units for each unit, plus at least one rack space above and below each unit).
     
  2. You will need one L-band port from your satellite downlink for each of your receivers. You may need to reconfigure your L-band  system to accommodate the new receivers.
     
  3. You will need to be able to modify your existing audio interconnection wiring.
    • Move wires from existing receivers to new receivers.
       
    • If you're adding basic automation, you will need to connect it to your audio chain.
       
  4. You will need to access the Internet to register your equipment and set up your ContentDepot accounts, much like establishing service with your ISP.

Installing IDC SFX 4104 Pro Audio Receivers

The following is an outline of the steps to install the new ContentDepot® IDC SFX 4104 Pro Audio satellite receivers.  More detailed installation instructions will be provided with your equipment and online.

Step Instruction Comment
1 Ensure that the L-band feed into the equipment rack has two open ports If you need more ports, install an additional L-band splitter into your RF distribution system. Of course, choose the least disruptive time for a service interruption.
2

Install two receivers (SFX 4104 Pro Audio) into the rack.

Log on to the ContentDepot portal to review your V2 Equipment listing to determine your receivers' proper decoder lineup based on serial numbers. The V2 listing is located in your customer Profile under the Delivery tab.

Save the cartons and packing materials in case you ever need to send a unit back to the Satellite Depot for repair.

Ensure that you have at least one rack space above and below each unit, and sufficient AC power nearby.
3 Connect the L-band feed to both receivers The L-band feed goes to the center RF inlet on each receiver. The center inlet feeds signal to both tuners in the receiver.
4 Power up the receivers    Wait until the green “control” LED lights up
5 Enable LNB bias Power Supply Using the front panel navigate to L-Band 2 – Press Green Check key(enter) – Now press down arrow to 2nd LNB and press Green enter key again – At Power Supply Enable/Disable screen confirm Power Supply is Enabled.  If disabled, Press enter key then up/dn arrow to change selection to Enabled then enter again to accept new setting.
6 Allow the receivers to run for 24 hours You need to let your receiver run for 24 hours so that the unique identifier associating the receiver with your station and any software updates for your receiver are sent daily.
7 As required, configure the Ethernet ports on the receivers to work with your existing production Local Area Network (LAN).

To configure the IP addresses of your receiver, use the front-panel controls. See “Controlling the Receiver with the Front Panel LCD Display/Keypad Interface” in the IDC SFX Pro Audio Series Satellite Receiver User's Guide delivered with the receiver.

The username and password required to configure the receivers is the same as in your existing SFX 2100R file receivers.

The pre-configured network settings for the receiver are as follows:
Eth0 (NET 1) IP address: 192.168.29.52
Eth1 (NET 2) IP address: 192.168.1.102
Workgroup = ContentDepot

Alternatively, connect the storage receiver (port NET 2) and an Ethernet-ready local workstation on the 192.168.1.1/24 network. Then, navigate to http://192.168.1.102 using a web browser. Note this IP address is different from the generic address in your existing SFX2100R storage receiver. It was changed to avoid conflicts at sites that use the generic addresses.

The receiver’s start page displays automatically as the receiver boots.

8 Connect the NET 1 interface of the storage receiver to the same LAN segment as the
automation workstation(s).
 
9 If you are using an existing automation system, map the appropriate storage receiver drive as a network drive.

If your automation/playback system works with the current ContentDepot storage receivers, it should work exactly the same way with your new Pro Audio receivers.

The portal should already have subscription information for your receivers. Contact your station’s local ContentDepot administrator if you require a login.