Master / Client Remote Setup

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Master / Client Remote Setup

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General explanation: PB Master, PB Client

If you have only one Pandoras Box system, you start the Master mode of the Pandoras Box Software License. This configuration is also called "stand-alone mode".

If you like to link multiple Pandoras Box systems configure them as a Master-Client setup. In that case you have one Master and one or more Clients (where the so called Client mode of the Pandoras Box license is started). A Master may connect to multiple Client systems whilst a Client may only connect to one single Master system. An exception to this rule is when you are working in a Multi-User environment which allows multiple Masters to work simultaneously on one project.

The Master acts in general as the main controller for all attached devices, whilst a Client system is "only" receiving commands and media to playback in fullscreen.
On the Master, you create a project which holds all information about the resource media files and connected Clients (and other devices). The Master takes care of the remote file management, meaning the media upload called "spreading" to all Clients; and of course the video and audio synchronization throughout the entire network. In addition, the Master sends all control parameters to the Clients and organizes the protocol patch and routing, e.g. it sends all incoming control-data like DMX or Art-Net in sync to the Clients.

Network Setup

In a Master-Client setup, the Master communicates over Ethernet to the Clients. As sad above it remote controls them, synchronizes the video and audio playback on all units and shares content. But also in a stand-alone setup you might need to send or receive data over Ethernet, e.g. Art-Net. Therefore, the network setup of your system is essential.

For a proper network communication and bandwidth, we recommend setting up standalone local area networks (LAN). In most cases, regular network cables connect the LAN port of your system to an Ethernet router or switch, but of course you may also use straight peer-to-peer connection with a cross-link cable.

To setup your IP address, you can either make use of the PB Menu (Settings > Network) or directly the Network Settings of Windows, i.e. the Properties dialog of your network adapter. Even if your router supports DHCP, we recommend to use fixed IP addresses. Make sure to choose the same IP range for all systems that should be able to communicate with each other and an according Subnet mask.

Make sure that the firewall and anti-virus software does not block any communication from Pandoras Box. For advanced network administration, e.g. if routers include filtering or an additional firewall, please see the list of all TCP and UDP ports Pandoras Box uses.

In the Pandoras Box Master, the IP is shown in the Assets tab and the network adapter can be chosen in the Configuration tab > Network. The Client shows the IP and network setting next to the Preview window when the fullscreen mode is off.

Software Version and Domain

Next to the network setup, Master and Client systems also need to use the identical software version and the so called Domain channel.

The version of the Master is shown in the Title Bar and bottom right corner of the interface. In the Client GUI it is displayed next to the Preview window when the fullscreen mode is off.

The domain channel is set to 0 per default and should be changed only if multiple Master-Client networks are needed which should not interact with each other. In the Master, it can be found in the Configuration tab > Network and the Client displays it next to the Preview window when the fullscreen mode is off.

Controlling Clients in the Master Interface

When the network, the version and the Domain are set up correctly, all Clients appear in the Assets tab of the Master. The Clients in return display the Master's IP instead of "not connected".

To start controlling the Client, for instance assigning media files to it, drag the unit from the Assets tab into the Device Tree tab. Now the Client is in the project and files can be transferred across the network.

To include media files to your project, drag the file from the Assets tab to the Project tab. Per default, all added media files are auto-spread to the available Clients (that are part of the Device Tree). To share files or entire folders manually, you right-click on the entry in the Project tab and choose the according "Spread" command.

Now you can start assigning the sources (media files) to the outputs (Layers on the Clients). This is explained in the chapter Programming on the Timeline.

Please note:
When re-starting the project on the Master with unconnected Clients, they will show up with a red"!". Once the Clients are started, they will automatically reconnect to the Master

Programming with Clients that are not connected yet

If you like to prepare a show for a Client that is not connected to the network yet, you can simply drag a Client from the Device Types tab to the Device Tree tab. Once you added a Pandoras Box Software License, PB asks, how many Outputs should be applied. Once the unit will be present on the network, make sure that you set the correct IP address in the Client's Inspector in order to be connected to the Master. If your Site in a project contains four Output Layers, it can only manifest on a PB system with four licenses. Multiple licenses can be stacked by combining dongles or they can be applied to a single dongle.

Once the Client is connected, spread all the content using the context menu from the Project tab.