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MAKING CONNECTIONS

Initially, let’s assume you will use a wired network connection to your Connect Spark device.

NOTE: A hard-wired connection is required to configure your Spark initially, even if you plan to use a wireless connection later on.

1. Connect the power supply line cord to an A/C power outlet, and insert the round power plug into the 12V input located at left on the a/v connection panel (Figure 1-1).

2. Push the power plug into the 12V socket until it is firmly seated, then use the knurled locking nut to secure the connection – preventing accidental disconnection.

3. Connect one end of a network cable to Spark’s RJ-45 Ethernet port. Connect the other end of the cable to your network switch or router, or a computer's Ethernet port.

4. Optional steps:

a. Connect an HDMI or SDI video cable (as appropriate for your NewTek Connect Spark model) from a suitable video source to the corresponding connector marked IN.

b. Connect an analog audio source to the 1/8” (3.5mm ) audio IN jack

5. Slide the power switch, located at right on the opposite side of the unit, all the way to the right. At this point, the red POWER LED will illuminate, and the unit will quickly boot. (If this does not happen, check your connections and retry.) After a few moments, the SIGNAL LED will glow a steady green, indicating successful network connection.

Hint: A flashing green RUN light indicates that the video encoder is operating.

If you connected a source in step 4 above, your NewTek Connect Spark is already sending NDI audio and video to your local network. We’ll talk about how to access and use it soon, but first let’s discuss how to manage Spark’s settings and operate its features.

Hint: In ‘mission’ critical installations, it is wise to use an uninterruptable power supply (UPS). Likewise, consider A/C “power conditioning”, especially in situations where local power is unreliable or ‘noisy’. Surge protection is especially important in some locales. Power conditioners can reduce wear on power supplies and other electronics, and provide a further measure of protection from surges, spikes, lightning and high voltage.

 

SECTION 1.3

For more information please download the entire document at new.tk\NCSGuide

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