Configure the Echo360 PRO

This process assumes you have already installed the Echo360 PRO. Configuring the PRO for use with Echo360 consists of the procedures identified on this page, which include:

Configure and download default PRO device settings

Enable/Disable Administration menu access

Set the One-Touch recording profile

Apply the configuration file to the PRO device

Register the PRO device and check the installation and inputs

Next Steps

 

Configure and download default PRO device settings

The first thing you MUST do to configure any capture appliance is upload a device configuration file to the device. Among other things, this device configuration file sets up communication with the Echo360 server.

The device configuration file (device.xml) is uploaded to the device from a USB thumb drive. The file is loaded onto the thumb drive through the Device default configuration page, located by selecting the Settings icon then selecting Configuration Echo360.

Besides setting the default input devices for each recording channel, the configuration page allows you to set defaults for One-touch ad hoc recordings and the Administration menu availability. These are described in more detail below.

You can use the same configuration file to configure all of your PRO capture appliances if appropriate. Individual device configuration changes can be made via the ROOMS page.

Enable/Disable Administration menu access

The Device Configuration page provides administrators with the option to show or hide the Administration menu on the front panel display of the PRO. If the menu is disabled, the Administration menu is not available from the Front Panel of the PRO appliance.

Front panel administration section of device configuration page as described

See the Administration Menu section Menu Options for the Echo360 PRO topic for details on this menu.

Set the One-Touch recording profile

The PRO device simplifies ad hoc recordings by allowing instructors to simply press the Record button on the front of the device to begin an ad hoc capture. The ad hoc capture is generated using the Input sources and Quality configured for the One-Touch Recording Profile of the device configuration page.

one touch recording profile section of device configuration page as described

Users can review these settings and change them if needed using the menus available through the front panel display. Note that user changes apply ONLY to that particular capture; after completion, the configured one-touch ad hoc recording settings are re-established.

To configure and download device default settings

  1. Log into Echo360 as an administrator.
  2. Insert a FAT 32 formatted USB thumb drive into the computer. If possible, use the thumb drive that came packaged with your PRO device.
  3. Open the Settings menu and select Configurations.
  4. Select Device default configurations.
  5. Select the PRO device configuration page, and set the default device inputs, administration menu, and one-touch profile settings for your PRO device.
  6. Select the Common Settings option from the top of the page and update/change those settings as needed.
  7. Verify that the settings on both page are correct and click SAVE.
  8. Click DOWNLOAD.
  9. Navigate to the thumb drive and save the device.xml file to the root location of the drive (not in a folder; the device will not be able to find the file if it resides in a folder on the drive).
  10. Once finished, safely eject then remove the USB drive from the computer.

Do Not Modify the Downloaded File! The configuration file you download from Echo360 is a digitally signed file. The PRO will NOT accept files that do not bear this digital signature. Do not modify this file. If you need to make changes, repeat the above steps and re-download a new file.

Apply the configuration file to the PRO device

Perform the below steps for each PRO appliance that must be configured with the downloaded device configuration file from the above section.

Wait! Do not insert the USB drive until instructed.

To apply the configuration file to the PRO device

  1. On the back of the PRO, find the label with the device’s MAC address.
    Make a note of the MAC address for the device; you will need it to log into the PRO and monitor inputs, as well as to assign the device to the room.
  2. Turn on the PRO.
  3. Make sure the Echo360 PRO has been on for at least five minutes or that the Status Screen is displayed.
  4. Insert the USB drive into the front of the PRO.
  5. A message will then appear, prompting you to load the device XML onto the device. Select OK to load the configuration file.
  6. Navigate through the Administration Menu to the Manage Network Menu to check that the device has received a valid IP address.
    Make a note of the IP address for the device; you may need it to log into the device and check inputs.

Once the device has been configured, it begins communicating with Echo360.  

Since the device-to-Echo communication has been established, the device can be reset if it is ever needed, or if you are asked by support to reset the device. Device reset can be done manually or through the Administration Menu on the Front Panel display.

Register the PRO device and check the installation and inputs

There are actually two ways to check the PRO installation; assign the device to a room, then open the device Web UI to log into the device, OR simply log into the device Web UI before assigning it to a room.

If you log into the device Web UI first, and the installation is working properly, you can assign it to a room after that. However to do this, you must have the IP address assigned to the device.

If you do not have the IP address, assign the device to a Room first.

To log into the device Web UI for the PRO and check inputs

  1. Be sure you have the IP address for the device.
  2. Open a browser and enter the following into the URL field: https://<IP address>:8443
    For example: https://10.3.10.18:8443 where 10.3.10.18 is the IP address for the device.
  3. When prompted, enter a username and password. You can use your Echo360 login or the generic administrator login configured for the device.
    You should see the device interface as shown in the below figure.
  4. Click the Monitor tab.
  5. Click Start Monitoring.
    After a few minutes you should see the feeds for the inputs you established in the uploaded device configuration.
  6. When finished, click Logout from the top right of the device interface.

To assign the device to a room then login to check inputs

  1. Be sure you have the MAC address for the device.
  2. Log into Echo360 and navigate to the ROOMS page.
  3. Find the room you want to add the device to. Use the filtering lists at the top of the screen to narrow which rooms are shown.
  4. Click ADD DEVICE TO ROOM.
  5. From the Device list, select the MAC address of the device you want to add to the room.
  6. Click SAVE.
  7. Click the log in icon located in the bottom left corner of the room tile.
  8. When prompted, enter a username and password. You can use your Echo360 login or the generic administrator login configured for the device.
    You should see the device interface as shown in the below figure.
  9. Click the Monitor tab.
  10. Click Start Monitoring.
    After a few minutes you should see the feeds for the inputs you established in the uploaded device configuration.
  11. When finished, click Logout from the top right of the device interface.

If the inputs are not working properly, return to the device and check the connections and input devices themselves. Then repeat the steps for logging into the device and monitoring inputs.

You may also need to alter the device configuration for the ROOM, to change the default configuration settings initially uploaded to the device.

Next Steps

The PRO is ready to capture presentations. The next steps you'll want to take include:

  1. If you have not already, assign the capture appliance to a room.
  2. If necessary, alter the device configuration for the ROOM from the default configuration initially uploaded to the device.
  3. Add or edit schedules to use the room with the new device.