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Connecting a SMART Board 600i interactive whiteboard system

SMART hardware SMART Board 600i series interactive whiteboard systems using Unifi 35 projectors and Go Wire SMART Board software auto-launch cables 
SMART software SMART Board software and SMART Notebook
Operating systems Windows operating systems, Mac OS X operating system software and Linux operating systems

Overview

This document describes how to connect your computer and other devices to the SMART Board 600i interactive whiteboard system. It also describes how to connect a guest computer to the Unifi 35 projector’s extended connection panel (ECP).

Important  

This document describes how to connect your computer and other devices to the SMART Board 600i interactive whiteboard system and its Unifi 35 projector only.

Details

The SMART Board 600i series interactive whiteboard system includes cables to connect a computer as well as video and audio devices. You can also purchase SMART accessories to connect the interactive whiteboard serially, to extend the length of the included cables, and to connect to the interactive whiteboard without having to install SMART Board software.

The following accessories are included with the SMART Board 600i interactive whiteboard system:

  • 6' (1.8 m) USB cable

  • 16' (5 m) USB cable

  • 6' (1.8 m) VGA-HD cable

  • 6' (1.8 m) 3.5 mm stereo phone cable

Note  

Use the 6' (1.8 m) USB cable to connect the projector’s ECP to the computer. Use the 16' (5 m) USB cable to connect the SMART Board 660 or 680 interactive whiteboard to the projector.

Optional SMART accessories for the SMART Board 600i interactive whiteboard system include:

  • 16' (5 m) USB extension cable (Part No. USB-XT)

  • Cat 5 to USB extender (Part No. CAT5-XT) to extend the USB connection up to 87' (26.7 m) for Windows operating systems and 57' (17.4 m) for Mac OS X operating system software, using an RJ45 Cat 5 cable

  • SMART RS-232 Serial Connection (Part No. RS232-R1)

  • USB-to-serial adapter to connect the computer’s USB receptacle to the Unifi 35 projector’s serial connector

  • GoWire SMART Board software auto-launch cable to access SMART Notebook without installing it

For more detail about the SMART Board 600i interactive whiteboard system accessories, see document 99641.

Connecting the SMART Board 600i interactive whiteboard system with a USB cable

You can connect the SMART Board 600i interactive whiteboard system to a computer using the USB interface on the ECP.

To connect a SMART Board 600i interactive whiteboard system to a computer using a USB cable

  1. Connect the 6' (1.8 m) USB cable (included) to the ECP’s USB B receptacle.

    Important  

    The USB cable length must not exceed 6' (1.8 m).

  2. Connect the other end of the USB cable to a USB receptacle on your computer.

  3. Connect the 6' (1.8 m) VGA-HD cable (included) to the DB15 VGA connector on the ECP.

  4. Connect the other end of the VGA-HD cable to the VGA connector on your computer.

  5. If you want to use the audio output from your computer, connect the 6' (1.8 m) 3.5 mm stereo phone cable (included) to the ECP’s 3.5 mm phone jack.

  6. Connect the other end of the audio cable to a 3.5 mm phone jack on your computer.

To connect USB extension cables

  1. Connect a SMART USB-XT extension cable to your computer.

    Note  

    You can use up to three USB-XT extension cables.

  2. Connect the other end of the extension cable to the 6' (1.8 m) USB cable included with the projector.

  3. Connect the 6' (1.8 m) USB cable to the ECP.

  4. Restart your computer.

To connect the Cat 5 to USB extender

Note  

SMART CAT5-XT USB extenders can extend the USB connection up to 87' (26.7 m) for Windows operating systems or 57' (17.4 m) for Mac OS X operating system software. Two 6' (1.8 m) USB cables are included with the Cat 5 extenders.

  1. Connect the Cat 5 cable (not included) to the local Cat 5 extender and to the remote Cat 5 extender.

  2. Connect one 6' (1.8 m) USB cable to the local extender and to your computer.

  3. Connect one 6' (1.8 m) USB cable to the remote extender and to your projector.

    Important  

    The USB cable lengths must not exceed 6' (1.8 m).

    Refer to document 99641 for more information about extending the USB connection with a Cat 5 extender.

Connecting with a serial cable (Part No. RS232-R1)

Note  

The Unifi 35 projector’s firmware must be version 1.2.13 or later, in order to enable its RS-232 interface.

To serially connect a computer to a SMART Board 600i series interactive whiteboard, you must:

  • Configure the Unifi 35 projector’s serial, video and audio inputs for the computer connections using the projector’s on-screen menus.

  • Disable Room Control mode using the projector’s on-screen menus.

  • Connect your computer’s serial, video and audio outputs to the Unifi 35 projector.

To configure the serial, video and audio inputs

Note  

You must use either the DVI-A or DVI-D video input with the Unifi 35 projector’s serial connection.

  1. Turn on the SMART Board 600i interactive whiteboard system.

    The Unifi 35 projector’s Startup menu appears.

  2. Select any input.

    OR

    Select ScratchPad.

    The Unifi 35 projector’s menu appears in the lower left corner of the interactive whiteboard.

  3. Press Settings.

  4. Press Configure inputs.

    The Configure Inputs dialog box appears, displaying the projector’s current configuration inputs.

  5. Select the check box to the left of the DVI-A or DVI-D input to enable it.

  6. Select Serial in the same row. You can select Serial for one input only.

    The Properties column displays the input names as they appear in the projector’s on-screen menus. Typically, the USB computer input is labeled Computer 1 and the serial computer input is labeled Computer 2.

  7. Press Computer 2 in the Properties column.

    The Audio Properties dialog box appears.

  8. Select the audio input that you want to use with the serial computer connection.

    Note  

    If you select a shared audio input, you can use a “Y” adapter cable to connect both inputs.

  9. Press Close in all dialog boxes to save your changes.

To disable Room Control mode

  1. Turn on the SMART Board 600i interactive whiteboard system.

    The Unifi 35 projector’s Startup menu appears.

  2. Select any input source, and then press Settings.

  3. Press Advanced Settings.

  4. Press the wrench icon.

    The Setup window appears.

  5. Press Room Control Mode.

  6. Using the on-screen navigation buttons select Disable, and then press Enter.

  7. Press Close in all dialog boxes to save your changes.

To connect your computer to the Unifi 35 projector using an RS-232 cable

Important  

You must install SMART Board software or SMART Notebook software on the computer so it can communicate serially with the Unifi 35 projector. The software is available at www.smarttech.com/downloads.

  1. Connect the female connector of a straight-through DB9M-to-DB9F RS-232 cable to your computer’s serial (RS-232) connector.

    If your computer doesn’t have a serial (RS-232) connector, you can use a USB-to-serial adapter to connect the computer’s USB receptacle to the projector’s serial connector.

  2. Connect the male connector of the RS-232 cable to the Unifi projector’s DB9 connector.

    Note  

    Unifi 35 projectors manufactured before February 2007 have a male DB9 connector. Therefore, you need a straight-through DB9F-to-DB9F RS-232 cable to connect these projectors to a computer.

  3. Connect the video and audio cables from your computer to the projector base connection panel connectors.

    If your computer has a VGA (DB15-HD) analog video output, use the 10' (3 m) DVI-A to VGA adapter cable included in the Unifi 35 projector’s accessory kit.

    If your computer has a DVI-D output, use as short a cable as possible (not included) to reduce interference.

    Note  

    We recommend that you connect all cables from the computer to the projector’s base connection panel. This leaves the ECP connectors available for a guest computer connection.

  4. Turn on the SMART Board 600i interactive whiteboard system, but don’t select an input.

    The Unifi 35 projector’s Startup menu appears.

  5. Turn on your computer, if it isn’t already on.

  6. Click the SMART Board or SMART Notebook icon in the notification area or Dock, and then select Control Panel.

    The SMART control panel appears.

  7. Click Connection Wizard.

  8. When the SMART Interactive Product Connection Wizard finds the SMART Board 600i interactive whiteboard system, click Finish.

  9. Select the Computer 2 serial input from the Unifi 35 projector’s on-screen menus.

    The computer’s video output appears on the interactive whiteboard.

Serial interface settings

You’re unable to configure the Unifi 35 projector’s serial interface settings. When configured for serial computer connection, the serial interface has the following settings:

Data rate

19.2 kbps

Data bits

8

Parity

None

Stop bits

1

Flow control

None

Connecting a guest computer

The VGA, Composite and S-video inputs are enabled when you first receive your SMART Board 600i interactive whiteboard system. These inputs, labeled Computer 1, Video 1 and Video 2, respectively, in the Configure Inputs dialog box’s Properties column, are available on the ECP.

The Computer 1 input uses the ECP’s VGA INPUT DB15-HD connector, the AUDIO INPUT 3.5 mm phone jack and the USB B receptacle. Verify that these settings haven’t changed.

To connect a guest computer to the ECP

  1. Connect the 6' (1.8 m) USB cable (included) to the USB B receptacle on the ECP.

  2. Connect the other end of the USB cable to a USB receptacle on your computer.

  3. Connect the 6' (1.8 m) VGA-HD cable (included) to the ECP’s DB15 VGA connector.

  4. Connect the other end of the VGA-HD cable to a DB15 VGA connector on your computer. 

    Important 

    Do not use USB cables longer than 6' 5" (2 m) to connect your computer to the ECP. If you use a longer cable, its length, when combined with the length of the ECP cable, exceeds USB specifications, and your connection won’t work.

  5. If you want to use the audio output from your computer, connect the 6' (1.8 m) 3.5 mm stereo phone cable (included) to the ECP’s 3.5 mm phone jack.

  6. Connect the other end of the audio cable to the 3.5 mm audio output phone jack on your computer.

Note 

You can connect the SMART Board 600i interactive whiteboard system to a computer or guest laptop in HID (Mouse) mode without installing SMART Board or SMART Notebook software. To do so, disconnect the USB, video and audio cables from the connected computer, and then connect them to the guest laptop. If the laptop has suitable USB drivers installed, you have immediate touch control on the interactive whiteboard.

Refer to the SMART Board 600i Series Interactive Whiteboard System Installation and Configuration Guide (document 87643) for more information about connecting and configuring input devices.

Connecting other devices

You can connect a variety of devices such as VCRs, document cameras, DVD/Blu-ray players, TV tuners and room control systems to the SMART Board 600i interactive whiteboard system. You can connect most common audio, video and computer connection types to the ECP.

Connecting a GoWire auto-launch cable

The GoWire SMART Board software auto-launch cable includes SMART Board or SMART Notebook software. It starts automatically, providing full access to all software tools without having to install the software on your computer.

To connect the GoWire auto-launch cable

  1. Connect the GoWire auto-launch cable to the USB B receptacle on the ECP.

  2. Connect the other end of the GoWire SMART Board software auto-launch cable to a USB receptacle on your computer.

  3. Connect the 6' (1.8 m) VGA-HD cable (included) to the DB15 VGA connector on the ECP.

  4. Connect the other end of the VGA-HD cable to the VGA (DB15-HD) video output on your computer.

  5. If you want to use the audio output from your computer, connect the 6' (1.8 m) 3.5 mm stereo phone cable (included) to the ECP’s 3.5 mm phone jack.

  6. Connect the other end of the audio cable to a 3.5 mm phone jack on your computer.

First published November 1, 2007
Last updated May 31, 2010

 

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