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Installing the F.Series

 Front of F.Series V5

  Power Light - Illuminates blue when the server is turned on.
  IR Window - Location where infrared signals are received.
  Status Light
  • pulses green-red when ReQuest server is starting up
  • solid green during normal operation of ReQuest server
  • pulses green-clear when ReQuest server is NetSyncing (when configured as a NetSync client)
  • solid red when ReQuest server is configured as a NetSync Client and unable to contact its NetSync Server
  LCD Display - Used for conveniently displaying configuration menu and browsing/playing music when looking at the front of the ReQuest server.
  Front Power Button - Turn the server on/off. The Rear Power Switch located on the back of the chassis must also be switched to the on position for the ReQuest server to power on.
  CD/DVD ROM Drive - Used for archiving music CD's and Movie DVD's (for systems equipped with ReQuest Intelligent Media Client).
  Eject Button - Ejects CD/DVD ROM Drive. This will not function while the Status Light pulses green-red.
  Thumb Screws - Used to remove or secure the faceplate of the server.

 Behind the Faceplate of F.Series V5

  IR Enable - Turns the front IR receiver on/off.
 IR Status - Illuminates green when front IR receiver is turned on.
  USB  Keyboard Port - Additional USB port convenient for connecting a keyboard to the front of the server.
  Hard Drive - SATA Hard drive that contains Serious Play Operating System and storage for music/movies. Drive must be inserted for F.Series to start up.
 CD/DVD Activity Light  - Located underneath CD/DVD drive, the activity light illuminates green when CD/DVD is in use.
  CD/DVD Manual Eject Button - Also located underneath the CD/DVD drive tray, this will eject the CD/DVD tray even if the ReQuest server hasn't completely started up.

 Back of F.Series V5

  AC Power Connector - Connect to either 110 volt or 220 volt. The ReQuest server will automatically detect and switch between 110 or 220 volt power systems.
  Rear Power Switch - Flip to the - position to enable power, O to disable.
  DVI Port - Displays Graphical User Interface (GUI) for the ReQuest server. Connect to a TV or video distribution system that uses DVI.
  Component Video - Displays Graphical User Interface (GUI) for the ReQuest server. Connect to a TV or video distribution that uses component video (480i).
  VGA - Displays Graphical User Interface (GUI) for the ReQuest server. Connect to a TV or video distribution that uses VGA.
  Serial - Used for home automation systems that can be programmed to control the ReQuest server via RS232 Serial.
  IR - To extend the range of infrared control, third party IR receivers can be connected to the ReQuest server.
  Ethernet Port - Connects the ReQuest server to the local network and Internet. Capable of 10Mbps/100Mbps/1000Mbps.
  USB Ports - Used for connecting a ReQuest TS.15 touch screen or USB keyboard
  Analog Audio - Analog audio connectors for each zone of the F.Series. F4 servers have four zones of audio, F2 servers have two zones of audio.
  Digital Audio - The Optical and Coaxial connectors for digital audio to the right of the Analog Audio connectors are active. The digital output is always the same as the first analog audio output.
       Unused Connectors - The connectors for Digital Audio In, Streaming Audio, and the second set of Digital Audio outputs are not currently used or working.

 Installation Steps

  1. If the hard drive has been removed to pre-load music and or movies, use the thumb screws  remove the faceplate of the unit and install the drive into the drive bay. Be sure to lock the drive. Use the thumb screws again to secure the faceplate back onto the chassis.
  2. Install the ReQuest server into the rack (if applicable). The ReQuest server ships with rack-ears already installed. The rack-ears can be easily unscrewed and removed if desired.
  3. Connect audio cables to the receiver or amplifier. Connect video cable(s) (if the video output is going to be used) to the TV or video distribution system.
  4. Connect the ReQuest server to the home network via the Ethernet port.
  5. If used with a home automation system, connect the serial port or IR port to the home automation system. Some home automation systems can also communicate with the ReQuest server via the network. See manufacturer's documentation for details.
  6. Connect the power cable to the ReQuest server and power source. The ReQuest server will automatically detect and switch between 110 volt and 220 volt power sources.
  7. Power on the ReQuest server. Typical boot time is 1-3 minutes but can vary depending on how much media is on the hard drive. During the boot process, the status light will pulse green-red. When done booting, the status light will be solid green.

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