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    Consoles and Monitors

    This article discusses monitors used with the current generation of ETC Consoles: the Eos Family (Eos, Gio, Ion, Element, associated RPUs), the Congo Family (Congo, Congo Jr, Congo Kid, Congo Light Server), and the Cobalt Family (Cobalt 20, Cobalt 10).

    For a consolidated table display of acceptable monitor configurations for these consoles, RVIs, RPUs, and Light Servers, please visit Monitor Configurations

    Related articles with monitor information for older consoles can be found in the links at the bottom of this page.

    The current generation of ETC control consoles uses four different types of video connectors. When choosing a monitor, it is important to note that different connectors produce different results on different consoles.

    Another factor to consider when configuring a system is that many monitors have multiple connector options included.  For example, the ETC Inc. supplied PJM1003 17" monitor has both VGA and DVI-D connectors.

    Connectors

      VGA (Video Graphics Array) uses a 3-row, 15-pin connector. The signal is analog component RGBHV video.

      DVI (Digital Visual Interface) can refer to different signals and different connectors:

    • DVI-A is simply analog RGBHV in a funny connector. (RGBHV is the standard used in VGA and other analog PC computer monitors.) This connector is not used on any ETC console.
    • DVI-D is a parallel digital standard, primarily used in computer monitors and other home entertainment type video displays.
    • DVI-I is not really a signal type, but refers to a connector type which integrates DVI-A and DVI-D signals, meaning that DVI monitors can be used, or DVI to VGA adaptors can facilitate use of VGA monitors.

    For a very in depth discussion of the DVI connector and signal standards see the following:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Visual_Interface

      Display Port uses a connector with 2 rows of ten pins in a rectangular form factor. It is a digital signal, and can be adapted back to a variety of other formats. Some versions of Display Port can be directly adapted to single-link HDMI and DVI signals.

    For a very in depth discussion of the DisplayPort connector and signal standards see the following:  Display Port


    Eos Family

    Eos Titanium (Eos Ti)

    The Eos Titanium (Ti) console has either 3 Display Port or 3 single DVI-I connectors, which means that up to 3 monitors can be connected to the console.

    If the console has Display Port connectors, you would need an active adapter to convert the signal to HDMI, DVI, or VGA.  The ETC Part# for that Active Adapter is M7400.

    The consoles with a DVI connection can support either DVI or VGA, though using VGA monitors requires a DVI to VGA adapter. The connector on the back of an Eos Ti will not fit a DVI splitter or "wye" cable.  The pin configurations are different for a Dual DVI connector and a single DVI connector, so the maximum of 3 monitors assumes use of all three video ports on the console.

    Gio and RPU3

    The Gio console and RPU3 processor have either 3 DisplayPort or 3 single DVI-I connectors, which means that up to 3 monitors can be connected to the console.

    If the console has DisplayPort connectors, you would need an active adapter to convert the signal to HDMI, DVI, or VGA. The ETC Part# for that Active Adapter is M7400.

    The consoles with DVI connections can support either DVI or VGA, though using VGA monitors requires a DVI to VGA adapter. The connector on the back of a Gio or RPU3 will not fit a DVI splitter or "wye" cable.  The pin configurations are different for a Dual DVI connector and a single DVI connector, so the maximum of 3 monitors assumes use of all three video ports on the console.

    Eos

    An Eos console has 3 single DVI-I connectors, which means that up to 3 monitors can be connected to the console. The monitors can be either DVI or VGA, though using VGA monitors requires a DVI to VGA adapter.  Three of these adapters ship with an Eos console.

    The connector on the back of an Eos will not fit a DVI splitter or "wye" cable.  The pin configurations are different for a Dual DVI connector and a single DVI connector, so the maximum of 3 monitors assumes use of all three video ports on the console.

    Ion

    Depending on the console's motherboard, an Ion console has either:1 Dual DVI-D connector (DMS-59) and 1 VGA connector, 2 single DVI-D connectors and 1 VGA connector, or 1 DVI-I, 1 DVI-D, and 1 Display Port connector. Despite having three connectors, only 2 monitors can be used on an any hardware version of Ion.

    For models with the DMS-59 Dual DVI connector or 2 single DVI-D and VGA connectors

    If a particular installation is using only one monitor it may be a DVI monitor or a VGA monitor.

    If two monitors are being used in an installation, the simplest configuration uses two DVI-D monitors.  The monitors are attached either to the dual DVI-D connector on the console via the supplied DVI splitter (in the case of older motherboards with the Dual DVI-D port) or to the two DVI-D connectors on the console with no adaptor or splitter (in the case of the newer motherboard with the 2 single DVI-D ports).

    Alternatively, one DVI and one VGA monitor can be used.

    You can not use two VGA monitors with Ion. 

    For models with the 1 DVI-I, 1 DVI-D, and 1 Display Port connector

    The DVI-I adapter can be adapted to VGA with the use of a simple DVI-I to VGA adapter. The Display Port connection can also be adapted to a variety of signals using an active adapter (HDMI, DVI, VGA).

    Element

    The Element console has 2 DVI-D connectors and one VGA connector.  As with the Ion console, only two of these connectors can be used.

    For models with the 2 DVI-D and VGA connectors

    If a particular installation is using only one monitor it may be a DVI monitor or a VGA monitor.

    If two monitors are being used in an installation, the simplest configuration uses two DVI-D monitors.  The monitors are attached to the two DVI-D connectors on the console with no adaptor.  

    Alternatively, one DVI and one VGA monitor can be used.

    You can not use two VGA monitors with Element. DVI to VGA adaptors cannot be used.

    For models with the 1 DVI-I, 1 DVI-D, and 1 Display Port connector

    The DVI-I adapter can be adapted to VGA with the use of a simple DVI-I to VGA adapter. The Display Port connection can also be adapted to a variety of signals using an active adapter (HDMI, DVI, VGA).

    Cobalt Family

    Cobalt 20

    The Cobalt 20 console has either 3 Display Port or 3 single DVI-I connectors, which means that up to 3 monitors can be connected to the console.

    If the console has Display Port connectors, you would need an active adapter to convert the signal to HDMI, DVI, or VGA.

    The consoles with a DVI connection can support either DVI or VGA, though using VGA monitors requires a DVI to VGA adapter. The connector on the back of an Eos will not fit a DVI splitter or "wye" cable.  The pin configurations are different for a Dual DVI connector and a single DVI connector, so the maximum of 3 monitors assumes use of all three video ports on the console.

    Cobalt 10

    The Cobalt 10 console has 3 Display Port connectors, which means that up to 3 monitors can be connected to the console.

    If your monitor does not support Display Port natively, you would need an active adapter to convert the signal to HDMI, DVI, or VGA.

    Congo Family

    Congo

    The Congo console has three VGA connectors. 

    Congo Jr.

    For models with the DMS-59 Dual DVI connector:

    The VGA port is disabled. However, the splitter can be adapted to support either 2 DVI or 2 VGA monitors. Theoretically, you could also have one VGA and one DVI monitor.

    For models with the 2 DVI and 1 VGA connectors:

    If two monitors are being used in an installation, the simplest configuration uses two DVI-D monitors.  Alternatively, one DVI and one VGA monitor can be used.

    You can not use two VGA monitors with Ion. 

    For models with the 1 DVI-I, 1 DVI-D, and 1 Display Port connector

    The DVI-I adapter can be adapted to VGA with the use of a simple DVI-I to VGA adapter. The Display Port connection can also be adapted to a variety of signals using an active adapter (HDMI, DVI, VGA).

    Congo Kid

    The Congo Kid console has 2 DVI-D connectors and one VGA connector.  As with the Congo Jr console, only two of these connectors can be used.

    For models with the 2 DVI-D and VGA connectors

    If a particular installation is using only one monitor it may be a DVI monitor or a VGA monitor.

    If two monitors are being used in an installation, the simplest configuration uses two DVI-D monitors.  The monitors are attached to the two DVI-D connectors on the console with no adaptor.  

    Alternatively, one DVI and one VGA monitor can be used.

    You can not use two VGA monitors with Congo Kid. DVI to VGA adaptors cannot be used.

    For models with the 1 DVI-I, 1 DVI-D, and 1 Display Port connector

    The DVI-I adapter can be adapted to VGA with the use of a simple DVI-I to VGA adapter. The Display Port connection can also be adapted to a variety of signals using an active adapter (HDMI, DVI, VGA).

    RVI / RPU / Congo Light Server

    There have been two generations of hardware used in production for Net3 RVI, Eos Family RPUs, and Congo Light Servers.

    First generation hardware (DVI Splitter)

    These each have a dual DVI-I connector with splitter for 2 independent DVI or VGA displays, same as Congo Jr.

    Second generation hardware (On-board DVI)

    These each have two DVI-D connectors, as well as a VGA connector. Like Element or newer Ion consoles, any two of these ports can be used. Only one VGA monitor can be used, however, as the DVI-D signal cannot be adapted to VGA.

    External Touchscreens

    Eos Family consoles (Eos, Gio, Ion, Element), Eos Family RPUs, Net3 RVIs, support external touchscreens, as do Congo Family consoles (Congo, Congo Jr, Congo Kid), and Congo Light Servers running version 5+ software.

    Specific touchscreen requirements can be found here:  Touchscreen Monitors