Tutorial How to Setup a Datapath Fx4 for MXWendler with the Wall Designer Software

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MXWendler version 5 and above and Datapath Wall Designer.

More documentation on the Wall Designer can be found at: https://www.datapath.co.uk/multi-display-products/wall-designer-software


Pre-requisites:

  • Datapath Fx4 Wall Controller:
With some of the newest FXServer hardware configurations, one or more wall controllers could be included.
The device we chose for this tutorial is the Datapath Fx4.
  • Datapath Wall Designer software:
The Wall Designer software can be downloaded at:
https://www.datapath.co.uk/datapath-current-downloads/display-controller-downloads/software-display-controller/493-wall-designer-v2-1-0/file
(If you have an Fx4 unit with an FXServer the software will probably already be installed and the device already configured for your needs)
  • 4 Output devices:
Monitors or projectors supporting 1080p on 60 Hz
(those are needed just to see the final result, the setup can be done also without output devices)

Connect the Fx4 to the Computer for the Setup

Connecting the Fx4 Wall Controller to your computer is very simple:

1. Connect the power cable. (A)

2. Connect a DisplayPort cable to the DisplayPort input of the Fx4 and to the desired output of your graphic card. (B)

We highly recommend using a good quality cable for this connection, a sufficient amount of bandwidth is fundamental for a multi-display configuration.

3. For our installations, we use Club 3D DP 1.4 8k cables.

4. Connect the USB cable to the Fx4 and to your computer. (C)

5. Turn on the Fx4 and the computer. (D)


Fx4 back 01.png


Setup Wall Designer

1. Install the Wall Designer application.
2. Run Wall Designer.


Monitors

The first tab is there to configure the monitor setup.
We are going to use a standard 4x1080p structure in 16/9 as an example.

3. Choose 'Projector' and '1920x1080' in the Monitor Selection area. (A)

4. The four displays have to be set up to form a 16/9 rectangle. (B)

5. Check the Monitor Properties: (C)

Projector, 1920x1080, 60Hz. (We are not going to use any Bezel setting for this tutorial)

6. Click on 'Add Monitors to Wall'. (D)


Wd 01.png


Inputs

In the second tab, we will define the input.

7. Click on 'Create' under Inputs. (A)

8. Insert '3840' in Resolution Width and '2160' in Resolution Height. (B)

9. Check that the Refresh Rate is 60 Hz.


Wd 02.png


Device

The third tab is Device, here we will send the information to the Wall Controller.
The following step will determine a Display Re-scan, all the monitors will probably turn black for some seconds.

10. Click on 'Fx4' under Auto-Configure Devices. (A)


Wd 03.png


The Fx4 is configured. By opening the Windows Display Settings, you should be able to see a 4k display on the side of your main display.



Save Layout File

A monitor layout can be saved and loaded again when needed.

1. Click on Floppy disc icon on the right of the Wall Designer interface. (A)

2. Assign the desired name to the composition and click on save.


Wd 04.png

Connect the Output Devices to the Fx4

Now your output devices (displays or projectors) can be connected to the Wall controller.
According to the configuration the following connection scheme has to be followed:

HDMI Input 1: Upper-Left display
HDMI Input 2: Upper-Right display
HDMI Input 3: Lower-Left display
HDMI Input 4: Lower-Right display


Setup MXWendler

An output window can now be placed on the four displays:

To configure the FXServer output window please check the following link:
http://wiki.mxwendler.net/index.php/Tutorial_FXServer_Output_Windows