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Is the xControl programmed in the Remote Control Manager in SymNet Composer?

No, while the Control I/O was programmed in the Controller Manager in SymNet Designer, the same cannot be said about the xControl.  The xControl is added to the Site View of Composer just like a SymNet DSP. Once in the site file, the xControl is programmed to control parameters in the same way all control is programmed:

Right Click -> Set Up Remote Control-> Remote Analog Input –‘xControl’

Is the xControl an RS-485 device?

No, the xControl is a true POE device that communicates to the DSP hardware over Ethernet.

Where can I find an owner's manual for my Symetrix product?

All technical and operational instructions and documentation for current Symetrix products are contained within the Help menu of the Designer and/or Composer software. Simply click on the question-mark icon on the toolbar in Designer/Composer and search your topic.

Download the latest version of Designer or Composer at

What kind of cable do I use to hook up the Analog Control Inputs?

Standard two-conductor shielded twisted pair.

Can the xControl be powered from a Control I/O power supply?

No, the power supply for the legacy Control I/O is not compatible with the xControl.  A POE injector ships with the xControl.

Where can I download archived versions of Composer software?

Archived versions of all final public releases of Composer software are listed in the table below. The software runs on a Windows PC and is used to configure, design, and control Composer-based products. For new designs we highly recommend using the latest version of Composer, however archived major release versions can be found below for legacy compatibility and/or troubleshooting requirements. All firmware files are included as part of the downloaded Composer software package. The Composer firmware versions and Dante Kernels listed below are to help in cross-referencing the firmware running on the installed DSP(s) with the corresponding version of Composer that should be downloaded.

To communicate with Symetrix hardware from a given version of Composer, it may be necessary to upgrade (or downgrade) firmware in each hardware device. This can be done directly from the Composer application and only takes a few minutes per device. Firmware upgrade is done from the Composer Hardware menu.

Composer Version Composer Firmware Dante Kernel Release Notes SymVue Version
1.06 1.026 3.5.3 1.06 N/A
1.23 1.216 3.6.4 1.23 1.23
2.03 2.013 3.6.4 2.03 2.03
2.51 2.502 3.6.4 2.51 2.51
3.02 3.007 3.7.3 3.02 3.02
4 4.002 3.7.3 4 4
4.1 4.100 3.7.3 4.1 4.1
5.01 5.002 3.7.3 5.01 5.01
5.1 5.100 3.7.3 5.1 5.1
5.2 5.201 3.7.3 5.2 5.2
5.3 5.301 3.7.3 5.3 5.3
5.4 5.400 3.7.3 5.4 5.4
5.41 5.404 3.7.3 5.41 5.41
5.5 5.500 3.7.3 5.5 5.5
5.6 5.605 3.7.3 5.6 5.6 4.0.7 6 6 4.0.7 7 7 4.0.7 7.1 7.1
7.2 4.0.7 7.2 7.2

Does Edge contain local GPIO or is a control accessory, such as the xControl needed?

Yes, the Edge does have local GPIO so the xControl is not needed in most cases.  The Edge frame has 8 analog control ports (8 pots or 16 switches) and 8 Logic Outputs.

The xControl has two RS-232 ports, are these ports used for incoming commands only?

No, both ports can receive incoming commands, but they can also be used to send data, including both feedback and custom RS-232 strings.

Where can I find an Ethernet application with IP capable Symetrix products?

SymNet Remote Terminal is a UDP terminal test application for testing Ethernet-based control for Symetrix products.

SymNet Remote