While some manufacturers continue eliminating features to maintain aggressive prices, did you know that nearly the complete lineup of Samsung’s 2014 consumer grade TVs are rs232 compatible? If you’re doing a double-take, you’re not alone… this is one of the most common questions we get asked by Pro AV resellers inquiring about using consumer units in simple applications like conference rooms where projectors/screens are being replaced or augmented by flat panels as the prices become more and more affordable for a variety of applications either in single up to several displays for presentations, meeting collaboration, secondary visual aids, etc.
RS-232 on Samsung consumer units is available via the Ex-link port (3.5mm 3 point connection) on the back of the control panel (pictured below) with use of a AA39-00311A adapter (9 pin Serial Connector to 1 Stereo Connector cable). Now I know what you’re thinking… “Ok, so there are RS-232 capabilities, but what kind of functionality is really provided on the consumer units, and will it be enough for my project needs?” Just like you’d see in commercially provided RS-232, the consumer units provide both a Tx and Rx line; however control data can only be sent to the TV which means there is no support for status. Although we know ‘status’ is not a requirement for every project, this can limit the use of consumer TVs in the commercial space, and for this, Almo offers Samsung’s full lineup of professional grade displays as our flagship line and the industry’s leading brand (both in consumer and commercial spaces).
Need to know specific details of the Samsung coding, testing application or supported coding on these units, just reach out to your Almo rep for a work book outlining the nitty-gritty details and we’ll be happy to provide this to you. Click here for a listing of Samsung consumer models with RS-232 compatibility.
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