Alpha and Betabrite Programming Keyboards
Alpha Infrared Keyboard
Call 1-800-223-4636 to order a new or replacement Alpha or Betabrite remote control programming keyboard for your Alpha, Betabrite, Alpha Director, or Alpha Solar LED electronic sign.
Most Alpha and Betabrite displays are shipped with a remote control keyboard. Three versions of the programming keyboard have been shipped with Alpha and Betabrite LED electronic displays. The keyboards are not interchangeable. Alpha and Betabrite signs can only be programmed with the keyboard they were designed to be used with.
The keyboard is used to program text, graphics, message sequences, and message schedules. On some signs, the remote control keyboard can perform utility functions, such as clearing memory, setting a sign's serial address, and setting a sign's time and date.
The following functions can be performed by the keyboard on many Alpha and Betabrite models:
- turn the Alpha or Betabrite display on and off
- turn off and on the programming keys beep feature
- program messages with text, graphics, and animations
- run messages
- delete specific messages
- insert display modes, special effects and features, special symbols, and international characters into messages
- compose dot graphic files and incorporate them into messages
- set the message file run sequence
- set the start and stop times and dates for each message file
- set the time, day and date
- clear display memory
- password protect the messages
- change the address of the Alpha display
- run the built-in diagnostic tests
- sets the speaker volume on Alpha Premiere models
Alpha Infrared Remote Keyboard
This 54-key keyboard is used to program the Betabrite 1026 and 1040 models, the Betabrite Director, the Alpha 215, 220, 320, 330, 420, 4000 Series, 7000 Series, Solar Series, Director Series, and older Alpha signs with the infrared receiver add-on feature. The Alpha Infrared Remote Keyboard communicates by infrared signal to the Alpha sign. The optimal distance for using the infrared keyboard is from 10 to 30 feet away from the Alpha or Betabrite display.
The programming manual for this keyboard is available in both English and Spanish versions. You may download the manual by clicking on one of the Manuals links provided below.
Other Alpha Programming Keyboards
Alpha Cable Remote Keyboard
The Alpha Cable Remote Keyboard is used on the Alpha 210, 221, 430, 440, 460, 480, 710, 715, and 790i displays. The Alpha Cable Remote Keyboard has a 12-foot long, 14-conductor ribbon cable that attaches to the sign. Click here for additional information on the Alpha Cable Remote Keyboard.
Betabrite 1036 Infrared Remote Keyboard
This keyboard is used to program the Betabrite 1036 models. It is also used to invoke certain features in the Alpha Premiere 9000 Series. The Betabrite 1036 Infrared Remote Keyboard communicates by infrared signal to the Betabrite or Alpha Premiere display. Click here for additional information on the Betabrite 1036 Infrared Remote Keyboard.
Programming Alpha Signs With Software
You can use AlphaNet software and RS485 connectivity items to program your Alpha sign by computer.
Using AlphaNet software to program your sign is a much better programming solution than using either the cable or infrared remote keyboards. Editing messages on a computer screen is MUCH easier than editing messages on the screen of the sign and in sign memory.
Older Alpha sign models can use either RS485 connectivity items or Ethernet connectivity items. Current Alpha sign models can use RS232, RS485 or Ethernet connectivity items.
Some Alpha signs have modified firmware, so they can be used in special applications, such as News Ticker, Stock Ticker, Sports Ticker, or Lottery displays, or as ACD readerboards for specific phone systems. Alpha signs with modified firmware often will not work with an Alpha programming keyboard or with Alpha software.
If you would like to know if the firmware on your sign is modified or out of date, click here to display a list of the current firmware version for each Alpha sign model. You may order a firmware replacement chip by calling 1-800-223-4636.
Using the Infrared Feature on your Computer
From time-to-time we are asked if it is possible to program the infrared feature on today's computers to enable the computer to operate as a replacement infrared remote keyboard.
Mike Peters at Adaptive Micro Systems provided this insight into the subject:
"The Alpha Infrared Remote Control Keyboards use what is called bi-phase encoding, and I do not believe that you would be able to programatically tell your IR port on your computer to do that. It is currently doing what is called IRDA, which is the industry standard for IR. Windows® accesses the IR port using a device driver for IRDA. You would have to write a bi-phase encoding device driver to accomplish what you are wanting to do. This is no simple task. Our software department has one under it's belt, and we farmed out the original coding to a software place that specializes in device drivers.Also, the IR output of an Alpha keyboard is specially designed to transmit anywhere from 10 to 50 ft. IRDA ports on laptop computers can transmit 2 to 3 feet tops, not really condusive to laptop-sign communication."
Manuals with Alpha Infrared Remote Keyboard Instructions
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