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HOD Input Panel

The input panel is used to connect a laptop, auxiliary microphone, or other external source to the projection system. When connecting devices, please test them prior to your classroom event. Depending on the connection types needed for your device, you may need to supply cables or adapters. If you would like assistance, please schedule a testing session with Classroom Technology staff.

  1. Locate the control system touch panel and input panel box on top of the multimedia lectern at the front of the classroom.
Control System Touch Panel

Image of HD input panel closed with top lid in down position

The input panel (lower image shown closed) allows physical connection of external sources and the touch panel (upper image) allows selecting those sources.

  1. Open the input panel and determine the connections needed to attach your device.
Image of HD panel open and showing power outlets, RCA Composite inputs, VGA cable with audio, HDMI cable, Ethernet cable, and Microphone XLR cable

The panel provides:

  • Power outlets
  • VGA video cable with companion audio plug
  • HDMI cable for video sources
  • Ethernet cable for network connectivity
  • Microphone XLR cable to connect an external microphone

Note: RCA Composite input connections are not available in Hodges Hall classrooms.

  1. Make the appropriate connections and select the source on the touchpanel.
Image of open lectern panel showing power outlets, ethernet cable, and VGA with audio cable

For a Laptop Computer with VGA Port

  • Plug the VGA cable and attached audio cable into the laptop.
  • An optional Ethernet cable is available for wired Internet access.
  • Select the Laptop VGA button on the touch panel.

Note: Additional directions are available for configuring laptop computers on the Laptop Instruction Page.

Image of HD input panel with HDMI cable and Power outlets shown

For an HDMI Video Source

Plug the HDMI cable into the device and select the Laptop HDMI option on the touchpanel.

HD input panel with power and XLR microphone cable shown

Auxiliary Microphone with XLR Connection

Use the Microphone XLR plug.

Audio level is controlled with the "Mic Audio" volume slider bar on the touch panel.

Hodges Touch Panel Control Slider for Mic Audio and Mute Button Below

Note: For classrooms with two projectors...
Image of Display Left and Display Right buttons on touchpanel

Project the device onto the left or right screen by pressing the appropriate display button in the lower portion of the touch panel after selecting the source.