With the completely redesigned SRS-2, we add support for the motion, light, and infrared sensors on the Samsung Frame TV.
The Smart Room Sensor (SRS-2) is designed for use with Samsung The Frame TVs and is intended to duplicate the functionality of the motion, ambient light, and infrared (IR) sensors on all model years of Samsung The Frame TVs. This is accomplished through a direct wired connection to the One Connect Box.
- Directly plugs into One Connect Box via Samsung X-Link port
- Motion Detector - When in Art Mode the SRS-2 senses motion in the room to wake the TV from standby when motion is detected.
- IR Repeater - Detects Infrared (IR) signals from all types of remotes including universal remotes and sends IR signal directly into a wired EX-Link port on the One Connect box for no loss like with conventional IR repeaters and IR emitters.
- Ambient Brightness Detector - Adjust the brightness of the screen when in TV mode based on the rooms lighting conditions. Due to limitations in the TV's firmware, Samsung does not give us the ability to adjust the brightness of the artwork in Art Mode. We can only adjust the screen brightness when in TV mode.
- WiFi upgradable firmware
- Web based app for adjusting advanced settings
The SRS-2 unit can be used with ALL model years of Samsung The Frame TVs across all screen sizes and does not require any special modifications to the frame. The frame does not need to be removed from the TV to install due to this device connecting directly to the One Connect box.
SRS-2 Quick Start Guide (Recommended for most users)
IMPORTANT: Before connecting the SRS-2 to the One Connect Box, you will need to adjust the following settings on the TV so the SRS-2 can be the source of these functions that are currently being performed by the sensors on the TV.
TV Setting Adjustments
Step 1: Launch the ART MODE screen by pressing the HOME button on the remote and navigate to ART MODE on the left navigation menu. (On older model years the menu and icon is across the bottom of the screen to the left)
Step 2: Scroll to the very bottom of the page and under “Art Mode Options” change SLEEP AFTER to OFF.
Connecting the SRS-2 to the TV
Step 1: On the back of the One Connect Box locate port labeled Ex-Link. Use the provided cable to connect directly to the TV Ex-Link port on the SRS-2. The provided cable is 6ft long, but if you would like a longer cable, we also offer optional 25' and 75' cables if you are placing your one connect box farther away.
On the 32" TV's the One Connect plug is on the back of the TV itself rather than on the One Connect Box. Also note that for the 32" size TVs, Samsung did NOT build a motion sensor into that screen size of TV and therefore the SRS-2 will not provide motion sensing for that screen size.
Step 2: Use the provided Mini-USB cable and power cube to connect to the Power port on the SRS-2.
DO NOT attempt to power the SRS-2 from one of the USB ports on the One Connect Box. With the current firmware of Samsung Frame TVs, the USB ports on the One Connect Box go to sleep when the TV is off or in standby and therefore would cut the power to the SRS-2 making it unable to detect motion in the room and wake up the TV.
Step 3: Place the SRS-2 in a discrete location in the room that free from shadows and obstructions for the best performance.
If the SRS-2 is placed inside a cabinet, it would not be able to receive IR signals or to accurately read the ambient light levels in the room and motion detection would be severely diminished. If detecting ambient room brightness is not important to you, you could place the device in a shadowed area or behind a glass cabinet door where IR signals & motion could still be detected.
How the Samsung Frame TV’s Native Settings Operate
A setting within the TV’s Art Mode that will turn the TV off after one minute if there is a substantial decrease in the rooms ambient brightness (ie: when the lights are turned off). In some instances, adding a frame onto the tv can add enough shadow to fool the TV into thinking the lights are out and nobody is in the room. Night mode is often confused with the motion sensor on the TV, but actually has nothing to do with motion detection.
A setting within the TV’s Art Mode that watches for motion in the room to determine if the room is occupied. If no motion in the room is detected for a set period of time (2 min, 5 min, 30 min, 1 hr, etc) then the TV will turn off until motion OR a substantial increase in room brightness is detected at which time Art Mode will turn back on.
Remote Control Communication / IR Sensor
The Samsung remote that comes with the TV uses a hybrid communication method of both Bluetooth and IR (infrared that requires direct line of sight) to send remote commands to the TV. Since Bluetooth uses radio frequencies, adding a frame to the Tv would not interfere. If you are using other IR only functions or a third party IR based remote, then the frame would block this IR sensor on the bottom of the TV.
How the SRS-2 Integrates with the TVs Settings & Sensors
Night Mode via SRS-2
The SRS-2 unit has an ambient light sensor to detect both from the front and the top of the device and sends commands to the TV to replace the light sensor that’s built into the TV and detect that light from another location in the room rather than behind the frame.
DO NOT enable Night Mode on the TV or you’ll find that the SRS-2 WILL NOT work as designed.
Sleep After via SRS-2
The SRS-2 is equipped with a mini radar/motion sensor tower that can detect motion in the room to turn the TV after a default of 60 seconds and back on when motion is detected. Since the TV has this feature disabled by default, we also have this featured disabled by default in the SRS-2. Click here for info on how to access the web interface to enable Sleep After on the SRS-2.
DO NOT try to specify the time delay in the TV’s settings or the SRS-2 WILL NOT work. Sleep After must be set to OFF.
Remote Control / IR commands with SRS-2
Once the SRS-2 is powered on, it will immediately operate as an IR repeater sending all commands directly into the EX-Link port on the TV. No TV settings adjustments are necessary for the IR repeating functionality. The only detail to ensure is that the IR sensor on the SRS-2 is not obstructed and can have direct line of site to the remote sending the IR commands.
If NOT using a frame on the TV, there is a potential that duplicate IR commands could be received via both the sensor on the TV and the SRS-2 which could lead to an unintended operation. If you are NOT using a frame on the TV, but are using and SRS-2 unit, then you'll need to cover the sensor on the TV with black electrical tape.
The SRS-2 is designed to be a simple plug & play device that packs many features as described above. These basic features can be verified through some of the colored lights on top of the device.
- Power – When the device has power, the power LED will be solid white.
- IR Signal – If a signal from an IR remote is detected such as those commonly transmitted by third party universal remotes or a remote from your cable company, this signal is received by the IR Sensor on the front left corner and transmitted via the EX-Link port directly into the TV. A quick blue flicker of the IR signal LED will flash when this occurs.
- Motion Detection – The vertical radar bar contains an omni directional motion sensor to detect motion within approximately 20’ and will send an on command to the TV to wake up from sleep mode. This will only occur when the Sleep After setting in the SRS-2 module has been enabled. Click here for info on how to access this setting.
- System – This is a multi-colored LED that can be used to indicate when a firmware update is occurring or some other admin task. See colors reference table below.
NOTE: The colors table below was a feature added with firmware version v1.48 and beyond. For the latest firmware version click here.
|System LED Color||Meaning|
|Blinking Blue||SRS-2 is initializing after power on.|
|Quick Red flash||A command is being sent from the SRS-2 via the Ex-Link cable.|
|Purple||Night Mode, waiting for room to brighten|
|Yellow||Sleep After, Waiting for motion|
|Cyan (light blue)||Powered off manually (remote, power switch, etc.), will not turn back on by itself|
Additional Ports (advanced use only):
For the initial release of the SRS-2 device, the IR IN & Ex-Link Pass ports are not enabled. Support for these advanced ports is scheduled to be added in Q4.
- IR IN – This additional port can be used to connect an external IR receiver target if you want to tuck away the main SRS-2 module somewhere more hidden. However, keep in mind that doing so could impact the motion sensing and ambient light detection.
- EX LINK PASS – This is an advanced functionality designed for future development as a pass through port for when using ex-link communication from an advanced home automation system. This port is currently disabled and should NOT be used. Contact us if this is a feature you would need for an advanced application so we can better understand your use case.
Updating SRS-2 Firmware
Click Here for instructions on how to update the firmware.
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