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Enclosing the projector in a box does not isolate from the fluctuations in humidity and temperature.

Most projectors that capable of PC control are done so with commands through a serial port. You, or your friend, will need to look at the manual for the projector for details on that.

Quote (domino on Jul 27, 2010 11:46 AM):
Thanks a lot Sheridan.I talked with my friend, who actually is interested in this (i'm just researching for him).

he told me that he planned it all, he wants to isolate the projector in a box, with cooling fans of course, etc.

now i have a last question,

about this turning the projector on/off from PC, how is it possible ?

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I'm just chiming in as Sheridan is dead on with his statements.

Weather friendly boxes are out there and we will go with the assumption that your friend isn't just planning a fan in a box and has the actual know how to deal with humidity, heat, and cold within a projection enclosue properly. You've been given the BIG red warning flag on this, so back on subject...

I'm not sure what presentations you are looking at, but automated digital signage setups are something worth considering. SCALA and other digital signage products can be setup to automatically turn the projector on/off from a local PC which is connected via a network toa anywhere. The files can be loaded from anywhere that can access that network. There are video files which can be played from the PC as specified times and setups which can be run easily.

You basically are recreating that type of information you may see in a lobby of a hotel, or perhaps the digital signage now sometimes used at restaurants (Burger King!) which shows menu items and different specials. But, you can set it up to run videos, advertising, or whatever strikes your fancy.

http://www.scala.com/

There are other similar competitors out there, but SCALA is one of the leaders in that industry.
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thanks AV_integrated!

but is there any simpler way than this Scala ?

the projector is ACER P1165E *
what i need is : to have total control on the projector from a PC.
(to turn it off at day, turn it on at night, and add other clips to the playlist when required)

sorry for taking your time mate.
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I've looked at the Acer website and the only thing I can find is this blurb....

An RS-232 serial port allows advanced control and monitoring via the system manager

I have to assume that the "system manager" is a piece of software that is on the CD that comes with the projector. That software would be installed on the PC and a cable would run from the PC to the projector. This method, or using a remote IR transmitter would be the simplest methods of giving you remote on/off control of the projector.

All you will be doing with the projector is turning it on and off. All content is added, edited, changed, whatever, at the PC. The projector has no interaction with that except to display it.

However, I have to wonder if 2400 lumens is going to be enough for your application. AV_Integrated will probably weigh in on that.



Quote (domino on Jul 29, 2010 9:53 AM):
thanks AV_integrated!

but is there any simpler way than this Scala ?

the projector is ACER P1165E *
what i need is : to have total control on the projector from a PC.
(to turn it off at day, turn it on at night, and add other clips to the playlist when required)

sorry for taking your time mate.

[Edited by sheridan on Jul 29, 2010 at 10:48 AM]
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Just a note. Enclosures are not waterproof. They cannot be as air must flow to cool. https://www.projector-enclosures.co.uk/outdoor-projector-enclosures/
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