Vanguard® Medium FTS 370x binding process

The Vanguard® Medium FTS 370x binding process simplifies installation and board replacement. Used to assign LED system communication, this process replaces the need for configuration jumpers and dip switches. Watch now for more information!


Vanguard Medium FTS 370x Setup: Binding Procedure


What is Binding


Binding simplifies installations and board replacements by allowing each controller to find its external components (flash head and marker tier).


It replaces the need for configuration jumpers and dipswitches.


Binding assigns LED system communication—2-way communications transmitted through the same cable that feed power to the tower lights at TB2.


Complete this process after every installation and if a flash head, display or marker controller board is replaced.


How to Bind


If multiple controllers are onsite, complete this process for each once. Verify only 1 controller is turned on at a time, powering down the other controllers.


  • On the display board, press enter 1 time.
  • Scroll down to “local tower config” and press enter.
  • Scroll down to “bind tower” and press enter.
  • Verify only 1 controller (see isolate controllers/power down below) is on and press enter.
  • Test the DC voltage on disabled systems on TB2. Press enter only once the voltage is below 5 VDC.
  • Wait until all components have been discovered (about 30 seconds).
  • Once the installed components are found, press enter to complete the process.
  • Repeat the process for additional controllers, one at a time.
  • If the process cannot locate the tower components or you see a bind alarm, select unbind tower and start over.


Isolate Controllers / Power Down


To complete the binding process properly, you must isolate the other controllers from the communication link by powering them down.


Powering down the other controllers:

  • Eliminates the risk of cross talk between tower components.
  • Removes the chance of a controller binding to the wrong flash head or marker tier, which can affect system operation and diagnostics.


Use the internal break or internal fuse block to a system off.

  • The blue power LED illuminates to indicate the controller is operating with full DC voltage output (~58 VDC).
  • The LED will turn off after approximately 5-10 seconds, indicating a full voltage discharge.


Don’t rely solely on the indicator for voltage testing. Use a voltmeter before servicing equipment.


If you don’t have additional controllers, you will not need to complete the power down procedure.


Contact Tech Support if you experience issues at 1.800.821.5825.

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