System preferences are divided into General, Display, Time Zone,  Astronomical and Advanced sections, along with the following options:



Sliders Always Run Memories

By default, sliders raise and lower the intensity of the lights in the Light Grid, and only play back Memories when PLAY is active.  Change the “Sliders Always Run Memories” option to ‘Yes’ if you want sliders to play back Memories at all times and in all tasks, including SELECT.  This option is useful for ‘busking’-style operation, when the operator wants to layer recorded looks, while having quick access to individual lights. 

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With “Sliders Always Run Memories” set to ‘Yes’, when in the SELECT task, the Pin will be blue  button_pin_blue.png showing sliders are running Memories. When set to 'No', the sliders are capturing lights' intensities and the pin is red button_pin_red.png.


Number of Lights

This option sets the size of the SELECT grid. The maximum number of lights is 600, regardless of fixture type. Setting the number of lights to match the number used in the show is recommended.


Console Name

Allows the user to set a unique name for the  console.  This name will be shown in Pathport Manager and be the name displayed by the neato™ iOS app.



Allows you to change the user interface language. A reboot will be necessary. 

Set Time Button

Allows you to manually set the date and time on the console.  




Touch the upper half of the screen (background will turn red), then use the wheels to set the date.  Touch the bottom half of the screen (background will turn red) and use the wheels to set the time.  Changing the time zone (see below) will change the time accordingly.  Daylight savings time is applied automatically, if applicable in the chosen time zone.


Get Time Button

Allows Cognito to retrieve the current time from an Internet-based clock service.  This only works if the console is connected to the Internet.  Changing the time zone (see below) will change the time accordingly.  Daylight savings time is applied automatically, if applicable to the chosen time zone.



Pressing playback_arboards_lock.pngputs Cognito into Wall Station Mode.


LCD Brightness

Valid backlight brightness levels are between 5% and 100%.  When the screen saver is active, the backlight is lowered to 20% of this value.

External Disaply Mode

Choose the correct resolution for the monitor connected to the back of Cognito or choose Off. System performance is increased when the display is off.

Screen Saver Timeout

Set the value in minutes. The minimum value is 1 minute. Below that there is an option to Never show the screen saver.

Screen Saver Password

If the value is not set, just touching the screen will turn off the screen saver. If you set a password, touching the screen will present you with a keyboard to enter the password. Cues, Scheduled events and other show control triggers will still function when the screen saver is active.


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If you forget your password, contact Technical Support.


Screen Saver Text

By default the screen saver text is "Cognito". You can change it to whatever you'd like here.


Time Zone


Select from a list of geographic areas and coordinated universal time (UTC) zones.  The selection here affects which Regions are made available in the next selection.



Choose from a list of zones, regions or cities, dependent on the Continent selection.  The selection sets the time zone Cognito uses when displaying time, either as set by the user or as retrieved from an Internet time service.  The Region also determines whether or not Cognito will apply Daylight Savings Time as required.


Sets the geographic location where the console is being used.  These settings are used by the Play Scheduled task.



Choose from Africa, Asia & Middle East, Australia & Oceania, Caribbean, Europe, North America or South America.



Set your country.  For some countries, a state, province or territory may also be chosen.



Choose from a list of cities and towns located in the specified region.


Latitude and Longitude

You may also set your location by specifying your exact latitude and longitude.  This method may be necessary if your city is not listed.


Record Changes Only

Cognito normally records the current on-stage “look”, so that a Cue or Memory captures all active intensities and other attributes.  However, some situations (and some operators) prefer that only any updated or altered attributes are recorded in a Cue or Memory.  If more than one Playlist is in use at one time, this feature records updates to that Playlist without including information from other Playlists or active Memories.