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Discussion in 'DMX, E1.31 & Networking' started by AussiePhil, May 3, 2010.

  1. AussiePhil

    AussiePhil Dedicated Elf Administrator

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    Sometimes the hardest thing for new people to understand is what is needed and how does it go together.

    The image below is just one way you could set up a DMX universe.
    Some quick explanations.
    DMX Universe
    A DMX Universe consists of 512 channels that are transmitted by a DMX Lighting Desk or for what we do a DMX Dongle.
    A DMX Dongle needs to connect to a PC and be sent information from your chosen software.
    Light Control Software
    This could be Vixen, LightShow Pro or anything that supports the DMX Dongles.
    DMX Dongle
    There are a number of options, the one I use is the Lynx DMX Dongle, others include the the Enttec Pro and RPM's DMX Dongle.
    SMPS
    Switched Mode Power Supplies are a good way to get DC for use with DC light controllers or DC SSR's. Typically a 350w at the required voltage is the way to go.
    External SSR's
    These are used with controllers like the Lynx Freestyle or the Renard 64 to provide the actual switching of the lights.
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    fj Apprentice Elf

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    thanks for this explanation. a picture is worth a thousand words in my case :)
     
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    frankpeter2006 New Elf

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    Thanks for posting this picture. it helped me a lot
     
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    Boof63 Senior Elf Generous Elf

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    Thanks for diagram makes al ot of the fourm talk a lot clearer.
    Questions i ahve tho are;
    1. what is thecable and connectors needed to go from dongle to your board.
    2. what cable is needed to connect lights back to dmx board.
    3 am looking at make making spinningstar's as seem straightforward with rgb strip (8*500mm arms)
    3.1 is cable as in Q2 same for this requirment as for 24v led light strings
    any pointers/ shortcuts greatly welcome
    thanks boof63
     
  5. David_AVD

    David_AVD Bite my shiny metal ass!

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    Most of the DMX input Christmas light controllers use CAT5 cable and RJ45 plugs.

    The cables required depends on the current draw of the lights, how many channels, etc.
     

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