artzy said:may I ask a few questions for the technically challenged like myself please
1. The distribution switch is this a standard ethernet 10/100/1000 type switch or is it specialist equipment.
yes its a standard ethernet switch, however there are many types of these and as your network grows a cheap switch wont cut it.
2.If i went down the Tiger Eth328 path would that eliminate the need for a ECG DR4 (unless running other DMX devices)
3.Will all pixel strings etc run 1.31 or is there a particular chip type required for these
pixel strings dont run E1.31 they use SPI type protocols.
4. If I went down the ECG/ TP3244 can I run more than 2 TP3244s per ECG and if I went overboard can you run multiple ECGs.
the ECG-DR4 has 4 outputs and each can drive a maximum of 2048 channels in the propriatry hyper dmx mode. (4*DMX512), as the TP3244 supports Hyper DMX then you could run each of the 4 outputs on the TP3244 with full 170 Pixels per output.
I hope these questions make sense and I am sorry if they seem dumb to some of you, but I dare say I am probably not the only person wondering some of these things.