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Offline morelights

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160 Channels on XLights
« on: March 08, 2017, 04:11:53 PM »
I have 160 Channels of D-Light converted to DMX. What hardware do I need to hook it all up besides a computer.

Would I need a DMX Bridge in between the computer and Controllers? If so what about a RPM  DMX Bridge?

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Re: 160 Channels on XLights
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2017, 05:17:21 AM »
You are wanting to connect 10 DMX controllers. The fact that they are D-Light is only important because they will likely need a "crossover" adapter to get the signal on the correct pair of wires (4 and 5 instead of 1 and 2). I have many years of experience with D-Light controllers and was heavily involved in their conversion to DMX.

If you are running directly from your PC, as I did before shifting to using Raspberry Pi and FPP software), then you just need a simple USB to DMX dongle.

While I'm not personally familiar with the Bridge you mention, it should work as long as it outputs DMX-512 on CAT5 cable.

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Re: 160 Channels on XLights
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2017, 10:19:12 PM »
You are wanting to connect 10 DMX controllers. The fact that they are D-Light is only important because they will likely need a "crossover" adapter to get the signal on the correct pair of wires (4 and 5 instead of 1 and 2). I have many years of experience with D-Light controllers and was heavily involved in their conversion to DMX.

If you are running directly from your PC, as I did before shifting to using Raspberry Pi and FPP software), then you just need a simple USB to DMX dongle.

While I'm not personally familiar with the Bridge you mention, it should work as long as it outputs DMX-512 on CAT5 cable.
Thanks. What USB to DMX dongle do I need or that you use?

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Re: 160 Channels on XLights
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2017, 10:16:21 PM »
I use one of these http://www.hansonelectronics.com.au/product/usb-dmx-dongle/ but any USB-DMX dongle should work. HC have one that has a XLR and RJ45 connector https://www.holidaycoro.com/Enttec-Pro-Compatible-DMX-Dongle-p/53.htm

Also most pixel controllers have a DMX output so you can just use that if you have one
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Re: 160 Channels on XLights
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2017, 09:19:01 AM »
You are wanting to connect 10 DMX controllers. The fact that they are D-Light is only important because they will likely need a "crossover" adapter to get the signal on the correct pair of wires (4 and 5 instead of 1 and 2). I have many years of experience with D-Light controllers and was heavily involved in their conversion to DMX.

If you are running directly from your PC, as I did before shifting to using Raspberry Pi and FPP software), then you just need a simple USB to DMX dongle.

While I'm not personally familiar with the Bridge you mention, it should work as long as it outputs DMX-512 on CAT5 cable.
Should I switch all my D-Light controllers over to DMX or keep running D-Light protocol on X-Lights and Rasberry Pi

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