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TheDucks last won the day on October 28 2019

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  1. The first pound is the most expensive to process (it is the address processing. That does not change for additional pounds ). It also includes shipping materials (box, padding...) costs. A smart shipping clerk can save money (usually for the company) on how they pack and ship. Other (100% Legal) tricks can save Customs at the destination (keep it under n$ per shipment, not worth the effort to process). Air from outside the US IS expensive. Filling of Customs forms is time consuming (and not directly billable). I can't remember the last time I was offered 'Surface' (ship) rates on a small order. Decades ago.
  2. LOR's Dumb RGB controller can coexist on the same LOR network as your AC controllers. You said DMX, which is why I did not mention that The channel count is 24, the ID consumed is 1 at 12V, 5M should not be an issue. feed in the middle (5MT5M) for 10M. DUMB strips don't care where the INPUT is
  3. Real time A/V scans can kick in anytime a file has been opened. A/V products update daily, so you never know when the scan rules change. IMHO Scan all your LOR music ,,,files, then move them to a folder (I keep show music in the sequence folder near the sequence) Then whitelist that folder (exclude it from real time scans ONLY. Manual/scheduled scans DO still check)
  4. Shipping has gotten more expensive for those that don't ship large quantities (and have a volume contract). Almost all the carriers have switched to Dimensional Weight for everything. That is the higher charge actual weight vs dimensions under 2'x2'x2' goes for the 30Lb rate unless you use one of their boxes /envelope. Space costs these carriers capacity so they charge what they say a 2x2x2x typically weighs, 30lb. More than 30, you pay weight for that box. This used to be only for Air freight. No More. Computer processing make it easy for all places to charge dimensional. Also note that those 'mailbox' places tack on a service fee as well as charge 'List' (even if they may be getting a volume discount). Then there are those businesses that have S&H fees, which is the real profit center. Low prices. High S&H
  5. You can start by pushing up the speed of your old adapter to above 115K, in the NETWORK CONFIGURATION, for testing ONLY. A Pixie8 can gobble a lot of bandwidth depending on the show. A RED (HS) adapter is needed and run it at 500K minimum.
  6. Terminating is a 'Best Practice' for ALL RS485 installs. It is part of the Spec. IMHO it fall in the same area as Proper wire capacity, Fused power leads, proper Earthing of Line voltage equipment. I spent 20Y as a Engineering department ET. 10Y MTBF was a goal for 15 of those.
  7. All those have SPECIAL uses and are not used by basic uses (J5), J 2 and 3 are Input options (like button triggers) JP 4 IS ONLY set on the Last on the network (Terminates the LOR network wit 120 ohms 👍 )
  8. TheDucks

    Computer broke

    I love business class (refurbished) You have a monitor and probably a printer. What you want are lots of USB ports (mostly USB2 for LOR adapters) I picked up this Dell Optiplex for $316 https://www.amazon.com/Dell-Quad-Core-Professional-Certified-Refurbished/dp/B077N5TLVR?ref=pf_ov_at_pdctrvw_dp It had a SSD and a 2T HD (except they forgot to configure the HD. it was there and spinning, but they did not tell the OS to use it )
  9. NO! The LOR ADAPTER is (currently) COM3 on THAT PC. It (usually) stays that, no matter what USB slot you use. FWIW COM3 is my built in Modem. COM 6 and 7 is my USB to dual RS232 adapter. AGAIN COM# ports are re-mapped to adapters using the LOR Network utility after initial inheritance from the OS. Those are JUST more USB slots (Ports) All you need is for the HU to find any NEW adapters so you can note their mapping. (FWIW my Regular is is on COM11,AuxA is COM12, AuxB is COM13. I only need to know the COM because I use 2 PC's and I make the both the same with a combination of Windows Device Manager and LOR) 2 things WRONG with your picture. 1) that hub is UNPOWERED, 2)The input plug looks to be USB-C Only the most modern computers MAY have a type C port You want a Type A (USB2 )
  10. Forget about COM#'s, they are 'logical' conversions from the old RS232 / Modem days The Adapter is the 'port', not the USB socket. Also, it is a great practice to label your LOR adapters as to which LOR network (Aux A, Aux B, Regular) they will.have been assigned.. Get a POWERED USB HUB (💡 The power brick should have an output of at least 500mA*the number of ports (Some cheapos are under powered. ) Put you slower networks on the Hub (the PC port is the speed limiter.. In most cases, you won't hit a bottleneck with just LOR, but you might want to sneakernet with a Flash drive)
  11. OMG Why would they deviate so far afield of common usage? Word tto the rest of us. KEEP those data sheets that came wit the items, handy (and be sure to mark which strings they go to,
  12. I read it the same way. 👍 That also implies ONLY a Gen 3 (Pro series) or Gen 2 or 3 Residential will work. NO ELL's involved I looked at the chart http://www1.lightorama.com/network-speeds/ to guess which might work
  13. What type nodes? Dumb? smart? AC
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