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  1. Not sure that it ever was posted in here, but my understanding is that these are designed to be water resistant when mounted as a pass through in a case. The pigtail is not waterproof to the body. The heat shrink happily allows moisture between the cat5 and itself, allowing the body to fill. But if that heat shrink is inside the case that the body of the unit is passing through, all is well.
  2. If you are plugging directly together, even though more and more hardware is auto crossover capable, you may need to be sure you are using a crossover cable.
  3. If it was left and right, how would a double pole breaker supply 220v line to line instead of 0 volts?
  4. Open neutral to the panel may hide behind nearly balanced loads on the two legs. Out of typical loads may push the floating neutral further away from ground and make it more visible. If it isn't an open/loose neutral, or UPS battery, the other option is that you may have more of your controllers on the same leg as the UPS this year than last.
  5. It would seem to me that from a 3 phase perspective, your legs are A-B, B-C and C-A. It is somewhat arbitrary which one of these has the center tap and tie to neutral/ground, though there probably is a standard convention from a labeling perspective. But if A-B is the one center tapped, you are using A-n-B for your lighting. You are not using B-C or C-A. You are basically using just a single 240v split phase which is basically residential power. Your pannel has the ability to wire single phase 240 loads on those two legs, but it generally is only used for 3 phase loads. B-C can correctly power 240v loads, as can C-A, but C-n is not really a valid combination to draw power on.
  6. Delta is not that common in new construction. But note that you are only using 1 leg of the delta. And your two inlets are going to be 0 or 180 degrees as long as you are using the same leg that your ground bonded center tap is in.
  7. Exact same cable, used/works for two totally different purposes.
  8. Unless it changed with gen 3 hardware, only the DIO32 product supports multiple zero crossing detection. Both the 1602 and PC controllers presume both inputs (when configured) are in phase, or 180 out. As long as both inlets are on the same leg of a 3 phase service, they work fine. If one inlet is plus 120 degrees, or minus 120 degrees, channels 1-8 will have major dimming curve issues.
  9. Not so much about the input pup as it is about the software. I believe I am using my show interrupting triggers in jukebox mode. When the triggered sequence is done, the show goes forward with the next sequence in the show.
  10. None of the methods will impact any of your existing channels or sequences. You could run the LOR controllers in DMX mode, and only need an adapter cable for pinout from your second controller to your fogger. But this has the most impact to your channel configuration. Adding a second USB485, or dedicated dongle like a entec pro is lower risk, as there are zero changes to your existing sequence/config you just add the USB universe on the com port it comes up as, and set up your new channel ad a dmx device on the new universe.
  11. The input pup on a LOR network, with a PC can trigger any PC based show, which includes DMX ability on other networks.
  12. Pretty much any momentary switch. Normally open is the default it is configured for.
  13. If you find that the ELL is not powering up, and you don't have any additional USB ports that do supply enough power, you may need to move to a powered hub, which should solve the problem.
  14. There may be some limitation in the hardware utility for how many ELLs it will recognize at once. But it probably doesn't matter. The sequence editor and show player don't recognize them at all. They are transparent for all purposes except configuring them. You do need to pick which ones will be on each of your 4 networks, and assign a frequency/channel for each of the networks, and put the same channel on all ELLs to be on the same network. Then set up a controller after the ELL on the 3rd and 4th networks. I'm expecting that the HWU will still be able to control the lights, even though the HWU does not see the ELL.
  15. Are you moving the same ell that was already identified to the other ports, or is it always the same ones being set up on 3rd and 4th network? Have you tried those on the lower ports? Is it possible that they were reconfigured for slow speed instead of normal?
  16. Testing through Hardware utility, selecting COM port, then refreshing the device list?
  17. All the silver canister capacitors are for filtering ripple out of the power. You might operate ok without it, or the card lifetime may be shortened. Or you may have just feed your mogwai after midnight. Someone with decent skills may be able to put a new one on, or even graft a pin through cap to the SMT pads.
  18. Actually, you are probably best off using the controller in DMX mode. There should be plenty of development tools to send DMX data out one of the available DMX dongles.
  19. What was released yesterday has been open beta for a while. It may not have much in common with what is being planned.
  20. There was an issue that LOR depends on a file installed with the USB adapter. But that once that is in place, LOR can do e1.31 with no dongle, as long as one is not configured.
  21. And if you are chasing historical footnotes,the RJ standards specify both connector and pin out. For example. RJ11 specifies household phone jacks. But there are other RJ standards for the same connector, for different applications. While current usage of RJ45 covers the connector only, not the pinout. But even the telephone industry that created the RJ standard uses the RJ45 designation in ways that apparently aren't actually the standard. For example many T1 smart jacks present the signals to the user on an 8P8C which are always referenced as RJ45 jacks. Aside from discussions like this, and a rare technical document for high end connectors, I don't think I have ever heard/seen them referenced as 8P8C.
  22. I know you can find some test tools that will identify split pairs for about $50 to $70. Really good test tools generate a frequency sweep against one pair at a time. They measure both how much energy leaks into each of the other pairs, and also the time delay between the pulse and the signal received, so you can tell how far down the cable the flaw is. They can graph all the behaviors against frequency and time (cable distance). But they usually have prices in the range of $10s of thousands of dollars. I have found that with ones that can test cat6 patch cable, (much more strict than a end to end channel rest) if I use cat5e 350+ cable, and car6 connectors, I get a higher percentage that pass cat6 patch cable test the. Store purchased TIA verified patch cables.
  23. Not even a shielded connector. Tighter tolerances in the twist rates, tighter tolerances on the difference in twist rate from pair to pair, and usually spacing between pairs. The connectors are also designed for assembly with the the twist maintained closer to the finished end of the connector. Above answer for cat5 vs 6.
  24. I put the ELLs up high, but notice my example was actually WIFI being impacted at a lower height, with similar but not display data.
  25. Do consider how you might get higher if you have issues. If I set up at 4', I would have a string of vans parking in line of sight between the endpoints. For my ELL crossing a fairly busy street, with a fair bit of truck traffic, I set one ELL 14 feet up the side if the building bracketed out 2 feet. The other on an arm clamped 14 feet up the side of a traditional 26 foot tall frame and pannel tree, about 500 feet away. I never saw any flaws. But my PC across the street to the PC, just doing VNC on wireless N access point (both about 4 feet high) would drop the session any time something larger than a car drove up the street. (Prior year exp, did not get VNC set up this year)
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