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  1. Neutrik carries a line of ruggedized RJ45 connecters called etherCON series. Here's their main page for info on this line: http://www.neutrik.com/fl/en/dataconnectors/203_283121/RJ45_Data_Connector_group.aspx They come in a variety of termination option such as 110 IDC (punchdown), feedthrough and PCB mount. They are a little pricey though - around $8-$10 per connector for the jack and around $3.50 for a housing similar to an XLR connector for the male RJ45 connector. Plus an extra $3 for the waterproofing kit. Here's a link to Mouser Electronics for pricing info: http://www.mouser.com/search/Refine.aspx?Keyword=Neutrik+Ethercon+Ruggedized+RJ45+Connectors&FS=True Mark
  2. garyfunk wrote: Insteon support would be nice for the factors you mentioned, albeit much more expensive per device - $35 for Insteon versus less than $7 for an X10 appliance. But I wouldn't use either one for critical-timing events. I don't think you ould ever achieve the speed and repeatability of direct LOR channel control. Mark
  3. iresq wrote: I've used the CM11a on several machine, both with a native serial port and with the USB-serial adapter and never had any issues. It's just important to verify the COM port the adapter appears as since each USB port will map differently. But I agree, the CM15a compatibilty will be one less link in the chain to deal with.... Mark
  4. The CM11a works fine in LOR. You can pick up a USB to serial adapter for less than $5 shipped on Ebay. So for less than $30 total, you have X10 capability. It's great for non-critical timing display elements as well as the inflatables some people use since you can use an appliance module to act as a relay. The blower motors in these things don't like to have the voltage reduced if the LOR channel was accidentaly dimmed, shimmered, etc. Another benefit is you don't use up any valuable LOR channels. Mark
  5. Looks like 32 channels of I/O. Here is the link to the premilinary manual: http://www.lightorama.com/Documents/DIO32_Man_Web.pdf Mark
  6. Since these are only used for triggering inputs, current shouldn't be an issue. I would think 1/4 or 1/8 watt resistors should work fine. Mark
  7. The DC-MP3 will not control X10. In order to utilize X10 devices, you need a CM11A interface connected to a serial port (or USB to serial adapter) on the computer running the show. You can pick one up for less than $20 on Ebay or other sites like this: http://www.thehomeautomationstore.com/cm11a.html Mark
  8. I'm not sure how many servos you need to control, but the CTB08D board can control two servos. Here's the link to the manual http://www.lightorama.com/Documents/CTB08D_UserGuide.pdf Mark
  9. I borrowed a friend's Canon XH-A1 (hi-def) last year and shot a quick video of one of my sequences. Unfortunately, I only had about 20 minutes to experiment with the settings, and I didn't frame the shot properly. I'm sure I could have tweaked the settings achieved better results, but I was still relatively pleased with the outcome. I don't think low light is as much of a problem when you potentially have tens of thousands of mini lights. The key is to have full manual control of the aperature, shutter speed and focus. And a 3-chip camera will almost always yield better results than a single chip consumer model. I had planned on purchasing one of these cameras this year. But as always seems to be the case, some other relatively large financial obligations reared their ugly heads. Here is the link to the video (obviously scaled down from it's original size): http://www.flchristmas.com/COB%20NTSC%20High%20Quality%20Profile.wmv Mark
  10. Try setting unit 7 to something like 8 or 9 and connect it by itself to your PC. Can you see it in the hardware utility? Mark
  11. This thread over at PC has some pretty good info: http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php?t=20008&highlight=camera+borrowed Mark
  12. tkhowse wrote: You don't need an additional X-10 driver with LOR since it communicates directly to the CM11A. Marl
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