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Tim, I don't think that the serial port is the problem, but if the belkin doesn't work, all fingers will point the serial adapter

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OK well I replaced the Belkin and it had a steady light about 30 seconds then I went into the sequence editor and then I lost connection. Now that I am thinking it seems to be the serial adapter. Other than that I honestly have no idea... again, any help would be great

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I have a similar problem with my sc485/cat5 connection. The cat5 plug fits into the sc485 rather loosely. If I pin the cable between the sc485 and the wall it usually works fine, but if the cable is bumped I'll lose communication. I've tried other cables but they respond the same way. I ended up using the green cat5 cable that came with my LOR boxes for the 2006 show, but had to arrange it "just so" to make it work. Why doesn't the cable fit snugly into the sc485 so that all the contacts are made? I'm at the point now where I am going to take the sc485 apart and hardwire the cat5 to it just to make sure there's a solid connection. I don't have the same problem where the cat5 goes into the 16 channel board, only with the sc485.

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Thats sounds that it maybe my problem... I will fool around with it now

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Joe Petrowski wrote:

OK well I replaced the Belkin and it had a steady light about 30 seconds then I went into the sequence editor and then I lost connection. Now that I am thinking it seems to be the serial adapter. Other than that I honestly have no idea... again, any help would be great


While not directly related to your issue, this might be useful. Quite a while back, I did some testing with the Belkin serial-USB adapter you are talking about. It caused a number of problems for me even with the latest drivers so I went with the USB RS485 adapter with booster http://store.lightorama.com/uscoadwivobo.html and haven't had problems since.

The Belkin was about half the price of the LOR unit. However, the Belkin unit is now in the Collin County landfill. A small price to pay for no more issues.

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I'd probably invest in the 'official' LOR USB interface if I didn't have a serial port available...

-Tim

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So if I do go ahead and buy this adapter what else would I need? I that does not look like it is a cat 5 output,

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Joe Petrowski wrote:

So if I do go ahead and buy this adapter what else would I need? I that does not look like it is a cat 5 output,


Hi... On the page (link above) you will see a link for datasheet (here it is: datasheet)... You do not need anything else if you get that adapter.

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OK LOR is great! They helped solve the problem. It was the SC485-RJ45 serial adapter. At first when I mentioned that this possible could be the problem to LOR they told me the chances of it going bad was 1 out of 500 so I doubted it was the problem, but I was wrong! Just wanted to let you all know what the problem was..

Thanks all who tried to help with my problem on such short notice!

Also I was in such panic on Valentines Day's Day because I was in two local papers and then my whole system shut down. I hope that this never happens to me again or anyone else for that matter!

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