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DMX to LOR RGBW Moving heads

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I think you can do it that way, but I don't have an IDMX, so I am just using a standard speed LOR dongle connected to Com 3 with an RJ45 to XLR cable I made myself.It does not seem to take many PC resources even though the PC is doing the work rather than an IDMX adaptor.

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Ok, thanks.

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I myself am not familiar with iDMX1000 but the ones I've seen online are fairly expensive. I hook up the cat5 cable to my DMX connector on my E1.31 board and then soldered the other end to the xlr plug. Connected that to the first light then Daisy chained from there.

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I went the wireless route for mine. I bought the ActiDongle from HC and the wireless receiver/transmitter unit from Amazon. Links below.

 Enttec-Pro-Compatible-DMX-Dongle

DMX512-Wireless-Receiver-Transmitter-Compact

The Actidongle with transmitter antenna runs from a HS485 adapter on it's own network (Comm7) connected to the show pc to a receiver antenna hooked to a Chauvet Swarm5 (A DMX laser, led light, strobe combo unit), then from there it is daisy chained with cables to the 2 moving head lights. The distance from the show pc to the Swarm5 is roughly 125 feet. (No cables :) I notice no lag whatsoever, the lasers, led, and strobes and moving head lights all fire/move on que with the music. (sequencing)

The down side of the moving head lights is that if they are not powerful enough, they can/will get washed out from all the other lights in the display. How/when you use them in important to get around this.

Alan...

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3 hours ago, Eaglesclaw said:

I myself am not familiar with iDMX1000 but the ones I've seen online are fairly expensive. I hook up the cat5 cable to my DMX connector on my E1.31 board and then soldered the other end to the xlr plug. Connected that to the first light then Daisy chained from there.

Wiring?

White/Orange –> DMX+

Orange –>  DMX-

Blue -->  GND

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10 hours ago, Ed K said:

Wiring?

White/Orange –> DMX+

Orange –>  DMX-

Blue -->  GND

Not if you’re talking about DMX over Cat-5 cable.  The ground is pin 7 (white / brown) not pin 4 (blue).  

 

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I have two moving heads running through actidongle 2.  The LOR test console does not work for me because I am going thru the actidongle2.  I have mounted the heads upside down under my garage door frames (I added a plate with thumb screws to the bottom of easy removal) and determined the dmx values based on resting position and where I want the beams to point.  Different low cost heads have different channel configurations.  i.e. 9/11 vs. 11/13.  Trial and error seems to work best in the SE.  If the values of dmx are low, they are very hard to see in the SE, using ramps or not.  I found that the random color setting and random or auto GOBO setting gets me through many sequencing decisions.  Patterns for sequencing do seem to appear the more you sequence.  I believe it would be extremely hard to share sequences for moving head sequencing due to the variety of channel configurations out there.  BTW, most of the low end ebay moving heads are only a 10w led and the beam angle is wide as you get farther away.  Also they don't move well in the real cold.  As I found out. 

 

https://youtu.be/NQx2Qfo5t9U

 

Edited by Crimson Lane Lights Etown
finally added link to head test video

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