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Sorry if this is posted somewhere else already - I searched my heart out and could not find an answer!

Not relevant to my display this year, but I've been reading about all of the other devices and planning in my mind for next year.

The cosmic color devices seem really cool and worth their value, but they add many channels at a time.

I see people running multiple networks as a solution for network performance.

How many channels before I should consider adding another network? How hard is it to add more networks? Am I misunderstanding the need/purpose of multiple networks?

Thank you to anyone wanting to explain or share their opinion.

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You can run between 600-900 channels per network, depending on whose advice from LOR you subscribe to. A lot depends on how busy your channels/networks are - specifically how many commands might be sent at any one centisecond in time. I've found, and this is my personal experience only, that anything over three CCRs on a network and things start to lag. Adding another network is little more than adding another USB485 adaptor to your pc. That, and re-assigning your existing controllers and updating one sequence with those new assignments. But that is something you only need to do once and then you can copy/paste that template into all your other sequences.

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I have had issues with far fewer channels when there is "lots" of activity. I would say the # of channels, activity, length of network runs and quality of cables will all play into the performance you get with the LOR protocol. All of which you will have to test for yourself.

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I added 4 CCRs last year to my 13 boxes (208 channels) and i had to remove them because the were not doing what I wanted.

Added 4 networks (one for each CCR, over kill) and show ran GREAT!

I used a LOT of all white FAST fades and the network could not handle it.

Running 2 CCRs on one of the networks this year.

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You can run between 600-900 channels per network, depending on whose advice from LOR you subscribe to. A lot depends on how busy your channels/networks are - specifically how many commands might be sent at any one centisecond in time. I've found, and this is my personal experience only, that anything over three CCRs on a network and things start to lag. Adding another network is little more than adding another USB485 adaptor to your pc. That, and re-assigning your existing controllers and updating one sequence with those new assignments. But that is something you only need to do once and then you can copy/paste that template into all your other sequences.

This got me to thinking about my other intended purchase of a Mini Director with MP3. I figure that is a different thought, so I started a new thread here.

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