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Mini Director question - connection


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Hello,

Back in April, I purchased the ShowTime Central Starter Package(http://store.lightorama.com/shcestpa.html)

My first show was the 4th of July.  During that time, I ran a cat5e cable from my CTB16PC to the "miniDirector and FM Transmitter".  For my Christmas show, it's difficult to run a cat5e to the miniDirector and I found that it's really not needed as the signal is transmitted as expected on my desired FM frequency.

My question is: what is the purpose of running a cat5e to the miniDirector?

Thanks,

James

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Well, if you are going to be running the show from the Mini-Director then there needs to be a connection between the mini-director and the controllers. Otherwise you will have no power to the director, nor any show running.

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Hi Don,

My computer that I run the show from is right at the front of my house and I connect the Mini-Director directly into the the audio output jack of my computer.  So since I have the output of my show directly feeding into the Mini-Director, that's probably why I don't need the cat5e, right?

James

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All sorts of alarm bells going off in my head right now.

If you are not using the director to run your show, then you would have a network cable going from the USB485 to Controller 01 to run the show. Audio would go from your computer to the FM Transmitter.

If you are running from a computer, then you don't need to touch the mini-director. Nothing will be hooked up to it, and it will do nothing but simply exist in the enclosure.

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You're right Don, I'm running the network cable from the USB485 to Controller 01 to run the show and not really using the Mini-Director at all.  Thanks for the clarification and answering my question!

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