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Ok, just rcvd the new N2 G4 director, i have been reading on the website and the so called manual to determine how to hook up power. First of all I am a detail type of person , so for me the the  documentation could be better in this area

1. So to use the closest controller to power the director is a little bit more vague to me. Most people can probably go...oh , that's easy. So. to use this setup I would plug a cat5 cable(crossover) into the network 1 port and plug the other end into the controller cat5  port? Then daisy chain my network cables as normal?

2. Using a power adapter is straight forward

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I will add another question to that... Since the Director is pulling aux power from the nearest controller via the cat5 cable - does that also mean that the controller is also supplying aux power down the daisy chain? or is it just on a certain side of the devices cat5 connector?

Also, please correct me if I am wrong. You use the jumper on a Pixie to supply aux power through the cat5 connector ? But I did not see mention of jumper on AC controller. is there one? or is that a constant aux power supply

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I do know that using the power pack with the Director - removes / disconnects the aux power from the nearest controller to the director

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1 minute ago, Jimehc said:

I do know that using the power pack with the Director - removes / disconnects the aux power from the nearest controller to the director

I went this route during the sale to do away with using a PC ssince I upgraded to the latest software my old laptop was XP. So rather than buy a cheap laptop or go thru the hassle of running cables out of the house

 

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17 minutes ago, Jimehc said:

I will add another question to that... Since the Director is pulling aux power from the nearest controller via the cat5 cable - does that also mean that the controller is also supplying aux power down the daisy chain? or is it just on a certain side of the devices cat5 connector?

Also, please correct me if I am wrong. You use the jumper on a Pixie to supply aux power through the cat5 connector ? But I did not see mention of jumper on AC controller. is there one? or is that a constant aux power supply

The jumper  is more recent than the Gen3 design (or older Pixies). Those always supply power (9V). Yes, they pass until they reach a missing jumper.  NOTE LOR CAT5 should never be attached to anything but LOR ports. that voltage can cause smoke if plugged into other devices

Another rule for directors: No more than 25' cable  to the first controller

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The jumper goes on JP2 directly in front of the data port.

Do not put the jumper where the information paper says when you get the pixie controller.

The place that the info paper says is for other things that most people will never use.

JP2 will get you  accessory power

JR

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31 minutes ago, rmturner54 said:

Ok, just rcvd the new N2 G4 director, i have been reading on the website and the so called manual to determine how to hook up power. First of all I am a detail type of person , so for me the the  documentation could be better in this area

1. So to use the closest controller to power the director is a little bit more vague to me. Most people can probably go...oh , that's easy. So. to use this setup I would plug a cat5 cable(crossover) into the network 1 port and plug the other end into the controller cat5  port? Then daisy chain my network cables as normal?

2. Using a power adapter is straight forward

Lets get back to the original post please. I am trying to figure out the basic for  power hookup on this director. Thanks

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14 minutes ago, rmturner54 said:

Documentation is lacking in certain areas. I think they all assume we are all wizards

The documentation is available and the book is by far better than when I beta tested the pixie16

JR

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Just now, dibblejr said:

The documentation is available and the book is by far better than when I beta tested the pixie16

JR

Thanks, but I am not dealing with a pixie 16, I am just trying to figure out how to use my new director in my network.

With all due respect, someone else brought the pixie 16 into the equation

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Thanks for the Pixie info, but as stated, the AC Controller aux power port part was not answered...

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Yes, the AC controllers simply supply aux power on the cat-5 LOR network.

 

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3 minutes ago, Jimehc said:

Thanks for the Pixie info, but as stated, the AC Controller aux power port part was not answered...

I am happy that you got your info, but the original issue for me has not been answered, thanks again

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37 minutes ago, rmturner54 said:

Lets get back to the original post please. I am trying to figure out the basic for  power hookup on this director. Thanks

If you are not connecting to a controller you will need this

Use a center-positive 12 VDC 500ma power adapter

Mine is connected in my golf cart for my mobile matrix.

I am powering it from a nice portable battery pack my wife got me.

Below is the link to the users guide for all G4 directors

JR

http://www1.lightorama.com/PDF/G4-MP3_Man_Web.pdf

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1 minute ago, dibblejr said:

If you are not connecting to a controller you will need this

Use a center-positive 12 VDC 500ma power adapter

JR
 

Thank you JR, I am trying figure out how to connect to a controller

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Yes.  Why are you trying to make this so difficult?

 

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3 minutes ago, k6ccc said:

Yes.  Why are you trying to make this so difficult?

 

I am not trying to make it difficult. Just trying to understand before I screw something up. Forgive me for just wanting to be sure.

Thanks for the answer.

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OK so now, can i be sure. in the second picture with 2 controllers (lets assume AC Controllers) connected to the same network port (port 1) on the Director

Which one is supplying aux power - or would there be some sort of power feed fight or bleed over..

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8 minutes ago, Jimehc said:

OK so now, can i be sure. in the second picture with 2 controllers (lets assume AC Controllers) connected to the same network port (port 1) on the Director

Which one is supplying aux power - or would there be some sort of power feed fight or bleed over..

As long as the jumper is on the accessory power it doesn’t matter.

Its been a while since I messed with AC controllers so I am not even sure that jumper exists 

JR

 

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Each AC controller (and a few others) will supply aux power on the network.  They are not really fighting each other, but more somewhat sharing - based mostly on cable lengths and slight variations in voltage supplied.

 

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