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Use of a non-ETC Streaming ACN capable console?

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dbn:
 I think they have a "spare" node.  If it could be configured for DMX input on Universe 1, that might open up all sorts of possibilities.

I'm in my 4th year of a Net3 system. I love it!! I've got 4 port gateways. which is way more address than I'm gonna use in the next 40 years. I made each 'port 4' an input on universe 1 and made a turn around cable. I use it once a year, with a touring company whose Element console has a funked up rj45 jack. They didn't even know what that jack was for. 

Ion1024, 2 - 21" touch screens, 2 - 2x20 wings, RFR on network, RVI named ET, Pardigm Processor - all happily humming on Net 3; Strand Lightpalette 300 on DMX partition.

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A status update on this thread.  I was able to get into the venue in question today and conduct some testing, outside of the schedule pressures of production week.  The root cause of my problem is that the ETC Sensor rack is running version 3.0 software.  That version only responds to the r2 (draft) version of the sACN protocol.  An upgrade to version 3.1 or higher software is required to respond to the r3 (released) version of sACN.  I imagine a corresponding update to the ETC DMX output "nodes" will also be required (assuming the HW supports it).  This was verified by testing with aACNview sourcing r2 and r3 format sACN frames alternately.

I asked my lighting console software vendor (LightFactory) if they would consider adding r2 sACN support for backwards compatibility, and they declined.  They thought r2 was just too old to be of interest to most of their customers.

So, I'm hoping that the venue will be able to get a software update for all of their ETC gear to support r3 of sACN.

Thanks, again for all the suggestions.

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All ETC's Net3 DMX Gateways can be updated to allow ratified sACN reception - the firmware update actually 'listens' to both types of sACN simultaneously.

This is really easy to do with GCE - the GCE download also includes the latest firmware.

Updating the Sensor+ rack is a little harder, they'll need to ask ETC's phone support or an ETC dealer to assist.

Again, CEM+ 3.1.0 and newer listens to both r2 and r3 sACN.

Before doing this it's quite important to check what other products are on the network to see if any of those also need updating (eg Paradigm)

Keep on trying till you run out of cake.

ETC Field Service, London

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Thanks, Richard.  As you suggest, a little system engineering would be in order.  Unfortunately, the school in question doesn't have funds in it's current year budget for outside assistance.  I'll relate a few more details about the system:

Ion console.  Recent software.  It was configured to send both ETC Net2 and ETC Net3 (draft).

Sensor rack with CEM+ module at V 3.0.<mumble>.

Two single output Nodes (gateways). I have no information as to model number or software version

Unison (Paragigm?) house controls.  I have no information as to model number or software version.

We disabled the Net2 output from the Ion console, and the Sensor rack was still happy.  However we didn't test the DMX output nodes.  Is there such a thing as a Net2 (only) Single Channel DMX Gateway?  I guess I need to get more information about these components.

How does one "manage" a Unison (or Paradigm?) system?   In the old days of DMX control, the DMX connection would daisy chain through the Unison controller and then to the Sensor rack.  How does that work with Net2 and Net3?

Thanks for all the assistance!

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dbn:

How does one "manage" a Unison (or Paradigm?) system?   In the old days of DMX control, the DMX connection would daisy chain through the Unison controller and then to the Sensor rack.  How does that work with Net2 and Net3?

Thanks for all the assistance!

Ahh the wonders of compute networking:)

Assuming your network is setup using the ETC standard static IP addresses, use the following info:

your computer's ip settings:

10.101.1.105

255.255.0.0

10.101.1.1

connect your computer to your lighting network(regular patch cable)

open Internet explorer(yes you must use internet explorer)

type "10.101.10.101" in the address bar

you should now see your Paradigm system.

FYI: to manage your CEM+ modules use address "10.101.101.___"(rack 1 =.101; rack 2 =.102; rack 3=.103; etc)

For CEM+ you'll have to enter user name and password to get through, for Paradigm no user name nor password is required (power, powerpass)

Ion1024, 2 - 21" touch screens, 2 - 2x20 wings, RFR on network, RVI named ET, Pardigm Processor - all happily humming on Net 3; Strand Lightpalette 300 on DMX partition.

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