I have access to some dmx converters that can output any dmx universe in the whole spectrum. They speak sACN.
I read, " The ETC ION can control up to 10000 universes of DMX "
My ION outputs 2 universes in dmx. I do not need the ION to do this if I can solve this output issue on Ethernet. So, if I can output to 10000 universes through ethernet, or rather a wifi access point. I can address these boxes to any of the available unverses. I really only need 3 right now, but so what?
Does anyone know if and how I can go out through the ethernet
capabilities of ION to generate data on any DMX universe? A reference to
a white paper would do me just fine.
I believe if your gateways are properly configured and networked, and enabled sACN on the Ion, then once you patch a channel to whatever universe the gateway is listening for, it should just work. Since I don't own a gateway I can't say for sure, but a foggy memory of Wireshark traces seem to indicate that it works. I know I have no issues sending sACN to my Sensor rack and I didn't do anything special.
Ensure that sACN is turned on and "Default" in the Ion shell.- This is the default Ion factory setting.
Now patch your show as required up to the maximum Output count.Easiest patch syntax to use is "Universe / Address"
Examples (Patch screen in patch-by-channel Format):
The Output Count limit is the total count of patched DMX addresses, and you can spread them over a great many Universes if you wish.
Note that controlling lights via WiFi is not recommended because WiFi latency is unknown and highly variable.- In other words, fades are likely to be steppy at times, and time-critical changes may be late.
Keep on trying till you run out of cake.
ETC Field Service, London
I think there may be some confusion here -- a few clarifying points: (EDIT: Thanks Richard and sk8rs_dad for excellent posts as well. Didn't see them when I hit Send. :) )
ETC Technical Support Specialist
All the answers were very useful. Default set up, good. The Ion does not care if the universe is the 1 or 2 universe that is wired, or any of the others it can address through ethernet networking (1-128).
For "show critical" data on wired ac units I plan to be wired. For non-wired wagons running on DC, I need to go wireless.
I plan to use Oregon Tech's Ariel box for Wireless applications, and the Prospero for 4 universes (per box) of wired Ethernet expansion.
Should I talk to my dealer about those upgrades to Ion 1500 or 2000? Is it in the software?