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Offline rrowan

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SSR4 - DMX or Not Info
« on: February 16, 2010, »
Hi Folks,

There seems to be some confusion about this little board. I feel really bad that it is not clearly explained in the Wiki. So this is an attempt to correct some of the confusion.

The SSR4 has two modes.
  • 1 - Base mode (No DMX) - just a 4 channel relay
  • 2 - DMX mode - A 4 channel controller

Meet the Base SSR4

Notice that there is some missing parts. This is fine, it just does NOT have any "smarts" to receive any DMX info from the dongle. In this Relay mode you need a controller to be able to use it.  You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login



Meet SSR4 DMX Mode

Now its a fully functioning 4 channel DMX controller, in fact it is the same board as above but with some added parts. This is also the only way it can receive wireless DMX info. By removing the RS-485 chip and plugging in the Express Module with some extra parts. You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login


Now look at the two pictures. What else has changed?

The Jumpers.
In the top picture the C/S jumper is on the S side and the other Jumper (can't see the silk screen text in the picture) is just S.
In the bottom picture the C/S Jumper is on the C side the S jumper is not jumped.
The bottom picture also adds a Program/Operate Jumper which is used for Operation mode or Program mode to set the start address.
The other jumper in the bottom picture is the TERM jumper  (can't see the silk screen text in the picture) which is the terminate, the jumper next to the blue transformer and the DMX out connector (RJ-45)

The terminate jumper is only needed for the LAST DMX device in line. Of course there could be more than one end device when you use a splitter (either on the Express or the Lynx splitter) and each one of them will need the term jumper on.

Ok, now one final thing that may or may not be obvious is the fully functioning SSR4-DMX can be jump convert back to relay mode by setting the C/S jumper to S and jumping the S jumper.

Well one more final thing :D
What does SSR4 mean?
Solid State Relay 4 Channels


Hope that helps some

Cheers

Rick R.

P.S. Please add info or correct any mistakes (real or imaginary)

Feb 17, 2010 1pm
Here is a sample of how the SSR4 and Freestyle can be connected to the DMX (or not DMX) line to control 4 mini trees. This is not the only way just something I threw together at lunch time.
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Re: SSR4 - DMX or Not Info
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2010, »
Greetings,,,

Thanks, Rick.  Now I know what to order for the Coop.   ;D

Hope that explains in picture format for people...

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Re: SSR4 - DMX or Not Info
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2010, »
Thanks Rick

   As a newbie this explains it in terms that is easy to understand and now I know what SSR stands for EXELLENT JOB. Hope you know how much you just helped alot of fellow DLAers.


                JEFF


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Re: SSR4 - DMX or Not Info
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2010, »
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Ok, now one final thing that may or may not be oblivious
Hmmm.  Interesting play on words.  To most it may be obvious.  But to old folks like me with limited short term memory it could also be oblivious.   ;)

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Re: SSR4 - DMX or Not Info
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Ok, now one final thing that may or may not be oblivious
Hmmm.  Interesting play on words.  To most it may be obvious.  But to old folks like me with limited short term memory it could also be oblivious.   ;)

Ooops

Sorry about that :D

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Re: SSR4 - DMX or Not Info
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2010, »
Added another drawing to the first post

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Re: SSR4 - DMX or Not Info
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2010, »

  Very nicely done and explained, I Thank you.

 
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Re: SSR4 - DMX or Not Info
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2010, »
Rick, thanks for the pictures.  I have a better understanding of what I need to plan for my first show this year.  I am ready for the coop now.

thanks,

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« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2010, »
Hi Guys

Really glad it has helped

thanks for the feedback

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Re: SSR4 - DMX or Not Info
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2010, »
Good Job Rick.

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Re: SSR4 - DMX or Not Info
« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2010, »
great illustration for us "newbies" that are still trying to get everything. Thank You

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Re: SSR4 - DMX or Not Info
« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2010, »
Nice job rick answered my question about it being a standalone controller.

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« Reply #12 on: February 18, 2010, »
Yes, Thanks Rick that is much better for Newbes.
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Re: SSR4 - DMX or Not Info
« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2010, »

 Planning out my layout, I came across a situation I don't know the answer; the learning curve for this is a butt biter!

 Okay, can a non-DMX SSR4 daisy chain from a DMX SSR4 OR must that non-DMX SSR4 plug into the Freestyle?

 
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Re: SSR4 - DMX or Not Info
« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2010, »
Non DMX SSR4 has to be connected to a controller like the Freestyle

Only DMX enabled devices can be daisy chain together (LE, Freestyle, MR16, Aether, SSR4-DMX)

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