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Offline RJ

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What is the EtherDongle
« on: March 14, 2011, »
Full information about the EtherDongle will be released once it's full capability is ready to be shown. The EtherDongle plugs in to ethernet and outputs a multiverse (4 universes) of pixelnet or 16384 channels on one cat5 cable. This is the equivelant of 32 universes of DMX. 

This part is finished and functional at this time as a proto on the bench. The proto pcbs are not here for it yet. It is DIY and the soldering you will need to do is all easy through hole work. I have tested it with a number of different software packages at this point and it works with them all.

It is expandable with the addition of daughter cards.

The work is progressing on the next stage which is a daughter card that plugs in and allows it to do some really cool stuff we all have been waiting to have. It will be very conductive to your show I believe.

I will put more out when it is time.

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Re: What is the EtherDongle
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2011, »
so excited!!!!

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Re: What is the EtherDongle
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2011, »
Looking forward to this

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Re: What is the EtherDongle
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2011, »
Guess I am getting confused here.  I was under the impression the Lynx Dongle pic could be reflashed to give the 16K channels, but this thread mentions 'proto' PCB's - so is a new PCB required after all?  Also, I thought I recalled a 'dmx out' on the hub boards.  Can we have pixelnet and DMX from the same dongle?



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Re: What is the EtherDongle
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2011, »
The Lynx dongle can be reflashed to output 1 universe of pixelnet data. No extra hardware required. The etherdongle is a new device that gives you 4 universes, so it is at least as good as four dongles, plus it connects via Ethernet (not USB) and looks like it will have other new features.

The 16 port Smart string/pixelnet hubs do have dmx output, but it costs you some of your pixelnet data (512 channels) so yeah you can get pixelnet and dmx from the one dongle if you have at least one hub.
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Re: What is the EtherDongle
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2011, »
So I should stop on my USB dongles then....
I will need 4 USB dongles flashed to pixelnet when available- and I have completed two already.
But if this is available THIS year before Christmas, I could use ONE of these- right?
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Re: What is the EtherDongle
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2011, »
i'm keeping my dongles, as later, i might want to use just dmx somewhere, without lugging out the pixelnet hub.
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Re: What is the EtherDongle
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So I should stop on my USB dongles then....
I will need 4 USB dongles flashed to pixelnet when available- and I have completed two already.
But if this is available THIS year before Christmas, I could use ONE of these- right?
Rusty


If you really need 4 pixelnet universes worth of channels then yes, 1 EtherDongle will provide 4 Pixelnet universes or over 64,000 channels.
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Re: What is the EtherDongle
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2011, »
Wooohooo, where do I send the money.

I need one of these.

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Re: What is the EtherDongle
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2011, »
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So I should stop on my USB dongles then....
I will need 4 USB dongles flashed to pixelnet when available- and I have completed two already.
But if this is available THIS year before Christmas, I could use ONE of these- right?
Rusty


If you really need 4 pixelnet universes worth of channels then yes, 1 EtherDongle will provide 4 Pixelnet universes or over 64,000 channels.

This is incorrect. Please read my post above. The EtherDongle outputs 16,384 channels not 64,000 channels.

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Re: What is the EtherDongle
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2011, »
LOL, my mistake.  I mixed up the EtherDongle output of 16K with the 4K Pixelnet universe and multiplied the 16K by 4 instead of the 4K.  Even after I typed it I was thinking that 64k WAS A LOT OF CHANNELS  but didn't put it together that I simply multiplied the wrong number.  Thanks for for the correction.
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Re: What is the EtherDongle
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2011, »
I guess no one has caught the pun yet. very conductive???  :)

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Re: What is the EtherDongle
« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2011, »
built in conductor?  Maybe no PC needed?  The show is stored on the daughter board?

This would be so cool................

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Re: What is the EtherDongle
« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2011, »
RJ is doing magic again. I can feel my wallet getting lighter already.

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Re: What is the EtherDongle
« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2011, »
Hurry hurry hurry.....getting that new credit card soon
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