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Control/Dimming Adapter, A5M-RJ45

Discussion in 'Lighting and Electrics' started by derekleffew, Jun 4, 2009.

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    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    Assuming it's a dumb device, i.e. doesn't actually convert DMX to an ethernet-based protocol, then yeah, I think this could lead to a bad practice as well. When the description says "DMX to Ethernet" that leads me to think that the device has an IP address and would allow you to distribute DMX over an ethernet network. It must be since it doesn't seem to have a power input. It really should be called and XLR5 to RJ45 adapter or XLR3 to RJ45 adapter.
     
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    When I first saw those I was fooled for a second, but then I realized that its an adapter that simply lets one use the less expensive CAT5 cable as a stand in for 3 or 5 pin terminated cables.

    While not necessarily leading to bad practice, it can certainly lead to confusion.
     
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    Actually, I think a device like this might possibly lead to better practice. Cat-5 cable is perfectly suited to carry DMX, this provides for an easy way to use readily available cables to connect DMX devices. I'd much rather see these in use than 3-pin XLR connections and microphone cable for DMX!

    -Fred
     
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    Well, every good point deserves a counterpoint!

    I am told that Cat-5 works great, but I still don't like unshielded cable on an RS-485 line, so I am not a fan of this adapter. If you are using Cat-5, make sure you use a stranded version as the solid wire does not hold up.
     

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