MA DOT2 ON PC / ARTNET TO DMX CONVERTER

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  1. DJ EZ-C

    DJ EZ-C New Member

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    MA DOT2 has just made a free 1 Universe version available for on PC use. It requires an ArtNet to DMX dongle/converter to output DMX.

    Can somebody recommend a good device & manufacturer for a solution?
     
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    We make one called the Uno (6152) which comes in a small box. Lots of people sell our gear.
     
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    Enttec OpenDMX Ethernet would probably be your best bet. I have been using one for years and it has held up well.
     
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    I've been using the DMX King and it has been trouble free for about four years now
     
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    +1 with DMX King...
     
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    also this is really cool! i have been wanting to check out the Dot2! thanks for letting us know about this update.
     
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    Depends. Are you just playin around? Good interfaces seem to be about $500 for a single universe. This one's $290 no matter how you slice it*, but does 4. Course, it's from China. :)

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/272183376248

    * 4 sellers (or the same seller with 4 accounts) are showing it, with varying shipping costs -- pick the free shipping; they have to pay full freight on their eBay commssion, and if you have to return it, you get the money back.
     
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    After doing a little testing I believe a DMX interface for this needs to be able to communicate with an IPv6 address. This might limit what can be used with this software. I will try more possibilities.
     
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    I did get this to work with an ETC Gateway. The devices made by MA use a IPv6 address but by enabling sACN or ArtNet output it can talk to IPv4 devices. I found no option other than outputting in broadcast mode and the ETC gateway seemed to work with an IP address outside the subnet.
     
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    Hey i just got one of these. But im having trouble conecting it with dot2 and also my fixtures. Can you please help
     
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    Art-net works off of the 2.0.0.x range of IP addresses. And the 255.0.0.0 subnet mask. You are going to need to download the enttec Node management utility if you have not already done so. This will allow you to assign an IP address for the node.

    Are you connecting the node directly to your computer, or are you using a router/switch? The above will not work if you are using a router. I recommend connecting the node directly to your computer with an ethernet cable.

    Next you are going to have to give your computer a static IP address. Gove you computer a static IP address in the 2.0.0.x range and a subnet mask of 255.0.0.0. Make sure any other network connections are disconnected (wifi).

    In the NMU, you also have the ability to set the art-net universe and the subnet. I believe mine is set as art-net universe = 1 and subnet = o. NOTE: this 'subnet' setting is different from 'subnet mask'.
    At this point Dot2 should be able to see the node and connect to it. You may need to tell Dot2 what art-net universe and subnet to output to.

    networking can get really frustrating, as there are so many variables that can be changed in order to get something to work. If it doesn't work at first don't be frustrated. It took me a good while to figure all of this out when I first connected the node to my computer.
     
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    I saw a video on YouTube (sorry, don't have the link) that showed installing FreeStyler that has a software module for Art-Net to DMX. So internally to your computer you 'connect' the dot2 output to the software and then use a regular Enttec or DMXKing interface. You don't have to install the whole FreeStyler package. Have not tried it myself. Try a Goggle search for dot2 install and see if it comes up.
     
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    Any updates on how free universe MA Dot2 on PC is working for people?
    Planning on making the investment on a touch screen PC and thought this would be a good stopgap until I can afford the control surface.
     
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    While I have not used it extensively I have had a play. Using an DMXKing edmx pro1 I managed an output to some lights for some play time at home.
    Regards
    Geoff
     
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    Installed MA dot2 on a touchscreen PC and it works well for the most part.
    Current issue is related to getting it sized properly. It seems to want a superwide display or something weird like that. There are display options that allow you to resize the UI, but it seems like the pixels don't align and therefore the UI looks fuzzy or pixelated, depending on the zoom amount.
    Anyone have tips on how to get it to fit well on a standard 1920x1080 display?
     

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