# Please recommend the best laptop-based cued lighting system

#### deepavali

##### Member
Hi everyone, I need some advise. I'm based in India, and 90% of the lighting I do for theatrical shows is on submasters, live. The other 10% is on Avolite boards. I have trained on ETC consoles with Go buttons, but that was over 6 years ago in the US.

I need to light two plays in the next month that need to be run by go button, possibly by someone other than me. I can't afford to rent a console or buy one, and anyway I want to have a permanent solution to this kind of situation, so I was hoping to get a USB to DMX dongle and software to go with it. Right now I also need to go for something as cheap as possible, since most of the theatre shows I'll be doing this for operate with between 12 and 48 dimmers, and conventional lighting (PARs, Fresnels, Profiles/Source 4s, PCs).

But since I've never handled anything like that, I have no idea what works best, what is easy to programme, etc.

(I also have a deadline since I need to order the thing by the 20th in order for someone to bring it back for me from the US.)

Any advice, suggestions, recommendations would be very welcome!

#### robmerow

##### Active Member
Some options would be:

ETC Nomad Software, 256 channel dongle, and USB-DMX gadget = $700 MA Dot2 free OnPc with Entecc Arntet USB-DMX =$200-300 depending on which interface
Martin M-Series free PC Version with M-DMX = $250 All have free software you can download to tryout and see what suits you. • ETC has the best theater stack features. • MA Dot2 has some frustraing submaster limitations, but a free 3d Visualizer. • M-Series is a happy medium and has excellent support for cheap MIDI hardware & TouchOSC. #### deepavali ##### Member Some options would be: ETC Nomad Software, 256 channel dongle, and USB-DMX gadget =$700
MA Dot2 free OnPc with Entecc Arntet USB-DMX = $200-300 depending on which interface Martin M-Series free PC Version with M-DMX =$250

All have free software you can download to tryout and see what suits you.
• ETC has the best theater stack features.
• MA Dot2 has some frustraing submaster limitations, but a free 3d Visualizer.
• M-Series is a happy medium and has excellent support for cheap MIDI hardware & TouchOSC.
Thanks! What channel dongle and USB-DMX gadget would you recommend for the Nomad? Since I know nothing, I'm not even sure of all the brand names out there.
Also someone mentioned the Lanbox from Europe. Any idea about that?
I like the idea of being able to wirelessly communicate with the dmx controller so that I can sit with my laptop in the house while cueing and not have to be stuck in the booth.

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