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    Default Re: Generic Serial Port DLL, update to support 115.2K baud and more channels

    Quote Originally Posted by ronp5683 View Post
    Thanks you guys are awesome. Updated software in one day!!!

    I am a EE with a lot of experience with hardware and FPGA's, and I would like to contribute. I imagine as the channel count goes up for RGB lighting that eventually the computer will have a hard time driving all of the lights (my experience with video and windows is not real time). You could solve this by moving the actually sequencing to hardware. Also, I will be searching the forum for how to best sequence RGB lighting. I have individually addressable lights, and I have been using a sequencer in the FPGA with cheesy ASCII interpreter (register for counter/delays) to minimize the sequences.

    Thanks again.
    You're welcome and welcome to the forum.

    I have a bias towards Vixen 3 for RGB, but there are other solutions out there which I cannot recommend since I do not have any experience using them.

    The channel count "problem" is resolved by sending the data out via Ethernet instead of a serial port. People here on this forum have had no issue sending 15+ universes of DMX data out via that method. (That's over 7600 channels) -- What types of lights do you have, there are many users here using individually addressable lights and they may be of great help. Your hardware knowledge will probably be a great help here.

    Take care.

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    Default Re: Generic Serial Port DLL, update to support 115.2K baud and more channels

    I built my own Christmas lights from scratch, so they are unique. I also used my own controller. However, it was a lot of work and I am browsing the internet to see what is available. I will try Vixen 2/3 with my lights and if it works, I will probably go with your software. If that is the case I will probably build my own E1.31 bridge. With an FPGA I can get 30-40 universes with one controller for 50/60 bucks. I like lots of universes, so you run one control cable to each RGB string or object.

    By the way is there anything out their for controlling lights besides E1.31? There is a lot of useless overhead in the messages and simple is always better.


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    Default Re: Generic Serial Port DLL, update to support 115.2K baud and more channels

    Quote Originally Posted by ronp5683 View Post
    I built my own Christmas lights from scratch, so they are unique. I also used my own controller. However, it was a lot of work and I am browsing the internet to see what is available. I will try Vixen 2/3 with my lights and if it works, I will probably go with your software. If that is the case I will probably build my own E1.31 bridge. With an FPGA I can get 30-40 universes with one controller for 50/60 bucks. I like lots of universes, so you run one control cable to each RGB string or object.

    By the way is there anything out their for controlling lights besides E1.31? There is a lot of useless overhead in the messages and simple is always better.


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    There is also Art-Net but I don't think it's wildly different than ACN/E1.31 - http://www.artisticlicence.com/WebSi...es/art-net.pdf
    and the Open Lighting Architecture (OLA) is there as well - don't know a lot about it though...
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    Default Re: Generic Serial Port DLL, update to support 115.2K baud and more channels

    Hi!

    I am Christopher from Germany i have a question about the generic serial plugin under vixen 2.1.1.0.
    I will use the com ports 1 - 8 but in vixen i can only choose the com ports 1 - 4.

    Is it possible to get an update for this problem or what i can do that i can use more com ports.

    I have downloaded the newest plugin from the vixen website but it make no changes for this.

    Regards
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    Default Re: Generic Serial Port DLL, update to support 115.2K baud and more channels

    Does anybody have the source to this plugin? I'd like to customize it a bit for something I'm working on.

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    Default Re: Generic Serial Port DLL, update to support 115.2K baud and more channels

    Vixen has been compiled in a way that will allow you to use iSpy to decompile a dll (plugin) and modify it to your hearts desire.


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    Default Re: Generic Serial Port DLL, update to support 115.2K baud and more channels

    Hi:
    I know I'm getting denser every day.

    I have searched many places but cannot find any documentation of the Vixen 2/3 Generic Serial Port.

    Can anyone tell me how it works? In other words, what is sent out the port and when is it sent?

    What values are put into the sequence to send a command to an external device? I know, the values would depend on what you are trying to control.

    Thanks for your help. I've been away quite a long time and am just getting back into things.

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