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    Default Elexol EtherI/O Output Module?

    Hi All, and especially Jonathan :-)... Way back like 4 years ago Jonathan made me an output plugin for the Elexol EtherI/O digital output module for Vixen 2... does anyone want to take a stab at making one for Vixen 3? I use this module for doing all sorts of controls via relays (fountains, pyro, pneumatics, etc...) for my 4th show, Halloween and even Christmas lights.

    Here is the link to the site for the module:

    http://www.elexol.com/IO_Modules/Ether_IO_24.php

    Anyone want to give it a shot?

    Check out my YouTube channel for examples of what I do with it and Vixen;
    http://www.youtube.com/dononeil

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    Default Re: Elexol EtherI/O Output Module?

    Do you have the source code for the 2.x module? If so, it might be straightforward to make a 3.x module. If not, it might be harder. :-)

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    Default Re: Elexol EtherI/O Output Module?

    Unfortunately no I don't have the source... maybe Jonathan can provide it? The module is communicated to with a standard 'telnet' command, and it just accepts a few characters to turn bits on/off.

    It would be nice to have both an output and an INPUT mode for triggering sequences. It would make my haunted houses even scarier if I could set up proximity sensors and have Vixen trigger sequences based on it :-).

    Full C-source examples are on the elexol page, and I'd be happy to be a tester for you. I'd even make a donation if you get it working great!

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Elexol EtherI/O Output Module?

    This sounds like another application for the generic serial text output module that hasn't yet been written. I haven't looked into your device specifically. But it seems like it just needs to receive certain bytes to do certain actions. I haven't seen many requests for a output module specifically for this device, so I doubt a specific one will be written. But in the grand scheme of things this device calls for exactly the same output method as controlling video projectors, sending RDS data, etc. just send a specific one-shot string to a specific port (serial com port, IP address:port).


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    Can you email me the dll's that Johnathan wrote for you? I may be able to decompile the dll to come up with something.

    Tony Eberle
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    Default Re: Elexol EtherI/O Output Module?

    I've put a zip of the plugins here anyone to download to see if they can make a Vixen 3 version:

    http://www.whtech.com/vixen/elexolplugin.zip

    It contains plugins for both 2.1 and 2.5 for the Ethernet I/O module, as well as a plugin for the USB version of the I/O for 2.1.

    Also included is a test xml, and the manuals on how to program and test it.

    It would be nice to have a generic serial text output module to control all sorts of other stuff. Right now I've had to create a script using wget to control VLC for playing videos on networked computers... would have been nice to be able to just do a direct http or telnet session from directly inside vixen. I'm doing this on v2.1, which is most stable for me.

    Is there a Launcher equivalent plugin for v3 yet? I didn't see it as part of the standard build. Maybe it's referenced a different way?
    Last edited by dononeil; 08-04-2013 at 09:09 PM.

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    Default Re: Elexol EtherI/O Output Module?

    The code doesn't look to bad. I will take a little time to do the conversion from 2.x vixen to 3.0 but should be able to get you something. Will you be able to test?
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

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    Default Re: Elexol EtherI/O Output Module?

    Awesome! Yes, I can test any time!! I have my setup ready to go in the workshop already, as I'm starting to get ready for Halloween :-)

    Check out my new ride on the Halloween forums, it will all be run from Vixen:

    http://www.halloweenforum.com/genera...dark-ride.html

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    Default Re: Elexol EtherI/O Output Module?

    Ethernet module has been completed and tested by Don.

    Working on the USB version and will have that completed soon.

    Once both are tested I will submit a ticket and code to the main Vixen Branch.
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    Default Re: Elexol EtherI/O Output Module?

    USB version of Elexol module has been tested as well, but modules are in the latest release of Vixen 3.
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