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    Default Re: Olsen 595 - New PC

    Quote Originally Posted by dirknerkle View Post
    The Ren-C is similar to a serial interface between the PC and the 595 so that instead of the parallel interface, you can use a COM port (or a USB dongle if you like) and at the same time, the Ren-C enables dimming with the 595, which isn't available via the parallel mode. The Ren-T (as I recall) is a combination power supply and RS485 converter that converts RS232 into RS485 and also provides a ZC signal to the Ren-C which is also necessary for dimming to work. If you need a ZC signal, the DIGWDF store has a simple ZC kit that can give you that...
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    how much?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrizWolz View Post
    Will the Ren-C work with my SSR's that were used with my Olsen-595? And how many channels will i have to expose to the world?
    The answer is yes. The only difference is the Ren-C allows you to use your serial port or RS485.

    Quote Originally Posted by GrizWolz View Post
    the 595's, Ren-C's and Ren-T all run in unison?
    They do, but the Ren T is not necessary if you have a ZC circuit, as Dirk says he has both....A Ren-C and a ZC kit. Might want to jump on that. I think I can take some pics of the completed 595 set up and post them this weekend.
    You can take a look at the REN-C from the WIKI here.
    Last edited by Keith R; 10-27-2016 at 09:41 PM.
    That's a feature not a bug.
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    I had Olsen 595's and Ren-C a few years ago now and seem to remember that the Opto's on the SSR's needed to be a certain type to allow dimming.
    Cant be 100% on this but worth checking before you commit, but assuming the opto's are good the ren-C and 595 combo worked very well but I have moved on to Pixels so a little outdated now.
    Also the PCI parallel cards need to support EPP (enhnaced parellel port) mode which most do but worth checking and the USB to serial usually wont work for rec-c so I had to use PCI to serial card which I generally used a combo card for both port types.
    Hope this helped.

    Josh

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    Default Re: Olsen 595 - New PC

    Quote Originally Posted by GrizWolz View Post
    I am back to the DIY world after a long break.

    The computer I am now using does not have a parallel port to connect my 595 up to...HELP!

    Besides using an old PC which I am not keen on, what can I do? I know a parallel to USB will not work.

    Thanks!
    GrizWolz if you are up to building a Ren-T here is the diagram for one that I used for over 6 years and had no problems with. You only need one Ren-T board. I was using 3 Grinch boards (same as the 595) off the one Ren-T as the Zero cross is sent through to all the 595 boards.

    Sorry it seams that my attachment is not uploading. I may have to try re-posting.

    Simple RenT Design.jpg
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    GrizWolz let's see if this works.

    Got it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrizWolz View Post
    for sale?
    Sure. Make me an offer I can't refuse.

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    Default Re: Olsen 595 - New PC

    Sorry about replying to an old post, but this might help... Don't try and get a parallel port to work on your new computer, use an Arduino. It's possible because I'm using an Arduino Micro to drive four Olsen 595 8-output dimmer boards (borrowing from the schematic "OLSEN 595 WITH OUTPUT ENABLE & DIMMING"). I'm simply using four sets of 3 pins on the Arduino Micro, and hooking up each set to a dimmer board, for a total of 32 dimmable outputs. It takes a little funktified coding to get it to work, but if you know your bitwise operators in C then you're gold (turn the 8-bit number received from Vixen into an 8-bit data stream that can be sent to the chain of 74HC595s). Once the Arduino's coded, set it up as a 'Generic Serial' controller in Vixen and have fun! (the Arduino is seen in Windows as a serial port even though it's hooked up to a USB port).

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