LOR controller owners are lucky (excluding some really old LOR controllers) because their controllers are bilingual and they can understand not only the LOR protocol but also the DMX protocol. When an LOR controller is first powered on, the controller listens on the RS-485 line for which protocol is being spoken - LOR or DMX and then the controller adjusts and starts talking that protocol. Now that doesn't mean that the LOR controller can talk both protocols at the same time - it can only talk one protocol at a time once it is powered up. So, this means that you have to pick one of the two protocols but not both - mostly. From one output "dongle" you can only output one protocol (the LOR dongles can output DMX and the LOR protocol) but if you are using LOR S3, you can output both protocols on two different dongles at the same time. So your options if you want to mix DMX controllers into your existing LOR network are:
- Using an existing E1.31 Controller - If you have or will have an AlphaPix or EasyLights pixel controller, these controllers have RS485 DMX outputs that can be used to drive RS485 based DMX controllers. See this knowledge base article.
- One dongle outputting only DMX - In this arrangement, you will run your LOR controllers in DMX mode when you are running your show. DMX controllers can be attached to your exisiting LOR controllers by making a cross over cable (LOR and DMX use different CAT5 pins for data output.) This method does require the cross over cable(s) and does require adjustment to your sequences to change from the LOR to DMX protocol method of addressing individual channels.
- Two dongles - one with DMX, one with LOR - In this arrangement, you will leave your exisiting sequences alone and you will run two networks with seperate cables - one from each dongle and the two networks will not mix. This method does not require changes to your exisiting LOR sequences or remembering to use the right cross over cables but does require the addition of a second dongle, such as the ActiDongle ($49.) This is the easiest method if you already have a large LOR setup and just want to add in some DMX controllers to your display.
- For detailed information on interoperation of DMX controllers with LOR controllers, see our Knowledge Base: http://www.holidaycoro.com/kb_results.asp?ID=117
- For information on how to wire up DMX to LOR crossover cables, see our Knowledge Base.
- The above does not apply to LOR wireless links, only wired connections.
- To use DMX with LOR S3, you will require the purchase of S3 Advanced edition.
- We do not recommend the use of the iDMX-1000 LOR-to-DMX protocol converter unless you have a very specific need for it.
- For information on how to map DMX addresses on LOR controllers, see this LOR document.