Hot on the heels of last year’s DMX Kegerator, at the home of Dr DMX this year, not only could you duel your friends in a Battle-Bot style arena with balloon-popping robots controlled by lighting consoles (I chose the Gio over the Apathy and Avolight options), but the Hawaiian shirt crew was showing several new products, including the E2E. The “Ethernet to Ethernet” interface is a lighting protocol conversion device with support for four universes of data. The input and output connections may use completely separate networks simultaneously, or transmit and receive on the same network using a switch. An internal web server provides configuration options on each port. The in and out ports may be configured to use E1.31 sACN, draft sACN, Artnet, Strand Shownet, and KiNeT. Universe numbering may be selected for each of the individual four channels. DHCP or IPv4 fixed addressing may be set individually on input and output. I know we’ve all had to reconfigure our sACN network for that ONE Artnet-only device. This is your get-out-of-jail-free card.
Also of particular interest was the new Decelerator featuring a “choose your speed” option (slow, medium, fast), as well as a bypass mode making this a true 1-to-1 opto-isolator.
Fleenor has also updated their relay pack with an Ethernet native option. Milton was very proud to have included most of the custom options he has cooked up over the years in the base model of this new version – such as momentary mode, latch lock, threshold setting, to name a few.