DMX Gateway help

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    Paulypaul

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    knowledge and experience!!

    I have been asked by a friend if I can help with his lighting problem. He has LED strip lights (that arnt working) controlled by a Saturn LCD controller which is sat on a C-bus network with input and output modules. A DMX Gateway controls 4 x Lutron relays. I'm pretty new to this setup and would appreciate any help.
    Input modules show inputs active with green led lights.
    Output modules show active with orange lights.
    C-bus status led is steady orange which I assume is ok. ( can't find literature on led lights)

    The DMX Gateway has a flashing orange and blue DMX led, what does this indicate please?

    DMX voltage to Lutron on network is 2.1v I would assume this could possibly be a carrier voltage and all relays have tested good but are not switching when Saturn LCD commands it.

    I have looked at DMX Gateway tech sheets but it doesn't mention the led light or network voltage.

    Thank you in advance.
     
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    Paulypaul

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    Appologies, it was ment to say at the start, great forum, full of knowledge and experience
     
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    Hi Paul,

    First of all Welcome!

    In this I am presuming you are a little familiar with C-Bus in general.

    So just to answer your direct questions first:

    Indicator - yes it is supposed to alternate orange and blue and that just means that it is outputting DMX

    DMX Voltage of 2.1 - This is about right, especially if all the 512 slots are pretty high in the packet.

    DMX is a streaming protocol with 512 'slots' or 'Addresses'. Your devices (relays/LED strip) will need to be addressed to one of those addresses for each parameter you need to control (ie a single relay would be one address, where as an RGB LED strip would be at least 3, one for each colour)

    This is then mapped to your C-Bus group addresses in the gateway. As a start, if you use toolkit to check what is set in the DMX gateway that should give you an idea of what the devices on that bus should be addresses to. Unfortunately I am not sure how you address or check Lutron devices, especially when working with DMX on them.

    If you are able to get your hands on a DMX dongle for your computer or ect, you could very quickly flash out the full 512 addresses and try and find them that way.

    Hopefully this helps a little and if you are in Sydney and do need a hand with it, I have loads of DMX test gear that we could work something out with if needed. Just drop me an email!
     
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    Thank you for the reply jboer and thank you for the offer of help. Unfortunately I live in UK and I wished I lived in sydney :)
    I was afraid it might be an addressing issue, I will look at the toolkit software and see what's assigned to what and go from there.
    Really appreciate your feedback again jboer, cheers
     
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    Hi Paul,

    We are Uk based and may be able to help you.

    Where in the UK are you, or drop me a pm
     
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