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    Automated Home Jr Member Gangsta's Avatar
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    DMX Doesn't require a PC for operation, im just using one just now because it it is convienent whilst I add features. There is no reason why it could not be programmed into a microprocessor (the same as inside the various parts you mentioned) The switches/controllers etc communicate via TCP/IP which is one of the most reliable forms of communication availaible.

    The only single point failure that would bring down my system is the TCP > DMX bridge, and even at that - I would only lose the channels on that dimmer pack. So a bit a forethought (Dividing the lights in each room between the various dimmers) would mitigate that.

    It really does seem to me that brand advertising works on you though, as you have dropped the names of many systems, yet I have not seen a single feature on any of there systems that cannot be replicated on mine with just as much/or better reliablility.

    And if I want more reliability, I can split the system into even smaller chunks, i could add in quad redundancy to every device in the TCP -> DMX chain and it would still cost less that a single 'branded' lightswitch. Just because something is expensive doesn't mean that its good, and just because something is inexpensive doesn;t mean its bad. Remember most of these commercial designs are cheap, made in china, with a fancy badge and a HUGE profit margin.

    on a side note:- the Zero88 gear rocks, its a Zero88 48/96 channel board and Zero88 dimmers we use, although on fast scene changes it can be a bit harsh (especially if lots of channels are in use)

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    Automated Home Guru FrankMcAlinden's Avatar
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    Hi Graham

    Should have a look at Lehanes setup ...He uses DMX for his HA Lighting and rgbled lighting...
    quite impressive i think....

    http://honeycottage.mm-wave.com/hahome.htm

    HTH
    Frank
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    This may also provide some interesting reading for you, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/homevi.../message/10830

    Also the HV controller does have a Flash based control interface available for download from www.cs3.com . It does requires a bit of setting up. And of course you need a browser to use it.
    Looking forward to reading your article Gangsta.
    IF YOU CAN'T FIX IT WITH A HAMMER, YOU'VE GOT AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM.
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