ATTENTION! The information on this page is only applicable if you are running Light-O-Rama (LOR) controllers using LOR Network and LOR software. LOR controllers can be run using DMX but I am unaware of how to make that happen.
The LOR USB dongles convert the short-range USB output of the computer into the industry standard, long range RS485 protocol. They are used to communicate between the PC and LOR light controllers.
The information below describes the available LOR USB dongles.
This is the basic dongle. If you're running A/C 16 Channel controllers, this will do everything you need. NOTE: We own one of these dongles.
This is the choice when you plan to use the highest speed (500K) for your LOR network. If you're going to use Cosmic Color Devices, this is a smart choice. NOTE: We use one of these dongles in our show.
USB485 – Booster
This dongle has a built-in voltage booster that provides power for LOR accessories such as the RF-V4 wireless unit. NOTE: We use one of these donglesin our show.
A great thing about this dongle is the fact that it has two output RJ45 ports. That means from a single dongle/USB port you can split your network in two directions. I use this because my computer in in my garage and my driveway runs down the middle of my yard. Using this allows me to send a separate network cable to each half of the yard. It's still one LOR network but it doesn't have to cross the driveway.
The Light O Rama Repeater makes it possible to support an extremely large network of controllers. Or, a network that is not simply a wire running from one controller to the next in a daisy chain. Or, a combination of these. Please refer to the LOR site for more information.
This dongle completely isolates the PC's USB connection from the RS485 network. This can be important when you have multiple networks and each network is large. This dongle has a built-in voltage booster that provides power for LOR accessories such as the RF-V4 wireless unit. NOTE: We own one of these dongles.
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