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Announcing a major upgrade to AL Ethernet gateways

Announcing a major upgrade to AL Ethernet gateways
Announcing a major upgrade to AL Ethernet gateways


Artistic Licence has announced that all its premium Ethernet gateways including artLynx quad, artLynx RJ45, dataLynx II and netLynx quad, now support multi-way protocol conversion. Each port can be optionally configured as a DMX input (previously they were outputs only). This enables the product to route, split or merge Art-Net, sACN and DMX/RDM data with massive flexibility, great news for any venue requiring a versatile and easily configurable lighting space.

As the inventors of Art-Net, AL always strives to ensure that Art-Net conversion products are the best on the market. This is never more so than with the latest firmware release, now shipping on all new product sales of artLynx quad/RJ45 (four universes, DIN rail), dataLynx II (12 universes, rack-mount) and netLynx quad (four universes desk/table-top). Also just launched is a four universe PCBA module, oemGate quad, for manufacturers wishing to incorporate the technology into their own products.

Already packed with premium features such as electrically protected outputs and support for the very latest protocols (including RDMnet LLRP), these products just took on a new dimension with the addition of DMX input support.

To put this into context, the gateways previously served to convert Art-Net or sACN into DMX/RDM. This is a very common scenario where lighting data is routed via network protocols (Art-Net or sACN), then turned into DMX control for moving lights, etc.

However, if a data port on the gateway can not only output DMX, but receive it as well, a wealth of new functionality is opened up.

Putting it simply, the comparison of product functionality goes as follows:

Before the upgrade:

  • Ethernet to DMX/RDM
  • Ethernet merger

After the upgrade:

  • Ethernet to DMX/RDM
  • DMX to Ethernet

  • DMX to DMX router

  • DMX to DMX splitter

  • DMX merger

  • DMX and Ethernet merger

  • Ethernet merger

Not all lighting desks and controllers generate Art-Net or sACN directly; there are many systems that output DMX only. For example, a theatre might have a main, Ethernet enabled console at one end of the building and a DMX desk located elsewhere to cater for different seating and stage configurations. Having a single gateway that can 'talk' directly to the console, the dimmers and the lights and process the data in whatever way is needed, be that conversion, routing, merging or splitting, gives huge flexibility to the venue's configuration options, not to mention the time and cost saving associated with a single, multi-purpose piece of kit.

All the gateways have an internal web browser page that enables simple and rapid configuration of the basic options. Artistic Licence has also spent a considerable amount of R&D time upgrading DMX-Workshop, its hugely popular free software application for lighting network management, analysis, configuration and diagnostics. It can be used in conjunction with any of the gateways to unlock their full potential, providing access to advanced configuration menus and extended functionality. We've written a new application note (0130 Gateway merging) to show how to use and configure the wide range of new merging options available.

Announcing a major upgrade to AL Ethernet gateways Announcing a major upgrade to AL Ethernet gateways

26th November 2019

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