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Running Legacy RS485 Light-o-Rama Controllers and RS485 Based DMX (E1.11) and Ethernet Based (E1.31) DMX Controllers Together
Last Updated: 07/13/2017
If you have an existing LOR network or controllers and would like to integrate modern, standards based controllers into that network, this page shows a variety of different options available to you.

NOTE: If you have an LOR "Director", please see this article.

  • LOR Controllers (LOR Protocol over RS485) + E1.31 DMX Pixel Controllers (DMX Protocol over Ethernet) (Preferred / Easiest)
    • PROS: Easiest to setup since your existing LOR sequences do not need to be modified - just add the new DMX controllers to your existing sequences. No re-wiring or adaptors required.
    • CONS: Requires two separate network cables from your PC (Ethernet port on PC and LOR dongle).
    • HOW: You leave your entire LOR setup including your current LOR dongle(s) in place and then just add the E1.31 pixel controllers to your display
    • This diagram shows how the above method is commonly used. Your specific network may differ slightly:





  • LOR Controllers (LOR Protocol over RS485) + E1.11 DMX Controllers (Complex)
    • PROS: Easiest to setup since your existing LOR sequences do not need to be modified - just add the new DMX controllers to your existing sequences. No re-wiring or adapters required.
    • CONS: Requires two separate network cables from your PC (DMX dongle and LOR dongle). Requires the purchase of at least two dongles - one for DMX and one for LOR controllers (you may have more depending on the number of LOR and DMX controllers/channels).
    • HOW: You leave your entire LOR setup including your current LOR dongle(s) in place and then you add in a DMX output device (dongle):
      • ActiDongle - This dongle is used for customers that don't use an existing E1.31 controller that already has a "dongle" built in. It allows you to control up to 512 DMX channels. It plugs into the USB port on the computer and then has a CAT5 cable that goes out to the RS485 based DMX controllers (dumb and pixel based).
      • If using a AlphaPix controller as the DMX RS485 source, see this article for specific setup instructions.
      • This diagram shows how the above method is commonly used. Your specific network may differ slightly:


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