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CLEARANCE: ActiDongle (tm) - Active DMX Dongle (Enttec Pro Compatible) - V2
PRODUCT PHOTO: ActiDongle (tm) - Active DMX Dongle (Enttec Pro Compatible) - V2

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Our Price: $65.49
Excluding Optional Support

Availability / Ships: Same Day / Delivery Times
Product Code: 53

Setup and Troubleshooting Assistance

Regular Support (via E-Mail) - Included With Dongle Purchase
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CAT5 Ethernet and Long Range Data Signal Cable

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10 Foot / 3 Meters Green CAT5 Data Cable for Data Signal [Add $3.49]
25 Foot / 7.6 Meter Green CAT5 Data Cable for Data Signal [Add $5.49]
50 Foot / 15 Meter Green CAT5 Data Cable for Data Signal [Add $8.99]
100 Foot / 30 Meter Green CAT5 Data Cable for Data Signal [Add $18.99]
200 Foot / 60 Meter Green CAT5 Data Cable for Data Signal [Add $42.99]
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[Product Description Page] [FAQ & Documentation Page]

This "dongle" is perfect if you want to use a RS485 based DMX device with any popular sequencing applications such as LOR S3 Advanced, Vixen, LightShow Pro, Light Factory, xLights and more. NOTE: This product will NOT "program" items #26 & #30, it is intended only for DMX output. This product not required for operation of the AlphaPix or other E1.31 based pixel controllers.

Hands on with the ActiDongle
Configuring LOR S3 with the ActiDongle
NOTE: Dongle will not show up as ENTTECPRO but
instead will appear with a
random name such as A7WHF91Y
Configuring/Testing using xLights
and the ActiDongle
What about Multiple Universes?
Product Features
  • General Product Information
    • Outputs DMX signals from popular sequencing applications and lighting deck programs for Windows PC's or Macintosh PC's (USB port required)
    • Compatible with the Enttec Pro (excludes two-way RDM which is not used in Holiday Lighting controllers)
    • Great for use in distributed controller elements
    • Features user replaceable/up-gradable PIC/CPU and 485 chips for cases of damage (excessive voltage / mis-wiring)
    • Full isolation (galvanic) for power surges originating from DMX output line to protect the host PC
    • RJ45 output allows direct to CAT5 cabling (pin out printed on top of unit)
    • XLR3 pin output commonly used on DJ hardware (pin out printed on top of unit)
    • “Active”, “Smart”, “Pro” output reduces the load on your PC for DMX output
    • One full universe per dongle (512 channels). More than one dongle can be used on a PC for additional universes/channels (see the video on this page for multi-universe setup)
    • Status lights for DMX and power
    • DMX keep-alive signal generates DMX output when not receiving input
    • NOTE: If you have a need for more than 2 universes of DMX (two ActiDongles) on a single computer, please contact us as other products maybe better suited to your display.
  • Included, optional and customer supplied items
    • Items included with this item/product/bundle:
      • One DMX dongle
      • One USB “A” (computer end) to “B” (dongle end) cable – 4ft length
    • Required items for operation:
      • Sequencing software:
      • Does not work with the following applications (based on customer feedback):
      • PC with free USB port (we do not recommend using USB hubs)
      • Drivers for dongle - Normally Microsoft Windows will setup the drivers without additional download but if for some reason this doesn't work, the drivers can be downloaded from FTDI.
      • DMX Controller or DMX Device to be controlled (pixel and dumb)
      • CAT5 or XLR cable from dongle output to controller
  • Assembly
  • Technical Specifications
    • Color: Silver (case), black (cable)
    • CPU/PIC: Amtel AVR (socketed)
    • Dimensions & Weight
      • Complete product (overall)
        • Per: .12 pounds
        • Height: 1.4”
        • Width/Length: 6”
        • Depth: 2.6”
    • Temperature Range
      • Operation: 33 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit
      • Storage: -0 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Material Composition
      • Case: Extruded Aluminum
    • County of Origin
      • Materials/parts: China / Japan / USA
      • Assembly: China
      • Design: China / USA
    • Certifications & Approvals
      • Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Certified/Recognized/Approved: No / NA
      • CE: No
      • ROHS (Lead Free): No
  • Power / Signal / Wiring
    • DMX Output (see our Knowledge Base for wiring details)
      • Protocol: DMX512/1990 (DMX Channels 1 to 512)
        • Default break time: 190 uSec
        • Default Make After Break: 16 uSec
        • Default refresh rate: 40Hz (no delay)
      • Signal Output (both plugs): RS-485
      • Both CAT5 and XLR plugs have seperate RS485 chips allowing simultanious DMX output from both plugs (seperate networks, same universe)
      • CAT5:
        • PIN 1 (White/Orange): RS-485 Negative
        • PIN 2 (Solid Orange): RS-485 Positive
        • PIN 8 (Brown): RS-485 Ground (not always required)
      • XLR 3 PIN
        • PIN 1: RS-485 Ground
        • PIN 2: RS-485 Negative
        • PIN 3: RS-485 Positive
    • Status Lights
      • Yellow/Amber: Indicates that USB power has been applied. This light should normally be solid or on all the time when powered up properly.
      • Green: Indicates that DMX output is being generated. This is normal for the green light to flash without a signal from the application as the Actidongle outputs a DMX "keep alive" signal.
  • Warranty & Support
    • Warranty period
    • Support
      • Varies by customer choice (see product options above)
  • Customization: Yes, minimum order of 100
  • Product Revision history
    • Version 1.1: Updated case, status lights added and switched to RJ45 output, added XLR output

Average Rating: Average Rating: 5 of 5 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 79 Write a review »

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 ActiDongle October 9, 2021
Reviewer: Charles Johnson from WASILLA, AK United States  
Got 6 years out of the old dongle, I ended up replacing to keep my props running.

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5 of 5 April 20, 2021
Reviewer: Mike Weeks from Pensacola, FL United States  

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5 of 5 2nd Dongle July 15, 2019
Reviewer: scott Bialas from Des Plaines, IL United States  
So this is my 2nd Dongle I have purchased. You might think its because the 1st broke or was defected. Nope. This is just a backup. The 1st is still working and I have used the heck out of it. My kids have dropped it, wife has just disconnected it. I would recommend this item.

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5 of 5 Dmx dongle January 22, 2019
Reviewer: Robert Schneider from Victorville, CA United States  
Had to get drivers off inter net using old xp laptop. But have it working now
First time nuwbe.

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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
4 of 5 Product works very well, got hung up on install January 9, 2019
Reviewer: Hugh Curley from Berthoud, CO United States  
The ActiDongle arrived quickly and it works well. Looks robust and clean also.

The install did not work and the information provided on the Holidaycoro web site did not provide any help in troubleshooting. I sent in an e-mail and got back a youtube video that I followed and everything covered in the video worked, but the lights still did not work. I called for help and you phone tech support found the configuration problem on my computer comm port (2 devices showed up as Enttec Pro and I had selected the wrong one. BTW I only have one Enttec Pro device). He fixed it.

I have been using Holidaycoro for five years now and will continue to use them. I am very satisfied

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