Note that cable will vary based on specific controller and customer requirements. All HolidayCoro RS485 DMX based controllers work fine with CAT5 cable.
RS485 based / DMX 1990 Controller
Software application that outputs E1.31 data
Here is a diagram that shows the basic setup method:
Setup process for standard DMX E1.11 controllers:
Wire positive (+) and negative (-) wires from DMX controller to the corresponding connection point on the AlphaPix RS485 plug.
The AlphaPix controller has each wire type marked on the controller itself
It is not normally necessary to connect the third wire labelled "ground" or "GND"
It is not normally necessary to use a terminator
DMX + wires to the Orange+White Wire (pin 1)
DMX - wires to the solid Orange Wire (pin 2)
All remaining wires are not connected
Configure E1.11 DMX controller to DMX start address 1 (advanced users may need to configure a different address). Typically this will involve setting a DIP switch, if so, see our DIP switch chart page.
On the AlphaPix controller, using the web interface, configure the DMX universe(s) for the selected RS485 output. Typically this universe number will be unique from any configured for the SPI outputs, if you are unsure, enter 99 for the universe.
Ensure that the "Enable" check box is selected for the given RS485 output
Configure your sequencing application to output data to the E1.31 universe (e.g. 99) and configure the DMX start address as "1". This will vary by sequencing application, if you are unsure, contact your sequencing application vendor.
Add additional channels or "controllers" as needed to cover all the DMX channels used on your controller (e.g. 3, 27, 30, etc).
Setup process for Light-o-Rama RS485 Based controllers (CTB16, CMB24D, etc)
Hook a standard CAT5 cable up to the LOR controller's CAT5 jack
Cut the connector off the opposing end of the CAT5 cable to expose the 8 CAT5 cable wires
Strip off the plastic wire sheeth of the blue and blue/white wires
Connect the solid blue wire to the "DMX +" connection on the AlphaPix (see diagram below)
Connect the blue/white striped wire to the "DMX -" connection on the AlphaPix (see diagram below)