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Ade Morris:
Right. Here goes. Newbie/Green horn alert.
I have 4 par 64 cans which I want to daisy chain. I am NOT using a controller so wish to use master/slave set up.
Having read numerous forums and watched coutless Youtube video's, I am still no nearer understanding dip switch settings.
I have 2 Ledj par64's and 2 of unknown origin. The 2 Ledj's i have found will work on dropping pin 10 to work as slave units but the other 2 are wierd. I can get them to work as a master/slave pair but both have to have pins 1-4 and 9 dropped and the slave has 10 dropped.
It is my understanding that the master has all the settings on it, ie pins 1-4 dropped and the slaves just have pin 10 dropped but this does not work.
Am I missing something here and please dont baffle me with 512-64 because all that calculation stuff just bounces off me and falls on the floor.
i am a mechanical engineer so things that do stuff without movement is witchcraft.

Taylor Hall:
Unfortunately, not all fixtures are created equal, especially where dip switches are concerned. What you really need is the user manual for your specific fixture(s) so that you can know EXACTLY how to configure them. We've had some fixtures where flipping 10 puts them into sound reactive mode, others have it switch between master/slave with another switch, etc etc.

It seems you're going in the right direction, it's basically trial and error until you find the combo of switches that works without the manual. It's also worth considering getting entirely new fixtures as there are numerous models on the market that eschew the dip switch setup in favor of an LCD display. Parts Express has one that would replace all 4 for under $200, but 'big names' would run you about $90 per fixture. Food for thought.

Ade Morris:
Thanks. I'll just keep fiddlin. You would have thought that dmx was dmx all over.

Jay Barracato:

--- Quote from: Ade Morris on May 21, 2019, 01:24:18 pm ---Thanks. I'll just keep fiddlin. You would have thought that dmx was dmx all over.

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All dmx does is send a value (0-255) to an address (1-512). It is up to the fixture to decide what to do with the value.

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Dave Garoutte:

--- Quote from: Ade Morris on May 21, 2019, 01:24:18 pm ---Thanks. I'll just keep fiddlin. You would have thought that dmx was dmx all over.

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It is.
The DIP switches access the specific features of the fixture, some of which are controlled by DMX.

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