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The S16 can not get connection with X32, AES50 ports is failing? two of them?

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Dakai Sun:

--- Quote from: Tim McCulloch on February 16, 2023, 09:20:58 AM ---Well, from your description it looks like the AES50 port has failed.  Perhaps your friend plugged in a PoE switch to the AES50 port instead of the "remote" RJ45.  There have been some reports of the ports failing without extra "help", too.

The only way to check your S16 is to plug it into a known-working X/M32. 

Good luck, Dakai.

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Thank you !
Could we repair this by ourself?
How can we fix this?
Is there any solution from behringer? Since it is a common evil problem, why is it easy to break?

Debbie Dunkley:

--- Quote from: Dakai Sun on February 13, 2023, 01:13:14 AM ---Hello friends:

Could some one can help me,

Can the interface AES50 ports be damaged?
Got static electricity on your hands? Plugged in by mistake? Or plugged into the wrong port?
Since this happened in this venue, is there any possibility that the power in the ballroom area is unstable, or the damage caused by electromagnetic interference?
Has some one experienced this situation?

Now all cable worked before now can not get connection from X32 to S16

Two ports damaged at same show?
Can the interface be damaged so easily?

We used the X32 and S16 about 4 years already, first time encountering this situation

The situation is this:
On our last SHOW setup time, When I plugin to AES50 A port, No thing show up on my x32,
We changed to AES50 B, shows a red lights, after I set the AES50 b let it worked as the light is green, I want to try AES50 A again, got nothing ,then back to AES50 B, this time also got nothing.
We try 3 cables, no a cable issue
I reset to factory setting, neither work.
After this I think the AES50 ports are failed. but do not know on X32 or S16




Please Help!

Thanks

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I use Allen & Heath mixing products.
About 3 years ago, I went to run sound at a show using my QU PAC (Rack mount mixer). I attempted to get connection with my iPad and after many failed attempts and switching out of cables and iPads, I decided to abandon and sit stage side mixing with the limited access the QU PAC
offers. I didn't have a mixer with faders with me. It was miserable mixing that way BUT at least the QU PAC offers some 'mixing on the fly' features as it has a screen ......
Anyway, the next day I checked the ethernet port in the back of the QU PAC and using a flashlight and magnifying glasses, I could see one of the pins was crooked. The week before, I had used the mixer to record some drum tracks and I recalled accidentally trying to push the usb B cable into the ethernet port by mistake by not looking closely enough. Didn't think anything of it till now. I hadn't pushed in very hard at all before I realized it didn't fit. Seems it doesn't take a lot to bend those little pins.....
Anyway, I used a pair of fine nose needle pliers to gently pop the pin back into place and I have been using the QU PAC remotely ever since without any issues.
Hope this helps......

Erik Jerde:

--- Quote from: Dakai Sun on February 16, 2023, 11:12:05 AM ---Since it is a common evil problem, why is it easy to break?

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The general consensus from people who know more about these things than I do is that Behringer cut corners on the AES50 port circuit design.  Combine this with a physical connection that gets used for a lot of different and incompatible things and you’ve got a recipe for broken stuff.

Erik Jerde:

--- Quote from: Dakai Sun on February 16, 2023, 11:12:05 AM ---Since it is a common evil problem, why is it easy to break?

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The general consensus from people who know more about these things than I do is that Behringer cut corners on the AES50 port circuit design.  Combine this with a physical connection that gets used for a lot of different and incompatible things and you’ve got a recipe for broken stuff.

Brian Jojade:
If you look at the little yellow sticker under the AES jacks, it clearly states SHIELDED CABLE (STP) ONLY.  It's also strongly recommended to use Ethercon connectors instead of just raw RJ45's.

Without the shielding, the AES port becomes EXTREMELY sensitive to external interference.

Just because the cable has been working fine before doesn't mean something didn't go wrong.  there have been countless posts discussing what is good practice for AES cables.  Lots of stuff 'works' - until it doesn't.

For troubleshooting this, you have 3 possible sources of the problem. 

1. The cable is bad.  Find a shielded Ethercon cable to swap out.  This is the cheapest and easiest fix.  I'm leaning towards this, since you said you changed the connection and it worked for a little bit before failing.

2. The S16 ports are bad.  Possibility because you plugged it into both ports on the X32 and got failures.  It's possible that the S16 has failed in some way that it's taking out the other ports when you use it.

3. The X32 ports have failed.  As others stated, this certainly can happen.  I had AES50 ports blown by a lightning strike nearby an AES50 cable when the mixer wasn't even powered on.  Having them both fail though seems like an external cause since they are separate circuits in the unit.

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