RTX1 configuration

with Luminair 3 and Rayzr MC

  1. RTX1 router and lights connect automatically in their standard configuration

  2. Connect mobile device to RTX1 access point (details on the back of the RTX1)

  3. Set Remote DMX address in your fixture. Make sure remote is enabled.

  4. Set light to a lighting submenu like HSI mode for example as in the main menu signals are being ignored.

  5. Configure your Art-Net software of choice with the DMX guide of your fixture. Setup DMX channels according to the DMX guide and select a DMX starting address identical to the one set in the fixture you want to control (step 3).

  6. Control your light by making adjustments in your Art-Net software.

Configuration of the RTX1 router with Art-Net

 

The RTX1 router is an Art-Net capable router to control compatible lights wirelessly by Art-Net compatible software. In this guide we will do a sample configuration with a Rayzr MC panel, an iPad with iOS and Luminair 3.

 

Connection between router and lighting fixture

 

In the standard configuration the router and fixture find each other automatically and no settings need to be adjusted. If you suspect there is a problem with the connection please check the firmware version of the light (you can find it under the settings menu) and ensure it supports the RTX1 router.

 

Connecting to the router with your mobile device

 

When the router is powered on it creates a wireless access point that you can connect to with your mobile device through the WLAN search. To connect you find the access point name and password on the backside of the RTX1. Confirm in case your mobile asks you to use the access point even though it does not provide internet connectivity.

 

Basics of DMX and Art-Net

 

Art-Net is an implementation of DMX512A over IP packets, for example WLAN. When your mobile device is connected to the RTX1 router any Art-Net capable software can send out Art-Net packages containing DMX data and the RTX1 router translates them to control the lighting fixture.

 

After your mobile device is connected to the RTX1 access point everything is ready to be used and further configuration depends on the specific software used for the DMX setup.

 

In this guide we use Luminair 3 for a sample configuration. Again the basic settings for Luminair 3 work with the RTX1 router so that we can directly dive into the setup of a DMX profile of the Rayzr MC panel.

We create a profile to control the Rayzr MC panel in HSI mode. Profiles for other modes can be created accordingly. Refer to the DMX manual of the lights manufacturer for guidance on how to setup the DMX profile.

 

Below extracts from the Rayzr MC DMX manual. The first DMX / Remote channel the fixture us set to controls the mode of the light. As we want to make a profile for HSI mode we check the HSI section.

In HSI mode the Rayzr MC uses 5 DMX channels, the first for “Mode”, which would have to be set to a DMX value between 40-49 to set it to HSI mode, second channel to set the “Dimming Curve”, third for “Intensity”, forth for “Hue” and the fifth channel for “Saturation”.

 

In Luminair 3 you start creating a DMX fixture profile for the Rayzr MC HSI Mode. Click the + on the top left corner and select DMX Fixture.

Create a profile

HSI Mode needs 5 DMX channels according to the DMX manual of the Rayzr MC.

Give the profile a manufacturer name

as well as a model name (include the mode in the name).

Create another channel for “Dimming Curve” accordingly.

Name the first DMX channel according to the Rayzr MC DMX manual, select Power channel for it. Give it the Value 45 so that it automatically has that value to be set to HSI mode when you create this type of fixture in a project.

The next three channels are a special type, select type HSI Intensity for channel 3, HSI Hue for channel 4 and HSI Saturation for channel 5.

Confirm your channels, here you can also go back to verify your settings and make adjustments.

After you create the profile you can directly add it to the current project to test it, confirm by YES.

Adding a fixture Luminair 3 asks you for the starting DMX channel, set this to the same as you set the remote DMX channel in your fixture under remote settings.

And this is how it looks like after you added your fixture, on the top left you can see the profile name of the fixture “MC HSI mode 5Ch” and you see a group of three faders, a Mode fader set to 45 / HSI, a Dimming Curve fader set to 0, which corresponds to Linear and a special HSI Color Fader, which is dimmed initially.

You can turn this fader up to light up the fixture.

Clicking on the top right circle above the fader you can access the HSI Color menu with a color wheel to visually select a color / saturation and a brightness fader on top of it. HSI values are being shown on top.

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