Connecting Blackout Art-Net over Wi-Fi network

Art-Net over Wi-Fi: Tablet -> Wi-Fi -> Router -> Wi-Fi -> RR-R2 Wired Art-Net: Tablet -> Wi-Fi -> Router -> cat5 -> RR-R2

There are a number of tablet-based apps that will transmit Art-net over Wi-Fi.  These systems allow for control of fixtures and freedom of movement for the user. While each application's setup requirements may differ, they all have a number of common settings that will be required.

One way to set up this system is to have both the tablet and the Quasar science fixture connect to a Wi-Fi network using a wireless access point. This network will need a DHCP server handing out IP addresses on it.


To connect the Quasar Science fixture to an existing wifi network

  1. Set the Wireless mode to Config->Wireless Mode->WiFi
    ***In this mode the WiFi Settings menu is active
  2. Configure the fixture to join a Wi-Fi network. Go to Config->Wireless Settings->WiFi Mode->Client
  3. Select the Wi-Fi network you would like to join. Go to Config->Wireless Settings->WiFi Settings->Set Network. The status LEDs will flash as the fixture scans for the wireless networks and displays them in order of signal strength
  4. Use the Left Arrow and Right Arrow arrows to scroll through the listed networks and Enter to select. 
  5. Use the Left Arrow and Right Arrow arrows to scroll letters and numbers to set the network Password.
  6. Use the Enter to advance the cursor. 
  7. Press and hold Enter after entering the last character in the password.
  8. The Wifi Status Screen will display the name of the W-Fi network the fixture has joined. If there is a controller broadcasting Art-Net the status LEDs on the fixture will be Data = Yellow, WiFi = Magenta.

To connect the Tablet to an existing wifi network

  1. Open Settings->WiFi
  2. Select the Wi-Fi network and enter the password
  3. Launch the control app. In this case it will be Blackout
  4. In the App, load your project and open the left tab of the Blackout interface
  5. Select Link Status. This opens up the Link Status windowBlackout Connection Wifi
  6. Select Art-Net as the Output Protocol. 
  7. In the Offset field select the universes of the fixtures to transmitted
    Blackout defaults to Broadcast Art-Net. For more information about this see this article.
  8. Once Blackout is connected, the Wireless Status Light will be purple and Data Status Light will be Yellow. Unless the Status Lights have been turned off

Another way to set up this system is to have the tablet connect the network using Wi-Fi and the Quasar Science fixture connect to the network using cat6 cable and a switch.

To set up the fixture to using Art-Net Broadcast:

  1. Go to Config->Wired Settings->Wired Mode and set the light to Art-Net.  
  2. Go to Config->Ethernet Settings->Universe
    Set the fixture to the universe it is patched to. Art-Net Offsets the universe by -1 so for a fixture patched in Universe 1 set this to Uni 0 on the fixture.
  3. Optional Config->Ethernet Settings->IP Add Mode->Static
    The user will can now set the IP and subnet mask of the fixture in the ethernet settings menu. Detailed instructions can be found here
  4. Go to Config->Ethernet Settings->DMX Channel
    Set the DMX Address the fixture is patched to
  5. Connect the fixture to the control network using a Cat5 cable. 

To connect the Tablet to an existing wifi network

  1. Open Settings->WiFi
  2. Select the Wi-Fi network and enter the password
  3. Launch the control app. In this case it will be Blackout
  4. In the App, load your project and open the left tab of the Blackout interface
  5. Select Link Status. This opens up the Link Status windowBlackout Connection Wifi
  6. Select Art-Net as the Output Protocol. 
  7. In the Offset field select the universes of the fixtures to transmitted
    Blackout defaults to Broadcast Art-Net. For more information about this see this article.
  8. Once Blackout is connected, the Wireless Status Light will be purple and Data Status Light will be Yellow. Unless the Status Lights have been turned off in the menu.