Wired Control: sACN

sACN is an network based ethernet protocol used to control lighting fixtures. 

Control systems using sACN can be either multicast or unicast. Multicast systems do not require IP addresses on the fixtures to be known by the controller. Unicast systems require the fixture to have an IP address as well as a subnet mask since the controller is sending the information directly to the fixture. 

The default settings for Quasar Science fixtures is Multicast and DHCP enabled

To set up the fixture to using sACN Multicast-

  1. Go to Config->Wired Settings->Wired Mode and set the light to sACN.  
  2. Go to Config->Ethernet Settings->Universe
    Set the fixture to the universe it is patched to
  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 lighting control network
  6. Profit!!!

To set up the fixture to using sACN Unicast-

  1. Go to Config->Wired Settings->Wired Mode and set the light to sACN.  
  2. Go to Config->Ethernet Settings->Multicast->disabled
    The fixture is now in Unicast mode and the controller needs to know the IP address for the fixture
  3. 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->Universe
    Set the fixture to the universe it is patched to
  5. Go to Config->Ethernet Settings->DMX Channel
    Set the DMX Address the fixture is patched to
  6. Connect the fixture to the lighting control network
  7. Profit!!!

sACN

An additional option for Quasar Science fixtures receiving sACN is Node Mode which allows the LAN 2 port of the fixture to output DMX.

When the light is set to sACN, it will not respond to DMX. 

sACN uses Universe 1 as the first Universe of DMX that it transmits. This should be noted when using sACN.

The Universe field on the display will flash if the fixture is set to a universe not being transmitted.

The wired network substatus screen will become enabled when the fixture is set to recieve data via network.

The LAN 2 port on Quasar Science Double Rainbows can act as a network switch and retransmit network traffic that the fixture receives

The LAN 2 port on Quasar Science Rainbow 2's do not act as a network switch and will NOT retransmit network traffic.