ENTTEC’s ELM software outputs the following protocols:
- Art-Net is the most lightweight DMX over Ethernet protocol when unicasting to individual devices. You can also enable Art-Sync to avoid tearing in content.
- sACN makes sending data to multiple devices simple with inbuilt multicast discovery, sACN Sync and priority packet.
- KiNet protocol is used to control Philips Color Kinetics lighting fixtures.
Mixing Output Protocols
There isn’t an issue with mixing protocols; ELM supports multiple protocols simultaneously over the same adaptor.
As the different protocols have their sync packets, you won't have a method of ensuring DMX or pixel output is sent out of your entire system (i.e. DMX nodes) at the precise same time. In the worst case, you'll see a frame or so diffrence - equating to a fraction of a second total.
From the screenshot below taken from the KiNet window on ELM, note that the left value is the internal ELM Universe number, the middle value is the IP address (it is recommended to unicast to a device over broadcasting) and on the right is the KiNet devices port number.
The limit of 16 that you are seeing is that KiNet limit their devices to only being able to output 16 Universes per device. You can patch beyond this by setting the other devices IP address within the middle box and adding in the other devices Port number.
In the example below, I have patched 4 KiNet devices each with a different number of ports (universes they can output).
- 10.0.0.1 is a 12 port device
- 10.0.0.2 is a 10 port device
- 10.0.0.3 is a 8 port device
- 10.0.0.4 is a 16 port device
On the table within the KiNet window of ELM, you set the IP address of the device you are sending to along with the port number it is outputting to. For example, ELM Universe 28 is being sent to 10.0.0.3 on port (output number) 6.