Art-Net [DMX Over Ethernet]

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Network Equipment
Step-By-Step Configuration
Art-Net Device Settings
Additional Functionality
Important Information




Art-Net Logo

Art-Net is a communication protocol that allows to distribute DMX512 data over Ethernet network [DMX over Ethernet].
Art-Net has been invented by Artistic Licence and has now been published into the public domain. Often, so-called Art-Net nodes then act as Ethernet to DMX512 converters and hardware interfaces. Especially, long distances can be covered using Ethernet cabling.

MADRIX is compatible with

Art-Net I
Art-Net II
Art-Net 3
Art-Net 4


MADRIX supports all devices that are fully compatible with Art-Net.
- You can use Art-Net nodes either as output or input devices.



Network Equipment

It is highly recommended to only use Gigabit Ethernet network components [such as network card, switches, network cabling, etc].



Step-By-Step Configuration

1] Set up the correct network settings in Windows.

2] Activate Art-Net in MADRIX.

3A] Add your Art-Net devices automatically.

3B] Add your Art-Net devices manually.

4] Edit the settings of your devices.

5] Activate your devices.

6] Assign the correct DMX universes.

7] Set up the Frame Time.

8] Choose to send optimized frames or full frames.


Repeat steps 4] to 8] for each of your devices.


1] Windows Network Settings

Art-Net is a network-based protocol. MADRIX will use the network card of your computer to send data.

It is required to set up the correct network settings in Windows, first.
You must use these IP address and Subnet mask settings. Otherwise, Art-Net might not work!
The IP addresses of your computer and your Art-Net devices need to be different.
Set up an individual IP address in the following IP address range:
- ... or
- ...
Set up the corresponding Subnet mask
Restart MADRIX, if you have changed the network settings in Windows while MADRIX was running.
Check the settings of the Windows Firewall. Learn more »Tips [Microsoft Windows / Networks / USB]
Example for PCs that are running MADRIX:

Windows TCP/IP Configuration

Please remember to restart MADRIX, if you have changed the network settings in Windows while MADRIX was running.


2] Activating Art-Net In MADRIX

Go to the menu Preferences > Device Manager... > Art-Net
[Keyboard shortcut: F4 > Art-Net]
Activate the checkbox Enable [in the upper, right corner].



3A] Adding Devices Automatically

MADRIX can automatically add devices using the ArtPoll Reply functionality if supported by the Art-Net device.

[MADRIX will automatically search the network for connected Art-Net devices. MADRIX will scan even across multiple network cards. Devices that are found will appear in the list.]
[Please make sure that your devices also have the correct network settings.]


3B] Adding Devices Manually

Some interfaces might not support ArtPoll Reply in order to add them automatically. Then, you need to add your devices manually.

A new window will open.

Create New Art-Net Device

Port Type - Choose Output.
Number Of New Devices - Enter the number of devices you wish to add.
Port Count Per Device - Enter the number of ports each newly created device should have. Per device a maximum number of 4 ports is available.
- In order to create an 8-port node, set up 2 devices with 4 ports each. In most cases the same IP address should be entered then for both devices.
Send Via Unicast Mode - Activates Unicast Mode for all newly created output devices.
Send Full Frames - Activate this option if output devices should always send a single data frame including a full number of 512 channels. If this option is disabled, MADRIX will automatically send optimized frames that reduce network traffic. Learn more below.


4] Device Settings

Select your device in the list.
A new window will open [Art-Net Device Configuration].

Art-Net Device Configuration

Set up specific settings for your device. The following settings are available [this depends if the device was added automatically or manually]:

Short Name - Represents a short description of your device.
Long Name - Represents a long description of your device.
LED Status Indicators - Allows you to switch of all LED status indicators of a device if supported by the device via Mute [ArtAddress needs to be enabled first in MADRIX.]
Port Count - Represents the number of ports for this particular device.
State - Displays if the ports have been activated under Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices. Learn more below.
Universe Port OUT - Defines the general allocation of DMX universe and device port for output. E.g., the fourth DMX universe is sent to port 4. [When changing one value, you can quickly adjust all values linearly increasing or decreasing them via the appearing button, 1 - 4, for example.]
Send Broadcast Mode - Activates Broadcast Mode. Learn more below.
Network - Defines the network card that is used for Broadcast Mode. Learn more below.
Send Unicast Mode - Activates Unicast Mode. Learn more below.
IP Address - Defines the IP address of the Art-Net device when data is sent via Unicast Mode.


5] Activating Devices

Each of your Art-Net devices need to be activated.

Go to the menu Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices
[Keyboard shortcut: F4]
Select your devices in the list.
Activate Enable
Activate Output
Click Apply


6] DMX Universe

Make sure that your device is still selected under Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices
Set up Universe
- Enter the specific DMX universe number
This setting assigns a specific DMX universe [of the Patch] to the device or the port of the device.
Make sure the correct universe is assigned according to your requirements.
Learn more »Glossary
Click Apply


7] Frame Time

Make sure that your device is still selected under Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices
Set up Frame Time (ms)
- The Frame Time affects the Frame Rate. The Frame Rate specifies how fast data is sent to the device or received from it [Frames Per Second; FPS].
- Increase the Frame Time in order to decrease the Frame Rate [e.g., 40ms = 25 FPS].
- Decrease the Frame Time in order to increase the Frame Rate [e.g., 20ms = 50 FPS].
- The default value is 30 ms / 33.3 FPS.
- Some LED fixtures might have problems with a high Frame Rate. Then, it is recommended to increase the Frame Time / to decrease the Frame Rate.
Click Apply


8] Optimized Frames Or Full Frames

Make sure that your device is still selected under Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices
Activate or deactivate Send Full Frames
- Per DMX512 standard, MADRIX only sends the number of DMX channels that is configured. For example, if you are using 312 DMX channels on a DMX universe, only 312 DMX channels will be sent with every single frame on this universe [Optimized Frames].
- Activate Send Full Frames if devices should always send full frames on a particular universe, instead of optimized frames. Sending full frames means that always the full 512 DMX channels of a DMX universe will be sent with every frame [even when you are using less than 512 channels].
- Activating Send Full Frames is recommended if problems with the data output of your devices occur.
Click Apply



Art-Net Device Settings

It is very important to set up the correct settings of your devices!


Broadcast Mode Or Unicast Mode

MADRIX can send Art-Net data in 2 ways to your Art-Net devices:

Broadcast Mode - Means that every packet sent from a single transmitter will be received by all recipients in the network. MADRIX will send data to all devices in the network.
- Advantage: The same data [e.g., DMX universe 1 and 2] can be made available at different points of your setup.
- Disadvantage: A potentially huge number of data packages will be sent over the network. This can reduce the overall network performance and cause data issues or instability.
Unicast Mode - Means that the specific data will only be sent to the specified recipient.
- Advantage: Data traffic is reduced immensely, which means that a larger number of Art-Net devices can be used in one network. Reduced network traffic increases the performance and stability.
- Disadvantage: The network settings of all devices need to be 100% correct.


Go to the menu Preferences > Device Manager... > Art-Net
[Keyboard shortcut: F4 > Art-Net]
Select your device in the list.
A new window will open.
A] Choose Send Unicast Mode to activate Unicast Mode:
- Make sure to enter the correct IP Address of your device that should receive the Art-Net data.
- MADRIX will send the corresponding data only to this device.
B] Choose Send Broadcast Mode to activate Broadcast Mode:
- Make sure to select the correct Network card of your computer that should send the Art-Net data.
- MADRIX will send data to the whole Art-Net network.
Click Apply


Unicast Mode is recommended in general.


Sync Mode

Sync Button

ArtSync - Allows you to activate or deactivate the usage of synchronisation commands/packages for Art-Net.
- Your Art-Net devices need to support this feature in order for it to work correctly.
- All MADRIX hardware Art-Net nodes support ArtSync.
- Sync packages will be sent to all network cards for which corresponding Art-Net nodes are created in the MADRIX Software.

In addition, you can choose between Post-Sync [default] and Pre-Sync. By default, the sync data is sent after the color data. Pre-Sync would send it before the color data.

Before activating sync, make sure that all activated Art-Net devices are available in your network! Else, the frame rate of Art-Net might drop. If you are not sure, do not enable any sync mode.



MAC To IP Conversion

MAC To IPMAC To IP - Allows you to includes a tool to convert MAC addresses to IP addresses, and vice versa.


Go to the menu Preferences > Device Manager... > Art-Net > > MAC To IP
A new window will open.
OEM Code - Choose the manufacturer of the device.
A] MAC Address - Enter the MAC address of the device and the tool automatically converts it into the correct IP address.
B] IP Address - Enter the IP address of the device and the tool automatically converts it into the correct MAC address.

MAC To IP Dialog



Additional Functionality

Managing Devices

Refresh Device List - Communicates with connected devices to see if there have been any changes to update them in MADRIX accordingly.

Duplicate Devices - Duplicates the selected devices to quickly add new similar devices.

Remove Devices - Removes the selected devices from the list. [Keyboard shortcut: Del / Delete]


Web Configuration

HTTP Configuration - Allows you to configure your Art-Net device remotely with the help of a web browser if this feature is supported by your device. If this feature is available, a new browser window will be opened using the specified IP address. This offers you access to the configuration of your Art-Net device. If this is not possible, a message box will be displayed in MADRIX.


Status Indicators [ArtAddress]

In order to use these features, please Enable ArtAddress first.
[Please make sure that your nodes fully support this Art-Net feature, such as MADRIX LUNA, MADRIX NEBULA, MADRIX PLEXUS, MADRIX STELLA, MADRIX ORION. You will also get notified by a message box. Confirm the message with OK or abort via Cancel.]

Highlight Device Button

Mute Status Indicators - Switches off and disables all built-in status indicators of a device over Art-Net [ArtAddress > AcLedMute].

Operate Status LEDs Normally - Allows the built-in status indicators of a device to operate normally again, after having them switched off [ArtAddress > AcLedNormal].

Highlight Device Button

Highlight Device - Activates the highlight mode [ArtAddress > AcLedLocate]. Select one or more interfaces and click the button. The corresponding status indicators of the selected interfaces will flash for a better identification or tests. This makes it easier to see them on site/stage. It considerably speeds up the procedure of programming or testing the selected interfaces.


DMX Watcher

DMX Watcher

DMX Watcher - Opens the DMX Watcher to monitor your DMX output or input.
Learn more »Tools


Resizing The Window

If wish to resize the window of the Device Manager to see more devices in the list, simply move your mouse pointer to the bottom of this window. Then, select the border and hold the left mouse button, while moving your mouse downwards.



Important Information

Remember to configure your light matrix. Learn more »Matrix Generator or »Patch Editor
Make sure to save your MADRIX Setup file after the configuration process.
Keep in mind that network devices, if activated, cause network traffic!
If you are using a network-based output protocol and if the Startup option Start MADRIX After Booting Windows is activated, it is highly recommended to also activate the Startup option Start With Timeout (s) with a value of 30.
When activating Art-Net, MADRIX will create a so-called shared socket and not an exclusive socket. Therefore, other software on the computer has the chance access Art-Net using the same socket, when running MADRIX and another software at the time.
It is not recommended to operate Art-Net and access to the World Wide Web/Internet in the same network! It is recommended to run it in a separate network without internet access.




If you are encountering problems, please work through the following checklist:

Double-check the settings of your network card [IP address, Subnet mask].
Make sure to set up the Windows Firewall correctly or deactivate the Windows Firewall if possible [only if no connection to the internet is available]. Learn more »Tips [Microsoft Windows / Networks / USB]
If MADRIX does not use the correct network card for Art-Net Remote, change the order of network adapters and set a higher priority for your preferred network. Learn more »Tips [Microsoft Windows / Networks / USB]
Double-check the settings of the Art-Net devices in MADRIX.
Use the DMX Watcher to monitor outgoing data. Learn more »Tools
Use only GIGABIT [1GBit/s or 1000 MBit/s] network components [such as, switches and network cards].
Use high-quality network components [cables, switches, cards, etc.].
Remove any routers from the network.
Check all other IP addresses and cabling. Having the same IP address in the network causes problems. Make sure that the network is not forming a ring, were the start point is also the end point, and that data is not sent back to the source [the computer].
Use Start With Timeout (s) in the MADRIX Options to make sure network is initialized correctly before MADRIX starts. Learn more »Startup
If output problems occur, decrease the output frame rate [FPS] in the Device Manager.
Make sure that Art-Net is set up as an individual network and separate from the Internet.


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