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MA-Net from MA Lighting is a proprietary Ethernet network protocol. MADRIX 5 supports it natively.
MADRIX 5 supports:
1] Set up networking for your MA product.
2] Set up the correct network settings in Windows.
3] Enable drivers in MADRIX 5.
4] Activate the devices.
5] Set up remote control.
1] Setting Up MA Networking
|▪||Make sure to connect your MA devices and the MADRIX computer in the same Ethernet network over network cabling [and possibly a network switch]!|
[For example, use the Ethernet 1 port for products of the grandMA 2 series and the network card of the computer that runs the MADRIX 5 Software.]
|▪||Consult the user manual of your MA product to set up the correct settings for MA-Net for your MA product.|
|▪||Start Networking for your MA product.|
[For example, go to Setup > Network to start or join a session for products of the grandMA 2 series.]
2] Windows Network Settings
MA-Net is a network-based protocol. MADRIX 5 will use the network card of your computer to receive data.
|▪||It is required to set up the correct network settings in Windows, first.|
|▪||You must use the correct IP address and Subnet mask settings. Otherwise, MA-Net might not work!|
|▪||The IP addresses of your computer and your MA-Net devices need to be different.|
|▪||Set up an individual IP address according to the IP address range of your MA product.|
- Make sure that the first, second, and third part of the IP address are the same. The fourth part must be different from your MA product.
- A general recommendation is:
- 192.168.X.1 ... 192.168.X.254
|▪||Set up the corresponding Subnet mask|
|▪||Restart MADRIX 5, if you have changed the network settings in Windows while MADRIX 5 was running.|
|▪||Check the settings of the Windows Firewall.|
|▪||Example for PCs that are running MADRIX 5:|
3] Enabling Drivers In MADRIX 5
|▪||Go to the menu Preferences > Options... > Devices Network |
[Keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+O > Devices Network]
|▪||Activate MA Lighting - MA-Net|
|▪||Choose the correct network/network card from the drop-down list.|
- Always make sure that you have selected the correct network. Otherwise, no data can be received.
- Please note: A loopback adapter is also available. Learn more »Loopback Adapater [127.0.0.1]
|▪|| - Defines the protocol version. |
- Choose the correct MA-Net here [MA-Net 1 or MA-Net 2].
- MA-Net 1 is used by the grandMA1 series.
- MA-Net 2 is used by the grandMA2 series.
|▪||Session ID - Defines the session you want to work in. Choose the session you have set up in your MA product also here.|
|▪||Universes (Start / End) - Defines the universe or universe you wish to receive. |
- The default Start Universe is 1 and the default End Universe is 1, which means that one DMX universe will be received.
4] Activating Devices
|▪||Go to the menu Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices|
[Keyboard shortcut: F4]
|▪||MADRIX 5 automatically adds the number of MA-Net universes/devices according to your settings for Start Universe and End Universe|
|▪||Your devices are automatically activated.|
|▪||If it is no activated, select your devices in the list. |
|▪||Right Mouse Click on the column State to set it from Off to On [indicated by green light].|
|▪||IN is automatically activated.|
|▪||Since MADRIX 5 will receive data, the frame time and frame rate [ms / FPS] are managed automatically by MADRIX 5.|
[Please note when checking incoming data via the Task Watcher: A maximum frame rate of 30 FPS will be sent by your MA product over MA-Net.]
5] Setting Up Remote Control
|▪||Go to the menu Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Input|
|▪||Select your preferred DMX Universe in the list.|
[By default, DMX universe 1 to 8 are listed. If you wish to increase the number of DMX-IN universes, you can change the setting. Learn more »Performance]
|▪||Select your DMX-IN Device in the section Device by choosing the MA Lighting MA-Net device.|
|▪||[If needed, you can disable DMX-IN by deselecting the device under DMX-IN Device and choose the list entry that is empty or disable the interface under Device Manager... > DMX Devices.]|
|▪||Make sure that your device is still selected in the list.|
|▪||Select one of the built-in protocols in the section Remote Control [as explained below]|
or create your own remote configuration. Learn more »DMX-IN Remote Editor
Open - Loads a previously saved MADRIX 5 DMX Remote Configuration file [of the file type *.mdrx].
Protocols - Choose from a pre-configured protocol [configuration].
Learn more Protocols [Overview]
DMX-IN Remote Editor - Allows you to modify a configuration or create a new configuration.
Learn more »DMX-IN Remote Editor
Start Address - Defines on which particular DMX channel the protocol should start. The whole protocol will be mapped to this new address area.
DMX Watcher - Opens the DMX Watcher to monitor your DMX output or input.
Learn more »Tools
Mapping is not available for MA-Net and cannot be enabled.
There are preprogrammed DMX protocols you can choose from:
|▪||Always make sure to have a valid network card active or selected! Otherwise, MADRIX 5 cannot receive MA-Net.|
|▪||Always make sure to have a valid license for your MA product to send out Ethernet data or use a console.|
[MA on PC requires an MA 2Port Node or MA onPC command wing, for example.]
|▪||Please make sure to save your MADRIX 5 Setup file after the configuration process.|
If you are encountering problems, please work through the following checklist:
|▪||Double-check the settings of your network card.|
|▪||Double-check the settings of the MA-Net devices in MADRIX 5.|
|▪||Double-check the configuration of your MA product.|
|▪||Check if your MA product has a valid license to send out Ethernet data.|
|▪||Use the DMX Watcher to monitor incoming data.|