MADRIX STELLA

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Overview
Required Firmware Version
Using A 3rd-Party Controller
Putting The Device Into Operation
LED Status Codes
Remote Device Management [RDM]
Daisy-Chain Support
Reset To Factory Default Settings
Device Configuration

 

 

Overview

MADRIX STELLA is a 2-port network node with RDM support for solid-state projects.
The MADRIX STELLA is a dedicated control interface for DMX512 and Art-Net or Streaming ACN that is designed for high quality and practicability in permanent LED installations.

 

 

Required Firmware Version

In order to function properly, the following firmware version is required for all MADRIX STELLA devices in combination with MADRIX RADAR:

2.3.7261

 

 

Using A 3rd-Party Controller

MADRIX STELLA is a standard network node. Because of this, you can use the device with applications, consoles, desks, or controllers that are compatible with Art-Net or Streaming ACN [sACN] to distribute network data via Ethernet network.

 

 

Putting The Device Into Operation

1] Connecting Your LED Fixtures

Please see the MADRIX STELLA Quick Start Guide & Technical Manual on how to connect your LED fixtures to MADRIX STELLA.
»help.madrix.com

 

2] Connecting To Power And Data

Please see the MADRIX STELLA Quick Start Guide & Technical Manual on how to connect to power and data.
»help.madrix.com

 

3] Device Settings

Make sure to set the correct network data source and other settings according to the controller/sender you want to use.

Continue with:

Device Configuration

 

 

LED Status Codes

The following tables describe the LED status codes of the device.

STATUS

STATUS LED POWER

Powered off

Power not connected. The device has no power.

Permanently green

Connected to power. The power is on.

Blinking green

Bootloader activated. Reset device / upload firmware.

STATUS

STATUS LED USB

Powered off

USB not connected.

Red +
blinking green

Communicating over USB.
Sending or receiving data over USB. The USB port works.

Fading between
red +green

Connected to USB; Drivers installed correctly.
No data is sent over USB.

Orange

Connected to USB; No drivers installed.
Reinstall software and drivers or try a different USB port.

STATUS

STATUS LED DMX 1

STATUS LED DMX 2

Powered off

No data is sent.

No data is sent.

Blinking green

Sending or receiving data.
The DMX port works.

Sending or receiving data.
The DMX port works.

STATUS

STATUS LEDS ETHERNET PORTS

Green off

10 MBit/s connected.

Green on

100 MBit/s connected.

Orange on

Network connected.

Orange blinking

Sending or receiving data. The Ethernet port works.

 

 

Remote Device Management [RDM]

In order to use it, call up the built-in web configuration [see below] and go to DMX Output Settings > Enable RDM for ports DMX 1 and/or DMX 2

Make sure to disable RDM on the specific port, when using STELLA for DMX-IN.

 

 

Daisy-Chain Support

STELLA features 2 separate Ethernet network ports. Either one is fully functionally for IN and OUT and can be used for the data connection without using a separate network switch or router.

[We recommend to connect a maximum of 40 units after one another in a row, when using Art-Net in Unicast Mode or Streaming ACN Multicast at a max. data rate of 50 FPS / 20 ms without any additional devices in the network.
In the MADRIX 5 Software, we highly recommend to activate ArtSync for excellent image quality.]

 

 

Reset To Factory Default Settings

In rare cases, you might need to do a reset to factory default settings, for example to reset to the device to its default IP address as shown on the side of the device:

Reset Via Reset Button

1] Disconnect all connections from the device [power, data, DMX].

2] Use a suitable tool to press the reset button [between DMX 1 and 2].

3] Continue to press the reset button and supply power again over 'Power' or USB.

4] Continue to press the reset button and wait until all status LEDs of the device flash repeatedly or wait 10 seconds.
[Simply repeat these steps should the process fail.]

 

 

Device Configuration

When connected to Ethernet network, you can easily configure MADRIX STELLA using the built-in web configuration page.
Both, STELLA and your computer, need to be in the same network.
 

Using a standard web browser:

Connect MADRIX STELLA and your computer to the same network.
Assign correct network settings for your PC in the Windows operating system.
[Recommended default settings: IP address 10.0.0.1 / Subnet mask 255.0.0.0]
[Please note: Your devices and the sender, such as the PC that runs MADRIX RADAR, need to have the same subnet mask!]
Open your web browser and enter the IP address of MADRIX STELLA.
[You can find the default IP address on the back side of the device.]
The web configuration page will be launched. Now, you have access to various information and settings.

 

 

Please confirm any changes with Set

Device Name

You can change the description of the device by entering a name.
Confirm with Set

Device Settings

You can change the basic network device settings.
Confirm with Set

IP Address
Subnet Mask
[Please note: Your devices and the sender, such as the PC that runs MADRIX RADAR, need to have the same subnet mask!]

DMX Output Settings

This section shows the settings for the DMX output ports [DMX 1 and DMX 2].
Confirm with Set

Network Universe - Defines the universe on which data is sent.

By default, universe 1 and 2 assigned to DMX 1 and DMX 2.
If you are broadcasting data for a large number of Universes [using Broadcast Mode instead of using Unicast Mode] with MADRIX 5 or a 3rd-party controller for example, you can assign different DMX universes to each STELLA device with these settings. Each MADRIX STELLA will then only receive data from the specific Art-Net universe and send it to its specified output port.
Example: You can set up that STELLA #1 only listens to Art-Net universe 1 and 2, while STELLA #2 listens to Art-Net universe 3 and 4, and STELLA #3 listens to Art-Net universe 5 and 6, and so on.
Universes are shown in hexadecimal notation and Art-Net switch / sub-net switch notation in the Network Universe tooltips.

 

Channel Offset - Allows you to shift the received DMX universe [512 DMX channels] per port if required.

This will modify the output.
+1 To +511 - Adding a positive channel offset will shift the received channels to higher channel numbers.
- Example: Received channel #1 will be shifted to channel #11 by using a channel offset of 10.
- That means that new channels are added to the data [in front of the received data block, with DMX value 0], while any channels that now would be higher than 512 will be removed.
- Example, continued: Channels 1 to 10 are newly added, while channels 503 to 512 are removed.
-1 To -511 - Adding a negative channel offset will shift the received channels to lower channel numbers.
- Example: Received channel #512 will be shifted to channel #412 by using a channel offset of -100.
- That means that the first channels will be removed. The frame will be shorter.
- Example, continued: Channels 1 to 100 are now removed and the frame has 412 channels in total.
Example: Your fixture should start with DMX channel 7.
- In the ideal case, you would set its DMX start address to 7.
- If your fixture somehow is set to channel 6, you could increase its start address by +1.
- Or you could shift the data that is sent by your device by -1 in order to change the data from channel #7 to channel #6.
[If you cannot change the fixture's settings or you cannot reach it anymore, for example.]
Please note: According to the DMX512 standard, a minimum of 21 channels will always be sent.
A Channel Offset can have several advantages, such as splitting a single universe onto multiple output ports.
- For example, your sender can only send on one universe and you wish to output it on two ports.
On DMX 1, you would like to send the first 150 channels and on DMX 2, you would like to send channels 151 to 300.
Then, you can set both to the same universe and set a Channel offset of 150 for DMX 2.

 

Send Full Frames - Activates that always 512 channels will be sent out.

512 channels are sent per frame even if the data that is received by the device includes less than 512 channels for this port and universe.
The device automatically sends values of 0 on channels that are not used.

 

Channel Order - Allows you to change the order of [color] channels for the output.

For example, if you receive channels 1-2-3 [i.e. RGB, for example], the setting 1-2-3-(4) will send it out as R-G-B. In contrast, the setting 3-2-1 would send B-G-R. [Please only change this setting when needed and when using simple, standard fixtures with RGB or RGBW, for example.]

 

Enable RDM - Allows the device to receive and send Remote Device Management data on the specific port.

Make sure to disable RDM on the specific port, when using STELLA for DMX-IN.

 

Device Accepts Network Data From - Defines the data source for the device. Choose from the following options:

Art-Net
Streaming ACN
Art-Net And sACN

 

In Case Of Network Data Timeout - Allows you to specify the output settings should the device not receive data anymore for a specified DMX universe. Choose from the following options:

Send The Last Received Frame Continually
Send Black Frames Continually
Stop Sending After Sending A Black Frame
Stop Sending

Network Output Settings

This section allows you to specify settings for DMX input, which is sent out to the network from the device.
When data is received, MADRIX STELLA will automatically forward it to Ethernet network.
Confirm with Set

Network Universe - STELLA can receive 512 channels per port. This setting defines on which universe those 512 channels are sent.

By default, 256 is set for DMX 1 and 255 is set for DMX 2.
Valid values range from 1 to 32768.

 

Send Full Frames - Activates that always 512 channels will be sent out.

512 channels are sent per frame even if the data that is received by STELLA includes less than 512 channels for this port and universe.
STELLA automatically sends values of 0 on channels that are not used.

 

Art-Net Broadcast Mode - Sends Art-Net data to all IP addresses in the network.
Art-Net Unicast Mode - Sends Art-Net data only to one recipient, e.g. your MADRIX computer. Enter the IP address of your receiver here.
sACN Multicast Mode - Sends Streaming ACN data to IP address 293.255.1.0 for port 1 and to IP address 293.255.0.255 for port 2.

Device Information

This section displays various details about the device, including:

Model [The device type.]
IP Address [The current IP address.]
MAC Address [A permanent, unique address.]
Serial Number
Firmware [The current firmware version.]
Bootloader [The current bootloader version.]
Hardware [The hardware model.]
Voltage [The current voltage for Input.]
Temperature [The current ambient temperature.]
Ethernet [The current status of the network connection.]

 

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