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MADRIX 5 natively supports Color Kinetics [KiNET]. The protocol is implemented in the software, which makes it easy to use Color Kinetics fixtures and Color Kinetics power/data supplies with MADRIX 5.
MADRIX 5 supports:
There are several steps required to set up KiNET products in MADRIX 5. This chapter is only part of the process. You need to set up other configurations as well [such as virtual LED matrix, DMX Devices, MADRIX Effects, Audio, etc.].
1] Set up the correct network settings in Windows.
2] Enable drivers in MADRIX 5.
3] Activate your devices.
4] Set up the DMX universe.
5] Set up the Frame Time.
1] Windows Network Settings
KiNET is a network-based protocol. MADRIX 5 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, KiNET might not work!
▪The IP addresses of your computer and your KiNET devices need to be different.
▪Set up an individual IP address in the following IP address range:
▪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.
▪Learn more »Tips [Microsoft Windows / Networks / USB]
▪Example for PCs that are running MADRIX 5:
2] Enabling Drivers In MADRIX 5
▪Go to the menu Preferences > Options... > Devices Network
▪Activate Color Kinetics - KiNET
▪Choose the correct network/network card from the drop-down list.
▪Time To Detect Devices (s) - Defines how long MADRIX 5 searches the network for devices during startup. Type in a value in seconds.
▪Discovery Repetition To Detect Devices - Defines how often MADRIX 5 repeats to search for and discover devices in the network within the Time To Detect Devices (s).
▪Acquire Universe Assignment From Devices - If activated and if KiNET devices have been fully configured, MADRIX 5 reads the assigned DMX universe from newly found devices and automatically sets it in the Device Manager for these devices.
▪Scan For Attached Fixtures - Is enabled by default. If activated, searches for fixtures connected to the ports of power/data supplies [a so-called BlinkScan].
▪Send Sync Packets - Is enabled by default. If activated, sends out synchronization packets together with data packets.
3] Activating Device
▪Go to the menu Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices
▪MADRIX 5 automatically adds network devices it has found during startup to the list.
▪Click if the devices have not been found.
▪Select your devices in the list.
▪Right Mouse Click on the column State to set from Off to On [indicated by green light].
▪There is a difference between KiNET V1 and V2. KiNET V2 makes sure that the panels will receive the data at the same time. This is particularly useful for large installations.
4] DMX Universe
▪Make sure that your device is still selected.
▪Set up Universe
▪This setting assigns a specific DMX universe [of the Patch] to the device or the port of the device. Learn more »Virtual DMX Universes
▪Make sure to assign the correct universe according to your requirements.
5] Frame Time
▪Make sure that your device is still selected.
▪Set up the frame time for your device.
Learn more about setting up devices under Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices here »DMX512 [DMX-OUT]
Make sure to save your MADRIX 5 Setup after the configuration process.
▪Keep in mind that network devices, if activated, cause network traffic!
▪When using a network-based output protocol and when the Startup option Start MADRIX After Booting Windows is used, it is highly recommended to also activate the Startup option Start With Timeout(s) with a value of 30 or higher.
▪It is not recommended to operate KiNET 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:
▪Check if all network cables are connected and if Gigabit network components are used.
▪Check if your light matrix is configured correctly in the Matrix Generator or Patch Editor.
▪Have all devices been found under Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices?
▪Are all devices activated under Preferences > Device Manager... > DMX Devices?
▪Check if all ports you are using on your device are configured correctly. Please check if ports, that are not used, are deactivated in MADRIX 5.
▪Check if the DMX addressing and DMX universes are assigned correctly. Also check the Patch.
▪Test if MADRIX 5 is connected to the devices. Use Highlight Device for each of your devices.
▪Go to Tools > Task Watcher. Check if the devices are sending data.
▪Go to Tools > Logfile. Check if any error or warnings occur regarding the network or KiNET.
▪Make sure all power/data supplies are working correctly.
▪Remove any routers from the network.
Addressing And Configuration
▪Regarding the configuration and addressing of Color Kinetics lighting fixtures and power/data supplies, the company offers extensive information on the following website: »https://www.colorkinetics.com/global/support/documentation
▪In addition, there is a software tool called QuickPlay Pro for configuration and multiple addressing. Here is an excerpt from the website:
"With QuickPlay Pro, you can:
▪Use serial numbers to program fixtures with light numbers or DMX addresses
▪Assign base light numbers to power/data supplies, allowing automatic fixture configuration
▪Test light numbers and DMX channels
▪Demonstrate a lighting system using four built-in light shows: fixed color, color wash, rainbow, and streak"
▪For example, the tool can be used to change the IP addresses of Color Kinetics lighting fixtures.
▪Please note: Working with such a tool is only recommended for advanced users because settings can easily be adjusted wrong!
▪You can download the tool on the website mentioned above or at »https://www.colorkinetics.com/global/support/qpp2
Information About PDS-60ca Power/Data Supplies
The PDS-60ca is a well-known and often used power/data supply from Color Kinetics. Three different versions are offered:
You can identify your version of the device using the following item numbers written on the case of the PDS-60ca:
▪The PDS-60ca DMX supports DMX512 via an extra interface [controlled by MADRIX 5] or Color Kinetics DMX controllers.
The official website now only lists two PDS-60ca. The second power/data supply now automatically switches between DMX and Ethernet mode.
▪109-000020-00 PDS-60ca 12V [Pre-programmed]
▪109-000020-03 PDS-60ca 12V [DMX / Ethernet]
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