With this Windows Software you can configure and supervise RDM-enabled fixtures. A USB-Interface based on the FT232R (FTDI) is used for DMX communication.
RDM is the abbreviation of remote device management - an extension of the DMX512 protocol specified in ANSI E1.20. To communicate with a specific device the normal DMX stream is paused and a packet with an RDM specific alternate start code is transmitted. Such a packet consists of an alternate start code, a target address, a source address, information regarding to length and meaning and the payload. The packet is finished with a check sum. For more information see the resources...
Typically RDM is used for:
"RDM Controller" should demonstrate the benefits of remote device management without the need of expensive commercial RDM-Controllers. Furthermore the software can ease the implementation of RDM in your own devices or softwares.
"RDM Controller" incl. sources is GPLv2 and written in C++ (C++ Builder 6).
The openRDM-Dongle is made of an FT232R of FTDI. OpenRDM is backward compatible to OpenDMX of Enttec (but not vice versa!).
Instead of developing a layout and etching pcbs we use some cheap RS485 modules made by Devantech.
At the moment commercial RDM-enabled fixtures are quite expensive. So for
first experiences with RDM the DMX-Transceiver with the
might be a good choice. (This firmware is discussed on the resources page.)