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Wireless Lighting Control with OpenWRT

Summary

DMC developed a WiFi-based lighting control system for a client in the entertainment industry allowing for wireless control of Digital Multiplex (DMX) and streaming Architecture for Controlled Networks (ACN) compatible lighting products.

Customer Benefits

  • Accelerated time to market by leveraging DMC's embedded Linux and custom hardware and software experience
  • Improved usability for end customers by integrating a variety of lighting control standards

Technologies

  • Custom USB to DMX converter
  • OpenWRT operating system for network management
  • Open Lighting Architecture for lighting control
  • 2.4 and 5 GHz WPA2 Wireless network

Solution

The client approached DMC with an existing prototype made using a Raspberry Pi and off-the-shelf USB to DMX converter. DMC integrated a custom USB to DMX board with an enterprise grade WPA2 WiFi access point for improved reliability and network throughput. The access point utilizes the OpenWRT open source operating system, which is customizable and optimized for managing IP-based networks. 

The solution creates a private wireless network with streaming ACN endpoints for lighting control. End users can connect any device that supports the streaming ACN protocol to the network and begin controlling lights with minimal effort from a mobile application. By switching the access point into client mode, multiple additional nodes can be added to the network which increase accessibility and network availability where running hard line cabling is challenging. 

Posted in Custom Software and Hardware Development, Embedded Development and Embedded Programming, Embedded Systems, Internet of Things (IoT), Product Development, Product Development

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