Can I connect to the P4800, DFR22, DFR11EQ or UA888 using a wireless ethernet computer connection?
Controlling Shure’s Digital Audio Processors via Ethernet
Shure’s digital audio processors (the P4800, DFR22, DFR11EQv5, and DP11EQ) are configured and controlled by software running on a Windows-based PC. In the past, the only way to connect to these devices was through an RS-232 port on the PC or via a USB to serial port converter.
Using NPort products from Moxa technology, Shure’s digital audio processors can be configured and controlled over an Ethernet connection. Also, by adding a wireless Ethernet router and a PC with wireless Ethernet capabilities, the audio processors can be controlled over a wireless Ethernet connection.
The Moxa NPort Express DE-311 may be purchased from B&B Electronics (www.bb-elec.com or telephone 815-433-5100).
The DE-311 performs two functions. First, the NPort’s Windows software sets up a virtual COM port on your PC. It then runs in the background to translate messages generated by, for example, the P4800 software into TCP/IP messages that are sent via Ethernet to the DE-311. The DE-311 receives those messages, translates them back into RS-232, and sends them to the P4800. The communication stream works the same way in the opposite direction.
For wireless control, simply use a wireless ethernet hub along with a wireless network card in the laptop.
For more information
B&B Electronics phone: (815) 433-5100
The NPort products come with good documentation and Moxa provides excellent telephone support. Moxa’s support telephone number is (626) 961-2377.
When using the "NPort Real COM Installer" application, select a COM port from 1-4 for use with the P4800, DFR11EQv5, and DP11EQ. Select any port up to 32 for use with the DFR22.
Make certain that the Shure software used is configured to use the COM port specified in the NPort "Real COM Installer" program.
- In the P4800 and DFR22 software, select the COM port by choosing "Select COM Port" from the "Devices" menu.
- In the DFR11EQ5 and DP11EQ software, select "COM Port…" from the "Communications" menu.
We have also seen products for ethernet and wireless control offered by Grid connect. We have not tested the products from Grid Connect.