Quick Networking Question:

RobbieGRobbieG Registered User
Can the Hog-Net ports on two Road Hog Full Boars be linked together with a single cable to support network tracking and failover?

If so will a regular network cable suffice, or must it be a crossover?




  • cmuenchowcmuenchow Registered User, Administrator, HES Staff
    edited December 2011
    Any cat5 cable will suffice. The Full Boar's network adapters are auto-switching so a xover cable is not needed.
  • EH-dbluxEH-dblux Registered User
    edited December 2011
    Hi Robbie
    i don't think you can run failover like that... unless you have an A/B switch on you physical DMX outputs... understand me correctly, if you main desk outputting DMX fails, the backup desk won't output DMX through the failed desk - thats another story if running by DP's where the backup desk will take over and output DMX from DP's - or as said, use an A/B switch to switch DMX lines from Main to backup desk.

    hope that helped (if you needed any)

    Best regards
  • cmuenchowcmuenchow Registered User, Administrator, HES Staff
    edited January 2012
    "if you main desk outputting DMX fails, the backup desk won't output DMX through the failed desk"

    That is correct. An A/B switch would be good to have in this case. It really depends on what fails on the primary console. If the desktop process crashes and the internal DP process is still running then it is possible that DMX will still come out of the failed desks even after you switch over to the backup desk. This is not usually what happens in a failover case so having a quick way to switch the DMX lines over is a good idea.
  • chadlchadl Registered User
    edited January 2012
    It was my understanding that if you set both consoles to 'console 1' and run server on both, then both consoles will be outputting DMX. In this case if you didn't have an A/B switch you would have to physically move your DMX from Main to Backup.
  • cmuenchowcmuenchow Registered User, Administrator, HES Staff
    edited January 2012
    In addition you will need to set your second console's internal DP8000 to net number 2 and clone your patch from DP8000 1 to DP8000 2. This is because duplicate net nums still cannot exist for DPs even though they can for consoles.
  • Richard RasmussenRichard Rasmussen Registered User, Hog Beta
    edited February 2012
    I've never thought to ask but is Cat 6 cable supported?
  • Marty PostmaMarty Postma Registered User
    edited February 2012
    I've never thought to ask but is Cat 6 cable supported?

    Yes Cat-6 is backwards compatible in Cat-5 + Cat-5e systems.
    You technically cannot use Cat-5 in a Cat-6 system.

    Hope this helps. :)
  • supermulssupermuls Registered User
    edited June 2013
    CAT5: Out of the three types of cable we’ll be discussing, Category 5 is the most basic. Cat 5 cable is available in two varieties: Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP), the type widely used in the United States, and Screened Twisted Pair (SCTP), which has shielding to provide a measure of extra protection against interference, but is rarely used outside of Europe. Cables belonging to Category 5 are either solid or stranded: Solid Cat 5 is more rigid, and the better choice if data needs to be transmitted over a long distance, while Stranded Cat 5 is very flexible and most likely to be used as patch cable. Cat 5 cable can support 10 or 100 Mbps Ethernet, and has a capability of up to 100MHz.
    CAT5e: Cat 5e (which stands for Category 5, enhanced) cable goes along the same lines as basic Cat 5, except that it fulfills higher standards of data transmission. While Cat 5 is common in existing cabling systems, Category 5e has almost entirely replaced it in new installations. Cat 5e can handle data transfer at 1000 Mbps, is suitable for Gigabit Ethernet, and experiences much lower levels of near-end crosstalk (NEXT) than Cat 5.
    CAT6: Of the three cable categories we’re discussing, Category 6 is the most advanced and provides the best performance. Just like Cat 5 and Cat 5e, Category 6 cable is typically made up of four twisted pairs of copper wire, but its capabilities far exceed those of other cable types because of one particular structural difference: a longitudinal separator. This separator isolates each of the four pairs of twisted wire from the others, which reduces crosstalk, allows for faster data transfer, and gives Category 6 cable twice the bandwidth of Cat 5! Cat 6 cable is ideal for supporting 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and is able to operate at up to 250 MHz. Since technology and standards are constantly evolving, Cat 6 is the wisest choice of cable when taking any possible future updates to your network into consideration. Not only is Category 6 cable future-safe, it is also backward-compatible with any previously-existing Cat 5 and Cat 5e cabling found in older installations.
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