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I'm doing some research on lighting systems for a HS and wanted to get some information. The school currently uses a basic ETC console but we are looking to migrate to HOG 4 PC. Other than the obvious software, what HES hardware is needed to interface with all the dimmer packs and Intelligent DMX fixtures? Apologies if this is a newbie question but when it comes to HOG I'm a newbie. We will eventually engage a lighting contractor for this but I want to understand the architecture. Thanks

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  • MLorenzMLorenz Registered User, Hog Beta
    You would need minium a single widget to output DMX.
    You get more comfort when using wings, playback or programming wings or any combination, like a Hoglet.
    A Hoglet also has a superwidget installed, that will give you 4 DMX Outs.
    If you need more you can attach more widgets, HOG PC is able to do 8 universes in total on widgets.
    If you need more you can connect a DP8K, this will give you 16 universes, 8 of them on 5-pin XLR, all on networkprotocols (sACN and Artnet)
  • gothambeatgothambeat Registered User
    Thank you for responding. I’m assuming all widgets are propietery and othe DMX devices would not work. Does the HOG 4 PC support direct E1.31 network control or just USB based devices/widgets/wings?
  • MLorenzMLorenz Registered User, Hog Beta
    You are correct.
    It does, but you need some widgets to "open" these universes. All universes on widgets are also available on network-protocols.
    Without any widgets there is no output
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