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Remote Start

Posted: Sat Nov 29, 2008 3:04 pm
by mgutowski
Taken from Operational Issues section of the forum, under the topic "10.4.11 Crash"
JohnGrimshaw wrote: I am not a developer but it seems to me that the longer a windows system runs, more it probably needs to reboot, and flush out the unneeded processes that are cuttering things up.

So, I think of the Palette like a puppy - eager and exicted to do stuff, perhaps a little too excited - and you need to give it a little disipline (reboot) every now and then to keep it in its place.
At our theatre, we leave the console on consistently as we always did with the 500. Maybe the idea of shuting the console down and rebooting it would be the thing to fix the overloading of extra stuff it's got running in the background; it's exactly what I do with my home PC. The issue at our theatre is that our work lights are run through the dimmers, and the console is pretty far away to go consistenly boot up the console to turn on the work lights (especially since its a saftey hazard in an emergency to not have those lights availible to us). The ideal condition is to have the work lights on a independent system from the board, but we don't have that oportunity.
The idea I have is a remote start of the console from the RFU? Is something like this possible, so you can avoid the hike to the booth to turn on the console? Having the remote being able to turn on the console, you would have the ability to turn off the console at night, purging the system of those things that are cluttering up the system, yet being able to turn on the console at the start of the day.

This is probably something too weird and problematic to do, but it does bring up the idea of turning off the console and turning it on conviniently.

Re: Remote Start

Posted: Sat Nov 29, 2008 6:35 pm
by JohnGrimshaw
...except that the RFU needs to attach to the console before it could do anything.

In theatre, we tend to be a fairly inventive lot. The "power" button on the front of your console is a contact closure for a pair of wires on the computer mother board. It would be a simple thing for a person to build a remote contact closure relay, and run that back to a convenient place in your theatre.

The other thing I would seriously consider is a Doug Fleenor Design preset ten, which can pass the DMX signal fron the console to the dimmers, and if the signal drops out, you "can" hit any of nine preset settings (the tenth button is a blackout)

A really smart person might combine the above ideas. ;)

You could do a similar thing with vision.net, but it needs more bits.

Re: Remote Start

Posted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 5:18 pm
by gooze
Most dimmers have dmx-hold, which holds the dmx-signal forever or at least long enough to reboot the console. I would think it is really unsafe not to use this option if it is available. Otherwise go with John's solution.

Re: Remote Start

Posted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 5:53 pm
by willarki
But why not implement the standard functionality available using the ACPI ((Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) in XP. Perhaps the console could be configured to "Wake on LAN" and the PDA remote software could have the ability to send the appropriate packet to the console.

Re: Remote Start

Posted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 7:19 pm
by JohnGrimshaw
Anything is possible in software development - the key is what has priority, because there are only so many people to program the software updates.

Wake on Lan is an interesting possibility that should be put on the list of things to do. At least this function would sit outside of Palette software itself. Correct me if I am worng, but would require bios changes to consoles already in the field - wouldn't it? That opens a real pandora's box of potential problems.

Re: Remote Start

Posted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 2:45 pm
by RobertBell
These things look interesting to me:
http://www.opengear.com/product-ip-power.html