The Misc Tab

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The Misc tab of the Simple mode of the Light-O-Rama Network Preferences program enables you to configure a Dasher network and/or an X10 network, along with general communications options.  Most Light-O-Rama users will not have need for this tab.

 

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The X10/Dasher tab

 

X10 Port

 

If you are using any X10 controllers, they must be hooked up to your computer using their own exclusive serial port, and that port should be specified here.

 

Make sure that the selected port does not conflict with any Light-O-Rama networks, the Dasher port, or any DMX universes.

 

If you are not using X10 controllers, set this port to "(None)".

 

Dasher Port

 

If you are using any Dasher controllers, they must be hooked up to your computer using their own exclusive serial port, and that port should be specified here.

 

Make sure that the selected port does not conflict with any Light-O-Rama networks, the X10 port, or any DMX universes.

 

If you are not using Dasher controllers, set this port to "(None)".

 

List Networks in Channel Configuration

 

Although Light-O-Rama supports up to sixteen separate networks of Light-O-Rama controllers, the needs of many users will be adequately met with a single network.  If this is the case for you, you may wish to turn off this checkbox.  Doing so will simplify using the Sequence Editor by disabling various dropdown boxes which allow you to assign a network to a channel (such as on the Channel Configuration screen or the Channel Settings dialog).  Instead, the Regular network will automatically be used.

 

Use Compatibility Mode for Old MC-P Channel Controllers

 

If you are using Light-O-Rama MC-P controllers purchased prior to November 15, 2003, they you should enable Old MC-P compatibility mode by checking this box.  If you do not check this box, then you will see odd behavior on circuits 9 through 16 of such controllers.

 

Old MC-P compatibility mode only affects controllers on the Regular LOR network; those on Aux networks are unaffected.  Therefore, make sure to put all such controllers on your Regular network.

 

NOTE: Enabling Old MC-P compatibility mode may have a significant effect on communications speed for the regular network.  It is therefore strongly recommended that you do not enable it without reason, and that if you do enable it, you should consider moving any other Light-O-Rama controllers (which do not need Old MC-P compatibility mode) off of the Regular network, and onto one or more auxiliary networks.