3 Replies Latest reply on Aug 7, 2006 10:27 AM by Newsgroup_User

    OT - control for external hardware

    Level 7
      Hi all,

      (Sorry, this isn't technically a lingo question)

      I am about to start a project where I will need to control external light
      bulbs through Director. ( it's a large model of a city with different
      buildings that light up )
      I am in control buying all hardware and software involved, so there's no
      limitations there, but I'll be using either 'SerialXtra' or
      'DirectCommunication Xtra', don't know which yet.

      Can anyone who has any experience doing this share any tips, advice, useful
      links etc.

      Cheers,

      Chris.


        • 1. Re: OT - control for external hardware
          Level 7
          Hey Chris,

          I'm working on the same thing right now. I have 3 "topotables" I'm
          programming for.

          For these I'm using 2 differernet USB IO cards:
          http://www.saelig.com/miva/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=IO
          USB-I2CIO USB-to-I2C with I/O Interface Board
          USBIO24 MK III USB-to-24xI/O lines

          For testing I have one of each, with wires going over to their own
          breadboards with LEDs that I can switch on and off.

          Both these boards come with documention for VB. So I wrote activeX
          components that I can load into Director, send commands to turn the lights
          off and on etc. All working fine. I could not get any of the xtras I found
          to work, and I tried about 6 different ones.

          For me, I just have to go into the installation with the PC and hook my USB
          to the modeler's table switchboard and it will turn the lights on and off.
          The modeller has built a separate switching system, with the USB cards which
          go into some thingys which switch relays on and off for the power required
          by the topotables lights. The power out of the USB cards is only 3 to 5
          volts and not enough to power the actual lights on the table.

          Pretty fun stuff!

          Good luck
          Timm

          timmatljgdotcom



          What I'm doing is I'm using
          "Chris Chambers" <chris.c@mediascopeltd.com> wrote in message
          news:easep4$nst$1@forums.macromedia.com...
          > Hi all,
          >
          > (Sorry, this isn't technically a lingo question)
          >
          > I am about to start a project where I will need to control external light
          > bulbs through Director. ( it's a large model of a city with different
          > buildings that light up )
          > I am in control buying all hardware and software involved, so there's no
          > limitations there, but I'll be using either 'SerialXtra' or
          > 'DirectCommunication Xtra', don't know which yet.
          >
          > Can anyone who has any experience doing this share any tips, advice,
          > useful links etc.
          >
          > Cheers,
          >
          > Chris.
          >


          • 2. Re: OT - control for external hardware
            Level 7
            Also check out the replies to the "Lingo Controlled DC Voltage" thread on
            7/24 in this same group.


            • 3. Re: OT - control for external hardware
              Level 7
              Thanks tr,

              I'll let you know how i get on - it won't be for a couple of weeks time
              though.

              Chris.

              "tr" <timmr3-nospam-@excite.com> wrote in message
              news:eauonr$isj$1@forums.macromedia.com...
              > Also check out the replies to the "Lingo Controlled DC Voltage" thread on
              > 7/24 in this same group.
              >