ESTA Plugfest Announces RDMnet Prototypes

by Stage Directions
ESTA Plugfest 2018 now with RDMnet Prototypes
ESTA Plugfest 2018 now with RDMnet Prototypes

The organizers of the ESTA Plugfest announce that RDMnet prototypes constructed to the most current version of draft standard E1.33, Transport of ANSI E1.20 (RDM) in an E1.31 environment, will be available for Plugfest 2018 participants.

Wayne Howell of Artistic License and Sam Kearney of Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC) are both providing RDMnet prototypes for attendee use and testing during the July Plugfest. Both Howell and Kearney noted that this is an excellent opportunity for early adopters to test manufacturer interoperability ahead of the publication of the final RDMnet standard.

The Artistic License prototype will provide a version of their new dataLynx II gateway which has per port selection of sACN, RDMnet, Art-Net, and RDM over Art-Net.

The ETC RDMnet prototype will be in the form of:

  • RDMnet Controller: GUI application for Microsoft Windows
  • RDMnet Broker: Console/daemon application for Microsoft Windows
  • RDMnet Device: Console/daemon application for Microsoft Windows, supporting a limited set of RDM parameters
  • RDMnet Gateway: Console/daemon application for Microsoft Windows which will use ETC USB/DMX hardware (Gadget II) to communicate with RDM fixtures

The ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest, the event where manufacturers and developers test their lighting products for network interoperability, is scheduled to take place from 20 July 20 to 23 July at the D/FW Marriott Solana in Westlake, Texas. Both ESTA and non-ESTA members are welcome to attend the 16th version of this event.

The scheduled hours are 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Friday through Monday. Members of the E1.11 (DMX512), E1.20 (RDM), E1.31 (sACN), and E1.33 (RDMnet) task groups will be available to answer questions and help explain the protocols. This is a chance to take advantage of the knowledge and experience of members of the Control Protocols Working Group. The industry is invited to drop in and experience Plugfest 2018.

An event information link, as well as a link for hotel reservations can be accessed at the URLs below. For additional information, please contact the event organizers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Event Information: http://tsp.esta.org/tsp/news/plugfest.html
Hotel Reservations: http://tsp.esta.org/tsp/meetings/index.php