Controlling Beamer (benq ms500) with kineme serial patch.

mynameisavisual's picture

Hi Everybody,

I'm trying to controll my beamer with the kineme serial patch. But ho do I get it to work?

What needs to be in Device?

Thanks For your help!!

in the attatchments the rs232 commands of the beamer

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mnstri's picture
Re: Controlling Beamer (benq ms500) with kineme serial patch.

Are you using some RS232 to USB adapter to connect it to your computer?

You need to define the name of the serial port on the Device input. One way to check the names of your serial ports is with the Terminal:

  • Open Terminal
  • Type this: ls /dev/tty.*
  • The name of you port is one of the options that shows up.

A lot of serial to USB adapters use the FTDI chip and those usually look something like: /dev/tty.usbserialXXXXX

monobrau's picture
Re: Controlling Beamer (benq ms500) with kineme serial patch.

Best is to check if your serial setup works (if you haven't already done so) and try to test with the commands found in the manual. I found coolterm quite useful for that, http://freeware.the-meiers.org/

To check the device name start the Terminal and enter: ls /dev/tty *.*

This will list your available serial devices. It should list your usb to serial device once connected. For instance mine is '/dev/tty.UC-232AC' Enter your serial device's path in the device input field, and adjust all the other settings to the default beamer serial settings.

I had good results controlling some serial devices with both the serial input and output patch in one composition, like http://kineme.net/forum/DevelopingCompositions/CloseaserialportwithSeria...

Once running it's stable, but there are some caveats, like mentioned in the above post.

mynameisavisual's picture
Re: Controlling Beamer (benq ms500) with kineme serial patch.

Thanx!

I have bought a usb to dmx converter on ebay but does it need a driver on mac? Because I don't see the beamer listed in Coolterm.

monobrau's picture
Re: Controlling Beamer (benq ms500) with kineme serial patch.

Controlling DMX from QC is the easiest with kineme's artnettools (see compatible devices here: http://kineme.net/product/ArtNetTools) Don't know if any dmx device would list/is usable as an serial device.

If you intended to control the ms500 with dmx, that's not possible. The projector has a rs-232 port, and you'll need a usb to serial/rs232 converter. This one works on osx, with a driver; http://www.aten.com/products/productItem.php?model_no=UC232A There are more around.

mynameisavisual's picture
Re: Controlling Beamer (benq ms500) with kineme serial patch.

Sorry I said dmx in staid of rs232..

monobrau's picture
Re: Controlling Beamer (benq ms500) with kineme serial patch.

Try to google your usb to serial device, they might have some specific driver for osx, or the standard fdti driver could work http://www.ftdichip.com/Drivers/VCP.htm

Once installed your serial device should pop up in the list from the terminal or coolterm.