For this weekend, we will show you how to make an ethernet controlled color organ that can be applied for some kind of stage lighting.
Click below for the full HOWTO:
Then all you need to do is make sure to plug in a LAN wire to it.
First you will need to download this MaxPORT package. This package includes the custom MaxPORT firmware you can load to the MaxPORT for custom firmware to allow downloading a program over ethernet. It also includes an open-source VB program you can customize to your application.
After you unzip the package, you will find a setup file, MaxportSetup.exe.
Run this and install the MaxPORT program into your computer.
The other files in the Zip file includes the Visual Basic source code for the MaxPORT program and some party light programs you can try including the ethernet controlled color organ.
Under Test Programs you will see two files:
partyautomatic.cul - This one is the party light program from our Party Light DIY. partylightethernet.cul - This one is the ethernet controlled color organ program.
First, you will need to make the party light, so refer to our Party Light DIY.
Then, run the MaxPORT program.
You should see the following screen:
Click on Search and find the MaxPORT that’s on the network:
Once you found it, highlight it.
We need to load the custom MaxPORT Firmware in order to do some downloads, do click on, “Download XPORT Firmware” button and find the maxport130.rom file which is included in the zip file you downloaded.
It should download and the MaxPORT will reset itself. So click on “Search” again after about 30 seconds.
Next, select the correct IP address for your MaxPORT again and then select the “CUBLOC Object File Downloader”.
Select the file “partylightethernet.obj” and click OK.
After you download, click on “Set Debug On” and you will see a little debug window pop up.
Click on the Top message field and type “asdjkl”, and you will see your AC lights turn On according to your pressed keys.
Now enjoy your color organ that you can control via ethernet. You can probably now place the
controller on a static-IP or dynamic DNS address and play around more with it so you can control
lights in San Francisco from New York or vice versa.
Note: The object file included here works with CublocStudio v.2.0.m, you have to re-compile
and make a new object file if you are using a newer version. So make sure to make new object file
using Cubloc Studio before downloading the file… (CublocStudio is free by the way…)