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berntd February 15th, 2017 03:20 PM

Hardware: Grounding of host. Opinions?
 
Hello

I have been grappling with this for a while.

If I build a DMX transmitter / RDM host, what should I do with the RS485 Common?

My standard way is to be a non isolated transmitter as per the DMX spec.

But, Now I am looking at USB powered transmitters that can also run of external plugpack power supplies.

The USB shields do end up being grounded or earthed via the host PC but plugpacks do not usually have mains earth continuity.

Now I am scratching my head.
What does everyone else do in this case?

ericthegeek February 16th, 2017 09:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by berntd (Post 3067)
Hello
If I build a DMX transmitter / RDM host, what should I do with the RS485 Common?

My standard way is to be a non isolated transmitter as per the DMX spec.

I generally like to isolate everything (controllers and responders). The preferred topology in E1.11 is to have ground referenced controllers and isolated responders, but since you don't know what kind of devices will be connected I find it's best to isolate everything. Then you don't have to worry about ground loops forming through the DMX line.


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