Plugfest Returns, RDMnet Draft Expected to Debut

The PLASA Control Protocols Plugfest, the event where manufacturers and developers can test their products for interoperability with other manufacturer’s products, is scheduled to take place August 2 – 5 at the DFW Marriott Solana in Westlake, Texas. A few implementations are expected of the draft standard for RDMnet, BSR E1.33, as the task group continues its work on the latest protocol being developed by the Controls Protocol Working Group of the PLASA Technical Standards Program. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Plugfest was created originally to support the Remote Device Management protocol (ANSI E1.20) but it has expanded to cover all CPWG protocols, including the popular ANSI E1.31 Streaming DMX over ACN protocol, and now draft versions of RDMnet (BSR E1.33). Plugfest attendees from all over the world bring controllers, lights, analyzers, and various other tools and devices, and connect them all through a network to look for and resolve problems. As the scope has grown, so has attendance, and consequently, the space. Complimentary coffee, bagels, and scones are served.

The scheduled hours are 4-11pm on Friday, 9am-11pm on Saturday and Sunday, and 9am-12noon on Monday. The event is attended by members of the E1.20 (RDM), E1.31 (sACN), and E1.33 (RDMnet) task groups, who wrote the standards, and they are happy to provide their expertise. They will answer visitors questions and explain about protocols.

A full schedule and a link for hotel reservations can be found at the URL below. The deadline for hotel reservations is July 10, 2013. For more information or to register, contact Scott Blair at