simple $5 3 part USB to DMX adapter using the arduino

i was looking for a way to control some RGB LED Light Strips using connected to a DMX Decoder with my computer and didn't want to buy a expensive USB to DMX adapter so i made this one off the arduino site and it works great:-)

it is quite simple and the MAX485 chip is less then $4

you will need 1x Chip RS485 (Mouser Part #: 700-MAX485EPA) 1x 100ohm Resistor 1x XLR Connector or old cord cut in half

there is no programing required you aren't even using the arduino micro-controller just the USB to Serial Chip so just connect to the RX port on the arduino and install the Enttec driver then start FreeStyler and make a show.

You can install an enttec OPEN DMX Driver and use a free program like FreeStyler to control your DMX Devices

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kaijie0729 4 years, 3 months ago

i was following the circuit connection , may i know what version of free styler will be compatible and enttec open dmx driver i downloaded is not working can any1 provide me the working driver download link ?

thx20001 4 years, 8 months ago

Can i use the MAX 485 ECPA

beliar1974 5 years, 5 months ago

My problem is half solved. My Arduino does not have a FTDI chip on USB side. Without this it wont work. But i figured something other out. Look here:

javierluna 5 years, 5 months ago

no funciona el download !!

beliar1974 5 years, 5 months ago

Hello, My Pc wont find a device. I have to say that i´m using arduino Mega and Max485 CPA. But i think it also has to work. Pc recognizes unknown device if i plug in Arduino. Frestyler wont find any USB2DMX devices. Were is the Error?

javierluna 5 years, 5 months ago