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  • Chicago, IL
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Justin Wardell replied to Erwin Redl's discussion Looking for stand-alone DMX controller for architectural installation in the group Lighting Designers
"The Mosaic and Pharos, Pharos is the name ETC used when they were licensing it through Caralon.  Personally the Mosaic would be my choice for a multi-universe standalone project, but it is highly unlikely that you will find one used - they tend…"
Sep 25, 2013
Justin Wardell replied to Bill Nelson's discussion LED strip lights and border lights
"A good point, it isn't fair to lump the good in with the bad.  For the time being at least, unless you're placing orders by the container it's not going to make sense to buy direct from one of those manufacturers.  And the…"
Apr 3, 2012
Justin Wardell replied to Bill Nelson's discussion LED strip lights and border lights
"There's no question that the Asian factories learn fast and are very good at copying and improving upon designs.  My concern has always been the longevity of the fixtures.  A company I do a fair amount of work with purchased a…"
Apr 3, 2012
Justin Wardell replied to cody stoltz's discussion Gear quality? cyber 2's alpha beam 700s, Glp spot ones, coemar acl's and more
"Are you still working for Ray?  Yeah, cross-rentals are always a pain--we always double check any subrented gear for our shows because you can't trust someone else's techs to do it right (or at all).  Let me know if you're…"
Mar 26, 2012
Justin Wardell replied to cody stoltz's discussion Gear quality? cyber 2's alpha beam 700s, Glp spot ones, coemar acl's and more
"If you're looking for lights in the Gulf Coast I would check out RZI lighting and Solomon Group in New Orleans.  Depending on where you are you may also want to look at TLS in Huntsville or Texas Scenic in Dallas. We have a ton of the…"
Mar 26, 2012
Justin Wardell replied to Bill Nelson's discussion LED strip lights and border lights
"I have a lot of Chroma-Q Color Force 72s in our inventory and we love them, they're very well designed, easy to use in production, and overall a great fixture.  I also like the Altman Spectra-cycs, and recommend them for a lot of my system…"
Mar 26, 2012
Justin Wardell commented on Nook Schoenfeld's blog post The big box
"I don't know what they're smoking over there--I do this all the time and have never once had an issue billing to the receiver, whether it's a manufacturer, marketing rep, or customer of mine.   I once had a client that ordered…"
Mar 26, 2012
Justin Wardell replied to Brett Gilbert's discussion wDMX for small gigs?
"The website for City Theatrical just has the press release for the show baby, but if either of you would like the tech specs and send me an e-mail at: Justin@intelligentlighting.com    "
Nov 10, 2011
Justin Wardell replied to Brett Gilbert's discussion wDMX for small gigs?
"I've had really good experiences working with City Theatrical's wDMX system.  It is consistently reliable, and the only complaints I have is that there can be a slight lag time; noticeable (if you're looking for it) if you have…"
Nov 2, 2011
Justin Wardell replied to SDCEvents's discussion What is up with Extremely Cheap companies?
"I've had a lot of people undercutting me in the past few years--mostly it's been people that need the cash infusion and have the gear available.  I agree that it is terrible for the industry, and in the end they are devaluing their…"
Nov 1, 2011
Justin Wardell replied to Brian David Essad's discussion Rental Software
"I've worked on a number of different software formats, and they all have bugs.  Some of them just can't handle the sheer volume of items that we put in.  Whereas most retailers or wholesalers will stop at a few thousand bits and…"
Mar 31, 2011
Jeff Gooch commented on Justin Wardell's blog post Ten Things Every Stagehand Should Know About Computer Networking
"Absolutely a great article. Whenever I set up gigs on the fast and furious, I can't tell you how many times I get the "brook trout" stare when I say "use a CAT5 jumper and address that box to XXX.XXX.XX.XX,  would you mind…"
Mar 22, 2011
Justin Lang commented on Justin Wardell's blog post Ten Things Every Stagehand Should Know About Computer Networking
"It is a great article, just like your name! ;) You can also read Richards article on PLSN: http://ht.ly/4iUbL"
Mar 21, 2011
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Mar 21, 2011
Justin Wardell replied to Jesse Sutten's discussion Anyone know of a powered track to power Moving Scenery?
"I can't recommend using tension lines with a voltage differential in the middle of a stage with moving set pieces--the potential for diasaster is too likely, and I doubt any fire marshall in the country would let that fly.  Are you going…"
Feb 21, 2011
Justin Wardell commented on Kevin Loretto's blog post What’s Your Favorite “Buzzword d’Jour”?
"Comment by Justin Wardell 1 second ago Delete Comment You missed ETC NET3, which is a version of sACN, and KiNET which is proprietary to color Kinetics.  I've personally been singing the praises of moving to RDM systems (remote device…"
Jan 17, 2011

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What's your current occupation?
lighting designer, sales
Where did you learn your craft?
Studying people that were better than me.
Who have you worked for or where have you worked in the past?
Intelligent Lighting Creations, DesignLab Chicago
What's your favorite new technology?
LED profile fixtures
Do you have any words of wisdom for your fellow lighting pros?
The best way to learn is through doing. Now get off your computer and go design something.
Do you currently subscribe to PLSN?
Yes

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Ten Things Every Stagehand Should Know About Computer Networking

Posted on March 21, 2011 at 11:30am 2 Comments

I just read Richard's article on the basics of computer networking, and it is a great overview of network terms and what they mean--I'm going to print it out and post it in the shop so all of our guys on the floor can read it.  I highly recommend that if you aren't familiar with gigabit switches and MAC addresses, you take 5 minutes and go through this article.

 

We're starting to see fixtures that take direct ethernet cable (finally) and anyone dealing with installations knows…

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