Making the Connections
The Pushstick Mini is part of Creative Conners, Inc’s line of smart machines. The Stagehand motion controller is built right in! Below is a list of all the connections required to integrate a Pushstick Mini in your Spikemark network.
The Pushstick Mini requires 120VAC, 10A input power. As an added feature there is local branch circuit protection built into the machine. The circuit breaker is a great way to know for certain that the machine will not move when servicing, and is also a convenient method to reboot the internal electronics if required.
The power inlet of the Pushstick Mini is a Neutrik powerCON TRUE1 Appliance Inlet (NAC3MPX). The mating connection on the included power cord is a NAC3FX-W connector. The powerCON TRUE1 is rated for breaking capacity meaning it is safe to disconnect under load. The TRUE1 connectors are not compatible with standard “Blue” powerCON connectors. See below for wiring details inside the connector.
The Showstopper is Creative Conners, Inc’s emergency stop safety controller. Each Stagehand and smart machine requires a direct connection to a Showstopper 3 Base or Showstopper 3 Hub. These connections are made with a Neutrik 5-pin XLR cable. There’s no tech wizardry here, any 5-pin XLR cable will work as long as the polarity is correct. See below for connection details.
Although the Pushstick Mini can be manually jogged from the onboard Stagehand controller, the real power is realized when connected through the network to Spikemark software. As with all Stagehands or Smart Machines, each controller must be connected to the network with an Ethernet (CAT5/CAT6) cable back to a network switch. The Pushstick Mini has a Neutrik etherCON receptacle which accepts the rugged etherCON connector or a standard RJ45.
Once the Pushstick Mini is physically connected to the network you will need to set the IP address in order to communicate with Spikemark. This is accomplished the same way as any other Stagehand controller.
- Click the jog wheel, the SET IP screen will be displayed
- Scroll to the octet you want to change and click the wheel
- Turn the wheel to increase or decrease the number until you reach your desired value. Click the jog wheel to set the value.
- Repeat the process for all octets that need to be adjusted.
- Once complete use the jog wheel to highlight ‘OK’ and click the wheel
In addition to the IP address each Stagehand controller also has the ability to set the subnet mask. The default subnet mask is 255.255.255.0. If you find yourself in a position where you need to adjust the subnet mask, please take a step back and ask yourself if it is really necessary. If the answer is yes, click and hold the scroll wheel to reveal the SET SUBNET screen. Follow the same procedures used to set the IP address to adjust the subnet mask.