Making the Connections
The Spoline 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 Spotline Mini in your Spikemark network.
The Spotline Mini requires 200-240 VAC single phase, 14A input power. As an added feature, local branch circuit protection built into the machine to prevent electrical overload. 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 Stagehand controller if required.
The power inlet of the Spotline Mini is a Neutrik blue powerCON 20A Inlet (NAC3MPA-1-WOT). The mating connection is a Neutrik blue powerCON 20A NAC3FCA included connector. Attention: The powerCON is a connector without breaking capacity, i.e. the powerCON should not be connected or disconnected under load or live conditions. We included just the connector to offer the flexibility of use regardless of what 220v socket your venue has installed. See below for wiring details inside the connector.
- L = L1
- N = L2
- G = GND
Although the Spotline 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 Spotline Mini has a Neutrik etherCON receptacle which accepts the rugged etherCON connector or a standard RJ45.
Once the Spotline 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 (each number set from 0-255 separated by a decimal point) 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 underline ‘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.
The Showstopper connection Is required in order to allow any motion - this connects the Spotlines Mini to the 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.