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    Converting from a Star to Daisy Chain Tolopogy

    Many installations use Vaddio equipment to switch and control PTZ cameras. Each PTZ camera is connected to the Vaddio switcher for control (star topoloogy).

    The TriCaster uses a daisy chain topology for serial control of PTZ cameras. Excluding from the response IP controlled schemes, how would you best convert from your old Vaddio system to a new TriCaster or IP series while still controlling the same cameras over serial control?
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    You don't have to daisy chain the cameras, in fact performance can be better with each camera on it's own serial interface. Use a USB to multiport serial interface.

    Here are a few examples.
    https://www.startech.com/Cards-Adapt...Hub~ICUSB2324I
    https://www.startech.com/Cards-Adapt...Hub~ICUSB2328I
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    That looks like a great idea! What about warnings to restore after installing the driver?
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    I've used the TrippLite Keyspan USA-49WG that converts 4 serial (cameras) to 1 USB (to TriCaster). Yes, you get the nag screen but it's one click to skip over. You may then need a USB extender as well in the mix.

    There's also specialty cable kits from Rocosoft that convert serial to Cat5 at each camera, then Cat 5 cables all come to single hub that converts to USB into TriCaster, works great. Have used those with great success, pretty foolproof, they just work.

    https://www.rocosoft.com/product-cat...ontrol-cables/

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    Thanks Jeff! That’s great info. Anything that triggers a warning I can’t use for installations or value added solutions. It spooks the end user.
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    I can't say for 100% certain, but I don't believe there were any drivers needed with Rocosoft box, been a while. You could contact them and ask. Definitely with Keyspan unit though, that will always trigger the nag screen.

    When you get a Rocosoft kit, say for 4 cameras, the little converter boxes are numbered 1-4, so there is no serial configuration in Windows, the serial port #s for those cameras are fixed and will never change or flip flop, so it really is plug and play and trouble free. They do offer kits that offer more than control, with power and even SDI video over network cable as well, have not tried those. Not cheap, but get what you pay for.

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