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Wholehog and Visualizer Networking

This tutorial is applicable to the WHOLEHOG 3 and WHOLEHOG 4 consoles.
Some graphics will appear slightly differently between the two series of consoles.

This tutorial uses ESP Vision as an example, but there are a variety of visualizer programs you can connect to.

Visualizing over a Network

Most visualizer manufacturers make some style of DMX/USB interface that allows you to take the DMX from your console and input it via USB to your computer.  In addition to this, the Wholehog engineers have created software drivers that allow you to bypass this box and directly connect your console and visualizer computer by networking- no DMX cable needed.

The Wholehog Connectivity drivers support a connection with ESP Vision, and a variety of other brands of visualizers.  Below are setup suggestions to help you network your Visualizer computer with your console.  Click the title of whichever style you’d like to use below. 

Networking Options for Visualizer Connectivity

Connecting with your console's internal DHCP Server

What you’ll need:
– (1) Crossover ethernet cable (cat-5)
– Wholehog Visualizer Connectivity Drivers on your Computer
– Visualizer Program 

One networking option (and probably the easiest) is to set your console to act as a DHCP Server. That means that your console will distribute all of the TCP/IP settings needed for a successful network connection.

Part 1- Configuring your console’s network settings

1.  Press the SETUP key
2.  Select CONTROL PANEL from the toolbar at the bottom of your right monitor.  (this can also be accessed from the Start Screen)
3.  In the Control Panel, select the HOGNET tab (NETWORK in Wholehog 3 software)
4.  Ensure that the settings are as listed below
– Your Hognet Adaptor should list your console’s (or computer’s) ethernet port,
– Select “Enable DHCP Server” and “Enable Boot Server”
5.  Press “OK”

Part 2- Configuring your Visualizer Computer
Note- As there are multiple versions of Windows OS that you can run your visualizer on, these instructions list multiple locations you may need to look to locate your adaptor. 

1.  Click your computer’s START Button and select “My Network Places.”
2.  In the new window, click “View Network Connections” from the left pane (under  Network Tasks).  Alternatively, open your computer’s Control Panel and select “Network Connections” or “Network and Sharing Center”. From here you may need to select “Change Adaptor Settings.”
3.  Locate your “Local Area Connection” and right-click on it.
4.  From the drop-down menu, select “Properties.”
5.  In the new window that opens, select  “Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)” and click “Properties.”  See screenshot below.

6.  Another window will open, select “Obtain an IP Address Automatically” and also “Obtain DNS address automatically.”  It should look like the screenshot below.

7.  Click OK and close all network windows.  

Note:  You may see an information message on your computer that says you have “Limited or No Connectivity” to the internet.  This is not an error-  the Wholehog will not give you access to the internet.

Part 3- Launching the Visualizer
This section uses ESP Vision as the example.  For other visualizers, consult your Visualizer’s manual for launching instructions. 

1.  Log into your patched showfile on your console before starting your Visualizer.
2.  After launching ESP Vision, choose “Hog 3” or “Hog 4” as your DMX source.

3.  The visualizer will then launch, along with your connectivity driver.  You can see the status of your connection in the window.  The process will look like these screenshots below:

Manually configuring your network settings between console and visualizer

What you’ll need:
– (1) Crossover ethernet cable (cat-5)
– Wholehog Visualizer Connectivity Drivers on your Computer
– Visualizer Program

These instructions will help you to manually configure compatible TCP/IP ranges on both your console and your Visualizer computer.  The example below shows you one possible configuration, but you may choose another range.

Part 1- Configuring your console’s network settings

1.  Press the SETUP key
2.  Select CONTROL PANEL from the toolbar at the bottom of your right monitor.  (this can also be accessed from the Start Screen)
3.  In the Control Panel, select the HOG-NET tab (NETWORK on Wholehog 3)
4.  Ensure that the settings are as listed below
– Your Hognet Adaptor should list your console’s (or computer’s) ethernet port,
– “Use Default IP settings” should be selected.
– Select “Enable Boot Server”
5.  Press “OK”

Part 2- Configuring your Visualizer Computer
Note- As there are multiple versions of Windows OS that you can run your visualizer on, these instructions list multiple locations you may need to look to locate your adaptor. 

1.  Click your computer’s START Button and select “My Network Places.”
2.  In the new window, click “View Network Connections” from the left pane (under  Network Tasks).  Alternatively, open your computer’s Control Panel and select “Network Connections” or “Network and Sharing Center”. From here you may need to select “Change Adaptor Settings.”
3.  Locate your “Local Area Connection” and right-click on it.
4.  From the drop-down menu, select “Properties.”
5.  In the new window that opens, select  “Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)” and click “Properties.”  See screenshot below.

6.  Another window will open, select “Use the following IP address” with these settings:
  — IP Address: 172.31.0.2
  — Subnet Mask: 255.255.0.0
  — Default Gateway: 172.31.0.2
It should look like the screenshot below.

7.  Click OK and close all network windows.  

Note:  You may see an information message on your computer that says you have “Limited or No Connectivity” to the internet.  This is not an error-  the Wholehog will not give you access to the internet.

Part 3- Launching the Visualizer
This section uses ESP Vision as the example.  For other visualizers, consult your Visualizer’s manual for launching instructions. 

1.  Log into your patched showfile on your console before starting your Visualizer.
2.  After launching ESP Vision, choose “Hog 3” or “Hog 4” as your DMX source.

3.  The visualizer will then launch, along with your connectivity driver.  You can see the status of your connection in the window.  The process will look like these screenshots below:

Networking your console and visualizer via a router

Using a Router to network with your Visualizer computer

What you’ll need:
– (2) Non-crossover (patch) ethernet cable (cat-5)
– Wholehog Visualizer Connectivity Drivers on your Computer
– Visualizer Program
– Router

Placing a pre-configured router in the network between your console and your visualizer computer will allow the router to set compatible TCP/IP settings.  

Part 1- Configuring your console’s network settings

1.  Press the SETUP key
2.  Select CONTROL PANEL from the toolbar at the bottom of your right monitor.  (this can also be accessed from the Start Screen)
3.  In the Control Panel, select the HOG-NET tab (NETWORK in Wholehog 3)
4.  Ensure that the settings are as listed below
– Your Hognet Adaptor should list your console’s (or computer’s) ethernet port,
– Select “Obtain an IP address using DHCP”.
– Select “Enable Boot Server”
5.  Press “OK”

Part 2- Configuring your Visualizer Computer
Note- As there are multiple versions of Windows OS that you can run your visualizer on, these instructions list multiple locations you may need to look to locate your adaptor. 

1.  Click your computer’s START Button and select “My Network Places.”
2.  In the new window, click “View Network Connections” from the left pane (under  Network Tasks).  Alternatively, open your computer’s Control Panel and select “Network Connections” or “Network and Sharing Center”. From here you may need to select “Change Adaptor Settings.”
3.  Locate your “Local Area Connection” and right-click on it.
4.  From the drop-down menu, select “Properties.”
5.  In the new window that opens, select  “Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)” and click “Properties.”  See screenshot below.

6.  Another window will open, select “Obtain an IP Address Automatically” and also “Obtain DNS address automatically.”  It should look like the screenshot below.

7.  Click OK and close all network windows.  

Note:  You may see an information message on your computer that says you have “Limited or No Connectivity” to the internet.  This is not an error-  the Wholehog will not give you access to the internet.  

Part 3- Launching the Visualizer
This section uses ESP Vision as the example.  For other visualizers, consult your Visualizer’s manual for launching instructions. 

1.  Log into your patched showfile on your console before starting your Visualizer.
2.  After launching ESP Vision, choose “Hog 3” or “Hog 4” as your DMX source.

3.  The visualizer will then launch, along with your connectivity driver.  You can see the status of your connection in the window.  The process will look like these screenshots below:

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