A DMX splitter gives you a lot of flexibility when connecting DMX controlled devices. A splitter isolates and amplifies each output independently. This therefore means that if there is a fault or malfunction from one branch, the other branches are not affected.
When choosing a DMX splitter for your theater needs, there are several factors you have to consider before you make a decision on which type will fulfill your needs perfectly.
When choosing a DMX splitter you need to consider to cable distance to the output channels. Some DMX splitters come with cable limitations but a good quality DMX splitter will eliminate this limitation.
Number of Outputs
Depending on the size of your theater, you will need a DMX splitter than can support the number of devices you want to control. Most DMX splitters come with a fixed number of outputs with each output controlling about 32 devices. Therefore if you need to control more devices then the number of outputs featured in the DMX splitter have to be more. Alternatively, you can link multiple DMX splitters until you have controlled the number of devices you intended to.
DMX splitters only control your devices but do not supply power separately to them. Each device therefore needs to be connected to a power supply. When choosing a quality DMX splitter you need to consider your power supply source as well. Good DMX splitters can switch between 110 V to 240 V. This makes it versatile and easy to use for any type of power source.
A good quality splitter will operate between 20 – 60 degrees Celsius. If the temperatures exceed this range, the splitter is likely to overheat and malfunction affecting the performance of your devices.
Lastly when choosing a splitter you need to consider its size. Good splitters come in a compact design making them highly portable and easy to use especially if you will need to link them up.