Pathport’s 10th Anniversary Launched with Release of the Eight-Port OCTO
Posted on Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
2010 marks the 10th anniversary of the unveiling of Pathway Connectivity’s revolutionary Pathport DMX-over-Ethernet nodes. The product line has steadily expanded in the years since, culminating in the new eight-port OCTO.
The rack-mounted OCTO node allows for compact installation of large numbers of ports in limited space, with all the features and flexibility Pathports are renowned for – and at the lowest cost-per-port ever.
“A lot has changed in ten years, but the first Pathports we ever shipped can still run our latest code,” observes Dave Higgins, Pathway’s president. “And I expect to say the same thing about the OCTO ten years from now. Durable, future-proofed designs and rock-solid hardware have always been central to all our products.”
The OCTO’s eight ports are individually configurable in any combination. A simple front-panel interface allows quick access to port direction, DMX output speed, Ethernet protocol choice and basic universe patching. Full merge and priority channel patching, along with advanced features such as signal loss behavior (including crossfade), port-labeling, and choice of E1.31 streaming ACN version, are easily set with the free, platform-independent configuration software, Pathport Manager.
With choice of XLR or terminal strip connectors, the OCTO works on its own as a DMX splitter with Ethernet connectivity, or as the heart of a new DMX distribution system. The OCTO can also be easily retrofitted into the existing cabling of legacy systems such as DMXPathfinders.
“Releasing the OCTO is a great kick-off to the tenth anniversary of Pathport,” says Higgins. “And we have lots more planned.”