Setups #3: Examples Using PacaConnect

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Live Performance Using a MacBook/MacBook Pro

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This is a typical stage set up built around a Mac laptop. The laptop's built-in Ethernet port connects directly to the Paca(ran a) with a simple RG45 networking cable (for simplicity the FireWire connection between the laptop, Pacarana, and soundcard is omitted from the diagram). The laptop's built-in WiFi is set up via OSX's Networking Preference Pane to provide a "computer-to-computer" wireless network. Once connected, they will "see" the Pacarana advertised using Bonjour by the PacaProxy Server. Once connected to the proxy, the devices can send and receive OSC messages from the Pacarana just as if they were directly connected. Since the WiFi network is dedicated for the OSC clients, the connections have improved robustness and reduced latency.

Basic Studio Setup Using any Mac with built-in Wi-Fi

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One common way to connect a studio computer to an overall home or office network is using its built-in WiFi port. If the WiFi access point/router is physically removed from the studio this creates a challenge for also connecting the Paca(rana)'s OSC networking. PacaConnect's PacaProxy Server is the "missing link" that affords a very simple, low-cost solution: use the Mac's Ethernet port. This approach saves the cost of some type of WiFi router adjacent to the Paca(rana) or a USB WiFi "dongle" for the Paca(rana).

Studio Network Setup Using any Mac with built-in WiFi

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A more complete studio setup would probably have a full network, including Internet connectivity, that the studio computer participates in. This network may even include a WiFi connection. One way to connect the Paca(rana) would be to place it on the overall network so that it can be reached by other devices. This was the common way to connect the Paca(rana) prior to PacaConnect. One disadvantage of this approach occurs when you connect an OSC client device(for instance vKiP or TouchOsc running on an iPad) to the studio network's WiFi. This may or may not suffer from control data loss or control latency depending on the overall network activity over the WiFi portion. If instead a private OSC control wireless network is established using the computer's WiFi OSC control, integrety and latency should improve. PacaConnect's PacaProxy Server makes this possible.

Studio Setup Connected to Home/Office Network Using any Mac with built-in WiFi

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One common way to connect a studio computer to an overall home or office network is using its built-in WiFi port. If the WiFi access point/router is physically removed from the studio this creates a challenge for also connecting the Paca(rana)'s OSC networking. PacaConnect's PacaProxy Server is the "missing link" that affords a very simple, low-cost solution: use the Mac's Ethernet port. This approach saves the cost of some type of WiFi router adjacent to the Paca(rana) or a USB WiFi "dongle" for the Paca(rana).

Mac Pro Studio Using Dedicated Wireless OSC

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Mac Pro based studios when the Mac has built-in WiFi can use any of the previous set ups. But what's the best approach when the Mac Pro does not have WiFi? The approach shown above places the Paca(rana) on the overall studio network and uses the Mac Pro's second Ethernet port to establish a dedicated WiFi network. This configuration affords the most robust and responsive OSC control.

Mac Pro Studio Using Dedicated Pacarana Network

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Sometimes the WiFi router and/or switch is physically distant from the Mac Pro and you have to use WiFi to connect to the overall network (including Internet). A simple WiFi access point, like the Airport Express, will not normally work as it does not support multiple Ethernet connections (it does not have a switch or "hub" feature). PacaConnect provides a work-around as you can place the Paca(rana) on a second Mac Pro Ethernet port and connect the other to the overall network using the simpler Airport Express (or equivalent).