When a CueServer is selected in the Navigator Window, it’s various network parameters can be changed by clicking on the Network Toolbar Item ( ), or by selecting the Network Settings… menu item in the CueServer menu.
These parameters include the device’s network name, DHCP settings, IP Address, Subnet and Gateway addresses.
A dialog window similar to the following will appear:
This is the name of the device on the network (sometimes called the hostname). The device name can be set to any practical name that can be used to identify the CueServer on the network.
On CueServers with only a single Ethernet jack, this option is fixed to “Single LAN”.
On CueServers with two Ethernet jacks, two different options are available in this menu:
Option 1: Single LAN with Built-In Ethernet Switch
When this mode is selected (which is the factory default), the two Ethernet jacks are simply two ports of a built-in Ethernet switch, both of which are connected to the CueServer. In this configuration, either one of the two jacks can be connected to the local network, and the other jack can be used as an extra port for connecting a laptop, DMX node, CueStation Hub or any other network device. All of the CueServer management and lighting control data flows over this single LAN connection.
Option 2: Dual LANs with Separate IP Addresses
When this mode is selected, the two Ethernet jacks become two separate LAN ports, each of which have their own network settings. The jack marked “A” is used to connect to a device management network. LAN “A” can be used for device discovery, configuration editing, and has access to the web interface. The jack marked “B” will have a different IP address and is used for lighting control data. LAN “B” is where DMX-over-Ethernet protocols such as sACN, Art-Net, and KiNET are flowing. LAN “B” can also be used for device discovery, configuration editing, and has access to the web interface.
CueServer allows the Network Address to be set manually or automatically. If the CueServer is configured for Dual LANs, then each network (A and B) can have it’s own network settings.
If the CueServer is on a network with a DHCP server or Router (which is common in buildings, offices and home networks), this setting can be set to Using DHCP.
When Using DHCP is chosen, the IP Address fields become disabled. This is because the CueServer will fetch these address parameters from the network automatically. There is no need to set these parameters manually when using DHCP.
When Manually is chosen, the IP Address fields can be entered with a static IP Address, Subnet and Gateway address.
It is best to use this option if the CueServer is not connected to a network, or if the network is known to not have a DHCP server or Router, or if a specific network configuration is desired that uses a static address for the CueServer.