Telnet and Serial Communications

If you programming a complex show control event, you may want bidirectional or advanced communication with Marquee. This can be achieved either over Ethernet using the Telnet port or RS232 using the serial port on the processor. In either case, the command set is identical. Marquee uses the Lua programming language and syntax along with a collection of specific HC.* script functions as shown in the Macro Editor.

Setting Up a Telnet Connection

Marquee is always ready to accept multiple telnet connections. There is no need to open a port with the SerialOpen function as described below. If you have hardware on-line, the connections will remain open indefinitely. If you are running the Off_Line software without a dongle, the connection will close after a reasonable amount of time and no further connections will be allowed until you restart the software.

  1. On your development machine, open HyperTerminal and connect using the Windsock connection. Use "localhost" as the Host address if Marquee is on the same machine or the specific IP address if it is on your network:

  1. When Marquee responds, it will prompt you like this:

  1. You can now type any one of the "local commands" ('help' is very useful). Your real show control application may want to send a 'noecho' and 'noprompt' string right after connection if you don't need the returning data to verify communications.

  2. For verification of the format that the script needs to be in syntactically, build your scripts in Marquee's Macro Script Editor:

  1. When you have tested it thoroughly using the [TEST] button, select the specific lines (or you can right click in the right hand pane, choose Select All) then Copy.

  2. Back in HyperTerminal, right-click and choose Paste To Host. You should see the result (whatever that may be) happen in Marquee.

  3. If you want to get information back from Marquee, you must format the return value into a print() function on the last line of your routine.

  4. Once your are satisfied with your connection and data format, copy the commands into your real show control application.

Setting Up Serial Communications

  1. Install a Null Modem cable between your show control computer and the Marquee processor.

  2. Program and run a SerialOpen script specifically using the script argument. It would be a good idea to put this in the cue action of the first cue in an AutoRun Cuelist:


  1. For testing purposes run HyperTerminal on your show control PC. Make a new connection using the appropriate COM: port. Also ensure that the parameters in HyperTerminal match those in your SerialOpen script:

  1. Once you make the connection, you will see a prompt similar to the one in step 2 above in the Telnet connection example. The first command your show control application may want to send is the 'noprompt' and 'noecho' commands if it is not using them for handshakes.

See Also

Macro Editor and Scripts

Serial Out Macros