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    Hello

    I know is might be a dumb question but Can you run 2 Smothstepper ESS at the same time to have more I/O ?????
    I seen this video guy made a pretty cool control panel



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    Default Re: Can you run 2 Smothstepper ESS at the same time to have more I/O

    No, you can't.

    But he's using an ESS and a pokeys to handle the additional inputs.
    I'm not sure what devices you can use with Mach4, and which ones work together.

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    Default Re: Can you run 2 Smothstepper ESS at the same time to have more I/O

    How much I/O were you thinking?



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    Default Re: Can you run 2 Smothstepper ESS at the same time to have more I/O

    You can switch to a UC300ETH which has 2 ports more than the ESS (5 vs 3), and it's cheaper.

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    Default Re: Can you run 2 Smothstepper ESS at the same time to have more I/O

    I am not sure but to much is better then not enough

    I like that UC300ETH but then i guess i will have 2 spare ESS hehe

    Thanks Guys



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    Default Re: Can you run 2 Smothstepper ESS at the same time to have more I/O

    Quote Originally Posted by Biggermens View Post
    I am not sure but to much is better then not enough

    I like that UC300ETH but then i guess i will have 2 spare ESS hehe

    Thanks Guys
    I was just wondering if you definately knew that the 3 ports on the ESS was not going to be enough...

    Me thinks you won't have any problem selling the ESS's if thats the way you go.



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    Default Re: Can you run 2 Smothstepper ESS at the same time to have more I/O

    You are right but what is a used ESS worth ?
    I may as well keep them in the spare parts box



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    Default Re: Can you run 2 Smothstepper ESS at the same time to have more I/O

    Hi,
    in Mach4 you can only have one active motion controller, so you can have one ESS running at a time.

    You can have a second board running as a data input, its just that the ESS is native as a motion controller and will not perform
    plain data IO. The Pokeys devices do however. A 57E will provide another 57 IO's including its regular mix of PWM outputs and
    analogue inputs. Thus the combined 51 IO's from the ESS and 57 IO's from the 57E for 108 IO's compared to the UC300 85 IO's.
    From memory the 57E is about $60.

    It is not clear to me you can do this in Mach3, the principle is the same, the ESS as motion controller and the 57E as data IO.

    Craig



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    Default Re: Can you run 2 Smothstepper ESS at the same time to have more I/O

    Quote Originally Posted by Biggermens View Post
    You are right but what is a used ESS worth ?
    Probably about $125?

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    Default Re: Can you run 2 Smothstepper ESS at the same time to have more I/O

    Hi Gerry,
    the 57CNC is about $125, it has the same core as the 57E (about $60), but is expanded and optimized as a motion controller.
    If motion control is not required then the 57E is more than adequate and of course somewhat cheaper.
    The 57E;
    https://www.poscope.com/product/pokeys57e/
    The 57CNC:
    https://www.poscope.com/product/pokeys57cnc/

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    Default Re: Can you run 2 Smothstepper ESS at the same time to have more I/O

    ???
    He asked what a used ESS is worth.

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