The Control Protocols Plug Fest celebrates its second anniversary with another Fest being held in January 2011 in conjunction with the Technical Standards Program meetings at the Marriott Solana in Westlake, TX. As a result of the continuing popularity and growth of the program, the Plug Fest will fill a larger space at the Marriott, and the event will be lengthened by half a day, running Friday, January 21 from 16:00 to 22:00; Saturday, January 22 from 09:00 to 23:00; and Sunday, July 25 from 09:00 to 22:00. The event, originally created to support ANSI E1.20 RDM (Remote Device Management) two years ago has since expanded to cover all CPWG protocols, including the popular ANSI E1.31 DMX over Ethernet protocol.

The Control Protocols Plug Fest will be an informal event, with the only people around to see the equipment work or fail being engineers and technicians, not customers. The event will provide an opportunity for manufacturers' engineers to see if their products will work with the products of numerous manufacturers, find out on the spot what is wrong, fix it, and try again. With all the members of the RDM and E1.31 task groups that wrote the standards on-hand, it also provides an excellent resource to get implementation questions answered and to learn from everyone's shared experience.

For more information and to register, contact Scott Blair. Registration is important so that the logistics of the equipment delivery, setup, and removal can be organized. There is no charge for participation and the event is open to everyone. Hotel sleeping rooms can be reserved through ESTA.