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Control camera over ethernet

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My new camera has an ethernet (RJ-45) connection that can be used to control the camera; I use it as the primary link for EOS utility. Any chance of getting BYE to use ethernet rather than serial? Low priority suggestion, but would be a nice alternative when you need  to be further away than serial will allow.

 

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Please tell us what model of DSLR you have.

Also, please do searches of the Forum for "WiFi" - there are a couple of threads which explain tricks to using BYE via WiFi.  Perhaps the same tricks will work to establish the Ethernet Connection that you desire...

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On 6/2/2018 at 1:56 PM, s3igell said:

Please tell us what model of DSLR you have.

Also, please do searches of the Forum for "WiFi" - there are a couple of threads which explain tricks to using BYE via WiFi.  Perhaps the same tricks will work to establish the Ethernet Connection that you desire...

It's a 1DX Mark II.

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20 hours ago, astroman133 said:

important...how are you connected? through a hub or direct? if direct, then you need a crossover cable.

I haven't tried connecting via ethernet yet; I was assuming (yes, I know what that does!) that it wouldn't work out of the box because the communications dialog didn't seem to support it.

I'll look at the WiFi threads to see if that gives me a hint. This camera doesn't do WiFi without an external adapter, but I know networking fairly well, so I might be able to get it to go.

 

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BTW, are you sure that the 1DX Mk II is supported by BYE? It may be too new. It does not appear in the Supported Cameras list.

If the camera is supported by the SDK, but Ethernet tethering is not then you may have to use the USB 3.0 interface for tethering. That said, if the EOS Utility supports the RJ-45 connection then there is a good chance that BYE can, as well. That is if Canon is forthcoming with how to establish the connection.

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35 minutes ago, astroman133 said:

BTW, are you sure that the 1DX Mk II is supported by BYE? It may be too new. It does not appear in the Supported Cameras list.

If the camera is supported by the SDK, but Ethernet tethering is not then you may have to use the USB 3.0 interface for tethering. That said, if the EOS Utility supports the RJ-45 connection then there is a good chance that BYE can, as well. That is if Canon is forthcoming with how to establish the connection.

It's Digic 6, and works perfectly over a serial port.

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Looking at the specs it shows USB 3.0 and ethernet...no serial.

DIGIC 6 does not determine support by the SDK. It needs to support the camera model individually. That said, it is listed as a supported camera by the 3.6.1 version of the EOS SDK. However, Guylain must make a minor change to BYE to recognize it. He needs information that is logged when you attempt to connect. If nobody else is using that camera model, then you will need to provide that information to him.

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51 minutes ago, astroman133 said:

Looking at the specs it shows USB 3.0 and ethernet...no serial.

DIGIC 6 does not determine support by the SDK. It needs to support the camera model individually. That said, it is listed as a supported camera by the 3.6.1 version of the EOS SDK. However, Guylain must make a minor change to BYE to recognize it. He needs information that is logged when you attempt to connect. If nobody else is using that camera model, then you will need to provide that information to him.

When I said "serial", I was referring to USB. Both BYE and my telescope control software recognize the USB ports as Comm ports, just with higher numbers (6, 7 and 8, usually) than the standard RS-232 convention of 1 through 4. BYE works perfectly when I use USB to the camera.

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Many mounts expose external communications and control via an RS-232 serial port, but today's PCs do not typically have serial (COMn) ports. The solution is to use a serial-to-USB adaptor cable.

However, BYE (and the Canon SDK) do not use COM ports; they use USB ports directly. The cable is a regular USB cable, not a serial-to-USB adapter cable.

So, BYE is able to recognize and control the camera when connected via USB.  This means that Guylain should add the 1DX Mk II to the list of supported cameras. It may also mean that the SDK does not support tethering control with 3rd party apps over ethernet. Canon may be keeping the connection technique as proprietary. If the EOS Utility supports it then it is possible.

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