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Logic RDM Sniffer


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Saleae Logic
The Logic as a 2 line DMX/RDM sniffer

The Saleae Logic makes an excellent DMX / RDM sniffer. With the Logic and a small amount of hardware you can build a sniffer for a fraction of the price of commercial units.


  • A Logic or Logic 16, but see the note below.
  • 485 driver circuit
  • XLR connectors.


You need some hardware to convert from the differential 485 levels to a signal which the logic can understand.

TODO: sean / josh explain this and post a circuit.


Saleae Logic

The Logic App decoding DMX

Saleae provides the Logic App which works on Windows, Mac and Linux. The application has a plugin to decode DMX, but it doesn't understand RDM data. The tool is best for analyzing the signal timing rather than the high level messages.

OLA Sniffer

OLA has a text-based DMX/RDM sniffer that works with the Logic (it could easily be extended to work with the Logic 16). It can be found in tools/logic directory of the OLA sources.