Hippotizer relies on the network to control systems, carry DMX data, synchronize playback and many other vital functions.

Computer networking is a complex topic that extends far beyond the scope of this manual. Simple best practice suggestions are offered here. If in doubt, it is strongly advised to to seek professional advice. A faulty network can lead to system instability.

Green Hippo strongly suggests using only static IPV4 networking.

In general, there are two networks to consider: HippoNet and Data.


HippoNet is the backbone of the Hippotizer system; it carries all the media previews, pin data and synchronization between Hippotizer and Zookeeper systems.

Data Network

The data network everything except HippoNet is carried. This is commonly ArtNet for DMX control, Pixelmapping output, CITP, and external triggers (such as TCP)


Firewalls are a software or hardware application that blocks specific data on a network. All Hippotizer systems ship with the firewalls configured correctly however, Zookeeper or Play systems may need to be set up manually.


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