You're right. I apologize for the bad paraphrasing of the technicians on my part. I'm a hobbyist that understands the functioning level and less of the techinical, engineering and hardware.
Again, we've reached out to neptune before to make our products compatible but there was no interest. This company however, worked with us and created a product similar to neptune's and to the time to make their controller compatible with out fixtures: http://aquarium-led-controller.com/p...ed-controller/
Neptune has to be willing to work with us in order to control the RGBs the way you all want.
I do not understand how apex systems work as I've mentioned before but I can guarantee our engineers very clearly do.
again, paraphrasing our technicians, BML fixtures are fundamentally different from the Satellite LED. They do not have PWM RGB control. With PWM RGB control, it requires much more than a off the shelf drivers they include. You're right we can easily include drivers you are referring to and it would be compatible with the APEX but those drivers only enable dimming of 1 color channel even though apex allows more.
I'm sorry I'm not the best person to talk to about this but if you would like to chat with our techs about this, feel free to call us 760-727-7011
This is not true. You are misunderstanding what Neptune is saying with they refer to only 2 channels. Channels meaning fixture channels, not color channels. Each channel is a fixture and one port can support two channels or 2 fixtures. VDM 1/2 is one port and depending on what Apex you have VDM 3/4 is one port.
The Apex firmware itself can handle multiple color channels per fixture and their new Fusion firmware update they are about to launch will make it even easier.
I am just not sure how it is so hard for Current USA to offer a VDM cable and driver to work with the Apex system. This is not a Neptune issue, this is a Current USA issue for not understanding how the Apex system works. BML has figured this out and their lights are not $400. $15 cable and their fixtures work perfectly with the Apex.
You have a fixture that has all the bells and whistles to be a good light with a sleek and low profile design. How hard is it to create a driver and offer a cable to plug into the Apex? That doesn't cost extra and will not cause the cost to rise. Instead of using IR you're using the Apex to control it all.
While you're trying to build an affordable light you're forgetting that there are many who would pay extra for this feature and not just a handful ether. So more controllability options would be nice.