How to Wire a Fog Machine From a 5 Pin to a 3 Pin

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How to Wire a Fog Machine From a 5 Pin to a 3 Pin
You can control the smoke machine with your DJ equipment. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Smoke machines are an ideal way to create a party atmosphere. A DMX controller is used to control the smoke machine and other lighting equipment. Some smoke machines come with a 5-pin connector to hook it up to the DMX controller. But if your DMX controller only supports a 3-pin DMX connector you can still connect it without having to buy a new controller.

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  • 5-pin to 3-pin adaptor

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  1. 1

    Inspect your fog machine controller cable and be sure it is a 5-pin cable. Count the number of slots in the controller cable to make sure their are five holes. If you count three holes then you have a 3-pin cable and require no adaptor to make it work.

  2. 2

    Plug in the male end of the 5-pin to 3-pin adaptor into the female end from the fog machine. Plug in the adaptor all the way.

  3. 3

    Plug in the female end of the 5-pin to 3-pin adaptor into the DMX controller.

Tips and warnings

  • Remove the adaptor by pulling it out when you want to use it with a 5-pin DMX controller.
  • You can buy a 5-pin to 3-pin adaptor at most DJ supply stores either online or in person.

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