Installing LightWave

- Render node

When you launch the installer for LightWave you are presented with the choice of how to install. In addition to the Typical and Custom (Windows-only) choices, LightWave 2019 includes a Render Node option. This installs just those files needed to configure the host system as LightWave render node. After installation, the render node runs automatically in the background, without any user interaction needed. The machine will then be ready to appear in the NRC list of available computers.

IPv4 Discovery

By default, render node discovery relies on the popular Bonjour zero-configuration network technology. However, if you wish, you can opt to use IPv4 discovery instead. This will work automatically, but if your network requires the default port number of 29572 to be changed, this needs to be set up when installing. To do so, choose to configure advanced options for the Network Render Controller. There are several options to configure here, but if all you want is to change the port number, click Next three times to get to the following screen:

The screen after is the naming for the NRC Service Identifier.


The command line sequence:

LightWave_2019.0.0_Win64_installer.exe --mode unattended --prefix <install

location> --node_operation_type service --Setup Screamernet --node_account_type

network --nrc_account_name "NT AUTHORITY\NetworkService" --nrc_account_pass


This code block installs LightWave silently in "Render Node" mode, and sets the NRC Service to automatically start the Windows service on boot.