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Offline eaglelife

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Hello
« on: May 12, 2018, 10:28:45 PM »
I want to have a display of ((1) 16 string of 100 12v 2811 node each string mega trees running off of (1) f3v16)), ((10) 8 foot trees of 168 12v 2811 nodes, (6) 96 12v 2811 node spinners running on f3v16 expansion board. How far away can I set up the raspberry pi that's going to run the show? The spinners will be 30 feet in the air and approximately 50 feet from controller is this doable? If not any suggestions to make this happen? Thank You for Your Time and Help.

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Re: Hello
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2018, 10:50:19 AM »
The F16V3 should be able to send data that far but you are pushing the limit a bit.  The Pi will be using its Ethernet port to communicate with the F16v3 and that is good for 300 ft and if you need to go further, you can boost the length another 300 ft by putting a low cost switch in the midpoint of the run.  You could also put the PI near the controller and use WIFI to control the PI but again, distance varies depending on access point location as well as obstructions and other WIFI traffic in your area. 

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Re: Hello
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2018, 07:00:29 PM »
Tbone is right you are at the limit for 30 to 50'. Alot will depend on the wire you use to get there. Many report longer distance with Cat5 but I have never tested.   With standard 3wire pigtails and extensions I can do 30' with no problem and I have never tested farther.  Another factor is the power drop you will experience at that distance which will limit the total nodes you can power directly from the controller, a problem that can be solved by power injection.


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Re: Hello
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2018, 07:02:57 PM »
I forgot to ask what is your plan for the 8' trees with only 168 nodes?  That is not very many lights.  At the standard 4" spacing your talking 24 lights of 7 runs. That not very dense even for an old school incandescent tree.


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Re: Hello
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2018, 04:32:15 PM »
The waY I read it, each tree will have 168 12V nodes.

 

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