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Offline sklankowski

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Data Wire only
« on: May 16, 2018, 11:15:04 PM »
I am building a mega RGB tree with injected power all around the base.  With this F48 Pixel controller, what card would be best to supply the needed data signal, or should I use the F16V3.  Any way to simply to use the differential ports to just supply the data? 
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Re: Data Wire only
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2018, 04:33:01 PM »
I believe that the F48 is data only. The receivers for it supply the power.The F16 can be used for data (and ground) only as long as the typical data distance isn't exceeded. Once you exceed that distance the data gets flaky and you need null pixels, Null buffer, F-Amp, uAmp or similar.

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Re: Data Wire only
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2018, 09:07:14 PM »
E1.31 to the F48.  Differential (RS485) from the F48 to each of the remotes.  SPI from the remote to the lights.
Proper power at each remote and at the F48.
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Re: Data Wire only
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2018, 06:31:31 AM »
I am building a mega RGB tree with infused power all around the base.  With this F48 Pixel controller, what card would be best to supply the needed data signal, or should I use the F16V3.

When many pixels strings are in close proximity, (like with a pixel tree or pixel matrix) then the F16 controller (with 16+ local string ports) makes more sense.  The F48 is more appropriate when pixel strings are spread out across a wider area or longer distance
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Re: Data Wire only
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2018, 09:15:13 AM »
I do as Pixlepuppy stated. I use the F16 mounted at the base of the tree with power injection and use an expansion board with differential receivers for the outlying props. I will be using the F48 this year for the roof and window outlines because of the distance those will require and it will allow me to put the power where I need it.
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Re: Data Wire only
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2018, 10:18:59 AM »
I am building a mega RGB tree with infused power all around the base.  With this F48 Pixel controller, what card would be best to supply the needed data signal, or should I use the F16V3.

When many pixels strings are in close proximity, (like with a pixel tree or pixel matrix) then the F16 controller (with 16+ local string ports) makes more sense.  The F48 is more appropriate when pixel strings are spread out across a wider area or longer distance
I do as Pixlepuppy stated. I use the F16 mounted at the base of the tree with power injection and use an expansion board with differential receivers for the outlying props. I will be using the F48 this year for the roof and window outlines because of the distance those will require and it will allow me to put the power where I need it.

That is what I will try and design, Thank you Todd and pixelpuppy.

 

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