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Learning Center / Re: Hardware Help
« Last post by zwiller on January 18, 2017, 02:19:06 PM »
Hopefully he's got power over there.  (beat me, good deal)

Basically, there are 2 approaches.  Central or distributed.  Central uses less controllers but is more complex wiring coming from a central point.  Distributed is the opposite, more controllers/simple wiring at various locations.  Generally, the distributed method uses one port per prop.  Some consider this wasteful but I do not.  I took to the distributed approach and it has served me well.  Problem is that I envision you needing 5 controllers.  Another ROT I have (just came up with recently) is using simpler controllers with simpler props and vice versa.  In your situation you most complex prop is the mega so I would make sure I had a F16V2 or V3 there so I could do pretty much anything I wanted whereas the arches/stars/trees/outline are easy so it doesn't matter.
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Falcon PiCap / Re: Max Pixel Count - WS2811
« Last post by sth2258 on January 18, 2017, 01:56:00 PM »
PiCap has two outputs that can support 800+ per output so you have plenty of room for 1,000 pixel matrix (may just want to split it and put 500 on each).
The site mentions "Can control two strings 800+ WS2811 pixels with fused and buffered outputs.", so wasn't sure if this was 800 total or per output.

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Learning Center / Re: Hardware Help
« Last post by Akareaper on January 18, 2017, 01:42:34 PM »
I have an existing outlet there already, on its own circuit.
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Lynx/Pixelnet / Re: Pixels, DLA gear and help!!!
« Last post by zwiller on January 18, 2017, 01:21:24 PM »
SSC's are a finicky item IMO.  I have lost about 2 dozen in the past few years and replaced pics (most common issue I had) on another 2 dozen as well.  I do not remember who gave me the idea but if forced to guess I'd say Steve Gase but he said SSC do not belong anyway near the ground and I agree.  As soon as I got rid of them there I was solid.  Anything near ground gets a F16 or Zeus port.  Best move I ever made.  In fact, I plan to remove the last of the SSCs from the house now that distance to first node is basically a non issue.  Pigtails are showing wear and I need to change channels around a bit. 

I use XL often as a tester but I can't seem to get a good start on sequencing with it.  I will never stop using LSP but would like to learn XL so I can share some sequences. 

Not sure if you have floods, but twooly's aethers are still in the for sale area as no one here seems to know what they are and are perfect fit for someone running DLA. 
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Falcon PiCap / Re: Max Pixel Count - WS2811
« Last post by mararunr on January 18, 2017, 01:12:09 PM »
PiCap has two outputs that can support 800+ per output so you have plenty of room for 1,000 pixel matrix (may just want to split it and put 500 on each).
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Sell/Trade / P10s and falcon f16v2r
« Last post by Aesl1982 on January 18, 2017, 12:56:45 PM »
Okay so next on list that's ready go from my move is  I'm selling is my p10 panels 40 of them. And 2 beagle bone blacks one for each one. One has the octo scroller on it the other a matrix pi adapter hat. Also a f16 v2r with expansion board in enclosure and pig tails attached. Asking $275 shipped for controller and the panels will be $9 a piece shipped l, the bbbs with octo or hat are $50 each shipped. If someone buys all the panels I'll throw in the bbbs free. Also have 4K pixels left st $25 per 100. Ws2811 square and 1000 ws2811 billets all 12v 409-599-7957


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Learning Center / Re: Hardware Help
« Last post by PeteyHall on January 18, 2017, 12:42:58 PM »
Hi folks! First off, I don't pretend to be a bad ass or anything due to my user name, it was a nick name given to me long ago in the military that stuck. I seemed to always work fatal accidents as an MP, and made many a death notification, even a few in my civilian career when i was a police officer. Hence, Reaper.

Anyway, down to business. Over the past few years I have seen many a display, mostly static and a couple animated, and got the bug. For 2017 I was given a budget to put up lights at my suburban home. The picture is what I came up with. Now, I need to know the hardware requirements. I have selected xlights, have been playing with it for hours and hours. I am going to use falcon gear. based on my layout, and my proposed expansion past this year, what should I get?

Background: For 2017
I have about 150 feet to outline on the house and garage/door/window. Going with 6 inch spacing, C9 style.
9 mini trees, 100 pixels ea,
9 stars, 50 pixels ea.
4 arches (Matt Johnson design)
1 mega tree, 16 strands, 50 pixels ea, for 800 total.

For the following year I plan to add:
150-200 feet of C9 to outline yard area of display
5 snowflakes (over garage door)
1 wreath (over front window)
4 moving heads on ridgeline
4 singing faces
10-12 northpoles.

I know its a lot to ask, but any help on a hardware list falcon controllers, expansion boards, or whatever I may need would be great. The actual display area in the front yard, not including mega tree will be about 40 feet wide, 60 feet deep. 15 feet from front of house where I just had 6 outlets put in off of 3 20amp breakers I had left in my panel. Of course, FM transmission.

Thanks in advance.
How do you plan to power the lights around the garage? Do you have power outlets available on the far side?


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Showing Off / Re: Thank you for all the help.
« Last post by kenoman742 on January 18, 2017, 12:01:00 PM »
Great job! :)
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Showing Off / Thank you for all the help.
« Last post by thetraveller333@yahoo.com on January 18, 2017, 10:45:34 AM »
First I want to thank all of the hardware and software designers, members of the forum, both newbies and experts, who answered endless questions from aspiring "light'neers".

Without all of you, I would still be working on getting my show to work.

The 2016 Christmas season was my first attempt at sequencing RGB pixels to music.  2015 was my first attempt at sequencing, using LOR only.

I can't wait for 2017.

The most important lesson I learned over the past 10 months, is how much more I have to learn.

This was my show this year.  I hope you enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7TPCXkPPVk

Thank you all

Manny
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Lynx/Pixelnet / Re: Pixels, DLA gear and help!!!
« Last post by tractormike21 on January 18, 2017, 10:04:23 AM »
thanks for the feedback guys!

The V3's from what I can tell do not do the test mode for Falcon Firmware.  I do have one flashed with DLA code that does let me test and it seems to work fine.  I bring up the strings and connect them to that SSC for testing the nodes.

As far as setbacks, I would work on them to the point of frustration and then put them away until I could work on them rationally:)

This year though, I really wanted my RGB elements to go in the display.  I didn't succeed, but I decided to stick it out and work thru items.

I new that my Smarthub was putting out power and DMX, so I assumed PIxelnet was being sent out the ports.  I even had a 4 port dumb hub that power would go out and I assumed Pixelnet would also.  That was on my bench Smarthub.

I didn't mention that when I moved to FPP I connected it to an etherdongle to a smarthub and then pulled DMX off of it for my show.  It has been working fine in that mode for 2 years.

My problems have always come down to the SSC's.  I have a large yard where they would be very handy to put some smaller elements in the yard at disperse locations.  Arches, Candles, Candy canes.  I just could not get the SSC's to work properly and I really was having trouble figuring out if it was the SSC or the pixels at first.  Then I purchased new pixels and other than being in a different color order, my problem with those seemed to go away.

I spent several days on the DLA site going thru posts and asking questions.  The common thread was to flash the SSC's with Falcon Firmware.  Everyone raved about it.

Then I started asking questons here.  At first, responses were slow, but it was right at Christmas time so I was not surprised.  As soon as I bumped the thread after New Years, I started getting responses.

As I started to flash PIC's I kept getting errors.  I had the wrong jumper settings on the J1Sys boards.  This thread got me the answers I needed!  Thanks!

Then I moved on to doing some work.  So far i have 5 working properly and 2 that were not.  Not bad!

Now I am finding one of my elements has some flaky pixels that need replaced, but I can work on that.

Having SSC's that are actually working consistently and properly is a huge sigh of relief.

From a flicker perspective, I originally tested with a shorter cable, but now have the original one that I was working with and I do not see any flicker except occasionally and that is at 100% brightness on white for a period of time.  I can live with that.

Now I have a base to work from and can make sure all my elements are working and programmed.   Once that is done, I have some major re-numbering and changes to my setup for next year that is going to be some work on the sequencing side.  Oh, and although LSP has worked very well for me, I am tired of waiting for the rewrite so I am going to try out Xlights.  The RGB stuff makes sense to me, but I have quite a few Express controllers that I need to figure out how to add!

Should be fun!

You will see more posts from me here!

Thank you all!

Mike.

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