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Falcon Player on New BeagleBone Black Wireless
« on: July 26, 2018, 08:06:22 AM »
Greetings to Forum Fellows. I'm new to the Falcon Player (FP) which I'm using to run a BeagleBone Black Wireless (BBBW). Yes, wireless. The device has no ethernet connection. I ordered a kit for P 10 Panels and it arrived with this wireless version of the Beagle board. I'm having problems finding information about connecting to the device other than USB. I have successfully setup the components to operate through the USB connection, but that's not exactly practical for displays. When I boot the BBBW without FP, connected to PC by USB, a wireless network shows(BeagleBoneXXX) up that I can connect to by entering "BeagleBone" as a password. With FP, the wireless network that appears is called "FP" and the BBBW password doesn't work.
I've tried other obvious password possibilities but can't connect to that network. This is where I get lost. Any ideas?
Richard

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Re: Falcon Player on New BeagleBone Black Wireless
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2018, 08:22:14 AM »

First off, make sure you are using a recent 2.x image from http://dankulp.com/bbb/ .  Likely should use the ext4-20180717 image.

Then there are two options:

1) USB cable - plug it into your computer (and hold the S2 button to boot from SD).   Wait a bit and a new network interface should appear.   Use your browser to go to 192.168.6.2 (Mac/Linux) or 192.168.7.2 (Windows).  You can configure the wifi from there.

2) Connect to the FPP-#### wifi network.   Password is Christmas.   Point browser to http://192.168.8.1

The general instructions are at:
http://falconchristmas.com/forum/index.php/topic,7985.0.html

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Re: Falcon Player on New BeagleBone Black Wireless
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2018, 12:25:17 PM »
Thanks Dan. All of your suggestions worked perfectly. I read the link you provided but I'm still unclear about the "tethering" option. What exactly happens when I turn off the option after I've configured?




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Re: Falcon Player on New BeagleBone Black Wireless
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2019, 02:39:25 PM »
Where can I download the FPP BBB eMMC disk image?
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Re: Falcon Player on New BeagleBone Black Wireless
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2019, 02:47:58 PM »
Where can I download the FPP BBB eMMC disk image?
Thank you.


Grab one of the BBB images from https://github.com/FalconChristmas/fpp/releases/tag/2.5.3 and us it.  Then go to the FPP Settings -> Advanced Settings and click on the flash to emmc button.

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Re: Falcon Player on New BeagleBone Black Wireless
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2019, 04:17:25 PM »
Worked perfectly. Thanks!

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Re: Falcon Player on New BeagleBone Black Wireless
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2019, 08:50:18 AM »
Worked perfectly. Thanks!


Just one more question. What is the difference between FPP-v2.5-BBB-btrfs.zip and FPP-v2.5-BBB-ext4.zip?

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Re: Falcon Player on New BeagleBone Black Wireless
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2019, 08:53:55 AM »
They just use different compression techniques for the whole disk.
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Kennesaw, GA all Falcon controllers, all 12v Master Remote Multisync with Pi and BBB P10 and P5

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Re: Falcon Player on New BeagleBone Black Wireless
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2019, 08:56:09 AM »
They just use different compression techniques for the whole disk.


So ether one of them is okay to install?

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Re: Falcon Player on New BeagleBone Black Wireless
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2019, 09:16:23 AM »
btrfs uses disk compression in the OS and applies to all files on the disk.   Up until recently, that was a great option if you were tight on space due to small flash drives, or lots of really large fseq files.


However, since the beginning of 2019, xLights and FPP now support individually compressed fseq files.  This is where the fseq files are compressed by the applications instead of the OS compressing the whole disk.  The current strategy seems to be going in the direction of ext4 file system for the disk images (reliable and stable across power failures) and file-based compression with xLights 2019.x and FPP >= 2.6
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Re: Falcon Player on New BeagleBone Black Wireless
« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2019, 09:51:15 AM »
Thank you, that make scents.

 

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