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Intro to the PocketScroller
« on: January 29, 2019, 10:59:36 AM »
The PocketScroller was designed to leverage the power of a PocketBeagle to drive P10 and P5 LED panels.  The PocketBeagle is a smaller version of a BeagleBone Black that strips off a bunch of functionality (like HDMI ports, eMMC, etc...), but still provides the same PRU's, SD card, etc...

PocketScroller Capabilities:
  • 6 HUB75 Connectors/Outputs - each can driver 12 P10 panels or 4/5 P5 panels
  • PocketScroller boards starting with v1.1 have an "E" address line.  This allows it to drive 1:32 scan panels.
Requirements:
  • SD card with the latest FPP image
  • USB network adapter, either Wifi or Ethernet, that is supported by Linux.
Supported FPP Versions:
PocketScroller support was added to the BBB LED Panels page in FPP for FPP 2.0.   All versions of FPP since 2.0 support it.

Notes:
  • While the 1.1 versions of the PocketScroller DO support 1:32 scan panels, they are not recommended.   Because only 1/32 of the panel is on at any time, they have a lot of flicker if more than one or two are connected per output.   Thus, you cannot drive many of them. 
Availability:
PocketScrollers are available from dkulp's store: https://kulplights.com/product/pocketscroller/ or directly from him (PM him)
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Re: Intro to the PocketScroller
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2019, 02:07:33 PM »
Does anyone have a particular USB to Ethernet adapter they like to use for these?  There are a ton out there just didn't know if anyone had any success with one over another.


Thanks!

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Re: Intro to the PocketScroller
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2019, 02:21:21 PM »
Wireless is an option too! Use Edimax nano if you go that route.
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Re: Intro to the PocketScroller
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2019, 02:30:30 PM »
Does anyone have a particular USB to Ethernet adapter they like to use for these?  There are a ton out there just didn't know if anyone had any success with one over another.


Thanks!

I'm using the QacQoc USB/Gigabit ethernet (with 3 usb ports, too). Works well.

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Re: Intro to the PocketScroller
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2019, 02:35:10 PM »
Does anyone have a particular USB to Ethernet adapter they like to use for these?  There are a ton out there just didn't know if anyone had any success with one over another.


Thanks!

I'm using the QacQoc USB/Gigabit ethernet (with 3 usb ports, too). Works well.

https://www.neweggbusiness.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIV07P7AP2511


That actually opens up another question for me...


If I were to use something like that is having a wireless USB adapter along with hardwired ethernet an option? 

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Re: Intro to the PocketScroller
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2019, 02:38:53 PM »
That actually opens up another question for me...

If I were to use something like that is having a wireless USB adapter along with hardwired ethernet an option?


Yep.  That's how I set up my PBs....   I use one of these with a wifi adapter in the hub part so both wlan0 and eth0 are there so I can dhcp in via my wired network to setup the Wifi settings.    Once setup, I can unplug and just put a wifi adapter in since the wlan0 config is then in place.

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Re: Intro to the PocketScroller
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2019, 02:51:54 PM »
That actually opens up another question for me...

If I were to use something like that is having a wireless USB adapter along with hardwired ethernet an option?


Yep.  That's how I set up my PBs....   I use one of these with a wifi adapter in the hub part so both wlan0 and eth0 are there so I can dhcp in via my wired network to setup the Wifi settings.    Once setup, I can unplug and just put a wifi adapter in since the wlan0 config is then in place.


That's actually what I was hoping you would say.  That is what I am doing with everything else in the show and my FPP and BBB so that works.


Thanks all!  Orders going in now! :)

 

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