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Offline dustin2471

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F16v3 or F48? newbie
« on: May 02, 2019, 03:58:37 PM »
First post and have been reading reading and reading some more, however I have not been able to find an answer for my question.  I am starting with a mega tree this year as my first foray into pixel lights, I am trying to decide between the f16v3 or the f48 (I have ordered some pixel lights from Ray Wu but do not have a controller or anything else for that matter yet), this would pretty much be a stand alone decoration this year and I would integrate it into a show maybe next year size is 120 pixels per strand every 2" for 20' tall and probably 27 strands (270 degree) with a boscoyo star on top. So what would probably be the best to use the 16v3? or the 48? and why? I have a large yard and am probably going to need a few boards so for the ease of use and ease of learning which would you suggest?

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Re: F16v3 or F48? newbie
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2019, 05:04:48 PM »
The F16V3 has 16 outputs, natively.  You can add a 4 port receiver directly to it to increase that to 20. The local outputs are "short distance".  The remote can go some distance.

If you want to take it up even more, connect a 4 port sender and up to 4- 4 port receivers, taking it to 32 outputs.  If you want to go to a full 48, add another 4 port sender. The 16 natives remain close up, the remotes all can be some distance from the board.

Of course you could just go with two 16 port expansions instead, taking you to 48 outputs from the F16. All 48 ports up close.

With the F48 you add up to 12 - 4 port receivers, with a total of 48 outputs if you take it to the limit.  No additional sender boards, just 12 - 4 port receivers.  All capable of longer distances.

So, ask yourself - do you need connections "up close" only - then the F16.  Do you need connections spread all around your yard?  Then go with the F48.  Do you want to have some "up close" and some "out there", then use the F16 and the remote senders and receivers.

The wonderful thing about all of this is you can get creative and "do it your way".  :)
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Re: F16v3 or F48? newbie
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2019, 08:48:36 PM »
I started with the F16 since it just works .. you add power and plug in lights and it works. The F48 needs power then you need to build, wire and power the receiver boards to make things "work". F48 is more flexible, sure, but you cant beat the ease of deploying with the F16. You can always expand or add in later years.

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Re: F16v3 or F48? newbie
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2019, 06:44:20 AM »
I did as al states. Started with F16 and expansion boards. Then I needed more remote items spread out over a larger area and added the F48.

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Re: F16v3 or F48? newbie
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2019, 09:15:24 AM »
The F16V3 is a great way to start especially for a Megatree and any other props that will be nearby. But there are some other expansion options as well. The F8, F32 and F48. And don't forget that you can run things in a Master/Remote configuration and eliminate the Ethernet cabling.
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Re: F16v3 or F48? newbie
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2019, 10:05:05 AM »
Thank you for the replies!  This was the exact information I was looking for getting feedback from people with experience and know what they are talking about is very valuable to me so all I can say is THANK YOU!!!


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