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Re: PocketScroller...
« Reply #30 on: February 23, 2018, 07:18:05 PM »
Now I have a noob question. How do I configure a wireless network adapter with no video connection. Do I need to connect both wired and wireless USB adapters? Can I use a USB switch or an adapter for the micro USB port on the pocketbeagle?


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Re: PocketScroller...
« Reply #31 on: February 23, 2018, 07:46:02 PM »
Now I have a noob question. How do I configure a wireless network adapter with no video connection. Do I need to connect both wired and wireless USB adapters? Can I use a USB switch or an adapter for the micro USB port on the pocketbeagle?



Three options:
1) Use a USB hub so you can have both wired and wireless USB things plugged in


2) Unplug from external power (the terminal screws on pocket scroller) and plug a micro-USB cable (cell phone cable?) from the small port right on the PocketBeagle to your computer.   Open browser to 192.168.7.2 (windows) or 192.168.6.2 (Mac) and configure.


3) Manually create a interface.wlan0 file:
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fpp@FPPPB:~/media/config$ cat interface.wlan0
INTERFACE=wlan0
PROTO=dhcp
SSID='KULPYARD'
PSK='12345abcd'

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Re: PocketScroller...
« Reply #32 on: February 23, 2018, 08:32:59 PM »
Is there a usb wireless network adapter that doesnt require loading drivers for the pocketbeagle? The ones I have are not initializing. They work fine under Windows once the drivers are loaded.


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Re: PocketScroller...
« Reply #33 on: February 23, 2018, 08:48:37 PM »
Is there a usb wireless network adapter that doesnt require loading drivers for the pocketbeagle? The ones I have are not initializing. They work fine under Windows once the drivers are loaded.



Just about any of the wifi adapters that are 150mbit or 300mbit only should be fine.   Basically, if it says it works for the Raspberry Pi it should work on the beagle. 

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PocketScroller...
« Reply #34 on: February 23, 2018, 09:28:16 PM »
Is there a usb wireless network adapter that doesnt require loading drivers for the pocketbeagle? The ones I have are not initializing. They work fine under Windows once the drivers are loaded.



Just about any of the wifi adapters that are 150mbit or 300mbit only should be fine.   Basically, if it says it works for the Raspberry Pi it should work on the beagle.

Thanks, I found an old 150Mbs USB adapter I had which works great. Tomorrow Ill assemble more panels for testing. I do have a little ghosting which is probably the cheap panels I have. I found them for $14 each.


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Re: PocketScroller...
« Reply #35 on: February 23, 2018, 09:32:40 PM »
There is also a command line network config script that we created for Pi Zero and BBB users.  /opt/fpp/scripts/setup but I havent tested it recently.  It will prompt for the network info and create the config files.

Off topic, but the Pi 3 vs Zero ghosting issue makes it look like we will need to expose the library setting to allow the user to throttle the scan rate on the Pi.
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Re: PocketScroller...
« Reply #36 on: February 24, 2018, 08:40:14 AM »
https://youtu.be/2nyz_ile6d4
Tried this over wireless and there were pixel artifacts/ ghosting that obscured the patterns. There was also about a five second delay.


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Re: PocketScroller...
« Reply #37 on: February 24, 2018, 09:43:14 AM »
I think of ghosting as pixels inadverently lighting up in same area of where you are turning some on. For me that has typically been pixels in the same scan column and in a greenish tint. Yours is interesting because the pixels that are inadvertently lighting up are nowhere near the ones that are supposed to be lighting up.
My intent is to show how a extremely bad noise/ghosting is cleared up with the Pi Zero, supporting my statement to not buy more/replacement panels before testing them with a Pi 2B and or Pi Zero.  I think your panels are fine, and the controller needs tuning.

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Re: PocketScroller...
« Reply #38 on: February 24, 2018, 09:56:54 AM »
Is there a usb wireless network adapter that doesnt require loading drivers for the pocketbeagle? The ones I have are not initializing. They work fine under Windows once the drivers are loaded.


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I have had problems with all WiFi dongles except the EDIMAX.  Those give me 100% operation.  But one other note.  I was having issues with my BBB and the EDIMAX, then someone told me the hdmi port interferes with the WiFi dongle when plugged directly in the BBB....suggesting a short usb extension cable, and mount away from hdmi port.  I tested with a 1m cable and WiFi has not been an issue since.

So for me, BBB are EDIMAX and a 1-foot USB extension cable....and a custom USB cable end holder.

EDIT:  Per Dan: PocketBeagle does not have an HDMI port to interfere with WiFi Dongle.
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Re: PocketScroller...
« Reply #39 on: February 24, 2018, 09:57:55 AM »
I think of ghosting as pixels inadverently lighting up in same area of where you are turning some on. For me that has typically been pixels in the same scan column and in a greenish tint. Yours is interesting because the pixels that are inadvertently lighting up are nowhere near the ones that are supposed to be lighting up.
My intent is to show how a extremely bad noise/ghosting is cleared up with the Pi Zero, supporting my statement to not buy more/replacement panels before testing them with a Pi 2B and or Pi Zero.  I think your panels are fine, and the controller needs tuning.
The single panel in the now lower right hand corner has a single row of pixels that illuminate ever so lightly along the left hand edge. This moves with this one single panel. I plan to move it to the lower left and let it hide behind the edge of a frame to contain the panels. The other artifacts that occur when connected wirelessly in bridge mode I agree are totally a refresh rate issue. I believe partially due to the age and  quality of the network adapter I was using. When connected over a wired network the mostly disappear.

Thank you for your input.


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Re: PocketScroller...
« Reply #40 on: February 24, 2018, 10:02:55 AM »
Is there a usb wireless network adapter that doesnt require loading drivers for the pocketbeagle? The ones I have are not initializing. They work fine under Windows once the drivers are loaded.


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I have had problems with all WiFi dongles except the EDIMAX.  Those give me 100% operation.  But one other note.  I was having issues with my BBB and the EDIMAX, then someone told me the hdmi port interferes with the WiFi dongle when plugged directly in the BBB....suggesting a short usb extension cable, and mount away from hdmi port.  I tested with a 1m cable and WiFi has not been an issue since.

So for me, BBB are EDIMAX and a 1-foot USB extension cable....and a custom USB cable end holder.
That is an excellent bit of information. This is my first foray into FPP and xLights so this kind of info saves me a lot of searching the forums. I plan to let the PocketBeagle run in remote synced to a RPi 3b this year so I can free my PC up for other projects.


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Re: PocketScroller...
« Reply #41 on: February 24, 2018, 10:28:05 AM »
I have had problems with all WiFi dongles except the EDIMAX.  Those give me 100% operation.  But one other note.  I was having issues with my BBB and the EDIMAX, then someone told me the hdmi port interferes with the WiFi dongle when plugged directly in the BBB....suggesting a short usb extension cable, and mount away from hdmi port.  I tested with a 1m cable and WiFi has not been an issue since.

So for me, BBB are EDIMAX and a 1-foot USB extension cable....and a custom USB cable end holder.


Point of note:  the PocketBeagle does NOT have an HDMI port, so that's not an issue with them. 

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Re: PocketScroller...
« Reply #42 on: February 24, 2018, 01:15:12 PM »
https://youtu.be/D13kfi7dzc4

Sequence playing from Falcon Player scheduler in stand alone mode. I think the animations are much cleaner than when in bridge mode. I will be looking to get my hands on one of your F8-Bs when the group buy comes around.


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Re: PocketScroller...
« Reply #43 on: February 24, 2018, 04:51:53 PM »
https://youtu.be/D13kfi7dzc4
 I will be looking to get my hands on one of your F8-Bs when the group buy comes around.

The F8-Bs are very nice, high capacity boards. Highly recommend them.

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Re: PocketScroller...
« Reply #44 on: February 25, 2018, 08:16:54 AM »


The F8-Bs are very nice, high capacity boards. Highly recommend them.
I agree!  :D

I will be looking to get my hands on one of your F8-Bs when the group buy comes around.

I have an extra one to sell if you're interested. Original cost $42 for F8-B plus $55 for BeagleBoneBlack.   Selling as one complete package with the latest FPP software pre-installed and ready to run $75 plus shipping ($7 flat rate) plus PayPal fee (or "send to friend" for no fee).
xLights and Vixen3 for sequencing / FPP for scheduling and playing / Falcon controllers for pixels / homemade controllers for everything else

 

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