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Output configuration question

Started by starsman20, November 14, 2020, 12:29:51 PM

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starsman20

I am using an F32B and am wondering if it makes a difference if I divide up my show to use more outputs. Right now I have a maximum number of pixels on a single data output to 400 and am using only 15 of the 32 outputs (about 5000 pixels total on this controller).  Would there be any noticeable difference if I split some of the 400's to 200's and used more outputs?  Also does it make a difference which ones are used? (meaning can there be empty ones).  There seems to be 4 "banks" of outputs.  should I split the outputs among them or does it matter?  I am not using the F32B for power at all, I am injecting at the front of each string and wherever else needed.  Thanks

pixelpuppy

No right or wrong here, just depends on your preferences.  The main difference between the banks is power related.  Since you're powering all your strings externally, the different banks on the controller is mostly inconsequential.  (Side note, its different with Octoscrollers running P5/P10 panels.  In that case its preferred to use the output ports sequentially and not skip.)

I personally tend to lean toward shorter strings on more ports versus longer strings on fewer ports.  The main reason is due to how a single pixel failure can knock out the rest of the string.   With long strings you run a higher risk of a single pixel taking out a bigger chunk of your display.  Shorter strings across more ports reduces the visual impact when a pixel fails.
-Mark

k6ccc

Quote from: pixelpuppy on November 14, 2020, 12:42:09 PMI personally tend to lean toward shorter strings on more ports versus longer strings on fewer ports.  The main reason is due to how a single pixel failure can knock out the rest of the string.  With long strings you run a higher risk of a single pixel taking out a bigger chunk of your display.  Shorter strings across more ports reduces the visual impact when a pixel fails.

Same here.  My longest string this year is 100 pixels.
Using LOR (mostly SuperStar) for all sequencing - using FPP only to drive P5 and P10 panels.
My show website:  http://newburghlights.org

Jim

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