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General Hardware Help

Started by dgreen, September 01, 2013, 07:08:11 AM

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dgreen

Hey Guys,
I have a few general questions and I wasn't sure where to post them.
I am looking at running some Falcon hardware this year so I thought I would test what I could.
I downloaded the FPP and flashed it on one of my Raspberry Pi's. Everything went as expected and seems to work. I will test with pixels tonight.

Side note, currently all my hardware works (etherdongle, active hub, SSC's) through X-Lights.

I want to run the Raspberry Pi, an ether dongle, a DIYLA active hub and 3 falcon F-16 pixel net controllers.
The first question is "will this work"?
I assume it would go together like this
1. Attach the raspberry pi to the network. I assume it multicasts out.
2. Attach the etherdongle to the network
3. Attach all hardware behind the etherdongle like it is today (I assume I can use the firmware I currently have flashed on the v3 SSC's)
4. Attach the Falcon F-16 controllers behind the active hub (pixel net universe 2, 3, and 4)(channels 4097-16384)(16 strands on each board)
I am also assuming I can run the active hub and 3 Falcon F-16 boards off one etherdongle.

Am I correct in my planning?
Since the manuals are not out yet I want to be sure I am planning correctly.
Last question, can you also provide a link to the power supplies used with the Falcon F-16 controller?
Thanks for any help.

JerryPlak

just saying if this was me, I pick up a TRENDnet TE100 (TE100S5) 5-Port 10/100 Mbps Switch or something it and run it own network
as you may not what to try runny this on your home network  ;)
Jerry Plak

Steve Gase

Quote from: dgreen on September 01, 2013, 07:08:11 AM
Hey Guys,
I have a few general questions and I wasn't sure where to post them.
I am looking at running some Falcon hardware this year so I thought I would test what I could.
I downloaded the FPP and flashed it on one of my Raspberry Pi's. Everything went as expected and seems to work. I will test with pixels tonight.

Side note, currently all my hardware works (etherdongle, active hub, SSC's) through X-Lights.

I want to run the Raspberry Pi, an ether dongle, a DIYLA active hub and 3 falcon F-16 pixel net controllers.
The first question is "will this work"?
I assume it would go together like this
1. Attach the raspberry pi to the network. I assume it multicasts out.
2. Attach the etherdongle to the network
3. Attach all hardware behind the etherdongle like it is today (I assume I can use the firmware I currently have flashed on the v3 SSC's)
4. Attach the Falcon F-16 controllers behind the active hub (pixel net universe 2, 3, and 4)(channels 4097-16384)(16 strands on each board)
I am also assuming I can run the active hub and 3 Falcon F-16 boards off one etherdongle.

Am I correct in my planning?
Since the manuals are not out yet I want to be sure I am planning correctly.
Last question, can you also provide a link to the power supplies used with the Falcon F-16 controller?
Thanks for any help.
yep, everything that you suggest should work!
http://WinterLightShow.com  |  110K channels, 50K lights  |  Nutcracker, Falcon, DLA, HolidayCoro


dgreen

Thanks for the fast responses.
I will put it on its own VLAN or network.
I am still trying to figure out how it all ties together.
Thanks for the help; I will test with lights tonight.

JonB256

Don't know about the TrendNet. Everyone has their preferences.

My Pi outputs to a Netgear ProSafe 8 Port Gigabit Switch (GS108).  It was $52 on Newegg. Not "cheap" but not expensive either.

While it may be overkill, it handles 64 universes of Multicast data without flinching. Other people have had problems with that many universes of Multicast. The data I see from Wireshark (since this PC is connected to that switch, it receives all the Multicast data) has no errors and no timing delays ever.
Long time Falcon, FPP and xLights user

Skunberg

The trendnet is the same 5vdc as control boards and the pi.

Sent from my SCH-I545 using Tapatalk 2

JerryPlak

I like and use the  TRENDnet TE100 (TE100S5) Switch it's 5V DC 800ma/1A ps this not the Green ver of the TRENDnet Switch..
the Green ver of the TRENDnet Switch run at 9V DV.
just keep in mind the size power supply you are using ;)
Jerry Plak

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