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Receiver power question

Started by kennylights, July 07, 2016, 10:40:58 AM

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kennylights

Do I have to provide power to the receiver boards themselves or is the power to run the board coming via Cat5? Reason I ask is that I want to put the board somewhere semi permanent and have power "built in" to one of my elements. being as there is no power led on the receiver board I wasn't sure if they were getting power.

David Pitts

There is a power LED on receivers. It is just real small. Yes receivers need to be powered at the receiver using two pin connector. 5-12 volts.
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kennylights

Sorry David, call it poor eyesight, but I see it now. what is the minimum needed to run the board and power inject later? I have a bunch of Phoenix Contact Step power supplies rated at 1 Amp and .5 Amp. They are small and compact enough to fit into the 4X4X4 plastic electrical boxes from Home Depot which makes them waterproof and easy to hide. As I mentioned, I have built the power supplies into my models to make decorating easier so in all matters, I am power injecting almost all of my elements.

David Pitts

.5 amp or even less should easily do it.
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kennylights

Thanks David, This easily becomes the workhorse of my layout. I live on a corner lot and we try to hit all available areas. That can be a challenge, but with the addition of the receivers being able to be placed remotely off of a central hub while that hub is able to control elements makes it easy. Plus the ability to run DMX out and LOR off of that main hub really takes a load off of separate control cards scattered all around. Will we be seeing you next week at the expo?

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