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Control ESPixelStick with FPP (it's work with xligth)

Started by irumi, May 10, 2024, 03:11:50 PM

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irumi

Hello, I've set up a Raspberry Pi with FPP that I'm 'programming' via xLights. I transfer the ports and sequences, and everything works fine. Now, I want to add an ESP8266 to control more pixels (my ESP has no hat).
I've installed ESPixelStick, added it to xLights, and can successfully control my ESP from xLights. I've also added the ESP to FPP to run the sequences on it. However, when I launch a sequence or use the test page, nothing happens on my ESP.
Am I configuring my ESP incorrectly? In the tutorials I've seen, ESPs have a 'hat' for an SD card to store the sequences on. Is this necessary?
Here are screenshots of my configurations: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1BDnCDaqCwcixZS1MfXh6dCadnMpbKasY?usp=sharing

CaptainMurdoch

If I am reading it correctly, xLights is setup to use DDP universe 2 when talking to the ESP and FPP is set to use universe 1.
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Sawdust

Not an xLight guy, but started working with ESP and existing FPP.  First; fseq can't use compressed files and must be in sparse format.  Next gotcha seems to be the SD Chip Select Pin.  Not shown on standard DEVICE SETUP screen.  Goto Admin page and select Advance Mode. Then back to device setup to view pins, set proper pins as necessary.  Don't forget to save.

ESP does not work in FPP test mode.

If you are just sending ESP xLight DDP to control lights, then Secondary Input should be set to disable.
FPP Remote uses a uSD stored fseq file to play locally, or act as an FPP Remote.

 




irumi

Thank you for your responses.
Quote from: CaptainMurdoch on May 10, 2024, 03:50:59 PMIf I am reading it correctly, xLights is setup to use DDP universe 2 when talking to the ESP and FPP is set to use universe 1.

Indeed, the universe was not correct. I made the universe modification in xLights (I can't change it in FPP, the field is disabled). I set universe 1 on the ESPixel, uploaded the outputs to both devices, and transferred the sequence to FPP. This doesn't work either. I tried both types of DDP output and also tried changing the "FPP START CHANNEL" parameter with values 1 and 331 (as in xLights), but nothing happens either. On the playback page, I see that the packets to universes 1 and 2 remain at 0.


Quote from: irumi on May 10, 2024, 03:11:50 PMHello, I've set up a Raspberry Pi with FPP that I'm 'programming' via xLights. I transfer the ports and sequences, and everything works fine. Now, I want to add an ESP8266 to control more pixels (my ESP has no hat).
I've installed ESPixelStick, added it to xLights, and can successfully control my ESP from xLights. I've also added the ESP to FPP to run the sequences on it. However, when I launch a sequence or use the test page, nothing happens on my ESP.
Am I configuring my ESP incorrectly? In the tutorials I've seen, ESPs have a 'hat' for an SD card to store the sequences on. Is this necessary?
Here are screenshots of my configurations: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1BDnCDaqCwcixZS1MfXh6dCadnMpbKasY?usp=sharing


I don't have an SD card on my ESPixel. I thought FPP could transmit instructions to the ESPixel without the sequence being stored on the ESPixel, like xLights does.



PS : sorry for my English, I am french

Sawdust

Quote from: irumi on May 15, 2024, 12:09:58 AMI don't have an SD card on my ESPixel. I thought FPP could transmit instructions to the ESPixel without the sequence being stored on the ESPixel, like xLights does.

PS : sorry for my English, I am french

Yes, FPP sends data as xLights, but you need to properly set ESP.  Secondary input should be disabled. Setting to FPP Remote says you have a uSD card with files.  Disable will receive data on Primary Input and send out Output 1 in the format listed. 

Correction: Previously  I said test data doesn't work, but it will work when disabled secondary is set.

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