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Other Controllers and Hardware => General Hardware => Topic started by: bravado67 on February 11, 2016, 03:16:54 PM

Title: Wi-Pi?
Post by: bravado67 on February 11, 2016, 03:16:54 PM
Catchy, right? I, like others have been following discussion on the use of the Raspberry Pi units in conjunction with F16v2 controllers. From what I have gathered so far:

1. Manage and run shows via mini SD (no connected computer necessary to run show)
2. Connect directly to F16v2 via Cat 5 cable (soon w Ribbon for extra functionality) or Wirelessly with usb wifi adapter
3. Can be managed via mobile device to change up show in real time
4. Work in groups with Master and Slave units
5. Audio good enough for some and additional hardware for others to improve sound
6. Works with most FM transmitters
7. Allows you to connect and control LOR devices up to 96 channels without running them in DMX mode

What I don't understand:

If I have a Raspberry Pi on one FS16v2 do I need it on the other three units I will be running?
If I put a Raspberry Pi on each controller is it advisable to use USB wifi adapters on each? If so, what are distance concerns?
Does the Raspberry Pi manage any network settings or is it simply giving instructions from the FSEQ file?
If Raspberry Pi manages network settings will it allow connection from a computer wirelessly to manage the FS16V2?
At what distance from any controller to a switch or router does it make sense to go wireless?

I appreciate any clarity.

Ron
Title: Re: Wi-Pi?
Post by: mararunr on February 11, 2016, 03:49:16 PM
If I have a Raspberry Pi on one FS16v2 do I need it on the other three units I will be running?

If Pi is directly connected to F16v2 through Cat5, then you are not utilizing a switch with that Pi I assume, so yes you would need addtional Pis.

If I put a Raspberry Pi on each controller is it advisable to use USB wifi adapters on each? If so, what are distance concerns?

Guess I don't understand.  If you are using the single ethernet jack on the Pi to directly connect to an F16v2, the only way the Pi can be accessed is by having a Wifi dongle so the Pi can get on some network.  Wireless distance is the same as for any other wireless device like your phone.  I personally use my phone to test wireless strength in different locations.

Does the Raspberry Pi manage any network settings or is it simply giving instructions from the FSEQ file?

The Pi running FPP has network settings.  Not sure what you mean by manage network settings so wary to respond.

If Raspberry Pi manages network settings will it allow connection from a computer wirelessly to manage the FS16V2?

Yes, the Pi does allow network traffic to pass through if appropriate box is checked and you have set up a route for the F16v2 sittting on a different subnet.  I can see all of my F16v2 from my various Pis even though the F16v2s are on different subnet than the Pis and my home network.

At what distance from any controller to a switch or router does it make sense to go wireless?

My choice wasn't about distance but about running more wires.  For me, I find it cleaner and easier to run wireless versus have switches/Cat5 cable throughout my display (less physical environment to manager for me).

Please note, all of my responses are in terms of the Falcon Player which is more than just the Raspberry Pi by itself.

Hope this helps
Title: Re: Wi-Pi?
Post by: bravado67 on February 11, 2016, 04:59:34 PM
If I have a Raspberry Pi on one FS16v2 do I need it on the other three units I will be running?

If Pi is directly connected to F16v2 through Cat5, then you are not utilizing a switch with that Pi I assume, so yes you would need addtional Pis.

If I put a Raspberry Pi on each controller is it advisable to use USB wifi adapters on each? If so, what are distance concerns?

Guess I don't understand.  If you are using the single ethernet jack on the Pi to directly connect to an F16v2, the only way the Pi can be accessed is by having a Wifi dongle so the Pi can get on some network.  Wireless distance is the same as for any other wireless device like your phone.  I personally use my phone to test wireless strength in different locations.

Does the Raspberry Pi manage any network settings or is it simply giving instructions from the FSEQ file?

The Pi running FPP has network settings.  Not sure what you mean by manage network settings so wary to respond.

If Raspberry Pi manages network settings will it allow connection from a computer wirelessly to manage the FS16V2?

Yes, the Pi does allow network traffic to pass through if appropriate box is checked and you have set up a route for the F16v2 sittting on a different subnet.  I can see all of my F16v2 from my various Pis even though the F16v2s are on different subnet than the Pis and my home network.

At what distance from any controller to a switch or router does it make sense to go wireless?

My choice wasn't about distance but about running more wires.  For me, I find it cleaner and easier to run wireless versus have switches/Cat5 cable throughout my display (less physical environment to manager for me).

Please note, all of my responses are in terms of the Falcon Player which is more than just the Raspberry Pi by itself.

Hope this helps

Thanks for the response. I think my plan will be to add a network card to my PC and either add an additional wireless router or replace mine since it does not support VLAN. The Nighthawk X4S looks promising.