philnuffer

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About philnuffer

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    Falcon, Colorado
  • Occupation
    Retired Military and Telephone Company

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  • How I learned about Light-O-Rama -
    Research on the net. My interest was peaked by some shows that I found on youtube after Christmas 2013.
  • Favorite Decorating Holiday?
    Christmas

LOR Software

  • LOR Software Version
    4.3.18
  • License Level
    Pro

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  1. I loved those days. Radio Shack had a magazine out that included programs written in Basic. I once built a blood pressure device that made a beeping noise and flashed from blue to red all depending on your pressure. The included the program in printed version. Basic. I use what I learned then on how to lower my blood pressure to keep myself within limits just by thinking today, to keep my Dr. from going ballistic. Good times.
  2. Thanks, Jim. I started working on computers in 1960 and have continued until my retirement 11 years ago. The changes from the analog computers and the later evolution has been amazing. There were no protocols when I started, except 115vac, 400HZ and 28VDC. I eventually graduated to a Radio Shack Color Computer with an amazing 4K of ram and finally to programming in Fortran a Stromberg Carlson Telephone switch billing system. I never got into networking so the boggle factor is high. I have looked into X-Lights and Vixen, but since I started in this crazy hobby with LOR, I plan on continuing to stay with them. Since I have a mini-display, I don't plan on going much beyond a couple of arches or so and maybe some windows in RGB. My present display includes 8 mini-trees, 4-6 ft. trees, 4 faces, 4 column towers, a 6 ft star, and 4 channels of roof edging. All are AC. The next steps are tiptoeing thru the tulips while trying to not set the house on fire or blowing my social security. I appreciate the explanations that I have been getting here and am getting a glimmer of what is next due to the patience of the contributors. Meanwhile, today I built my first arch. LOL.
  3. I have come to figure that that is the case. Therefore I picture the red dongle allows me to run a separate "high speed" network in concert with the normal "low speed" AC PCB-16 network operated by the black dongle. It would be nice if the diagrams shown in LOR explained whether the dongle outputs were DMX, E1.31, LOR or whatever. Not having gotten into the Pixel Editor yet, knowing that a particular board is capable of which protocol doesn't tell me what the diagram protocol is. I hope to learn more while I learn the software.
  4. I have a PRO level license, latest release and will probably be adding SuperStar in the future.
  5. I think you folks must think I am a total airhead, but here goes. I can use the following to integrate 1 show into both High (AC) & Low (pixel) voltage products, all LOR equipment. It would seem that my PCB-16s are a bit of an anchor on increasing my flexibility. No problem, I had a great time building them. So, here is my latest thought: 1. From 1 USB port to a USB-485 Dongle to my existing High Voltage (AC) controllers. 2. Additionally, from another USB port to a USB-RS-485-HS Dongle to a Pixie4D (RGB) controller. I have everything except the red dongle, so there would be little further cost. I like it! My wife may let me live after all.
  6. Ok, guys. I may be getting confused by all of the ways to connect different controller boards. I have seen copies of half a dozen diagrams, and I now see that I have been mistaking the Alphapix 4 with the Pixie 4. The AlphaPix uses an LOR 485 Dongle from the USB port for AC along with an E1.31 from the computer Ethernet port to a Network switch to the AlphaPix controller. Guess I will just have to break down and purchase an HS dongle from LOR for the RGB side. Getting complicated. All I wanted to do is add a couple of RGB arches to my existing LOR AC sequences.
  7. Remember, I am using PCB16s. Kits that I built. I understand that there are differences than the prebuilt ones. Thanks, Duckie, That helps a lot. I already have a high-speed Ethernet Switch, so I will connect the RG-45 output from the computer to the switch and then to the Pixie 4. Now on to the software!
  8. Remember, I am using PCB16s. Kits that I built. I understand that there are differences than the prebuilt ones. I have been looking at the http://www1.lightorama.com/typical-setups/ page and the CMB16D-QC Typical Setup. While it specifically lists the CMB-16D-QC controller, all of the data lines are common, regardless of the model of controller. ?????? Why would I have to have a specific model AC controller or greater? Unless the Pixie needs a different protocol than the older controllers can handle. Maybe that is the reason for 2 networks.
  9. So, I theoretically can just hook my new Pixie 4 in parallel (on the same RJ45 line) with my existing AC controllers, using my Mini Director like I always have?
  10. A total of 100-400 2 standard arches this year and possibly a couple of windows next. I'm an RGB Newbie and have chosen this way to familiarize myself with the genre. I like LOR a lot and am not interested in learning a different program right now. Plus, I'm old and would rather not have to stuff any more data in my shrinking brain.
  11. I have checked the typical setups page and, of course, cannot find my particular setup.I have been using 6 PCB16s for a few years now, operated by a Mini Director, and would like to add a couple of RGB pixel arches. 1: Is there a way to connect the Mini Director into the integrated system instead of using a computer to run the show? I know that the Showtime Director has separate outputs, but can’t afford one this year. 2. If using the computer, can I connect the PCB16s to the dongle to the USB port and a Pixie 4 through an Ethernet switch to the Computer Ethernet port? (This computer is NOT connected to my home network).
  12. Never turn on a transmitter without an antenna connected correctly. It's a good way to burn out the "final" transmitter section.
  13. When you used Show Editor, did you click on the Musical or Animation tab? These suckers sometimes hide. The show editor only looks in the location listed above, but then you have to find it. The output of the Show Editor is something like "2016 Show." I then go to Simple Show Builder, point it at 2016 Show, and there I set the sequence order. Since I use an SD card to run my shows, I have only used this method. During the season, I constantly try to improve the sequences or even add new ones, so I probably go thru this every other day. I know you probably know this, Sarge, but small things sometimes rise up to bite us in the gluteous maximus.
  14. One of the easiest ways is to pull up the sequence and play a little bit to ensure that the correct music is attached. Then stop the show and go to "File", "Save As", and find the following location: C:, USERS, (name)(that is the administators name, choose from the files listed), MY DOCUMENTS, Light-O-Rama, SEQUENCES. Save the sequence files there to make them available to the Show Builder. Do this for all of the files that you want in your show. You may find some of the files already there, just overwrite them with the latest file. This will insure that you only have the latest changes to your sequences in the show. The music is automatically attached.
  15. Thru the 485 adapter, Scott. Don't hook any controller to the computer without the adapter. Make sure that when you are hooked to the controller that you are using a 6 pin cable, not the 4 pin ones. The 4 pin will work with 1 controller, when hooked to the Left side smaller connector in the controller, but again thru the RS485.