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    I run a regional Public Safety 2-way radio system.

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    You mean besides lighting? Ham radio, Geocaching, flying, target shooting.
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  1. Great job on the sequencing, but personally I don't like the song.
  2. The original poster was asking about LOR networking, and except for the comments in the last paragraph my answer is talking about LOR networking only. There can be several reasons for adding additional networks. For example you may need more than one because of incompatible devices. For example if you have a PixCon 16, it MUST be on an enhanced network, but if you have non-Gen 3 controllers, they can't be on an enhanced network. Another example of incompatible network devices would be if you are using ELL (which only go to 115K speed) and a PixCon or Pixie controller (which requires 500 or 1000K speed). A different reason for multiple networks may be simply network layout. You may have one network go one direction and another go a different direction. For example one network for each side of your house. The most common answer however is network congestion which is generally due to too many channels. Because of the nature of LOR networking, there is no hard and fast number of channels because it will depend on the activity level. With that said, back in the old days before 500K and enhanced networking, the general rule of thumb was to limit a single 115K network to six CCRs which is 900 channels. 500K and 1000K speeds of course increase that, and enhanced networking also will increase the limit. DevMike (I think it was) said that at 2016 Christmas Expo they were running 2400 pixels on a single 1000K enhanced network without any trouble. For what it's worth, for my year round landscape lighting, I run two LOR networks. One is running at 115K enhanced and has all my lighting controllers. The second runs at 56K non-enhanced and only has an InputPup on it. I have to run the second network because you can't detect inputs on an enhanced network and my landscape show makes heavy use of interactive sequences in the show, and both the start and end of the show are the result of input triggers. For Christmas, I add a third network that runs at 500K enhanced for my CCP based arches. This third network is primarily because it's convenient from a network layout standpoint. That is in addition to about 20 universes of DMX over E1.31 on five SanDevices controllers. BTW, I see that Universes has been brought up in this discussion. DMX Universes have nothing to do with LOR networking. If you are using DMX, then there is a hard limit in the DMX standard of 512 channels per universe, and the LOR software is limited to 999 DMX universes. Each universe MUST be on it's own physical network if using DMX over RS-485 on cat-5 cable. When using E1.31, a controller generally can take many DMX universes (in some E1.31 controllers, dozens). When using E1.31, each DMX universe creates about one quarter megabit per second of LAN network traffic, so even a 10Base-T network can handle a dozen universes with room to spare. A 100base-T network could handle a couple hundred DMX universes if there was no other traffic on that network.
  3. SuperStar let's you have complete control down to the individual pixel, string, or light if needed. You can build images or import them as well. Personally, I sequence EVERYTHING in SuperStar. Sent from my phone using Tapatalk, so blame any typos on Android!
  4. As JR said, there are a number of people who are more than willing to talk your ear off on the phone to help you learn. I am one of those. Can't help you on PE, but SuperStar, I'm pretty good. Also if you ever get into E1.31 based controllers and need help with the LAN networking, I am very good with that.
  5. That's a good starting point, but it is quite likely that you will need to tweek a little once you see the actual light lit.
  6. We all understand the cost issue.. Yes, SuperStar will communicate and control anything in your show. I sequence absolutely everything in SuperStar for Christmas. In fact, I'm pausing from modifying Wizards In Winter using SuperStar to answer this forum post... As for the licensing levels for SuperStar, It was originally written for CCR strings, so the licensing levels are based on that assumption. However you can easily convert to non-CCR channels. A CCR is 50 pixels or 150 channels (50 pixels times three channels per pixel), so a 2_CCR license is good for 100 pixels or 300 channels. It does not care if lightss are RGB or not, it just adds up the total number of channels. For example if you have a 24 channel DC controller that has six RGB devices (6 x 3 = 18 channels) and four white lights (4 channels), that totals 22 total channels. Add four fully loaded 16 channel AC controllers (4 x 16 = 64 channels) and you have 86 total channels. In my case, I have a 40 CCR license which is good for 6000 channels. I currently have 5643 channels so I'm good to go (for now). However I expect to be adding a couple hundred more channels this year and will likely need to up my SuperStar license level - that is already planned... Note that you can do all your sequencing in SuperStar without a license at all - HOWEVER you need the license to export the sequence to Sequence Editor. This means that you can play with SS for a while and then determine if you want to pay for it. There is a learning curve with SS, but once you learn it, the capabilities are amazing.
  7. From my experience, pink is hard to get looking good, but not impossible. Because very subtle changes in levels will have substantial differences in the color it is imperative to see the actual lights. I use the hardware utility where I can change levels by a single percentage while I'm out in the yard watching the actual lights. Keep tweeking the levels until you get the color you want. Then write it down somewhere for future reference. Check for each type of lights - even different batches of the same lights may be subtly different. Orange is another one that can be had to get right.
  8. Generally yes. First of all, what are you trying to accomplish? A couple questions: 1) Are you trying to have a projector display still images and are loaded in the projector, and all you need LOR to do is turn on power to the projector? 2) Are you trying to play videos that are independent of LOR and again only need LOR to power up the projector? 3) Are you trying to have you lights synchronized to videos as opposed to music files? The answer to all of these is yes it can be done. If you tell us what you are trying to accomplish, we can better answer the how to do it part.
  9. Bigfrog, nice find on the slip rings. Off hand, 25 RPM seems awfully fast for a ferris wheel. Sent from my phone using Tapatalk, so blame any typos on Android!
  10. I don't know either. Just the word of warning. A battery charger CAN be designed to make a good power supply (I have some), but it may also be completely dependent on an attached battery to filter out the AC component. Adding the DC side filtering costs more money. With no specs, and the marketing as a charger, I would not assume that it will make a good power supply.
  11. The power supplies listed in the first post are intended as battery chargers. As such, they may not have much in the way of filtering on the output. As such, they may not produce anything close to clean DC power. If that's the case, they would be unsuitable for our purposes. Unfortunately they don't provide much in the way of specs. Use caution....
  12. The boards are not the determining factor, the lights are. You have to determine the power requirements for the lights or strips. Then add them up. For example, of my Sandevices E682 boards, the highest is driving about 60 Amps of pixels and the lowest is less than three amps.
  13. Having a Pro license, I do too. But I have both of the pages I linked above bookmarked because I reference them or link them so often. Sent from my phone using Tapatalk, so blame any typos on Android!
  14. SuperStar does not have any capability to import a video file - only still images.
  15. The biggest thing about videos on a matrix is the insanely LOW resolution on the matrix. Even a really low resolution video is going to be 200 pixels in the shorter dimension (and do you remember how bad CGA looked on video?). To get half way decent video at least double that. Analog TV was about 480 lines vertically (525 lines really, but some are not seen). By comparison, how big is your matrix?