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  1. Okay, let's go back to his first post based on that he simply trying to run some lights in his office. I suggested Xlights just as a tool to convert his sequence so it could be run from a pi with fpp which is capable of driving an Lor dongle. I suggested this because it also has the capability of being able to remote into change things through a web interface that he can get to through a smartphone so it doesn't go through the office Network. A pi is really cheap just to show off some spare lights in his office. He could also use Noobs and write some code to drive the Lor dongle. And yes I know who he is and what he does. You guys seem to be a little sensitive and get your feathers all ruffled every time somebody uses the word Xlights. Nobody stepped up with any information on that stick computer he was asking about and based off the fact that Newegg doesn't have any reviews on it I'm not sure he'll get much information.
  2. Is your goal just to run some lights? Or is it to have a full-blown sequence editor at your disposal. If you just use some 2811 pixels and not the Lor stuff there's tons of ready-made cheap controllers that would run those some of them which have an interphase from your smartphone. And there's always a Showtime director.
  3. I'm not sure if a quad core Pi would have enough oomph to run sequence editor itself after you would get over the hurdles of trying to install it on a Linux system. You could ( as I said before) convert your sequence to an fseq format using xlights so that the fpp ( pi ) will play it. The pi has many more options you could instead of installing fpp install Noobs and throw together some code to drive the lights. I haven't looked at noobs in a while but I believe you have python, C + +, a few other things built in that you could use.
  4. Why not use a Raspberry Pi. You can use fpp to drive your Lor dongle and convert a sequence to keep playing in a loop.
  5. I have many different P10 panels and have done this a few different ways. Although color light cards are great I think it's overkill for your small tune to sign. My smaller P10 panel that's similar to what you're going to build is running off of a pi 3B and a matrix adapter. If you do want to go the route of a color light card you can buy your P10 panels and color light card from Ray Wu. ( make sure you buy the 8th scan p10 indoor for best compatibility) Although Dan likes to say that the beaglebone is the best way to drive the P10s directly with an octoscroller or use a Raspberry Pi with a color light card.
  6. The jumper settings on the Falcon change the pins that output the signal but don't change the digital signal. You want use the jumpers in the Lor position so you can use a straight through Cat5 cable to run your Lor Network. Lor controllers output voltage on a couple of the lines that can damage equipment if you're not careful.
  7. It also could be a power issue. Check the voltage when it's acting up.
  8. No I would never recommend trying to use a switch even if that Pi has a gigabit connection. First off the switch is going to cost more than a USB 3.0 to gigabit adapter. Second the traffic coming out trying to talk to the color light is going to go everywhere and load down the network. Wi-Fi is an option if the fpp is going to be running as a standalone or as a slave.
  9. It really sounds like we need to do a zoom session to answer some of your questions. This is how I've helped k6ccc Chet and a few others. Do you have a microphone or a webcam that you can use on your computer?
  10. When using a color light card your pi or beaglebone black needs to have two ethernet connections. The first one is to receive data and then the second one is needed is a dedicated output to the color light card typically what is used as a USB 3.0 to gigabit adapter.
  11. Not necessary. The amount of water that would drive into that seem even in the driving rain would be minimal. I've already accounted for a small amount of water with drain holes on the bottom and I've used Cedar for that reason as well. I've been using this setup for a few years with success
  12. No, absolutely everything is designed for the water to run over the seams on to the next panel similar to the way you would shingle a roof. This allows things to move and breathe while keeping it weatherproof. The only thing I'll have to worry about is If gravity reverses but I think at that point I'll have bigger things to worry about.
  13. Here's a link to a bunch of pictures of my P10 panels to give you some ideas how to build. https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BwDgEpqsgNhfSzVGYVFoalRWMWc
  14. I think the beaglebone with the Octo is going to be a good setup for you. I've run all three setups. One of the reasons I switched to the color light card was to remove the pi or beaglebone from the back of my P10 panel. My P10 panels were in a position where if I had to get to the beaglebone or pi it was going to be difficult and with the color light card I don't have to worry about things like corrupted SD cards. When you're planning this you're going to have to figure that you need 2 amps per panel so figure on to 350 watt power supplies. I would suggest to mean well lrs-350-5. Correction. I remember hearing that the beaglebone does not play well with the mean well power supplies on Startup.
  15. When running the P10s from the pi or a beaglebone with a hat I always seem to have some glitchy data on a panel or ghosting that was minor but still there. I know the color light is a bit more complicated, but I found have had a Brighter Image with better color depth and 0 problems with glitching or ghosting on the panels. At the moment I'm running in bridge mode and the leg time is not noticeable. I did change bridge mode timing from 50 down to 25 milliseconds.
  16. Zoom is a way of doing a computer conference between two or more people that allows you to share computer screens video and audio. You can find the link for it on xlights.org
  17. The fpp 2.0 software still is a work in progress you may not run the panels yet. Unfortunately because you bought the pi 3b+ that's the only image that's going to run on it.
  18. The beaglebone set up can run the panels fine but I'm partial to using the color light card with a pi because it runs the panels at a higher refresh rate which gives a better-looking result. You might benefit from getting on a zoom session with somebody with some one-on-one.
  19. If you're running 56 panels you're going to need a beaglebone black and an octoscroller or a color light card run from a Raspberry Pi. There's a ton more information that you need to decide which direction to go and you're not going to find it here on the Lor site. You need to be searching your options on the Falcon Christmas website to get your information.
  20. Just so you know a color light receiver CANNOT be run from an Lor controller. It sounds like you need some help understanding how this stuff works before you go ahead and spend any more money. There are many different ways to run P10 panels these days it all depends on your needs and the size of the P 10 display that you're going to build.
  21. It's a 60 amp power supply. By using a Raspberry Pi to drive the panels the panels are not drawing as many amps as they normally would. You should figure 2 amps per panel when they're running to full potential like when using a colorlight card. When I switched my 4x8 P10 panel setup from a Raspberry Pi to a color light card I had to add an extra power supply.
  22. If you read through this thread you'll find a lot of the information you are looking for. The other place to look if you want to learn about P10 panels is on the Falcon Christmas forum. This is where all of us have gone to gather the information to do this.
  23. He sells those lights and domes on his website. He gave a 2-hour tutorial on one of our Wednesday meetings and said that you absolutely can't get the effects like he has with the LED lights they have to be the high output halogen.
  24. Well there you go. So there's absolutely no reason why you can't go all out on the house. You know, now we're going to be expecting great things from you.
  25. So now I'll be expecting an angry call from your wife. (I can hear it now) he said it was your idea to go big on the house!
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