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  1. confirm older controllers will work on enhanced lor network

    ok so after i confirm they're gen3 and their firmware is up to date, I can run them on the enhanced lor network along with the pixcon16 controller?
  2. This season was my 1st and i had two cmb24d controllers and two CTB16PC-COMPLETE controllers http://store.lightorama.com/ctascpa.html that were ordered in May 2015. I'm planning for next year and want to add the pixcon16 contoller. If i update the firmware on all controllers and have the pro license of s4, will they all work on the enhanced lor network? So i only need the 1 highspeed usb red dongle (which i already have) and will only use the 1 com port? I've looked at this page http://www1.lightorama.com/network-speeds/ and to me, it looks like all of my controllers will work. I'm looking for a confirmation before i place orders. Thanks in advance.
  3. prevent damaging mosfets

    yes, i was using the same lights and swapping them between controllers. Not 1 dumb rgb light string that was moved through each rgb channel but 8 dumb rgb light strings connected to their sister channels when swapping the controllers. this is the mount i'm using http://www.holidaycoro.com/Light-O-Rama-LOR-CMB24D-Mounting-Kit-p/641-kit1.htm inside a cg-1500 enclosure.
  4. prevent damaging mosfets

    So now i believe i'm wrong in thinking the issue is a cheap transformer. The transformer i'm using is this http://www.holidaycoro.com/350w-Dual-Output-Power-Supply-p/49.htm. On that page, scrolling down to the "product features" section, there is a line that says "switching power supply with screw terminal for input and output." Looking at Mike's link above about cheap transformers, he mentions "t he switched supply is going to be even more expensive, but has additional benefits." Does that mean this power supply is switched and therefore the best choice? Or is that meaning something else? Should I ask Holidaycoro?
  5. prevent damaging mosfets

    ok so i'm assuming transformer=power supply and i feel like my issue is what Mike linked to...a cheap power supply. Does anyone have recommendations of 12v 20+amp regulated power supplies?
  6. prevent damaging mosfets

    this is the power supply i have http://www.holidaycoro.com/350w-Dual-Output-Power-Supply-p/49.htm. I don't believe it's a current limited power supply. How can i create the effect? also, if there's a short circuit, it has to be in pig-tail, light string connection. I have a volt ohm meter. How do i use that to test for short circuits in the pig-tail, light string cable runs? My controllers were under a year old and LOR fixed them with me only paying for shipping to them.
  7. prevent damaging mosfets

    In testing out the 2 new CMB-24D controllers, I’ve done something where I heard a pop and now channel 10 doesn’t work on one controller and channels 10 and 14 no longer work on the other controller. In both instances, I hooked up the cmb-24d controller to a 12v, 350 watts power supply and mounted inside a cg-1500 cableguard. I then wired 4-conductor waterproof extensions to each channel and the + on the controller (http://www.holidaycoro.com/4-Conductor-Waterproof-Extension-5ft-p/725.htm) and wired the other end of the extension to one string of 12v 50 count dumb rgb led string of lights. I water proofed this end of the connection on each individual wire with1/8 inch diameter heat shrink wrap tubing and also overall with 3/8 inch diameter shrink wrap tubing that wraps around all 4 wires at once. I was using the light-o-rama hardware software to test everything and as I made my way to turning on the red, green, blue channel to make the dumb rgb light string light up white, the first couple of light strings worked fine. Then, when I got to channels 10, 11, 12 on one controller and channels 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 on the other, I heard some pops and channel 10 on one controller and channels 10 and 14 on the other controller no longer work. The controllers were still under warranty so lor fixed them for free. I have the controllers back and before i wire everything up again, i'm wondering what could've caused the mosfets to blow? old mosfets? A short circuit? Is there a way to test if there’s a short circuit occurring without blowing the mosfet? Thank you for any insight you can provide.
  8. order of lor controllers

    Newbie here planning my first show for Christmas 2015. I'm planning on doing a mix of lor CMB24D and CTB16PC controllers. In relation to the cat5e cable run that come out of the USB485 adapter and to the controllers, does it matter what the order of the controllers are? Do all of the cmb24d's have to come first and then the ctb16pc's (as shown in the controller layout diagram on this page http://www1.lightorama.com/rgb-controllers/)? Or, as long as all of the controllers are lor, it doesn't matter what order they are in (in relation to the cat5e lan cable runs)? Thanks.