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  1. I have had 5 CCB strings go bad in the past year. This has occurred over time - they did not all go out at the same time. To be clear, I have had one or two bulbs go bad on each of the four strings. It seems that one of the color elements stops working. Most of the time it is red, but I have seen other elements stop working (just less frequent). Last winter I had maybe two strings go out. Once replaced they worked through the entire Christmas season. This year I put the same strings up. They worked for a while, but now I have one bulb on three separate strings lose the red element. I was wondering how many people are having this same issue?
  2. Great idea. I wish the mini director had two LOR connectors like most of the other directors. My topology feeds two legs on opposite sides of my house from where I have the director located. One leg goes to the controller with CCB's daisy chained (this leg would supply power to the director), the other to a ELL and CCB daisy chain (This leg needs power for the ELL). The repeater would work, but I see a new Gen3 will be out next year. Suggestions?
  3. Great minds! Looks the same as the ones I built! Wonder what other things I am missing buried on the LOR site!
  4. Just an update. I decided to skip most of the ELL issue and ran weatherproof ethernet connectors under the eves of the house along with power. I used this ethernet feed-through connector: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DV2BTGS?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00 It's pricy, but does the trick. Now I have power & LOR connectivity on the roof with no need for many extension cords at all. Best of all, it's a really clean install and greatly reduces the yearly setup time. It was just a pain running the wires to the connectors under the eves. I do have one section of roof that I didn't get to this year. Thankfully LOR came out with the CTB04-PC-ELL which is a controller with a build in ELL. That should do the trick for the other area of the roof. I ran an ELL into the attic of the house - it should easily reach the wireless segment of the roof. Even if that does not work, I have options to daisy chain off of the other hard wired segments. Also simplified install by adding 1' Ethernet cables to each of the CCB controllers. Then purchased weatherproof connectors to run Ethernet cable to the plugs under the eves. That way I don't have to open the CCB controller while I'm on the roof - I just hang the controller, and connect via the weatherproof connector. The less time I have to be on a roof in Colorado in the winter the better!
  5. Thanks DevMike. My plan was to put the Gen3 Mini Director on a timer. It would play all shows continuously and turn off after a certain time. Since the controller would be supplying the data signal, I'm guessing that this would turn the lights off - or does the power need to be cut as well? Another option would be to use the timer as a switch for one of the inputs on the Mini Controller. The timer would cause a number of sequences to be looped through over & over. When the timer turned off late at night, the non-triggered sequence would play - that sequence would turn all lights off. Once I get the director I plan to experiment. Just scheming with the online instructions now.
  6. Thanks, I was hoping to avoid powering all the lights, since I have them connected in multiple places around the house. I suppose I could schedule a trigger on one of the inputs that simply ran a sequence that turned all the lights off, then switch the power off.
  7. I'm planning to use the Gen3 Mini Director to play my show. I plan to turn it on and off with a timer at the beginning and end of the night. Since I can't predict if it will be in the middle of a sequence when it turns off, I'm wondering if it will leave lights (Just using CCB's) on (I don't have timers on the lights themselves). Any way to guarantee that all lights will be off, so I don't have to put timers on all the CCB strings? Thanks!
  8. Oh wow, thanks! I didn't pick that out of the help: "The Visualizer considers all of these devices identical and calls them by a single name: CCR. Cosmic Color Bulbs & Pixels are represented with 2 separate CCR fixtures (one for each string), using 'Dual Normal' mode" I'll try it tonight. Glad I'm just starting out. Realizing that after many setups would be a pain to go back and change! I'm guessing that the ID is always assigned sequentially. That makes sense. I actually had to assign CCB unit addresses 2 apart. When I did not leave a space for CCB's the next set of CCB's would interact with the previous ones. I guess this happens anyway, but that option formalizes it.Wondering how this will affect the flip functionsWhat does "number of end to end connected CCB's/CCR's" do? I love the help text: "Num of end-to-end connected CCBs / CCRs: The number of end-to-end connected Cosmic Color Bulbs or Cosmic Color Ribbons." I hate it when help just restates what it is trying to describe.Thanks!
  9. Thanks - Yes, I have seen these help files. The Master/Slave seemed promising, but was a dead end for me. I can't seem to get arouind the 50 light limit. DMX does not seem to have this limit (but my application is is LOR, not DMX). Any chance I could get a quick description of how you do it?
  10. This has to be in the forums already, but I sure can't find it. Sorry for the duplicate question in advance! How do you setup CCB's to work in the visualizer? 1) There is no tool button for it - I assume you use the "CCR Draw Wizard" - but I have tried all the tools. 2) I need to draw two 50 string legs - one starting at 1, and the other starting at 161 (if you go by the count in the sequence editor). The two strings need to be on the same unit ID. The tools will not let you start past 50. I'm stuck there! 3) The CCB's may be in reverse order (via the HW manager). How is that taken into consideration in the visualizer. I'm totally confused. Seemed like a simple task that has taken hours. I can't seem to find it in the forums, but I can not believe others have not had this problem. Am I missing some basic concept? Thanks!
  11. Take a look at the ELL manual - page 11. It shows ELL's on two frequencies for a long distance relay. The manual says: "Here Easy Light Linkers are used to relay information beyond the range of the first transmitter. The Easy Light Linkers on the right are set to one frequency. The ones on the left are set to another frequency." Now this is for a relay via LOR hardwired network segments. What I propose is to put two ELL's tuned to different frequencies on the same hardwired segment coming from the computer. Each ELL would be tuned to a different frequency. Then, two wireless sub-networks would be connected (each on a different frequency). The hardwired network connected to the computer would be capable of carrying high bandwidth data. That data would be split between the two transmitters. Each transmitter would only need to carry a fraction of the data. Also take a look at the LOR hardware utility on the RF tab. It provides the ability to tune to 32 frequencies. Unless I'm missing something, I think it is possible to distribute the LOR data load across multiple ELL's.
  12. I have 400 CCB's (4 sets of CCB's). I was planning on using 1 ELL on my computer network transmitting to two ELL's (each running a segment with 200 CCB's each). Problem is, I'm concerned that the ELL's won't have enough bandwidth to handle the traffic. I have been very successful in running 200CCB's up to now via an ELL pair. A few questions: 1) Opinions (better yet experience) with running a setup with 400 or more CCB's via ELL's? I can't believe there are not people running many more CCB's or CCR's wirelessly. What is the max (worst case) number of CCB's that can be run on an ELL? 2) I was wondering if anyone had tried putting two (or more) ELL's (each set to different frequencies) on the computer network, transmitting to two ELL's on separate segments (each tuned to separate frequencies). I'm thinking this would be a way to increase the number of CCB's you could access wirelessly. 3) I notice the ELL's come set to 57K. Is there a reason they are not set to the max speed? Is it for backward compatibility, or is there perhaps an issue running that fast? Why wouldn't you run at max speed? I would guess there are people out there the dwarf having 400 CCB's run wirelessly. I'd love to hear how they do this! Thanks!
  13. I would place a waterproof outlet cover on the outside of the house. Inside, instead of an outlet, I would put a Ethernet connector. Since the other side is the non-finished part of my basement - where my computer sits, it would be easy to connect the other side to the LOR network. In any case, I would need to go through the house (except wireless). I would rather have a clean-looking, reusable way to connect. By going through the house with an exterior Ethernet outlet, I'd simply plug in each Christmas. The disadvantage is that I would have a weatherproof cover hanging on the outside of my house all the time. The good news is that this is a side of my house that really is not seen from the street. Still, If someone had a better way, I'd love to hear it! ELL= Easy Light Linker. LOR's wireless 900MHz interface
  14. Thanks everyone. Looks like I will just tie up the string and see if it looks awful. If so, I can always cut it after the warranty is up. It would be nice if LOR could come up with a solution for this. A modular way to replace, or subtract lights would be great. The lights seem to support it, but I do understand it probably isnt cost effective to support and maintain.
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