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    Granite Bay, CA (Next to Folsom Lake - NE of Sacramento)
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    Retired Management Consultant

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    Tennis, basketball, camping, and software development
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    Internet search about automated control of Christmas lights
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  1. Thanks very much for the info. I'll begin to piece together this small build.
  2. caniac, did you also buy your P10s here: https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Outdoor-P10-rgb-SMD-3in1-full-color-LED-module-Scan-Mode-1-4-screen-unit-board/701799_32601471511.html?spm=2114.12010608.0.0.1c620e56b49xpU ? I wasn't sure from reading one of your original replies to brichi. Or from Crockett? Or . . . . ? Also, where did you purchase your ribbons, brackets, and power connections? I did not find the fully assembled board on Renard-Shop site, so I purchased the kit.
  3. From the photo provided by caniac, the board used to control the P10 boards from a Pi is sold for $13 at http://renard-shop.com/home/48-raspberry-pi-matrix-adapter.html I just ordered it. The Renard-Shop website is not the clearest site about what each of their products is, nor about what comes with each product (i.e., any standoffs, nuts, bolts?). But, the board appears to work for caniac's P10s, so I'm trying it.
  4. My use is as a message / Tune To sign. Plus, I'll use it for educating myself about Pi and P10 stuff this year.
  5. Yes, I now use a six port switch. I left that out to simplify.
  6. Ahh, your text and close-ups really helped me. Mucho gracias. My aha moment: the first P10 is connected to the Pi Hat via a ribbon. That's the key part I NEVER knew until just now. So, I'll revise my text-based graphic (I feel like I'm printing with Basic on a TTY with a daisy wheel): PC --------> Ethernet port ------> Cat 5 cable -----> Pi (running FPP, with a unique IP address) ----> Pi Hat (hardware attached on top) ------ribbon cable----> first P10 panel. Then the required ribbon between each additional panel.
  7. DIY Express is a thriving business. They'll get more in stock and up for sale. Broadcasting DMX via LOR is fairly easy after you learn to set up your DMX universes in LOR's Network Preferences. Using LOR files created from your saved sequences, LOR sends DMX info through your PC's Ethernet port on a Cat 5 cable to your E1.31 controllers. You don't want to (or have to) go through LOR's unique network or controllers to control your E1.31 controllers. And, you still simultaneously use LOR's proprietary USB-connected network/protocol to control your LOR controllers and lights.
  8. Can you describe how you set up a Pi, which is running FPP, so that it can receive DMX signals coming from a PC's Ethernet port over Cat 5 to control P10 panels? What I know: Load FPP on a micro SD and run the Pi with FPP; assign a unique IP address to the Pi (just like every other E1.31 controller). One thing I don't know: where physically are you connecting the wires from the first P10 to the Pi (or to the PiHat, or to the PiCap).
  9. As shown on the Falcon Christmas store, there is a 1,600 pixel limit on the PiCap. That seems like a very low limit. Is that why you're using the PiHat, not the PiCap? https://www.pixelcontroller.com/store/index.php?id_product=47&controller=product
  10. I just read a 12/24/2017 post on Falcon Christmas' forum, from the Administrator (Captain Murdoch), that states: "The main thing is you will need a .fseq file to play on the Pi in FPP." The Pi will be running FPP. So, how will sending a DMX signal from my LOR software to the Pi be read correctly to control my P10 boards connected to the Pi? A response to the Administrator's post states: "There [is] another mode of operation called Bridge mode. In Bridge, the Pi will act like a 2 output E1.31 controller." Is this a step I should know about and must take?
  11. LOL on the thumb drives. I'm looking at four that have just sat unused next to my keyboard for years. 8GB - 16GB drives.
  12. Ok, thanks. I just ordered from Amazon a Pi B v3 kit (micro card, PSU, case, HDMI cable), an extra micro SD card (the kit's SD card is pre-loaded with NOOBS), and a clear Pi case (I don't like the opaque case the kit provides). I'll get a thumb drive locally. My home setup has three PCs connected to the same monitor/ keyboard / mouse (including my dedicated show PC that is not connected to my home network). However, I have an extra monitor and keyboard, which I'll use just for the Pi. This will give me a standalone Pi workstation. I'll post my progress here.
  13. I purchased my smart pixels from HolidayCoro.com. I’d post a link here, but I’m not sure that forum rules allow me to do so. I purchased the HolidayCoro 50-count 12mm 12 volt smart pixel strings, without any of the leaders (plugs), because I do my own soldering. I purchased my smart pixel pigtails from HolidayCoro.com (waterproof, 3-wire male plug extensions, and waterproof, 3-wire female plug extensions). I use these 12mm nodes on a numberof props (e.g., mini trees). I purchased the HolidayCoro 50-count C9 12 volt smart pixel strings (Brilliant Bulbs, 12 volt, 8” spacing). I use these on my roof lines and yard lines (e.g., sides of lawn, driveway). They look like the old-fashioned Christmas lights . I purchased the LOR CCRs/controllers. I use them to frame my front windows, and I use them inside my arches. These CCRs and controllers work perfectly, and are very durable.
  14. I can run the Pi with an SD loaded with Falcon Player, along with an attached Pi HAT, to accept DMX signals and control smart pixels attached to the hat. You also mentioned a thumb drive. Why is a thumb drive needed, if I'm using the SD to run the Pi? Am I collecting data somewhere?