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  1. Random sequence

    LOR has some Free (filler) sequences http://www1.lightorama.com/free-filler/
  2. 2 PixCon16's in DMX mode through a router

    Through? As your computer is on the WAN side and the PixCon are on the LAN (w/wo DHCP) side? I think all setups expect you to be on the Same subnet as the devices.
  3. Flood Mounts

    Those are pipe hanger brackets, just part of a Strut/rod mounting system. HD and Lowes have them in the electrical section. McMasters, Grainger and any electrical supply house should also.
  4. Looking for RGB floods

    I found it interesting the Ray Wu only had 24V 20W RGB floods listed
  5. Using a CTB16PC & CMB24D controller

    You can continue to use the ELL on CTB16 network 4000' total is the theoretical limit of a SINGLE RS485 network (using decent quality cable and avoiding bundling with the AC lines. Rule of thumb: Cross, not parallel EM noisy conductors)
  6. CMB24D Dumb controller question

    1 per board BANK would be custom. the connector locations prevent a heatsink design like used on the AC series. I would use Jameco (because they are local), but almost any parts supply house (like digikey) should have them. The issue I discovered when I was considering doing this, was device spacing. Maybe someone has a part number they had success with. (btw, my initial plan was to mount them backwards (fins to the center of the board) so as to not interfere with the connectors
  7. what do I need to get started?

    You probably want 1 or 2 of the CTB16 AC controllers dep[ending on how many strings/floods you want to control INDEPENDENTLY. (it is amazing how fast I gobbled up all 16 ports last year) There is also a limit on the current draws: 15A (peak) per bank, 8A per outlet port. If you have been running from a single circuit branch breaker, the input limit should not be an issue. IMHO If all your strings are LED, you will have a hard time overloading a CTB16 Start here if you are worried http://www1.lightorama.com/how-many-lights/ Get a KillaWatt meter if you are curious. Go for a 'Starter package' it has the software, RS485 adapter included If you are a DIY type http://store.lightorama.com/ctb16pcpage.html offers kits of various stages of completion USED: Note Gen3 is the current level which includes Enhanced mode compatibility. If you want to use that mode, only compatible devices can exist on the same network. an additional network will be needed for non-compatible devices.
  8. In addition to that 15 Amps per bank (1-8, 9-16) , tho power IN cords need to be supplied from separate Outlet Circuits (breakers) Additionally, the NEMA 5-15P should not be run at full load for 4 hours or more (heat buildup). 12A is the continuous load limit as for you 6 strings. Those should be fine. Alternate feed method (1 cord). Center feed : a T, with LOR at the bottom, 2 outlets in the center (You may be able to stack the plugs. Test to run: Pull the fuses from 1 plug. plug that into the cord. now stack the second plug. Do the y light? The fuses may only cover the string)
  9. How to add Pixie4 and pixie8 to visualizer

    <slap> Of course HEXADECIMAL numbering is used in all settings
  10. How to add Pixie4 and pixie8 to visualizer

    As explained to me: (I have yet to do any programs, Still setting up dumb and smart RGB HW) You assign the base (first) ID for port 1, the next N ID'S get assigned internally for the rest of the ports. My first Pixie 4 is #5 (6, 7, 8) the next Pixie 4 is #9 (10,11,12)
  11. High speed adapter(red)

    You must have one in Legacy mode UUnit ID Mode (Defaut lt is Dual Normal) Normal means one unit ID for all 320 channels. Legacy means up to twenty sequential unit IDs depending upon the configured logical resolution. Dual Normal means two consecutive unit IDs. The configured unit ID is string 1 and ID+1 is string 2.
  12. controller board

    Cool. answers a lot of issue maybee's.
  13. Getting started with RGB

    :ditto: I am finding this out the hard way. and I planned on using small controllers. too big of an area The Pixie4 ran 100 @ 12V pix just fine on the bench. Then I made them into 3 @ 25px VU stripes wired end to end ~2.5M of cable between stripes. The last string of 25 is erratic (25 pix left over for another channel)
  14. Getting started with RGB

    If you want to go the 5V route, you will also need a small (wall wort) 12V aux supply to power the Pixie. Have you considered that 5V systems need to be kept close to the strings (due to voltage drop)? That you will need power injection for additional strings on the same output. Have you figured out your enclosure? You need to protect both from the elements and still keep it cool.
  15. controller board

    Bare line voltage Electronics mounted against bare wood? (Remembers performing UL qualification tests on on enclosed electronics: Bare pine board. layer of tissue paper: powered up DUT with UL specified fault inserted , placed on top of that for 8 HOURS.. Goal: No discoloration or charring of either the paper nor the wood. First run failed spectacularly .. in minutes ) Or, are these in their LOR (fire resistant) cases? Shock Hazards to Visitors (pets or children) or the owners Wood absorbs moisture and can conduct. at least use tubular spacers.