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  1. Please be clear: RGB to me, means Dumb nodes (CMB 24 controller) Pixels means Smart Nodes (Pixie or other controller) This year, my tree (AC LED's) is getting 8 fill in RGB strings, as the AC strings die, I will replace those with more RGB. I chose to stay with RGB as my talents lean hard towards hardware and not, to art.
  2. I totally agree about the wind load. Cut many vent flaps (so the hinge is in a coro groove) which can easily to unload the force . Look at those big banners strung across spans to see what I am suggesting
  3. There are really only 2 types. The rest are protocols or enhancements (power). LOR/DMX are RS485. 4000' is the theoretical max if terminated (120 ohm) at the far end only. Star configuration would need special RS485 switckes Ethernet based (LOR/DMX ei.31) have 100M (300') length limit BUT can be extended and stared by placing a network switch along the way. Wireless (WiFi access points) might be used, but can introduce timing skews on that leg (avoid using the same WiFi network as your Internet as other traffic will make the problem worse
  4. TheDucks

    circular tree

    I started with a 9 (AC) strand 1/2 round tree. This year I am adding 8 strands of dumb RGB in between those (8 is also what a CMB24 can do). Sa you vcan see from my sig, my LOR has grown (a lot of the places with lights, just used to plug into a timer, that I tricked out with a photo cell. Turns on at dusk, OFF at 2130) Shop Spring and end of season sales...You might stave off Bankruptcy for a bit 😛
  5. Have a very good quality Negative/Common (terms Nit: Ground or Earth is the term for the Green (w/yellow) Safety connection) between ALL supplies that are on the same controller BANK. Commonly a Black 10Ga, copper wire
  6. There are unused pairs in the CAT5 cable on a LOR network. You could make a simple tamper Alarm circuit by breaking these out at the dongle and closing the loop at the far end. If you have a home alarm system with a spare input. that loop closure is the systems specified resistance, not a full short. AFAIK LOR uses 2 pair. RS485 (the blue) and 9V for accessories like the ELL (? pair)
  7. I have one Gen 2. I just marked it as a reminder to keep it on the slow (low data rate devices) network. I also use different colored CAT5 cables, depending in the network (Don't give Murphy a level playing field )
  8. It has been HOURS since I have seen any posts
  9. 👍 There are bad folk that take advantages of typos of commonly visited sites to purvey p0ron and other nasties. Bookmark sights you visit frequently. STAY SAFER, Typos on our part do happen.. SOME OF THE BAD SITES LOOK VERY CLOSE TO THE REAL ONE, EXCEPT THEY JUST GOT YOUR LOGON AND PASSWORD. That is why some banks have gone to a 2 step logon.
  10. I use bookmarks for all my regular sites. That is when I saw the SQL server error. FWIW Orville, ABC bayarea (ch7) was doing your trick yesterday. I think it is caused by a missing stylesheet (CSS)
  11. I don't think there is such a beast. Especially at night, I can hear the Shoreline Amphitheater or Stanford Football. Both are miles away (in different directions), and over built up land. Over water, the sound will travel further as there are no obsticles to break it up (cancellation scatter).
  12. Saw it last night. Obviously, it cleared itself Are your forum servers at a colo? they may have given it a kick.
  13. Brother Printers offer a Multiple page print 1 on 2x2 to 5x5 sheets
  14. remember that holes weaken the spot. keep them small as possible.
  15. Yep, but weird. What is the load on EACH output? Are you pushing them hard (max amps). Btw what enclosure- heat sink. Std LOR package or Kit.? Inspect for Corrosion or moisture damage board traces. 'BANK' implies something in common, like AC power/fuse connections. Which bank (remember, on bank also powers the boards electronics.
  16. Like warfare, plans last until the first engagement. Cover the basics, have plan B (inject the trouble spots), have SPARE parts, be prepared to do some place(area) differently. Distance to first node (per port) Number of nodes per port and power available Having power supplies that meets or exceeds the bank draw (the excess could be used for fused Injection source) Turn it ON (test pattern,single color at a time for a low draw) in place.does it all wok. Now kick it hard (white). Be reasonable, but harsh with your tests (don't do something you will never do in real, like the whole place steady white? That leads to way over-killed power) Zip cord (SPT-1) has a Rib. That is always negative/neutral :). have a spool on hand for power inject (if needed). Have fuse holders/blocks and fuses for those leads. IMHO, power from the same supply as the boards bank to avoid power on sequence issues.
  17. Don't you have some Army benes? I only did 8 Active Navy, so I have none there.
  18. If you were born after 1960, it is 67YO for full, but you need to check with the SSA because of disability. I have none because I ran up against Medicare rules (I refuse to answer any medical questions, which is considered a Felony in Cal to leave blank). To bad I don't live in Puerto Rico. They don't get Medicare, only SSI
  19. 8 @ 10W dumb floods on a CMB24D uses only 1 ID. So how many have you free to use?
  20. Sun was out. Yard work and I am working on upgrades to my controllers.
  21. Mine (HC weather resistant) have fans that are speed controlled (and rarely run, but they are exposed to the outside air, not inside a box)
  22. Fan circuitry is usually on the board, not the fan. The Yellow wire is part of the speed Dell mounted a thermistor in the fans flow, but the speed control was on the board. Many other (computer) fans simply have a Tachometer to report slow or stopped. First Question: How many wires to the fan?
  23. I have a $89 VDV scout. It does a bit more: ID's cables (included plugs at the far end) for CAT5/6, Coax, Tel. This is great if you end up with a bunch of unlabeled 'ends' Nothing like the $$$$ Fluke (penta test) Network testers that profile the signal properties of the cable
  24. Features & details Switching Power Supply Driver, Convert 100V-240V include 110V/220V,12V 40A 500W Wide Range Voltage Input 100V - 240V,Over-voltage Protection:115%-135%. Choose 110V/220V before use The description is babble! One place says wide range, 100-240V <the dash is normally used for auto switch of voltage. 120/240, the slash indicates a jumper or switch position change is needed 0C or 32F operating. How many folk here run lights in snow country? I see nothing about a variable speed fan (and user comments on the amount of the noise the fan makes). (I also see comment from users that have no experience in electronics, trying to guess their way along)
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