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  1. I tried the S5 but like you said it was a huge learning curve. I reinstalled S4 and have work this years show on it. Not sure why my Director will not play and all indications are it works. SD cards did program with HUB but think it may be a firmware update on MP3 director to show software from the HUB
  2. I use S4 but I did not know there was a version of the HUB. It came up as new software when I started the simple showtime. Weird..... John
  3. JayStang, Having something similar but MP3 Director will not play the sequence. Had HUB quit on me a couple of times right in the middle of selecting my sequences. Going to work on the older scheduler I have saved to see if it is the HUB software . John
  4. Hey there Tomsusie, I am having a similar issue but the MP3 Director led will go steady once the SD card is inserted but will not play. Question, Did you program it with the new Hub? I have and beginning to think it may be a software issue, going to try using the old program to see if that is the issue. Will let you know if that is the issue. John
  5. Hello "The Ducks", Great idea/suggestion and just ordered 5 packages of them! Important safety and interference issue you brought up about keeping the ac and the "information highway" separate. Unless you have the shielded Cat 5 cable it is wise to keep them separate. AC extension cords are noisy (from a 60 Hz perspective) and could induce a 60 cycle "hum" on your cat 5 cables. Nothing is worse than getting AC on DC lines and possibly back to your power supplies in a worse case scenario. Thanks for the idea!!! John
  6. Hey Orville, No worries as I have made MANY mistakes over my life and will admit it also. The bottom line is we try and either succeed or fail and learn from it. Thank you for your service and appreciate all that you do. Did my 20 and retired as it was getting too much wear and tear on my body. I always ask if I do not know what I am doing with this hobby and love everyone on this forum. The help I receive here is outstanding! I could not ask for a great bunch of people who love what they do and love to assist others in this hobby and that goes for you too! Again, Thanks!!! John
  7. Hello Mega Arch! I have about 200 rj45 connectors and about 50 Rj11 connectors (and XLR connectors) with the crimpers and tester unit from Amazon (500' for cat 5 cable too) ready to be used, thank you anyway for the thought. On my eves, all pixels are on pvc pipe with the corostrips from Boysco and have a wiring central point coming down to my card. 10 porch posts use the same central point to get the wires to the LOR cards. The comment about the tripping hazards is because I do not like cords in the way on the lawn (r. knee was replaced and difficult to lift at times when tired) but will have no option but to have more on the lawn. What was meant about the trip hazard was the extra cat 5 I have to make to get from my sign to the Candy Canes to the leaping arches to the LED Christmas trees and lastly to the snowflakes. Between each card is approximately 20 to 40 feet between each other and add in the extra power cords that go to each card (have 100 amp service temporarily put in the yard). I do zip tie cords to each other when it is practical. I was hoping someone could guide me to add another network to my G3MP3 director so I can separate half the lawn of props without the added cat5 cable. Seems Mr Orville has shown me the "light" about programming the network for it. I am thinking the RF linkers might do the trick but right now, just too much money and not enough time to accomplish it. What is the saying? Not enough months in the year to get the projects completed in time for Christmas? LOL I still have a 16 strip mega tree (half built) and 6 channel pixel star (completed) as well as adding 4 more snowflakes (need snowflakes and pixels) to my snowflake tree and 3 moving heads (purchased but need domes to protect it from elements) to add to the show. Those will not be in the show this year...rats!!! Not to mention trying to add another network (programming) to the MP3 director. Looks like more projects for next year! Thank you, John
  8. Hi Orville, I think I will run a longer cat 5 cable to the others and see if there is any lag. I have my director in the middle of the light show but it would seem I could use the other port as another way to get it to the other half of my lights. Seems complicated and time consuming to try this out so I think next year would be trial and error for this. Thanks a bunch! John
  9. Hi Oville, You must be EOD for the military at one time. Kudos for you as I never would want to be one! I served 20 years in the active duty AF as Ground Radio tech and worked with EOD in my later years. Never want to be around any devices like that!! I know we are probably on the same page but thinking out of sync do here goes, 1,000 = 1k 10,000 = 10k 100,000 = 100k 1,000,000 = 1000k 0.001m = 1k =1,000 0.01m = 10k =10,000 0.10m = 100k = 100,000 1m = 1,000k =1,000,000 Dealt with ohms, multiplexing speeds, bandwidth, frequency and list is long and distinguished when it comes to those numbers. Just wish I could get the computer software to be that easy when it come to the LOR software. You have been a great help on this software! Thanks! John
  10. Hi Orville, I just did this so if I get this understanding correct, I can put half of my lights on the regular network and the other on Aux A. I then can see in the HU where I can put half in port one and the other in port 2? Thanks again for quickly helping me out!!! John
  11. Hi Orville, I am trying to understand where you got that number but when it comes to numbers but 1000k is 1 meg or 1,000,000 is equal to 1000k or 1m. Now if we are talking bits or bytes, it would be another issue. If we are talking about 1000kbps or 122kBps (bits vs bytes) then yes, the speed is not quite 1mBps from my formal instruction. Or do I misunderstand what you are saying? Please correct me if I misunderstand! Thanks, John
  12. Hi Tom, I went to NP the Advanced LOR Network Configuration v4.3.26 and changed the Aux A to 500k to see if there were any changes to the channel configuration selection in SE sequences. All I see is the network selection is grayed out and cannot select it all. It appears this is for the computer when I do more research in the LOR forum and YouTube and not the director. Can you advise? Thanks, John
  13. Thanks Tom, When in HU, I normally select 500k on port 1 with 2 ports and can be run in enhanced mode (1 M or called 1000k), but it does not let me select anything for port 2. I run mostly pixels with 1- ctb16 that runs my led trees and Rudolph's nose. When you say channel config you are referring to SE and will the HU sense there is 2 networks? I will look and really appreciate the help. Will let you know how that turns out this afternoon. John
  14. Hello everyone! Hope everyone is preparing their light shows and is going well. I have one the newer G3 MP3 Directors with the latest firmware (5.16???) and have a network question on the Director as well as the software. I have a physical cat 5 port as well as a phone port (RJ11 and RJ45 ports) on network 1 and a network 2 with a cat 5 port. In the HU it asks if you have 1, 2, or 4 ports (I am guessing "network" ports) and I select 2 for 2 networks. The HU always ask for how many networks in the show. For now I select 1 network and use the cat 5 port on network 1 and have no issues. Can you have 2 networks with the same show? For instance, I would like to "parallel" off the #2 port to support the other side of my house instead of running a couple of long cat 5 cables for a possible "tangle foot" trap. Do you have to separate the show into 2 portions in order to make it happen or am I making this too complicated and just connect to the #2 port and tell the HU there is 2 networks? Thanks for taking your time out of your busy lighting schedules to help me out! John M.
  15. Both of my computers saves my work to the internal hard drive in where the LOR directory is loaded to. I had to delete one of my LOR directories copied from a downed hard drive. I loaded everything from an external hard drive info salvaged from the crashed hard drive to the laptop [new/old laptop (new to me, old due to my son's old laptop)] AND my desktop. Before the conflict was discovered, SE would save anything I did in LOR software to either directory where it wanted to. Unfortunately, the crashed HD info was saved to BOTH computers. I have since gleaned all work, saved it over to where it needed to be and deleted the old LOR software. You might have to look for more than one LOR directory if you have downloaded updates or have gone to a newer version. Use the windows search file for it. I use the G3-MP3 Director and have found it does not like anything else other than MP3s. As far as MP3s', had to set my windows media player to save all cds to MP3s and save to my music file. Usually I organized it from there, every now and then have to point SE to where I last put the file because of the reorganization. When using SE, I can direct it to look in the directory where I last put the MP3 (Shout Out to Phil M for showing me how!!). Also, Audacity has a free program that can convert MP3s to any audio waveform (WAV, WMP, ect) or anything to MP3s. You can tell it where to save also to augment SE. I use my thumb drive to save and transfer all work to BOTH computers. The bulk of my LOR work is completed on my laptop and save a copy to my thumb drive, which in turn, is saved on my desktop about every 2 to 3 weeks when I am working on sequencing. As long as you keep the "save as" function to the thumb drive after you have completed your work for that session, the thumb drive will not matter which slot it is in. If you do not and save to the thumb drive the next save (disk icon on upper left on SE) it will save to your thumb drive not on the HD (done it by accident). The "save as" function can be your best friend or your worse enemy depending where you were last sequencing. When you start with SE, make sure it is the latest sequence you worked on because if you do not, you could overwrite other work when saving. Now with that being said, it makes sense to me to back everything up at least twice, due to HD problems with past computers. Lost some sentimental photos due to HD problems in the past couple of years. Hope this helps, John
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