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nmonkman

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About nmonkman

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  • Birthday 02/22/1964

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  • Website URL
    http://www.xmas.planetmonkman.com

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Cape Coral, FL
  • Occupation
    Construction Project Manager

More About Me

  • Interests
    Hunting, fishing and general outdoors. I also love my job building roads and bridges.
  • How I learned about Light-O-Rama -
    Back in 2007 a co-worker told me about their computerized light show. During a visit they showed me their LOR controllers and it was on from there.
  • Favorite Decorating Holiday?
    Christmas

LOR Software

  • LOR Software Version
    4.1.2
  • License Level
    Advanced
  1. nmonkman

    Length of Network

    Well. I didn't post the videos hoping for an academy award. They were just there to show how tight the controllers were in the cabinet and how they were before. I didn't define the crosstalk issue, because I have already established that I have it. For the sake of clarity, I had channels coming on, on channels that were not part of the sequence playing. This was resolved in separate correspondence to LOR. Besides, this post has nothing to do with crosstalk, I was just trying to confirm "length of network" limits. Pixel tree and arches look nice. The Ducks: I agree on the ventilation. If you can struggle through the videos you will see in the wood boxes, I mounted a bathroom exhaust fan in each. Look on the right side of the box at the bottom. On the cabinets/sheds I cored 12 each 2" holes for the cords to run into on each side. Only used 8 so I had cross ventilation (which should not be confused with cross talk).
  2. nmonkman

    Length of Network

    k6ccc, I don't have a picture but I will give you the details on my cross talk issue. For quite a few years I had the controllers mounted to a piece of plywood on my garage wall, so they were spaced far apart and power rain behind the plywood and data across the front face. Data came in from the top and power from the bottom. Then I started running out of room so I made 3 boxes that were 4' long, 2' high and 2' wide. Each one held 6 controllers so there was still a lot of space. Here is a link to my FB page https://www.facebook.com/neil.monkman64/videos/928585190557440/ Then I went and bought 2 sheds that were 6' tall, about 3' wide and 2' deep and mounted the controllers side by side on the back and also put 3 on each side so 1 cabinet has 14 controllers in it and the other has only 9. Here is a link showing the cabinets. https://www.facebook.com/neil.monkman64/videos/1342466525835969/ You can see how close everything is and even shielding the CAT6 (already shielded) with flex conduit did not stop the cross talking. Currently I have over 5 miles of extension cord. So putting them in the yard I can cut the amount of needed extension cord by at least half, leaving me plenty of cord for future controllers. It will also make set up faster. It takes me 3-4 days just to run cords right now. The sheds will not go to waste though. I am going to put them on the side of the house with shelves and free up space in the garage.
  3. nmonkman

    Length of Network

    I have 23 controllers currently but will be adding more. For several years I have mounted them all in cabinets and then ran extension cord out to the lights. because of cross talk issues and spending tons on SPT2 cord, I want to move these out to the yard in individual enclosures. I am aware that you should not run CAT5 or 6 cable greater than a distance of "x". If I place these at say a maximum of 50' intervals, is that distance "x" only between controllers or is "x" the limit of the length of the overall network? (i.e. if x = 150 LF then would I be limited to 3 controllers and have to run additional networks?)
  4. Just running regular network on all controllers. Never had this issue before. I am not even sure how to set up different networks. Will have to investigate that. Thanks for the response.
  5. I opened a support ticket, but I am sure the guys at LOR are slammed this time of year, so posting here to see if anyone else has experienced this. I have 23 controllers (01 - 09, OA - OF and 10 - 17). There is only one sequence that uses 17-1, 17-2 and 17-3 and this is a new sequence just made this year. Those channels work properly during that sequence. However, I have several other sequences that I have used for years that I am using this year. Again, none of those other sequences use controller 17. The issue is that during programmed events on other controllers and/or other channels, these three channels come on by themselves. I have doubled checked the channel configuration and made 100% sure that none of the other sequences are using these channels. I have even used the "off" control and dragged that through these channels just to make sure there are none of those little events that we miss sometimes. Nothing seems to work. Any ideas on what would cause a channel to come on even if it is not programmed to do that? Note: the only controller changes I made this year was renaming each controller due to a new configuration and new cabinet, but I did them one at a time with no network cable to others. Still the same numbering as noted above, just different on each one.
  6. When my show is running, every second or third night it will just stop. Control panel says it is not responding. Then I get this weird text and then it resumes where it left off. No idea at all what this might be. Any ideas??
  7. nmonkman

    Lost My CAT5-USB adapter. AHHHHH!

    Cape Coral FL $70 for Saturday delivery, but that is IF the folks at LOR are working tomorrow.
  8. Somehow I have misplaced my USB to CAT 5 adapter and I was planning on starting the show Saturday, but that wont happen if the LOR one is the only one that will work. Does anyone know if any CAT5/USB adapter would work and if so, where I could find one FAST. I am going to try the LOR Store in the morning to see if they are open and if they can overnight, but need a backup plan. Thanks!!
  9. When I am sequencing in S4 and I have the play range set to "visible screen" it plays the screen, stops and then for a quick second it is like it either plays again or something but it is only for a split second. It does this at the end of the sequence too. Not a big deal when I am sequencing, but this will be a problem if it does it during the show. Anyone else experiencing this? If need I can post a video with a dropbox link.
  10. nmonkman

    Satelite TV Interference

    The culprit was the FM Transmitter Amplifier. SOrry to disagree with you dgrant, but I got home today and started the show early. Her TV would black out at specific portions of the show and when the light were on shimmer the screen would pixelate. I went to my garage and unhooked the 1 watt amplifier for the FM transmitter and voila, no more interference. Just to clarify, I never stated she is "hearing" the show. The amplifier was affecting the signal.
  11. nmonkman

    Satelite TV Interference

    I am wondering if it might be the FM transmitter or the amplifier. Last year the house was owned by someone else and they told me they were having problems. They even called the power company to come out and look at it who told them everything was fine. Now, they were not very nice so I thought they were just making it up. The lady that lives there now is very sweet and telling me the same thing so... Last year was the first year that I heard anything about interference and it was also the first year that I installed a 1 watt amplifier for the FM transmitter. My antenna is on the north side of my house and her satellite dish is on the south side of her house (i.e. about 20' apart). I am going to first move the antenna to the other side and see if that resolves the issue, if not I will then take the amplifier out of the line. I will keep all of you updated for informational purposes.
  12. nmonkman

    Satelite TV Interference

    Not sure if this has ever been posted before and I have never heard of it. My neighbor has direct TV and just told me that she gets intereference in the form of fuzz during the entire light show. Has anyone ever heard of this before? We have comcast cable and have never had problems and none of the other neighbors have said anything. I know that she is on the same transformer as I am, but I dont experience anything at all so I dont think it is a power issue.
  13. I bought the advanced license, but when I try to update to 3.12 it tells me I need to purchase a license. I dont see any higher than advanced. Comments?
  14. nmonkman

    Christmas Light Contest 2013

    Okay, now you REALLY got my anticipation up, Dan! I keep hearing the ketchup song from the 70's.....anticipa-a-tion. Did you mean next weekend from last week or this weekend from every time I check back. LOL. Just breakin' your ornaments, Dan....but I really am checking back...........just refreshed the page mid post in case I missed it......ok, I will shut up now.
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