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  1. They should work fine, or two 5 port switches cabled together will give you 8 ports, with up to the 300 foot max ethernet length betwen them. It really isn't that picky...
  2. The input pup sits on the LOR network like a controller. It accepts triggers like a normal controller accepts inputs.
  3. You should email the request to wishlist@lightorama.com. They track feature requests submitted that way, but not ones posted here in the forum.
  4. On a semi related note, we have sometimes expanded an element. For example, a lawn fan that had 16 slices originally was updated to 20 slices. When I do this, I try to figure out what is going to make the most sense when updating the old sequence into the new lcc. In this case, the old 1-16 was renamed in place as 3-18, and 1,2,19,20 were added at the bottom. This way any existing sequences will use the center of the lawn fan, and not be squished to one side.
  5. Not in front of the computer right now, but I can right click on a closed group, and there is an option to make a new group containing the same children. I use that, then move these now unrelated groups to my different tracks to be resorted, without messing up the original, not other groups that happen to contain the same children.
  6. Very similar to how I do it also. Though I keep RGB devices in my first track, and I usually keep 4 or 5 working tracks, as top level organizers. My track 2 is usually entirely sorted by color, so it has 4 groups (with groups under them for more granularity) that can be used to turn on one color across the entire display in a single command. Track 3 is sorted by element type, then all four colors in sequence within that element. So mini tree 1-20 white, 1-20 green,etc. The last track has color as the last sort element, so mini tree 5 will have white, red, green, and blue under it. Usually those tracks will allow you to do quite a bit without creating too many extra tracks or groups for other purposes. The key thing is never reorder track one. Occasionally I will go identify channels that have not been used in a few years and assign new channels to them. But, it does create some interesting challenges that would not be there if I did not ever repurpose them. Also, don't copy groups. (Unless you understand what you are doing and why) Create new groups with the same members. It will save you some time and pain. One other piece is that I keep a master channel layout sequence. It has a blank audio clip. It has no events in it. It is just a repository for channel layout, animation window layout, and channel configuration. Just about every time I save it, it gets a new name. It gets saved with the year it was for clearly identified, and which revision number it is. Across the 5 years I have been clearly doing this, I have about 117 revisions. Unfortunately the .lms file does not track which .lcc was most recently imported, nor a history of the imports.
  7. We finally got all our controllers converted to single inlet, and have roughly 50 GFCI in the park feeding 50 controllers. And roughly 20 more on the building. If we didn't have so many controllers, I might try doubling the number of GFCI, and go back to dual inlet.
  8. One extra fun is that we never get the same storage totes two years running. The only ones that have been available back to back years are the roughneck totes, and one year with them convinced us we didn't want any more. But the other brands keep changing on local availability and style every year. Some of the zipper lid totes have also maintained availability, but short of the commercial versions also fall way short on lid strength.
  9. I once used cable ties to make up a 4 color net light. I really like the result, but the time was a bear. I think I am more likely to find a suitable construction type fence, and cable tie flat pixels to it.
  10. Did you make any changes to your sequences? Any chance your channel configuration got messed up? Otherwise, I would think it would take a near miss from a lightning strike to have that many triacs fail at once.
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    I think when LOR tested early on, they found that in nearly all cases, termination made no difference, and it made things worse as often as it made them better. I've run some long networks as well. With several conduit runs over 300 feet just to travel 30 feet at the surface. I never have run with terminators. The first time I had a com issue, I tied it back to a rs485 chip that had failed into transmit mode all the time. (It prevented anything past it from getting a reliable signal) Changing out the chip fixed it. The second time was a RJ45 jack that didn't look that badly damaged.
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    If it is consistent, it is more likely a channel configuration issue I'm that sequence. Run the LOR verifier and look for duplicate channel assignments.
  13. Unfortunately, I have experienced boots that get stiff in cold weather, and make it really difficult to squeeze them hard enough to get the cable to release.
  14. I found that while I was fine remote controlling the show PC via realVNC in past years, this year, using MS RDP on a new i7 caused major issues. Was too late to set up realVNC in any safe test, so no remote access this year.
  15. Of you are using the latest version, or can reproduce it in the latest version, I would suggest making a forms bug report, so they can evaluate if they want to fix it.
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    SPT 1 or 2

    Action lighting should have C7 & C9 sockets for SPT2, no problem. I use SPT2 almost exclusively, I figure more insulation, less odds of it getting scraped or worn through before we notice and replace it. I am starting to use some SPT1, but basically only in props, and where I need the thinner insulation to work with multi conductor connectors.
  17. Of course you can trip a GFCI by connecting neutral to ground. You are allowing an alternate path to conduct and the hot and neutral current at the GFCI no longer match. You can trip them by touching unrelated neutrals together as long as at least 6mA flows through the connection. Same with two unrelated hot leads on the same phase.
  18. I worry about doing that to myself from time to time. Thankfully, when I am at the greatest risk of making that type of mistake plugging things in, nothing is turned on.
  19. Draining stray voltages may help, but not by affecting how the GFCI senses ground. The GFCI doesn't use ground. In fact in some cases, a GFCI is the only legal 3 pin outlet that can be installed without a ground wire available. Reducing stray voltages will reduce leakage in/out of the neutral wire by reducing the voltage to neutral, and thus the current that flows if a leak to neutral exists. That can reduce trips right there. But also, if the stray voltage is from one side of the service, grounding it out will reduce the total voltage to hot from the other leg, again reducing total leakage current. But most of the show I run is in a stray voltage field like most users won't experience. It is in the easement of a 135KV and 350KV overhead power line. Non contact voltage probes can't be used because they go off anywhere in this park. Between using nearly all sealed LED strings, moving to one GFCI per controller, no extension cords on the grounded inlet cords, keeping connections up off the ground, and occasionally shielding them from falling rain (as a side benefit to how they were kept off the ground) we have reduced GFCI trips in that park to zero, and have not had any on the firehouse this year. And we are up to four separate utility feeds powering the show. So we don't even have a consistent ground.
  20. We use a jukebox with two triggers, only one sequence under each trigger. The firemen push the red button to stop the show, play a PSA, and avoid distracted drivers when they leave the station on an emergency call. The push the yellow button for non emergency departure, which really behaves the same, just with a different PSA. I know from experience that if one of those buttons gets stuck, the PSA just loops over and over. I would think a jukebox with a inclement weather announcement as an empty musical sequence should do exactly what you want.
  21. Depends on your strands. There are 5mm that are serviceable, and ones that are sealed. I stay with all sealed from CDI or directly equivalent.
  22. We have two 10x 15 storage units. We keep most stuff in 18 gallon totes. With 4 or even 5 color bundles, stuff doesn't really tangle that much, other than the strobes, where they are a separate layer, not bundled in with the other 4 strands. Anywhere we have custom fit cords or harnesses for the lights on the building, I am increasingly keeping them in the same tote as the lights, or even left plugged into the lights. It really helps at set up time. We also tag any totes not used in the current year, so we know not to look there for stuff going up the same as last year. I'm working on improving the labeling on everything that is custom fit.
  23. You probably also need to account for the light string not bending at the surface of the column, but somewhere within the thickness of the strand of lights. I would guess that half the average diameter of the strand would do it. Maybe repeat the calculations as if the column was 1/8 inch larger?
  24. You probably also need to account for the light string not bending at the surface of the column, but somewhere within the thickness of the strand of lights. I would guess that half the average diameter of the strand would do it. Maybe repeat the calculations as if the column was 1/8 inch larger?
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