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  1. This has happened twice to me in the last two weeks now. Sometime in the middle of the night after the show ended the Light-O-Rama control panel produced an error to the effect of Socket Disconnected while reading header and then had a 600 something number as the error code. This disables the show and I have to go in and close out the control panel and bring it back up again and re-enable the show. Normally this is not a big deal but I am getting ready to go out of town for a few days so if this happens while I am gone there will be unhappy people around here. The error doesn't really tell me what it is losing connection to. I have a network switch that powers two Pixel controllers, I have two CCR controllers, three DC controllers, and 8 CTBPC16 controllers. The show runs fine most nights but as I said it has twice lost the connection now. Any ideas as to what is going on?
  2. I had 3,500 channels last year and I have 4,300 something this year. The controllers that are having issues are the first three that are connected to the LOR dongle. If it was a network issue I would have expected lights on controllers further downstream to have issues as well though those controllers are only 3 years old compared to 5 years for the troublesome ones. And the cat5 lines do not run near the power lines other then when they pass by the CTB16 dongles to enter the case and plug into the board.
  3. Here is a new sequence we added this year at Winter Holiday House. Hope you enjoy it. http://youtu.be/NzamKI0V0f8
  4. I have two DC controllers and one CTBPC16 controller that I have had for five years now and I am getting intermittent problems this year where channels are getting stuck on in the middle of a sequence. What seems to be happening is the lights sometimes freeze in whatever state they are in and remain that way for around 10 seconds before finally going back to behaving normally. Two of the controllers are indoors and not exposed to the elements at all and one is outdoors. I tried powering them off and then back on again but that doesn't really seem to fix it. I have checked all my sequences and run the verifier on everything and there are no conflicts so this has to be some sort of hardware issue. However it seems really odd that three controllers would all be affected by this at the same time. I added a bunch more pixels to the display this year so I started thinking it might be lag but the problem does not seem to occur on the other five LOR controllers nor on the pixel controllers. Any ideas and help on what is going on and what I can do to fix the issue would be appreciated.
  5. Just sent you a message to help troubleshoot the problem. By the way, I found the optimal speed setting for my Ray Wu WS2811's was 2400 Ryan
  6. Ray works for Rita Lighting but also sells stuff through AliExpress which is like an International version of Amazon. Many different vendors can set up stores and sell things on AlieExpress. If you order through AliExpress then you pay AliExpress but the payment does not get released to Ray until you actually receive your items and confirm everything is correct. If you get a custom shipping quote from Rita lighting then he will have his PayPal account listed on it and you pay him through PayPal. What I did was take a screenshot of my AliExpress shopping cart and emailed it to Ray and two days later he sent me a document with the shipping quote on it and a quote id and I paid through Paypal and used the quote id and order summary in the notes field on PayPal. I also sent him an email saying that I paid him through Paypal and he responded that he received it and would send the items out ASAP. They arrived at my door 2-1/2 weeks later.
  7. If you buy a couple strings than this is often the case. As I said in a later posting, you should ask Ray Wu for a combined shipping rate and you will save money that way. For my $500 order I ended up paying $100 in shipping whereas Aliexpress was going to charge me $170 for shipping. Also, Fedex will charge you import duties as well. I got all of my items delivered and then a couple days later I got a bill in the mail from Fedex for $18 in US import taxes.
  8. I have posted one more video from my show. The effects on the pixel tree in this one were mostly done with the Nutcracker software. Rockin Around the Christmas Tree
  9. I bought a P12S back in August and have been using it ever since. It worked great throughout my entire show. I can't say the same for my Ray Wu pixels. The GUI is the same as the P12R from what I can tell and thanks to the Australian Christmas Lights manual on setting up the P12R, getting it to work was painless. My only issue was two times after I had unplugged it to work on my wiring and then plugged it back in, when the show came on later, outputs 7 and 8 were not working. To fix it I simply unplugged it again while the show was running and plugged it back in to reboot it essentially and all was well.
  10. Out of my 16 sequences, 4 were programmed by someone else using Superstar. The rest were programmed by me using a combination of manual programming and Nutcracker effects. I have had CCR's for 4 years now and have some cool effects on them so some of those effects actually translated to the pixel tree quite nicely. I just had to paste the effect on each of the 24 strings. Since each string on the pixel tree is 50 pixels like the CCR, it worked out well. My superstar programmed sequences are by far the best looking so next year I plan to convert more of my sequences to using Superstar. The nice thing is you can try it out for free and program a sequence with it, you just can't export it until you buy the license. You have to think differently than you are used to in order to use Superstar because the concept behind morphs is different than what you use with your normal light show programming. You have a whole year now so the worst is you decide you dont like it and all you wasted was some of your time and you still have plenty of time to try alternatives.
  11. You are correct on everything except the power injection. I only power inject at the bottom as power can flow forwards and backwards. Only the data wire flows in one direction. If you look at post #7 below you can see daytime pictures of my setup. Take note of the "T" shaped connectors on the ground. The single line coming from the power box only contains V+ and Ground wires. The data wire is not connected on that line and data reflection is not an issue due to the short distance. That "T" line connects the V+, Ground, and Data between strings 2 and 3 of the group and also injects power in both the forward and backwards direction if that makes sense. The only thing at the top of the tree is string 1 and string 2 plugged together with the waterproof pigtails linked in the above post. http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/28415-rgb-pixel-mega-tree-test/
  12. I would go with the 6804 for the tree or for a little less money, the Joshua Systems equivalent. http://www.j1sys.com/ecg-p2/ I use the ECG-P12X for my pixel tree but I have 1,200 pixels which uses 8 outputs.
  13. Forgot to post the link to the waterproof extension cable. http://www.aliexpress.com/item/1-5m-5feet-3-core-waterproof-extension-cable-one-end-with-male-the-other-end-with/904130035.html
  14. Here is my parts list. I ordered these through Ray Wu. You can get them on Aliexpress but I would recommend contacting Ray and asking for a custom shipping quote. It will save you at least $50 on shipping. Note that 2x below would mean two lots. Most of the cables come in a lot size of ten so two lots would be 20 cables. Parts List 2x - 5v 60 amp power supplies - http://www.aliexpress.com/item/350W-Dual-Output-Switching-Power-Supply-88-264VAC-input-5V-350W-output-CE-and-ROHS-approved/289599937.html 1x - 3 core T type waterproof splitter - http://www.aliexpress.com/item/3core-T-type-waterproof-splitter-white-color-the-male-connect-s-diameter-13-5mm/601823340.html 2x - 30cm, 3 core water proof pigtails - http://www.aliexpress.com/item/20cm-long-each-3-Core-White-Waterproof-pigtail-male-and-female-male-connector-s-diameter-13/813582127.html 26x - WS2811 5volt smart RGB pixel strings (I used 24 and kept two as spares. I would recommend at least 4 spares) - http://www.aliexpress.com/item/RGB-full-LED-pixel-module-WS-2811IC-DC5V-input-50pcs-a-string-IP67/571647028.html 2x - Five feet of 2 core waterproof extension cable. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Total Cost with shipping: $600 For a controller I use the Joshua Systems ECG-P12R - http://www.j1sys.com/ecg-p12r/ ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Total Cost with shipping: $185 Note, going the Ray Wu route is very much a DIY route compared to buying in to CCR's or CCP's. You will need to strip wires, solder them together and apply heat shrink tube to both ends of all of your strings. You will also have pixel failures and while Ray will generally replace them it will take several weeks to get replacements so you will need to cut out pixels and solder in new ones to keep your show running.
  15. I used these pixel strings from Ray Wu. http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/RGB-full-LED-pixel-module-WS-2811IC-DC5V-input-50pcs-a-string-IP67/701799_571647028.html
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