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bob wrote:

I do dislike luggage, though.

Wish I could find luggage for $20 now days though!

(loved that commercial back in the day!)

The info leak is great news Dan... I have been waiting, wishing, and hoping ever since the old MCP and triac cards were discontinued... :shock:

Thanks for the heads up! :cool:

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Dan,

With the DIO board, will we need the USB485B in order to get interaction to work?

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I would expect that since there is currently minimal performance differences between the two USB adapters for triggers, that this will extend to the DIO-32. So I would expect the USB-485 to work just fine.

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Why were the MCP cards discontinued? LOR should bring them back as kits for people who would like to design their own lighting interfaces. With all of the LED lights and new lighting technologies coming along, this would be great for some of the hobbyists on this site. These cards would still have some applications in many lighting systems. The newer cards are fine for people who want servo control, but for those who don't need it or just want to control low voltage lights or can build custom daughter controllers for their applications, the MCP cards would do fine. The CMB16D controllers work good for controlling common positive foreign made low voltage lighting devices, the controllers are hard to work with especially with available or custom built common negative low volt lighting devices.

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I think they suffered from a couple problems. The processor is not powerful enough for the current communication protocol. You have to check a box to disable a feature if you have one of them on your bus. They also do not allow for flash firmware upgrades. As I understand it, the DIO-32 is the replacement product. You just hear mostly about the servo use, as it is one of the biggest gaps for all the people wanting to do animatronics.

If you have not checked out the preliminary user manual, it is here:

http://www.lightorama.com/Documents/DIO32_Man_Web.pdf

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Maybe I can help:MCP cards are like the CTB08 controllers firmware is done with replacing the chip only, also DIO32 is totality Redesigns MCP controllers with four group of eight channel with the total= 32

I have three of MCP cards and been looking forwardly the release of the DIO32 controllers.


lonewolvie wrote:

Why were the MCP cards discontinued? LOR should b ring them back as kits for people who would like to design their own lighting interfaces. With all of the LED lights and new lighting technologies coming along, this would be great for some of the hobbyists on this site. These cards would still have some applications in many lighting systems. The newer cards are fine for people who want servo control, but for those who don't need it or just want to control low voltage lights or can build custom daughter controllers for their applications, the MCP cards would do fine. The CMB16D controllers work good for controlling common positive foreign made low voltage lighting devices, the controllers are hard to work with especially with available or custom built common negative low volt lighting devices.

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Ponddude wrote:

Dan,

With the DIO board, will we need the USB485B in order to get interaction to work?


As klb said, the USB485 will work fine. The SC485 will also work but it is a little slower with turn around so it would be the last choice... however all adapters will work.

Dan

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lonewolvie wrote:

Why were the MCP cards discontinued? LOR should bring them back as kits for people who would like to design their own lighting interfaces. With all of the LED lights and new lighting technologies coming along, this would be great for some of the hobbyists on this site. These cards would still have some applications in many lighting systems. The newer cards are fine for people who want servo control, but for those who don't need it or just want to control low voltage lights or can build custom daughter controllers for their applications, the MCP cards would do fine. The CMB16D controllers work good for controlling common positive foreign made low voltage lighting devices, the controllers are hard to work with especially with available or custom built common negative low volt lighting devices.


The DIO 32 will replace the MCP... Price per channel with the DIO32 will be about the same as it was with the MCP.

Dan

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Thanks Dan!

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Dan, I have another question.

I am purchasing all my servos for the DIO card. I plan on using 6.0 volts to power my servos. I think I get how to power the servos, but what about the board?

To use 6.0 volts, I need to apply power to X2 with 6.0 volts. What power needs to go the board? Do I use 120 volts or 12 volts?

I also plan on using the board to have inputs throughout the yard. Will that effect the power going to the board?

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Ponddude wrote:

Dan, I have another question.

I am purchasing all my servos for the DIO card. I plan on using 6.0 volts to power my servos. I think I get how to power the servos, but what about the board?

To use 6.0 volts, I need to apply power to X2 with 6.0 volts. What power needs to go the board? Do I use 120 volts or 12 volts?

I also plan on using the board to have inputs throughout the yard. Will that effect the power going to the board?


You are correct about the 6V into X2... You can power the card with 120vac or 12vdc, which ever is more convenient.

Dan

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Someone have some new about DIO board ??? Halloween coming fast I need that boad to progamme my servos Thank:shock::shock:

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You can start programming now...you don't actually need the board. The controller is just broken down into four 8 channel controllers. Just add that into your sequence and away you go. Remember that center is 50%.

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Ponddude wrote:

You can start programming now...you don't actually need the board. The controller is just broken down into four 8 channel controllers. Just add that into your sequence and away you go. Remember that center is 50%.


Actually it is 2 - 16 channel controllers. (if you set the unit ID switches to 01 then this controller's first 16 channels (ports A&;) are unit 01, the second 16 channels (ports C&D) are unit 02). The board has servo connections on the board for the "second" 16 channels (ports C&D) but you can kludge connections for the the other 16 channels. 50% is the center point of the servo.

In the near future we will release a version of the S2 software that supports devices with more than 16 channels.

It can be difficult to program servos without knowing the servo position at a particular intensity level. The Servo configuration utility for the DIO32 and the ServoDog is very robust. It will allow you to define virtual settings so that particular intensites will map to the desired position on the Servo.

Dan

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LightORamaDan wrote:

The Servo configuration utility for the DIO32 and the ServoDog is very robust. It will allow you to define virtual settings so that particular intensites will map to the desired position on the Servo.

Looks like everybody is on board (pun intended) with addressing the various servo manufacturers' different performance characteristics. Excellent!

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Man I can't wait to get my hands on one of these beauties!!

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i hope so too.

when will they be coming out this month ?

les m

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My other hobby is a black hole for dollars - RC Helicopters. Being a newbie here - where would servos be used? I'm picturing one of my heli micro servos - the arm swings maybe +/- 1/4 inch.

What would a servo do?

Steve

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Move the eyeballs in a skull? With a longer arm, open/close the jaw of a foam skull. One of the larger ones could rotate or tip the skull.

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LightORamaDan wrote:

I thought I would answer some of the questions in this thread and leak some information earlier than I planned. The DIO32 will be on sale during our summer sale, regular price is $149.95 sale price has not been determined (will be less than $149.95).

Store is showing $149.95. Will it be discounted?

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Thats not true...

DIO32-MBRegular price: $149.95Sale price: $134.95

...Click on the "Purchase Info" link to get the sale price.

I already have mine in my cart. Just trying to decide on what else to buy!!

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HowardShank wrote:

LightORamaDan wrote:
I thought I would answer some of the questions in this thread and leak some information earlier than I planned. The DIO32 will be on sale during our summer sale, regular price is $149.95 sale price has not been determined (will be less than $149.95).

Store is showing $149.95. Will it be discounted?


That page is a little confusing.. It should have the sale prices out on the "main" page but as Ponddude said they are on sale.

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Dan,

Just so you know, the DIO8RLY page actually goes to the DIO16AC page.

Just a little FYI...

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