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    Billerica MA
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  1. About 5 minutes ago, Channel 5 just showed our display. I had no idea they were going to! They used a video from Vimeo or You Tube. They said our street name and town(they also mentioned our charity, which was nice). Just curious from those of you that have had this happen to you. How much time do I have before the traffic gets crazy? We are already seeing near our maximum capacity of cars(about 600-800 each weekend night). I don't know if I should be happy or worried about traffic. Our display is already fairly well known in town and nearby(thanks to social media and Let It Go from frozen a c
  2. gmac, don't quit so easily. There is still a lot of good that comes from what you do. You can beat this. I know there are great outdoor security cameras with NVR that you can use POE. Easy set up, just run a Cat 6 from NVR to each camera(at least two real ones) and one data connection to the NVR. These days you can access the NVR from a computer or phone as well. Post a bunch of "Smile, You're On Camera" signs. File a police report. I am willing to bet the police can quietly drive by your house while on their routes to show a little police presence(regardless of if you file a report or not, ju
  3. That is awesome! I wish I had neighbors like yours! I had to decline the media yesterday because we can barely handle the 700+ cars we already get on a weekend night. I can't imagine how many you must get for your street! I know I would come by if I lived close. Merry Christmas and keep up the great work!
  4. Works great for me so far. First year with it. I did have to do a firmware update. No issues.
  5. Update on my prior post: My show runs smooth now that I have updated firmware and increased the LOR network speed from 56K to 500K.
  6. I am having issues too, the Chinese looking text appears as well. My lights are not responding as sequenced(possibly unrelated, don't know yet). You did give me an idea though, I have not tried playing them through the sequence editor yet. I wonder if that will make a difference. My show just doesn't seem smooth anymore and lights don't respond the way they are supposed to. I was thinking too much data, but my computer has 4GB and 2.4Ghz processer. Was thinking a bad data wire, but I am running the USB485 and E1.31 and they both are not smooth. One other weird symptom today, my tune to signs(s
  7. Update, I believe it had to do with the Chinese text that appeared in the status log last year. I thought it went away, but this year it has returned. Once the Chinese text appears, the events prior to that line are wiped from the status log and all future text contains slightly different font. If you try to copy the log and paste it anywhere, it appears as bunches of question marks. The only way I can fix it is by unloading LOR and re-opening it. It is now happening every night during a show, usually 6 hours after the first show begins. I have found at least two other people through these for
  8. Update: I upgraded the firmware and have not had any issues since! Solid controller.
  9. I have tried running two shows last night and it happened one hour into the second show(approximately the same time, six hours, from when the first show began). The second show did not even have any of the same sequences or animations running as the first show. I unloaded LOR and re-opened for it to go away. It seems that it only happens during a show. I have opened a new ticket with LOR and they are sending it over to the Software Development Team. I really hope we can get it resolved soon. I could not copy and paste the log either, it just pastes as bunches of question marks to Notepad or Wo
  10. I just got Chinese writing on my status log today. I stopped my schedule, requested a show on demand and the first line was Chinese. The font of the text from that moment on changed slightly too. I watched one sequence and it appeared normal. Last year it happened once and the sequences were all acting up with lights coming on randomly, early, late, not at all, etc. I unloaded, rebooted, and it went away. I thought it was gone, but concerned I saw it just now while testing. My computer was disconnected from the internet when it happened. I am running 4.2.10Pro this year. Bob or DevMike, if yo
  11. Pixels are blinking randomly in standby mode even with no data wire connected. I recently purchased a PixCon16 controller. After configuring the controller using PixCon Assistant Utility properly(Pixel IC: WS2811/12 and set the outputs) and set the LOR Network Configuration to use E1.31(specified IP address that shows up in Avatek Assistant Utility since I am connecting directly to the computer's Ethernet port - not using internet router), I ran the built in hardware test and a couple of sequences in SE then put everything away until now. Yesterday I set up my pixels, connected them to the Pix
  12. Pixcon 16 controller, brand new, is having similar issues with random blinking on single pixels. Configured properly, ws2811 pixels being used. Issue happens even when no data wire is connected to the board(that is actually when I first noticed the problem during the first test to see the pixels). Powered the board from a clean dedicated circuit breaker. Used built in hardware test and did not notice any random blinking or abnormalities while in test mode. Took the controller out of test mode and random blinking occurs while in stand by mode. Then Connected PixCon16 to a lap top ethernet port(
  13. Thanks, that's what I was thinking. I am just going to extend the pixel strips longer than the pixel strands to reach the ground. I hope I don't need any spares this year...
  14. This is my first time using a pixel tree, or any pixels for that matter. I'm using sixteen strands for a 360 degree tree using E1.31 and pixel nodes. I went out to measure the distance from the center pole(proposed location) to the bottom of the strand(where it touches the ground). From one side of the tree to the other, there is a difference of about 2 feet or so measuring along the ground from the pole to the end of the strand. That's when I realized the ground is sloped, slightly, creating this issue. I need to come up with a solution, because I am assuming if I just make them all equal to
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