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Hello all, I am a bit confused on what I need to get for my LOR, like the connections to the computer. I have aske a few people in the fast chat, and I keep forgetting and I do not want to order the wrong stuff...This will be my first LOR so I do not have anything yet except the program (not the demo one). I plan to get the hobbist board, which means I need, 1 hobbist board (CTB-16D), 16 Sockets (2 orders becasue they come in 8 in a order) and I need two plugs. I know that I will need a covering/box to hold it but I am not worried about that. Did I forget anything in actually making the board? And If someone could tell me what i need to get to hook it up to my computer that will be great. THANKS IN ADVANCE! (sorry if this is a dumb question:?)

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The connection to your computer is done with the "Starter Package." Since you indicate you are going to buy the Hobbyist version, you want to buy the Hobbyist Starter Package. (I'm just waking up, but I think the Showtime and Hobbyist starter package are really the same thing, but I digress.) The starter kit has the LOR software, the connector (to get from your computer to the board) and a CAT5 cable to connect the two!

I don't know what you are calling a 'socket' but I suspect you mean, "16 devices, most likely extension cords of some type to supply power to my lights across the 16 channels."

By '2 plugs' I assume you mean "two sources of power, one for each side of the board, which will most likely be two extension cords."

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WOW That was a fast reply thanks guys! Yes Don, that is what I do mean when i say sockets and plugs. So i just need to get the cat-5 cable and the connector called SC485. Am I right on this? I just don't want to screw up of course, THANKS AGAIN!

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Correct.

Question! Have you already ordered the software? If so, talk to Dan. He might be able to work something out for you. The starter kit comes with the software, connector and cable. If you have already bought the software, obviously you don't want to buy it again. However, buying the connector and cable now, plus the software (whenever you bought it.) is more than the starter pack.

That make sense?

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Yup! THANK YOU! Yes I did already get the software, just thought it would be easier that way. Thats ok if is a bit more i just WANT IT! :laughing: THANKS FOR ALL OF YOUR HELP!

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Also I have another question, For this board that i would like to get, LOR. But it sasy the board can hold up to 40 amps. How can it hold that much if each plug, or source of power is 15 amps (1)?

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Dan, also said to all those who have already purchased the software he will send the adapter and cat5 cable when they buy there first controller (hobbiest or showtime). So you dont need to worry about those.

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One thing that I think was missed. When you get a box to put your controller in you will need to make a couple of hole knockouts for the pig tails and power cords in the bottom of the box. After this is done, you will need some insulating bushings to prevent the cords from rubbing on the cutouts and cutting through the cords, causing you problems.(over time). I am going to use two - 2" knockouts for my boxes. One side will contain 8 cords(8 of the 16 channels) and 1 power cord(power to 1 side of the controller)each.(Total 16 channel cords and 2 power cords) I am going to use two, 2" SEU Cable Connectors per box. You can get these at your nearest Lowe's in the electrical section for about $3.42 each. Part #44676(It looks like a big romex connector) You could use two 2" close nipples with 4 2" lock rings and 4 insulated bushings also. I chose the later because I wanted to close the entry holes as much as I could to eliminate the possibility of moisture entering and causing damage to the board.

Also a lot of people are using plastic molded sprinkler boxes to house their boards. I chose to use a metal Hoffman box with a backplate.( A little more money but I feel it will be worth it.) This box is made out of metal. The reason being is that I wanted to mount the heatsink of the control board to the metal backplate and then mount to the metal box. The triacs on the control board need to dissapate heat that is generated during use.(That is what the heat sink is for). I believe, If you attach the heatsink to metal it will help to dissapate the heat better. Keeping the control board cool is a good thing. It will prolong the life of the components.(Heat Kills). Anyway, so much for my two cents worth. I am still anxiously waiting for my LOR's so we are both in the same boat. Take it for what it is worth.

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I ordered mine February 22,2006. I am caught up in the changing of the voltage regulator loop. ( Bad batch of voltage regulators that LOR has run into). Hopefully this issue is resolved and we will soon be rewarded with our new LOR's. In the meantime, I have ordered and put together my FM transmitter and made some mini trees for the yard. Also have been working on sequences, so my time has not all been just waiting!

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OK that stinks for me...I was hoping that I could get it this week soon. i ordered it yesterday (sunday). Thanks for teh repley!!

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You won't believe this but I just received an E-mail from LOR saying that my order has shipped! THEY ARE ON THIER WAY !!!!! That means yours is not far off. Keep your head up!!! :waycool:

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I went to my E-mail to see if you had responded to my last E-mail and WaaaLaaaahh!! I would have missed it if I wan't online! It's like Christmas in March. Is it snowing!!!!!!!!

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Believe me , I was a real bummer when I heard that I had to wait for them to get new LOR boards. I was wondering if they really existed.(That is till I actually saw one at the Mini-minus that gremler had.) I am PUMPEDDDDDD!!!!!

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I usually have to post something then wait till the following evening to check to see if anyone responded. After you get into it (programming) and making trees and transmitters not only have you caught the bug but you tend to stay up at night thinking about Christmas lights......and at work.......and almost all the time. Don't do it .......you'll go nuts........Ha Ha! Their coming to take me away!!!!!!

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