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CTB16PG3 Box iSSUES


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I have 4 boxes and the last box the first 8 outlets in the box stopped working all together I have replaced the fuse but this has not helped.. 

outlets 9 - 16 are still working fine and i have a green light on my circuit board.. 

I have updated the box to the latest firmware 16PC-G3 Ver 1.1 

the outlets just stopped working all together .. can someone tell me what might be the problem and how to fix 

 

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If it reads V1.1?, then it is wrong.  The latest FW is 1.11

I just chased this (version issue) down (also the last box on the net)

Short story: Cr*p CAT5  (suspect cross talk noise). FWIW this was a 50' of CAT5 (no letters) from the 10Mbps era. real  low twist count

Longer version: Green LED was on, Downgraded (single device connected when loading FW: CAT5 across the lawn) to 1.09.

HU could not always find the device when on the full net even with a Green LED. Terminated w/120ohms. LED goes OFF and HU could never find.

Bined  that cable and a fresh run and we seem good.

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On 11/25/2020 at 5:59 PM, TheDucks said:

If it reads V1.1?, then it is wrong.  The latest FW is 1.11

I just chased this (version issue) down (also the last box on the net)

Short story: Cr*p CAT5  (suspect cross talk noise). FWIW this was a 50' of CAT5 (no letters) from the 10Mbps era. real  low twist count

Longer version: Green LED was on, Downgraded (single device connected when loading FW: CAT5 across the lawn) to 1.09.

HU could not always find the device when on the full net even with a Green LED. Terminated w/120ohms. LED goes OFF and HU could never find.

Bined  that cable and a fresh run and we seem good.

Hi, thanks for sharing. I have similar issues, suddenly. I have tried a bunch of cables but no luck. My CTB16PCG3 goes in and out of sync all the time. May I ask what cable you used? Cat6?

BR Henrik

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Most people use Cat5e as there's no real reason to spend more for Cat 6 (unless you are running a lot of pixels over E1.31 - then it may make sense to use Cat 6 for that).  Another thing to watch out for is that your cables are made of pure copper wire and not CCA (copper covered aluminum).  I recently found our the hard way the problems CCA wire can cause.

If you're making your own cables, I would highly recommend using an outdoor rated Cat5 cable to connect your controllers.  I just switched all of my control cables this year as I was having problems with lags and controllers dropping out.

Here's a couple of links to videos I made about the control cables and CCA wire:

 Creating new Data Control Cables with Outdoor Rated Cat5 Cable

Issues using CCA Cable

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IMHO the only reason to use CAT6 in a 10/100 network: EM Noise immunity. That issue is common in areas where large electrics are in use (Industrial) or the inability to space away a few inches from other power running alonsid.

LOR is not even that. It is Serial, made to drive up to 4000' when properly terminated.

One thing I have noted (was chasing net issues) is there are 2 pair (7+8, 1+2) that are not loaded. (Wish I had a o-Scope), because something was going on, that a simple CAT5 (VDV) continuity tester did not show

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