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Lynx Express / Re: LE Alternatives
« Last post by winwin on December 28, 2017,  »
When I started in this hobby I thought the LEs where the best option for me. Glad I made that choice. What RJ has created is pretty solid. I am slowly moving to pixels and need less AC controllers but I have on occasion wondered if I should not get an extra kit or 2 while it might still be an option. I am not familiar with them but should the LE totally become unavailable, wouldn't the Renard be an alternative? Don't they offer them assembled or as a kit? Again, I am not familiar with them but I have seen the name popping up on occasions. 
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Lynx Express / Re: $4 Lynx wireless??
« Last post by winwin on December 28, 2017,  »
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Great! Do you have any ESP-01 modules and the means to program them?

Here is a link to the manual for ESPixelStick. The hardware part will be irrelevant but the programming and usage information applies. You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

The link to the firmware is in the manual.

Finally, here is a link to the board on OSH Park
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Let me know if you have any questions or need help. And also share your results!

EDIT:
Lastly, if you want to try it right away, I can send you a board that needs a small modification. That is what I am currently using. The first design I made used the ESP TXD pin to send DMX data. ESPixelStick uses GPIO2.

Great job. I might be interested to give it a try for the next season.
I keep my 4 LEs away from the elements; They are mounted on a board next to each other inside the house and are daisy chained together with cat 5. From there, I run cables to the lights outside. Keeping the same layout I assume only the first LE would have to become wireless and keep the daisy chain as it is. Is that correct?
I have never bought from OSH Park before. Can you only get 1 or 2 boards from them or do you have to buy in larger quantities? Don't really want to get into etching my own board (yet).

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The Porch / Re: To soon to ask about 2018 Coops?
« Last post by tbone321 on December 27, 2017,  »
It is sad to say but I believe that the coops for this site are dead and gone. 
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The Porch / To soon to ask about 2018 Coops?
« Last post by rjhodgefamily on December 27, 2017,  »
With the current season ending I am looking at the needs of my cul-de-sac to expand the lightshow next year. Looking for SSR4s, EX/RX, and LE's. I know the LE's are a long shot because of parts. But I would be happy even with a PCB only coop for everything and then source my own parts.

Heck I would even be willing to run such a coop. Barring that has anyone ever talked to RJ about open sourcing his hardware and software? I would love to tackle a version 6 of the LE to fix our component issues and would rather go down a legitimate route instead of ripping the boards to make improvements. I just like the lynx architecture for dumb lights (Cost, ease of building, wireless, etc...). Most of these features are not to be found on other DMX boards, and I never anticipate changing to pixels anytime soon it would be too cost prohibitive to move 11 houses.
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The Porch / Re: Attention all RGB and LOR software users!!
« Last post by caretaker on December 27, 2017,  »
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Thanks for input Caretaker, if I understand you correctly, I can import my LOR sequences into Xlights and from Xlights run my show using the combination of express controllers and RGB controllers of my choice IE the Falcon V3. After the conversion I would just have to delete my roof line in Xlights and then replace it with the RGB sequencing for each song. Is that correct? For Xlights would I still be able to use the same Lynx USB dongle?
With XLights one of the first things you do (after installing it) is set up all your elements of your display (even add in ones you might do in the future) so your current roof line effects would imported to you RGB roof lione then you could change them as needed. Yes you could use the same Lynx USB dongle but if you get a Falcon controller you can run ethernet to the Falcon controller and then run the rest of your controllers from the Falcon.
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The Porch / Re: Attention all RGB and LOR software users!!
« Last post by UncleBuck on December 26, 2017,  »
Thanks for input Caretaker, if I understand you correctly, I can import my LOR sequences into Xlights and from Xlights run my show using the combination of express controllers and RGB controllers of my choice IE the Falcon V3. After the conversion I would just have to delete my roof line in Xlights and then replace it with the RGB sequencing for each song. Is that correct? For Xlights would I still be able to use the same Lynx USB dongle?
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The Porch / Re: Attention all RGB and LOR software users!!
« Last post by caretaker on December 26, 2017,  »
Well to start you will need a controller for the pixels, I would suggest a Falcon V3. While it is overkill just for a roof line it will allow you to expand. As for software, I would suggest looking into XLights or Vixen 3.  Both are good free software packages and have plenty of feature. Vixen 3 would be close to using LOR software BUT you would need to have XLights to convert your LOR sequences to Vixen 2 format then import them into Vixen 3.  XLights would allow you to import your LOR sequences and convert then to Fseq (which XLights uses) XLights would be a bigger learning curve but there are plenty of videos and lots of people to help.  Vixen 3 You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login  XLights You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login 
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Sale/Trade / Re: More House Cleaning
« Last post by oldcaptainrusty on December 26, 2017,  »
PM sent.
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The Porch / Attention all RGB and LOR software users!!
« Last post by UncleBuck on December 26, 2017,  »
Five years ago, I started a traditional display and now it’s time for some upgrades. My current display has 136 channels using the Lynx Express controllers, Lynx USB dongle, LOR Advanced Edition software and running off my show laptop.

I would like to start moving into the RGB direction. I thought I would start slow and for next year convert just my roof line to RGB.

My question is this: What do I need to make the conversion? I want to continue to use the LOR software simply because I don’t want to re-sequence my songs.

Keep in mind I’m not a computer guru so let’s keep this simple and use the guide “RGB for Dummies”!!

Here's my simple 2017 show. Mother nature here in the Pacific NorthWest blessed us this year with a White Christmas. This is the first time we have been able to watch the show covered in a little bit of snow.

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