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Diy Light Animation Equipment
This page contains links and info about the DLA equipment with all current hardware is based off of the Pixelnet and DMX standard.

Smart String / Pixelnet Section

Smart String Info

Nodes(Lights) Info & Order Chart

SS Lights Info Chart and Ordering Links
Light type Input Side Max # per SSC
based on current draw
Approx Amps
per Max Nodes
Links to purchase online
Approx. Length (It can be shorter or longer)
Smart String Nodes
Red +, Green - , Blue Data
Big Chip Side of Node
128
3.7975
29ma each
25ct String
5-7 ft
50ct String
12-14 ft
75ct String
19-21 ft
100ct String
26-28 ft
128ct String
33-35 ft
(Metal Backed) 3 50/50 Nodes
Red +, Blue - , Green Data
DI
120
3.96
33ma each
Square
(Plastic rectangle) 50/50 Nodes
Red +, Blue - , Green Data
DI
80
4.16
52ma each
Rectangle (Center Spacing 4.7", Wire between each 3.9", Total 7.8')
Rigid strips 30 50/50 Nodes
Red +, Blue - , Green Data
Male 3 pin connector
4
Not Known Yet Rigid
Flexible strips 13ft 50/50 nodes
Red +, Green - , Blue Data
Arrows this way --->
Not this <---
1 (120 nodes each)
approx 3.96
33ma each
Flexible
Accessories 3 Conductor Cable 3 Conductor Connectors

Chart Wire Color Changes

Cat5e Cable
Compatible Node Chipset: SSC was designed for the TM1804 & TM1809 chipset. The SSC output speed is 800Khz and 12volts.

The WS2811 might be compatible if the speed is correct. If the chipset has two speeds than normally its called "High Speed"


DSC Light Order Chart

Make sure whatever lights you buy for DSC it says Common Anode + and its 12 volts and 4 wires
IP Waterproof rating system
Light type Max # per DSC
based on current draw
WaterProof Rating Links to purchase online
Dumb String Nodes
Red -, Green -, Blue - , Common + (yellow or white wire)
100
waterproof IP68 String from Ray Wu
Dumb Flexible Strips 5M (~16ft)
Red -, Green -, Blue - , Common + (yellow or white wire)
150
not waterproof IP65 Flexible Strip from ebay store



SSC/DSC Pipe Size Chart

Device Pipe Cap Purchase Info
Pixelnet Smart String Controller (SSC) 1 inch 200 PSI PVC / Sch 20
or 1 1/4 inch Sch 40 PVC
Also, 1inch PVC Sch 40 CAP
or 1 1/4 caps for 1 1/4 PVC pipe
  • Hole sizes 15/64 for 3 wire connectors &
7/32 for the pigtails
  • Lowes - Pipe
1" PVC Pipe 10ft
or 1 1/4" PVC Pipe 10ft
  • Lowes - CAP (2 per controller)
1" PVC Cap
or 1 1/4" PVC Cap
Pixelnet Dumb String Controller (DSC) 200 PSI PVC / Sch 20 1 1/4 pipe works

Library

Documents


Videos
Software
(Put this file in the /plugin/output folder) Updated 7-10-2011
Academy info - pdfs, links and more
Diagrams
Smart Strings1.jpg
Smart Strings2.jpg
SmartString1f.jpg
Newpixdims.jpg

Pixelnet Hardware (RGB)

EtherDongle and Add on boards

Pixelnet EtherDongle
ED25Finalrr.jpg
  • PIC32MX795F512L
Device Firmware Checksum
EtherDongle Pixelnet ver2 Pickit3 = 0000
EtherDongle Pixelnet universes 33-96 posted here
EtherDongle DMX Pickit3 = 0000
Conductor - Revised Pixelnet v69 Pickit3 = 0000
Conductor Pixelnet Pickit3 = 0000
Conductor [ DMX] Pickit3 = XXXX
Slave [ Pixelnet] Pickit3 = XXXX
Slave [ DMX] Pickit3 = XXXX

NOTE: Conductor Revised Firmware requires at least Control Panel V3 and Read over Lynx Conductor Operations Manual for setup of CF and all files needed
NOTE2: Only use the Pickit 3 utility and not MPLAB to program the firmware NOTE: DON'T USE THE 49.9K RESISTORS FROM THE FIRST COOP, RJ IS GETTING REPLACEMENTS. THEY SHOULD BE 49.9 OHM

Lynx Conductor
EtherDongle Daughter Board
Cond-10.jpg
PDF Version

You also need one each of the following:


ETD Case cut out info:

Only Need the CF Socket if replacing a broken one.

You must download it with your phone to have it install.
Lynx Trigger
Conductor Input Board
Trigger2.jpg
Lynx Slave
EtherDongle Daughter Board
Cond-4.jpg
Wireless option
One per each, if you have multiple EtherDongles including slave units working together.
Its for timing marks only from EtherDongle with Conductor to other EtherDongles with Slave boards.
The show data (sequence) is on the slave units and the timing from the wireless keeps each one in sync.
The EtherDongle with Conductor has the whole show on it (sequence and audio, etc)


USB Dongle and Combiner and Splitter

Pixelnet USB Dongle
Lynx DMX Dongle v2.0 - Assembled.JPG
Firmware Checksum
Pickit2 Pickit3
Pixelnet 613B 613B
NOTE: Not for use with DMX, See below for DMX firmware

NOTE: Only use the Pickit (2 or 3) utility and not MPLAB to program the firmware

Put one of the files below in the Vixen /plugin/output folder

Lynx Combiner
can be use with Ether or USB Dongles
IMG 4689.JPG
Pixelnet Splitter
Pixelnet splitter ics.jpg


Zeus & Pixelnet Hubs

See SSC Comparison Table for details on SSC/Zeus cable lengths and version differences.

PixelNet Zeus 16 String (SSCs & Hub)
Z16v2-15.jpg
Firmware Checksum
Pickit2 Pickit3
Standard 0020 0020
  • Zeus Version of Smart String Utility
  • NOTE: Do not use this version of the SSU with the Smart String Controllers (SSC) until their firmware has been updated. It will lock up the SSC and make them appear to be dead, due to the new color patterns


PixelNet Zeus 8 String (SSCs & Hub)
Zeus8-Fin.jpg
Firmware Checksum
Pickit2 Pickit3
Standard 0020 0020
PixelNet 16 Port Active Hub
Hub-Finished2.jpg
Firmware Checksum
Pickit2 Pickit3
Standard 811E 8196

NOTE: Only use the Pickit (2 or 3) utility and not MPLAB to program the firmware
NOTE: POWER CONNECTORS: ALWAYS use the (3) 4 pin power connectors with the 24 pin connector

Failure to add the extra power connectors can/will damaged the PS 24 pin Connector and Hub from excess current
Pixelnet 16 Port Passive Hub
Sm-Hub-Finish.jpg


NOTE: POWER CONNECTORS: ALWAYS use the (3) 4 pin power connectors with the 24 pin connector

Failure to add the extra power connectors can/will damaged the PS 24 pin Connector and Hub from excess current
Pixelnet 4 Port Passive Hub
Port4.JPG

Note: For all items in this section (Zeus, Hubs, Power Supplies):

  • They typically get installed into a group24/Marine battery box from walmart.
  • Place PS in the bottom and then mount the board across the top usually mounted using the DIY method of your choice.
  • Seal up any vent holes on the top of the box.
  • Example but be free to adapt to your needs.
Features 16-Port Active 16-Port Passive 4-Port Passive Pixelnet Splitter
Choose Pixelnet Universe Yes Yes No No
Uses PC Power Supply Yes Yes No No
Regenerates Pixelnet Data Yes No No Yes
DMX Out Yes No No No


Pixelnet Controllers Smart and Dumb

See SSC Comparison Table for details on SSC/Zeus cable lengths and version differences.

Smart String Controller
SSC-Finished.jpg
Firmware Checksum
Pickit2 Pickit3
Standard 7-10-2011 E2EB E363
Test 2EF2 2F6A

NOTE: Only use the Pickit (2 or 3) utility and not MPLAB to program the firmware
To configure SSC SS Utility

Smart String Controller V2
Sm-nSSC-Finish.jpg
Firmware Checksum
Pickit2 Pickit3
Standard 19F3 1A6B

NOTE: Only use the Pickit (2 or 3) utility and not MPLAB to program the firmware
To configure SSC SS Utility

NOTE 2: Do not use version 1 firmware on version 2 hardware. Doing so may damage the PIC.

Smart String Controller V3
  • PCB never released to the members. (skipped over to SSC V4)
  • Only the firmware released for mods on the SSCv1 & SSCv2
  • PIC24FJ32GA002
Firmware Checksum
Pickit2 Pickit3
Standard ECE8 ED60
Test 2180 21F8

NOTE: Only use the Pickit (2 or 3) utility and not MPLAB to program the firmware
To configure SSC SS Utility

The updated EXE file for the utility. Just find your folder that your SSC utility is in and replace the old one with this new file. When you run it then you should see the additional choice for grouping on the utility.

Smart String Controller V4
SSCv4-Finish.jpg
Firmware Checksum
Pickit2 Pickit3
Standard D8D3 D8D3
[ Test] XXXX XXXX

NOTE: Different PIC, Firmware is NOT COMPATIBLE with pervious versions of the SSC.
NOTE 2: Only use the Pickit (2 or 3) utility and not MPLAB to program the firmware
To configure SSC SS Utility

The updated EXE file for the utility. Just find your folder that your SSC utility is in and replace the old one with this new file. When you run it then you should see the additional choice for grouping on the utility.

SSC v1 & v2 Mod

On the following image you will see two colored in lines I painted on to an image of the top of a SSC. This mod was designed to be totally on the top of the PCB to allow those with their SSC’s already enclosed in the PVC to do this easily. Just slide the PCB up out of the PVC as if you were going to update the firmware which you are going to do also.

It does not matter if it is a V1 or V2 PCB this mod is exactly the same.

The red mark is where you need to use a razor blade and cut the trace where it is. This is on the TOP of the PCB where the parts are. You will find the heavier trace located between the pins of the two resistors. Make sure you cut it well enough that it does not make connection any longer.

Ssc-mod.jpg

Then on the back of the PCB place a jumper wire where the Yellow line is drawn. Connect these points with a small light wire making sure it does not short anything else. Remember to take into account that when you flip the PCB over to do this that everything is mirror imaged on you. Once this is complete you may want to change the top resistor (V1 pcb is marked as 330, V2 is marked as 47) to in the range of 220 - 330 ohms. It will work with others that we have used but you will find this to be the best area to use. 330ohm is the one to use if you are building new.

Flash your SSC with the new firmware. The same firmware now works on both controller versions.

Make sure you use the new utility program that is provided to program your modified SSC's. You only have to replace the exe file with one provided no new installed needed.

RJ

Dumb String Controller
Dsc-15.jpg
Firmware Checksum
Pickit2 Pickit3
Standard 8DA7 8E1F
Test 8A47 8ABF

DMX Section

DMX Info

Hooking up a DMX Universe

  • Hookup Diagrams showing DMX devices connected to a computer.

Equipment Errata

  • This page is for mods needed on released production boards from DLA.

Controller (Dimmers) Comparison Table

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Controller DMX # Channels On Board SSR Wireless Pkg LNT Dimming On Board Splitter 12v DC 120v AC 240 AC
Lynx Express Yes 16 Yes EX/RX or RX Yes Yes Yes (1)** No Yes Yes
Lynx Freestyle Yes 128 No/SSR4 EX/RX wMod or RX No Yes No No Yes Yes
Lynx SSR4-DMX Yes 4 Yes EX/RX wMod or RX No Yes No No Yes No
Lynx MR-16 Yes 16 LED/MR16 EX/RX wMod or RX No Yes No Yes *** No No
Legend
  • LNT = Light Normalizing Technology. With the proper curves all lights turn on and dim at the same rate.
  • Need to know if Lynx hardware works in your region? Lynx Voltage Info
Asterisk Notes
** Two DMX outputs using wired input (Cat5) with ver 3 pcb and higher or
One DMX output (DMX Out2) if using the mounted EX/RX wireless module on ver 3 pcb and higher
*** MR16 is capable of handling up to 24 volt DC source power. Please place a heat sink on the 5 volt regulator.

Cases Chart

Lynx Device Case Part# Info Purchase Info
  • Express
  • Freestyle
CG-1500 Coax Demarcation Enclosure
12.25 X 12 X 5.25
Note: As of 8/2011, the manufacturer has changed the locations of the mounting bosses in the case. You may need to make an adapter plate or use alternate means of attaching your board to the case.
  • Cable Amplifiers
CG-1500
  • DF Countryman
Call 612-724-4400 to Order
Sales Manager Duke McNaughton
  • DIYLEDEXPRESS
CG-1500
  • Excess Supply
CG-1500
  • Radiant Holidays
New Style CG-1500
  • MR-16

16 Channel DC Controller

CG-500 Coax Demarcation Enclosure
6.3 X 7.8 X 2
  • DIYLEDEXPRESS
CG-500
  • Radiant Holidays
CG-500
  • SSR4
  • Splitter
  • PixelNet 4 Port Passive Hub
TA-200 Coax Demarcation Enclosure
3.75 x 3 x 1.5
  • DF Countryman
Call 612-724-4400 to Order
Sales Manager Duke McNaughton
  • DIYLEDEXPRESS
TA-200
  • Excess Supply
TA-200
  • Radiant Holidays
TA-200
  • USB Dongle V1
  • USB Dongle V2
  • Wireless TX V1
  • Wireless TX/RX V2
LP-35P Choose Gray and put in the comments of the order
"Make Sure it has the PCB bosses"
No Studs
  • Polycase
LP-35

If you call they will ship USPS at a much cheaper rate than UPS

  • Wireless RX V1
LP-51P Choose Gray and put in the comments of the order
"Make Sure it has the PCB bosses"
No Studs
  • Polycase
LP-51

If you call they will ship USPS at a much cheaper rate than UPS

DMX Hardware

Flood Light - Aether

DMX LED RGBW Flood/Spot Light

Pronunciation on Aether:

Ether \E"ther\ ([=e]"th[~e]r), n. [L. aether, Gr. a'iqh`r, fr. a'i`qein to light up, kindle, burn, blaze; akin to Skr. idh,
indh, and prob. to E. idle: cf. F. ['e]ther.] [Written also [ae]ther.]
Lynx Aether
4 Channel Light
Firmware Checksum
Pickit2 Pickit3
Standard A6F9 A771
Test 767D 76F5
  • Manual set channel = 2800
  • Must use Hexadecimal numbers
  • Example Start Channel 350 set Memory Location 2800 = 015E

NOTE: Only use the Pickit (2 or 3) utility and not MPLAB to program the firmware

  • Parts Legend
  • Program Start Address with Lynx Express Configuration Utility


Lynx Aether II
4 Channel Light
  • Lens
15 deg
22 deg
32 deg
Firmware Checksum
Pickit2 Pickit3
Standard 84D5 854D
Test 78DD 7955
  • Manual set channel = 2800
  • Must use Hexadecimal numbers
  • Example Start Channel 125 set Memory Location 2800 = 007D

NOTE: Only use the Pickit (2 or 3) utility and not MPLAB to program the firmware

  • Program Start Address with Lynx Address Utility
  • Power - 12 AC Outdoor Accent Light Transformer - Estimate 35 watts per Aether 2
Example Homedepot Transformer

Dimmers

Dimmer Info - Manual, Mouser Direct BOM (Bill Of Materials), Firmware and Checksum
Lynx Express
16 Channel
Firmware Checksum
Pickit2 Pickit3
Standard 64C0 6538

NOTE: Only use the Pickit (2 or 3) utility and not MPLAB to program the firmware

Lynx Freestyle
128 Channel Controller only
Firmware Checksum
Pickit2 Pickit3
Standard 9AAF 9AAF
  • Manual set channel = EEPROM Data Area = Memory Location 02 & 04
  • Must use Hexadecimal numbers
  • Example 100 = 0X64 set Memory 02 = 64 and Memory 04 = 00
  • Numbers over 255 must be split
  • Example 410 = 0X19A set Memory 02 = FF and Memory 04 = 9B

NOTE: Only use the Pickit (2 or 3) utility and not MPLAB to program the firmware


16 CH DC Controller (MR16)
16 Channel LED
Firmware Checksum
Pickit2 Pickit3
Standard 90D4 90D4
Low Power A07D A07D
  • Manual set channel = A00
  • Must use Hexadecimal numbers
  • Example Start Channel 312 set Memory Location A00 = 0138
  • Size = 4.25" x 4.75" x 1.25"

NOTE: Only use the Pickit (2 or 3) utility and not MPLAB to program the firmware


SSR4
4 Channel SSR plus DMX option
Firmware Checksum
Pickit2 Pickit3
Standard 9408 9408
  • Manual set channel = A00
  • Must use Hexadecimal numbers
  • Example Start Channel 32 set Memory Location A00 = 0020

NOTE: Only use the Pickit (2 or 3) utility and not MPLAB to program the firmware

DMX Wireless Devices

Wireless(TX/RX)Ver 2
Wireless TXRX v2.0 - Assembled.JPG
Firmware Checksum
Pickit2 Pickit3
Standard 1AED 1B65

NOTE: Only use the Pickit (2 or 3) utility and not MPLAB to program the firmware
NOTE 2: Its recommended to use 50ms for Wireless. YMMV

Express Receiver (EX/RX)Ver 2
EX RX V2.JPG
Firmware Checksum
Pickit2 Pickit3
Standard 1AED 1B65

NOTE: Only use the Pickit (2 or 3) utility and not MPLAB to program the firmware

DMX Devices

DMX Lynx USB Dongle
Lynx DMX Dongle v2.0 - Assembled.JPG
Firmware Checksum
Pickit2 Pickit3
Standard 0A6F 0A6F

NOTE: Only use the Pickit (2 or 3) utility and not MPLAB to program the firmware

NOTE: Pixelnet firmware, See above for Lynx USB Dongle / Pixelnet|USB Dongle Pixelnet firmware
Splitter
SmSplitterv3.jpg
Bobcat DMX Tester
DMXTester.jpg
Bobcat DMX Servo Controller
ServoController.jpg
Panther DMX Player
PantherDLA.png

NOTE: Only use V2 firmware on V2 boards.
NOTE: To download firmware right click on it and choose save as.

Aeon Clock

Aeon
Clock
Firmware Checksum
Pickit2 Pickit3
Standard 24EE 23C1

NOTE: Only use the Pickit (2 or 3) utility and not MPLAB to program the firmware

Discontinued Hardware

Lynx
16 Channel
  • Assembly Manual
  • Firmware 9E83
  • Manual set channel = A00
  • Must use Hexadecimal numbers
  • Example Start Channel 61 set Memory Location A00 = 003D

NOTE: Only use the Pickit (2 or 3) utility and not MPLAB to program the firmware

Transmitter (TX) Ver 1
Tx.jpg
Checksums
Pickit2 - 46E6
Pickit3 - 475E

NOTE: Only use the Pickit (2 or 3) utility and not MPLAB to program the firmware

Express Receiver (EX/RX)Ver 1
Exrx.jpg
Checksums
Pickit2 - 5E72
Pickit3 - 5EEA

NOTE: Only use the Pickit (2 or 3) utility and not MPLAB to program the firmware

Standalone Receiver (RX)Ver 1
Lynx Receiver.JPG
Checksums
Pickit2 - 5E72
Pickit3 - 5EEA

NOTE: Only use the Pickit (2 or 3) utility and not MPLAB to program the firmware