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    Neat!
    What transformer are you using?
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    Just a little eye candy... a photo of Renzilla #1....

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    Dave,
    Bring this beast to the Oregon mini and do a demo. Your assignment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukewarrior View Post
    Neat!
    What transformer are you using?
    FS12-1000, which is available from DigiKey as # 237-1046-ND ... it's a 2A (12v parallel) brute for about $10.50 or so.... or you can use a wall wart that has about 2A capacity. It weighs about 350 pounds and really gives Renzilla a good "heft." LOL!!!

    @Terry - I do plan to bring one to the Mini although the extent of my demo will be "plugging it in" so everyone can see the power LED come on!

    http://digwdf.com/store/
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    Twireless, my partner in crime in this venture, provides these recent photos of Renzilla, our 96-channel Renard controller.

    Renzilla rev B rocks bigtime... use either the PIC16F688 or the PIC16F1825, or mix and match! Be on the lookout for a group buy of the Renzilla boards:

    *** Renzilla 96 main controller board
    *** RJ45 adapter - plug into your AC SSRs such as the popular DirkCheapSSR
    *** XBee Snap-In for wireless operation
    *** SISO adapter for wired RS232 or RS485 control and to another Renard
    *** SI adapter for wired RS232 or RS485 but no daisychaining
    *** SO adapter for daisychaining to another Renard from a wireless Renzilla
    *** SCISSR - Single Channel In-line SSR, the SSR you build into your string of lights, designed specifically for Renzilla

    Yessirree... 96 programmable channels at your fingertips on one board! Admit it, you'll want it! Watch for some special pricing!
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    http://digwdf.com/store/
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    Looks awesome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jrd View Post
    Looks awesome!
    It IS awesome. It's the highest channel count Renard board on the planet.

    The goal of the Renzilla controller is to help lower the cost of participating in this hobby. Coupled with the DirkCheapSSR, you're looking at around $2 total cost per dimmable channel. That's all we're trying to do -- help folks do more for less.

    Renzilla.... coming soon to a group buy near you!

    http://digwdf.com/store/
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    RENZILLA - special introductory pricing on the new 96-channel controller for a limited period of time in the DIGWDF Store!

    But what's so good about the Renzilla? Well, for starters, let's just look at a few facts...

    It's 96 cotton-pickin' channels in one place!!! And how about the costs?

    A Renzilla board, a BOM, two RJ45 adapters and a SISO adapter and their BOMs totals $80. Where are you going to find a 96-channel Renard controller for only eighty bucks?And SSRs.... You can get 16 channels of DirkCheapSSRs including boards and BOM for what, $15? So you need 6 of those sets for a full 96-channel setup. That's $90. So for $170 I can have 96 new channels of fully dimmable blinky-flashy control? Huh? Are you kiddin' me? That's only $1.77 per channel! Holy smokes -- where do I sign up?!?!?

    While we're at it, how about flexibility...

    You can set the controller to daisy-chain channels or... if you're a control freak, you can set the starting address of EACH PIC on the board so that it uses whatever series of 8 channels you assign it! So you have the option of setting twelve different start addresses on the same board! You could set some to low channel numbers, and some to high channel numbers and you're still using only one controller!

    Maybe you have a part of your display that just runs all the time, regardless of what your show is doing. No problem! You can disconnect a PIC on the board from the input data stream and flash it with its own auto-running firmware and as long as the board is powered up, it'll continuously run whatever sequence you program into the chip and it won't be affected by your show at all!

    And did you know that you can use either the traditional Renard PIC, the venerable PIC16F688 OR the new one, the PIC16F1825 virtually interchangeably?!?!? Or you could drop in a PIC12F675 if you want, too! Shazzzzbattt!!! You can mix and match on the same board! It's a multi-PIC controller!

    You might want to use AC SSRs on some channels and maybe DC SSRs on other channels. No problem! Each PIC on the board can be addressed individually, or you can daisy chain the data stream from one PIC to the next. And while you can't use DMX and Renard at the same time to the Renzilla, you can use either form of data communication.

    Wireless? No problem! Plug an XBee Snap-In board onto the Ren-W header and bingo, instant wireless. Or you can use the wireless gizmos from the multi-talented creator of the Komby wireless system. Just plug one in!

    If you want the ultimate in money-saving controllers and want to be be able to spread your blinky-flashy budget across a wider display, think about putting a Renzilla or two into your show. With less money spent on control you free-up dollars for more lights or more props.

    And for a limited time only, there's special pricing in the DIGWDF Store on Renzilla components:

    RENZILLA - This is the main, 96-channel Renard controller board. The Renzilla BOM costs about $45 for the "deluxe" build; $38 for the "econo" build using lesser-expensive 2x8 header pins instead of the more-expensive keyed header sockets. Renzilla supports either the PIC16F688 or the PIC16F1825 chips and you can mix and match 16F688 and 16F1825 chips on the same board (the on-board 18.432 mhz oscillator is required if using the 16F688 chip). Renard start address firmware is recommended; Renard-DMX firmware (for the respective PIC chip used) is also supported by Renzilla.

    RENZILLA RJ45 ADAPTER - OPTIONAL - this is an adapter board that plugs into one side of the Renzilla controller's header pins. It is populated with 12 RJ45 jacks (for a total of 48 channels) and provides for normal RJ45 connections to common, external SSRs. Two RJ45 adapter boards are needed if you plan to connect all 96 channels using CAT5 to your existing SSRs. You may order only one RJ45 adapter if you wish, or none if you plan to use something else such as use the SCISSR. The BOM to build a single RJ45 adapter is about $8 (twelve RJ45 jacks and six, 2x8 female headers).

    RENZILLA CHANNEL TESTER - OPTIONAL - because Renzilla does not have channel status LEDs, a channel tester is available that you can use to plug into a row of headers and check the 8 channel outputs from that PIC. A channel tester is optional, but can be a handy diagnostic tool. The BOM to build a channel tester is about $2 (8 LEDs, 8 680-ohm resistors, one 2x8 female header)

    MiniRenSISO ADAPTER - OPTIONAL - Rather than build all the serial I/O electronics onto the Renzilla board, we opted for already-proven technology which plugs into the MiniRen header on the Renzilla board to give you full RS232/RS485 wired input/output connectivity. If you intend to use Renzilla in a wired setting (instead of wireless) then you need a SISO adapter so that you can run your RS232/RS485 communication wire to it. You do not need this adapter if you plan to use wireless communication to the Renzilla. The BOM to build a single SISO adapter is about $7. MiniRenSISO kits are currently available in the DIGWDF Store.

    XBEE SNAP-IN BOARD - OPTIONAL - if you plan to communicate with Renzilla wirelessly, you need an XBee snap-in board (or equivalent). If you already have an XBee Snap-in, it will work with Renzilla. If you have other adapter boards from other manufacturers that use the 5-pin Ren-W header that the snap-in board also uses, those should work fine. The BOM to build a XBee snap-in board is about $5. XBee Snap-In Kits are currently available in the DIGWDF Store.

    SCISSR - OPTIONAL - This is a Single Channel Inline SSR that's designed for Renzilla. SCISSR is a small, 1/2" x 1" circuit board that you solder into a string of lights immediately between the plug and the first bulb/LED. SCISSR uses the VO2223A chip, is limited to a maximum of 1amp current and comes in panels of 24 SSRs; you would need 4 panels to have 96 channels. NOTE: SCISSR is not necessary -- Renzilla will work with your existing SSRs by using the RJ45 adapters. SCISSR is only an optional SSR configuration.

    Renzilla. Make the most of your opportunities. You want one of these. You need one. Maybe you need two! Now's the time to get off the fence and make it happen.
    Last edited by dirknerkle; 04-15-2014 at 10:54 AM.

    http://digwdf.com/store/
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    ONLY 9 DAYS LEFT on RENZILLA SPECIAL PRICING!!!

    This is your chance to pick up a 96 channel Renard controller and add-on boards for close to peanuts.

    On May 1st the pricing goes up... and likely will stay there for quite a while...

    http://digwdf.com/store/
    The store were you can find blinky-flashy gizmos that you never knew existed!

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    Here you go sports fans.... a fully completed, wireless Renzilla, ready to run with all RJ45 connections to your favorite SSRs... Don't want wireless? No problem, plug in the SISO adapter instead and connect to it with either RS232 or RS485.....

    Looky-looky-looky at all those RJ45 jacks, just WAITING to be connected to something!!!

    Yessirree... 96 channels of wild blinky-flashy-dimmy on a compact, 7-1/2" x 5/1/4" board... Don't drool on your keyboard any longer, pick up a few Renzillas while the price is right... 'cuz the special pricing ENDS in only 5 days! Order your's at the DIGWDF store today!

    EDIT: Added picture of renzilla with SISO adapter in place of Xbee Snap-In

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    Because we believe good documentation is important, here's a copy of the Renzilla Assembly and User Guide. This should explain to you folks who may be on the fence about ordering one, how Renzilla is designed and how it works. From that you should be able to realize how incredibly flexible this controller is... and what you might be able to do with it...

    Reminder: only 3 more days on special pricing on Renzilla components...

    EDIT: Updated user guide with most recent version
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    http://digwdf.com/store/
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