I've been asked to make a separate thread on this subject. This is my first thread here in the DIY forums, I typically hang out in the PC forums and have been active with animated incandescent and LED displays for the past 5 years.
Many of you have seen the Flex Tech LightShow strips by Gemmy. I found many of them unsold after Christmas and was able to haggle the store managers down to a price of $10-$12 per box. I have picked up roughly 30 boxes of clear and multi color stips. My initial intent was to just make a plug-&-play mega tree at both my mom's house and my display for 2013. But, some people decided to post a video (below) and put an idea into my head that these could be hacked, allowing LOR/DMX to control each pixel even though they are not true RGB strings. I've invested a nice chunk of cash into them and after discussion on various threads and with different people, I'd like to pull the information together. I don't know if anyone else is interested in this here, but I'm a novice when it comes to RGB lighting/hook-up/programming/sequencing. I appreciate any information you are willing to share.
I'll start with the video that another member (Laggstorm) posted here and in the PC forums that really got me thinking about "hacking" these strips. It would sure make some great arches and use less of my LOR channels.
So here is what has been shared already(that I'm aware of):
The Flex Tech strips can be hacked.
Knowing that the card can just be connected to the my network switch, do I need any type of dongle? Or does the card have the conversion to DMX loaded into it? Once the card is powered, then the computer will become aware of the E68X card after it is plugged into the switch? Do I install a driver or will it be an automatic download?
Once the card is connected and can communicate with the E68X card, then it's just a matter of assigning the 108 channels for the Flex Tech strip into my channel configuration in LOR S3 software.
The next question is how do I know what wire is the common positive and the separate RGB-like neutrals that I need to wire my Cat 5/Ethernet cable?
Randy N, can you take a pic/video of how you did this or walk us through what needs to be done? It would be immensely helpful!