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    Default Whyis there no DC DMX or Renard controller with built in SSRs?

    I see this DMX controller for any where from $40 (before shipping from China) to $58 from various vendors

    27-channel-Easy-DMX-LED-controller-dmx-decoder-driver.jpg



    and I have to wonder why nobody has designed a DIY board to do this for less cost. I have 8 2 meter strips
    that will be fairly close to each other and seems very costly to buy separate SSR kits plus RGB breakout boards.
    Unless I'm missing an option, appears this ready made controller is less expensive than all the DIY alternatives
    available right now.

    Is there another option I am missing?

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    Default Re: Whyis there no DC DMX or Renard controller with built in SSRs?

    There is a 16 channel DC Ren Plus Controller under development at the other site. They may also do a 24 channel version of it.

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    Default Re: Whyis there no DC DMX or Renard controller with built in SSRs?

    What/who is the "other site" ????

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    Quote Originally Posted by plasmata View Post
    There is a 16 channel DC Ren Plus Controller under development at the other site. They may also do a 24 channel version of it.
    A link would be good. I don't think it is against any rules to post a link to DIY related boards if it helps us out.

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    Default Re: Whyis there no DC DMX or Renard controller with built in SSRs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Helenaguy View Post
    I see this DMX controller for any where from $40 (before shipping from China) to $58 from various vendors

    27-channel-Easy-DMX-LED-controller-dmx-decoder-driver.jpg


    and I have to wonder why nobody has designed a DIY board to do this for less cost. I have 8 2 meter strips
    that will be fairly close to each other and seems very costly to buy separate SSR kits plus RGB breakout boards.
    Unless I'm missing an option, appears this ready made controller is less expensive than all the DIY alternatives
    available right now.

    Is there another option I am missing?
    I have 7 of the boards you posted. They are good boards. Also note there is a modification that can be made to increase current. It involves soldering bare wire to power and ground bus to increase current.

    Here are the details. Look at post #48
    http://auschristmaslighting.com/foru...ic,741.45.html
    Last edited by dpitts; 04-15-2013 at 11:44 PM.

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    Default Re: Whyis there no DC DMX or Renard controller with built in SSRs?

    Quote Originally Posted by plasmata View Post
    There is a 16 channel DC Ren Plus Controller under development at the other site. They may also do a 24 channel version of it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Festus View Post
    What/who is the "other site" ????
    I think he is refering to diychristmas.org

    I guess folks think it is a taboo link or something. Dunno.
    James Family Christmas - 1600 channels of SS Renard channels
    Website - http://jamesfamilychristmas.com/ <<broken
    Facebook - James Family Christmas


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    Default Re: Whyis there no DC DMX or Renard controller with built in SSRs?

    Yes, that's where I was referring to and I wasn't sure if it was okay to link to it. Here is the direct link.

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    Default Re: Whyis there no DC DMX or Renard controller with built in SSRs?

    I believe the boards you are referring to are still off board (separate) DC SSRs though, which seems to me is more costly than having everything on the same board like the one I posted or a Ren ss AC board.

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    Default Re: Whyis there no DC DMX or Renard controller with built in SSRs?

    Quote Originally Posted by dpitts View Post
    I have 7 of the boards you posted. They are good boards. Also note there is a modification that can be made to increase current. It involves soldering bare wire to power and ground bus to increase current.

    Here are the details. Look at post #48
    http://auschristmaslighting.com/foru...ic,741.45.html
    What is the current capacity of them without the mod? And where did you get yours?

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    Default Re: Whyis there no DC DMX or Renard controller with built in SSRs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Helenaguy View Post
    What is the current capacity of them without the mod? And where did you get yours?
    I bought mine from Ray Wu. The shipping was not too bad because I bought them all at once and Ray made special quote. You need to email or chat with him when buying multiple items.
    http://www.aliexpress.com/store/prod...378111925.html

    The specification on current is listed in the description.

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