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    Default Looking for any DirkCheapSSR assembling videos

    I am slowly getting my Ren-32s soldered together and I just remembered that I need to finish my DirkCheapSSRs. I have everything soldered on the board with the exception of my power cables and Cat5 cable.

    Does someone have a video made that shows that process in detail? I'm a visual learner so it would be great to see either a video or close up images. The images that I saw in the wiki show a completed unit but they were not close up.

    Thanks!

    Buddy

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    I haven't seen one. And there is many ways to do it. I put cat5 jacks on for data and 10 inch pigtails with vampire plugs for power.
    2009 - 48 channel MegaTree 4800 lights
    plus 3200 lights static display.
    2010 - 6 Snowflakes on heavy equipment stored in front yard :-(
    2011 - 72 channel Megatree 7520 lights,
    120 channel total about 10k lights total

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    Where did you get those Cat5 jacks? And was the jack itself top or side for the cable?

    I want side but pictures at some of the parts sites don't show that quite right.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Looking for any DirkCheapSSR assembling videos

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    Last edited by TomL8345; 02-26-2015 at 05:16 PM.
    2012 - 1st year 64 Channels - 7500 LED lights - 5 sequences
    2013 - 128 Channels - 10,000 LED lights - 7 sequences (2 New)
    2014 - 201 Channels - upgrading 8 Arches to dumb RGB - 8+ sequences (1+ New)
    2015 - 240 Channels + 8 Universes - sequences TBD
    2016 - No Display
    2017 - Back in the Game - 240 Renard Channels + 12 Universes
    2018 - 256 Renard and 9 Falcon Outputs of Pixels - 16 sequences shown over 2 nights
    2019 - 256 Renard and 9 Falcon Outputs of Pixels - 16 sequences shown over 2 nights
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    Default Re: Looking for any DirkCheapSSR assembling videos

    Buddy,

    i use Right Angle Cat5 jacks for my Dirk's Cheap SSR's. I just bought some off eBay, just search for Right Angle RJ45 jacks, but make sure they are 8 pin (8P8C) You should be able to get them for around $.50 each with free shipping.

    Also there was a good thread for enclosure ideas a couple of years ago, http://doityourselfchristmas.com/for...r-DirkCheapSSR

    Hope that helps!
    2012 - 1st year 64 Channels - 7500 LED lights - 5 sequences
    2013 - 128 Channels - 10,000 LED lights - 7 sequences (2 New)
    2014 - 201 Channels - upgrading 8 Arches to dumb RGB - 8+ sequences (1+ New)
    2015 - 240 Channels + 8 Universes - sequences TBD
    2016 - No Display
    2017 - Back in the Game - 240 Renard Channels + 12 Universes
    2018 - 256 Renard and 9 Falcon Outputs of Pixels - 16 sequences shown over 2 nights
    2019 - 256 Renard and 9 Falcon Outputs of Pixels - 16 sequences shown over 2 nights
    2020 - Emergency Conversion to Falcon F48 with limited wireless

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    Default Re: Looking for any DirkCheapSSR assembling videos

    Thanks!

    I just did a search and saw some great deals. Can you PM me your sellers ID? I saw a lot of China and Hong Kong. I would rather deal in USA. I've been burned before with International buys.

    Buddy

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    Default Re: Looking for any DirkCheapSSR assembling videos

    I just did some more research, turns out I purchased mine from Amazon, http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 . I was extremely pleased with them and how quickly they were delivered
    2012 - 1st year 64 Channels - 7500 LED lights - 5 sequences
    2013 - 128 Channels - 10,000 LED lights - 7 sequences (2 New)
    2014 - 201 Channels - upgrading 8 Arches to dumb RGB - 8+ sequences (1+ New)
    2015 - 240 Channels + 8 Universes - sequences TBD
    2016 - No Display
    2017 - Back in the Game - 240 Renard Channels + 12 Universes
    2018 - 256 Renard and 9 Falcon Outputs of Pixels - 16 sequences shown over 2 nights
    2019 - 256 Renard and 9 Falcon Outputs of Pixels - 16 sequences shown over 2 nights
    2020 - Emergency Conversion to Falcon F48 with limited wireless

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    Thanks for sharing the information. As soon as I get home I am going to count my boards and order a bunch!

    Buddy

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    Default Re: Looking for any DirkCheapSSR assembling videos

    I have mine laying in a ta200 (not mounted) so I used side entry jacks but either will mount. The original intent that most went with is solder the cat5 directly to the board. I think I took the jacks from a Ren 48lsd kit or maybe a old group buy on jacks. I want to coat one in "never wet" and lay it in a puddle and video it working just to get a rise from some people here. Maybe next year or maybe the wife will talk sense into me. :-)
    2009 - 48 channel MegaTree 4800 lights
    plus 3200 lights static display.
    2010 - 6 Snowflakes on heavy equipment stored in front yard :-(
    2011 - 72 channel Megatree 7520 lights,
    120 channel total about 10k lights total

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    Default Re: Looking for any DirkCheapSSR assembling videos

    I'm a network guy and I have TONs of cat5 cables. So it feels sort of weird or counter productive to cut em up.

    I know...I should get over it. lol

    Buddy

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