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    Hi,

    First post here! I have a working Vixed installation in my garden (wireless DMX), planning a christmas spectactular. I don't have any pixels yet, though have got a single strip working from Vixen via a serial connection and an arduino.

    Does anyone have any expeience of these exact devices?
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WiFi-5V-2...-/182410064078

    I can get them for a very competitive price, on paper they should allow me to control 7 universes from VixenLights over a wireless connection? This will be a good solution to bridge the gap between the house and the garden.

    Or would I be better looking at an ethernet cable based soluion?

    Thanks,
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    That is an ESP12 in a box. In essence a much less capable version of the ESPixelStick at a much higher price. I would avoid that thing.


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    Furthermore I'd avoid it because it doesn't work with multicast sACN. Running unicast sACN over WiFi isn't best practice.

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    Thanks for the feedback! Though I'm struggling to find how/where I'd get the pixelstick board? It looks like this has been purchased using some group buys over the years. I'm in the UK BTW

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    Renard-plus store sells them as a product. Shelby sells them via Amazon but may be sold out.


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    Default Re: Any views on this pixel controller?

    Darren headland sells them. You can find him in the holiday lighting think tank on facebook

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    Default Re: Any views on this pixel controller?

    Look up the pixel pop on this forum. You can get Ukewarrior to drop a few boards in the mail and you can populate them yourself.

    Btw, there are a lot of good things about that box but the multicast will be a problem if your wireless has the least little problem. For your current number of pixels, it shouldn't be a problem but testing would be required. I don't think there is another choice currently for multiple outputs although someone has been working on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichieNorthcott View Post
    Thanks for the feedback! Though I'm struggling to find how/where I'd get the pixelstick board? It looks like this has been purchased using some group buys over the years. I'm in the UK BTW
    Ukewarrior carries the boards for the regular espixel stick and the mini ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XmasinVancouver View Post
    Ukewarrior carries the boards for the regular espixel stick and the mini ones.
    Are you sure he doesn't carry the ESPixel Pops and Pops mini ? ( ͡ ͜ʖ ͡)

    Amazon seems to be out of the ESPixel Stick .

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    Quote Originally Posted by angus40 View Post
    Are you sure he doesn't carry the ESPixel Pops and Pops mini ? ( ͡ ͜ʖ ͡)

    Amazon seems to be out of the ESPixel Stick .
    I hear Shelby is not restocking the ESPixelStick - it is in redesign. Assume he is working on the WeMos Stick.
    ESPixel Pops a& minis are a problem due to the PUYA issue and getting a usable ESP-01
    Renard Shop provides theirs with the ESP-01 so that's a good option.
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