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    Default Newbie looking for TR16/FPP/Vixen help

    Hello all. I jumped into the DIY Christmas show stuff 9months ago. I did what I thought was a good bit of research and Iíve managed to get most of the way through this, I think.

    Ordered and built a Renard TR16

    Ordered a PI 3+ and have FPP running on it.

    Downloaded and started sequencing in Vixen 3.

    I know I still need to do the PIC programming. Iím looking to order a PicKit 3 shortly.

    Now for the help.

    Iím not sure how to see if my PI has WiFi, though I thought it did. Anyway to find out?

    If I can get the PI on wireless, can I use the Ethernet port on the PI to directly control the TR16 board?

    Do I need a straight Ethernet cable or a crossover?

    The TR16 will control 120V dumb lights right?

    If all this works out, Iím pretty sure expanding to more boards wonít be an issue.

    Anybody live in Baton Rouge.




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    Yes the Pi 3b+ has wifi, look at the network settings in FPP and you will see eth0 and wlan0 that you can select to configure.

    the Renard controllers use Serial communication so No you cannot connect the eth0 network port to the TR16, you are going to need a USB to RS485 adapter, from the RS485 to the TR16 it you can use a standard ethernet cable.

    Yes you can control regular AC lights, incandescent or LED, it has 16 channels, 2 banks @ 15A max each, 4A max per channel up to bank max
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    Default Re: Newbie looking for TR16/FPP/Vixen help

    Thanks Ruppro. I tried setting up the WLAN in FPP but couldnít get a control mine took which is why I was questioning it.

    Iíll have to order the adapter for RS485 when I order my PicKit 3.

    If all goes well, I should be testing my board by next week.


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    Default Re: Newbie looking for TR16/FPP/Vixen help

    Show me your settings for wlan0 (you can blank out the SSID and Passphrase if you want)
    Matt

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    Iíll try to bring my laptop home tomorrow and login to the FPP to get you the info.


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    Hereís what Iíve tried.


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    WiFi drivers should be External, that is how all 4 of my Pi 3s are configured. Is the SSID of the network you are connecting to "Hidden"? ie, If you search for available networks on your phone or laptop do you see the SSID in the list or not?
    Matt

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    Default Re: Newbie looking for TR16/FPP/Vixen help

    So my PI 3 has WIFI already but I should select ďExternalĒ in the network settings even though Iím not using a USB/WIFI adapter?

    Iíll give it a shot.

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    Default Re: Newbie looking for TR16/FPP/Vixen help

    And yes the SSID or Network is available via WIFI. Thatís how Iím getting into FPP. Laptop is on WiFi and PI is plugged into a port on the router.

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    Default Re: Newbie looking for TR16/FPP/Vixen help

    So if I boot the PI3 without an Ethernet cable connected to the router, I can see FPP in my WIFI networks.

    If I boot with an Ethernet cable, I canít see the FPP WiFi option in my networks.

    Should I even bother with the Static IP or should I leave it DHCP and quit trying to complicate this even more?

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