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    Default Cheapest controller for mega tree?

    Ok I realized I went from baby step to marathon. Last year first time messing with any pixels. Made a holidaycoro 100 pixel snowflake controlled with a Arduino mega with xlights. Worked great even synced it with music. This year I decide to do a mega tree 180 16 strands 50 per. Stupidly I thought I could use the Arduino to control the tree the same as the snowflake from last year. I found out fast I was mistaken.

    So Iím looking for a controller just for the tree. Iíve already built it I would love to get this working.

    Thanks for any help and guidance.

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    Default Re: Cheapest controller for mega tree?

    You canít go wrong with the Falcon F16


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    Default Re: Cheapest controller for mega tree?

    Consider your choices.

    Falcon makes some good devices. SanDevices is a very good choice.

    My first controller was from SanDevices. An E6804 - It was my first run with pixels, GE Color Effects, and that controller met my needs at that time. It runs my mega tree. 1024 pixels.

    If you can shell out the extra coin, I would recommend a 16 channel controller because it sounds like you are going to get into this "ADDICTION" we call FUN
    -Eddie

    The missus wants to ride!

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    Default Re: Cheapest controller for mega tree?

    There are some options out there that are based off of the BeagleBone platform. A few of them are open source. For a speedy setup, I'd recommend the falcon F16, as it is easily expanded. You could also feed a tree with a few Pixel-sticks.
    A few years back, I had a 10 string pixel tree. I used 2 Arduino Nano's, and some rs-485 adapters.

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    Hi, if I was in your position at this time of year I would go for a Raspberry Pi Zero W and a 3.3V to 5V level shifter. Running FPP and two strings of 400 pixels each – 8 of your 50 strings zigzagged. For more information Google ‘Falcon Pi Player’.
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    Default Re: Cheapest controller for mega tree?

    In addition to what has been recommended there are a couple controllers that use a pocket beagle that would work


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    Thank you all... gonna look at these options see what’s available ASAP. I know my fault for the last minute project. We just finished moving and got a late start.

    Thank you all again

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    Default Re: Cheapest controller for mega tree?

    Look at the falcon Picap it's a raspberry pi Cape that can run 800pixels per output.

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    Just a curious question.....
    Has anyone attempted to run FPP on a BeagleBone white? It seems to be almost the same as the black version, but slightly less memory.

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    Default Re: Cheapest controller for mega tree?

    How about about $3 to $4 cheap? I'm running 18 strings of 50 with a single nodemcu ESP8266 running ESPixenStick v3 firmware. I'm not doing anything fancy with it. Just displaying various Christmas looking effects. It has no problems keeping up with anything I've thrown at it.

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