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anagrin2000

Only the lights plugged into my 1st Controller are working

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Hello everyone and thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide.  I have my display all setup and ready to go, I tested all of the cat5e cables, and all of the controllers are displaying solid lights as expected when daisy chained.  However, when I start my show, only the lights connected to controller one are responding.  I have 6 controllers total.  Any idea how to fix this?  I am sure it is probably a simple fix, but I am at a loss and having a difficult time finding anything related to this problem online.  Thanks again!

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It seem that you may have a controller address issue. Have you set the addresses on your six controllers so controller 1 is unit 1, controller 2 is unit 2 etc? With the Planet Christmas style controllers this is done by plugging them in to your computer one at a time and using the LOR software to set the unique address for each of your 6 units which is stored in its memory. In the commercial style controllers this is done with miniature DIP switches on the actual circuit board near the RJ45 plug where your cat 5 cable plugs in.  I then apply labels to the outside of my controller boxes to identify "Unit 1, Unit2 , etc so i know what they are set at and what they will control. Maybe this will help.

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You should try bypassing controller #1 meaning connect to all the other controllers only and see if they work. Then you will know that the cat 5 outlet of controller #1 is bad.  It is fairly common to have them get damaged. You can use a cat 5 splitter to fix it if that is really the problem 

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Mikey, I did not assign controller IDs because I have used them in years past and they worked fine,  I will try that though if MrMatt's suggestion doesn't work.  I never thought to bypass controller 1.  Thanks for the suggestions guys!  I will try them out and let you know.

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