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Low Cost DIY LOR Easy Light Linkers - $79/PAIR

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I found a way to use a low cost RS485 module and antenna to remove the wires from my display. The modules run at 19,200bps which is the long distance setting on LOR. They work amazingly well. I have a display thats about 1/4mi long and I cover the entire thing with two wireless channels. I've had no issues so far with the setup. I just drill an antenna hole in the top of the case and put the small 1"x2" board inside the case. You can pull power off the LOR board and signal from the middle two pin on the Cat5 Jack.

This is not as advanced as the EZ-Light Linkers, and the parts are straight out of china... complete with the poor directions and crappy PC software to set the channels and baud rate. It took me 3 hours to setup all 8 of my controllers, so I was thrilled. My longest Hop is almost 500ft (line of sight) and it seems to work just fine.

I need to order a few more for myself, so I was wondering if anyone else wanted in on the deal. The guy regularly sells these for $79 on ebay plus shipping from China. I get him to discount them a bit by buying 4+ pairs, and we can all combine shipping and save there.

If you want in, paypal $79/pr to neilm--AT--messicks.com :santasmileyitty:

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Do you have to use one per each LOR or can you daisy chain from one set?

With something like I posted, you could use one "pair" per 485 network. So, you could use one pair to get from your computer to the first controller, where you would then jump to the next controller with standard CAT5.

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