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  1. Great job! I have an hour and a half before the show, doing final checks now.
  2. I see one bad node 5 rows up between the green and the white nodes. that is the one I would check. Are those ws2801 nodes? I had a problem with mine last year even though the said they where IP68. If you have a heat gun / hair dryer you can dry it out and try and spray some waterproofing on it. I use some silicone spray and it worked for the season. Good luck, Lee
  3. Use the LOR hardware tool, nothing else running except the listener and test each one with that. if you still have the problem then I would say you have a bad controller.
  4. What type of controllers are you using? If they are LOR does each have their own address/unit # set? If the data line is running a long distance and it is next to the power cables sometimes the power cord will interfere in the data signal. the two should not run next to each other for more then about 5 feet. Any description of your setup will help us help you. Cheers, Lee
  5. I think you need to have a dumb strip DMX decoder, I use one of these 27 channel controllers between my P12S and the strips. http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Easy-DMX-LED-controller-dmx-decoder-driver/701799_378111925.html this controller will do 9 RGB outputs. Your E682 will act as the E1.31 bridge for the DMX out.
  6. You will find that some people will camp out and watch the whole show then others will stop for a song. I have discovered that they all come back and watch some more later. I would not worry about trying to please everyone. Congrats on your first show that's great. Lee
  7. OK, I now understand E681s a little better. I thought they would be similar to my P12S which uses the same IP for DMX and web interface. Thanks for the lesson. Lee
  8. Antivirus shouldn't block it the firewall will though. can you open a command window and ping ?
  9. Go into your LOR network options and change all E1.31 universes to this IP and see if that helps. You can get to the 681 web interface OK right?
  10. Your issue is networking. Your 681 IP is set at and your LOR DMX E1.31 is set to multiple IP,s - 8. Are you only using one E681 and no other E1.31 devices?
  11. My first one was 7 channels each channel/segment was about 17" that covered a 10' pole. I see a lot of them with 8 channels, I suppose that fits their channels/controller count better. I built my segments on a piece of 1 1/2" PVC to slip over a 1" metal pipe. That makes repair easy. Lee
  12. Bobby, You are correct! I was only giving an example based on the numbers from the wiki. Aaron gave us no idea of the amount of time he would run the lights. Cheers, Lee
  13. I would use two wires one above and one below. Attach the blowmold to both. This should keep them straight and aligned. Lee
  14. Most LED battery powered lights run on 4.5 volts DC. Now depending on the type of LED determines the amount of current each will need. Here are some at Walmart that say they will run 20 LEDs for up to 72 hours on one set of batteries. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Set-of-20-Battery-Operated-Pure-White-LED-Wide-Angle-Christmas-Lights-Green-Wire/23978531?action=product_interest&action_type=title&placement_id=irs_middle&strategy=PWVAV&visitor_id=54312621679&category=0%3A2637%3A633379%3A1025279&client_guid=d440f9d2-2a78-49c0-adb9-fa711da97991&config_id=0&parent_item_id=23864345&guid=e7401158-03ef-4e36-b862-2aaa217418a7&bucket_id=irsbucketdefault&findingMethod=p13n I do not think you would get that many hours from 3 AA batteries, maybe the top of the line batteries. Now using these figures you need 60 AA batteries to power your 400 LEDs for 72 hours. Here is some info on the AA batteries. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AA_battery
  15. does the fan turn freely by hand. make sure it is unplugged before checking!
  16. I would use something like this mounted to a square piece of 2 x 10 on the bottom then a second one on top to mount your lights too. http://www.lowes.com/pd_30256-29760-61007_4294822020__?productId=4330334&Ns=p_product_qty_sales_dollar|1&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNs%3Dp_product_qty_sales_dollar%7C1&facetInfo= then add this http://www.lowes.com/pd_15538-185-315+112X120_4294822021__?productId=3536370&Ns=p_product_qty_sales_dollar|1&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNs%3Dp_product_qty_sales_dollar%7C1%26page%3D2&facetInfo= And you have a 10' pole, if the wind blows then add some guy wires to keep it steady. I use this.http://www.lowes.com/pd_349256-258-955LW-10BK_0__?productId=3462436&Ntt=vinyl-coated+wire+clothesline&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dvinyl-coated%2Bwire%2Bclothesline&facetInfo= Hope that helps.
  17. I agree the setup in LOR is the most likely issue. I do not see any attached document though. if you do not have a snipping tool you can open the LOR networks config page then do a "alt-print screen" that will capture the current open page. then open paint then do a paste and the screen shot should appear in the paint window. then save it to your photos folder. Now when you reply to the post click on the "Advanced options" button (pic 1). This open up some extra options for you to attach a file (pic 2)
  18. What version of Windows are you running? Can you show us the DMX network page from your LOR setup? like this one...
  19. Audacity for editing and Mp3Gain to set my gain level on all my show music. It is also freeware
  20. So you have the listener running for LOR correct. does it show any DMX universes in the comm window? the comm window is the black Listener window that runs when you start the LOR control panel. you should see your DMX network # show up there. If not then you have not set the DMX E1.31 networks up in the "Networks preferences" DMX and make sure you have the DMX universe that you are using setup in there for E1.31. Then make sure your firewall is not blocking the port used. The problem is in the LOR setup somewhere.
  21. Great job, Ken Nice use of the small space you have.
  22. No, you do not need to have the female end. You do need to make sure the wire end is not going to short or worse yet shock you. Some kind of insulator needs to be put on the end of the wires.
  23. That depends on the type of lights you use. I use LED lights and I cover the extra lights with something black. or you could use something like these. http://www.christmas-light-source.com/Mini-Light-Black-Out-Caps_c_222.html
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