Mega tree controller setup

Jimmy

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Last year I started out with a simple mega tree of 16 strings by 50 pixels, each string plugged into one pigtail on the E682.
This year I want to add a 6 row star. I watched the video on how to set it up and got it going, however it seems to waste a lot of the outputs.
That is one pigtail out of 4 for the first rings, and then again for the next couple of rings and finally again for the last ring. This now leaves 4 outputs for the strands.
Is there a better way to set it up or do I need another controller.
Thanks
 

LeighH

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How many pixels are used in the star? How many pixels per port can the E682 handle?
 

Jimmy

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The star has 3 inner rings at 20, 30 and 40 all on one string the next 2 are 50 and 60 on one string and the outer ring is 70 on one string.
According to the manual in multicast mode it can do 7 universes or 3570 channels or unicast mode 12 universes or 6120 channels.
I hope that makes sense.
 

LeighH

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So that totals 270 pixels. My Mini Trees total 500 pixels & are ran off one port, you should be able to join all strings together & run it off one port easily.
Is it 5v or 12v you may want to power inject.
 

Jimmy

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It is 5V. So you are saying run the whole star as one string and add some power injection on the star.
I will look into it.
 

Dreamin

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It is 5V. So you are saying run the whole star as one string and add some power injection on the star.
I will look into it.
I have the same star running 5V, just run power injection from the pigtail at the input to the end of the star and it levels out the power nicely.
 
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