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  1. Nettles

    Nettles New Elf

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  2. David_AVD

    David_AVD Bite my shiny metal ass! Community Project Designer Generous Elf

    Jun 12, 2010
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    The 6803 based strips are old technology and are probably best avoided. Not many recent vintage controllers would even control them.

    Sticking with the 2801 or 2811 types would be the way to go.
  3. i13

    i13 Senior Elf

    Jul 5, 2013
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    Note also that the WS2812B is interchangeable with WS2811 so it is another option.

    I wouldn't worry about the 133 patterns and speeds. I don't know what that means and I haven't seen it before.

    You need to choose your first pixels carefully for that controller because the entire controller can only support one pixel type at a time. You can still mix nodes and strip but they need to be all WS2801 or WS2811 and WS2812B.

    The WS2801 pixels are known to be more reliable than WS2811 if you want long spaces of wire between pixels because the data passed on by each pixel can travel further.

    WS2811 is usually cheaper and it only has 3 wires instead of 4 so there is less soldering and tangling. You can add a pixel in the middle of long spaces to interpret and pass on the data so it goes further. This is called using a null pixel and it is required more often with WS2811.
  4. buzzdude

    buzzdude Full Time Elf

    Oct 7, 2013
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    I had originally purchased 4 strips of 6803 and they came with a controller that give the 133 patterns, similar in the way Christmas trees controllers work. You pick a pattern or the option that circles through all 132 patterns.


    since then I have only used 2811. I found the e682 controller worked with both. So I could use old and new. Once they stop working I'll replace with 2811, though three Seasons on they are still going strong (hope I didn't just jinx myself for this year )

    Like the guys have said, I'd stick with new technology 2801 or 2811.

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