Xlights - FPP- RPi to Arduino out to pixels

byrnet62

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Hello all from New York,

So I am new to light shows. I have decided to use Xlights to set up my lights in. I have copied a setup that has Vixen installed on to a RPi into a Arduino. There is a sketch on line which I uploaded to the Arduino.
I think I have the settings correct for the FPP and Arduino since running the test mode with SSR's the channels change. I tried to use 5v pixels and only get the 1st pixel to light or maybe not at all. I have a separate 5v power supply running the pixels (single strand of 50 for testing).
I see the Arduino TX/RX lights flickering and connecting the relays they come alive but not the Pixels. I tried all the PWM pins on the Uno (I tried a mega and a Nano, same results) and maybe get the first pixel. Switched pixel sets and still the same thing.
I know there are better controllers that could make my life easier but I have all these Arduino boards that I can use.

Any Thought?
Thanks in advance.

Tim B
 

Notenoughlights

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I don't know if Arduino is fast enough to run pixels from an input like xlights, could be a voltage issue on the data line. Not entirely sure what voltage Arduino puts out.
You may be better off with an esp8266 pixel controller.
 

byrnet62

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I don't know if Arduino is fast enough to run pixels from an input like xlights, could be a voltage issue on the data line. Not entirely sure what voltage Arduino puts out.
You may be better off with an esp8266 pixel controller.
Thanks,
I'm thinking since I can't find a lot of information or YouTube videos that I might be beating a dead issue. Since I have my rPi and Uno boards I figured I would try.
Tim
Oh funny I own
esp8266, I have a three pack, can't remember what project I was supposed to use them on... LOL

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Notenoughlights

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Thanks,
I'm thinking since I can't find a lot of information or YouTube videos that I might be beating a dead issue. Since I have my rPi and Uno boards I figured I would try.
Tim
Oh funny I own
esp8266, I have a three pack, can't remember what project I was supposed to use them on... LOL

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WLED or ESPixelstick software are the go to choice for running pixels on them.
 
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