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F16V2 Pixel Controller
Operation/Programing Manual
Revision v1.1.0

The F16v2 pixel controller has the ability to drive 640 pixels per output port and each output a different node type per port. Currently the controller can only receive data from E131, in the future we plan on letting the Raspberry Pi connect directly to the board.




WARNING!
Please do not connect power to F16v2 until you have read the power section of this manual.



INTRODUCTION

The F16v2 pixel controller pictured below has the ability to drive 640 pixels per output port and each output can be a different node type. The controller can receive data from E131 or in the near future be connected directly to the Raspberry PI to take advantage of the full capabilities of the Falcon Player (FPP). The F16V2 also has an expansion board option that expands the capability of the controller to 32 strings of 340 pixels each.

Note: 12-bit pixels string types are limited to 340 pixels per string for 16 port mode and 170 pixels per string for 32 port mode.
Note: The current version supports only E131 at this time.

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Power and Power connections

  • The F16v2 can be powered directly from the V2 (right side of board) pixel port power connector or from external power connector.
  • The F16v2 can be powered from 5V DC directly or from 7v to 24V DC from the optional power connector.  The controller requires a stable DC supply and care should be taken if powering from the same supply as pixels if using 5V.


Power jumpers are provided and must be set to match the incoming power configuration as detailed below:

The power selector block looks as follows:
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External connection using V2 Pixel power connection – V2

External connection using 4 pin External Power connector – P1
Greater than 7V on V2 Pixel Power Connection
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Greater than 7V on External Power Connection
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Greater than 7V on V2 Pixel Power Connection
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5V on External Power Connection. Please note only one jumper

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Webpage Connection


The user interface to setup the F16v2 is an embedded webpage. The unit is setup as default to acquire an address via DHCP but also has a default address of 192.168.1.50. If your network does not have a DHCP server please use this address to connect to unit. More information on how to connect will be coming.


RS-485 Serial Ports


The F16V2 has four dedicated RS-485 circuits. The circuits are made available to the user via RJ-45 connectors. They are located on the right side of the board. Each can be individually configured to output DMX, Pixelnet or Renard. When DMX is selected the output is fixed at 250Kbps, Pixelnet is fixed at 1Mbps and when Renard is selected the user can set the baudrate and number of stop bits.
The outputs can be individually set to any start address in the range of data received by the controller. It is not necessary to have the first channel of each output be the first channel in an E131 universe.