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DMX Serial to RF Setup

Note these instructions are good for Beta 1 Release only

Hardware Serial Modification - Do this modification before getting started

NOTE: This will work for either RS485 serial input OR a FTDI based COM port input. This receiver needs to be renamed, as it will handle either option.

How To Program the Serial to RF Transmitter

  1. Open the IDE
  2. In the RFPixelControl\examples folder find the FTDITransmitter
    Open the Transmitter Sketch
  3. There are some changes you will need to make to set up the transmitter
    Edit Configuration Options

  1. First How many DMX Channels are we going to receive on the Serial input? [code lang=c++#define DMX_NUM_CHANNELS 512]
  2. Next you can most likely ignore this, but it will be set to the number of channels divided by 30 and rounded up. it will be 18 for a full universe. #define RF_NUM_PACKETS 18 ]
  3. Next Choose what hardware you are using. This is so you have the right pin setup for your transceiver #define NRF_TYPE                     RF1_1_3]

  1. Next Choose the Data Rate that the RF Transceiver is going to use. This is the speed of the Wireless NOT the DMX Serial. Your receivers will need to be set at this same Data rate. #define DATA_RATE RF24_250KBPS]

  1. Next choose What RF Channel do you want to transmit on? Valid Values: 1-124 #define TRANSMIT_CHANNEL 100]

Now that you have that done, Its time to load the sketch onto your transmitter.

We need to connect your RF1 or other device to your computer for upload. For arduino UNO Devices, you can connect them via USB. For RF1 use a FTDI adapter or cable to connect to the RF1 serial.

For a kombee device you can use the FTDI board OR you can connect to a xbee Explorer board.

Now that we are connected to the computer.

  1. Choose the correct COM device. This is the COM port of your FTDI adapter or xbee Explorer.
    Select the COM Port your Transmitter device is connected to.
  2. Now Choose Arduino Uno as the board type, you will use this for the RF1, and kombee boards.
    Select Uno Board type
  3. Click the upload button
    Click Upload
  4. If you have an error or bad connection you may see an error like this.
    Verify your COM port is selected and your board is connected properly

  1. If your upload was successful you will see "Done Uploading"
    All Done!