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    Default Renzilla

    For those DIY'ers that want to make setup of there Mega Trees easier, Here is a look at the Renzilla. Its a 96 channel renard type controller with lots of options.

    The Renzilla controller is 7.5 x 4.25" in size. It employs the PIC16F1825 chip and has multiple add-on daughterboards:
    • The RJ45 adapter plugs onto either side of the main board. Each provides twelve RJ45 jacks for 48 channels. Use of the RJ45 adapter is optional (more on that later...)
    • The MiniRenSISO adapter plugs onto the MiniRen 6-pin header to provide full wired RS232/RS485 input and RS485 output if desired.
    • The XBee Snap-In plugs onto the 5-pin Ren-W header to provide wireless control.



    Features:

    • Each PIC's input is connected via jumper to determine whether that PIC's input is direct from the input (either wireless or wired) or a daisy-chained signal from the previous PIC. Therefore, each side of the Renzilla can be a daisy-chained 48-channel controller or, each PIC can be individually addressed, giving you unprecedented versatility in channel selection on a single controller.
    • Using the PIC16F1825 chip eliminates the need for an onboard oscillator, and of course, opens the door for Renard (and DMX) control using readily-available firmware.
    • 120/230vac operation by on-board connection for our worldwide friends.
    • Designed for high-channel density situations where it's impractical to mount eight 24-channel controllers for controlling a mega-tree, as an example. Two Renzillas can reside neatly inside two CG1500 boxes at the base of the tree... connected to SCISSRs.



    What is SCISSR? This is our new SSR that's intended to be soldered into the string of lights itself. It's 1/2" wide x 1" in length, incorporates the VO2223A chip and has an onboard jumper bypass that when connected, bypasses the VO chip and returns the string to normal operation. Installation: simply cut one of the wires between the string's power plug and the first light, insert SCISSR and cover it with shrink tube. There are also two "control" pins on the SCISSR board and these connect to the Renzilla channel itself using ICP type connectors directly to the Renzilla's pin outputs instead of using RJ45 adapters.

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    Why did we do it this way? Well, one of the main problems with high-channel density displays is simply making A/C connections with A/C strings. If you have 150-175 strings of A/C lights on a megatree, you need a LOT of A/C plugs at the base. By embedding SCISSR into the string itself, you retain the fused plug for the string yet you can piggyback multiple plugs into one another -- ten, twelve at a time and consequently, the expense of hundreds of extension cords and/or outlets evaporates, not to mention the wiring mess! Renzilla is intended to save hundreds of dollars in infrastructure wiring for those users who need high channel counts in small areas.

    The prototypes have been tested and dirknerkle will run a GB on all Renzilla components sometime in this month. SCISSR is already a done-deal: tested and works like a charm. Please feel free to make comments, post your questions and dirknerkle and I will monitor this thread to provide the answers you need.

    Yessirree... 96 programmable channels at your fingertips on one board! Admit it, you'll want it! Watch diychristmas.org for the limited edition group buy!

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    Default Re: Renzilla

    this type of post needs to be in the vender area

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    Default Re: Renzilla

    Pretty cool tho .. we don't have a DIY area ..
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    Denny Cole
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    Back to Work <unretired> so I went Static in 2017. Planning xLights when I retire <again>. Maybe 2019 ?

    Falcon - 3 F16V3 & 1 PiCap, Sandevices - 2 E681 & 4 E6804, 288 Channels Lynx Express, 108 Channels DC DMX,
    10' Pixel MegaTree, CoroFlakes w/Pixel Modules, Pixel RBLs, 2 Pixel Matrix 16x25, 10" RGB Ornaments, 7x230 Pixel Icicle Matrix,
    Classic 20' AC Megatree, TIR Destiny RGB Spots, RGB Blowmolds, Wireframes, and Inflatables with External Light Control

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    Default Re: Renzilla

    lol maybe another section is needed

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    Default Re: Renzilla

    We do have a DYI section but not in the vendor area.

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    Default Re: Renzilla

    Quote Originally Posted by Carl B Zachary View Post
    We do have a DYI section but not in the vendor area.
    Ooops .. you are right. I think it is gray area to compare the guys who design DIY cards, to those who have commercial businesses. IMHO, the DIY guys are more like if one of us made some kind of gadget and folks on the site wanted to discuss them and purchase them ..
    Thanks,

    Denny Cole
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/Cole...ristmasLights/

    Back to Work <unretired> so I went Static in 2017. Planning xLights when I retire <again>. Maybe 2019 ?

    Falcon - 3 F16V3 & 1 PiCap, Sandevices - 2 E681 & 4 E6804, 288 Channels Lynx Express, 108 Channels DC DMX,
    10' Pixel MegaTree, CoroFlakes w/Pixel Modules, Pixel RBLs, 2 Pixel Matrix 16x25, 10" RGB Ornaments, 7x230 Pixel Icicle Matrix,
    Classic 20' AC Megatree, TIR Destiny RGB Spots, RGB Blowmolds, Wireframes, and Inflatables with External Light Control

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    Default Re: Renzilla Update

    Since this past spring, we've added a few adapters to Renzilla... and now you can connect LED strobes, or dumb RGB strips (12vdc or 5vdc), servos for controlling animatronics and even pixels with the Pixel adapter.

    This darned thing isn't just a controller, it's a phenomenon!!! Here's a wireless Renzilla with one of each of the adapters attached -- this clocks in at 238 channels... but another user has his configured to run about 540! It's all about flexibility... one controller that can do most any kind of lights you can buy.... shazzzzzbatttt!!!

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