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Old 02-17-2017, 12:09 PM
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That looks good, but maybe not £50 good.
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Old 02-17-2017, 12:11 PM
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Then again.
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Old 02-17-2017, 11:42 PM
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Looking at a Lighting Node Pro...

The 50 pound (60 USD) package gets you a controller and four 10-LED strips. It takes a full 2-USB header to a single Mini USB port on the node. The node can handle up to four strips per port, or one HD 120 RGB fan hub per port. It does not come with the hubs.

The outer case for the device is a clip-together, so spudgers worked wonders and nothing small and plastic broke (yay). Looking inside becomes interesting...

It feeds off both 5v and 3v from the SATA power connector (Not 5 and 12 like many things do, or 5 alone like a lot of better stuff)

The little hole in the top of the package leads down into a button of all things.

The manual is mostly-uninformative. <.<

The "Adapter cable" for connecting to a fan hub carries only signal and ground, so the 5V is decoupled from the rail on the hub. This is fine.

It takes 3v because it's running off an NXP ARM CortexM0, which operates at 3.3v, so they have a logic level shifter on board. Downside is that most "quick" drive PSU adapters run the 12 and 5V lines and not the 3V line, so I can't bench test this without grabbing an old full PSU. I need to see about finishing up my bench tools and getting the thing into working shape so I have an excuse to grumble when random stuff is set on it. Then I'll be able to clean it up and use it to test interesting things like this. ^.^

Anyway, that's what I know so far. Don't know what it's capable of in conjunction with CL4 yet. Might be full-featured, might not. My Arduino solution could potentially have more interesting things it can do and it's less costly, but it's definitely DIY hack and "Know code" thing at this time.
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Well, I feel like a real tool. I fell for the Corsair LEDs first. They're ok, so I kept them. I then bought a set of SD120's. Not bad, but I wanted more Wow{probably going to sell them). Decided to buy the HD120's. Even with all the software, none of these seems fit to 'talk to' the others. I'm disappointed by this. A lot. My Razer keyboard, mouse and mouse pad all work together-- don't send me hate mail, I don't care if you don't like Razer. Oh, and I do see the Corsair Commander Pro, which does look as if it would integrate my fans and LEDs, but I'll eat my own fingernails before I spend another penny on Corsair stuff. When you spend over $70 on three fans, you should get a controller with all the features you could ask for, IMHO.
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Old 02-15-2018, 03:40 PM
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Well, I feel like a real tool. I fell for the Corsair LEDs first. They're ok, so I kept them. I then bought a set of SD120's. Not bad, but I wanted more Wow{probably going to sell them). Decided to buy the HD120's. Even with all the software, none of these seems fit to 'talk to' the others. I'm disappointed by this. A lot. My Razer keyboard, mouse and mouse pad all work together-- don't send me hate mail, I don't care if you don't like Razer. Oh, and I do see the Corsair Commander Pro, which does look as if it would integrate my fans and LEDs, but I'll eat my own fingernails before I spend another penny on Corsair stuff. When you spend over $70 on three fans, you should get a controller with all the features you could ask for, IMHO.
I use a Razer keyboard and mouse myself; no hate mail here.

On the HD's ... I've never used the push button lighting controller but I get where you are coming from. It would be nice to see an option where the HD fans come with a Lighting Node Pro (NoPro) ... that's really what you'd need to do what you are asking to do. Unfortunately, they don't sell them standalone, only with strips. The HD fans were released before the NoPro hit the market, which I think is why that's the case.

The Commander Pro (CoPro) does everything that the NoPro does ... plus fan control, USB ports and temperature sensors.
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Old 02-15-2018, 03:43 PM
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Looking at a Lighting Node Pro...

The 50 pound (60 USD) package gets you a controller and four 10-LED strips. It takes a full 2-USB header to a single Mini USB port on the node. The node can handle up to four strips per port, or one HD 120 RGB fan hub per port. It does not come with the hubs.

The outer case for the device is a clip-together, so spudgers worked wonders and nothing small and plastic broke (yay). Looking inside becomes interesting...

It feeds off both 5v and 3v from the SATA power connector (Not 5 and 12 like many things do, or 5 alone like a lot of better stuff)

The little hole in the top of the package leads down into a button of all things.

The manual is mostly-uninformative. <.<

The "Adapter cable" for connecting to a fan hub carries only signal and ground, so the 5V is decoupled from the rail on the hub. This is fine.

It takes 3v because it's running off an NXP ARM CortexM0, which operates at 3.3v, so they have a logic level shifter on board. Downside is that most "quick" drive PSU adapters run the 12 and 5V lines and not the 3V line, so I can't bench test this without grabbing an old full PSU. I need to see about finishing up my bench tools and getting the thing into working shape so I have an excuse to grumble when random stuff is set on it. Then I'll be able to clean it up and use it to test interesting things like this. ^.^

Anyway, that's what I know so far. Don't know what it's capable of in conjunction with CL4 yet. Might be full-featured, might not. My Arduino solution could potentially have more interesting things it can do and it's less costly, but it's definitely DIY hack and "Know code" thing at this time.
Actually, I've gotten the NoPro to work without the 3.3V rail present. I use this when testing fans externally. Perhaps it's getting power from the USB port?
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