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Question about multiple fan types on RGB controller


travisk82
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I currently have 6x LL fans connected to my RGB node. I will be changing my setup soon so I will have 4x ML fans and 4x LL fans. How would I go about doing this? I am also pretty much out of internal usb plugs so I would love to know how I can control all 8 of these fans. I have plenty of motherboard fan headers so I'm not worried about power I'd just like them all on the same lightning. Thanks in advance. Also if I need to buy something extra please let me know what this would be. I read the big article on all the nodes and am still a bit confused.
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You are going to need 2 lighting controllers anyway, so you may not be mixing fans at all. The issue is you only can designate one fan type per RGB channel. So if you set-up ML(4)-ML(4)-ML(4)-LL(16), then setting the maximum ML x 6 (24) is not enough LEDs to cover. LL x 2 (32) is enough, but then the inter-fan or dynamically shifting effects don't work. You'll also notice the ML and LL have different presets with some of the LL ones not being possible with the 4 LED geometry. It is possible to get things working if you must, but for the reasons above with any ML/LL combo you'll want the LL first in the chain with the ML at the end. Then the extra LED generated only create a pause, rather than disrupt all subsequent LEDs.

 

Ideally you need two RGB Lighting Hubs which can then connect to 1 Lighting Node Pro. LL on channel 1. ML on the channel 2 (or vice versa). That keeps all the effects true, but with all lighting groups you will need to set the effect for each channel and the effect will run for that channel only. Because of the lighting differences between the two fans, this is probably desirable anyway so you can find something complimentary rather than forcing an effect the ML can't really do.

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