Receiving Serial Under Harsh Conditions
When you need to send a digital signal over a long distance in a noisy environment, this little DMX Signal Receiver board is meant to be a “quick fix”. At the other end, the DMX Signal Transmitter Board is meant to send the signal.
Almost any type of serial signal may be used. WS2812B / NeoPixel data was the initial motivation for this board. Here are the first 2 boards being tested.
Parts Placement Diagram
Bill Of Materials
All of the parts are available at Digikey.
1 MAX485 MAX485EPA+-ND
1 DIP8 Socket AE9988-ND
1 Terminal Block, 5.08mm, 5 pin ED2583-ND, 609-3939-ND
1 Resistor, 150, 0805 311-150CRCT-ND, YAG3694CT-ND, P150CCT-ND
1 Resistor, 47K, 0805 311-47.0KCRCT-ND, YAG3363CT-ND, P47.0KCCT-ND
2 Resistor, 100K, 0805 311-100KCRCT-ND, YAG3359CT-ND, P100KCCT-ND
2 Capacitor, 22nF, 0805 490-1644-1-ND, 399-14577-1-ND, 445-6949-1-ND
1 Capacitor, 4.7uF, 0805 490-5422-1-ND, 1276-1065-1-ND, 490-3335-1-ND
How to use Digikey’s website to find alternate parts when any of these aren’t in stock.
Very inexpensive terminal blocks can also be found at Aliexpress or Ebay vendors, if you have time to wait for postal mail from China.
First Actual Use
This is the Three Wishes Art Installation, featuring flame effects and WS2812 LEDs. More details can be found on this flame sensor page.
In this first photos, we tested in Martin’s driveway. The WS2812 data signals were generated by a Teensy 3.2 and OctoWS2811 board in the first of three units. Signals were sent down 25 foot cables to the other two. Amazingly, this worked great when testing in the driveway.
When the project was installed on the Playa at Burning Man, many challenges came up. The LEDs in the other two units went crazy. It turned out we had never tested in the driveway with the battery charger connected. When they removed the charger, the LEDs worked great, but running only from batteries and regularly connecting and removing the charger added yet another task to any already quite challenging project.
After the burn, we added two of these transmitter near the OctoWS2811 board, and receivers inside the other 2 units. Now all the LEDs work great, even while the charger is connected and recharging the batteries.