Embedded systems

Home Automation

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Home automation is the precursor to the intelligent home. The way devices and appliances can be networked together to provide us with seamless control over all aspects of your home and more. Home automation has been around for many decades in terms of lighting and simple appliance control. Recently technology caught up with the idea […]

Network

pfsense

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pfSense® software includes the same features as most expensive commercial firewall solutions. In some cases, pfSense includes additional features that are not available in commercial closed source solutions. The pfSense project is a free network firewall distribution, based on the FreeBSD operating system with a custom kernel and including third party free software packages for additional […]

Software

NGINX

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NGINX is a free, open source, high-performance HTTP web server that can perform the following functions: Reverse Proxy Load Balancer for HTTP, TCP and UDP Traffic;  Mail Proxy Server. NGINX is known for its high performance, stability, rich feature set, simple configuration, and low resource consumption. Benchmarks have shown NGINX to out perform other lightweight […]

Computer Network

Home and Small Business Computer Networks

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What is a computer network? A computer network is a group of computing devices sharing data over the air or through wires. There is an ever increasing number of computing devices in the average household or small business today and the infrastructure connecting these devices is becoming more complex, requiring meticulous management strategies. How do […]

Christmas Prop

xLights Interactive Buttons

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This is a tutorial on how to create a xLights xScheduler interactive button prop that will engage spectators by allowing them to manually move backward or forward through a playlist of a xLights light show sequence by selecting a “Back” or “Next” buttons. Required items: Buck Converter Wemos D1 Mini Wemos Protoboard Shield (Optional) Wemos […]

JavaScript

xLights Mobile Web Control

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xSchedulerWeb Button ControlforMobile Audience Interaction Introduction Last Christmas I designed an inactive controller with two buttons (Back/Next) to allow spectators watching my Christmas lightshow to skip to the next, or go back to a previous song during the show. Now I thought I would devise a way to also engage the people who were driving […]

Protocol

Architecture for Control Networks

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ACN is a suite of network protocols for theatrical control developed by ESTA (Entertainment Services and Technology Association). It is also referred to as BSR E1.17, Entertainment Technology – Multipurpose Network Control Protocol Suite. It may replace DMX as the control protocol for lighting systems and will be used for controlling more complex devices like […]

Embedded systems

System On a Chip

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The Internet of things(IOT) is quickly becoming an integral part of our culture. It is the concept that all our devices are connected to the cloud/network, speaking a common language and share data seamlessly. At the core of the IOT structure is the System On A Chip technology which allows an operating system to be […]