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Falcon 4 String Smart Differential Receiver Board v1

Falcon 4 String Smart Differential Receiver Board v1

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Falcon 4 String Smart Differential Receiver Board v1

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Model: falexprec4
Brand: Falcon
Condition: New
Shipping Weight: 0.111 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 3" × 2.25" × 1"
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Product Overview

The Falcon 4-String Differential Smart Receiver Board can be connected to many different controller options allowing 4 strings to be placed up to 200+ feet from the controllers. The Falcon Smart Receiver can be daisy-chained together with up to three other Smart Receivers. The daisy chain will share the allocated number of pixels configured for the port it is connected to.

The Smart Receiver has a built in test mode that is activated by a push button. Great for testing up to 1024 pixels per port without the need of a controller. The board features four LEDS that will light respectively when data is detected on the four data lines.

The receiver pictured is black in color and uses 3 port phoenix connectors, however, the functionality is unchanged from the white version of the same style board.

Modes and Pixel Loss

When the smart receiver is used in smart mode, the count of pixels per bank is reduced due to the overhead of the smart protocol. Below is a chart that depicts how many pixels are lost on each port chain at a given setting. When the smart receiver is in "dumb mode," no pixels are lost. However, depending on the model, when the receiver is switched to "smart mode," you may start losing pixels immediately even though no other receiver is in the chain. The product on this page is version 1 of the smart receiver.

Receiver Version 1 (Dumb) 1 (Smart) 2 (Smart) 3 (Smart) 4 (Smart) 5 (Smart) 6 (Smart)
v1.x 0 30 60 90 NA NA NA
v2 0 0 5 10 15 20 25
v2.01 0 0 4 7 11 14 18

Differential Receiver Versions and Capabilities

Due to the chip shortage of 2020-2022, features of v2.x of the smart receiver became very fragmented. Below is a chart that contains a feature list and modes of operation for each type of differential receiver along with the compatibility matrix for different controllers. The receiver on this page is highlighted in blue. Please note: Different types of receivers can be chained together if the mode is the same across all nodes in the chain. Smart receivers have a termination switch that should only be engaged for the last receiver in the chain. This applies to chains of 1 to 6 nodes.

  Receiver Type
Controller Max Receivers per Chain and Switching Pattern Red or White Dumb Receiver White or Black Smart Receiver v1.x Blue Smart Receiver v2.0 Black BBB Smart Receiver v2.0 Blue Smart Receiver v2.01 Black Smart Receiver v2.01

Falcon v2 (Blue or Red)
F16v2 / F4v2

Supports Dumb Mode Only

Count 1 1 1 1 1 1
Switch Setting NA 0 0 0 0 0

Falcon v3 (White)
F16v3 / F4v3 / F48v1

Supports Dumb
and v1 Smart Mode

Count 1 3 1 1 3 1 3 1 3
Switch Setting NA A-C 0 0 1-3 0 1-3 0 1-3

Falcon v4 (Blue)
F16v4 / F48v4

Supports Dumb, v1, and v2 Smart Modes

Count 1 1 1 6 1 1 3 6 1 3 6
Switch Setting NA 0 0 A-F 0 0 1-3 A-F 0 1-3 4-9

BBB Capes with FPP

Supports Dumb, v1, and v2 Smart Modes

Count 1 3 1 6 1 3 6 1 3 6 1 3 6
Switch Setting NA A-C 0 4-9 0 1-3 A-F 0 1-3 4-9 0 1-3 A-F
Mode of Operation None Two Switches
(Refer to info on back of board for adjustment)
Rotary Dial 0-9,A-F

-Research graciously provided by Daryl C & Ron Armstrong. Reprinted with permission.

Technical Specs:

  • 3 Port Phoenix Connectors Included
  • Supports 3-wire pixels only.
  • User Manual: Google Docs
  • Compatible With:

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