ESP8266 based WiFi ArtNet V4 to DMX, RDM and LED Pixels
This is a complete rewrite of my previous project found here: http://www.instructables.com/id/ESP8266-Artnet-to-DMX/
An Instructable detailing how to setup pixel mapping using Jinx can be found here: https://www.instructables.com/id/Artnet-LED-Pixels-With-ESP8266/
If you find this helpful and you're feeling generous, I'd love for you to buy me a beer or some gear: https://www.paypal.me/mtongnz. Thanks heaps to all those who have donated. It's really appreciated
There are 3 prizes up for grabs for people who fix/add some of the issues/features I haven't had time to finish yet.
Have a look here for details: https://github.com/mtongnz/ESP8266_ArtNetNode_v2/blob/master/prizes.md
If you have a larger ESP with access to all the pins in the schematic, then download the standard bin file to ensure you get both outputs with RDM and also the settings reset function.
ESP01: This disables the second output and puts the DIR_A onto pin GPIO2.
NO_RESET: This disables the startup "reset of settings" funtionality. It is not recommended and is only provided for compatibility with devices without GPIO14 available or for those of you with an older version of my hardware.
WEMOS: This is compiled for Wemos D1 and similar boards. It uses the 4M (3M SPIFFS) compiler option.
Please see the issues tab for known issues or to submit bugs or suggestions
esp_Artnet_RDM_isolated_v2.jpg is the latest version. It uses APA106 LEDs for status. This frees up more pins for future use - possibly with an LCD or more outputs. You could modify the source if you wish to use normal LEDs instead.
The following notes are for the older schematic but some may apply to the current schematic so I've left it here:
Please note that the device will generally need a power cycle after updating the firmware.
Flash https://github.com/mtongnz/ESP8266_ArtNetNode_DMX to your device (if not already on there) using the Arduino IDE and then use the Web UI to upload the .bin available in this git.
Follow instructions here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Intro-Esp-8266-firmware-update/
You can also use the "WebUpdate" found in Examples->ESP8266WebServer. Make sure you change the Flash Size in the Tools menu to match your ESP8266s flash. You'll need to allow about 700K for the sketch and upload or OTA will fail - this means that with a 1M unit, select the 1M(256K SPIFFS).
Instructions to find out your flash size (if unknown) are on my Instructable linked at the top of this page.
On your first boot, the device will start a hotspot called "espArtNetNode" with a password of "byMtongnz2017" (case sensitive). Login to the hotspot and goto 188.8.131.52 in a browser.
Note that the hotspot is, by default, only for accessing the settings page. You'll need to enable Stand Alone mode in the web UI if you want to send ArtNet to the device in hotspot mode.
In hotspot mode, goto 184.108.40.206 and in Wifi mode goto whatever the device IP might be - either static or assigned by DHCP.
In the Wifi tab, enter your SSID and password. Click save (it should go green and say Settings Saved). Now click reboot and the device should connect to your Wifi.
If the device can't connect to the wifi or get a DHCP assigned address within (Start Delay) seconds, it will start the hotspot and wait for 30 seconds for you to connect. If a client doesn't connect to the hotspot in time, the device will restart and try again.
I have allowed for 2 methods to restore the factory default settings: using a dedicated factory reset button on GPIO14 or multiple power cycles.
Method 1: Hold GPIO14 to GND while the device boots. This method isn't available for the ESP01 or NO_RESET builds.
Method 2: Allow the esp8266 about 1-4 seconds to start, then reset it (or power cycle). Do this at least 5 times to restore factory default settings.
I have implemented as many DMX Workshop/ArtNet V4 features as I possibly could. You can change settings such as merge mode, IP address, DHCP, port addresses, node name... Most of these are also available via the web UI.
I have not yet implemented the Scene Storage feature from my previous project. I wish to improve on it and allow for making chases or effects.
I haven't yet implemented the artRdmSub messages. This doesn't affect usability as they are optional and all devices must support artRdm packets. The artRdmSub messages do provide a smaller network load and this should be coming shortly.
A few people have asked for this and it shouldn't be too hard, except for the Pixel FX engine integration.
To enable this mode, select WS2812 in the port settings and enter the number of pixels you wish to control. Select '12 Channel FX'. 'Start Channel' is the DMX address of the first channel below.
Note: You still need to set the Artnet net, subnet and universe correctly.
|DMX Channel||Function||Values (0-255)|
|1||Intensity||0 - 255|
|2||FX Select||0 - 49||Static|
|50 - 74||Rainbow|
|75 - 99||Theatre Chase|
|100 - 124||Twinkle|
|3||Speed||0 - 19||Stop - Index Reset|
|20 - 122||Slow - Fast CW|
|123 - 130||Stop|
|131 - 234||Fast - Slow CCW|
|235 - 255||Stop|
|4||Position||0 - 127 - 255||Left - Centre - Right|
|5||Size||0 - 255||Small - Big|
|6||Colour 1||0 - 255||Red|
|7||0 - 255||Green|
|8||0 - 255||Blue|
|9||Colour 2||0 - 255||Red|
|10||0 - 255||Green|
|11||0 - 255||Blue|
|12||Modify||0 - 255||*Modify FX|
Modify FX is only currently used for the Static effect and is used to resize colour 1 within the overall size.
These boards use strange numbering that doesn't match the ESP8266 numbering. Here are the main hookups needed:
|NodeMCU & Wemos||ESP8266 GPIO||Purpose|
|RX||GPIO3||DMX_RX (for A & B)|
I'd like to thank these people. They have either contributed with donations, a large amount of testing and feedback, or with their own code/projects that have been of assistance or inspiration.