A Little help PLEASE


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:04 am
Im looking in to buying a controller. I have a few questions.....
Do I need the hub expander if I am going to run the wifi and a salinity probe?
How many temp probes does the unit come with?
Is this unit capable of data logging and graphing?
What is more common in LED drivers as far as dimming? I have a non dimmable driver no and was thinking to purchase a new drive to mimic sunrise sunset. Should I get PMW or Analog?
Can you put a pigtail splitter on a recptacle from the relay unit to act as both of my MH ballasts are one plug?

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:25 am
WiFi - no, salinity yes, supports three temp probes, comes w one. Yes to graphing and logging via the portal. As to drivers, get dimmable and make sure they controllable by RA. Analog or Pwm depends on driver but most Pwm. I use surge protectors off a single port all the time, prob just a limit to amt of current you can draw. come on in. the water is fine
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:01 pm
You don't need the hub if you are only using the wifi and salinity.
The wifi uses another port.
It comes with one temp probe.
I would highly recommend not pluggibg more than one driver/ballast per port.
Inrush current is your enemy.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:49 pm
I plan on using 2 temp probes, 1 ph and possibly the salinity. Will i need the hub expander? Can you use the moon light kit on the analog dimming unit? Can the unit network via rj45 hardwire?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:57 pm
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Moonlights yes.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 8:22 pm
How long is the cable for the dimmable moonlight kit from RA?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 8:26 pm
Actually, you will only get full dimming using the PWM.
Analog has a really high cut off.
The cable is about 3feet, but you can just splice it to extend.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 1:38 pm
How many drivers can the PWM unit control with out an expansion module INCLUDING the RA moonlight kit?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 1:40 pm
Meanwell drivers?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 1:55 pm
Yes, MW. How many "legs" can it run including the moon light? IE...I would like to run the moon light, whites and actinics all as individual legs. Would I need the PWM expansion inorder to do so? Probably the eln30-48 on 12 cree xr-e.
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