Connecting ProtoPixel 1 Channel Ethernet Controller



The ProtoPixel 1 Channel Ethernet Controller has the following parts:

  • Ethernet connector: This connector is a standard 10/100 Ethernet connector, that can be connected to standard Networking infrastructure.
  • Micro SD Card Slot: A micro SD Card with LED recording can be introduced here for autonomous playing.
  • LED output and power connector: Connect your LED fixture here, to both control the fixture, and power the controller.
  • Notification LED: This is an indication LED. See next section to see its possible states.

LED status states

State Meaning
OFF Controller does not have power
ON Controller is configuring network
Blinking slowly Receiving Data / Playing SD contents
Blinking fast Error reading SD card

Correctly connecting the controller

This controller only has two ports where to connect wires:

  • Ethernet connector: Where the controller receives data from the ProtoPixel Create Software or the Node.
  • LED output and power connector: A three pin connector that powers the controller and sends data to the LED strip or fixture.

To power the controller it must be connected to a powered LED fixture. Usually, the fixtures have a 3-wire cable, consisting of positive (+5v or +12v), negative and data. Please refer to Wiring Led’s data signal to the PPx satellite to understand how to identify them.

Connect the three wires in order to both power the controller and control the LED fixture.


the cable from the controller to the LED fixture can’t exceed 20cm.