What Gadgeteer module would be needed to control a WS2811-based LED strip?

I have a FEZ Spider and a FEZ Cerberus available. Can anyone recommend what Gadgeteer module(s) would be needed to allow me to control a WS2811-based LED strip, such as “Adafruit NeoPixel Digital RGB LED Strip - White 60 LED - 1m”, using one of these mainboards?

Then, a second question - is there an example wiring diagram or tutorial available showing how the strip would connect for control and power?

I’ve very new to Gadgeteer and am primarily software person.


From Adafruit:

[quote]… the controller chip is inside the LED, which is kind of cool, but also means that the chip only uses a single pin for input and a single pin for output. The protocol used is very very timing-specific and can only be controlled by microcontrollers with highly repeatable 100nS timing precision. We have example code for using with the Arduino Uno/Mega microcontroller at 8MHz and 16MHz, but it will not work with the Raspberry Pi, Basic Stamp, NETduino, any other interpreted/virtual machine microprocessor or any processor slower than 8 MHz. For those processors, check our 32 LED/meter digital LED strip which has SPI-like input/output and works well with Pi, NETduino, and other processors.

I guess you should move into RLP?

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codeshare boys, codeshare. You can do it with SPI timing… https://www.ghielectronics.com/community/codeshare/search?q=ws2811


Good find! :wink: :slight_smile:

@ Brett -

Thanks for your reply.

Please forgive my ignorance. Is there any Gadgeteer module (in production or discontinued) that would allow me to do this with SPI timing via a Cerberus or Spider? Or am I completely off base?


@ njbuch -

Thanks for your reply.

Am I correct in saying that RLP is the .NETMF equivalent of PInvoke in .NET? Do you know of any additional examples, documentation, tutorials, etc. beyond what is given at https://www.ghielectronics.com/docs/50/rlp ?


@ andre.m -

Understood. Thanks.

@ andre.m -

Thanks for your reply. I didn’t know that these mainboards provided SPI directly. I have a little more learning/reading curve to get through before I’m ready to figure this part out.