I'm wondering if there's a way to manually control a multicolour LED strip powered by a WS2801 chip, i.e. being able to type a bash command from raspbian or any kind of software control, something of the type :

light-control --enable 12 

Where 12 is the number of the LED in the chain.

Thanks you :)

  • Only if the software you are using to control the LEDs provides such an interface. – joan May 4 '15 at 20:20
  • That's what i'm trying to figure out, is there anything out there that can control this kind of chip with ease ? – Rogue May 4 '15 at 20:22
  • Adafruit has a C++ library. I dunno anything about it, it was just the first hit I got searching "WS2801 software". – goldilocks May 4 '15 at 20:24
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    @goldilocks I think the ws2801 is one of those chips with quite tight timing requirements. You won't be able to use Linux timing, you'll need to use a DMA/PWM peripheral solution, or possibly a SPI peripheral solution on the Pi. – joan May 4 '15 at 20:29
  • Yeah, a lot of adafruit stuff is for the arduino, although it can still be useful if you have that and the data sheet to consult. Not an out-of-the-box solution, esp. if you need extra hardware. – goldilocks May 4 '15 at 20:35

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