Quick Start Guide : U-Disk based P10 LED controller card

ZH-UN P10 LED Display Controller Card

ZH-UN P10 LED Display Controller Card

LED sign board design was never so easy, all thanks to low cost LED controller cards available easily through various vendors. I recently grabbed one such LED panel controller module called ZH-UN from this vendor in India for Rs. 800 ($10). This controller card is designed to work with single color P10 and similar display panels. It has 2 HUB12 interface ports and can control LED display size of up to 320×32 led pixels.

Designed using ATSAMD21G17 Microcontroller, it’s an U-Disk based controller card that means you just have to plug in an USB flash drive (aka Pen Drive) with appropriate file downloaded onto it and you can have fully functional LED sign board. It uses USB host peripheral of the SAMD21 MCU and stores the data onto the on board EEPROM for future usage.  It supports multiple languages, timer, clock and multiple animation effects all configurable through a software. Here I am trying to give a quick start tutorial to design your first P10 Panel based LED sign board.

STEP – 1
You must have following set of minimal required hardware to follow this tutorial :

Outdoor P10 Single Color RED panel 32x16 P10 LED Panel with connectors [Buy in India]
ZH-UN LED Panel Display Controller ZH-UN LED Display controller card [Buy in India]
SMPS 5V Output 5V / 5A or 5V/10A SMPS [Buy in India]

 


STEP #2 Download & Install the LED designer software program

 

downloadDownload the LED Control System Designer Software 

 


STEP #3 Design your own custom signboard content

Go to Configure option in the Menu Bar and choose  Screen Settings to configure the Hardware type and other project related details

Go to Configure option in the Menu Bar and choose Screen Settings to configure the Hardware type and other project related details : Pass word is 168

 

Choose appropriate options as per your project settings. Set proper resolution if you are using more than one P10 panels in cascade

Choose appropriate options as per your project settings. Set proper resolution if you are using more than one P10 panels in cascade

 

Design your signboard using various options available in the software and download the data to USB flash drive using the icon in the upper right corner as shown in the image

Design your signboard using various options available in the software and download the data to USB flash drive using the icon in the upper right corner as shown in the image

 

Once data is downloaded onto the USB disk drive remove the drive from your PC and connect it to P10 controller card. If everything goes well you should see your configured data on the display.

If you have any specific questions related to the usage of LED Control System software please drop a comment below and I will try to resolve it as soon as possible. I hope that this quick start guide is helpful in getting started with P10 LED display systems.

 


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Devesh Samaiya

Chief Tinkerer at Lonely Night Projects

9 Comments

  1. Roel April 17, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    I installed software, language is in chinese…how to install in english?

    • Devesh Samaiya April 22, 2017 at 10:07 am

      Hi,

      Use 3rd menu option from the right side to change the language to english.
      Changing language to english in LED control system software for P10 LED display panels

  2. Xceptional May 29, 2017 at 12:01 am

    it gives me No File on panel

    I am using controller with three panels and 32 by 96 settings in the software. format my usb in ntfs format and export file again to connect to panel but again no file is shown to me

  3. jhun October 16, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Hi.
    Can I control ZH-UN LED Display controller card over my PC using my own code?

    • Devesh Samaiya October 31, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      Not possible to the best of my knowledge. Protocol is not open for these cards.

  4. bala kadam November 2, 2017 at 5:25 am

    can i use local language font?

    • Devesh Samaiya November 3, 2017 at 5:37 pm

      Yes. All indian languages are supported. Use google input tool to write in local language and copy paste it in the software and adjust the font size etc.

  5. sajal soni November 7, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    hello sir, i have a 32×32 p6 rgb display. which controller will be the best for it?

    • Devesh Samaiya November 8, 2017 at 4:34 pm

      You try XC2 controller from listen vision. It’s a low cost board with HUB75 interface. It will give you 7 color display on P6 32×32 panel and you can also put images or animations using it. It’s available on this site https://goo.gl/xkkM7Z. Other options are BX-6QL or HD-D10.

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