HE123 Mk2 16-48 output pixel board

AU$120.00 inc. GST (where applicable)

HE123 48 output pixel board

16 in stock (can be backordered)


The HE123 is a pixel board based on the single board computer BeagleBone Black (BBB). A Beaglebone Green (BBG) can be used instead of a BBB. The HE123 uses design elements of the RGB123 48 output pixel board that can be controlled with Falcon Player (FPP). The HE123 is the motherboard that the BBB plugs into. There are 3 daughter board options. The 48 outputs are for 2811 and compatible pixels.

NOTE: A photo shows a Beaglebone Black installed in place. The Beaglebone Black is NOT supplied. The same photo shows a HE123 rather than the HE123Mk2

The number of pixels per output are the same across all outputs and it doesn’t matter if they are standard outputs or differential output.

Under Falcon Player (FPP) version 4.x and later the maximum pixels per output are 800 per output at 40fps and 1600 at 20fps. This gives a maximum number of pixels of 38,400 at 40fps or 76,800 at 20fps. That’s with all 48 ports fully loaded. The HE123 has 16 outputs on the main board and there’s 16 each on the 2 plug on daughterboards.

Earlier versions of FPP limited the maximum number of pixels to about 600 at 40fps and 1200 at 20fps due to different timing.

HE123Mk2  motherboard

  • 16 fused pixel outputs with 4 outputs per 30A (max) power input
  • power leds on 4 power inputs
  • 2 expansion headers of 16 each -inbuilt real time clock
  • connects to HE123RJ, HE123TX, HE123PX
  • 2 user inputs for triggering Falcon Player scripts ***
  • switch for on/off
  • oled status display  ***
  • Falcon Player oled navigation keys ***
  • mini fuses (HE123 uses ATO fuses)
  • temperature sensor ***
  • blown fuse leds on 16 outputs ***

*** these features exist on HE123Mk2 but not the HE123

The preliminary user manual is still in progress but it’s available here

A revised user manual which is still very much a work in progress is at HE123-User-Manual-V1.4-beta1.pdf

A further revised manual which is also incomplete HE123-User-Manual-V1.5-early-draft.pdf

When setting up under Xlights there is now a number of features that allow easier integration.

On the controllers tab there’s effectively 7 steps to add a HE123.

  1. Add an Ethernet.
  2.  Assign a static IP or set to multicast or a static IP. Static IP is better.
  3.  Add Hanson Electronics as the Vendor
  4. Select HE123 as the Model (or HE123D if that’s what you are setting up)
  5. Select DDP as the protocol. E1.31 can/could also be selected.
  6. Select the start universe/s
  7. Save

The older process was

  1. Add an Ethernet.
  2.  Assign as either multicast or a static IP.
  3.  Add FPP as the Vendor
  4. Select RGBCape48 as the Model
  5. Select Revision F as the variant
  6. Select the universe/s
  7. Save

Windows will sometimes not automatically download the usb virtual ethernet driver for the BBG.

Drivers for the Beaglebone Green can be downloaded from https://wiki.seeedstudio.com/BeagleBone_Green/#getting-started or here. The zip file contains both 32bit and 64bit Windows drivers.

Windows 10/11 users who get a driver failed to install issue it will be because of the strict driver digital signing with Win10/11. Currently the only way to get the drivers to install is to disable the digital signing while installing. Windows will likely ask several times if you want to install each of the drivers. Select yes each time. A good video on the convoluted process to disable driver signing is below.

HE123-PX powered pixel expansion daughterboard
-16 outputs. 4 power inputs. 4 fuses per output

HE123-RJ pixel breakout daughterboard
-16 outputs. no electronics. pixel outputs match standard RJ45 pairs
-mates with 4 HE123EX

HE123-TX pixel differential expansion daughterboard
-16 RS422 balanced pair outputs for long range tx
-16 outputs. pixel outputs on standard RJ45 pairs
-mates with 4 HE123RX

HE123-EX 4 channel pixel power breakout (available now)
-RJ45 connector to 4 channels fused pixel outputs
-mates with HE123RJ
-can be used for as a  breakout to power unfused pixel outputs like on rPi-28D or J1Sys P2

HE123-RX 4 channel RS422 to pixel receiver
-RJ45 connector to 4 channels powered, buffered pixel outputs
-mates with HE123-TX

Standalone transmitter
HE123-4T 4 channel pixel to 4 RS422 balanced pair outputs for long range transmission
-connects to any 2811 pixel board to allow long range transmission.
-mates with 1 HE123-RX




The HE123Mk2 can be used to control Falcon Smart remotes if a HE123-TX or HE123-4T is used.

From FPP6 a licence from Falcon Christmas is required to get the full functionality of the board. Without this each output is limited to 50 pixels. The licence can be purchased at the link below and instructions on how to install it are on the link after that. It’s a one time purchase and once installed is stored on the eeprom of the controller, so even if you reimage the FPP installation it’ll still be valid on that board.

https://shop.falconplayer.com/product-category/licensekeys/   The 48 port key is $USD30.

IF FPP doesn’t detect an eeprom image indicating the cape type an eeprom image can be created from



Additional information

Weight 0.15 kg
Dimensions 25 × 12 × 5 cm

HE123 Setup

HE123 Setup
The below screenshots show the most basic setup for setting up the HE123 with 170 pixels and 1 universe per output. The screenshots are for FPP version 3.5 and are for the most basic setup with the BBB/HE123 running in bridge mode rather than master or slave.

The 1st stage of the installation is burning the Falcon Player image to a micro SD card. This involves downloading the .zip image from github and burning the image with Balena Etcher (or similar). Process and links at

I recommend doing an initial configuration via plugging in the BBB to a USB port of a PC via the supplied cable that comes with the BBB plugged into P4. Don\\\’t plug the BBB onto the HE123 until the initial configuration is done.

Install the micro SD card with FPP on it into the BBB, plug in the usb cable to the BBB and the other end to a PC. A virtual Ethernet port is created. The computer will ask for permission to setup the comm port if it\\\’s the 1st time that a BBB virtual comm port has been created.

Access to the BBB can be made at initial setup via a web browser and the IP when connected from a PC direct to the BBB via a USB cable.

The second screenshot shows the network setup page with a static IP set to which is a suitable IP for my computer network.

10.0.0.x and 192.168.0.x are the 2 most common ranges. Choose the range that suits your computer. The netmask of allows connection between and The gateway IP is the IP of the router that it is connected to.

Set the clock date, time and time zone. If the BBB is to be used for a standalone installation also set the RTC as DS1307. The setting of RTC requires that the BBB needs a reboot. Save.

Under the Input/Output setup under the Input setting set the Bridge universes. In the example I\\\’ve set 48 universes of 510 channels which gives 170 pixels per output. Save.

Under Input/Output setup under the Output tab on the BBB Strings tab enable the BBB String Cape and set to RGBCape48F. Set the start channels and number of pixels for the outputs. Save.

Under Status/Control click on the Status setting and change the mode to Bridge mode. It\\\’s worth enabling the \\\”Live Update of Statistics\\\” while doing the initial setup and testing.
(Restart the FPPD if it asks to).

FPP can now be shutdown via the button at the bottom. When all the lights are off the USB cable can be disconnected and the BBB plugged onto the HE123 and it will be ready to be booted up and can be accessed in a web browser via the IP configured in the setup. It will usually be possible to access the BBB/FPP via http://fpp in a browser.

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