Mr. Justin W.,
Thank You for your quick response to my initial letter via email within this forum. The individual steps that you provided were very useful and help me significantly. I was able to read between the lines and figure out a few additional details on my own, as you had wrote enough information/description to guide me through the different websites and applications that I was able to get something to get the code into Particle.io Builder and learned quite a bit, in one sitting. The one sitting took several hours, but I was able to get a sense of achievement nonetheless. THANK YOU..!
I actually got all the way from step one (1) to about half-way through step eight (8) following your expressive direction/explanation. in step (4) I changed the PIXEL_COUNT 120 as I have the 16.4 ft W2812B RGB strip and it is still rolled up on the shipping reel (I haven't cut it down to size yet).
In step eight (8) I got about halfway through the last portion of this step after downloading the mobile app (I didn't know I needed or existed, until you made mention). Here is where I ran into a lil problem: I located the Access Token you mention and I was aware of where to locate my Photon Device ID as you mention in step nine (9). The problem I am having is that the settings (small mechanical gear icon) where you inform me to place the previously located Access Token from the Particle IDE, the mobile app only provides for "Security", "Smoke", "Leaks" & "Custom", Under the "Settings"/Configure TAB in the mobile app. Similar scenario for the Photon Device ID. I can't locate this section under "Settings" within the mobile app, where these two components ("Access Token" & "Photon Device ID") are to be placed.
Nevertheless, at this point it was 0300 in the morning and I started to get tired. So I compiled the code you led me too with No Errors and decided WTH let's flash the lil' Photon and see what happens. WA-LA, I did get some action going but not what I was expecting. This is of course probably due to Not having the Access Token or the Device ID set within the SmartThings mobile application. I saw the compiled code from the Particle.io Builder, load into the Photon when flashed. The little blue RGB on the Photo went blank, but I wasn't concerned, as I read from one of your earlier forum responses that the RGB on the Photo was coded to be blanked out.
When I flashed the Photon the Photon booted up and the W2812B RGB strip complete chain flickered, which leads me to believe that more than likely the RGB strip works fine, but I only get two (2) RGB's to light up after the initial ficker. The radio buttons and sliders on the mobile app do nothing to change colors or light intensity. The "Log " within the mobile app did log and change the recorded HEX value/numbers and it appeared as though the hex values did change value(s) within the mobile SmartThings application when the sliders and radio buttons were manipulated. However, only the first two (2) RGB's on the front end of the WS2812B RGB strip illuminated, and they stayed white no change in color, intensity or mode (on/off).
Like I stated earlier I believe this is due in part to not being able to locate and place the Access Token and the Device ID within the "SmartThings" mobile app as you suggest/instruct in steps eight (8) & nine (9).
The winner here is Myself (Thanks to Your Quick Support): I was able to utilize the Particle.io Build IDE, Learned how to make and create my own .io file within the Particle IDE, run community code, add .cpp & .h files to the main.io file, navigate and create a Device Handler within the SmartThings web IDE and place all this into a file/app, compile and load with No Errors.
However, I now have many more questions to ask <>, and I still haven't achieved a working RGB strip show via the WS2812B and the Photon.
The version I downloaded from the "Play Store" for the "SmartThings" application is version 2.2.0/Build number 207522. Is it possible that we are running different versions of the SmartThings mobile app.? For the HUB identification I have a Samsung TV with ConnectOne and I see no existing SmartThings application within my menus option. I have called Samsung and opened a ticket to have Samsung SmartThings technical support contact me regarding that issue.
I do run a VeraPlus within my Home for my existing home automation and am looking into that scenario for a HUB ID. Again, these issues aren't really relevant to what you assisted me with in your direction/tutorial and Ill look more into those subjects after we get this RGB strip functioning as you describe in your earlier community forum posts.
Justin again, I can't express enough gratitude for your help in getting me this far. But I could use a little more community support to get to the settings within the SmartThings (Android version) app that will allow me to input the Access Token and the Device ID, as I believe this is my only hang-up at the moment. Do you have any ideas.? Are we running different versions of the SmartThings mobile app.? Or am I overlooking something within the Android version of the SmartThings mobile app..?