I'm pretty new to electronics in general, but have been having a really good time learning it all. I recently received a strip of the digital addressable LEDs, which I have running perfectly with the example program. However, I was trying to write a program that interfaces to my computer via the serial interface, to communicate to an app I have written in processing that allows color selection and pattern selection for the led strip.
The program + serial communication works perfectly when I do it with some RGB leds for testing, but as soon as I connect the strip everything goes to pot. I am assuming it is some kind of conflict in using the serial, since both the strip and the computer connection want to use the Serial interface?
Am I on the right track? Any pointers on how I can sort this out?