3 Simple Steps to Wireless DMX

April 20, 2012 by CHAUVET DJ

by Wallace Greenaway, CHAUVET® DJ Product Manager

Using wireless DMX to operate your fixtures reduces unsightly strips of taped cables, saves time by eliminating the need to run cables to and from each fixture, and is safer for your guests. In fact, here are 20 reasons why you should use wireless DMX. If you are completely unfamiliar with the process, here are three simple steps that will help you get started.

1. The Layout
Once you scope out the venue and learn where your station is, decide where you want to setup your fixtures. To supply power and DMX control to each fixture, you will need to daisy-chain power and DMX cables from fixture to fixture. After you setup, address your fixtures to the appropriate DMX channel.
2. Transmitters and Receivers
Set the transmitter up next to your computer or contoller, and set the receiver up next to one of your fixtures. For optimal performance, be sure that both of your wireless systems are in an unobstructed line of sight so a direct signal can be sent. High-end AV receivers will really improve sound quality, and elevating both the transmitter and receiver will help prevent signal loss.ESynchronize, whether it is color coded or by frequency, the transmitter to the receiver.
3. Programming
DMX allows you to have complete control over individual fixtures and create custom light shows. Feel free to liven up your event and run multi-colored chases or alternate the color of the wall washes. Or, set the fixtures to master/slave mode to have them all function the same.

Bonus Tip
*There are fixtures that will allow for completely wireless power and control. These fixtures are battery operated and have a built-in transceiver.

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