CONNECT+ BASIC

EXALUX™ CONNECT+ is a dual band Wi-Fi to DMX gateway that allows wireless lighting control via Art-net compatible App. CONNECT+ is compatible with the most of DMX Apps (BlackOut, DMX Connect+, Luminair).

CONNECT+ features:

  • Built-in dual band Wi-Fi MiMo access point,
  • Built-in dual universe DMX node,
  • Built-in DMX recorder,
  • Built-in Ethernet Switch,
  • RDM compliant,
  • Compatible with any DMX Lighting device or controller,
  • Multiple XLR outputs for wired DMX distribution,
  • Multiple RJ45 ports for Ethernet distribution,
  • V-LOCK battery / DC5-24V powered,
  • Power Over Ethernet (PoE),
  • Firmware upgrade through USB port,
  • Power over DMX (PoD) feature on DMX outputs,
  • Ready for the futur thanks to the SnapLink Extension port

CONNECT+  is certainly the most sophisticated Wi-Fi to DMX gateway on the market!

SKU : CNT.003.001

EAN code : 3760252033528

Availability : On backorder

Availability date : 20/05/2020

Case of use

EXALUX™ CONNECT + is simply amazing.
Everything is possible with CONNECT + such as controlling your lighting fixtures with an iPAD or an Art-Net/sACN console, controlling HUE lamps, controlling NYX lamps.

Connect your TX100N CRMX transmitters to the XLR 5 outputs and control up to 2 DMX universes in wireless mode.
The TX100N can be connected directly to the CONNECT+ or a few meters away using a specific DMX cable.

EXALUX™ CONNECT + is really versatile.
The new EXALUX™ SnapLink extension port will make it easy to add new features such as a DMX splitter or DMX recorder.

EXALUX™ CONNECT+ can also be used as an Art-Net/DMX Nod and be remotely powered using a PoE injector.

A Closer look...

|A| Omni-directional Antenna  |B|  Belt Mounting Opening  |C| DMX A Indicators
|D| DMX B Indicators |E| Ethernet Indicators  |F| TFT Display
|G| HMI  |H| Aluminium Enclosure  |I| V-Lock Socket

|J| Ethernet #2 port  |K|  USB Port  |L| Ethetnet #2 port  |M| DMX A port
|N| DMX B port  |O| USB port (Power Only) |P| DC Input
|Q| Built-In Wi-Fi/Art-Net/DMX Node

|R| SnapLink Extension Port  |S| Magnetic Pads
|T| 3/8 Threaded Mounting Hole |U| Wall Mounting Holes

Product advantages

Dual Band reliable Wi-Fi.

EXALUX™ CONNECT+ features an high performance dual band (2.4Ghz+5Ghz) MiMo Wi-Fi Access point. This means you can be sure to have a reliable and responsive connectivity between your IPAD and your CONNECT+.
Switch the 5Ghz Wi-Fi to use your CONNECT+ with a CRMX transmitter such as the TX100N and avoid any interference, or use it if the aera really is to noisy.
In addition, EXALUX™ CONNECT+ features a mode that makes it possible to automatically select the clearer frequency band.

Wireless scalability.

Plug your EXALUX™ CONNECT TX100N wireless DMX transmitters to the XLR 5 outputs to create a wireless DMX link between your iPAD and your lighting fixtures.
The CONNECT TX100N can be connected directly to the CONNECT+ or a few metres away via a DMX cable to get the best connection.
Thanks to the PoD, no extra power supply is needed.

2 universes - 2 DMX outputs

EXALUX™ CONNECT+  pushes the limits of DMX.

CONNECT+ makes it possible to manage two DMX universes without adding additional interface, and thus,  meet the needs of the most complex fixtures. In the near future, it will become possible to manage more than two DMX universes with the additional Connect interface. CONNECT+ is really clever to control your ASTERA NYX bulbs at your fingertips for example !

Fully compatible with the most popular Apps

With EXALUX™ CONNECT+, you can now finally get the full potential of the most populars Apps such as BlackOut  and Luminair.
EXALUX™ CONNECT+ is fully compatible with all DMX applications based on the Art-Net protocol.

A future-oriented power supply mode.

EXALUX™ CONNECT+ can be powered via the Ethernet cable using a PoE injector. This allows the CONNECT+ to be installed in the best place without worrying about power supply constraints.
PoE mode is particularly useful if you use the CONNECT+ as an Art-Net Nod with a live hardware console.
Thanks to PoD (PowerOverDMX) technology, you will be able to power additional DMX devices by connecting them directly to the 5-pin XLR connector.

Philips HUE ready.

Connect your Philips HUE Bridge to one of the RJ45 ports of the EXALUX™ CONNECT+ and control your Philips HUE bulbs with your iPAD.

(The Philips HUE bridge is not supplied with the CONNECT+)

Upgradable, Backup-able.

EXALUX™ CONNECT+ firmware can be updated using an USB stick.

You will be able to get the latest improvements without worrying about the obsolescence of the unit when you buy it.

A tiny Recorder on board.

EXALUX™ CONNECT+ features a tiny DMX recorder. This makes it possible to record a small sequence from the iPad and play it back later.

Safety Wi-Fi.

EXALUX™ CONNECT+ supports a wide range of Wi-Fi protection such as WEP, WPA, WPA2, WMM, WMM-PS (UAPSD), WMM-SA, AES, TKIP to ensure maximum security.

In addition, the settings of the unit can be locked and saved on a USB key.
It especially convenient for rental companies who can thus easily set up units before each rental.

Wide range Power Modes

Thanks to its wide supply range (+5 to 28VDC), EXALUX™ CONNECT+ can be powered with a V-Lock battery, an external PSU or a PoE Injector.

EXALUX™ CONNECT+ is compliant with the new 26VDC V-Lock battery standards.

More about...

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# ETHERNET MODE

Switch your CONNECT+ to Ethernet mode when connected to a DMX controller with an ETHERNET cable.
CONNECT+ will convert a multitude of Ethernet-based lighting protocols to physical DMX without the need for additional adapters.

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# Wi-Fi MODE

Switch your CONNECT+ to Wi-Fi mode when used with an iPad or an Android tablet.
CONNECT+ is fully compatible with a multitude of Ethernet-based lighting Apps without the need for additional Wi-Fi Access point and nods.

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# PIN CODE

The pin code lock will be used to restrict access to advanced CONNECT+ settings like Ethernet, CRMX, and so on.
In addition, the HMI can be locked to avoid operator mishaps on the sets.

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# SAVE & RESTORE

The “Save & restore” feature enables the user to save the settings.
This feature is especially useful when the CONNECT + is hired out.

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# RECORDER

The built-in DMX recorder will make it possible to record small DMX sequences from the iPAD (Wi-Fi mode).
This enables you to create DMX sequences with a powerful App such as BlackOut and then play them back with the CONNECT+ or another EXALUX™ DMX Player.

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# Power Over DMX

It is possible to switch PoD power on and off individually on each XLR port.
This makes it possible to connect equipment that is not PoD compatible and also to power down equipment without having to disconnect them.

What's in the box ?
CONNECT + UNIT
24W/24V PSU
ADAPTER PLUGS
Specifications
FEATURES
Power:DCJack, V-Lock battery, PoE-PD, PoD-PSE Output
Interface:Colour TFT display (/w buttons), LED indicators, Backlit buttons
Supported protocols :Art-Net 1/2/3, Streaming ACN sACN DMX512A / RDM
Network:Wi-Fi Acces point  (2.4GHz) / Wi-Fi (5.0GHz), 10/100Mbps Ethernet switch
DMX:Art-Net/sACN/DMX Nod, Basic DMX recorder,
Others:Backup/restore settings (USB flash drive) Display backlight settings (level & screen saver), Security restrictions (pin code protected) Firmware upgrade via USB flash drive (not provided)
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Power Connection :2.0x5.5MM DC jack
Interface : Colour TFT display (/w buttons), LED indicators, Backlit buttons
Power Consumption :~12W max (20W max with extension)
Housing / Mounting :Aluminium, Black painting, Magnetic rubber feet M10
IP Rating :IP20
Certifications :CE, RoHS
Weight :890g
DMX INTERFACE
ProtocolDMX512-A
Universe2 (one per output)
DMX Frame Rate0,8-830Hz
End to End Latency< 5ms
DMX Outputs5 pins Female (2)
WIRELESS INTERFACE
Standard :Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n Bluetooth Classic 4.2 Bluetooth Low Energy
Frequency :Wi-Fi : 2.412 ~ 2.484 GHz (13 ch) Wi-Fi : 5.180 ~ 5.845 GHz (35 ch) Bluetooth : 2.402 – 2.480 GHz
Antenna :Whip hinged antenna, 50Ω, Female RP-SMA (x2)
RF Output / Sensitivity : Wi-Fi : 17 dBm Bluetooth : 20dBm
Range : Wi-Fi (2.4GHz) : ~100m Wi-Fi (5GHz) : ~50m BT : ~10m
ETHERNET INTERFACE
Standard :IEEE 802.3 10/100 Mbps
Ports :RJ45 8P/8C (1), Neutrik EtherCON (1)
USB INTERFACE
Standard :USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Ports :USB-A Host (1), Charging CDP USB-A 0.5A (2)
Extensions (SnapLink) :+5VDC, USB Host (2), 6-position spring-loaded connector
POWER
DC Jack5~28VDC
V-Lock14.4-14.8VDC~26VDC
PoE-PD48VDC, IEEE 802.3af-2002 Type 1, 13W
OPERATING CONDITIONS
MinTypMax
Storage (T°) :-30+80
Operating (T°) :-2025+70
MECHANICAL
Frequently asked questions
WHY DOESN'T THE CONNECT+ HAVE A LUMENRADIO CRMX TRANSMITTER?

Wi-Fi can be disturbed by various methods.  Our CONNECT+ integrates a high-performance Wi-Fi chip, in industrial range to avoid any disturbance. However, it is recommended to take certain precautions when using it, especially when Wi-Fi is used in proximity to other RF equipment. Wi-Fi has a wide channel, and the clear-channel-assessment is sensitive.

If you’re using a CRMX transmitter and a Wi-Fi in the same product, you should consider blocking out the frequencies used by the Wi-Fi to avoid interference. This will therefore limit the performance of the Wi-Fi, especially when it is necessary to change the frequency depending on the environment.

But that’s not the only issue that comes in play here. One other possible issue is the reception in the Wi-Fi module in the product. Some Wi-Fi modules and/or chipsets do not have very good channel filters. This means that even if the CRMX transmitters transmit at other frequencies on the same frequency band it can saturate the receiver in the Wi-Fi chip (a sort of “shouting-in-the-ear” issue). Some Wi-Fi chipsets are better than others in this regard. This issue is hard to solve other than lowering the output power or distancing the antennas, since it really has nothing to do with the actual frequencies.

One solution that addresses the issue is to put the WiFi on a separate band, like 5GHz. The other solution is to put the CRMX on a separate devices that can be away from the Wi-Fi. That’s what CONNECT+ can do !

HOW MANY CLIENTS CAN BE CONNECTED TO THE WI-FI ACCESS POINT?

Up to 5 clients can be connected to the Wi-Fi access point.

WHAT IS POE?

Power over Ethernet (PoE) is a technique for delivering 48VDC power to devices over twisted pair Ethernet cabling, eliminating the need for separate power supplies and outlets.
PoE allows a single cable to provide both data connection and electric power to devices such as Wireless Access Points, Art-Net/DMX Nod, etc…

WHAT IS POD?

A few words about our PoD innovation, designed to ease powering DMX dongles (power & data in the same 5pos DMX cable), concept and terminology inspired by Ethernet PoE.

Currently, the CONNECT+ is the only PoD-PSE compliant system (Power Sourcing Equipment). CONNECT TX100N CRMX transmitter is our first PoD-PD compliant system (Powered Equipement).

DMX XLR5 pin 5 (PoD 5V) is used to carry +5VDC power supply, 500mA max (USB standard), this voltage still remains compliant with all DMX (RS485) transceivers, if any online, and with DMX512A (ANSI E1.11) standard.
DMX XLR5 pin 4 (PoD Detect) is used to monitor and detect PoD systems.
The PoD 5V output on each DMX XLR5 (pin 5) can be disabled by user menu (disabled by default).
For security reasons, it is controlled by a power switch with limitation and protection features (V, I, T°), and the voltage is constantly monitored (PoD Detect).

So if DMX PoD function is enabled, the CONNECT+ will activate PoD 5V, monitor the power switch fault signal, then sense PoD Detect voltage. If no default and correct sense, +5V is maintained (but still regularly monitored), powering your DMX device.
On any default, PoD 5V is switched off and may be reactivated one all default conditions have disappeared.
This mechanism allows for live plug&play and support short circuits up to +5V on XLR PoD pins.
The PoD LED indicator located in front face of the unit indicate the status of the PoE for each DMX output.

HOW CAN I UPDATE THE FIRMWARE OF MY CONNECT+ ?

In order to update the Connect+ ‘s firmware, you need to copy some dedicated files onto a standard USB stick. Then, plug the USB sitck on the dedicated USB1 port (below the Ethernet 1 port) and select the menu “Reboot / Reboot now”. The Connect+ will automatically detect the new firmware and load it in the internal memory.
Further details can be found when downloading the update files from the exalux’s website.

CAN I UPDATE MY CONNECT+ WITH A MAC ?

In order to update the Connect+ ‘s firmware, you need to copy some dedicated files onto a standard USB stick and plug it into the device. Since the Connect+ manages FAT formated USB sticks, this operation can therefore be done on either a PC or a MAC.

WHAT IS THE FUNCTION OF THE EXTENSION PORT UNDER THE HOUSING ?

CONNECT+ extension port offers a dual USB data port along with +5V power supply. Up to two extensions can be stacked under the main housing, providing addityionnal functions such as multi-ports DMX In/Out (multi-universe) or CRMX transceivers, DMX buffer/splitter, full-featured recorder …

CAN I CONNECT MY IPAD TO THE CONNECT+ USING WIRED RJ45 ETHERNET ?

Using a wired connection is good way to avoid radio disturbance from surrounding equipments.
An iPad can be wired connected to the Connect+ using a dedicated Lightning (or USB-C) to RJ45 dongle. Once connected, the Ethernet parameters of the iPad need to be manually entered.
Assuming that the Connect+ is setup with the default settings (static IP, 192.168.1.1), open the Settings of the iPad and select Ethernet. Choose manual configuration and enter the following information:
– IP Address: 192.168.1.*, where * can be any value between 2 and 254. For example, 192.168.1.10
– Mask : 255.255.255.0
– Gateway : 192.168.1.1

CAN I CONTROL PHILIPS HUE LIGHTS FROM THE CONNECT+ ?

After connecting the Philips Hue bridge to one of the RJ45 connector of the Connect+, the Philips Hue lightbulbs can be controlled directly from your phone/tablet, with no need of any external router.
Simply connect to the WiFi network generated by the Connect+, and the Philips Hue bridge will automatically detected by the app (Homekit, Hue App, Luminair, …), allowing full control of the lights.

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