EXALUX™ offers the CONNECT+ Full Wireless DMX 2U kit to demanding gaffers who are looking for a turnkey solution to remotely control LumenRadio CRMX™ compatible lighting fixtures with an iPad.
This kit enables you to manage 2 DMX universes in a full wireless way. It includes :
CONNECT+, in short:
TX100N, in short:
The CONNECT+ Full Wireless DMX 2U gives you full wireless control of all LumenRadio CRMX wireless products from your iPad. It is provided with a robust and waterproof case.
SKU : CNT.003.003
EAN code : 3760252033986
Availability : On backorder
Availability date : 20/05/2021
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.
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 !
Up to 5 clients can be connected to the Wi-Fi access point.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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
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.