Using Wireless DMX Transmitters and Receivers on 2 or More Universes

Wireless DMX transmitters and receivers saves you a lot of time on setup and packup.

This article explains how to use multiple Phantos wireless transmitters / receivers in multiple DMX universes.

It sometimes is innevitable that you have to use more than 1 universe. For example, some of your lights may have built in wireless dmx receivers and you already have a wireless transmitter on your cosole for this group of lights, you will want to use another set of transmitter and receivers for your other lights. Or your groups of lights are installed apart from each other running dmx cable is not that easy.

There are a few things you have to remember:

1, Each wireless DMX receiver or transmitter can work in 7 different universes, represented by 7 different color (or code).

2, The transmitter and receiver(s) can only communicate with others in the same universe

3, Transmitters will always blink RED color if it finds a receiver and trys to communicate with it, meaning it is transmitting signals (this does NOT mean it is communicating with any receivers). If there is no receivers around it will stay static showing the universe color.

4, Receivers will ONLY blink (IN GREEN) if it finds a transmitter that it can communicate with, so blinking means a link has been established.

Note in 3 and 4 above the blinking color for transmitter is RED, while blinking color for receivers is GREEN, these two blinking colors should not be confused with static colors that represent 7 universes.

 

Now lets say we need to use two universes with wireless dmx as shown in the above picture.

Transmitter 1 is plugged in Line A, transmitter 2 is plugged in Line D. If the receivers are not turned on these two transmitter will show a static color which tells you what universe it is in. So it is best always turn on transmitters first and check this info before you switch on the receivers. If the receivers have already been turned on, these two transmitters will starts to blink RED once powered up. Below steps will work in this sinareo.

Transmitter 1 will be communicating with 24 LED PAR that has built in receivers, and transmitter 2 will be communicating with 8 moving heads. These 8 moving heads has been daisy linked with DMX leads and a receiver is plugged into the first light.

With the lights on Line 1, we press the red button on the transmitter once to see what color (universe) it is on, let's say it shows BLUE, then it will go back and blink RED. We know we need to set all the receivers on all LED PAR to BLUE in order to communicate with the transmitter. Or we can work the other way around if it saves us time: 24 LED PAR are probably on the same universe already, we can check what color they are on, and go back to change to transmitter on Line A to match the LED PAR. 

Note: sometimes once a link has been established and you want to change universe, the receivers might refuse to change. You need to switch it off, and then switch on.

After you have finished with Lights on Line A, all the receivers on the LED PAR will blink GREEN, and the Universe color matches that on the transmiter 1.

Next we press the red button on transmitter 2 to see what color it is on, and set the receiver on the fist moving head to the same color, the receiver should starts to blink GREEN, meaning a link has been established.

All DONE!

Using wireless DMX and Battery Powered Wireless DMX LED PAR in the above setup saved us 2 hours in setup and packaway.

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