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Have you ever thought about cutting the DMX cord and going wireless? DMX wireless systems are more reliable and less costly than they were a few years ago, but they still require a considerable investment in time to figure out which is the best suited to your needs.
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The starting point is asking yourself what features, control signals and networking options you might need — and then you’re immediately hit with Gigahertz this, dBi that, omnidirectional — you begin to feel like you should have paid attention in science class.
Just reading the Wikipedia page on wireless computer networking is a challenge, but the principles carry over to wireless DMX transmission, and having an understanding of networking and radio transmission helps in the long run. You won’t need a ham radio operator’s license, but understanding why brick walls and obstructions can interfere with signal transmission can go a long way toward finding the setup you need.
Here we present the specs for a variety of wireless DMX transmitters, receivers and transceivers (a device that can operate both as a transmitter and receiver). But keep in mind that the facts and figures can be tricky. You might need to know the distance a device can transmit, but the answer might vary, depending on the environment and the antenna being used. When in doubt, consult with the various manufacturers.