RC4 Introduces Low-Cost Wireless DMX Toolkit

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RC4 Wireless has introduced the RC4-Magic Wireless DMX Toolkit, providing a DMX transmitter, a DMX receiver, two 2-channel wireless dimmers, and - as part of a limited-time introductory offer - a Metageek Wi-Spy RF Spectrum Analyzer.

First, it is by far the smallest wireless DMX technology. The DMX transmitters and receivers are only 2.25

RC4 Wireless has introduced the RC4-Magic Wireless DMX Toolkit. An economically priced bundle of products from the new RC4-Magic product line-up, the Wireless DMX Toolkit provides a DMX transmitter, a DMX receiver, two 2-channel wireless dimmers, and - as part of a limited-time introductory offer - a Metageek Wi-Spy RF Spectrum Analyzer.

"Our new RC4-Magic product line stands out in several remarkable ways," explains James David Smith, president and chief product designer at RC4 Wireless. "First, it is by far the smallest wireless DMX technology. The DMX transmitters and receivers are only 2.25" x 3.25" x 1.5" and have no external antennas to get tangled up in. More importantly, our 2-channel wireless dimmers are the smallest ever offered - only 2.25" x 1.25" x 0.75" - so they fit easily into tiny props, hats, costumes, and so on, again with no protruding antennas. A full universe of DMX is supported, both in and out, and the radio technology dynamically handles channels and frequencies all by itself for a superb user experience."

Intended for worldwide use, the RC4-Magic system is the first 2.4GHz product from RC4 Wireless. "With such a wide range of applications, and a very attractive price-point, we wanted to make sure you could take these things anywhere in the world without worrying about compliance with local regulations. Just like line terminators and XLR adaptors, we'd like to see a Wireless DMX Toolkit in everyone's bag of tricks. Sometimes you need a little Magic to get the job done," smiles Mr. Smith.

The price point certainly is ground-breaking: the entire 5-piece toolkit is available directly from RC4 for only $899USD. And the first 25 kits sold will include the Wi-Spy RF Spectrum Analyzer, a $199 value. RC4-Magic components are also available separately, and can be added to any system at any time.

DMX inputs and outputs meet USITT DMX512/1990 with an RDM-ready hardware design. Future firmware updates will provide RDM functionality, including comprehensive remote setup of RC4-Magic remote dimmers. The DMX output rate is a full 44 frames-per-second with 512 channels, and works reliably to 200 feet non-line-of-sight in typical indoor theatre and entertainment facilities.

Each tiny RC4-Magic dimmer provides two independent 10-Amp DC outputs with selectable linear or inverse-square-law curve, assignable to any DMX channel. They operate from 4 - 30VDC with 4096 dimmer steps, making them ideal for LEDs, 6V and 12V lamps, motors up to 24V, and all common batteries, including 4.8V, 9.6V, 12V, 14.4V, 16.8V, 18V, and 24V rechargeables. There is no limit to the number of wireless dimmers that can be used in any RC4-Magic system.

The radio technology used for RC4-Magic is the smartest, smallest, and most versatile to-date. Every system sold is encoded with a unique ID number, ensuring that multiple systems can operate in the same space without cross-talk. When a transmitter powers up, it scans through all available frequencies in the 2.4GHz band and establishes a presence where there is the least radio congestion and activity. When a receiver powers up, it scans for data encoded with its system ID. In an uncluttered RF environment, ten or more separate RC4-Magic systems can co-exist without interference; it will be a rare situation where less than 3 systems can find useable bandwidth. Every system sold is registered in the RC4 user database, making it easy to order additional RC4-Magic modules for an existing system at any time. From a user-standpoint, RC4-Magic is truly plug-n-play, all the way.

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