It has been 5 years since G4 was launched, and 2 years since G4S started shipping. This year, we are proud to be launching G5, the evolution of Wireless DMX with support of RDM, as well Ethernet. Wireless Solution started working on G5 about 18 months ago – this was the result of collected feedback from customers all around the world. It’s also a gradual step in this technology – we have made a significant investment of resources so that the new generation performs better than previous versions, and still be very cost effective.
We kept our new products as simple as the previous ones, by using the One-Button-2-Go characteristic, and still have added more features. We have listen to YOU as a customer on what should over focus be.
Some of the new features in G5:
DOUBLE UP! – In all the F-Models (except Micro) you will have the option to run double up the quantity of DMX universes. On F-1 Models you can choose to have 1 or 2 DMX Universes; In F-2 Models you can choose to have 2 or 4 DMX universes. We listened to the request from our clients: as new fixtures take more DMX channels we added the option to double up the quantity of DMX universes on existent W-DMX™ series.
Twice the DMX quantity – same small boxes creating big stories
Personal Connectivity – Battery-powered fixtures have been booming in the lighting industry for the past couple of years – this kind of market, the corporate lighting market, brought a new type of customer, and some with very little knowledge of DMX. This meant creating a simple platform to control RGB lighting without previous knowledge of lighting controllers.
You can now get an optional Wi-Fi Module inside an F-Model, and link your smartphone or tablet to a BlackBox, and send DMX data straight to the fixtures. This enables a very easy control platform, without having to use an external Wi-Fi Router.
Triple-Band – For many years we have been the only manufacturer of Wireless DMX in the world to support not only 2.4Ghz, but also 5.8Ghz. In many applications the dual-band feature has been “life-saving”, as 2.4Ghz is frequently “crowded”, and unable to use regardless how adaptive or cognitive we are. If the frequency spectrum is full, there is no way to get around it.
Currently, the best way to circumvent this issue is to move the transmission to 5.8Ghz. However, because some countries have restrictions on the 5.8Ghz band, the output power has to be lowered, meaning that the same transmission will be done at a lower distance between devices.
With the launch of Triple-Band, these issues will become easier to by-pass. G5 supports 2.4Ghz, 5.8Ghz and 5.2Ghz, the last being a ground-breaking solution to wireless-congested venues.
Micro Series G5
The new Micro Series present a sleek design packed with new features. All Micro units are still using standard AA batteries but with an increased life-time that runs up to 10 hours.
We have worked extra hard along with our suppliers with fine tuning the COB antenna design, resulting in an extended range between devices. The new SMT mounted antenna is expected to get up to 30% longer distance than G4. This is in combination with higher sensitivity of the receiver.
Another feature that has been asked for is the use of a standard power supply. In G4 we use a 12V power-supply with RJ45 connector. We have changed this in G5, to a standard 5V Micro USB connector. This means that if you misplace your power-supply you can easy find one in any phone shop. We have also added a Kensington lock so you can protect them from getting stolen or to be used as safety wire if hanged on truss.
WhiteBox Series G5
Wireless Solution was the first manufacturer to introduce a full IP65 box – the new WhiteBox presents itself as a hybrid between an installation-box and rental-box for outdoor use. It features a new slim design, very similar to the BlackBox series. We have an M10 thread for a standard C-Clamp so it can be truss-mounting, and also safety-wire clip-point. We changed the plastic cable glender to stainless-steel, improving the input-cable rating from IP65 to IP67. We also made a stronger lid with 6 screw-points instead for 4 points. All together with these new features we can present a very robust design and an increased approved rating of IP66.