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    Hey guys, has anyone used wireless DMX? For my Halloween setup, I am tired of running cables and even more tired of sussing out long cable run issues. I'm thinking of ditching my all wired setup and going with wireless DMX for my long runs. My first question is, how reliable is it? Next, if I have three lights right next to each other, can I have the first one in the daisy-chain use the wireless and then use 1ft cables for the other two (basically using a wireless receiver for each small group of lights)? If I can use a wireless receiver for each group of 2 or 3 lights, do I need a terminator or is that only with longer runs? Are there any limitations? lastly, any recommendations?

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    I have used the "donner" branded Chinese units for over two years with no problem. I only use them on non-critical gigs or for a fixture thats hard to run a cable to that is not mission critical. They have been very reliable for me. I have some buddies that do much larger and more frequent shows. They've had good luck with them also. They seem to drive long runs just fine. Short daisy chained groups are no problem. I usually only run terminators on long runs. Good practice is to terminate every run.

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    Thank you for your recommendation! The Donner set was what I was looking at. It seems to have the highest rating on amazon for that price range. I pulled the trigger and picked up an 8 piece set. I have been hesitant to try wireless because of connection worries but I am finding that I am having issues with my runs as I add more fixtures. This last year, I decided to run two universes instead of one and that helped but I keep adding more devices and fixtures. No doubt my issues are caused by long runs, cheap dmx cables and cheap fixtures (I can't justify paying top dollar for pro equipment for just an annual "gig" that doesn't pay). Looking at this, this wireless set is about the same price as I would pay for pro grade DMX cables. This will make set-up and tear down faster too. Anyway, thanks!

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    How do you "pair" or program the Donner sets?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mixedgas View Post
    How do you "pair" or program the Donner sets?
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    My set should be arriving by tomorrow. I ended up getting the 8pc set and an additional xmitter/receiver package. So I am sure that I will need to pair a few of the receivers to the other transmitter. I'll try them out and let you know, unless someone else answers you first.

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    I have the Donners and have used them for years flawlessly. I had one bad unit arrive in about three sets I've purchased. Steve - there are about 6-7 possible "frequencies" you can set them to that correspond with tiny colored LED's inside the units and you can change them with a paperclip. So another words, scroll through the transmitter colors pushing a tiny internal button with a paper clip - say "blue" and then use the paper clip to change the receivers all to blue. If you need to run other universes or, control something with a second transmitter, just use another color for that set - say, yellow or red or something. Easy peasy.
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    Edit: And yes... you can send the wireless signal to one light and then hook up other lights with short sections of DMX cable.
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