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SHoW DMX Neo®

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SHoW DMX Neo wireless DMX technology is the latest innovation in City Theatrical’s 10 years of wireless DMX development and manufacturing.  City Theatrical’s SHoW DMX® is the wireless DMX of choice for lighting professionals on Broadway and West End shows, permanent entertainment and architectural installations, and major music tours such as the U2 360 Degree Tour.  SHoW DMX Neo features the extremely high data fidelity that the multi-award winning SHoW DMX is famous for, as well as incredibly fast 7ms latency, ensuring that wired and wireless DMX sources will appear exactly the same.  All SHoW DMX Neo products feature the ability to optimize control of output power, full or limited bandwidth broadcast, and the ability to broadcast less than the full DMX packet to shrink the radio footprint.  For the users who do not want to manually optimize their broadcast, SHoW DMX Neo products also have Neo Adaptive Mode that will select only open radio channels to broadcast on, with no user intervention needed.  All SHoW DMX Neo products will also “heal” lost data packets.
 

City Theatrical has provided the benchmark in wireless DMX systems for architecture and entertainment.  Nearly 100% of Broadway and West End shows that use wireless DMX use City Theatrical, as well as large music tours, and hundreds of permanent installations around the world.  Lighting professionals trust City Theatrical and SHoW DMX for their wireless DMX needs.  




Watch City Theatrical's webinars on wireless DMX:

What You Need To Know About Wireless DMX

SHoW DMX SHoW Baby

SHoW DMX Neo

SHoW DMX Vero and Vero Net

Using Specialized Antennas With Wireless DMX 


Click Here To See Long Range Antennas For SHoW DMX



SHoW DMX® Products

 

Name
Cat. #
SHoW DMX NEO TRANSCEIVER
5701
SHoW DMX NEO RECEIVER
5711
SHoW DMX SHoW BABY 5
5702
SHoW DMX SHoW BABY 5 THREE PIN
5702-3
SHoW DMX VERO NET TRANSCEIVER 7400-5708
SHoW DMX VERO TRANSCEIVER
7400-5707
SHoW DMX MOUNTING PLATE
5602
SHoW DMX OEM RECEIVER
5706
SHoW DMX OEM RADIO
5792
SHoW DMX POWER SUPPLY FOR TRANSCEIVER
5627
ANTENNA, 7" INDOOR
5630
SHoW DMX ANTENNA CABLE
5631
8 dBi PANEL ANTENNA INDOOR/OUTDOOR (INCLUDES INDOOR MOUNTING BRACKET) 5632
10 dBi YAGI ANTENNA 5634
SHoW DMX 12V 12AH RECHARGEABLE BATTERY W/CONNECTORS
5635
14 dBi YAGI ANTENNA 5636
ANTENNA SPLITTER 5637
ANTENNA ADAPTER CABLE 5638
GENDER CHANGER FOR 5637 ANTENNA SPLITTER 5639
SHoW DMX 12V 5A AUTOCHARGER 115v-230v W/CONNECTORS
5640


City Theatrical's Battery Warranty Policy

Features


SHoW DMX Neo Features

Three User Selectable Broadcast Modes

In SHoW DMX NEO Mode, CTI's proprietary system synchronizes the FHSS (Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum) hopping period so that every DMX data packet is transmitted completely during a single hop. In SHoW DMX Neo Adaptive Mode, the system will automatically adapt away from interference with no user intervention necessary.  In SHoW DMX Classic Mode the system is exactly compatible with all existing older SHoW DMX systems.

Adjustable Output Power
SHoW DMX Neo has adjustable broadcast power from 1-72mW ETSI.   This allows the user to adjust the output power to meet the application requirement.  The option of adjustable output power allows users to select only the power needed and to respect the wireless needs of their colleagues on their production, and other wireless users in the area. This philosophy is diametrically opposed to some other manufacturers who sell powerful radios with only one output setting designed to overpower all radio users in the area.


 

 

 

 

 

 

The WiSpy screen shots on the left show higher power in the left screen and lower power in the right screen.  Redder, denser dots indicate higher power. 


Adjustable Hopping Patterns, Including Full Bandwidth Hopping and Limited Bandwidth Hopping

SHoW DMX Neo and Neo Classic Modes offers more than one kind of user-selectable FHSS hopping mode. In full bandwidth hopping mode, the system will continuously and pseudo-randomly hop between channels across the full 2.4GHz spectrum. This mode is available at any output power setting, and is quite typical of all FHSS radios.

In the Limited Bandwidth Hopping mode, the 2.4GHz band is divided into sub-bands. Each sub-band occupies approximately 40% of the full band, with one positioned at the low end, one in the center, and one at the high end of the full band. This allows the SHoW DMX Transmitter to be set to hop and broadcast in a different area of the spectrum to minimize or eliminate interference with Wi-Fi or other channel specific or limited bandwidth equipment.

 

 

 

 

 

In these WiSpy screen shots, the effect of limiting the SHoW DMX bandwidth to Wi-Fi bands 7-12 is clearly shown.  In the right hand screen, the portion of the spectrum below 2.466GHz is nearly devoid of activity.  Other Wi-Fi signals could operate freely in that area.   


Limited Burst DMX Output

In Limited Burst mode, the user may select for broadcast any contiguous group of 32 or more DMX channels in multiples of 32/51 (Classic/Neo) channels. These may be assigned to any starting address that will accommodate the burst size. This will reduce the amount of radio energy that is broadcast, thereby reducing the potential for interference with other systems. For instance, if a show needs only 128 channels of wireless DMX, the system can be set to broadcast only 128 channels, causing the radio to go silent 75% of the time (1-(128/512)=.75). If only 64 channels are used, the radio will be silent 87% of the time. This silent time reduces overall radio spectrum activity and increases the chances of all other radio signals in the vicinity to be broadcast successfully.
 

 

 

 

In these screen shots it can be seen that while operating at full power, but limited to an output of 32 DMX channels,  SHoW DMX has a very small radio footprint.  Some shows don't require all 512 channels to be broadcast via wireless, and this is an excellent option to reduce radio interference with other users in the same venue. 


SHoW DMX Neo Adaptive Mode
In SHoW DMX Neo Adaptive Mode, Adaptive Spread Spectrum Frequency Hopping identifies and masks off hopping channels with interference, replacing them in the hop sequence with alternate channels.  If users choose not to use manual settings, they can choose this setting instead.

Lost Data Replacement
SHoW DMX Neo “heals” incomplete data packets with the most recent correct data.

Ethernet Based Protocols
The SHoW DMX Neo Transceiver is provided with an RJ-45 connector and additional processing capacity to allow sACN, Art-Net, KiNet, and Pathport input and output.

Ultra Low Latency
Total system latency of 7ms or less

Simple Default Plug and Play Mode
The SHoW DMX Neo system has a sophisticated user interface allowing complete control of a number of settings, but in its default mode, SHoW DMX Neo is completely plug and play. In its factory mode, or by resetting factory defaults, Transceiver and Receiver will wake up in contact with each other and no other settings are needed unless the user chooses to make them. With all its sophistication, the SHoW DMX Neo system is also one of the simplest systems available.

RDM
The SHoW DMX system uses RDM communications for all remote device control and configuration, or for any inter-device communication required. This provides an easily understood method for managing requirements such as Receiver strength and Dimmer address setting.  RDM commands may be issued from an upstream RDM controller such as a console, or from the Transmitter.

RDM features include:

  • RDM Controller Functions: SHoW DMX Neo can be controlled by any PLASA compliant RDM controller.
  • RDM Proxy Functions: Transmitters and Receivers act together as an RDM proxy system, providing a bi-directional half-duplex RDM link between the controller and any RDM device being controlled via the SHoW DMX system.
  • RDM Discovery/Unique Device IDs: Each unit is programmed with a unique RDM device ID that will identify the unit, permitting RDM discovery, as well as communication with and control of each specific device.
  • Receiver Received Signal Strength: System remotely polls each Receiver for its received signal strength via standard RDM.
  • RDM Responder Features: SHoW DMX Neo has appropriate RDM features such as discovery, DMX addressing, etc.

 

Specifications

   

5701_5701_Show_DMX_Neo_Tansceiver_SM
5711_ShoW_DMX_Neo_Receiver_SM 5706_SHow_DMX_Neo_OEM_Receiver_Includes_One_Each_5631_5630_SM

Model
SHoW DMX Neo® Transceiver SHoW DMX Neo® Receiver SHoW DMX Neo® OEM Radio SHoW DMX Neo® OEM Receiver
Applications Indoor Indoor Integration into OEM products Integration into props and costumes
Catalog Number
5701
5711
5792
5706
Broadcast Power
1mW ETSI
14mW ETSI
28mW ETSI
72mW ETSI
1mW ETSI
14mW ETSI
28mW ETSI
72mW ETSI
1mW ETSI
14mW ETSI
28mW ETSI
72mW ETSI
1mW ETSI
14mWETSI
28mW ETSI
72mW ETSI
SHoW DMX Neo Broadcast Modes

Neo Full Bandwidth
Adaptive Neo Full Bandwidth
Limited Bandwidth Wi-Fi 1-6
Limited Bandwidth Wi-Fi 4-9
Limited Bandwidth Wi-Fi 7-11

Neo Full Bandwidth
Adaptive Neo Full Bandwidth
Limited Bandwidth Wi-Fi 1-6
Limited Bandwidth Wi-Fi 4-9
Limited Bandwidth Wi-Fi 7-11
Neo Full Bandwidth
Adaptive Neo Full Bandwidth
Limited Bandwidth Wi-Fi 1-6
Limited Bandwidth Wi-Fi 4-9
Limited Bandwidth Wi-Fi 7-11
Neo Full Bandwidth
Adaptive Neo Full Bandwidth
Limited Bandwidth Wi-Fi 1-6
Limited Bandwidth Wi-Fi 4-9
Limited Bandwidth Wi-Fi 7-11
SHoW DMX Classic Broadcast Modes

Neo Full Bandwidth
Limited Bandwidth Wi-Fi 1-6
Limited Bandwidth Wi-Fi 4-9
Limited Bandwidth Wi-Fi 7-11

Neo Full Bandwidth
Limited Bandwidth Wi-Fi 1-6
Limited Bandwidth Wi-Fi 4-9
Limited Bandwidth Wi-Fi 7-11
Neo Full Bandwidth
Adaptive Neo Full Bandwidth
Limited Bandwidth Wi-Fi 1-6
Limited Bandwidth Wi-Fi 4-9
Limited Bandwidth Wi-Fi 7-11
 
DMX Burst Modes

Full (512 Slots)
Limited (Classic 32-480 Slots;  Neo, 51-476 Slots)

Full (512 Slots)
Limited (Classic 32-480 Slots;
Neo, 51-476 Slots)
Full (512 Slots)
Limited (Classic 32-480 Slots;Neo, 51-476 Slots)
Full (512 Slots)
Limited (Neo, 51-476 Slots)
Ethernet Protocols Supported Input:  sACN, Art-Net, KiNet, Pathport
Output:  sACN, Art-Net, KiNet, Pathport
     
Hopping Patterns
16
16
16
16
Show IDs 132 132 132 68
Radio Transceiver
CTI 5792
CTI 5792
n/a
CTI 5792
RF Sensitivity
-95dBm
-95dBm
-95dBm
-95dBm
RDM Features

RDM Proxy
RDM Responder

RDM Proxy
RDM Responder
RDM Proxy
RDM Responder
RDM Proxy
RDM Responder
Compliance Certifications
FCC, IC, CE
FCC, IC, CE, ETL Listed
FCC, IC, CE
FCC, IC, CE
Power
9-24VDC
100-240 VAC 50/60Hz  4W
9-24VDC
100-240 VAC 50/60Hz  4W

5VDC 125mA

9-12VDC 500mA
Dimensions

6.25”W x 2.375”Hx 5.125”D
159mm x 60mm x 130mm

6.25”W x 2.375”H x 5.125”D
159mm x 60mm x 130mm

1.65”W x 2.7”H x .25”D
42mm x 68mm x 6.35mm

2”W x 2.75”H x .5”D
51mm x 70mm x 12.7mm

Weight
2 lbs
.9 kg
2 lbs
.9 kg
1 oz
.03 g
2 oz.
.06 kg

Videos

Images



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SHoW DMX Neo Transceiver and Receiver Rear view of Transceiver

Types

Case Studies


 SHoW DMX Neo Used In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory  

SHoW DMX Neo® Used To Help Transform Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Into A World Of Pure Imagination


The new musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, has been the most eagerly anticipated opening in London's West End this year. With direction by Sam Mendes, set and costumes by Mark Thompson, and Lighting Design by Paul Pyant, it is this summer's golden ticket.

City Theatrical worked closely with UK specialist lighting contractor Howard Eaton to realize the demanding wireless DMX requirements. As well as using SHoW DMX Neo® Transceivers and Receivers, the production marked the first use of the new D2 and D4 Dimmers.

Read the complete story here