Multiverse® Node

City Theatrical's Multiverse® Node is the first building block of the Multiverse system.

Each Multiverse Node is a transceiver. As a single universe transmitter, it functions in a similar plug and play manner to the Multiverse® SHoW Baby® and legacy SHoW DMX SHoW Baby® products, and also has a full user interface, with four buttons and a backlit LCD display. As a receiver, the Multiverse Node is the primary single universe standalone receiver in the Multiverse system, and can be part of a larger multi-universe setup.

The Multiverse Node 2.4GHz (P/N 5903) contains a 2.4GHz radio and can be used worldwide.


Banner for Multiverse Nodes, Transmitter and Panel Antennas at Tesla Giga Texas Event case study



 P/N Name and What's in the Box Licensed for Use in
 5903 Multiverse Node 2.4GHz Worldwide
   5903 - Multiverse Node - What's In The Box  



Multiverse Transceivers are covered by U.S. Patent # 7,432,803 and other patents pending.

Additional Information

  • mDMX (Multiverse SHoW IDs only)
    mDMX is a form of DMX optimized for wireless broadcast that dramatically reduces data being broadcast, thereby reducing unneeded radio energy.

  • mRDM (Multiverse SHoW IDs only)
    Multiverse is able to broadcast RDM information without disrupting the DMX broadcast. This feature is not available even in wired RDM systems. 

  • SHoW Key Security (Multiverse SHoW IDs only)
    SHoW Key is an additional three-digit code that can be added to the Multiverse SHoW ID that will prevent any other system set on the same SHoW ID from interfering with your system.

  • Forward Error Correction (Multiverse SHoW IDs only)
    Allows the Receiver to detect and correct errors that may occur in the wireless transmission of data.

  • Ultra Low Latency
    Total average system latency of 4ms.

  • User Selectable Adaptive Spread Spectrum Frequency Hopping
    Adaptive Spread Spectrum Frequency Hopping identifies and masks off hopping channels that contain interference, replacing them in the hop sequence with alternate channels.

  • Adjustable Output Power
    Sometimes an application calls for the most available broadcast power, but many entertainment systems can utilize lower output power to reduce detrimental effects on other radio systems in the venue, reduce reflections, and improve performance.

  • User Selectable SHoW IDs
    City Theatrical has always produced wireless DMX products that allowed the user to select the optimum transmission method. Users may select full bandwidth hopping, hopping limited to a section of the spectrum (including areas of the spectrum outside of the Wi-Fi range), or adaptive hopping.

  • Protocols supported: ANSI E1.11 DMX512-A; E1.20 RDM

  • Compatible with all Multiverse and SHoW DMX Neo products

  • User can select a single universe to receive

  • A very simple user interface to set SHoW ID and universe

  • RDM proxy and responder functions

  • DMX 5-pin in and out/thru ports

  • Rugged cast aluminium enclosure

  • Antenna; Omni Broadband 2.4GHz, 4dBI (P/N 5903)

  • Auto-selection of transmit or receive mode

  • Firmware updateable via USB port

  • CL2 power supply with locking connector

  • Built-in auto select DMX512 termination

  • Selectable display timeout and brightness level

  • A hanging bracket for hanging from pipe or truss

Face Panel Diagram

For Multiverse Node 2.4GHz (P/N 5903):

5903 Multiverse Node Face Panel Diagram

Product Information   
Product Name  Multiverse Node 2.4GHz
Part Number  5903
Maximum Concurrent Universes  1
Frequency Range:  2400 – 2480 MHz
Physical Specifications   
Length  102.8mm (4.05 in)
Width  60mm (2.36 in)
Height  36.47mm (1.44 in)
Weight  0.4 Kg (0.4 lb)
Construction  Die Cast Aluminium, Black
Connection Specifications   
Locking DC Jack, 5.5mm x 2.1mm barrel, centre positive, 12.1mm mating depth (this power supply connector is not compatible with SHoW Baby)
5-Pin XLR DMX512 in and out/thru ports
RP-SMA female antenna connector
USB Type-A port
User Interface  4 Button/Backlit LCD display
RDM Features  RDM Proxy, RDM Responder
Input Power  5-30VDC, 0.6W
Max Draw  45mA max draw at 12V
AC Adapter Voltage  100VAC to 240VAC 50/60Hz
Radio Technology   
Latency  4 ms average
RF Sensitivity  -95dBm
Loss of Data Behavior  Output stops
Broadcast Power  3.2mW, 10mW, 32mW, 100mW EIRP
Broadcast Modes  Adaptive, Full, Low, Mid, High, Max
Show IDs   217 (World)
Other Product Information   
Use Environment  Indoor
Operating Temperature  0° C to 40° C
Storage Temperature  -40° C to 85° C
IP Rating  IP50
Compliance  FCC, IC, CE, ARIB, RoHS
Warranty  One year



City Theatrical Antennas for Multiverse Node:

 P/N Name For Product
 5980   Omni Broad Band 900MHz - 2.4GHz Multiverse Node and Multiverse Transmitter
  5980 - Multiverse Node Antenna, Omni Broadband, 900MHz 2.4GHz, 2dBi 4dBi
 5981  Panel, Dual Band 900MHz - 2.4GHz Multiverse SHoW Baby, Multiverse Node, Multiverse Studio Receiver, Multiverse Transmitter, Multiverse Vero Transceiver
  5981 Panel Antenna

 5982 Yagi, Dual Band 900MHz - 2.4GHz Multiverse SHoW Baby, Multiverse Node, Multiverse Studio Receiver, Multiverse Transmitter, Multiverse Vero Transceiver
  5982 Yagi Antenna


Read more about Antennas in the Antenna Adapter Matrix.



City Theatrical Antenna Accessories for Multiverse Node:

 P/N Name For Product
 5637 Antenna Splitter All Panel and Yagi antennas
  5637 Antenna Splitter
 5639  Gender Changer for 5637 Antennas Splitter Two are needed for each Splitter



City Theatrical Power Supplies for Multiverse Node:

 P/N  Name For Product
 5972 Power Supply, 12V, 6W, 5.5x2.1mm, Locking Multiverse Node and Multiverse Transmitter
  5972 - Multiverse 12VDC Power Supply with locking connector and plug kit


City Theatrical Hanging Brackets for Multiverse Node:

 P/N Name For Product
 5971  Multiverse Node Hanging Bracket  Multiverse Node
  5975 - Multiverse Node Mounting Plate with hardware 


City Theatrical Power Cords for Multiverse Node:

 P/N Name For Product
5973* 28.5” USB to Locking Barrell Connector*
(to Locking DC Jack, 5.5mm x 2.1mm barrel, center positive,12.1mm mating depth)
 Multiverse Node and Multiverse Transmitter
5973 28.5” USB to Locking Barrell Connector



City Theatrical Connectors for Multiverse Node:

 P/N Name For Product
 5970** Multiverse Node Locking Barrel Connector Lead, 6" ** Multiverse Node
  5970 - Multiverse Node Locking Barrel Connector Lead, 6-inch


*Note: This allows the user to plug Multiverse Node or Transmitter into lighting fixture's USB as a power source.


**Note: This product is intended for users looking to make their own battery rig.

Title Description
pdf Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM at Tesla’s Giga Texas “Cyber Rodeo” Grand Opening Party

"The versatility of the Multiverse system meant we were able to reconfigure nodes on the fly, and broadcast nine universes of long-distance data transmission in two separate systems.”

- Aidan Marshall, Associate Lighting Designer

This case study Q&A explores the Multiverse® wireless DMX/RDM system used at Tesla’s Giga Texas “Cyber Rodeo” Grand Opening Party in Austin, Texas in April 2022, which celebrated the electric vehicle maker’s new $1.1 billion factory, and was attended by 15,000 guests. The dual band Multiverse 900MHz/ 2.4GHz solution used included one Multiverse Transmitter to broadcast nine universes of wireless DMX data out of the console and 10 long range Panel Antennas to transmit and receive 700 feet from the console over both the 2.4GHz and 900MHz bands. 

pdf RadioScan Spectrum Analyzer at Company on Broadway Ever wonder what it’s like to ensure mission critical fidelity of your wireless DMX system every night for a Broadway show? We talked to Kevin Barry, Production Electrician for Company, which opened at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in New York City on December 9, 2021. Here’s what we learned about his experience using tools like RadioScan® Spectrum Analyzer to scan local frequencies in real time to optimize the performance of his Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM system during each production.
pdf Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM at The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is an annual event at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton, New York that spans 6,000 hand carved Jack O’Lanterns over 12 acres of historic buildings and landscape. City Theatrical’s Multiverse wireless DMX technology was selected based on its ability to broadcast multiple universes from a single transmitter even in mission-critical situations, like Broadway-style shows and installations. The windmill used four Multiverse SHoW Baby units only, and the carousel used a Multiverse Transmitter with four SHoW Baby units.
pdf Multiverse Wireless DMX/RDM at Super Bowl LIVE at Bayfront Park in Miami, Florida City Theatrical’s Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM technology was selected and used to divide Bayfront Park into six separate wireless DMX zones. One Multiverse Transmitter 900MHz/2.4GHz unit was used for each zone, each used with a Panel Antenna. The lighting installation team set up multiple Multiverse Nodes, all with a Yagi antenna, within each zone for a total of 20 Nodes throughout the park. All antennas were set up on the truss towers around the park to maximize the distance of the wireless broadcast and reception.
pdf Multiverse Transmitter and Nodes at Hadestown on Broadway City Theatrical’s Multiverse Transmitter operating in the 900MHz band was selected to meet this challenge. The Multiverse Transmitter provided DMX data to battery powered headlamps. A Multiverse Node used as a transmitter and operating on a SHoW DMX Neo SHoW ID also broadcast to QolorFlex Dimmers used in the show.
pdf Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM on CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell City Theatrical’s Multiverse wireless DMX technology was selected based on its ability to broadcast multiple universes from a single transmitter in mission-critical situations, like live broadcast television. Using the 2.4GHz band, the Multiverse Transmitter is being used to broadcast two universes of wireless DMX data from above a small wall-mounted rack in the studio, which includes several ETC nodes, switches, and a power strip. The transmitter is wirelessly connected to 13 Multiverse Nodes, which are each connected to a Chauvet, Desisti, Gantom, or Lumos fixture. The team was able to set up the studio with a single DMX cable and external cables for the camera rig only
pdf Multiverse 900MHz Wireless DMX/RDM for Netflix Film End of the Road

“Being on location makes everything more complicated. The ability to sign into any Multiverse wireless DMX device with my smartphone’s DMXcat app and check responses was unbelievably cool and deeply reassuring. We used everything in the Multiverse Studio Kit and the contactless charging was phenomenal.”

- Mark LaPierre, Programmer, End of the Road

Netflix's End of the Road is a high-octane action thriller based in New Mexico. Lighting team members included Director of Photography Ed Wu, Chief Lighting Technician Lamarr “Gooch” Gray, Assistant Chief Lighting Technician Dwayne Willis, and Programmer Mark LaPierre, with lighting package the MBS Group. One Multiverse® Studio Kit and an additional Multiverse Node transceiver were used to provide wireless DMX/RDM for various on location shoots in the desert over two months. Find out how their 900MHz Multiverse wireless DMX solution helped them achieve 1,000-foot range broadcasts over mines, broadcast through glass and metal windows, and overcome extreme temperatures and traffic on the 2.4GHz band, in this City Theatrical case study Q&A with Mark LaPierre.

pdf ETC ColorSource and City Theatrical Multiverse Light Churches in California

At Saint Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Santee, California, ETC's ColorSource fixtures and City Theatrical’s Multiverse® wireless DMX Transmitters and Receivers worked together to create the perfect solution to keep focus on the beauty of the church, without any visual clutter to distract parishioners during worship services.

Read about the art of lighting churches with ColourSource and Multiverse in this ETC worship case study.

Date Title Description
pdf 10/21/2021 1037 Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM Approved Antennas This tech bulletin displays a table that lists all the approved antenna that can be used on Multiverse products and radio modules for OEM integration
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