Animated Lighting

Wireless Communicators

Our stand-alone wireless transceivers can be set up in minutes to virtually cut the cables between controllers. The flexibility and price allow users to quickly upgrade wired data cables to cordless operation in industrial, commercial and residential applications. It's a cost-effective and sensible way to reduce cable costs and eliminate tripping hazards in your display!


Features and Benefits

Powered by a 1000mW 900MHz radio, each unit is small and easily portable for use in mobile and temporary settings as well as for fixed installations.

We implement a proprietary communication protocol to provide secure local data transmissions. Because the devices use Frequency-Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) technology, the data remains reliable over distances of up to 20 miles (32 km) line-of sight (900MHz version) in perfect conditions. Use of license-free frequency bands ensures that units are ready to use with no further certification requirements.

Our embedded transparent protocol simplifies the integration process by allowing for seamless plug-and-play installation. As each unit receives raw data, it manages over-the-air protocol to assure successful communication. Headers, data packet length, and CRCs are not needed. Broadcast communication to all devices or address packets to a specific destination using unique MAC addresses is embedded in each unit.

Wireless Communicators

To install, a wireless transmitter is typically connected to an Animated Lighting Monster Brain. A wireless receiver is then connected to one or more controllers. Multiple receivers can be used or one wireless receiver can then be connected to an Animated Lighting controller and hard wired to other controllers.

Our transceiver is FHSS radio designed for license-free operation in the 900MHz ISM band. Out-of-the box, the radio sustains a standard asynchronous serial data stream between two or more radios. Housed in a compact and rugged die-cast enclosure, the radio is equipped to replace thousands of meters of serial cable with its wireless link. One transmitter can send data to numerous receivers.

We also offer these radios in a weatherproof, outdoor rated enclosure. It is recommended the wireless communicators are placed as high off the ground as possible to ensure maximum range and connectivity.

  • Frequency Band, Modulation: 902 - 928 MHz, FHSS
  • Dimensions: 4.4 x 2.7 x 1.4 ins (111 x 69 x 36 mm)
  • Weight: 6 oz (170 g)
  • Cord Length: 6 feet (183 cm)
  • Interface: Animated Lighting 8 pin female connector
  • Data Rate: Up to 115.2 Kbps
  • Output Power: 1000mW
  • Transmission Range: Up to 1500 feet (450 m) indoors; Up to 20 miles (32 km) line-of-sight in perfect conditions
  • Power Supply: 6-foot cable, AC power connector
  • Power Draw (@ 12 VDC): 400mA TX, 40mA RX
  • Electrical Requirements: Line voltage 100-120V (240V outside US); Frequency 50-60 Hz
  • Environmental Conditions: Operating temperature -40° to +80°C; 10% to 90% humidity (non-condensing)

Purchasing Options
Wireless Communicators
Wireless Transmitter
(Part No. AL-RF485S)
$219.95
Wireless Transmitter and Enclosure
(Part No. AL-RF485SandEnclosure)
$269.95
Wireless Receiver
(Part No. AL-RF485C)
$219.95
Wireless Receiver and Enclosure
(Part No. AL-RF485CandEnclosure)
$269.95
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