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Wireless Control: Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi Control allows fixtures to connect to existing wireless networks (Client) or broadcast their own wireless network (AP).

The RR-R2 can be controlled over Wi-Fi by connecting to an existing network (Client mode) or by using the fixture as a wireless Access Point (AP mode) to create your own WiFi network from the fixture. Quasar Science fixtures operate in the 2.4GHz spectrum only.

Note

If the WiFi module's firmware is v1.0A it will require a separate update for functionality to v1.0B. See How to Update WiFi Module

To Enable control from an existing WiFi network (Client Mode):

In earlier firmware you must set Wired Input to Art-Net, and also set the Art-Net Universe in Ethernet Settings. It will be under [Config Menu] → [Wired Settings] → [Wired Mode] (set to Art-Net) → [Ethernet Settings] → [Universe]

In firmware 0.9 you may simply set the Wireless Mode = WiFi and set your Input Universe under Ethernet Settings. You can skip setting the Wired Mode because, well, it is WiFi afterall.

If you're not using DHCP on your router/network, you will also need to set the same Subnet Mask as your network (i.e. 255.255.0.0) in Ethernet Settings or the fixture will not connect when entering a WiFi password.

  1. FW 0.9 Set the Wireless mode to

    Config Menu → Wireless Mode → WiFi

    ***In this mode the WiFi Settings menu is active

  2. Configure the fixture to join a WiFi network. Go to

    Config Menu → Wireless Settings → WiFi Mode → Client (default setting)

  3. Select the WiFi network you would like to join. Go to

    Config Menu → WiFi Settings → Set Network and press ENTER

    The Status LEDs will flash while the fixture scans for available wireless networks and displays them in order of signal strength

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  4. Use the Rainbow-Buttons__Minus.svg and Rainbow-Buttons__Plus.svg arrows to scroll through the listed networks and Rainbow-Buttons__Check.svg to select.

  5. Use the Rainbow-Buttons__Minus.svg and Rainbow-Buttons__Plus.svg arrows to scroll letters and numbers to set the network Password.

  6. Use the Rainbow-Buttons__Check.svg to advance the cursor.

  7. The password field loops around to the beginning in the event a wrong character is entered in the password field. Use the Rainbow-Buttons__Check.svg to advance all the way to the right and it will loop back to the beginning.

  8. Press and hold Rainbow-Buttons__Check.svg after entering the last character in the password.

  9. The WiFi Status Screen will display the name of the WiFi network the fixture has joined. If there is a controller broadcasting Art-Net over WiFi the Status LEDs on the fixture will display Data = Yellow, WiFi = Magenta.

Tip

If you're connected to a network but not able to control the light, check the [Input Universe] under [Ethernet Settings], this applies to Wi-Fi.

Using a Quasar Science fixture as an Access Point (AP):
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  1. Set the Wireless mode to

    Config Menu → Wireless Mode → WiFi

  2. Set the fixture into AP mode,

    Config Menu → WiFi Settings → WiFi Mode → AP

    When in AP mode the main display of the fixture will show the SSID of the WiFi network. The AP SSID will begin with QS: XXXXXXXX

  3. On the control tablet join the WiFi network being broadcast by the AP fixture. The WiFi password for any Quasar Science AP is: 1234567890

  4. If there is a controller broadcasting Art-Net on the WiFi network the Status LEDs on the fixture will be Data = Yellow, WiFi = Magenta.

WiFi Settings
  • WiFi Status - Displays the current WiFi connection with signal strength or any errors

  • Set Network - When in Client Mode this displays available WiFi networks in descending order of signal strength. When the user selects a network they are prompted to enter the password for the WiFi network.

    • Use the Rainbow-Buttons__Minus.svg & Rainbow-Buttons__Plus.svg buttons to scroll through the alphabet.

    • A short press of Rainbow-Buttons__Check.svg will advance the cursor to the next space.

    • A long press of Rainbow-Buttons__Check.svg will transmit the password and attempt to join the selected Wifi network.

    • The password entry cursor will scroll back to the beginning of the password field from the end of the field.

    • Allowable password characters are: a-z, A-Z, 0-9, !, @, #, $, ?

    Note

    If the network does not need a password leave the password field blank and press the Rainbow-Buttons__Check.svg  to advance the cursor to the end of the entry field to join the network.

  • WiFi Mode - You can select between Client or AP.

  • Enable AP Mode - The fixture can act as its own access point and DHCP server to create a wifi network. The fixture will broadcast the network ssid and act as the WAP and router for the network. The fixture will have an IP address of-192.168.4.1

    The fixture will distribute IP addresses in the following IP Schema:

    • IP address: 192.168.4.XXX

    • Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0

  • Reset WiFi Settings - Forgets the connected network and sets the AP mode to OFF

LED indicators
Wireless LED
  • Solid Magenta - Light is connected to wireless network.

  • Slow Flashing Magenta - Lamp has router information saved, but it is not found.

  • Fast Flashing Magenta - Lamp is connecting to a wireless network.

  • Magenta / Red Flashing - Lamp has failed attempt to connect to saved network (Wrong Password or Error).

  • Solid Orange - Fixture is acting as WiFi Access Point in [Basic Routing] and broadcasting the network SSID. This LED color will be different when in Advanced Routing modes. See >Updated Status LEDs for Advanced Routing<

Data LED
  • Solid Yellow - Art-Net DMX packets are being transmitted

Tip

Secret Menu Tip:  When in Basic Routing, from any menu double-tap Rainbow-Buttons__Pair.svg, then press the Rainbow-Buttons__Plus.svg for quick navigation to [WiFi Settings]