Waves WRC-1 WiFi Stage Router

$899.99

SKU: WVES_WRC-1 Category:

The First Stage Router in the world to incorporate a USB hub and a DLNA player.

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Description

WRC-1 is an advanced rack-mountable wireless router, designed specifically for pro audio applications such as on-stage IEM control.

The WRC-1 router is ideal for use with the Waves MyMon in-ear monitor mixing app, as well as other audio setups that require secure and robust WiFi connectivity.

To serve the unique needs of live sound engineers, stage productions and other live audio and AV environments, WRC-1 offers unique benefits that go beyond generic routers. Features include rack-mountable design, made specifically for audio equipment racks; rugged and robust industrial build; and high-powered RF distribution to ensure reliable, steady communication.

WRC-1 comes with essential router management software to control the most common features required by users. Also, an advanced set of router configuration features is accessible by installing a free advanced firmware package (scroll down this page for details).

  • Rugged 19” rack-mountable metal chassis (1U)
    Simultaneous dual-band operation (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz)
    5x 10/100/1000 (1 WAN and 4 LAN) Gigabit Ethernet ports
    2 Pro-Grade lockable RJ45 ports + 3 standard RJ45 ports
    DLNA player with balanced analog outputs (XLR L/R)
    Integrated USB3 hub with fast charging for mobile devices
    Internal universal power supply

Typical WRC-1 Setup: In-ear monitoring with the Waves MyMon app

In this setup, WRC-1 is used to route audio via the Waves MyMon app for personal in-ear monitor mixing:

  1. Waves eMotion LV1 mixer system, running on a SoundGrid network.
  2. The WRC-1 router. The router (as well as the Waves MyMon app) should run on an independent WiFi network. IMPORTANT NOTE: do not connect to SoundGrid networks.
  3. MyMon application installed on iOS or Android mobile devices.

This MyMon setup is just one example of the WRC-1 used in an audio environment. There are many other similar applications for remote control of audio consoles and PA equipment in venues, stage productions, houses of worship, etc., which require a robust WiFi router solution.

 

Features & Benefits In-Depth

Rugged 19” rack-mount metal chassis (1U)

Generic routers typically require the user to design and build a custom tray to have a “portable” unit that withstands the demands of a Pro-Audio/Live sound environment.

Front panel mount antennas with SMA connectors

WRC-1 for use whilst securely mounted in equipment racks. SMA connectors allow the user to remove and store the antennas when the rack door is closed.

Pro-Grade lockable RJ45 ports

WRC-1 WAN port and one LAN port use professional RJ45 sockets with Neutrik latch-lock connectors to keep critical LAN cables secure during an event.

Integrated USB hub

The integrated 5-port USB hub provides practical conveniences for the busy touring engineer. Enjoy the convenience of having charging points on hand for phones/tablets. By installing the Advanced Firmware, these ports can host USB Mass Storage media to make music tracks or images available on the network.

Internal universal power supply

Built for the rigours of touring/live environments, unlike generic wireless routers having a wall-wart PSU, WRC-1 has a universal voltage, auto-switching internal power supply.

DLNA player with balanced XLR outputs

The integrated DLNA player functionality allows wireless playback of audio from mobile devices to dedicated balanced analog output ports on the WRC-1 back-panel. For example, when connected to a mixer, the DLNA player provides a simple and efficient way for a band member to easily stream a music file from their mobile phone directly to the mixing console (which could in turn route to the monitor mixes or PA).

Wireless Access Point functionality

Deploy the WRC-1 as the central wireless access point for the live sound WiFi network providing robust connectivity between the digital mixer and related apps on mobile devices. Bi-directional data includes the ability to transfer data from the wireless mobile apps to the wired mixer, as well as functional status and indicators from the digital mixer to the mobile app.

Simultaneous dual-band operation

The 2.4G and 5G WiFi networks on the WRC-1 operate independently. Unique network names and passwords can be set individually for each to secure WiFi device access.

Advanced MIMO technology

WRC-1 uses advanced multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) technology to deliver higher data throughput and extend WiFi range. DHCP and Static IP protocols for broadband operation are also supported. The advanced firmware also supports the PPPoE protocol.

Browser-based configuration

Configure the WRC-1 using its intuitive, browser-based Administrator Tool. The configuration tool can be accessed using a standard browser on a computer or laptop connected directly to a network port.

 

WRC-1 Basic vs. Advanced Firmware

WRC-1 includes router management software to quickly set the WiFi password and configure network settings such as the system IP address. These features are the most common changes needed by customers, fully supported by Waves.

An advanced set of router configuration features is accessible by installing an advanced firmware package on the WRC-1. The advanced features include router capabilities such as QoS and NAT settings, advanced firewall settings, guest WiFi settings, and other configuration settings not relevant to live sound installations.

This firmware also allows attaching USB mass storage media and provides a built-in DNLA player for convenient, background-music playback – ideal for corporate, education and hospitality environments.

 

This advanced firmware for you install but does not offer official support for the advanced firmware.

 

DOWNLOAD ADVANCED FIRMWARE

DOWNLOAD BASIC FIRMWARE

How to upgrade Waves WRC-1 to advanced firmware