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Bluetooth Bridge

To control lights from the AsteraApp, a Bluetooth Bridge (=BTB) is required. It consists of “Bluetooth” for the connection with the App and “Bridge” which means that it transmits commands to the other Astera lights. Both parts include 2-way communication so the lights can send information back to the app.

Until 2020 the AsteraBox was the only Bluetooth Bridge but recently Astera has been building the BTB technology into more and more lights. We still recommend an AsteraBox as it has a longer battery life and is more portable but for smaller setups or if no AsteraBox is available, a BTB-enabled light also works well.

Astera Light as Bluetooth Bridge

The Astera fixture connects via Bluetooth to a phone or tablet and establishes a connection with all lights within a 300m range via an ultra-high frequency band (100m for NYX Bulb). This setup is recommended for smaller projects with less distance or as a backup if you forgot your AsteraBox.

AsteraBox as Bluetooth Bridge

The AsteraBox connects via Bluetooth to a phone or tablet and establishes a connection to all lights within a 300m range via an ultra-high frequency band. This is the recommended setup for larger and more important projects because you can carry the AsteraBox with you around the site and do not have to worry about it running out of battery as it offers a very long runtime. Also, the AsteraBox can be used as a DMX transmitter while using the AsteraApp.

Bluetooth Bridge Tutorial

Learn all there is to know about Bluetooth Bridges in this hands-on tutorial. We will look at the theory behind BTB and we will walk you through the connection process of light and AsteraBox.

Lights with built-in BTB

BTB was developed in 2020 and all new models include this technology.

In addition, BTB was added to older models in 2021 and 2022 when a redevelopment was needed due to component shortage.

Titan Tube

Built-in since 2021 Q3

Helios Tube

Built-in since 2021 Q3

HydraPanel

Built-in

PixelBrick

Built-in

AX9 PowerPAR

Built-in

NYX Bulb

Built-in