Today I received a ‘WPS Hobby Bundle’ and ‘WPS Tiny’ from @Wireless Pyro Solutions. Here is a look and first impressions of the kit. This is not a full functional product review, it really is just first impressions. I am hoping to do a ‘First use /setup’ review as soon as the opportunity arises. I am putting this out there for the amateur ‘Consumer’ firers who are looking to move into wireless firing. I’ve been doing consumer displays for the best part of 30 years now and have been looking at the options for a more comprehensive, cost effective (and safer!) wireless solution for about a year. Main reasons for going with @Wireless Pyro Solutions ; Flexibility (to expand), Cost, British made, Support. Prior to ordering the WPS Hobby Bundle I have been using two cheap 12 cue remote firing systems, often referred to as ‘Cheap Chinese’ systems and on the whole they have been good, but the failures that have happened have been show stopping and my confidence in them to do the job safely now is middling at best. It’s inevitable that I will make comparisons with these systems as this is what I am used to but I will try and remain objective in my opinion of the WPS system. What is in the box? The WPS Hobby Bundle comes with the following; WPS hobby ‘Receiver’ + Alligator clips to attach an external power source WPS mote ‘Transmitter/controller’ + USB lead for charging / PC connection 12v 3.Ah battery (fitted in the WPS Hobby Receiver) including 12v Trickle Charger Printed instructions included (copies of the PDF manuals available on the WPS website) The battery is an option when ordered (12v or 24v) as the WPS Hobby unit can be powered by a suitable external power source with the provided Alligator clips & lead. First impressions. Packaging The package was very well secured externally (it spent a few extra days bouncing around the UPS network with no ill effect) All the contents (I ordered additional items I will mention later) were well packed in their own boxes and further wrapped in bubble wrap, except for the Hobby unit which didn’t need it, it is in an armoured case. Though this was still securely packed in the centre of the box. WPS hobby The Hobby unit looked smaller than I thought it would be. The case clips securing it closed are very robust holding the lid tightly in place. There is a very sturdy fold away carry handle built into the front of the case. Opening the lid, while appearing small the space on the top of unit efficiently holds 24 ‘Kobicon’ type compression terminals arranged in two banks of 12 an LCD (2 line) display panel, four menu control ‘push top’ keypads marked with four directional arrows, an on/off switch, signal indicator light and a power jack. A 5db antenna is also provided which attaches to the outside of the unit. The Hobby unit came fully charged and the battery level is indicated in the LCD with a single key press. Turning on the unit for the first time it completes a self-test and is then ready to go. (the self-test happens each time the unit is switched on but takes just a few seconds) WPS mote Conversely the ‘mote’ is larger than envisioned it, a good thing considering my chunky fingers but it still sits easily in my hand, though two hands would be needed to hold and fire/operate the unit. The mote is a sealed unit but is fitted with a 2200mAh battery which can be re-charged with the included USB lead. The mote came fully charged. On the top of the mote is an on/off switch, USB port and connector for the provided 5dBi Antenna. The front face has a test/fire key-switch (2 keys included), signal and charge lights, a four line LED display and 16 ‘push pads’ for input and control. The casing feels solid and well-made and has four rubber feet which stops it sliding about when placed on a shiny surface. The switch keys are adequate for the unit but do not lock in place. It is possible to turn the key to ‘fire mode’ and then remove the key leaving the unit ‘live’. There are pros and cons to this which I will hopefully remember to re-visit should I do a ‘ first use’ review. The keypad is a membrane type with a plastic overlay indicating the key function. The plus of this is a wipe clean ‘splash proof’ front panel but I am a little concerned how these will stand the test of time. I doubt if individual ‘keys’ could be replaced should they wear out especially as it’s a sealed unit. Turning on for the first time and the LCD displays the main menu with the battery level indicator in the top right. The LCD is bright (and the brightness can be adjusted both ways) the ‘push pads’ are well spaced and no problem for my chunky fingers and it feels very responsive when navigating the menu. WPS Tiny The WPS Tiny is just that.. Tiny, but pretty well made for the size. Note that your pyro won’t be doing much wirelessly with just a ‘Tiny’ by itself, it’s just a receiver. You will need a way to connect your pyro (WPS slat) and a way to ‘tigger/fire’ the ‘Tiny’. (WPS mote or an RF12channel Remote) The ‘Tiny’ comes with a 2dBi Antenna (5dBi Antenna available – this impacts range 150m+ or 300m+) this screws on the front on the unit. Also on the front is a single push button to test attached cues or sync the Tiny to the ‘mote’ or RF Remote. There are also two lights indicating cue status and battery levels. The Tiny runs on two 9v batteries. To fit them you have to remove a bolt on the front of the unit (flat-head) and attach the batteries inside. One battery runs the Tiny and the other provides voltage to ‘fire’ the cues. Battery levels are indicated separately. There is an on/off switch on the right hand side. My first impression concern here is that the bolt is fixed into a plastic pillar. While the pillar is made of the same molded ‘high impact’ plastic as the case this is still metal to plastic and you could strip the thread if you over tighten the bolt. It is good a bolt is used rather than a self-tapping screw but a companion nut fitted into the plastic pillar would have been nice to see. (or should it be called a screw? I don't know) Edit: After looking closer at the picture I took I noticed that the bolt locates into an extension of the plastic pillar so easy enough to replace that extension should I de-thread the plastic. Even replace that extension with a metal one. Lastly on the top of the unit is an RJ45 socket. This is to connect the Tiny to the WPS slat using standard CAT5 (network) cable. Good quality copper core cable is recommended. WPS slat The slat is simple in design holding 12 ‘kobicon’ type connectors and an RJ45 socket to receive the CAT5 cable from the Tiny (or WPS Pro) unit. They are all mounted on a sturdy board (PCB) and the underside is sealed against weather. Each connector is clearly numbered and the slat has mounting holes in each corner for ease of fixing. The slat can be mounted to a rack or board and wired/e-matched to your pyro (on site of course) and then connected to the firing unit (Tiny or Pro) via the CAT5 when ready. Documentation The instruction manuals for all WPS kit are available from the website but printed copies were included. They are comprehensive covering every aspect of the WPS menus and use of the Hobby, Mote and Tiny. Instructions for the Pro and Hobby units are combined so you can easily see the differences. I had no problem following the information provided. It even includes a piece on wire length vs voltages based on the unit you are using. So no 1 mile wires then Well that's it, first impressions, now I've just got to find something to wire it all up to I intend to follow this up with a first use/test review as soon as I have time. I hope this has helped if you are considering a safe wireless solution for your pyro.