Battery-free Wireless Dome Button
Downloads: Key Configurator utility 2.6.
The “Battery-free Wireless Dome Button” is a palm switch with a large mushroom dome. The Wireless Button connects to a workstation or PC via a USB receiver module, in the form of a “dongle”.
The Battery-free button has an energy harvesting generator, which generates electrical power from the mechanical button press. As a result, the battery-free button does not require any power source, unlike our “Wireless Dome Button, model H0731”. The advantage is clear: there is no need to ever replace or recharge the battery.
The dome is available in several colours.
The USB interface (dongle) is recognized by the PC as a “keyboard”. Microsoft Windows (and other operating systems) have intrinsic support for USB keyboards. No driver is needed (on tablets with a USB “On-The-Go” connection, an adapter-cable is needed). A software utility allows you to define which key (or key sequence) is transmitted to the workstation on a button press.
The Battery-free Wireless Dome Button is a robust and splash-proof “emergency switch”-style button, for indoor and outdoor use. It transmits on the license-free ISM band of 868 MHz (Europe) and 915 MHz (USA, Canada, Australia/New Zealand).
As mentioned above, the PC or workstation recognizes the USB interface as a keyboard. Each connected wireless button is then configured to transmit a key combination (or a key sequence) to the PC. There is a free configuration utility for this purpose, see the Downloads section.
In addition to standard keys, that utility also allows you to configure a few extended functions, such as to function as a “play/pause” button on a remote control, or as a mouse button. You can also configure a button to transmit a sequence of key strokes to the PC, including key combinations with “Alt”, “Ctrl” or “GUI” shift modifiers. With a macro, a press on the button can start an application or open a web browser on a specific URL.
Up to six of these buttons can be connected to a single dongle, with each button (typically) configured to transmit a different key code. It is possible to connect multiple dongles to a PC, in case more than six buttons must be handled.
The base of the button has two holes of Ø5.2mm for mounting the button on a table or wall.
|Dimensions||Base: 85 × 85 mm, height: 45 mm, dome diameter: 94 mm; total height: 101 mm.|
|Colour||Base: black & grey; dome: red, black, green, yellow or white.|
|Mechanical lifetime||> 106 operations|
|Mechanical mounting||Two 5.2mm mounting holes.|
|Operating temperature||-25 °C to +40 °C.|
|Degree of protection||IEC/EN 60529: IP65|
|Actuation force||30 N max.|
|USB interface/profile||USB “HID”, keyboard profile, configurable key code.|
|Power supply (button)||Kinetic energy harvesting generator.|
|Power supply (dongle)||Powered through the USB connection.|
|Radio frequency||868 MHz or 915 MHz (depending on model), license-free ISM band.|
|Transmission range||> 30 meters (unobstructed line of sight)|
|Switch latency||30 ms maximum, 15 ms average.|
Accessories and variants
Battery-free Button versus Wireless Button
The table below gives a summary of the differences between our battery-powered wireless button, model H0731, and the battery-free button (model H0736).
|Model H0731||Model H0736 (battery-free)|
|Power source||Lithium-Metal battery (expected life: 5 years)||Kinetic energy harvesting generator|
|Mechanical mounting||5.2mm mounting holes; 1/4"-20 UNC threaded insert||5.2mm mounting holes only (no threaded insert)|
|Actuation force||20 to 25 N||25 to 30 N|
|Key press modes||Pulse, reliable and macro||Pulse and macro|
|Required dongle||Model H0730||Model H0735|
- Key Configurator utility. See also the Usage Guide.
Microsoft Windows Version 2.6 Apple macOS Version 2.6 Linux Version 2.6
- Battery-free Wireless Interface Specifications (the dongle).
All systems PDF file
- Battery-free Wireless Dome Button Specifications (the button).
All systems PDF file