Digital Aquatics Unveils New Archon Aquarium Controller


Archon Aquarium Controller

Unveiled this weekend at MACNA is a brand new controller setup, the Archon, which will for the first time ever bring Cloud-based technologies to the Digital Aquatics family. In addition to the cloud, the Archon will include both wired and wireless network technologies built into the controller, and everything will be programmed via Linux based source code. These two features alone will give the Archon so much more flexibility over its predecessors, the Digital Aquatics ReefKeeper.

Because the controller is so web friendly, Digital Aquatics is shying away from the display units found on controllers for so many years. Everything will be web based, and with the use of iOS and Android apps, users will be able to effortlessly control and monitor everything on the go.

On top of all that, Digital Aquatics will be releasing firmware updates to convert the ReefKeeper Lite and ReefKeeper Elite to remote displays. Also, the Archon unit is fully backwards comparable to the entire offering current modules.

The new controllers will start shipping in October and the new dosing pump module is set to ship starting in mid-September.

The Archon controller will have the following features:

  • Wireless and wired networking built in
  • 2x ph/ORP selectable ports
  • 2x 0-5v/0-10v selectable ports
  • 4x PWM ports
  • 4x BUS (communication) ports
  • 6v power input (designed to be used with a batter back up to run essential items needed during a power outage)
  • 1x USBport (unit ships with a 4GB micro USB flash drive)
  • 1x PowerBar 8(8 plug power controller with metal case

Archon Controller Modules

Archon PowerBar 8

Archon WiFi Module

Archon Controller Booth


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  • Oliver

    Unfortunately, too little too late. I sold all my DA equipment and have completely switched to the Apex controller. Won’t be going back. Sadly DA has a terrible reputation of saying one thing, and doing nothing (or the complete opposite). Not to mention terrible module support. I used to be a big proponent of this brand, then they flushed all their credibility down the toilet.

  • Josh

    I, for one, stuck it out through thick and thin because the line of products worked well even if it was not feature-packed like an apex. My system is very large and I am happy that I will finally get Apex programming versatility without changing everything.

  • Timothy

    Glad to see DA bringing something new to the table. Word on the street was they were near death, but there’s obviously some real work being put into this new stuff so they’re obviously still in the game. Curious on pricing.

  • SonoftheMist

    Strange, I see no mention of Digital Aquatics in the above picture, only Dynon Instruments their parent company.
    In other words, in an attempt to shed their miserable public image after repeated delays, failures, and poor customer service……they make it sound like they are not Digital Aquatics.
    Good luck to you, Digital Aquatics……I hope you realize it was not your actual product that nearly sank you, but your pee poor customer service.

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  • wylg

    Glad to see that they not sitting on their laurels and great to hear that it’s backward compatible.