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IOGEAR’s Ultra-Fast 60GHz Wireless 4K UHD Transmitter and Receiver Kit Says GoodBye To Cables

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Everybody expects the Internet to work without incident or effort or trouble. but there was a time when streaming just didn’t make sense because it didn’t work decently. And the same can be said for trying to transfer a video signal wirelessly from one place to another. The problem has always been trying to maintain a stable signal between the two points so that what is being transmitted goes unabated. Considering all the obstructions and interference found in the typical house, one wonders why anyone would want to go wireless when running a cable seems so much simpler. But simpler doesn’t mean better, especially when a cable is running across the floor and somebody’s trips on it. That might seem less likely with the lights on, but if you’ve built a really cool home theater that usually means you’re viewing with the lights low. So say you’ve got a projection screen and there’s no way you can mount the projector on the ceiling and instead putting it on a table at the other end of the room. Or you have a satellite receiving or a Blu-ray player in another room and want to send its signal to that large 85” TV that’s in another place. So you need a way to send the video without wires and, because it’s 2021 that video is going to be 4K high definition. That’s where IOGEAR’s Ultra-Fast 60GHz Wireless 4K UHD Transmitter and Receiver Kit comes in.

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There’s two units — a transmitter and a receiver — and both look similar to a paperback book-ish sized pyramid. The actual setup is fairly simple, although it’s most effective if followed in a straightforward manner. You have your TV or front projector in its location and there’s a cabinet or table that it’s on with some room for placing the receiver next to it (but not right on top of it so as to avoid any radio-frequency interference). Attach a HDMI cable (one that is 4k-compatible as well as the most recent copyright protection-compatible) to the receiver’s output and the other end to a HDMI input on the TV or front projector. There’s also a power supply that needs to be plugged into the receiver and whose other end needs to go into a power outlet (this can be eliminated if the video source/TV or Projector has a USB port to supply power instead). Now go to your video source — this could be a laptop or desktop computer or a satellite receiver or a Blu-ray player, etc. as long as it has a HDMI output — and put the transmitter next to it. Repeat the procedure just done with the transmitter, only the HDMI cable going from the video source is now going into the transmitter’s HDMI input.

The final step is to sync the transmitter/receiver up to each other — this is a fairly simple procedure that requires following the steps in the exact order noted in the manual. Do that and shortly the LED lights on each unit will indicate you’re good to go. So now both the transmitter and receiver are turned on — as is the video source and TV/Projector (making sure in the case of the TV that the input setting is set to where the HDMI cable has gone into it). Now you’ll see whatever video is playing appearing on the TV/Projection screen.

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So here’s where it gets interesting: the viewing quality of the video now playing is stable and consistent — providing that the transmitter and receiver are within 50 feet of one another. Because the Ultra-Fast works on a 60GHz radio-frequency, it is able to penetrate mild interference issues such as drywalls, couches, people walking by, etc. So going from one room to another is possible and will work often, especially if the distance is limited. Avoiding close proximity to such things as items in the kitchen like the microwave and refrigerator will be helpful, as will distancing the transmitter/receiver from the WiFi router/transmitter being used (obviously direct Ethernet connections obviate any issues here). We found in one case going from the living room where the 4K Blu-ray player was transmitted to the bedroom (a distance of less than 30 feet) to the receiver attached to the 4K TV had some momentary issues, but then worked fine when the transmitter was “tweaked” by aiming it so that its direct line-of-sight went more towards the open door of the bedroom (left open). So having a direct line-of-sight is not a requirement, but striving to have as much open space between transmitter and receiver as is doable will be of great aid.

In use the Ultra-Fast 60GHz Wireless 4K UHD Transmitter and Receiver Kit is pretty much a “start it up and forget it” system. About the only negative, if you want to call it that, is that only stereo audio is being transmitted — if you want to being using surround sound you’ll have to create a pseudo-effect for this at the TV/projector’s end of things (consider having the receiver plugged into a home theater amplifier in this case). Also, if the transmitter is not to be left permanently attached to the video source, then it will need to be disconnected after use. It will also help to pull out the power plug between uses if the time element is to be great. The Ultra-Fast is a home theater/viewing convenience because it lets you decide where you want placed your video source and TV from each other without having to consider running cables. And since it's of a modern design, it has the latest technologies so no compromises need be made. For more details on it, go to https://www.iogear.com/product/GW4K30GH60/

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