Every once in a while I hear from readers who share a common problem: they would like to place their A/V components on one side of their rooms while positioning their HDTVs or HD projectors on another—and without stringing signal cables all the way across the room in order to do so. Where once this might have seemed like one of those “you can’t get there from here” dilemmas, now there’s a simple, easy-to-use solution in the form of IOGEAR’s new AVIOR-Series Wireless HD Kit.
The AVIOR-Series Wireless HD Kit consists of the following elements:
There are actually a number of different real-world applications where IOGEAR’s Wireless HD Kit could be a good fit, and we’ll discuss some of them in a moment. For now, however, let’s begin by noting that the kit is primarily designed to work in scenarios where users would connect their A/V source components to the transmitter module, and then use the transmitter to send wireless A/V signals (at up to 1080p resolution levels) to the receiver module, which would be connected to a TV or projector that could be located up to 100 feet away from the transmitter. One important point to grasp is that, in this scenario, the transmitter not only provides wireless data transmission capabilities, but also functions as a versatile source component switcher or selector.
To this end, the transmitter is set up with IR Blast capabilities (and a matching IR Blast cable fitted with three IR repeaters). Using IR blast, homeowners could place their A/V source components out of sight (in a cabinet or the like), and route IR control signals from their source component remote controls through the IOGEAR transmitter module (which essentially acts as an IR repeater).
The transmitter and receiver are set up so that they can use two possible WiFi channels for communications: "WiFi Channel 1" (WiFi channel 38, 5.19 GHz) or "WiFi Channel 2" (WiFi channel 46, 5.23 GHz). Alternatively, the kit also makes provisions for the transmitter and receiver to be plugged into hard-wired LAN connections via RJ-45 jacks. The receiver module also includes a USB port for possible future firmware updates.
How versatile is the system? Well, the transmitter module provides a plethora of inputs, including: two HDMI inputs, one VGA/component video input, one composite video input, and two stereo analog audio inputs (one via a pair of RCA jacks, the other via a 3.5mm mini-jack). Conceivably, this mean you might connect a Blu-ray/universal player to the transmitter via HDMI, connect a PC/media server via the VGA/PC-type analog audio inputs, and an old-school legacy VCR via the composite video/RCA analog audio inputs. Then, you would use the IOGEAR remote control to choose which source component you want to use at any given moment. It’s a neat solution, no?
The receiver, in turn, provides a similar though not identical set of outputs (outputs geared to address real-world TV/projector requirements): one HDMI, one component (YPbPr) video output, one composite video output, and two stereo analog audio outputs (RCA jacks, and a 3.5mm mini-jack).
A number of application scenarios can be supported by the IOGEAR kit, two of which I’ll mention here (though there are many, many more to consider).
One possibility might be to connect A/V source components to an AVR or A/V controller (as in a conventional home theater system), but then to use the IOGEAR kit to provide Wireless HD connections to a remote TV or projector.
Another possibility might be to have a conventional hardwired home theater system in one space, but to use the IOGEAR kit to provide wireless HD connections to one or more adjoining zones. According to IOGEAR, one Wireless HD Transmitter module can broadcast to as many as four Wireless HD Receiver modules (sold separately), which makes this a useful solution for some multi-zone applications.