No new wires for 1080p high-definition video distribution? That’s what Netgear says it delivers with its recently introduced 3DHD Wireless Home Theater Networking Kit.
The company says the system, which employs its 3DHD wireless technology, will be able to send multiple streams of high-def with “carrier-grade” range capable of covering homes as large as 5,000 square feet.
“Video consumption in the home has increased at a phenomenal rate and is shifting to the Internet from conventional cable, over-the-air and satellite sources. Our customers are routinely viewing online video content, either stored locally or streaming to their high-definition televisions, and are also moving to broadband digital TV Services,” says Som Pal Choudhury, Netgear director of product marketing for Core Networking Products.
“We created 3DHD Wireless technology to keep home networks from becoming a bottleneck for such demanding streams, while eliminating the expense and effort of running Ethernet cables through walls, floors and ceilings. This makes 3DHD Wireless technology an ideal solution for consumers, professional home theater installers and broadband service providers.”
The 3DHD wireless technology features:
- Four transmitters and four receivers built into each 3DHD Wireless adapter for Multiple Input Multiple Output transmission (4x4 MIMO), significantly increasing WiFi range and reliability.
- Dynamic digital beam forming to steer and target WiFi signals toward the receiver rather than broadcasting the signals in all directions, boosting range.
- Space Time Block Coding (STBC) to send multiple and redundant copies of the same data across different paths, minimizing packet loss and improving video reliability.
- A feedback control loop that allows the transmitter to adjust its activity based on responses from the receiver, for reliable video streaming even in a high-interference wireless environment.
The company says it’s virtually plug-and-play to setup, too. You connect one Netgear WNHD3004 adapter to the home’s router or gateway via an Ethernet cable, and that serves as the transmitter. Other adapters can act as receivers, each offering connections for up to four Ethernet-enabled devices (TVs, Blu-ray players, video game consoles, digital video recorders, broadband set-top boxes, computers).
For convenience and flexibility during the installation, the WNHD3004 adapter includes a visual indicator light showing the WiFi signal strength, so you can look and re-position the adapter if necessary for maximum reception.
The 3DHD Wireless Home Theater Networking Kit with two adapters is available now at an MSRP of $259, while additional adapters run $129 apiece.
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