RF Link AVS-5811 5.8GHz Wireless Audio/Video Sender with IR Remote Control Extender
- Wireless video transmission system
- Works with digital TV converter boxes to send an A/V signal to any TV in any room
- Works with camcorders as a wireless surveillance monitoring system
- Advanced 5.8 GHz technology avoid interference from any 900 MHz or 2.4 GHz application
- Up to 300 feet of range
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The 5.8GHz wireless video/audio sender consists of one transmitter and one receiver. This device transmits wirelessly vivid video and hi-fi stereo sound from a VCR, TV set, LD, DVD, VCD, Satellite Receiver or cable set top box to any TV or monitor. It can also be used in conjunction with a camcorder or CCD camera and turns into a wireless security monitoring system. As to the transmission capability, the signal can go up to 400 feet clear light-of-sight and even penetrate wall. With the built-in IR remote extender, it allows the user to remotely control the audio/video sources in the other rooms.
The average home entertainment system once consisted of a TV, stereo, and maybe a cable box. Now a modern system may also include a DVD player, satellite receiver, surround sound amplifier, digital video recorder, and an HD tuner, along with a PC designed to serve as a digital hub for certain audio/video functions. The RF Link AVS-5811 takes A/V technology to the next logical step by wirelessly transmitting audio and video signals from these components to any nearby TV, monitor, or stereo system, letting you enjoy vivid video and hi-fi stereo sound anywhere in the house. The A/V sender effectively lets you send signals to components located upstairs, several rooms away, or elsewhere without running bulky, space-consuming cables in the walls or under the floorboards. With the AVS-5811, viewers can watch simultaneous DVD or satellite programming on upstairs and downstairs TVs, or listen to their favorite tunes on stereos in three different rooms--all without wires. They can also use the sender to watch live video from a camcorder or CCD camera in a remote location, whether for security or entertainment purposes. Users who edit video or capture footage from TV programs on their computers will also find plenty to like about the device, as they can easily send the video from their Macs or PCs directly to a living room TV for viewing.
The AVS-5811 comes with a 5.8 GHz wireless transmitter and a receiver with four selectable channels. Unlike more common 2.4 GHz transmitters, the AVS-5811 doesn't share a band with Bluetooth devices, cordless phones, 801.11b wireless LAN networks, and microwave ovens, ensuring a sharp, interference-free video signal. The four channels are also a bonus, as it lets users set up multiple transmitters and receivers in the same area without cross-channel noisiness. In addition, the sender includes a built-in IR remote extender that controls components from a distance, so a user can mute the bedroom TV while relaxing on the living room sofa, for instance. The sender features an NTSC/PAL video system and transmits to distances as great as 400 feet without obstructions. It's also relatively compact at 6.5 by 4.13 by 10.5 inches (W x H x D).
What's in the Box
Transmitter, receiver, two A/V RCA cables, two AC power adapters, IR mouse (remote extender), user's manual.
Top Customer Reviews
The second RF-Link transmitter produced a noisy, unreliable signal from the bedroom. To verify that the transmitter was the problem, i connected the first one in the bedroom. Clean signal. So I packaged the second one back up and returned it, and ordered another. The third one came today. I hooked it up and it works perfectly.
The IR repeater to the bedroom doesn't work yet. I haven't figured out what that problem is. There was some flaky behavior with the previous (second) RF-Link transmitter, and the IR didn't work with that one. I am hoping to get this one to work since I was able to get the first one to work when it was connected in the bedroom.
Clearly, there is a quality control issue with these units, but if you get a good one, the results are really great. The signal is crisp and clean with no artifacts. If yours isn't, verify your connection, and that the switch in the back matches the buttons on the front. If your set-up is clean, and your picture isn't, return it for another one.
I forgot to address the switch in the back and the buttons in front. Clearly, they are there to allow the unit to work on 4 different frequencies within the 5.8 GHz band. I don't know how much separation there is, but it is adequate, at least when one transmitter is set to "1" and the other is set to "4". I didn't try anything else. The odd thing is that they have a switch in the back and buttons in the front. They both have to be set the same or there is crosstalk. Then just set the receiver buttons and switch to match the desired transmitter's.
I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because of the quality control issue. But Amazon made the return easy: they sent UPS to pick it up, and delivered another in just a few days.
BUT, the new version does not have that little antenna. It is supposed to work the same way, but I have now had THREE of them, and none can transmit the remote signal to change the channel. It sends the video/audio fine, but the IR mouse does not work. The older one is better!
Be careful!!! Even if the photo shows the little antenna on the front, you may receive the newer one without that. BTW, the model numbers are the same, so you can't even tell which one is which!!! ALSO, the manufacturer, RF Link USA, is of NO HELP with tech support. Repeated e-mails go unanswered, even unacknowledged. Too bad there are few alternatives for this item.
The problem is that this unit couldn't send a clear video signal down a hallway to an under-the-counter kitchen TV about 40 feet away. The video was ALWAYS fuzzy and grainy, but tolerable. The audio would someimes cut out for no reason, and if you sat near the set and moved a few inches left or right, this would noticably impact the signal.
If you have an empty room, and want to throw a signal from one side to another of the same room, fine. If you want to go from downstairs to upstairs, or through any walls, think twice and be warned.
The wired solution I mentioned is both cheaper, and gives you far better quality. Unfortunately, you'll have to get a separate infrared extender for your remote if using it at the remote TV is important to you.
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so this works on my old TV but not my new one.
A COAX RCA converter modulator might help.Read more