TruLink 60GHz WirelessHD Kit Cuts The Cord To Your Blu-ray Player

TruLink 60GHz WirelessHD Kit Cuts The Cord To Your Blu-ray Player

One of the most promising technologies to emerge over the past five years has been wireless transfers of high-bandwidth devices. Wireless HD and wireless HDMI both hold a great deal of hope for the way HD video is distributed, and while Intel's Wireless Display technology touches on it somewhat, we haven't really seen any shipping products using it. Over on the home entertainment end, things are somewhat more lively. Cables To Go is a company that has been dabbling in this area since the early days, and they know a thing or two about getting your episode of Hulu from that notebook to the HDTV.

The newest product hitting their shelves is the TruLink 60GHz WirelessHD Kit, which enables wireless transmission of a high-definition true 1080p signal between a television and HDMI components such as a Blu-ray player, set-top box, computer or gaming console. This kit is made to connect a video device to a TV without an HDMI cable in between; it's really that simple. If you're in a place that running wires would be difficult, this is your solution. The plug-and-play solution requires no software or drivers to be installed and no setup beyond simply connecting the transmitter and receiver to the television and HDMI component.

Currently, the one-port (so, one device at a time) device is up for pre-sale at $499.99, which is far lower than the $1000+ that some companies are charging for similar setups. It will ship in early June.



“WirelessHD is on the cusp of huge growth, and the Cables To Go kit with its quality, features and price point is well positioned to be a strong player in the market,” said Gary Hess, vice president of innovation for Lastar, parent company of Cables To Go. “This is true not only for the consumer market, but our relationships and experience in additional vertical markets will help us lead adoption and growth.”

Additional features of the WirelessHD Kit from Cables To Go include:

  • Wireless transmission of true 1080p signals
  • Plug and play with no software, drivers or setup required
  • Auto Power function automatically turns off attached component when transmitter is turned off
  • WirelessHD 1.0 certified for compatibility with other certified products
  • HDMI 1.3 compatible
  • Supports 7.1 channel surround sound

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Very nice, but i think if it was me i would go for some wires which won't cost $500  for... But if you want to use the device across rooms i guess this is the next best option. You would still need to run back to the device to change disk :P lol.

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Yeah, I'd go for the wires for now too... though the price is headed in the right direction. This looks like the perfect companion for that hi-def projector that I wish I had mounted on my ceiling.

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Actually the fact that they can get those bandwidths over the air is really impressive in of itself.

Though I'd go with cables, not only for the obvious price issue, but for decreased EMI interference.

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Can you really get true 1080p over a wireless frequency?

Either way, this is perfect for people that aren't willing to run wires through their walls, under their baseboard, or even under their floors. Not to mention, if you have a living room like my friend's house, running HDMI from one end to another will set you back quite a bit of money.

You really can't beat this price either, which is surprising since this is the first of it's kind on the market. I'd buy one if I had the setup to be able to.

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I'm quite sure that you can get 1080p resolution over wireless, but the bitrate may not be quite the same as an HDMI cable would allow. I'm quite sure videophiles would easily point out the reduced image quality - and sadly, with the current price of this setup, I'm almost thinking these are the types of people the device would cater to.

(After all, most average consumers don't use a projector or similar setup where this would be ideal).

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Well, it's not that hard to run an HDMI cable. The biggest issue with this is that most people have multiple HDMI inputs, and using multiple wireless adapters like this would be expensive and would cause interference.

Of course, I guess that's what you have a receiver for :P I googled the Wireless HDMI spec and its impressive what they can send over the air. You 'could' run your audio through this.

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Holy Cow! This is what I have been waiting for!

This is why I am on Hot Hardware, For finding the new and upcoming solutions to problems like this.

The simplicity of this is exactly what I have been looking for. When you start looking into a cable solution for HDMI you have to take into account that past a certain length, the power is not able to transfer over that line. I was thinking about getting a 20' cable to route the PC to the TV so I can watch all my HD content and any rendered out files I have saved. But to do that you have to go out and get a powered booster for the cable if you want the signal to go all the way.

The only main problem with this is the price. Hopefully it wont kill it before it actually takes off, like Fiber optics. I guess if enough home theatre buff buy these units for signal transfers instead of cabling, then it might prove worthy enough for a price drop. When these get down to the $100dollar range for the pair. Then basically everyone will be lining up for them.

I do understand the Home theatre market and that kind of jacked up price makes total cents!:) Once the Theatre designers/builders get through with installing these in enough high end homes. Then they will probably be copied by every other manufacturer in mass quantities.

Right now I will still suffer with no PC HD TV:( instead of going out and getting multiple N-G routers and converters just to watch my PC stuff on the Big screen.

The whole Plug and Play is probably the best selling point!

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I don't blame anyone for being skeptical about wireless technology given the ease of interference and other "disturbances" that prevent practical usage. But if they can make this technology cheaper and faster than wiretransfer, well then, why not. I'd hate to have to rely on bluray discs for transporting data. Now about security....

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