Nyrius Aries Pro Wireless HDMI Kit Review: Low Latency Cord Cutting

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Setting Up The Nyrius Aries Pro Wireless HDMI Kit

The Nyrius Aries Pro was incredibly easy to set-up. We initially connected the HDMI receiver to our display using its included HDMI cable. We then connected the receiver’s power adapter to a wall outlet and plugged in the HDMI transmitter directly into our laptop’s HDMI port and connected its USB cable to an open USB port for power delivery. The USB cable therefore does not need to be plugged into the same device as the transmitter, but it should be connected to something that can supply power.

Once the transmitter and receiver were both powered up, they automatically detect each other and began transmitting a HDMI signal. This process typically takes between ten to thirty second and no additional drivers or software are required. An orange light will flash on the receiver as the two are pairing, while a white light will flash as they are connecting. A solid white light shines on the receiver once the two have connected. Regardless, the whole process is pretty mindless even for novice users, and in general friction-free when you just want to get something plugged in and lit up on any HDMI-enabled display. 

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We did find in one instance that the transmitter and receiver did not recognize each other and we needed to “re-pair” them. These directions were not included in the box, but were available on Nyrius’ website. The re-pairing directions were simple, but we did need to search for them. The directions in the box only cover the initial automating pairing instructions. Users may also need to double-check that they have selected HDMI video input selected on their display and change their computer’s display settings to “extend” or “duplicate”.

Wireless HDMI Use Cases Beyond Just Netflix Binging

We also hooked up the transmitter to a DSLR camera and the receiver to a different display. We powered the transmitter using a USB battery bank which can be mounted to a tripod or other rig. The transmitter and receiver were able to easily connect to one another in this instance as well. It took roughly thirty seconds for the transmitter and receiver to establish a connection. Our camera does not support clean HDMI-out, but it still works well for monitoring with negligible delay.

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Nyrius promises that the Aries Pro will work without “interference from Wifi and Bluetooth devices”. Our other network devices did not seem to interfere with the Aries Pro, and the Aries Pro did not affect other devices. The transmitter and receiver can be useful to those without a good WiFi connection to support Chromecast and similar devices. Photographers, videographers, and drone users are frequently in environments without any existing WiFi network. The Aries Pro would allow these users to stream video onto a display without relying on a WiFi connection as well.

Nyrius also claims that the Aries Pro boasts a wireless range of 100 feet. They state that “streaming line of sight results in maximum range”. We found that the transmitter and receiver were able to communicate with one another, as long as they maintained a visual line of sight. We tested the Aries Pro in a two-floor house. The transmitter and receiver lost contact with one another when they were a floor apart or 50 feet apart and separated by several walls and doors. The transmitter and receiver reconnected with one another once they were within range of each other again. Regardless, the range performance of the Aires Pro was very respectable.

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Nyrius’ product claims therefore proved to be accurate. The Aries Pro does feature a wireless range of 100 feet, but the transmitter and receiver need to remain within sight of one another. It would therefore not be ideal if a user is filming in a location with multiple walls and floors.

The set-up for the Nyrius Aries Pro was a breeze. Let's now examine its impact on image quality and general performance overall.

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