[opendtv] Re: 5.8 GHz Belkin FlyWire Wireless HD Streamer

  • From: dan.grimes@xxxxxxxx
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2008 09:15:00 -0700

Not to downplay the coolness of the FlyWire, but high quality HDMI cables 
do not need to cost hundreds of dollars:


(anecdote:  I helped someone with problems with their poorly working HD 
cable box installed with a $120, 6', Monster Cable Brand HDMI cable.  A 
Series-1HDMI cable from Blue Jeans at one-quarter the price made the 
problems go away.)

Also, those floating HD monitors on the wall are about 3 feet too high, 
hampering enjoyment.  The viewing angle is wrong when sitting on the couch 
for both optimum video quality and eye/neck strain.  The monitors need to 
be much lower.


Cliff Benham <flyback1@xxxxxxxxxxx> 
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07/16/2008 10:48 AM
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[opendtv] 5.8 GHz Belkin FlyWire Wireless HD Streamer

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Belkin FlyWire Wireless HD Streamer

July 15th, 2008 | by Nick Mokey

Let's face it: even though every flat-screen TV advertisement you've 
ever seen has featured a TV gracefully floating on a wall like a museum 
piece, it never looks anywhere near that elegant in real life. After you 
pile a Blu-ray player, cable-box, PS3 and HTPC below it on an awkward 
piece of IKEA, the aura of mystique floats right out the window. And 
unless you care to invest hundreds of dollars in 30-foot HDMI cables and 
deal with the aggravation of snaking a new one through the walls every 
time you add an input, you're never going to create that same clean 

Unless you snip the wires and go totally wireless... which is a bit 
easier said than done. Any number of standard-def streaming solutions 
have been cooked up to accomplish this, but dealing with full 1080P HD 
content - the sole reason for owning a new TV to so many people - is a 
much tougher proposition.  Pumping all those bits and bytes through the 
air turns out to be to quite a strain, but Belkin's new FlyWire wireless 
streaming system is up for the task.

The FlyWire is among the first streaming boxes that will allow 
flat-panel owners to sever every wire to their sets and still feed it 
pure, undiluted high-def content. By funneling every one of your A/V 
inputs into a single switchable box that communicates wirelessly with a 
receiver connected to your TV, it allows you to relocate all the clutter 
in that TV cabinet to, well, wherever you want.

Although you won't be sawing holes in your wall or tacking cables to the 
ceiling, using the FlyWire does require a bit of setup. Users hook up 
all their devices using the myriad of standard inputs on the back of the 
router-sized FlyWire box, then connect a smaller receiver box discretely 
to a TV. After setting the TV's input to the receiver, they can flick 
through all the connected devices from the couch using the including 
FlyWire remote.

There is, of course, the issue of actually controlling all those devices 
when they're buried in another room, but Belkin has devised a way to 
handle that as well. The system includes an infrared repeater, which 
will snatch up a signal from, say, your cable box remote in the living 
room, transit it over radio waves to the FlyWire room, then reproduce it 
as an IR signal that your cable box will understand. End result: 
everything you own is "in range" even though it's no longer in the line 
of sight necessary for IR.

While many wireless media centers attempt to use a Wi-Fi connection on 
the 802.11 frequency band to stream video, the FlyWire uses the 5GHz 
spectrum, much like a cordless phone. Belkin hasn't published precise 
range figures (since it will likely vary with every installation), but 
it promises "whole home" coverage, meaning a number of TVs should be 
able to tap the same transmitter. So while you may still need multiple 
cable boxes to avoid the inevitable Rachel Ray versus South Park TV 
dispute with your significant other, you can avoid buying more than one 
Blu-ray player, HTPC and other shareable devices.

Every piece of high-def hardware carries a slight premium, and the 
FlyWire is no exception. It will cost a rather steep $999.99 when it 
debuts in the first quarter of 2009, which puts it right up there with 
the cost of some TVs. While that may seem like a high price to pay, 
owners with many HDTVs will actually be saving some money by sharing 
common inputs, and the cost of a custom "hidden" wired install makes a 
grand look like a pittance. Home theater buffs that want to find out 
more about the FlyWire or preorder one can head to
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