Belkin: FlyWire Gives a Little Dose of Wireless Ecstacy

Belkin: FlyWire Gives a Little Dose of Wireless Ecstacy

Anthony Nguyen
Jul 14, 2008

One of the most anticipated items seen at this year's CES was Belkin's FlyWire; a sleek one-of-a-kind device that wirelessly connects devices such as Blu-ray® players, receivers, video-game consoles, and set-top boxes to HDTVs and projectors. Simply plug it in on the back of your LCD television, move all of your AV gear to another side of the room, and enjoy the closest thing to wireless heaven as you can get for now without punching holes in your wall to route wires.

The FlyWire models should debut around late October 2008 in US, Canada, Europe, Asia. The FlyWire R1: Q1 2009 in US, Canada, Europe, Asia.

Belkin is introducing two versions of FlyWire:

FlyWire (AV69003) - US: $999.99

* Offers whole-home range and penetrates walls and windows
* Includes IR backchannel, allowing you to control AV devices that might be hidden in AV cabinets, closets, or other rooms
* Includes a remote control for switching between inputs
* As another option, FlyWire also offers an IR receiver and IR blaster attachments to allow you to use your existing remote controls
* Automatic frequency hopping, which searches for the best available frequency whenever FlyWire detects interference in the area

FlyWire R1 (AV69000) - US: $699.99

* In-room wireless solution
* Includes a remote control for switching between inputs
* Automatic frequency hopping, which searches for the best available frequency whenever FlyWire detects interference in the area

Typical HDTV setup problems that FlyWire solves:

* Space constraints due to cable or satellite jack locations and challenging room layouts
* Wall-mounting that causes wiring problems
* Fireplaces, brick, and plaster walls can complicate in-wall installation due to costly and labor-intensive AV cable wiring

Technical Specifications:
* Connections:
o Inputs
+ 3x HDMI (one of which has an optional L/R Audio to address DVI inputs)
+ 2x Component + L/R Audio
+ 1x Composite or 1x S-video
+ L/R Audio (RCA)
o Interconnect
+ Wireless
o Output
+ 1x HDMI
* Supported Resolutions
o 1080p True Cinema
o 1080i
o 720p
o 576p
o 576i
o 480p
o 480i
* Remote Control Type: IR (with RF repeater)
* Supports 3rd Party IR Remotes and Universal Remotes
* Frequency:
o Audio and Video: 5GHz
o Remote Control Repeater: 2.4GHz

More information can be found on Belkin.

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