- ScreenCast AV General Information
The ScreenCast AV system is built to help you enjoy your HDTV watching experience a little better rather than to spend additional time in configuring your audio/video components. With this device, you don't need to drill additional holes on your walls or purchase extra HDMI cables to achieve the best distance and audio-video (AV) quality possible.
This article will provide you with general information about your ScreenCast AV system to help you understand the device, its requirements, features, and functionalities.
To get the most out of your ScreenCast AV system, it is recommended to use a HDMI-enabled 1080p television. If you have 720p and 1080i television sets, they are still compatible with the device. It is also important to take note that only HDMI-enabled televisions will work with the ScreenCast AV system.
The ScreenCast AV is designed specifically for products enabled with HDMI technology like Blu-ray® disc players, gaming systems, and cable or satellite receivers.
The ScreenCast AV has a range of up to 100 feet/30 meters (line-of-sight) and approximately 30 feet/10 meters (through barriers like walls, cabinets, and doors).
NOTE: Take note that the ranges presented are only estimates and the actual range will greatly depend on the environment of the home where the device is used.
The receiver should be placed next to your television set as you need to connect the receiver to the television using the HDMI cable. Here are some tips on how to use the ScreenCast AV receiver:
- You can wall-mount the receiver next to your television with the included wall-mount kit as long as it is close to the TV. Otherwise, you can place it on a TV stand or any other shelf near your TV.
- Do not place the receiver behind your HDTV or somewhere far from your viewing location as it will not be able to detect the commands from your remote controls.
The transmitter's function is to wirelessly send the content from your AV source devices like Blu-ray® disc players or satellite/cable boxes to your television sets.
The transmitter can be placed within the range guidelines for the ScreenCast AV system*.
Remote control commands from your source devices can be relayed from the receiver to the transmitter, and then to each device using an IR emitter. To do this, connect the included IR emitter to the IR port of the transmitter and position the emitter ends at your source devices. It does not matter which of the four emitter ends is in front of each device.
*The ScreenCast AV has a range of up to 100 feet/30 meters (line-of-sight) and approximately 30 feet/10 meters (through barriers like walls, cabinets, and doors). Take note that the ranges presented are only estimates and the actual range will greatly depend on the environment of the home where the device is used.
QUICK TIP: ScreenCast AV is a Wireless Home Digital Interface™ (WHDI)-certified product and can support up to eight (8) WHDI™ transmitters. Therefore, in addition to the 4-port AV transmitter that came with the product, you can also add other wireless transmitters with the help of ScreenCast.
There are two (2) options for controlling the AV source products connected to the ScreenCast AV system.
i. Using Infrared (IR) - The ScreenCast AV system allows you to use your device-specific remotes just as you normally would.
- The ScreenCast AV receiver takes the signal that your remote emits (using infrared) and sends it back to the ScreenCast AV transmitter. The transmitter then sends those commands to your devices using the IR emitters. For example, you can point your Blu-ray® disc player's remote at the ScreenCast receiver then press the [Play] button and that command will be sent back to the ScreenCast transmitter then through the IR emitter and your Blu-ray® disc player will play.
- Some products, most notably PlayStation® 3, use Bluetooth® wireless technology instead of infrared. Bluetooth is not supported by the ScreenCast AV system but since Bluetooth is a wireless technology, it is compatible with the ScreenCast AV system.
ii. HDMI-CEC - This is a relatively new standard that allows for devices connected to one another using HDMI to interact and control one another. In this version of ScreenCast HDMI-CEC functionality is limited to simple standby commands. If you activate HDMI-CEC on your TV and source device, ScreenCast will allow you to use the standby button on your TV remote to also put your HDMI-CEC source device into standby without having to use your source device's remote.
NOTE: These approaches can be used altogether, or you can use IR only. The IR is used with most normal AV and TV remotes.
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