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Chris Apgar

I like the idea and concept of having a wireless transmission solution. Having previous experience in the A/V Production industry, specifically in projection, I can attest that running several hundred feet of cable to multiple projectors is exceedingly time consuming, especially for the safety and unobtrusive presentation considerations, and fairly labor intensive. You also have to be sure to have back-up cables for the occasions where a cable sees the ends of its days (or have repair equipment handy if it's 5-wire or some other easily fixable format, unlike VGA).

However, one thing that should be considered when purchasing a wireless transmission system is that often these systems are in their infancy, or just proving themselves to be a viable option - especially for motion video, as opposed to just a PowerPoint presentation or something similar. At this point in time, with technology available, a bottom end system will rarely provide the reliability and stability necessary to perform in most conference centers, and a word of caution should be given for those looking to implement a wireless transmission system. Make sure your product is well tested and has a proven record of reliability. You would not want to have to issue a sizable refund to an upset client because the signal was inconsistent and cut out during their event (I've seen it happen).

Good wireless solutions are out there, so make sure you use a good one. An alternate option is to use a sort of video patch bay system with the majority of the cabling ran through the walls, ceiling, etc. Depending on the conditions (the needed cable lengths, the number of projectors employed), this may or may not be a cheaper approach. While this might reduce the amount of cabling needed, and the costs associated with it, a reliable wireless system will almost be easier to setup and tear down. And if it's of good quality, the image should be just as good.

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