Strother Bullins on Nyrius ARIES Pro Wireless HDMI Transmitter & Receiver

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In our increasingly collaborative, multimedia-dependent environments—especially in houses-of-worship (HOWs), educational, institutional, and corporate worlds— connection-dependent communications are both expected and regularly troublesome on a daily basis. As such, the tiny Nyrius ARIES Pro Wireless HDMI Transmitter and Receiver is a must-have tool for nearly every A/V professional.

Why? Besides being small and relatively affordable, this $399 list/$249 street HDMI wireless connection kit allows anyone with audio and/or video content to be shared via their HDMI port-equipped device to do so wirelessly. For example, maybe the youth group’s homemade slideshow needs to display to the congregation. Maybe a late-arriving, personal device-dependent executive needs to share information to the screen immediately. Maybe a tech-challenged educator has just the perfect video on a Chromebook to show 400 children in the auditorium. In situations like these, the Nyrius ARIES Pro is essentially a Godsend. And, yes—it’s a great living room YouTube-to-big screen solution, too. After using the Nyrius ARIES Pro kit for several months now, I plan to keep it in my small A/V tool bag at all times.

As Nyrius says in its promotional materials, the ARIES Pro is “like an invisible HDMI cable.” Yet when paired with an iOS-ready Lightning Digital AV adapter, the savvy A/V tech can be ready for nearly any presentation device that arrives on the scene. I tested it with the aforementioned Asus Chromebook, Mac Book Pro, iPad (via appropriate Lightning adapter), Windows laptop, a couple of random Android tablets with HDMI, and more. Together, each comprised solution was far easier to compile than most every legacy/nonHDMI projection system I have come across at schools, churches, and other institutions; most of those are so outdated that they mainly create headaches and frustrations. These days, most presenters arrive on the scene with just the right content on their own device. And it is our jobs to get that content to the presentation screen.

The ARIES Pro’s latency is inconsequential, and its claimed operational range—up to 100 feet of streaming, line-of-sight—proved to be accurate in my usage. This allows presenters to place their device nearly anywhere, or to allow an A/V person to take care of the content from anywhere in most any room.

Best of all, and as you might glean by this point, I was unable to uncover any real problems in using the ARIES Pro. Paired with a Mac Book Pro, the positioning of the HDMI port partially covered the adjacent USB port, which is required to bus-power the transmitter; luckily that particular CPU provides another USB port elsewhere, but just in case, it might be good to have another cable solution on hand (or a USB extension for longer reaches, etc.) Other than the uses listed here, Nyrius customers are using the ARIES Pro to watch device-based content on their large HDTVs, gaming, streaming video from UAV drones and HDSLRs, and more. I fully recommend the ARIES Pro for most every HOW, school, or institution for the applications shared above as well as all the numerous others that you will discover.

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