Connect & Serve: A/V Accessories
The best A/V and smart-home gear in the world is meaningless without the proper support.
best A/V and smart-home gear in the world is meaningless without the proper support.
While often relegated to the sidelines when it comes to glitzy coverage, savvy consumer tech dealers know all too well just how important accessories are to the customer experience — and their bottom lines. Click through to see a selection of new and recent additions to this crucial category.
The cable features a design-friendly transparent jacket that’s meant to provide nearly invisible placement. It combines Data Display Channel (DDC) and Hot Plug Detection (HPD) signals in a single copper wire; the company’s TransFuture technology has two microcontroller units managing the signals. The system also includes a firmware update option to remedy compatibility issues.
This 8-foot digital multiport A/V adapter is designed to simplify connecting a laptop or other device to an HDMI projector or monitor. One end features Mini DisplayPort, USB-C, HDMI and VGA connectors, while the other has an HDMI connector. It also has magnetized cable heads for easy organizing. It will ship this fall for a $149 suggested retail.
Designed to provide whole-home Wi-Fi, the Nighthawk X6 features a dedicated 866Mbps 5GHz band for extending Internet speeds to all of a consumer’s connected devices. It allows the same Wi-Fi network name to be used as a primary router, and it can reportedly expand coverage up to an additional 2,000 square feet. AC2200 Wi-Fi speeds combine to provide up to 2.2Gbps. Suggested retail is $149.
The GWHDKIT11 is engineered as a plug-and-play HDMI solution, able to wirelessly stream content from a source video device to a projector or HDTV at distances up to 150 feet. It supports FullHD resolutions up to 1080p at 60 fps and has a $149 suggested retail. An included IR blaster lets users control the function of the source device by pointing the remote at the TV.
Consumers can view free local TV with this multidirectional model, which is distributed by Petra Industries. It includes VHF enhancer rods, the company’s proprietary Smartpass amplifier and 4G LTE filter. Amplified multidirectional reception range is said to be up to 70 miles. This model is compatible with digital converter boxes, and it’s also weatherproof with an anti-UV coating for outdoor use.
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