At your request we went out and test a whole bunch of USB audio devices to determine whether we could make them wireless. Here is the list we tested:
- ClearONE Chat 150
- Phoenix Audio Spider
- RevoLabs UC500
- Polycom CX600
- Polycom CX3000
All of our test were successful and we have videos you can watch to hear test recordings. The only small hiccup we found with Windows 10 was a simple one-time fix with the audio recordings settings in Windows. Once set properly, the USB drivers work perfect and we did not find this was necessary on Windows 7, 8 or 8.1.
Wireless ClearONE Chat 150
At your request, here we are again making more USB 2.0 audio conferencing devices wireless with the USB 2.0. The ClearONE Chat 150 speakerphones offer a USB 2.0 connection for audio conferencing on web-based software such as GoToMeeting, WebEX and Skype. Now you can connect the ClearONE chat 150 to the USB2AIR to create a wireless connection. In this video, we use the USB2AIR wireless USB extension system to make the ClearONE Chat150 wireless. This is a great way to take a high-quality USB conference phone and make the connection to it wireless! The USB2Air provides a wireless USB 2.0, low-latency, connection between our two transceivers up to 25′ (5-7 meters). This allows us to make various USB 2.0 devices wireless and we really wanted to show off test recordings from the ClearONE Chat 150!
As you can see the ClearOne Chat 150 is plugged into the USB2Air USB Hub via USB 2.0. This allows us to wirelessly send a high quality audio conferencing signal to our video conferencing software whether it be: Skype, GoToMeeting, WebEX, Zoom or other. We are also showing additional USB devices connected to show that we can have up to 4 devices so long as our overall bandwidth is under 30 Mbps.
In the real world scenario above, you can see that the ClearOne Chat 150 is placed on the conference room table. Traditionally we would have to run USB 2.0 extension cabling to the table in order to connect the conference phone to our PC. There are different conference room “soft client” PC-Based video conferencing configurations but this is a very common one here. As you can see the USB2Air wireless USB 2.0 extension system makes for an easy deployment of the ClearONE Chat 150 speakerphone.
Wireless Phoenix Audio Spider
In this video, we review how to make the Phoenix Audio speakerphones wireless with the new USB2Air. The USB2Air is a wireless USB 2.0 extension system which we will plug into the Phoenix Audio spider to make wireless. This process could not be easier but does require a Windows PC. Once we plug the USB 2.0 wireless transceivers into our laptop and the speakerphone we have a wireless USB 2.0 connection.
As you can see above the Phoenix Audio Spider is just one of the USB 2.0 speakerphone available today that we can make wireless with the USB2Air. In fact, we are showing multiple devices connected the USB2Air to demonstrate how easily you can use the USB2Air with a USB 2.0 Hub. The wireless connection from the USB2Air transmitter and receiver allow users to connect multiple devices far away from their computer (up to 25′) and have the USB devices perform as if they were connected directly via USB 2.0.
As you can see in this use case diagram, having the ability to make the connection to your Phoenix Audio Spider wireless will make integration in a conference room or meeting space much easier. We can now create a direct wireless link between the Phoenix Audio spider and any Windows based computer for up to 30 Mbps. Many professional audio visual integrators would traditionally suggest a core-hole or under the carpet cabling solution to provide USB connectivity at a conference table. Now we can provide USB 2.0 connectivity up to 25′ between transceivers completely wirelessly.
Wireless Revolabs UC500
In this video, we demonstrate one of the industries top speakerphones: the Revolabs UC500 with the USB2Air. The USB2Air is a wireless USB 2.0 extension system that allows us to make various USB devices wireless. Making the Revolabs UC speakerphone line wireless is huge benefit for Professional audio visual installation and DIY video conferencing setups because it eliminates the cabling needed between the computer and the speakerphone. Traditionally, users would have to plug the Revolabs UC500, UC1000 or UC1500 into power and USB 2.0 to a computer for complete operation. While the unit still needs power the larger obstacle to successful integration is usually the long USB cabling being run to the computer across the room.
As you can see from the picture above the Revolabs UC speakerphone can now have a wireless connection to the Windows PC (Intel NUC shown) for video conferencing applications. One of the important features available on the USB2Air is near zero latency. The computer really acts just like a regular USB cable has been connected from the Revolabs UC500 even though it is now wireless. The range on the USB2Air is 25′ so this is really a small to medium sized room deployment option. Some professional audio visual integrators have been using USB 2.0 extensions between each wireless receiver to increase the effective range which is great. The most important part of making the USB2Air work flawlessly is line-of-sight setup.
The USB2Air is certainly a proven solution for wirelessly extending USB 2.0 audio conferencing devices. The primary value-add is ease of installation and setup for conference room and training rooms. Which the USB2Air provides a wireless USB connection for spearkphones there are still additional USB ports that can be used at the table for extra USB devices. Please let us know if you have other use cases your would like us to test for you!