Wireless USB Webcam to Laptop
One of the most useful applications for the USB2Air is the point to point wireless USB connection between a laptop and a USB 2.0 webcam. Conferencing spaces around the world have to decide whether they will have a dedicated PC powering the television or allow users to bring their own devices known as (BYOD). In the dedicated PC application where the IT managers have a dedicated PC powering the display, there is often a speakerphone at the table used for video conferencing. In this scenario, the USB2Air can be used to wirelessly connect the speakerphone to the dedicated PC. In the BYOD scenario, the USB2Air can be used to connect a laptop to the USB webcam mounted on the wall.
Laptop with Wireless USB Connection
As you can see the Wireless USB 2.0 transmitter is labeled “Host”. The USB2Air includes a set of USB 2.0 adapters. One is labeled “Host” which is used to plug into the computer and the other is labeled “Device” which is used for the webcam in this case.
We have tested various USB video conferencing webcams such as:
- Logitech C920
- HuddleCamHD 3X
- HuddleCamHD 3XA
- HuddleCamHD 10X-720
- Logitech PTZ Pro
We have also tested various USB speakerphones such as
- Jabra Speak 410
- Phoenix Audio MT503
- Phoenix Audio Smart Spider
- Phoenix Audio MT505
USB Web Video Conferencing Market
Whether you are using the USB2AIR wireless USB extension system with Webcams or Speakerphones the USB web video conferencing market has been a focus for HuddleCamHD for many years. Wireless USB extension systems in particular has been a specialty with the invention of the industries first ever Wireless USB 3.0 conference camera, the HuddleCam Air in 2015. Then in 2016, HuddleCamHD released the HuddlePod which is the industries first 2.4 GHz wireless USB conferencing phone.
Plug and Play goes Wireless
HuddleCamHD has been a huge advocate for plug and play simplicity. In 2014, when HuddleCamHD had a full line of USB conferencing equipment most vendors were still promoting traditional hardware codecs and HDMI cameras. While these cameras and video conference codecs are certainly high quality, they lack the easy installation and use that USB devices offer. The entire line of HuddleCamHD products has always been focused on USB technology from USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 connection for both video and audio.
Other use cases – Wireless USB 2.0 Touch Screens
While the wireless USB extension of webcams and speakerphones remains the focus of HuddleCamHD for the dedicated web video conferencing market, there are also other use cases in the same space. For example, we have tested multiple USB touch screen monitors from Mimo that work great such as the 10.1″ Mimo Vue HD. This device is a USB monitor that can be used to launch applications for video conferencing and collaboration much like a Crestron or Extron control system. Because the device uses a USB 2.0 connection for video and control the USB2Air works perfectly for wireless extension. The “Host” USB 2.0 extension adapter plugs into the computer and the “Device” USB 2.0 adapter connects directly into the output connection for the touch screen. The computer literally has no idea that the cabling has been transmitted wirelessly.
Wireless USB Reliability for video conferencing
Video conferencing is a high bandwidth video intensive software and hardware solution. From a software standpoint most newer web based video conferencing platforms are leveraging both harware processing and cloud / server based processing. This means that the computer you are using is just as important as your internet connection (usually an i5 processor is suggested). Assuming you have all of the latest hardware and software in place, the last thing you want is your wireless USB 2.0 extension system causing issues.
With the USB2AIR you can be assured that HuddleCamHD has gone through extensive testing. Our datasheet outlines all the necessary information for flawless wireless USB 2.0 video and audio transmission within the given limitations of the device. The USB2Air will be the third successful wireless USB product HuddleCamHD has brought to market. Our engineers have spent ample time testing the limitation of this device and outlining the details in our data sheet and knowledge base.
For more detailed information on wireless USB 2.0 extension limitations please refer to our knowledge base available at http://help.huddlecamhd.com