Pros:* Easy to set up
* Works exactly as advertised
* Clear picture and sound
Cons:* Subject to interference from other wireless devices
* No coax input on broadcast unit
The Bottom Line: This product will meet or exceed your expectations! (within limits) It is cheaper than installing a dedicated cable connection.
I recently purchased an under-the-counter LCD from Audiovox (See my review). Unfortunately, my kitchen didn't have a coax connection for cable. This device came to my rescue!
This device will meet or exceed your expectations, but it does have limits. The device operates on a 2.4 GHz frequency with 4 sub-frequency options. If you have several 2.4 GHz phones in your house or run microwaves constantly, this device may not be for you.
Ease of Installation:
The TERK Leapfrog was a breeze to install, setup and use. Total installation time was less than 15 minutes. The "On-Off" switch is located on the side and the frequency control is located on the bottom of each unit. The "broadcast" unit plugged easily into my cable box, though I was a bit disappointed to find that the "broadcast" unit required an RCA input for audio and video (the receiver gives you an RCA output AND a coax output). The receiver plugged into the new TV without any major issues. When I turned both units on, I noticed that my wireless network had been knocked offline. I had expected this though, and was able to quickly change the broadcast and receivers to a different frequency. As soon as I did this, my wireless network quickly blipped back to life and the picture on my TV went uninterrupted.
Picture & Sound Quality:
The TERK Leapfrog will not provide you with a remote HDTV quality picture or home-theater sound, but it does provide nice picture quality considering the device that it was plugged into. Sound was also good. I did notice the occasional "pop" and there is a constant "hiss" (inaudible when something is on, but can be heard when switching stations). Additionally, you can expect the picture and sound quality to quickly go downhill when a nearby microwave or other wireless device is used.
The use of this device is easy as there isn't much to really "use". Once the device is operational, very little will change. The remote control extender is really all there is to use with this device, and that has worked rock-solid for me.
* It would be nice if there were some kind of "mounting" hardware or screw-mounts on each unit's housing. I have been able to mount my unit under my cabinet...but I had to use velcro. Although velcro works, it isn't the most ideal of mounting materials.
* The housing looks very "techie". It has a radar-like attachment. The units should be redesigned to better fit where they are most likely to be used (such as a kitchen).
* It would be nice if the transformer block were moved to within the unit.
This device will meet or exceed your expectations!...as long as you don't expect remote Home-Theater or HDTV. Although it would be better to have a dedicated cable outlet in a room, at $99 the TERK Leapfrog is much cheaper than trying to install a dedicated connection. And, the TERK Leapfrog is capable of operating multiple receivers! So you can expand your television network to multiple areas with only one broadcast unit!
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