Price (RRP): $US199
You know a product is good if it lives up to its promises. QuattroPod Lite claims it is a ‘BYOD Wireless casting device with Zero Learning – the ultimate dummy kit’. Sure enough, I resemble that remark.
You plug the Receiver into a screen via HDMI and the Transmitter into a PC/Mac via HDMI, and the PC screen appears like magic – voila. Or you can cast from iOS (AirPlay) or Android (Chromecast) without using the HDMI Transmitter. Although under the simpleness lies a fair bit of tech.
Why buy? Business can wirelessly connect to a screen in the boardroom. Home users can cast their Mac, iPhone, Windows or Android device to a TV or monitor. Or use any HDMI output device to cast to the TV.
Globally over 10 million EZCast products are in use. Now QuattroPod is in Australia. Its parent, EZCast Pro also have commercial products for lecture theatres and conferences.
In true deep-dive review fashion, we find what makes the QuattroPod Lite tick.
Australian Review: QuattroPod Lite from EZCast Pro
- Website here
- Price: US$199
- Elevator Pitch: Wireless presentation device to plug and cast audio/video from any HDMI device without any configuration.
- Warranty: 12 months.
- From: EZcast Store (Amazon AU site to come)
- Country of Manufacture: China
- EZCast (Action Microelectronics) is a Taiwanese company (Est. 2006). It has EZCast patents in 30+ countries. It designs custom audio/video/wireless broadcast SoCs. The technology is in use by leading router, monitor, and projector manufacturers.
What is a QuattroPod Lite?
QuattroPod Lite is a new, lower-cost, single screen version of the QuattroPod series.
The series includes Standard, Deluxe, Starter pack, Mini, and USB. Some will cast; have a Display port; HDMI; USB; Ethernet port; bridge-to-router; and a 5Ghz backchannel. Up to four transmitters can share the Receiver for multi-screen presentations.
The QuattroPod Lite HDMI Transmitter auto-links to the QuattroPod Lite HDMI Receiver that is a Wi-Fi 5 AC router that can also accept Chromecast or AirPlay.
It is as simple as that.
The Transmitter (LT01)
It broadcasts up to [email protected] via HDMI 1.4 /HDCP 1.4. It transmits over Wi-Fi AC 1×1, 5Ghz band at up to 433Mbps. A tip – use a Wi-Fi Network analyser app to clear other devices from the QuattroPod Lite 5Ghz channels to avoid any congenstion that may impact signal quality.
Micro-USB power is from the computing device’s USB port 5V./.9A or an external USB charger. It is not USB-C PD compatible so take care that any other charger delivers no more than 5V/1A. Size is 65x65mm plus an antenna.
The Receiver (LR01)
It is a router with Chromecast and AirPlay that takes audio-video steams signals and converts to HDMI output.
It is a Wi-Fi AC 5Ghz 2×2 (2×433=833Mbps, 5180-5825Mhz), OFDM and 256QAM device that transmits a hidden and encrypted 1×1 SSID to the Transmitter.
As it is 2×2, you can also log into the admin web server at 192.168.168.1. Here you can bridge it to an existing 5Ghz router (not 2.4Ghz) to pass through internet connectivity. This is handy to update the firmware or for general AC433 internet access.
Power is from a 5V/2A USB charger and a USB-A to round dual pin plug cable. Again, it is not USB-C PD compatible. Power use is 10W when casting and 5W on standby. Size is 120x80x25mm.
Most of the settings default to auto – it will recognise the screen resolution you connect to.
It has a USB-A 2.0 port but no details of what it does. We can only assume that it will auto-play MP3/MP4 content (not tested).
Our tests show that about 5/8 metres indoors/line-of-site is the maximum reliable distance with speed showing 173Mbps (about 21MBps) at that range. In theory, compressed H.264 1080p 30/60Hz SDR video only requires 8/12Mbps, so that is fine.
We use the word ‘indicate’ because of the crowded 5GHz bands at our test location. In any case, the transmission speeds and distance do not appear to be an issue.
4K – yes but no
Trick to remember
HDMI carries both the PCM 2.0 audio (not Dolby) and video streams. If you use a monitor that does not have speakers or a 3.5mm audio out jack, then you need to connect speakers to the source device via 3.5mm or BT.
It is not voice-controlled (and for a router that would be limited anyway). There is no Google Assistant, Siri or Alexa skill. In theory, it could use Google to cast to a Chromecast device.
GadgetGuy’s take – The QuattroPod Lite is terrific for specific use cases
While I am reviewing this, my wife is casting her exercise classes from her laptop to a large screen. When (if) we ever travel again it is ideal for transmitting to a hotel TV. And that is like most tech – you need a ‘use case’.
The best thing about this setup is that it is idiot-proof. Over two weeks of tests, it worked flawlessly every time. So for business use and multiple staff it is a no-brainer.
We are rating as a ‘Lite’ version of an obviously far more comprehensive QuattroPod system.
One word of advice. Determine what your casting needs are first and then email EZCast and ask what the best device is.