Teradek has released its new Bolt 6 Series, the first video radio system to use the new 6 GHz spectrum. The Teradek Bolt 6 series consists of a whole range of 4K HDR transmitter/receiver pairs that differ in their range (230 meters, 460 meters or 1.5 km), their interface offering (HDMI/12G SDI) and therefore their price.
Teradek Bolt 6 Series
The 6 GHz Advantage.
The 5 GHz frequency is used by many devices such as WLAN routers, cell phones and also video radio links, which can make video transmissions in this range susceptible to interference. The new 6 GHz spectrum, on the other hand, is still used by only a few devices (it was only released for WLAN in Germany last year) and therefore enables faster connections with less interference. In the range from 5.925 to 6.425GHz, 12 new channels are available - twice as many operating frequencies as with 5GHz solutions.
However, the new Bolt 6 Series devices can also use the old 5GHz frequency band instead of the new 6GHz frequency, making them backward compatible with previous 4K Bolt video radios from Teradek or even the Bolt Manager app on iOS or Android smartphones. Any Bolt 6 device can be paired with any Bolt 4K device on 5GHz bands, but a Bolt 6 TX/RX combo is required for a 6GHz connection.
All devices in the new Teradek Bolt 6 series.
New features of Bolt 6.
New Bolt 6 features on all models include an improved "Long Range" mode and an SDI Eye Pattern tool for checking SDI cable integrity. Bolt 6 MAX models also feature integrated flexible H-antennas for longer life. Like Bolt 4K, the Bolt 6 series represents an ecosystem of devices optimized for different user workflows.
Comparison of the new Teradek Bolt 6 series.
The Bolt 6 Series devices.
Bolt 6 XT models offer the most upgrades in the Bolt 6 family, including a redesigned form factor that is smaller, lighter, cooler and up to 50% quieter than its Bolt 4K counterpart. Bolt 6 also has an integrated 5-pin USB connector for seamless SmallHD camera control.
Teradek Bolt 6 XT
The Bolt 6 LT models are a compact, lightweight solution with a range of 230 meters to over 1.5km (as was the Bolt 4K LT model series) and can be operated with the 12 U-NII 5-channels like the rest of the Bolt 6 series. Bolt 6 LT are also available in an HDMI-only version in addition to variants with 12G-SDI and HDMI.
Teradek Bolt 6 LT
The various Bolt 6 monitor modules offer ranges of 230-460 meters and, like their Bolt 4K counterparts, integrate seamlessly with SmallHD Smart 7 monitors.
Teradek Bolt 6 Monitor Module