The Teradek Cube-500 1-Channel Composite Encoder with Dual Band Wi-Fi is a small, very lightweight, camera-mount video streaming device that streams composite video over Wi-Fi or wired Ethernet. It has composite input and built-in dual-band Wi-Fi and wired Ethernet outputs. Its dual-band Wi-Fi is at 2.4 and 5.8 GHz and improves range and video quality in congestion environments. The 550 also has an external USB port for streaming over Wi-Fi at fixed locations and using a 4G Verizon LTE USB modem (U.S. only) to stream on-the-go. And it also features adjustable mic level input with optional AGC and compression.
The 550 streams over Wi-Fi or Ethernet directly to a Cube Decoder or to a computer, a server, or a mobile device. Its line-of-sight Wi-Fi range is approximately 300 feet when used with a high quality Wi-Fi access point. Without requiring any additional networking equipment, it can also create its own wireless network and stream over it. Additionally, to extend its broadcast range, the 550 can join an infrastructure network via a wireless router and it can then stream over a LAN or WAN. Its end-to-end latency is approximately 1/8-1/2 second.
The 550 uses advanced H.264 high profile (Level 4.1) video compression and it has 576i and 480i resolutions. Resolution and bit rate can be chosen based on the availability of IP bandwidth. The 550 is about the size of a deck of cards, weighs 7 oz and mounts easily to a rail system, cage, hotshoe, or camera baseplate. It uses only 2.5 W - 3.8 W of DC power. The Cube-550 can conveniently be set up via a Setup Wizard that helps with configuration from connecting video to streaming it.