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Terk Leapfrog® LF-30S

Wireless A/V distribution system and IR repeater system

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Send TV shows, DVD movies, and stereo music to any room your home wirelessly — Terk's Leapfrog LF-30S system makes it easy. Just connect an A/V source component to the compact transmitter, and hook up the identically sized receiver to any TV or audio system within a 150-foot radius. Terk even includes all the connecting cables you'll need, so you can achieve multi-room audio/video in minutes.

Another great feature: the LF-30S can also transmit infrared remote control commands from your secondary viewing or listening room back to your main system. That means you can use a universal remote in your second room to pause the DVD you're watching, change channels on your cable box, skip a track on the CD you're listening to, adjust the volume of your music — whatever you like! Terk even includes a wired infrared flasher that connects to the transmitter unit. This lets you hide the transmitter behind your components or elsewhere out of sight without losing the ability to relay remote commands.

The system includes one transmitter and one receiver. The LF-30S uses the 2.4 GHz frequency band for a clear signal over longer distances — you won't believe it's wireless. Cables and AC adapters included.

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Highlights:

  • transmits video and/or stereo audio from TVs, receivers, PCs, DVD players, CD players, cable TV boxes, satellite receivers, and other A/V components
  • built-in infrared repeater system lets you control components via a remote from your secondary viewing/listening room
  • wired infrared flasher (allows placement flexibility for receiver unit)
  • transmitter has composite A/V input
  • receiver includes standard RF output and composite A/V output (compatible with all TVs)
  • up to 3 more receiver units can be added to accommodate multiple TVs or audio systems
  • reception up to 150 feet away in most locations
  • can function as a child monitor or part of a home security system when connected to a camcorder and TV
  • connecting cables included
  • 4"W x 1-11/16"H (5-11/16" with antenna up) x 7-1/4"D (transmitter and receiver are identically sized)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • LF-30S-RX receiver
  • LF-30S-TX transmitter
  • 2 AC adapters (Output: 15VDC/300 mA) each with an attached 73" cord terminated with a barrel style connector (+ center contact)
  • 32" RG59 coax cable
  • Two 34" A/V cables (each has left and right RCA audio connectors and an RCA composite video connector on each end)
  • IR Extender with an attached 6' cable terminated with a mono mini-jack
  • Owner's Manual
  • Terk brochure

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Inputs, Outputs and Controls
Specifications

Features

Overview: The Leapfrog LF-30S system by Terk wirelessly transmits audio/video sources to remote TVs, or audio only to remote receivers or powered speakers throughout a home. They use the 2.4 GHz frequency band for transmission for the clearest signal over long distances and eliminate the need for in-wall or external wiring.

Connections: The transmitter may be connected to any audio/video device with RCA audio/video outputs; there is no coax input on the transmitter, so the device connected to the transmitter must have RCA audio and/or composite video outputs. The receiver has RCA audio/video outputs and a RF coaxial output, so it can send signals to any device with RCA audio/video inputs or a RF coaxial input, such as a VCR, TV, camcorder or audio/video receiver.

Adjustable Antennas: The antenna on the receiver and transmitter can pivot and rotate. For best results, the inside faces of the antennas should be facing each other and perpendicular to an imaginary line drawn between the two units

Compatibility: This unit can be used whenever you need to transmit high quality video and/or audio from devices such as DBS receivers, DVD players, camcorders and CD players to a TV or audio receiver located in a remote location of your home or business.

Inputs, Outputs and Controls

LF-30S-TX Transmitter

  • Rear Panel:
    • AC adapter jack
    • Stereo RCA inputs (Left and Right)
    • Composite Video RCA input
    • Mono mini plug jack for use with the IR extender
  • Bottom of Unit:
    • Channel switch allows you to select one of four channels to transmit. You will use the same channel as selected on the receiver.
  • Left Side of Unit:
    • On/off switch
  • Right Side of Unit:
    • There is a square, directional antenna on the top of this unit that swivels and that can be rotated for best reception. There is also an LED that illuminates in red when the power is on.  There is also a non-retractable 4.5" plastic antenna on the right hand side of the unit.

LF-30S-RX Receiver

  • Rear Panel:
    • AC adapter jack
    • Stereo RCA outs (Left and Right)
    • Video RCA out
    • Threaded RF coax output (for use with TVs without AV input)
  • Bottom of Unit:
    • Channel switch allows you to select one of four channels to receive. You will use the same channel as selected on the transmitter.
  • Left Side of Unit:
    • On/off switch
  • Right Side of Unit:
    • There is a square, directional antenna on the top of this unit that swivels and that can be rotated for best reception. There is also an LED that illuminates in red when the power is on.  There is also a non-retractable 4. 5" plastic antenna on the right hand side of the unit.

Specifications

LF-30S-TX Transmitter:

  • Operating Frequency: 2.4 to 2.48 GHz
    Channel A = 2.411 GHz, B = 2.434 GHz, C = 2.453 GHz and D = 2.473 GHz
  • Modulation: FM (video and audio)
  • Video Input Level: 1 V p-p
  • Audio Input Level: 1 V p-p

LF-30S-RX Receiver:

  • Operating Frequency: 2.4 to 2.48 GHz
    Channel A = 2.411 GHz, B = 2.434 GHz, C = 2.453 GHz and D = 2.473 GHz
  • Input Sensitivity: <= -45 dBm
  • Video Output Level: 1 V p-p
  • Audio Output Level: 1 V p-p
  • RF Output Level: 60dBuV (minimum) NTSC Channel 3/4 (switchable)
 
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5 out of 5

Perfect for what I needed

Written By Anonymous, Torrington, CT on Friday, September 21, 2012
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This system does exactly what I could have hoped for. I am using it in my bedroom to transmit from the cable box on my dresser to the TV mounted on the wall. I didn't want to pay an electrician to come and drill holes in the wall and it was a difficult spot (between two doors) for me to do myself. I have a 24" TV and the quality is actually very good. The distance between the transmitter and receiver is pretty short so I'm not sure how it would perform over a long distance or on a bigger TV. I am very happy with this purchase.
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1 out of 5

Bad out of box unit

Written By Anonymous, Arizona on Monday, August 27, 2012
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Item was defective out of the box. Luckily Crutchfield has a good return policy and I was able to return it.
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4 out of 5

Works Great!

Written By Ed, Sanford, NC on Thursday, July 26, 2012
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Awesome and amazing!
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2 out of 5

So/so

Written By Eric, Chicago, IL on Thursday, July 12, 2012
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The video quality is good, but very difficult to get good audio. Only throwing signal about 50 ft and can't get it to play consistently without static. Tried unplugging other devices, etc but can't get static free audio
Pros:
Easy to set up Good video
Cons:
Cant get rid of static
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1 out of 5

Defective

Written By Epr, Pittsburgh on Saturday, June 02, 2012
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Two replacements-neither worked
Pros:
None
Cons:
D2x 2 times defective
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1 out of 5

Trek Leapfrog

Written By Lou, Jonesboro Ga. on Friday, April 20, 2012
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easy to hook up
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4 out of 5

Add-a-TV

Written By Rito, Lititz, PA on Wednesday, March 21, 2012
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It does work to a certain extent and for sheer convenience, it is hard to beat.
Pros:
I was able to receive Dish Network channels on another TV without additional wiring.
Cons:
The antenna and remote extender are very directional. You have to point the remote control directly at the receiver for it to respond. The receiver is prone to interference from other wireless gadgets like the mouse and keyboards. Use of microwave oven makes images on TV unrecognizable.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Works Fair

Written By LRR, Jacksonville, FL on Friday, March 09, 2012
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Easy setup. Works fair. Video is good, sound has "some" popping noise. Played with the channel selector on unit helped some. Wife says that late at night the popping noise stopped, so it may be interference from other 2.6GHz devices. 150 feet is a stretch, 50 ft maybe.
Pros:
easy to get signal
Cons:
interference from other things
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4 out of 5

Terk Leapfrog LF-30S

Written By Chas, Ellicott City, MD on Friday, February 10, 2012
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Signal transmitted from basement to first floor as advertised.
Pros:
Able to avoid additional cable box.
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2 out of 5

Marginal

Written By Hanover Willy, Hanover, va on Thursday, February 09, 2012
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Audio interference is very bad and the units are only 20' apart. Not real happy with performance - should have bought the higher dollar unit with higher frequency transmission.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Product - Great Price

Written By Dutch, Lawrenceville, GA on Saturday, February 04, 2012
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I purchased this unit to replace a digital signal converter box we used on the only TV that was not connected to cable. The digital converter box and indoor antenna produced pitiful reception with constant loss of signal. This unit gives us all the channels we have on cable with clear sound and picture. It was easy to install, took les then 15 minutes. The reasonable price, ease of installation and quality of performance makes this unit a must have to replace a digital converter box and antenna. I highly recommend this product.
Pros:
Reasonable price. Ease of installation. Great sound and picture quality, even through a cabinet and a wall.
Cons:
Audio/Video cable is a little short making it impossible to place the unit high enough so there won't be interference when someone walks between the sender and receiver.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Terk LF-30s

Written By JayB, Steger, Il on Friday, February 03, 2012
 
MY unit works great. But when I attempted to get an additional receiver I was told you can't get one because it was discontinued. So regardless what it says on the box, the unit is not expandable.
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5 out of 5

good to go

Written By Mike55, Frankenmuth, MI on Saturday, January 28, 2012
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This item works great. Hooked up and working in about 15 minutes. Good, clear picture and sound. HD channels come thru nice, better than you'd think. Saves me from having another receiver from Directv and its $10 a month cost.
Pros:
Easy to install. Good picture and sound. Saves money!
Cons:
Microwave oven has its way with it, but I turn the sound down so no big deal.
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1 out of 5

Terk Leapfrog® LF-30S

Written By Anonymous, Baton Rouge on Friday, January 20, 2012
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Worst piece of electronics I've ever purchased. Would not transmit 20ft with direct line of sight.
Pros:
None
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4 out of 5

Leapfrog

Written By JOE6466, LINCOLNTON, NC on Thursday, January 19, 2012
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Product works great. I can watch anything I want on my deck without running wires!
Pros:
Very easy to set up.
Cons:
None so far.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Don't rent another cable box!!!

Written By Richard R, Mandeville, LA on Saturday, October 22, 2011
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We wanted to add a TV into a workout room, but didn't want to pay $20/month for another cable box. Instead, we can watch cable, DVR, OnDemand, etc. from the bedroom HD cable box and save $$$!!! No wires, No drilling! Absolutely a positive purchase!!!
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Terk LF-30

Written By Anonymous, Portland, ME on Monday, August 01, 2011
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I wasn't impressed with the range on these units. I placed my speakers/amp just outside the house on the porch and the results were far less than I expected given the distance is no more than 20' between units. They did OK, but the signal drops out and you get a loud pop or hissing noise when it does. It wouldn't be so bad if the signal just dropped and came back on, but the pops and hissing are very annoying. I would gladly pay more $$ for better signal strength.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Terk Leapfrog® LF-30S

Written By Chad, Warner Robins, GA on Saturday, April 09, 2011
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The Terk Leapfrog® LF-30S is a cost effective, low hassle way to locate an
additional tv in any area. The lack of hi-def inputs may turn some people off,
but this device isn't really for a home theater type application. If you want a
spare tv in the kitchen (microwave does cause interference), bathroom, or
patio...this is for you. Lastly, the IR remote extender works like a charm. Good
product.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Good Video, but IR doesn't work

Written By Bob, Pittsburgh, Pa on Thursday, January 06, 2011
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Using lf30 to extend the directtv from living room to kitchen. 20feet away. video is excellent. Could not get the IR to work AT ALL.Don't know if device is defective or what.
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5 out of 5

Sending Wireless TV Signals

Written By ELC, Houston, TX on Sunday, November 28, 2010
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The Terk LF 30S works well. It does what I want, which is to transmit video TV from my cable
box to an adjacent room. The TV reception is good on the receiving end. I recommend this
product.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Working great in small home

Written By David, Durham, NC on Sunday, June 07, 2009
 
We have the Leapfrog hooked up to a DVR and sending it to a TV in the bedroom, about 20 feet away through a wall. The picture and sound quality are impeccable -- not HD, but as good as standard television with no degradation with weather conditions. Interestingly, we have a wireless router running in the same frequency range and have not had any signal interference between the two, which was our main concern.

There are two minor issues we have. Although the Leapfrog works great transmitting the DVR's remote signals into the other room, the remote has to be pretty close to the unit in order to get the signal sent, which for us means leaning forward from the bed to change channels, choose recorded shows, etc. The other issue is that any remote (DVR, TV) signal is processed as a sound which the TV makes. It's a bit odd, and the pitch of the sound changes depending on which remote is being used, but it's a minor nuisance.

Overall, we're extremely happy and give it 5 stars -- it works as well as we could have ever wanted, and was a great deal less hassle than arranging for the cable company to put in another jack in the bedroom plus paying for another DVR box.
7 out of 10 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Terk Leapfrog® LF-30S

Written By Linda, Springfield, VA on Friday, January 23, 2009
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The Terk Leapfrog works great in my environment (the transmitter and
receiver are placed about 30 feet apart and can "see" each other without
obstruction). My picture is very clear and receives no interference from my
wireless router, my cordless phone, or my microwave. In my set-up,
though, in which the transmitter sends the signal from my DVR to the
receiver, I have to leave the transmitter, the receiver, and the DVR on all
the time if I want to just turn on my TV and have reception. Because I
typically use that TV only for short bursts, it's too much hassle to have to
turn on 3 additional units, so I leave them on full time. I'm hoping I'm not
burning out any components of either the Terk or my DVR, and I don't like
the energy usage of leaving electronics on, but I don't believe there's an
option. Otherwise, this is an ideal solution to my lack of cable access in
that location.
6 out of 9 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

LeapFrog

Written By Charles, Moravia, NY on Thursday, August 14, 2008
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The Terk Leapfrog works exactly as advertised. I have the transmitter in one end of my house from satellite box and the receiver in the other end. There is no interference from my router, cordless phone, microwave, etc. and very good audio and video. Great product.
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Device works perfectly

Written By Gene, SW Ohio on Wednesday, March 05, 2008
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This is as close to plug-and-play as you're going to find. The signal transmissions,
both audio and video, are flawless. I'm very pleased with this product. I'd
anticipated that I might see some interference from my router, but it's not an
issue.
7 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Product

Written By Tim, Bradford PA on Sunday, April 08, 2007
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After reading the negative comments I was a little apprehensive about buying this product. I decided to give it a try and I must say I am really impressed with how well it works. It is very easy to install, the picture on the TV is excellent and the remote works great from the secondary TV.
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4 out of 5

You'll just have to try it

Written By bmcguffey, FL on Friday, March 09, 2007
 
I bought the TX/RX set about a year ago. I got rid of a secondary satellite rcvr and use these to broadcast my DVR rcvr to the bedroom. I just ordered an additional Leapfrog rcvr for another room. At first my reception was not great, especially the sound (steady popping sound). I also have a wireless router, wireless alarm system and old cordless phone. Some of my alarm system transmitters were acting up. After I had those checked, my Leapfrog reception cleared up. I don't know if they are the same frequency or this was a coincidence. I have an extra TIVO remote and keep that in the bedroom so I can control the DVR from either room. The remote functions work great.

Bottom line - Try these units, test all 4 channels and see how it works. If you get interference, try turning off other wireless devices in your house one at a time to find the culprit. Last step, decide what you can live with and without.
13 out of 13 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Terk Leapfrog® LF-30S

Written By CC, Pasadena,Md on Friday, December 29, 2006
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Just got the leap frog. The installation was quick and easy. The picture was very good and the remote worked as well from the cable box in the LR to the TV in the BR. Would buy another receiver for other rooms.
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

They do the job...most of the time

Written By Brad, Dallas, TX on Tuesday, August 01, 2006
 
I have had Leapfrog for a couple years now. For some reason every couple of months or so I have to try different channels and/or reorient the antennas? It only took a couple minutes a few times and it was well worth not running Satellite cable and not paying the extra free for a third receiver.

However, we just got a new 2.4ghz phone and the LeapFrogs no longer work, way too much static in the picture and sound. Note, my 2.4ghz router did not interfere. Just the new phone.

I would give this item 4 stars when there is not interference. But be ready to make a return if you have other 2.4ghz products. I don't live in an apartment but I could see the possibilities of a problems from a neighbors phone.
7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Wireless A/V Distribution

Written By Anonymous, Bozeman, MT on Friday, February 24, 2006
 
I didn't buy this product from Crutchfield, I will review it nonetheless.

I bought this device to feed the Tuner 2 A/V channel out of my Dish 942 DVR receiver from one floor to another. First out of the box, I setup the transmit unit in the basement and the receive unit on the main floor so the unit only had to transmit/receive a signal approximately straight up about 10-12 feet away but through a wood floor w/carpet. At first, the audio signal for the default "A" setting (2.413 GHz) was a little "scratchy" so I experimented with different channels being sure they match on both units. I ended up with setting "D" and it sounds pretty good. Adjust your expectations accordingly to that of a wireless device. If you want absolutely crystal clear sound and have the time/money to run wire for the hard connections, then do so but remember this is a wireless device so it won't sound as good as a direct/hard wired connection. Basically the difference between FM radio quality and a CD!

My phone system uses the 5.8GHz frequency so this device did not interfere with the phone. However, my 802.11G wireless network is 2.4GHz but the device still showed no evidence of signal interference with my D-Link Airplus Extreme G wireless router (model DI-624).

Note: Be sure to adjust both square antennas so they are facing each other with both whip antennas oriented in their vertical position.


Hope this helps,

Big Sky HTI
Bozeman, MT
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1 out of 5

This Item Does Not Work

Written By Stacy, Sperryville, VA on Friday, December 23, 2005
 
I bought this product to take signal from a downstairs TV to a upstairs TV, a tough task, but as bith rooms are on top of each other I thought I'd give it a try. It did not work. So I said OK I will go from the living room to the kitchen about 20 paces apart with a large open door way. The device still would not work. I got signal, but it was unwatchable. Remember TV before cable? When you had to try and adjust the rabbit ears and hope the snow went away- This was that bad or worse. I returned the item to the store. It may work with in the confines of one room, I don't know.
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