Teradek User Guide

Ranger Micro Quick Start Guide

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Ranger is the world’s most capable professional wireless video system, featuring our Emmy and Academy Award-winning zero-delay, HDR technology. Ranger’s best-in-class performance allows broadcasters, live production companies, churches, and government entities to implement real-time wireless workflows over licensed and unlicensed bands, from 4.9 GHz up to 6.4 GHz. And now for 2023, Ranger includes 12 additional RF channels over 6 GHz (U-NII 5), providing access to wireless spectrum rarely used by other electronics.

Table of Contents

What's Included

  • Ranger Micro Transmitter and Receiver
  • Hot Shoe Adapter
  • Lightstand Adapter 1/4-20in
  • 2pin Conn. to PowerTap - 18in Cable 
  • 2x Ultra Thin HDMI Male Type A (Full) - HDMI Male Type A (Full) 18in Cable
  • 2x SDI 12G BNC to BNC Cable Length: 18in / 46cm
  • USB 2.0 Type A Male to USB Type C Male - 1m Cable
  • 2x PSU 2pin Conn. to 18W AC Adapter (Int) - 6ft Cable
  • 3x 2dBi Rigid V 4.9-7.3Ghz RP-SMAAntennas
  • 3x 2dBi Flexible H Mushroom V4.9-7.3Ghz RP-SMA Antennas
  • 5x RP-SMA Female to RP-SMA Female 4in/10cm Cable

Physical Properties

Power and Connect

  1. Connect a power source to the transmitter and receiver using the included A/C adapter. If the receiver is equipped with battery plate accessories, attach a compatible battery (Gold or V mount).
  2. Connect the output from your video source to either the SDI or HDMI input (C or E) on the transmitter.
  3. Connect either the SDI or HDMI output (D or J) from the receiver to the video input on your monitor.
  4. Turn the units on by moving the power switches on both the transmitter and receiver (I) to the ON position.
  5. NOTE: If mounting the receiver upright on a stand above the monitor, use a right-angle SDI adapter to relieve any strain caused by the weight of the cable, and to avoid damaging the SDI output’s internal connectors.
  6. Attach two 2dBi antennas to the transmitter and five antennas to the receiver via the threaded RP-SMA connectors. IF USING "H" (HORIZONTALLY POLARIZED) ANTENNAS: Attach one “H” antenna to the connector in the back of the transmitter (closest to the rear connectors), and one 2dBi antenna to the opposite connector. Attach the three 2dBi antennas to the receiver’s center connectors and the two “H” antennas to the left and right connectors
  7. Move the power switches on both the transmitter and receiver (I) to the ON position. Video appears within a few seconds. 


Ranger devices purchased as a set (TX and RX), are paired by default, requiring no additional configuration. Ranger devices purchased separately need to be paired using the device's front panel (OLED) menu, Launchpad, or Ranger Manager. To pair your transmitter with multiple receivers, you will need to use either Launchpad or Ranger Manager. NOTE: Before starting either pairing process, ensure that both the transmitter and receiver have the same firmware version and have Bluetooth enabled.

To Pair: 

  1. Using the Menu Joystick, navigate to the Pair menu on both the transmitter and the receiver front panel.
  2. Select Pair to begin the pairing process. The transmitter will begin scanning for a receiver within range and automatically pair with the receiver.
  3. Once paired, the front panel will indicate whether or not Pairing is successful.

To Unpair: 

  1. Navigate to the Unpair menu on either the transmitter or the receiver.
  2. Select the transmitter/receiver you want to unpair. If you have multiple devices paired, you can select Unpair All.

If you’re having trouble getting units to pair, we recommend keeping the transmitter and receiver six feet apart when pairing. Keep all other RF devices nearby turned off or out of range to ensure the transmitter and receiver only detect each other. To eliminate any chance of interference, perform the Wired Pairing process via Launchpad.

To Pair:

  1. Connect both the transmitter and receiver(s) to your computer (Windows/Mac) via USB.
  2. Open Launchpad, select the Pairing tab, then tap the Wired Pairing button.
  3. Select the devices you want to pair, then click the Pair Devices button. Launchpad will indicate whether or not Pairing is successful.

To Unpair:

  1. Connect both the transmitter and receiver(s) to your computer (Windows/Mac) via USB.
  2. Open Launchpad, select the Pairing tab, then tap the Unpair All button.

To Pair:

  1. Open the Launchpad App from your iOS or Android device, then tap the Pairing button.
  2. Select the transmitter you wish to pair, then tap the Next button.
  3. Select the receiver(s) you wish to pair with the transmitter, then tap the Pair! button. The Launchpad App will indicate when the pairing process is complete.

To Unpair:

  1. Open the Launchpad App from your iOS or Android device, then tap the settings button (3 dots) on the top right corner of the screen.
  2. Enter the Pairing menu, select the receiver(s) you wish to unpair, then tap the Unpair button.

Power Cables

2-Pin Power Connector
Ranger devices use a locking 2-pin power connector similar to the 0B 302 series LEMO connector.

* Pin 1 is closest to the red dot on the connector.

Input Voltage: 7-28V DC (TX and RX)
Max Power Consumption: 9W (TX) and 11W (RX)

Custom/3rd Party Cables

  • Test the power cable polarity with ONLY the power cable connected to Ranger. Do not connect video cables.
  • Check the power cable for shorts and proper grounding.


Using a reverse polarity or improperlyconstructed power cable can damage the product and is not covered under warranty. To prevent the inputs from being damaged, best practice is to plug in the power cable first, THEN connect the video cable from the camera before powering on the TX unit. 


Ranger devices have a 1/4”-20 and 3/8"-16 threaded holes on the bottom for mounting the included light stand adapter or any other mounting accessories. Additionally, Ranger devices are equipped with a dual-mount battery plate that allows you to attach your device to either the back of a camera, monitor, or Array Antenna.

  • Mount the transmitter onto the back of your camera keeping the antennas clear of any obstructions.
  • Orient the transmitter and receiver antennas so they are parallel to each other. 
  • For best results, orient the transmitter antennas so each one has a clear line-of-sight to the receiver.

CAUTION: DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN SCREWS INSERTED INTO THE THREADED HOLES. Doing so can damage the device's chassis and internal components, voiding the warranty.

TX/RX Configuration Menus

Wireless Settings

Switch TX (RX Only) - Ranger receivers can pair with up to four transmitters simultaneously. Switch TX allows you to quickly switch from one paired transmitter's camera feed to another paired transmitter. This feature is handy in multi-camera situations when you need to switch to a different camera's view mid-shoot without having to perform the pairing process every time. NOTE: The transmitter(s) must first be paired with the receiver.

Band - Select either the 5GHz or 6GHz wireless frequency. The 5GHz frequency provides more channels but is utilized by more devices, resulting in frequent interferences and video dropouts. The 6GHz frequency is less crowded than the 5GHz frequency, resulting in faster connections and less interference.

Enable Broadcast Mode (TX Only)- Broadcast Mode allows you to transmit to multiple receivers simultaneously (non-DFS frequencies only) while extending your Ranger's transmission range. (On supported models)

  • Broadcast Mode Disabled (Standard Multicast Mode) - Transmitter and connected receiver(s) coordinate and maintain two-way communication to optimize frequency usage and video transmission. 
  • Broadcast Mode Enabled - Data uplink channel is disabled, allowing the transmitter to connect to an unlimited number of receivers, as long as they have already been paired. Attach the receiver to your Panel Antenna while in Broadcast Mode to achieve even better range performance. 

Enable Fixed Frequency - Fixed Frequency Mode allows your transmitter to designate a specific non-DFS channel within the selected wireless region for use, providing a stronger connection under challenging environments. NOTE: By default, Ranger will select the lowest available frequency from the Frequencies list if one has yet to be selected beforehand.

Allow Licensed Channels - Enable or disable Licensed Channel selection within the Frequencies menu. Ranger supports an extended RF range of 4.9GHz to 6.0GHz, which includes both unlicensed and licensed channels. Selecting a specific licensed channel ensures no interference from other devices broadcasting within range. NOTE: Fixed Frequency Mode must first be enabled to select a specific licensed channel. Otherwise, Ranger will automatically select a licensed channel (Auto Mode).

Bandwidth - Choose between 20MHz and 40MHz bandwidth options

Frequencies - Select which frequency to use (determined by Fixed Frequency Mode selection).

Video Quality - The Video Quality menu lets you adjust the balance between your signal’s maximum range and quality according to the number of antennas that transmit fine information. Ranger has several picture quality levels that vary based on the lowest quality link or the furthest receiver.

  • Auto Mode - (Default) Transmitter automatically determines how many fine antennas are needed based on the range and signal quality.
  • Longer Distance Mode - (One fine antenna) Maintains the maximum range in situations where other sources of interference might be present but will slightly reduce your video signal’s maximum quality.
  • Better Quality Mode - (Two fine antennas) Maintains higher signal quality but reduces the maximum range.
  • Best Quality Mode - (Three fine antennas) Ideal for complex, high-contrast scenes that require the highest possible quality.
  • Low Power Mode - (One fine antenna with shorter range) Reduces the transmitter's total power consumption by about 1.5W and may reduce any unwanted interference in multi-system environments.

Video Settings

HDMI/SDI Output Format (RX only) - Select the video output format. You can match the video source’s resolution (Same As Input) or choose from the resolutions listed. If using the receiver with a recorder or monitor sensitive to video signal changes, select Continuous Output to ensure the signal stays constant even if the link is interrupted. Note that this adds a small delay to the video output.

Video OSD Settings (RX Only) - Choose when to display the OSD.

  • Never show - Disable OSD.
  • Show when operating - Hide OSD until it is activated by the joystick.
  • Show when no video - Display the OSD when there is no video feed; hide the OSD when video appears (default).
  • Always show - Always display OSD unless temporarily deactivated by the joystick.

Display Settings - Use the Display Settings to control the OLED display operation. By default, the OLED display will invert every 30 minutes.


SDI Eye Pattern (TX only) - The SDI Eye Pattern provides a graphical display of the SDI signal coming from the camera to the transmitter and is useful in determining the amount of interference present. The size of the "eye" displayed on the front panel indicates the quality of the SDI signal. The bigger the size of the eye pattern is, the better the SDI signal.

Signal Quality Graph (RX Only) - The Signal Quality Graph indicates the quality and reliability of the signal being received according to the amount of interference that is present between the RX and TX. Signal Quality is represented in percentages: 

  • Figures below 30% indicate poor signal quality
  • Figures between 30% and 45% indicate fair signal quality
  • Figures above 45% indicate good signal quality

Spectrum Analyzer (RX Only) - The built-in Spectrum Analyzer provides a visual indication of channel noise and saturation across the entire available frequency range. Move the Menu joystick left and right to select a frequency. Frequencies are represented by bars; the higher the bar, the more congested that frequency is.

Test Pattern (RX Only) - This menu allows you to select a video resolution format to output a test pattern over HDMI or SDI. Select a specific output resolution from the resolutions list.

Advanced/System Settings

Lock Keypad - The Lock Keypad feature prevents the menu joystick from being used to avoid any accidental or unauthorized configurations.  There are two ways to lock the keypad:

  • Navigate to Advanced Settings via the front panel and select Lock Keypad.
  • Press and hold the menu joystick upward for 5 seconds.

To unlock, press and hold the menu joystick upwards for five seconds or until the display reads "KEYPAD UNLOCKED."

HDMI (RX only) - Ranger supports all HDMI output modes. You can select from one of the following options:

  • Auto
  • RGB 8bit
  • RGB 10bit
  • YCbCR 4:4:4 8bit
  • YCbCR 4:4:4 10bit
  • YCbCR 4:2:2 10bit
  • YCbCR 4:2:0 8bit
  • YCbCR 4:2:0 10bit

Audio (RX only) - Configure Ranger’s Audio settings. If Beep on REC is activated, you will hear a short tone whenever the camera begins or stops recording. The Mute Settings allow you to completely mute the audio or only mute audio while recording.

Bluetooth - Use the Bluetooth menu to enable or disable Bluetooth communication. NOTE: Bluetooth is enabled by default.

  • Enable Bluetooth - Allows transmitter and receiver to be paired and communicate with the Launchpad App.
  • Use Bluetooth PIN - Enables the use of a PIN for authentication when using the Launchpad App.
  • Change PIN - Press the Menu joystick towards the right to change the Bluetooth PIN

Background Color (RX only)- The Background Color feature allows you to select a screen color displayed on the monitor when no video is received from the transmitter. This valuable tool indicates to the crew that a signal has been dropped and the TX and RX need to be synced again.

Reset All Settings - Reset all configurable options to their factory settings.

Additional Information

Device Info - Displays the model and serial number of the device

Firmware Versions - Displays the current firmware versions for all device components.

Regulatory - Displays all compliance certifications and certification markings related to radio frequencies used by the TX and RX to communicate. For complete regulatory information and declarations of conformity, please visit the Regulatory Information section.

Ranger Manager

Use Ranger Manager to remotely manage and monitor every parameter of Ranger, including pairing, frequency selection, and 3D LUTs.


  1. Download Ranger Manager.
  2. Enable Bluetooth on your iOS or Android device.
  3. Navigate to the Bluetooth menu on both the transmitter and receiver, then select Enable.
  4. Open Ranger Manager from your iOS or Android device, then tap the Status/Configuration button.
  5. Select the device(s) you want to pair or monitor.

Transmitter Status Display

  • Settings (Descriptions listed in TX/RX Configuration Menus section) - Tap the settings button on the top right corner of the screen to customize the transmitter’s settings.
  • Status - Displays the current status of:
  • Video Input
  • Network Status
  • Connected Receivers
  • Current Frequency
  • Quality
  • Temperature
  • Camera Recording
  • Region
  • Bandwidth
  • OSD name

Receiver Status Display

  • Settings (Descriptions listed in TX/RX Configuration Menus section) - Tap the settings button on the top-right corner of the display to customize the receiver’s various settings, such as the output format, audio, display, and OSD.
  • Signal Quality - Determine the quality and reliability of the received signal.
  • SNR (Signal to Noise Ratio) - Compare the signal power level to the noise power level from the antennas.
  • Range Analyzer - Displays the transmission distance between the transmitter and receiver.
  • Spectrum Analyzer - Visually indicates channel noise and saturation across the available frequency range.
  • Status - Displays the current status of:
  • TX Name
  • Network Status
  • Link
  • Video Input
  • Current Frequency
  • Range
  • Quality
  • Temperature
  • Camera Recording
  • Bandwidth
  • Region
  • Video Output
  • OSD name

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