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Cut the Cord between Your TV and Your Gear

posted by on April 27, 2011 in Music and Video, TVs & Video Players, Guides & Reviews :: 3 comments

tangled cablesWhether you hang your flat panel TV on your wall or leave it freestanding on a piece of furniture like I do, its beauty becomes marred as soon as you plug in that first cable. And between my FiOS box, Blu-ray player and PlayStation 3, my sleek TV would be a mess if I plugged everything directly into it.

Instead, I plug everything into a receiver and then run one cable from the receiver to my TV. But I can get rid of even that cable with a wireless HDMI kit that mounts behind the TV.

There are two types of wireless HDMI, WirelessHD (WiHD) and Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI). Both require a box that transmits the signal from your HD gear to a receiver that attaches to your TV’s HDMI input. Both have a range of about 30 feet under the best circumstances—an empty room with just the boxes and nothing in between. The reality will depend on the material that’s standing between the boxes.

Asus WiCast EW2000

Asus WiCast EW2000

WHDI devices, like the Asus WiCast EW2000 ($188.99) and Brite-View HDelight ($139.99) can transmit through walls, so you can stash all of your gear in a cabinet, closet or even another room. Plus they’re designed to be used with a computer:  The transmitter can even draw power from your computer’s USB port, which is certainly handy. These solutions only have one HDMI input, so they can only replace a single cable.

Rocketfish 4-port WirelessHD Kit

Rocketfish 4-Port WirelessHD Kit

If want to bypass the receiver and hook up multiple devices to your wireless HDMI transmitter, try the Rocketfish 4-Port WirelessHD Kit ($299.99).  It uses WiHD, which is not meant to pass through walls, so you’ll have to keep your gear in the same room as your TV. It also supports 3D content, if you have a 3D TV.

Choosing to move your components away from your TV may mean placing them out of reach of your regular remote control. So test the new location with your remote. If it doesn’t work, you can always use a remote control extender, like the Terk Leapfrog Remote Control Extender Kit ($25) to relay your commands.

Your TV can be beautiful again. It just requires a little clip here and there to get rid of those unsightly dangling cords.



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Director of Technology

From Matt Mello on April 27, 2011 :: 10:30 pm

I read with great interest the capabilities of the Asus and Brite-view wireless HD devices for home. Do you know if these devices have been tried in organizations, such as schools? I am presently faced with connecting 30 new projectors in classrooms for our Middle School and would really like to avoid cabling computers to projectors if possible, after having done this for 200 or so classrooms in the past.

Our new projectors have HDMI connections.

With a 30’ range, is the wireless signal something like bluetooth? Is it a paired type of technology, that a transmitter is uniquely connected to one receiver?

I can overlapping signals of adjacent classrooms being an issues otherwise.

Any feedback is appreciated.

Thx!

Matt Mello
Director of Technology
Holly Area Schools

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which works with FIOS?

From becky on June 13, 2011 :: 10:42 pm

Hi!  I have ordered and returned one of these (a Vizio model) because it won’t work with FIOS.  Which of the ones you mention here actually has worked with your FIOS box?  Thanks!

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From Matt Mello on June 13, 2011 :: 10:48 pm

I’ve since purchased the Rocketfish and am very pleased with its operation. Works like a charm with not jitter or latency.

Setup was a snap.

I tested distances up to 25 feet, which is the distance from the teacher desks or doc cameras at the front of the room, to the projector mounted below ceiling tile, in middle of room.

So far so good!

Matt Mello
Director of Technology
Holly Area Schools
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