Published on February 16th, 2012 | by Greg0
Actiontec’s MyWirelessTV Cuts The HDMI Cables
There are plenty of multi-room audio solutions out there. You can stream over Airplay or through Sonos, among others, to multiple different receivers simultaneously, perfect for parties. For video, though, you’re largely forced to find a special solution, and it’ll likely involve lots of wiring and/or hassle. We’ve seen our fair share of wireless HDMI systems, many of which work reasonably well. But most of them do not support multi-room streaming, which can save you money on renting another cable box among other benefits.
Which is why we were happy to check out the MyWirelessTV from Actiontec. When it works, it works wonderfully- crisp and clear audio and video, thanks to the full 1080p HD support, with even HD handled capably. It’s fairly easy to setup, with a few simple cables- your source via HDMI into the transmitter, your desired display (also HDMI) plugged into the receiver, and the power cables for each. We appreciated the included IR blaster and IR extender cables, so you can control the source device from another room. And Actiontec even included the HDMI cables you need, so everything is in the box. Also, unlike some wireless HDMI solutions, this one can transmit through walls and doesn’t need line-of-sight. They list the range as 150 feet; we were able to get around 100 through a wall or two, which is excellent.
But not everything is so simple. Some sources worked easily, including an Apple TV. However, there were issues with several others that we tested- certain set top boxes and DVR boxes are limited to a single
downstream HDCP device that
they can connect to, and we did hear about multiple issues from others with incompatibility issues. Worse, it’s hard to tell if your cable or set top box will be supported before buying. Also, 480i standard definition video is unsupported- not a big deal for most people, but an issue for some folks with older devices. Audio wasn’t completely simple either- 5.1 sound would cut out on occasion.
We did update the firmware, and of course Actiontec cannot do much about other manufacturer’s issues. Overall, when the MyWirelessTV kit works, it’s a wonderful thing. The boxes aren’t sexy, and we wish they were a little smaller, but we haven’t seen any similarly-priced solutions beat the range of this setup. Add the multi-room capabilities, and you’ve got a solid system, worth the $200 price tag. Just make sure you have the option to return it if your setup isn’t compatible.