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Published on February 16th, 2012 | by Greg

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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.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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