Wireless HD and 3D Streaming Product Overview 
Home Theater Accessories Accessories
Written by Andre Marc   
Thursday, 05 January 2012

Being to able to access content anywhere in the household, in premium quality, without a tangle of wires and a stack of boxes is what many have come to see as the ideal home entertainment set up. A number of companies have been offering higher end solutions with built in flexibility and virtually unlimited bandwidth. The technology is changing so fast, it is often hard to keep up, with the explosion of Blu-ray, 3D, and who knows what else that is coming around the corner.

Below is an overview of a few companies that have brought to market interesting and advanced products that are designed to unleash your content, with streaming and other interesting features and unlimited flexibility. Of all the companies listed below, I only have first hand user experience with IOGEAR, where I reviewed their excellent IOGEAR Wireless HD Computer to TV Kit and USB 2.0 External HD Audio/Video Adapter. I enjoyed being able to stream content from my PC to my HDTV, and I found this product category to have amazing potential. Let's see what's available right now:


1) MyWirelessTV Multi-Room Wireless HD Video Kit:


Wirelessly Connect Any Cable or Satellite Box/DVR to any HDTV

mywirelesstv multi-room wireless hd video kit

MyWirelessTV Adapters give you the flexibility and control to distribute content however and wherever you want.  You can stream HD content from one device to one display -- or choose to stream the same content to every display in the home.  Your stored content, premium or personal, is available on any or every screen.

  • Full 1080p HD and 3D Video up to 150 feet away
  • Any content, any room, any device
    • First true, multi-room solution
    • Transmit up to 150 feet
  • Brilliant HD Visual Experience
    • Virtually no latency
  • 100% Standards-Based
    • No interference with existing wireless networks
    • Compression: Standard H.264 codec
    • Transmission:Wireless Standard 802.11 WiFi
    • Content Protection: Standard HDCP 2.0 Encryption
  • Easy Setup...Everything you need is included


2) Vizio – Model: XWH200


According to Vizio “now you can really enjoy the view. The VIZIO Universal Wireless HD Video and Audio Kit eliminates cable clutter with this in-room wireless HD solution. You can mount your HDTV in one area of the room and house your 3D and 1080p HD Blu-ray™ Player, gaming console, audio equipment and more up to 30 feet away.

vizio xwh200

It transmits on a 60 GHz interference-free frequency so other Wi-Fi devices won’t disrupt the quality of the signal. And installation couldn’t be easier. No additional software or equipment is necessary, simply plug your HDTV into the receiver via an HDMI cable and up to 4 devices into the 4 HDMI ports in the transmitter. The system will transmit all 3D and high-definition audio and video content directly to your TV.

It’s also HDCP approved so watching licensed content from cable, satellite or Blu-ray™ won’t be a problem either. The kit includes two 3ft HDMI® Cables to connect your TV to the receiver and an AV device to the transmitter. It’s an ideal solution for wall-mounted HDTVs. Cables are cleanly and safely out of sight and 3D and HD content still plays at peak performance.”




 
3) ZyXEL - Model: WHD6215


State-of-the-art 60GHz technology brings crystal clarity without interference

The AeroBeam WHD6215 brings you crystal-clear HD video from anywhere in your room. Operating outside of the standard 2.4 or 5 GHz spectrum used by microwaves, phones, WiFi, and other common consumer electronics, you’ll be able to enjoy all your favorite media without worrying about interference. Enjoy the same perfect video and audio quality as an HDMI cable with the freedom to place your components anywhere within a room with the beauty and safety of a wire-free equipment setup.

True HD video transmitted wirelessly

ZyXEL - Model: WHD6215

The WHD6215’s WiHD technology transmits 1080p video and full 7.1 channel surround sound without lag or loss of quality. And there’s no need to worry about unsightly wires, the WHD6215 offers a truly wireless experience.

4 HDMI input ports let you hook up all your favorite devices


With 4 HDMI ports, there’s no need to choose which multimedia device to attach to the WHD6215. Simply plug them in and prepare to experience true wireless High Definition.

Plug and Play


The WHD6215 requires absolutely no configuration. Simply plug the WHD6215-R into your TV, and connect your multimedia devices to the WHD6215-T transmitter unit. From there, you can use your devices exactly as you always have.

 
4) Belkin ScreenCast AV4 Wireless AV-to-HDTV Adapter:

Now you can connect your home theater equipment to your HDTV—and keep all the devices out of sight. Connect 4 HMDI AV devices, your Blu-ray™ player, gaming consoles and others, all wirelessly. The ScreenCast AV4 Wireless AV-to-HDTV Adapter is a great way to create a clean, elegant entertainment environment, with no need for a professional installer, no need to run cables through walls. It’s ideal for Wall-Mounted HDTVs, and allows you to store your devices up to 100ft* away, even in another room.

 Belkin ScreenCast AV4 Wireless AV-to-HDTV Adapter

High Quality Picture and Sound

Enjoy full-HD 1080p resolution, 3D video, and up to 5.1 channels of surround sound. † It’s perfect for enjoying high-resolution movies and games in a seamless entertainment experience, without the tangle of wires that often accompany high performance devices

  • Connect 4 HDMI devices
  • For devices like a Blu-rayTM player, DVR, gaming console and cable box
  • Keep devices out of sight
  • Store AV equipment up to 100 feet* away—in a cabinet, even in another room.
  • High Quality Picture
  • Full-HD 1080p resolution, and 3D video.
  • High Quality Sound
  • Up to 5.1 channels of surround sound.
  • IR Blaster
  • Total device control. Just point your remote at the TV, and ScreenCast does the rest.
  • Tabletop or wall-mountable receiver
  • Ideal for wall-mounted HDTVs.
  • Easy setup.

5) IOGEAR Wireless 3D Digital Kit

The IOGEAR Wireless 3D Digital Kit consists of a transmitter and receiver with connections that allow it to stream standard, HD or 3D resolution content from up to two HDMI® enabled devices. Included with the kit are an IR blast cable, a remote control, and two power adapters. To add a second room, one HDTV can connect directly to the transmitter’s loop-through (local) port, while a second HDTV simultaneously receives content via the wireless receiver.  A “Floating HDTV” can be set up by connecting two HD or 3D media sources to the wireless transmitter while a wall-mounted TV receives content from the connected wireless receiver.

The Wireless 3D Digital Kit is housed in a sleek black casing with rounded edges, giving it a modern but understated appearance. The unobtrusive transmitter, receiver, IR blast cable and remote control underscore just what a powerful device the Wireless 3D Digital Kit really is. Streaming high-bandwidth 3D and 1080p content up to 100 feet is made possible by the use of 5GHz technology, which is generally less susceptible to network interference and can carry more data than its 2.4 GHz relative.

IOGEAR Wireless 3D Digital Kit

By supporting devices such as 3D Blu-ray and DVD players, DVR/set-top boxes and game consoles, the Wireless 3D Digital Kit allows users to keep their components neatly out-of-sight and keep the focus on their celebrated HD or 3D TVs. Perfect as a DIY retrofit solution, the built-in Infrared (IR) pass-though allows user control over source devices that are hidden away in a different location. Additionally, the GW3DHDKIT is HDCP 2.0 Compliant and requires no software or driver installation.

“Our Wireless 3D Digital Kit advances the technology of streaming A/V content and is a perfect fit for those who already have a 3D display or are planning to get one,” said Bill Nguyen, Senior Marketing Manager for IOGEAR. “The GW3DHDKIT offers an easy, affordable way to stream both HD and 3D entertainment discretely with multiple retrofit and installation options.”

For its initial launch, the Wireless 3D Digital Kit will be available online at Costco.com. A nationwide roll-out that includes shopIOGEAR.com, brick and mortar retailers and online resellers will happen in later in Q4 2011. MSRP of the Wireless 3D Digital Kit is $379.95


Wrap Up:

As you can see, things are moving quickly in the world of home entertainment.  Blink and you will miss the latest advancement. I would venture to guess things will even accelerate from here, with the incremental increases in speed and bandwidth available to home networks. Stay tuned for more updates and in-depth reviews on the latest High Defition wireless 3D streaming devices.

 

Article Sources: Actiontec, Vizio, ZyXEL, Belkin, IOGEAR






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