Wireless HDMI has arrived
More than four years ago, in this post, I wrote about Westinghouse showing a wireless HD concept at CES. At the time, I predicted it would be at least another year before a practical wireless HDMI device would be available to the masses. The first production devices I saw were well over $1000 and one closer to double that. Only recently have prices come down to what I consider practical.
In February I bought the Nyrius ARIES NAVS500 HD 1080p HDMI Digital Wireless Audio Video Sender Transmitter & Receiver System with IR Remote Extender.
My purpose was to mount a TV on the wall across the room from where the cable outlet tied into a TiVo. The idea of moving the cable outlet didn't appeal to me at all and I'd still have to find a place to hold the TiVo. And I didn't really want a shelf or table under the TV anyway.
Reviews indicate the range (advertised as 100 feet) can be very limited in some environments, particularly going through several walls, but at about 20 feet in my installation, the NAVS500 has worked perfectly since the day I plugged it in.
There are a couple alternatives to the NAVS500 (search Amazon.com for "Wireless HDMI") so if you're needing some flexibility in your TV installation, check 'em out.
(At the time I bought it the NAVS500 was $179 but is now advertised at $269. A newer model, the NAVS501 is $199. I have no idea why the price has gone up on the older model. My biggest concern about these things is the life expectancy. A transmitter, even at low power, generates heat and heat is the enemy of electronic devices like this. If it will last 3 years I'll consider the price justified but it would be nice to see 5-6 years service.