I’ve been looking for some way to occasionally watch TV on my bedroom TV without the monthly expense of a cable hookup and digital settop box in there. I’ve tried an antenna that worked great for local HD stations, and I’ve tried a wireless transmitter that worked great with my Blu-ray player but not with my cable box in the living room. Although the antenna works well, I’d still like to be able to watch recorded programs on the living room cable DVR in my bedroom. I was happy to be selected to try the HD 1080p Digital Wireless Audio Video Sender when Nyrius offered one to The Gadgeteer.
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Nyrius markets the HD 1080p Digital Wireless Audio Video Sender for these main uses:
- To eliminate the need for a lot of cables running to a wall-mounted flatscreen HDTV.
- In rooms where the cable box, Blu-ray player, PS3, or other HD component is located on the other side of the room from the HDTV.
- For HD components in one room of the house and the HDTV in another room (just like my situation).
HDMI cables max out at about 15 feet, and cost can be prohibitive for the longer cables. Long cables can also degrade the HD signal. You’ll also need to deal with draping long cables through your house, or you’ll need to run them through the walls or under the floors. Using the Nyrius video sender system eliminates the need for these cables, and it will broadcast “crystal clear digital sound and razor sharp 1080p video without latency.”
- Digital wireless HD transmitter
- External IR remote extender
- Digital wireless HD Receiver with built-in IR remote extender
- 2 100-240V AC power adapters
- 6-ft HDMI cable
- Stands for supporting the boxes in vertical orientation
- Instruction manual
- 1-year warranty and lifetime live customer support
- Supported video resolutions: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 720i, 576p, 576i, 480p, 480i
- HDMI interface: Supports HDMI 1.3 Video Audio format and HDCP 1.2 with video encryption
- Transmission distance: 100ft (30m) Line of Sign (LOS)
- Operating frequencies: 5.1~5.9GHz (with DFS function)
- Bandwidth: 40MHz
- Frequency stability: +/- 4ppm
- Transmission power: >=12dBm | >=17dBm
- Receiving sensitivity: <=-75dBm | <=-65dBm
- System latency: < 1 ms
- Antenna: Omni-directional internal antennas
- Supporting link speeds: Up to 2.5GBps
- Compatible TV Systems: NTSC, PAL
- Certification: FCC, CE, ICES-003
- Regulations: WHDI 1.0
The two boxes are made of black plastic. They measure about 5.5″ X 3.5″ X 0.75″. They have rubber feet on the bottom, so they can lay flat (left), or use the included bases to stand them vertically (right). Each box is clearly marked with a white sticker to indicate which is the receiver and which is the transmitter.
The transmitter has three green status lights on the front: link, video, and power. All three will be on and steady when a connection is established and a signal is being transmitted. The USB port is used for software updates or for attaching a keyboard or mouse. It cannot be used for attaching an external hard drive.
The back of the transmitter has a connector for the IR remote sensor, the standby button, HDMI socket, and the power socket. You can save about 2.5W of power by putting the unit into standby mode when it’s not in use.
The front of the receiver has the same three green status lights as the transmitter. There’s also a USB port for software updates or attaching a USB keyboard or mouse. Not visible is a window for the built-in IR sensor located between the power light and the USB port.
The back of the receiver has standby button, HDMI socket, and power socket.
I didn’t have a lot of hope that I could transmit my cable signal to the bedroom. I had tried another video transmitter system that had worked with my Blu-ray player, but it wouldn’t work with my particular cable box. That system had an internal signal splitter on the transmitter, so I could both run an HDMI cable to my living room TV and transmit the signal to my bedroom TV. My cable box detected this splitter and didn’t send a useable signal to the transmitter box; it protected its signal from being used on multiple TVs.
The Nyrius transmitter box was different than that other system’s transmitter. The Nyrius only has an HDMI input; there is no HDMI out to hook up the living room TV, too. That means I’ll have to be switching the HDMI-out from the cable box between the TV and the Nyrius transmitter if I keep using this system.
Setting up the system is easy and takes only a minute. I started in my living room. I plugged the power in to the transmitter, plugged in the IR extender and positioned it in front of the IR sensor on my cable box, then plugged in the HDMI out of my cable box into the transmitter.
Lights blinked for a few seconds on both boxes, and then they finally came on steady, indicating a connection had been established between the two boxes. Instructions warn you not to move either box after the connection is made, so of course I moved one to see what happens. The lights started flashing to indicate the pairing had been broken, so I unplugged both units from the power, replugged, and established a new connection.
Once the connection was re-established, I turned on my bedroom TV and had an absolutely beautiful picture with clear sound! Obviously, my cable box doesn’t care how I send the signal to a TV so long as I send it to only one TV. I’ve watched 15 or so hours of TV on the bedroom TV now, and the Nyrius system has never faltered. I haven’t had a single jitter in the video or heard the slightest noise in the sound. The IR sensor on the receiver box in my bedroom gathers the signals from my cable box’s remote (being used in the bedroom) and sends it to the transmitter box in the living room, so I can control the cable box in the living room from the bedroom. I had placed the IR extender in front of the IR sensor on the cable box, so the remote control commands get sent from the bedroom to the cable box. There’s a tiny delay during the signal transmission, but it’s no more than I’ve experienced when using activity macros with some universal remotes.
The Nyrius video sender system works well with my Blu-ray player, too.
The Nyrius HD 1080p Digital Wireless Audio Video Sender does exactly what I need it to do. It sends the output from my cable box to my bedroom TV. I’ll be able to watch live cable programming and programs recorded by the box’s internal DVR on either my living room TV or my bedroom TV. The picture is as clear and the sound as good when transmitted to my bedroom TV as it is on my living room TV. The Nyrius HD 1080p Digital Wireless Audio Video Sender is now a permanent part of my A/V setup.
I’ll have to switch the HDMI cable from the living room TV to the Nyrius box, but that can be pretty easily done if I use the HDMI input on the side of my living room TV. Switching a cable is a small price to pay to have exactly what I want, don’t you agree?