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Wireless Video Solutions on the Rise

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Big Hitachi TV circa 2000

Despite picture distortion, this still lives in my parents’ basement. Mostly because nobody can lift it or fit it through the door.

Except for at my parents’ house, where the last of the 200 pound rear projection behemoths continues to draw its final ragged breaths, it seems like just about everyone and their mother has a flat screen HDTV. Along with all of those new HDTVs came do-it-yourself mounting options, which inevitably led to a whole bunch of people with five HDMI cords dangling from the television they’ve mounted above their fireplace, to the cabinet where their source components are stored. If only there were a good wireless video solution to tidy up all of those connections.

Actually, there are. Quite a few, in fact. We’re starting to see more companies get a handle on wireless HD video transmission. I previously reviewed the Atlona LinkCast Wireless HD AV System, and at CES I saw a few new products from IOGEAR that provide wireless HD video options. Today I came across the Peerless-AV PeerAir Wireless HD Multimedia System, which looks like another good solution.

How it works:

Peerless-AV wireless video solution

The PeerAir System consists of a wireless transmitter and a wireless receiver and offers two scenarios for wireless streaming up to 100 feet. One scenario takes care of that nasty dangling cable situation by connecting two devices to the transmitter, and then attaching the receiver to the to the HDTV. Then you can pop all of the devices out of sight into a cabinet and use the three-foot long IR flasher and remote control to switch between devices. There’s also a mini USB port so you can connect to a computer for remote use of a controller, mouse, or keyboard.

The other scenario allows you to wirelessly broadcast your content to a second HDTV. Connect your two HDMI devices to the transmitter and then wire that directly into the first HDTV using the HDMI pass-through port. Attach the receiver to the second HDTV and you have mirrored content on your second display — no cable box or second blu-ray player needed. The system streams full HD 1080p and 3D, as well as 5.1-channel digital audio. With effectively zero latency you can play console and computer games on the second screen.

The one drawback is that you can only connect two devices, but at $249 it’s a solid deal for some cutting-edge tech that we really need right now. I hope wireless video transmission becomes the standard soon, if only so we can say goodbye to cable reviews that include pictures like this:

And if you have any photos of bad cable situations, tag HomeTechTell on Facebook so we can all enjoy a good laugh.

You can pick up a Peerless-AV PeerAir system right now at Amazon.com
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