by Elizabeth Kricfalusi, Tech for Luddites
With wireless being the norm for so many of our electronic devices today, it's pretty surprising to me that you still need a hard-wired cable or satellite connection for each TV in your house to get access to network and cable channels.
It's also annoying when you want to put a TV in a room on the other side of the house from where your cable/satellite wiring enters it. I had this situation when I bought my house last year. I wanted to put a TV in my living room but there was no cable outlet there and neither option for putting one in—running the wires along the ceiling and floorboards inside the house or running them over the roof on the outside—was desirable.
Fortunately, after doing some research, I found the Nyrius NY-GS3200 5.8GHz 6 Channel Wireless Audio/Video Sender Transmitter & Receiver System with IR Remote Extender, which sends a wireless signal from the cable box in my bedroom to my living room set.
Note: You can also use the system to transmit audio and video signals wirelessly from other devices besides your cable box (e.g. DVD players, home theaters, gaming consoles) to your TV.
It's very easy to set up. You simply connect the transmitter unit to your digital box and the receiver unit to your TV. Both of them connect using RCA connectors (the ones with the red/white/yellow plugs), which are provided with the units. You then just play with the antennas to align them so the signal moves as directly as possible between the two rooms.
The product also comes with a little piece that you plug into the transmitter unit and then position the other end near the remote control infrared signal receiver on the cable box. This allows you to use your remote with the second TV as well, although it doesn't always work perfectly (in which case you may need to set the channel on your primary TV).
If you read the customer reviews on the Amazon product page for the system you'll see a mix of opinions on it, but I can honestly say I'm completely satisfied with it.
- Depending on how many and how thick the walls are between the rooms, you may have trouble with the quality of the signal. Sometimes my signal isn't working perfectly but I've always been able to fix it by readjusting the units and antennas. Also, if someone walks across the line of the transmitted signal, it will briefly break up the picture.
- You can't watch different channels on the different TVs at the same time. The way this particular system works, you're simply transmitting the signal from the current channel on the cable box to the other set and if you change the channel on either one, it will change the channel for the other as well.
- The model I bought does not transmit HD signals. If you want to use the transmitter with an HDMI-compatible digital box or other device, you might want to check out the Nyrius ARIES NAVS500 HD 1080p HDMI Digital Wireless Audio Video Sender Transmitter & Receiver System with IR Remote Extender (or this 3D-compatible version if that's important to you).
- I've linked in this blog post to the Amazon product pages for the systems discussed. I am an Amazon Associate, which means I do get commissions from Amazon if anyone purchases anything from them after clicking on one of those links.
Last Updated: March 3, 2014