One of the biggest challenges today is the rapidly expanding wireless world and the many holes that still remain. There are some great solutions for audio, but video is far more difficult, and wireless power still seems to be more than a decade away before real advances are made widely available to consumers. Still, if you don’t want to rip up your walls or string huge cables around your living room or other spaces, then it’s definitely worth exploring wireless video.

We’ve been testing out one of the most advanced consumer-friendly systems, the Peerless HDS-WHDI100 Wireless HD Multimedia System. It’s basically a pair of boxes that converts your A/V feed into wireless transmission, with a transmitter and receiver for each end. The boxes themselves aren’t tiny, but the range of 100 feet or so is good enough for most scenarios. We hooked up our Epson projectorand tried out a variety of A/V sources, from gaming consoles like the Xbox 360 to Hulu and Netflix streamed through an Apple TV, as well as testing Bluray playback. And what we found was encouraging- low-latency performance, with no discernible difference in quality between an HDMI cable and the box. But there were some usability and incompatibility issues that mean it isn’t perfect for everyone.

Let’s first look at two other cool features that are fairly unique. The HDS-WHDI100 offers two inputs, allowing you to connect your media streamer or cable box and your PS3 or Wii U simultaneously and switch between them at any time using the remote. If you don’t already have a traditional receiver, this can help out tremendously. Similarly, there is an HDMI output as well, a pass-through option so you can both have the signal transmitted wirelessly as well as show up on your TV or sent through your receiver. In fact, this was exactly what we ended up having to do. Peerless also claims that theirs is the “only system that provides the ability to expand wireless connectivity with the ability to add additional HDMI sources wirelessly to one HDTV with an available Transmitter accessory”, though we didn’t test this out. Some systems use the 802.11 band for their signals, which can wreak havoc with your wifi, but this one uses a different band altogether (4.9-5.9 GHz).

Full support for 5.1 audio and 3D video is included, though not 7.1. We liked the included IR re-transmitters, a boon if you plan on trying to hide the boxes somewhere in your A/V cabinet. Plus, the signal is strong enough to travel through walls, floors, and ceilings so line of sight is not required- however, you can expect your range to be greatly reduced. We faced a couple of technical issues, as mentioned- troubleshooting the system with Peerless, it appeared our Onkyo receiver was incompatible. In addition, we regularly had to cycle the power on the units. They tended to go to sleep automatically when we turned the source off, but when woken up via either a signal or by pressing the power button, they were unreliable in synchronizing. A hard reboot always fixed the issue, and both units did start up fast, in only a couple of seconds sending clear video more than 25 feet and through a wall in our tests. When changing devices or sources, it can take a bit longer. We should also note that the boxes do get pretty warm, and aren’t exactly attractive. But the Peerless HDS-WHDI100 works pretty well, offering great HD wireless video without interference and with fairly easy setup, at a reasonable price- around $220 in stores and online.

 

By: Greg (Via TrulyGadgets)