IOGEAR Wireless HD Kit Review
Ryan Bloom / Jul 13th, 2016 No Comments
Wires are the biggest enemy of technology. The obstructions connect your electronic devices but also clutter up desks and make a mess of tidy floors. Wires have long been seen as a necessary evil, but technology has slowly begun to do away with wires. WiFi and Bluetooth technology have helped usher in a wireless era, but not everything can be wireless.
Like most people, you probably have to deal with unwieldy wires for your television and home theater setup. However, there may be a solution. Although not completely cordless, the IOGEAR Wireless HDMI Kit is a great solution to set up a home AV system without cluttering up the area near your TV.
Plug and Play
Setting up the IOGEAR Kit is only slightly more complex than hooking up your television to a cable box or gaming console. Rather than plugging your media devices directly into a TV, you plug them into the transmitter in the kit. There are two HDMI inputs available, so you can connect up to two devices.
For my setup, I plugged in a media streaming device to one HDMI slot and my Xbox One to the other. IOGEAR does not recommend using the kit with a console, but we’ll have more on that later. The transmitter also requires its own source of power, so make sure you have a surge protector available nearby.
The other half of the kit is a receiver, which connects to your TV through HDMI. This small box communicates with the transmitter, which sends HD signals from your plugged in devices to the receiver and onto your television.
The transmitter is smaller than most devices you would connect to your TV, but it also requires its own power source, meaning it may not be ideal for you. You will be left with a power cord and HDMI cord in view so it won’t hide all unsightly wires. However, in my case, it allowed me to hide my electronics in a cabinet and greatly reduce cord and device clutter in my living room.
There is also a remote included that can be used to switch between the two HDMI input sources.
Living Without Wires
The reason wires exist is because they are seemingly faster and more reliable than a wireless connection. So what happens when you use the wireless HDMI kit? With the media streaming box, we noticed no discernable lag or lack of quality. Full 1080p HD images came in as clear using the wireless kit as they did without it.
Despite IOGEAR urging us that the kit was not designed for consoles, we decided to try it anyways. The results were the same as the media box. Streaming apps such as Netflix and Watch ESPN provided HD images with no choppiness or lag.
Solo play in video games had the same result. I was able to free-run through Mirror’s Edge Catalyst and hoop in NBA 2K16 without any issue. It wasn’t until I tried Rocket League multiplayer that I experienced problems. There was lag while playing online, but it was difficult to discern whether the cause of the problem was through using the wireless HDMI kit or from internet connectivity issues. Regardless, if you do a lot of online gaming, wireless is likely not the solution for you at this time, no matter if you’re using this specific unit or any other one on the market.
The IOGEAR kit also includes an IR feature that allows users to point their remotes toward the television rather than at each individual device. To use this, you must find the IR blaster on the device and cover it with one of the included stick-on blasters. This plugs into the transmitter and the signal goes to the receiver, meaning you can change the channel or volume simply by pointing the remote at the front of the transmitter.
Another cool feature of the wireless HDMI kit is that it can be hooked up to send signals to two TVs. We did not get a chance to use this feature, but the concept is that one TV is hooked up in the traditional corded way while the other uses the receiver to get the same signal.
The IOGEAR Wireless HDMI Kit helps reduce visible cord and electronic clutter in your living room. I wound up with all that clutter stuffed into a cabinet, but at least it felt organized and was not visible to guests.
As far as the technology, there is no discernable difference between using the HDMI kit and a wired connection, and that is awesome. It may not be for you if you are a gamer, but it is great for a living room AV setup. Perhaps one day, we will live in a world where HDMI is completely wireless. Until that day comes, the IOGEAR Wireless HDMI Kit is as close you can get.
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