A creative solution for sharing entertainment.
I love wireless technology. I think it’s one of the best innovations in the last ten years that has really shown us how to connect to each other even when we are apart. I was recently introduced to a new wireless product that seems to take media entertaining to a new level — the ORION Home Wireless HD Video Transmitter & Receiver.
The ORION Wireless HD Video system makes it possible for you to stream video wirelessly from one room to another using their paired transmitter and receiver. “It’s like an invisible HDMI cable,” according to their website. With the system, you are able to transmit an HD video signal from your A/V receiver, cable/satellite, Blu-Ray, or PC up to 40 feet away from your HDTV or projector. The idea is that you can share media between viewing devices without having to have additional receivers from cable companies. It supposed to provide you with 1080P HD video from any HDMI source. According to their website, signals should be able to travel through walls, floors, and ceilings without interference but a clear line of sight results in maximum range.
- Supported Video Resolution: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 576p, 480p (will support 4K content that has been downscaled to 1080p by source device)
- Audio Formats Supported: PCM 2CH, Dolby 5.1
- Ports & Interfaces: Transmitter: HDMI input, HDMI Loop-Through (Output), Micro USB (for power), 2.5mm Jack (for IR Emitter) Receiver: HDMI Output, Micro USB (for power), 3.5mm Jack (for IR Emitter)
- Wireless Range: 40ft (streaming line of sight results in maximum range)
- Transmission Frequency: 802.11 a,b,g,n ; 5.8GHz (Band 1 & 4)
- IR Frequency: 30-60KHz
- What’s Included: Digital Wireless HD Transmitter, 2x External IR Remote Extender, Digital Wireless HD Receiver, 2x 100-240V AC Power Adapters, 5ft HDMI Cable, 2x Screws/Screw Anchors, 1-year Warranty, Lifetime Customer Support
The setup of the ORION Home Wireless HD Video system is pretty painless. Nyrius does only include one HDMI cable, which I wasn’t super happy about since it meant I had to hunt for a second one to make the system work. Aside from that, you plug the receiver and the transmitter into power and an HDMI port. The receiver just plugs into an HDMI port on a display while the transmitter actually plugs into your media device. Out of the box, the transmitter and receiver will automatically pair together, but if they don’t you can force the pairing using the steps in the instruction manual.
As it happens we have TVs in several rooms of our home but we don’t have satellite receivers connected to each one. So, the ORION system was going to get an interesting test run with us. I took the transmitter to our bedroom where we have an easy to access to one of our satellite receivers. I plugged a spare HDMI cable into the input port of the transmitter and the other end into the output port on our satellite box. Then, I plugged the transmitter into a power strip. It turned on and as indicated by its LED, it was transmitting a signal. Then, I moved to our office which at the front of the house. We have an HDTV in that room as well but it does not have any cable system connected to it. I plugged the provided HDMI cable from Nyrius into the back of the receiver and the other end into the HDMI 4 port of our TV. I waited until the LED on the receiver was a solid white indicating that it was connected to the transmitter in the other room. Then I turned our TV input to HDMI 4.
I was surprised to find that a shaky signal was being broadcast onto the screen. The system worked but it wasn’t 100% clear. I would liken the picture quality to a poor antennae signal. I know that I wasn’t pulling in the antennae signal because I was able to switch back and forth between the Live TV input and the HDMI 4 input signal individually. I had separate channels broadcasting on each input so it was not the same signal at all. I was a little disappointed but not surprised at the results considering that there were several walls and many devices between the transmitter and receiver which can contribute to the loss of signal quality.
The details of the product do state that it transmits a signal up to 40 feet away from the transmitter but that’s with a ‘clear’ line of sight. This is a bit confusing to me since the point of this system is to connect two entertainment system in different areas rather than ones that are in the same room. That said, I could see someone who is using a projector that is mounted to a ceiling away from its input device getting very good use out of this system. We have a friend who dedicates a wall in his house for projector viewing and he had to run lots of cables across his ceiling and down his walls. This sytem would have prevented him from needing to do that.
So, can I recommend this system? Well, it does work but I think it will only excel under the proper circumstances. I’ve had the opportunity to work with a few different screen-casting devices and I think that the ORION system can work if it’s given the proper connectivity option. It would be great if you could connect the two boxes over WiFi or Bluetooth so that it was more of a stable connection. It connects through a technology called “ORION GigaXtreme” and there is no clear definition of what that is. As a user, you don’t have control over the connection between the two boxes either. I like the simplicity of the plug-n-play system, but in this case, I wouldn’t mind having a bit more control over this system. The ORION Home Wireless HD Video Transmitter & Receiver is expandable with the kit of transmitter/receiver starting at $149.99.