StarTech HDMI Wireless Extender over WHDI – Review



In my Studio I have been looking at ways to place a High Definition TV in a location that has power but nearly impossible to run a cable. The folks at StarTech.com sent over a HDMI Wireless Extender using WHDI  in the 5.1 to 5.9mhz. This HDMI extender is capable of extending a HDMI signal  strait line of up to 50 ft.

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Here is how I employed it. I have Mac Mini that I used to monitor the social media stream while we are live on the air. I have always had trouble looking at the monitor it is attached to. So I used a 1×2 HDMI distribution amplifier and hooked one output to the monitor, and the other output to the StarTech  HDMI transmitter. The HDMI Transmitter is very tiny maybe 1 inch by 3 inches and comes with a 90 degree adapter if needed.

I then hooked the receiver up to a flat screen TV in the back of my studio so that I can observer without looking away from my primary camera. This all took about 15 minutes to hook up..  I am here to tell you running that cable 20 feet would have sucked, and my wife would have been pissed as the studio would have had a cable running across the wall.

The best part is that the receiver can support additional transmitters so all I need to buy is more transmitters and I can send two wireless signals to the HDTV and when I want to switch. So it will be cool to watch a movie in the studio when not on the air.  The StarTech kit include a wireless remote control that brings up a on screen menu for its system config and pairing, I can also easily changes sources with a click of the button.

Going wireless is going to set up back about $285.00 on most of their retailers. When it is impossible to run a cable this is the way to go i’m in love already. You end up with a clean install and crystal clear picture as if it had been plugged into a cable. Supported resolutions include 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p.

I am not sure why I waited so long to implement a solution like this but it really keeps the cable deployments to a minimum and works like a charm.

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Todd Cochrane is the Founder of Geek News Central and host of the Geek News Central Podcast. His a Podcast Hall of Fame Inductee and was one of the first podcasters in 2004. He wrote the first book on podcasting and did many of the early Podcast Advertising deals in the podcasting space.