Problem: You have decided you would like to mount your new flat screen TV on your fireplace mantel. You are fortunate because the builder added an outlet to supply power for a mantel clock, decorations and so on. Unfortunately there isn’t a way to add a hidden HDMI cable behind the brick to send the signal to your new TV from your receiver or satellite box, located in another part of the room. What do you do?

One possible solution is a wireless HDMI Device. I just happen to have one here to review. I just received a Actiontec MyWirelessTV2 Wireless HD Video Kit for review and I can’t wait to see how it compares to a hard-wired TV. But before I can review it I need to get the box opened, so let’s get started.

The Actiontec MyWirelessTV2 Wireless HD Video Kit comes in a branded retail box with a hook hangar on top, so it can be displayed on a wall or shelf in the store. The front of the box has a picture of a TV hung on a wall connected to one of the Actiontec MyWirelessTV2 Wireless HD Video Kit devices. The other device is connected to an Entertainment center to demonstrate how you will use the devices.  The rear of the box lists the two main features the product will offer you. The elimination of drill holes for wiring, and the ability to connect any HDMI-enabled source to any HDTV or Projector.

 

The right side panel lists the Actiontec MyWirelessTV2 Wireless HD Video Kit specifications. The left side panel lists everything that’s in the box and some marketing to let you know how easy it is to set up.

Actiontec MyWirelessTV2 Wireless HD Video Kit

To open the fairly heavy-duty cardboard box you will need to break the seal on the top flap and slide out the two inner cardboard trays that hold the Actiontec MyWirelessTV2 Wireless HD Video Kit devices. The trays are also made of cardboard and are much thinner than the outer box. It is easy to tell that cutting packaging costs was a consideration while designing the packaging. As soon as you slide out the two trays you will be greeted by the two Actiontec MyWirelessTV2 Wireless HD Video Kit devices covered in plastic and all of the documentation will fall out with the trays.

Actiontec MyWirelessTV2 Wireless HD Video Kit

Once you lift the two Actiontec MyWirelessTV2 devices from the trays you will find the AC adapter, Infra Red sender, HDMI cable  3 ft in length, and some self adhesive Velcro pads so you can attach the Actiontec MyWirelessTV2 to the back of the TV or projector.

What’s in the Box?

Actiontec has managed to fit quite a few items in the compact box. You will find the following inside:

  • Two Actiontec MyWirelessTV2 Devices (one transmitter and one receiver)
  • Two wall wart AC adapters with 5 ft of cord
  • Two 3 ft HDMI cables
  • One Infra Red Transmitter
  • One Infra Red Receiver
  • Two Velcro Pads for attaching the Actiontec MyWirelessTV2 devices
  • One Quick Start Guide
  • One FAQ Document with a toll-free Support Phone Number
  • The usual Licensing agreement
  • and finally the General Regulatory Compliance notice

Specifications

Devices Supported: – Most HD cable and satellite set-top boxes with HDMI output
– Most Blu-ray players and HD gaming consoles with HDMI output
– TVs and projectors with HDMI input
Video Output: Up to full 1080p30 HD (H.264)
Video: – H.264 video compression
– Supports up to 1080p60 resolution
Audio: – Non-compressed LPCM
– Pass-through 5.1 surround
A/V Interface: – Transmitter: 1 x HDMI input & 1 x HDMI pass-through
– Receiver: 1 x HDMI output
Wireless: – 802.11n dual-band
– Operates on 5GHz frequency
– AES 128-bit WPS pre-pairing

I plan to connect the Actiontec MyWirelessTV2 to my Epson 5030 HD projector to fully test the quality of the signal.

Please stay tuned for my review coming soon.