As technology continues to advance, it becomes more and more convenient for the everyday user. Developers recognize how important space is to us, and they’re constantly inventing new ways for us to use smaller, more efficient items. A wireless audio/video transmitter is a perfect example of this, and it’s an enormously convenient device for a number of purposes. Whether you’re using it in a home theater, for work or for hobbies, a wireless audio/video transmitter can give you more freedom than you’ve ever experienced.
A wireless audio/video transmitter does exactly what it sounds like: it transmits audio and video signals wirelessly. The signal you transmit can be almost any kind – you can broadcast your computer’s image onto monitors in different rooms, watch movies on multiple TV’s, or control your stereo from a control that’s meters away. The number and types of media you can transmit depends on the exact model you buy.
Wireless audio/video transmitters are especially useful to people with bigger homes, for obvious reasons. The ability to transmit a signal through walls is particularly convenient to people in older homes as well, since every room might not have a cable or phone outlet, and wireless capability makes this a non-issue. However, placement is important, as the range of a transmitter isn’t unlimited, and can vary between models. Normally, a transmitter will reach between 400 and 1,000 square feet, getting weaker the farther away you get. Walls can also reduce the distance of the signal.
Adapting to the distance limitations should be fairly easy, and simply requires good placement. Also, different transmitters have greater and lesser range, so if you’re worried about it, just look at the specifications of the specific model you’re looking for. Of course, this step is important for more than just the signal range: you’ll always need to look at the specifications of a transmitter to see if you can use it. No wireless transmitter is going to cover every possible type of connection, and it’s important to make sure that the transmitter you buy is compatible with the type of signal you want to broadcast.
A wireless audio/video transmitter can be a timesaving, ultra-convenient device, but there’s one catch – you need to be able to receive the signal it transmits. A normal TV, monitor or stereo does not have the hardware necessary to receive a wireless signal, as these devices are usually made for wired inputs. While some new devices are built with wireless capability, that feature is still extremely rare.
In order to make a normal TV, monitor or stereo work with a transmitter, you’ll need to use a receiver. A video/audio receiver is the companion to the transmitter. From the receiver, you can connect the necessary cables to whatever output you’re using.
That might sound counterproductive – after all, the whole point is to avoid wires. However, the receiver still allows a much greater amount of space flexibility that you would have normally. Because the transmitter and receiver don’t have to be physically connected, you can place the receiver (and your output device) wherever you want them, provided they are within the transmitter’s range. The receiver might add a little bit of extra hardware, so it doesn’t provide the advantage of using fewer wires. But it does give the user much more flexibility when it comes to the placement of both the input and output devices.
Overall, a wireless audio/video transmitter is a great device that’s still a little bit ahead of its time. Because most devices aren’t built with receivers, the wireless transmitter still isn’t making full use of its space-saving capabilities, but it does still allow us more options when it comes to placing our equipment.