I have cable but I want to use my tv in a totally different part of the
house and it would cost me a lot to run the cable there. Is there a
good wireless solution that would work over about 60 feet?
Yes, it probably would. It would also be a lot less reliable.
A wireless video link would be one-channel only, so you'd need to have
some way of controlling the source, another point of decreased
reliability. You may even get a free dinner bell (microwave oven
interference, when picture returns food is ready).
The wireless media modems are not "one channel only"; instead, they use a
server to record the programming and the wireless modem with its' daily
updated "program guide" to allow selection of both live TV channels and
previously recorded channels. They are extremely versatile. I use 5 around
my house, and my wife watches one program, for example, I watch a second,
and it is also recording yet another all at the same time!
There are also cheap one way wireless links to send standard TV video with
stereo audio over short distances of, let's say, 50 or 75 feet, which are
single channel. I use to used the Leapfrog. a $79 device, to do this. It
also transmits in the 2.4 GHz band, same as the Linksys computer gear and
also microwave ovens and some cordless phones. It worked fairly well, but
Yes Mark. The server I referred to at the other end of the wireless link is
a computer running SageTV software in the background, and acts as a digital
form of VCR called, as you correctly stated, a DVR. This solution may be far
too complicated for the original poster, and certainly costs more than 60
foot of coax or a Leapfrog RF link.
A number of techniques exist for transmitting wireless TV around the house,
but the one I have had great success with is SageTV and its' $149 wireless
media modem. They use MPEG2 compressed video at around 5 or 6 MBits/sec much
like normal DVDs. They transmit using the 802.11.b wireless scheme used by
all of the home computer networks such as those from Linksys, DLink, etc.
There are also MPEG4 techniques using higher compression to do wireless
They have been around for at least a year since I got mine going over a year
There are wireless solutions but the picture loss is noticeable. The
wireless boxes will run you between 75 and 100 bucks. How much will
running the coax cost? You will need to have a tv or some other device
with a tuner where the coax ends to send the signal too! The devices
use 2.4 ghz and can be bothered by cordless phones and microwave ovens
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