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Works great as long as you don't turn off the TV. I have two of these systems and I love them except for one small flaw. The receivers like to frequently go to sleep or whatever when I turn off the tv. Signal strength is good and no breakup when using them, but over 75% of the time I have to power cycle the receiver after turning on the TV and finding a blank screen and not the satellite screensaver that I should see. The satellite receiver is always outputting signal and I never turn off the transmitter side of this system. I don't even turn off the receiver but like I said above, more than 3/4 the time I get a blank screen and need to unplug and plug in the power to the receiver at the TV. I called tech support and they said there is no 'sleep' or 'power saving mode' by design that would cause the receiver to go to sleep when it detects (through the HDMI) that the TV is off. Since I have two identical systems from them and both behave this way, I have to think it's a design flaw that they have not owned up to or acknowledge. Make sure when you are hiding the receiver and power that you have access to one or the other so you can power cycle it unless you leave your tv on 24/7
This device is perfect if all you want is to wirelessly get audio and video to any device in another room or outside on your porch. The only problem is it does not broadcast digital audio, only normal analog stereo or "PCM" sound. This is important because the device I'm streaming from is a U-Verse receiver in my front room that is hooked to a full entertainment system with Yamaha full Dolby Sound with 5.1 speakers. When I stream from the ActionTec transmitter to the ActionTec receiver in my bedroom I get a beautiful picture in full HD but no sound. If I go to my U-Verse receiver and change the sound output to "stereo", I can get sound and picture on my bedroom TV but now my fantastic entertainment system in the front is also only playing in normal stereo, not Dolby Digital. The person in the support center did not seem to understand that there is a difference between "5.1 Digital" sound as advertised and "PCM" stereo sound as this device uses. Other than that, if you want to wirelessly stream video and audio 100+ ft this device is great at a really great price. If you're a true audiophile like me you won't be totally happy with the sound but it does work.
This is my second Actiontec, and 3rd wireless HD transmitter/ receiver device set. My previous Actiontec device
Actiontec MyWirelessTV MWTV200KIT-01 Multi-Room Wireless HD Video Kit
was damaged in a move, and I needed the same wireless functionality to offset the worst coaxial connection placement in my new house. In comparison, the newer model has better controls and pairing (so far) and is missing the remote control that was needed to pair and setup the older one. Boxes are the same size and shape, but new button faces mean less likely to break.
HDMI ports are somewhat loose, but I recall that from the old style too. Nothing a few zip ties won't fix.
The receiver is small enough to fit behind my TV, and this time Actiontec included Velcro mounting stickers, which I had purchased last time.
The IR blaster is much better than the old design - the transmitter has Velcro, but the IR actually bends around to face the eye in a much better way. The IR receiver however is the same, but lacking any adhesive. Double sided tape to the rescue.
Pairing was instantaneous. No setting or configuration required. Signal is generally okay when stable, but it passes through a floor into a utility room with many pipes and ducts. Remote repose time appears to be acceptable. Changing channels and menus not frustrating yet. Time will tell, same on picture stability.
My old model went through a firewall and performed very well for almost 4 years. I hope to get the same out of this device.
1 WEEK UPDATE: IR channel changing is spotty, and signal and sound frequently get interference from transmitter less than 10 feet away through 1 floor. I am hoping that tinkering with the placement of both devices might improve the performance. Right now it is almost unusable.
Had it 3 years. Now it’s constantly spotty and blurry. It worked well enough to justify spending $160 three years ago. We bought it because it was more low profile than more expensive transmitters out there. I’d recommend buying a better one if you intend to connect it to TVs you use every day. We bought it be able to get watch TV in a loft area and not have to spend $$$ running cable. It’s a good model for a backyard TV etc.
I wanted to connect 2nd tv in different room (20 ft away) to watch HDMI quality as my primary tv. It works most of the time. Every once in a while, I have to reset transmitter and receiver. (remove power and re-insert power), otherwise no signal in 2nd tv. Another thing that annoys a little - when 2nd tv is turned on, primary tv's sound goes up. I have to reduce primary tv's volume by half to keep same volume level. When 2nd tv is turned off, then I have to raise the volume on primary tv. Without these two issues, I would have given five stars.
It did not work for me. The small print indicates that my electronics (which are five years old) may not have the features necessary to support this system's operation. It is carefully packaged, and--I am certain--a quality product. It just doesn't do what it is advertised it can do with the systems I have. I ended up getting another IOGear pair of units that worked immediately as soon as I plugged them in.
So far it is working great. I've had it running 24/7 for over 2 months on an HD surveillance monitor. The equipment is in a closed closet and the monitor is about 15 feet away on a desk. I haven't tried the IR.
Update 2-19-17: It is still working. Occasionally the unit needs to be power cycled but not too often. One big problem I've encountered is there is almost a full second delay from the source to the monitor. I though there was a problem with my wireless mouse, but it turns out it was just the delay caused by the transmitter. You move the mouse and it takes a second for the cursor to actually move. This makes controlling a computer terribly frustrating.
The distance is very short. Probably OK in the same room but maybe 15 feet away through ordinary walls, the link is weak and the picture is pix-elated and jerky. It is possible that there may be too much interference by other electronics.
When the link gets weak or gets interference, the pass through (not passive) on the transmitter will drop the local signal. This results in many signal interruptions on the primary signal. This can be resolved with an HDMI splitter installed in front of the MWTV2 transmitter.
The picture size will not follow the TV or cable box, the size is determined by the MWTV2 system and it would default to 720 when it can't figure out the size even when the transmission is 1080p. There is no GUI menu adjustment to override this determination.
The linkup is very sensitive. Once established, if the receiver is disconnected and reconnected, the transmitter must be power cycled to get a new pairing in order to work correctly.
If this device is to be used for your primary TV, it’s not for you. I have found that this device constantly needs to be rebooted. There are times that the feed through to my primary TV does not work and needs to be rebooted. The wireless IR receiver seems to have a mind of its own. It only works sporadically. When you do get it working, it does work great. It’s just a pain in the butt to frequently reboot both receiver and transmitter.
I was very curious about this device. My receiver and tv are about 4 feet apart and would be a huge job in order to run the cables from behind due to my house being an old house. Was impressed how easy the device connected and was up and running. everything you need for it to work comes in the box. When I paired the devices I could definitely see and hear a lag time on the video from the sound. Its about a half to full second off. I think this device is better suited for those looking to mirror a tv in an another room versus what I had in mind. So I give this product just three stars. Wish it was five :(.