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Actiontec - MyWirelessTV2 Wireless Video Transmitter and Receiver - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars with 1290 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    WORKS LIKE ITS SUPPOSED TO WORK - GREAT

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    COOLDEZINE
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    I did read reviews and it had good reviews but of course I was skeptical because with this kind of stuff you never know. Instructions were easy to follow. The product is small and lightweight and easy to put anywhere, not big and bulky like the other one I bought and took back. Once it’s hooked up it works off its own signal, not your Wi-Fi, which is a huge plus simply because if you have terrible Wi-Fi it can tend to make you think you have a bad product when in fact it’s usually Wi-Fi (modem, carrier). But like I said, this works off its own signal, so if you have bad Wi-Fi you don’t have to worry. The main box is in a fourth bedroom and the second box I keep on a TV in the kitchen and the signal works without a hitch! One issue I've noticed and also read in a few other reviews is that sometimes if you don't turn on the second TV first you may not get that signal ... I think the instructions tell you that too but I can’t remember. Rest assured, as long as I have that kitchen TV on first I have zero problems. One time I turned it on, and it didn't have sound; not sure why. I unplugged the two boxes plugged back up hasn't happened since. The only other thing I would say is the remote control usage can be irritating. It works but doesn't work well. It’s hard to get the remote to read properly. It’s not a deal breaker though. The question is can you watch cable on a different TV without hooking up extra wires, or without paying for an extra cable box, or without drilling new holes for a coaxle. YES! This device makes it possible, and it’s easy and now when I am in the kitchen cooking long meals I can watch whatever I feel like including my recorded shows. Picture quality is excellent. It was on sale when I bought it but I don't remember what I paid - it was worth it - better than 10 extra a month for a tv I only watch while I am cooking year after year the savings add up, not to mention I can take the second receiver and pretty much use it wherever I want. It’s that easy to hook up. If you want to watch cable easily on a TV and you don’t want to pay for an extra box, or use more wires through walls and floors, this product works well! 5 stars would equal remote working much better and not having to turn 2nd tv on first. Neither are deal breakers!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Depends How You're Going To Use It

    Posted
    ProjectorBuyer
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    I purchased this item to avoid having to run an HDMI cable to my projector from my AV receiver. Ultimately I ended up returning it for two primary reasons described below related to my setup. Otherwise, I found the picture quality to be great (no noticeable difference from HDMI cable), the setup to be very easy and performance to be fairly consistent (had to reboot every now and then to reestablish the connection between transmitter and receiver/occasional hiccups in picture quality. I did not test the range enough to comment there). If you're looking at this item to send both audio and video to a TV simultaneously (i.e., non-projector or no AV receiver setup), then I would recommend it. The issues: 1) Video latency - the extent of latency varied from barely perceptible to just enough to be distracting. It was never horrible but it's the type of thing you can't ignore even more so because you know it might show up anytime. To the manufacturer's credit, the device does feature a gaming mode which reduces picture quality to cut down on latency, but that was not a tradeoff i wanted to make for my regular tv viewing. I did not experiment too much with this mode to comment on the actual extent of quality sacrificed. However, I do not expect it would have made too much of a difference for me given my setup, i.e. my issue is primarily due to audio and video traveling different paths (see setup notes below) rather than the speed of the transmission overall. 2) HDMI/CEC issues - one of my favorite features of my Chromecast is its ability to automatically turn my AV receiver on and switch inputs when I cast a video. For whatever reason, these features stopped working when the wireless transmitter, rather than my TV directly, was connected to the HDMI out port. These features also stopped working for my ps3. Setup notes: All of my content sources (cable, Chromecast, laptop, etc) are plugged directly into my AV receiver via HDMI and my AV receiver is directly connected to my surround speakers. The wireless transmitter was plugged into the HDMI out of my AV receiver and the wireless receiver was plugged into my projector. Epilogue: I moved my AV cabinet and am using an old fashioned HDMI cable from my AV receiver to my projector. Initially I wanted to avoid this setup as I had to split my cable line now to service internet and TV - also, I no longer have line of sight for my IR remotes. Bottom line is that you're going to have some tradeoffs in your setup no matter what. Decide what's important for you and perhaps this item could be a part of it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Try only if you have no other option

    Posted
    FrustratedUser
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    I found the product unreliable. It was recommended and installed by the Geek Squad as part of my home theater upgrade. The install seemed uneventful - mount the devices, connect cables, and power up. But the time delay before the link activated seemed excessive and was annoying. The link dropped several times before it seemed to settle in and the installers left. Each time it was necessary to reposition the transmitter, disconnect and reconnect power to reset the link. The first evening the link dropped regularly when simply changing channels on the TV, again necessitating a power down/power up sequence to make it work again. Day 2 was the same and it became very annoying. The included brochure was little additional help but provided a web address for additional info (very little) and a phone nr to tech support. I called, listened to a recorded greeting (for what seemed like 5 minutes and was of little help) before I got to a tech. His first question after I described my experience was "How close to the transmitter is your wireless router?" Well, It was within about 18 inches (right where the Geek Squad put it). He told me no other emitter should be within 20 ft of the transmitter (not feasible in my case) else mutual interference would likely degrade the link's performance. I think he was right because I had a longer HDMI cable to connect to the transmitter as an experiment and got about 6 ft of separation between the transmitter and my wireless router. Saw no change in link reliability. It still dropped as frequently as before. BTW, the distance between the transmitter and receiver near my TV was less than 20 ft with one interior wall between them. Also BTW, there's no reference to minimum separation of transmitter and other emitters in either the provided documentation or the vendor's web site.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Surprising performance

    Posted
    fmvf26

    I recently built a "She Shed" for my wife, so she can do her crafts and what not in peace. I wanted to surprise her by adding a small TV in the shed, but since it is already finished I did not want to cut holes in the walls I just put up. I was very skeptical about these trans/receivers I was looking at, as the walls contained insulation that have a heat shield barrier on one side. Something that looks like it would interfere with the signal passing through it. It looks like an aluminum film. I did go ahead and purchase this unit to try it out, with the option of returning it if it didn't work out as I hoped it would. Turns out it works perfectly, no signal loss, no delays, no interruptions of the signals. It just works!! Only one slight problem I had, no fault of this unit, is to locate the remote sensor on the cable TV box. Once I found the location of the sensor it worked perfectly. Needless to say the wife is happy as can be, and I get to eat another hamburger tonight :-)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works well as expected

    Posted
    CriticalCare
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    So far, I have had minimal issues with the wireless transmitter. I am using it to broadcast a cable box signal from a theater to an adjacent family room. The IR repeater/emitter is great because it allows my Logitech harmony remote control to power on/control the cable box as if it is in the same room. I have read reviews regarding instability of the connection between the units and that has only happened to me once in the 4 months I have had the product. It was simple enough to reset it and the connection re-established. Perhaps they are having issues because of the distance between the two receivers. I am using it about 20 feet through 2 walls. All in all, it works as I expected. The only thing preventing me from giving 5 stars is the fact that I was having some issues using this with my surround sound pass through. Originally I wanted it to connect my cable box to a SONY STR pass-through then to a TV, but there seems to be a compatibility issue with pass-through surround sound systems. I ended it connecting from the Actiontec straight to the TV and using the TV's optical out to connect it to the SONY system. It's not ideal, but it works.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    I would recommend you go wired

    Posted
    max9002
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    This product is insanely frustrating. It has to be reset almost every time it is used and the transmitter interferes with the primary tv it is connected to. Since the signal has to pass through it first and then on ro my main tv and audio receiver, it never transmits correctly. The picture flickers on an off and I have to bypass the transmitter in order to get it to work. It is insanely annoying, I recommend you stay away unless you plan to never use the TV that the transmitter is connected to. In that case all you will have to do is reset the units almost every time before using it. Also wish the employee at Best Buy was more knowledgeable because they told me there was no real difference between this one and the Best Buy version. As it turns out there is a significant difference as the Best Buy one allows you to use your power outlets to transmit the signal. This would have been a lot better than the stupid wireless connection because it's so unreliable. And of course I'm Way Beyond being able to return or get it repaired under warranty so I think I will use it for target practice the next time I go shooting. Maybe one day this technology will catch up and it will work better. When it works it does work and it does transmit an HD picture but don't expect it to last without having to be reset constantly.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Does what it says and does it well.

    Posted
    JoeHTech
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    I have a Tivo Premier XL in my living room and an older Tivo Series 2 in the bedroom. The Tivo Series 2 is low-def only and doesn't support digital only cable signals. I've been living with it and really wanted to upgrade it but they are so expensive when you buy the lifetime subscription. I bought this so that I can wirelessly use my living room Tivo in the bedroom at night. It took me about 30 minutes tops to get both the transmitter and receiver connected. The hardest part of the whole install was trying to find the IR sensor on the front of my Tivo for the IR Blaster on the transmitter. Once I found that everything worked flawlessly. I've only been using it for a few days and I love it. It saved me a few hundred dollars from buying another Tivo. Picture and sound quality are perfect. I was expecting to get some time lag with the remote but the delay is so tiny that I don't even notice it. FF and RWD is not a problem at all.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice product with some flaws

    Posted
    Tombohio56
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    This unit does get the job done, but every so often it seems to drop or lose the connection between transmitter and receiver for no apparent reason. The fix is to reboot both units (as others have mentioned, just rebooting one or the other simply does not work), and after a few minutes the units are up and running again. The other complaint is the IR transmission from the TV end is a bit slow compared to our box located upstairs but again not really a deal-breaker. We have Spectrum (formerly TWC) and use this Actiontec on our 2nd TV in our bedroom. It certainly saved me from figuring out how to run a cable line when we switched bedrooms; drilling through concrete block was not very appealing) and for the convenience it's easy for us to overlook its somewhat finicky operation. Your mileage may vary, but we've been using this unit for almost a year and its still going. Not a bad investment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Strong Picture, Easy Setup

    Posted
    Chubbs
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    This product is exactly what I needed for my entertainment setup. It was my goal to have my Bar TV show whatever it was that I was playing on my main living room T.V. I use multiple devices (e.g. Playstation, cable, Apple TV, etc.) on my main T.V. In order to make sure all devices ran through the MyWirelessTV, I had to separately purchase a 4 port HDMI switch and place in series with the transmitter. I will admit, the 4-Port switch when used with MyWirelessTV can be a bit "glitchy". Sometimes the audio doesn't work right away or the picture doesn't show up (on either TV) properly; this is simply fixed by sometimes turning OFF the 4-port switch and turning it on again. Very rarely, I am required to unplug the HDMI cable (running to the TV) and then plug it back in. These are small prices to pay in order to have both TVs showing exactly the same thing when using a device of my choosing. If this product were to "play" better with the 4-port HDMI switch, I would have given it a perfect rating. The transmitted picture quality is practically perfect and I do not notice any delay in picture. There is a very slight delay in audio between the main TV and the one that is receiving the transmission however. I simply do not have the secondary TV's volume on. Problem solved.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Can watch cable tv in another room wirelessly.

    Posted
    redg54
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    I love the concept of this. We are able to watch tv wirelessly in another room as long as an existing cable box is hooked up to the transmitter and turned on. The receiver is in our sunroom. My only con is that the IR cable for the remote on the receiver is about 5 feet and we wanted to extend it to about 12 feet for a better connection, but there are no compatible male/female end cables. Found that out by trial and error with 3 different cables, then Actiontec finally responded and stated there is nothing on the market. Therefore, we have rearranged our set-up and will hide the wires through "wall channels". This kit works great...there is a little delay between the reading of the remote, but overall, it sure beats having to have another hardwired cable wire through an exterior wall. It works great for what we needed. This is highly recommended if you plan on using within the same room (what this kit is really intended for) where you can hide the cable box and wires and just have the IR remote cable exposed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Worked right off the bat

    Posted
    EMER1
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    I bought this because I mounted a TV on the wall on the back porch next to the pool and didn't want to run the cable box outside, nor drill a hole in my stucco wall. It worked as soon they synced together first time. The transmitter is hooked up to the TV in the Living room, and mounted the receiver to the back of the outside TV. Obstruction is partial stucco wall, a glass window, & sliding glass doors. The IR blaster isn't working as advertised. You're supposed to be able to change channels thru it. Can't get it to do that. Luckily I can change channels by pointing the TV remote at the cable box inside thru the window or glass door. It does fall out of sync every now and then, as mentioned in other reviews, I'm not lazy so I don't mind walking inside to fix it. Just unplug the power cord from the transmitter and plug back in. To have cable TV outside by the pool makes it worth that little bit of trouble. I was surprised how good the picture is on HD channels, however non-HD channels are blurry. Actually I wasn't expecting it to work at all, but overall it is doing exactly what I wanted it to do; give me the ability to watch TV while relaxing in the pool.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Neat Technology - Signal can have interference

    Posted
    BMunsie
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    First of all this was very easy to hook up. Second of all it was pretty neat to see the signal transferred. To be fair, I might have been expecting too much from this. My father-in-law has a projection TV that would only play from his Blue-Ray player. He didn't have any other source run to the unit when he had it installed. We tried to use this to get signal from his main floor TV to the basement theater with the projection TV. The quality of the signal wasn't the best for running through his projector. I don't know if there were other items using the same frequency to mess up the transmission, or if there is just that much in the floor between his main floor and the basement. Either way, it was enough loss to warrant him paying for the cable company to put another box in the basement to feed the projection TV. Perhaps a smaller TV would have been better and less demanding for high quality signal. I would recommend this to a friend, but with a caution regarding the size of the receiving TV.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good HD video, couple glitches & 1 big disappoint!

    Posted
    Winn
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    Relatively easy set up. Did not utilize IF remote extension, as cable system provides RF remote control. Video quality excellent on second set, true HD, on a 750 line system. Have not tried on a second being 1080 set. No problem with pass-through to main set. Glitches: receiving set needs to be turned on or off a couple times before making connection, but once made connection holds and provides excellent picture. Very slight audio sync problem which would be troublesome only to the purists. Not so bad as they interfere with casual viewing. Neither of these glitches would prevent me from repurchase. Biggest disappointment: I have found no availability of a second receiver. Seems to me it shouldn’t be a problem to provide one, though there may be some technical issue of which I’m not aware. A second receiver would make this device excellent for avoiding rental from cable company of additional connectors costing anywhere from 2.99 two 4.99 per month per unit. I truly hope the company comes up with some way to handle a second receiver.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Poor product...Worse Customer Service

    Posted
    Yaquarri
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    I purchased this product in Sep 2016. The transmitter rarely connects to the receiver. I mostly get CANNOT DETECT VIDEO SIGNAL message. When it does connect, the audio and video are wildly out of sync. I had 3 A/V professionals come out to my house to connect and sync all of my electronics and none of them could resolve the problem. One of the techs told me that he would never recommend an Actiontec product. He happened to be the GEEK SQUAD guy that I scheduled to come out when I purchased a receiver from Best Buy. The Actiontec product was referred to me by one of the Best Buy Magnolia reps. Best Buy will not accept a refund since I am past the allowed period. I have been a loyal customer of Best Buy for many years, maintaining the Elite Status since 2005. I don't care about status, but you should know that it doesn't matter. When you buy a bad product from them, neither Best Buy nor the manufacturers will back them. Actiontec told me that they have known compatibility issues, but the risk is on the buyer. That's a rough $100 donation to the "Keep Best Buy from Going Out of Business Fund."

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Overall pretty good so far

    Posted
    Flyersfan53
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    I’ve only had it for a couple of days now, and it works pretty well. The second time I used it, I had to unplug the transmitter and reboot it because the receiver was only playing audio. I have the transmitter hooked up to my directv in the basement, and the receiver in my upstairs living room, so the signal has to go through a wall, and hardwood floors to the receiver. I tried hooking the receiver up to my 5.1 dennon av receiver, and it wouldn’t work unless the hdmi was connected directly to my tv. I have an optical cable ran from my tv to my av receiver for sound, and it will not decode Dolby digital sound. The only other minor flaw is that the video is slightly delayed, which is an inconvenience when fast forwarding my dvr and hitting play when the commercials are over. I knew about this shortcomings from reading previous reviews, so overall I am happy with the unit, as it gets the job done with some minor inconveniences. The picture quality is good.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cutting the cable wire

    Posted
    OSHD
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    I use the Actiontec Mywirelwss2 starter kit to have it setup on a specific wall in my living room. I have the transmitter setup from another room below my living room and the picture/sound works great. The reason I gave it a four star is the challenge with the HDCP protocol. My cable box provider Xfinity has the newer HDCP protocol that will make sure the signal out of the cable box is not going into a copying source. If I turned off the TV that is hooked up to the receiver box, my cable box will not transit the video through the MyWilressTV2 transmitter. Once I figured this out, I will always turn off the cable box before I turnoff the TV and do it in reverse when I turn TV on before the cable box.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great way to broadcast HDMI signal to 2nd TV

    Posted
    pdsman
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    I've had this for 6 months already, and it's working flawlessly. We shoot an HDMI signal from the main TV in our living Rm to the bedroom right above it on the 2nd floor. I use it because our old DISH receiver only pushes an analog signal out of the 2nd TV port, not an HDMI signal. So if you use the coax in the house to watch TV anywhere but in the living Rm, you get a less than adequate looking picture on a large screen TV. We had an original version of this Actiontec product, and it lasted almost 6 yrs before it burned out. It had occasional dropouts causing us to have to reboot either the primary or secondary unit to re-establish the signal, but we haven't seen that issue at all with this newer version. Love it and would recommend it to anyone!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Don’t waste your money

    Posted
    DeeTTU
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    This HD transmitter provides a beautiful picture on the rare occasions it actually works. I frequently have to unplug the receiver (there’s no power button) to reboot it so it will connect to the transmitter. But then when it does connect automatically, the audio is often WAY out of sync with the video. And I’m talking 3 or 4 seconds out of sync. So once again, unplug it and plug it back in and it’s fine. So if you don’t mind having to unplug the receiver once or twice every time you want to use it, then maybe this will work for you. I have an older Iogear HD wireless transmitter that works nearly flawlessly. Very occasionally I have to power the Iogear off to reset it, but at least it has a power button.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not for use with projectors

    Posted
    catyooser

    This didn't work for me. I had a Nyrius Aries Home+ that lasted almost a year and a half (1 year warranty) :-(. Except for having to power cycle it fairly often, it worked well with my surround receiver and HD projector - no video lag at all, ever. I wanted to replace it quickly so I bought the only one in stock at a nearby Best Buy - this Actiontec. The video lag was annoying - averaged about a half second. After about 30 minutes troubleshooting with Actiontec phone tech support they said "it's not recommended for use with a projector". Nothing in their literature said that. I returned it and ordered the Iogear GW3DHDKIT from Amazon. So far initial testing shows this works at least as well as the Nyrius - came up running right away with no video lag. Bottom line: the Actiontec does not have the performance to keep up if your audio is hard wired and you're using a projector for video.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Perfect solution for our RV!

    Posted
    sunchasers64

    We needed something for our RV to get DirecTV into the bedroom without running a bunch of cables outside or adding another satellite box. Works as intended! There is a lag in signal to the receiver, which is annoying only if we've got both TVs on at the same time. I do not have a problem with the audio/video being out of sync on the receiving TV itself. The receiver is hooked up to a 32" LED TV, so the picture quality is just fine. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because the IR transmitter for the remote control stopped working. I haven't tried fixing it yet, though. I'm not sure what it would be like in a home, but for our RV needs it is the perfect solution. I went to Best Buy to buy all the cables needed to string outside/inside, but when I saw this I had to try it. So glad I did!

    I would recommend this to a friend