It’s a truth universally (if reluctantly) acknowledged that for the most part wireless technology still isn’t all that reliable. But with more and more tech in our lives, the demand for great wireless solutions is growing - if only to avoid transforming our living rooms into a sea of wires.
If you’re among those on a quest to set up a wireless home cinema projector as part of this wire cleanse, then read on. We’ve put together a few tips on how to get the most out of a wireless setup along with our guide to the best wireless projectors on the market.
First up, the star of the show: the projector. We know as well as anyone that wireless projectors don’t have a great reputation when it comes to holding a signal and delivering the high quality visuals we demand from our devices these days. However, the experts at Projectorpoint had a welcome surprise when testing the latest projectors from Epson.
The company’s new home cinema projectors, the EH-TW6700W and the EH-TW9300W, really impressed us with results that equalled those of their wired counterparts. So much so, in fact, that even us tech buffs struggled to tell the wired and wireless video apart.
Already in high demand, the Epson EH-TW6700W offers flexible projector placement combined with a wireless HDMI transmitter to created versatile home cinema streaming and video playback anywhere in the home. Practically indistinguishable from its wired counterpart, the device delivers flawless video at the touch of a button for the ultimate home cinema experience.
If high definition isn’t quite enough for you then how about the EH-TW9300W? Capable of delivering enhanced 4K UHD resolution video via a wireless transmitter, this clever device can connect wirelessly to up to four HDMI sources.
We’d like to offer some more tips for your wireless configuration and the first is reducing cables or the threat of wireless connectivity confusion and interference by simply minimising the number of input devices your projector is connected to. This is well worth thinking about even if you’re sticking with a wired projector; it’s about minimising stuff.
If your projector is 4K, then keep in mind the input devices you use will need to keep up, so a Blu-ray player is a good option. Many also now come with built-in WiFi technology and a web browser.
If you are going for a wireless projector, this means you can use your WiFi-enabled Blu-ray player to not only play your Blu-ray content, but also stream online content - all without the need for cables.
The main benefit of this approach is obviously that it cuts down on multiple input devices; you need only connect the Blu-ray player rather than the Blu-ray player and a computer. There is also an advantage to be gained if you are just connecting your home cinema receiver to the projector, then all of the associated sources to the receiver. This minimises the amount of wireless connections and making diagnosing any connection issues much easier!
Bluetooth is the main option for home theatre buffs looking for a wireless sound setup. However, one of the biggest problems with Bluetooth speakers is their lack of range, which can make it difficult to establish a wireless connection in larger homes. We’ve also seen interference issues with Bluetooth before too.
WiFi is starting to sidestep this issue, offering the option for a home-wide signal that delivers clearer sound. In fact, many home cinema users are already relying on WiFi elsewhere in their home thanks to the growth in multi-room sound setups.
There are still teething problems with interference and slow connections from time to time, but this method looks set to dominate in the years to come.
Of course the problem of reliability in wireless technology won’t be solved overnight. But for us, these impressive innovations from Epson have opened our sceptical eyes to the possibility that maybe wireless projectors aren’t rubbish.
In fact, they may still be the future of home entertainment systems after all.