If you’re considering finally ditching those clunky cables at your company in exchange for a wireless solution, the amount of options out there can be overwhelming.
Since we know a thing or two about streaming wirelessly with HDMI, we want to help you get an overview of the different solutions out there. To do so, we aim to be as objective as possible.
Wireless streaming with HDMI is an umbrella term for the transmission of HD quality video and audio from a source device (your computer or phone) to a TV screen or projector without a cable.
This technology is the successor of traditional VGA and HDMI cables. HDMI is the current cabled standard with most TVs and monitors coming installed with multiple HDMI ports.
There are various existing cableless HDMI solutions, which can leave you confused as to which one is best for your needs - but essentially you can divide them into two categories. Solutions that use a transmitter and those that use apps.
Many solutions require both an HDMI transmitter and receiver for transferring and streaming data.
A wireless transmitter for HDMI is a device that is plugged into the source device, i.e., your computer. The transmitter records the computer screen and sends it to a receiver through some type of wireless connection.
Pros: It uses its own wireless frequency and therefore often a good and stable streaming quality.
Cons: You need to plug an USB or HDMI stick into your computer. This rules out mobile or tablet use straightaway. And if you don’t have a compatible HDMI port on your computer, you will need an adapter and converter, as is the case with a regular HDMI cable.
Other solutions use software to collect and send data from the source device to the TV screen or projector. Instead of plugging a device into your computer, you download an application.
Pros: You don’t need to plug anything into the device you want to share from. You just use an app and a WiFi connection.
Cons: Relies on the WiFi connection, so if you are in a workplace with a bad WiFi connection, your streaming will also be bad. (note: internet connection and WiFi connection are not the same thing)
Well, who would use wires if you can make it wireless?
Streaming HDMI is necessary when a wired connection would be too clunky or inconvenient. It’s certainly better than having to install cables underneath the floor or in the walls of an office or creating DIY solutions that involve zip ties and duct tape to run the cables along the floor.
Be aware that some devices are designed for use at home and some are made for businesses. Take a look at our comparisons to get an idea of the different devices available: