Wireless HDMI used to be a luxury reserved for those with more cash than sense, or just an infatuation with home cinema (and a hatred for wires). These days, it's becoming more and more an amenity that's available to the mainstream. Wireless video transmission still has a bad reputation to beat -- one that involves lag and missed frames -- but ZyXEL's new adapter is hoping to change some of those preconceived notions. The WHD6215 is a WirelessHD adapter kit that allows any HDMI
-enabled device to stream wirelessly to HDTVs.
It's a transmitter/receiver combo that enables consumers to place their devices anywhere in the room to wirelessly stream digital content, without worrying about unsightly wires. Users just plug in an HDMI device (Blu-ray Disc player, DVD player, game console, smartphone, etc.) and the Aerobeam WirelessHD transmitter beams that to a module that's plugged into an HDTV's HDMI port. It's said to provide full 1080p playback (even 3D!) with "no lag or loss in picture quality." It also supports 7.1 surround sound audio, and leverages 60 GHz millimeter wave technology, providing the necessary bandwidth for multi-Gigabit data rates, which are required to wirelessly stream reliable, uninterrupted HD video and audio. The 60 GHz spectrum also eliminates interference from other wireless technologies, such as popular 802.11x standards.
The WHD6215 will be available from all ZyXEL authorized resellers and e-commerce partners at its approximate street price of $199.00. Hardly cheap, but no one ever said that cutting the (HDMI) cord would be.