Does wireless video really work?
Well, sort of.
"Wireless Connectivity" is a big buzz word in the AV industry these days. Imagine if you didn’t have to buy cable (good cable can often cost around $3 per foot) or run cable (so many times it's exposed and ugly) to get the signal from your computer to a projector. Sound tempting? Here are the options:
- Many manufacturers offer a Wireless LAN receiver (or a slot for an external) on their projectors. It's often a free or low-cost feature and usually has a range of about 100 ft. The technology works just fine for a simple corporate or education presentation, but won't work well in a church or worship environment because of the lag delay (imagine trying to advance to the tempo of a song). Additionally, it isn't as high quality (doesn’t look as good as a wired signal), and there are more limitations (okay for static images but won't work well at all with full motion video or motion backgrounds).
- Hitachi makes an external wireless transmitter/receiver (MS1-WL). The picture quality is excellent. It has a perfect range of 75 ft. There is absolutely no delay whatsoever with static images or mull motion 1080 video. Sounds great doesn’t it? There is a catch: it's pretty expensive (MSRP = $2095).