IOGEAR's Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO Switcher Reviewed

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IOGEAR's Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO Switcher Reviewed

IOGEAR Long Range Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO - Retail Box
IOGEAR Long Range Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO - Photo of Box. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

The IOGEAR Long Range Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO Switcher (how's that for a long product name!) is an HDMI switching and distribution system that allows you to connect multiple HDMI source components to a central HDMI switcher. The switcher can then distribute both audio and video to five video display devices. One output connection is wired, but up to four connections can be made wirelessly.

The way the switcher works is that you plug your source devices, such as HDMI-output-equipped Laptop, Blu-ray Disc player, Home Theater Receiver, or other compatible HDMI-equipped source device (one component video source can also be accommodated), and the transmitter will send both audio and video wirelessly from your source device to a companion Wireless Receiver (up to 4 wireless receivers are allowed) that you physically connect to your Home Theater Receiver, TV, or video projector via a standard HDMI cable.

To start off my review of the IOGEAR Long Range Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO is a short series of up-close product photos with specification and feature descriptions, followed on the last page with my review comments.

The actual package provided for this review is designated as the GWHDMS52MB, which comes packaged with the main switcher/transmitter and one receiver. Other packages and receivers are available, and will be described and listed at the conclusion of this review.

Shown in the above photo is the box that the GWHDMS52MB package comes in.

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IOGEAR Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO - Package Contents

IOGEAR Long Range Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO - Package Contents
IOGEAR Long Range Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO - Package Contents and Features. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown on this page is a look at everything you get in the IOGEAR Long Range Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO Switcher (GWHDMS52MB) package.

Running across the back of the photo is the troubleshooting/setup assistance notice, wall mounting screws, user manual, and the remote controls (and batteries) for both the transmitter and receiver, the receiver, and the main switcher transmitter.

The additional items shown include (from left to right), component video/analog audio adapter cable, IR Blaster and IR Sensor cables, HDMI cable, and power supplies for both the transmitter/switcher and receiver.

The features and specifications of the include:

1. Compatibility with any Home Theater Receivers, HDTV, HD-Monitor, or Video Projector with HDMI inputs, and PCs, Blu-ray Disc players, DVD players, Network Media Players, or other entertainment devices that have HDMI outputs.

2. Wireless transmission technology: WHDI (5 GHz transmission frequency - 2 Channel system).

3. Can wirelessly transmit video resolutions up to 1080p (1920x1080 pixels) in either 2D or 3D. Wireless transmission range: Approximately 200 feet. Can Multicast to up to four wireless receivers (one comes with the basic package reviewed).

4. Can wirelessly transmit Dolby Digital/DTS Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HD Master Audio bitstreams or PCM (2 to 8-channels) uncompressed audio.

5. HDMI (HDCP, and CEC compatible). On the other hand, the Long Range Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO is not Audio Return Channel (ARC) compatible.

6. Matrix switching capability allows one of the five available input sources to be sent to a display via wired HDMI output and one different input source to be sent to up to four additional displays wirelessly (or course you can also opt send the same source to both the wired output and wireless receivers).

7. One HDMI cable, Remote Control(s), and AC Adapters included.

8. Mounting options for Transmitter: Top of stack or component, table, wall.

9. Mounting options for Receiver: table, wall, back of TV.

10.  ​Check Prices

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IOGEAR Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO - Transmitter/Switcher - Front/Rear

IOGEAR Long Range Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO - Transmitter/Switcher - Front and Rear Views
IOGEAR Long Range Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO - Transmitter/Switcher - Front and Rear Views. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

This page shows a close-up of the front and rear view of the Long Range Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO transmitter/switcher.

On the top image is the front view of the transmitter/switcher.

Starting on the left is are brand and product logos, and on the right are the source indicators, the source selection button, and the power button. Below the first source indicator button is a remote control sensor, and on the right is an HDMI logo.

Moving to the bottom image is a rear view of the transmitter/switcher.

Starting on the far left is receptacle for a the power adapter. Moving right from there is an IR output jack for IR blaster, a proprietary input for the component video/analog audio adapter, followed by four HDMI inputs and one physical HDMI output. There is also mini-USB input just to the right of the HDMI output, but that is only used for firmware update installation via compatible USB device.

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IOGEAR Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO - Receiver - Front/Rear

IOGEAR Long Range Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO - Receiver Front/Rear Views
IOGEAR Long Range Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO - Front and Rear Views of Wireless Receiver. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

This page shows a close-up of the front and rear view of one of the Wireless Receivers.

The left image shows the top of the wireless receiver, which features the LED status indicators, the source selection button, and power button.

On the top right is a photo of the front of the wireless receiver which shows the front mounted IR sensor.

Moving to the bottom left is a rear view of the receiver with includes a mini-USB connection (for firmware updates only), a physical HDMI output connection for your display device, and an input for an IR Extender (if desired, or needed, in place of using the built-in front-mounted IR sensor).

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IOGEAR Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO - Remote Control

IOGEAR Long Range Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO - Remote Control
IOGEAR Long Range Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO - Remote Control. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at one of the remote controls provided with the GWHDMS52MB package. NOTE: There are two remote controls provided with the package, but since they are both identical, I am only showing one in the above photo.

Starting with the top row is a Power ON button, followed by an INFO button (display source, signal, a resolution info on your display screen), and an OFF button.

Moving down is a cluster of 10 buttons, which is divided into two sub-clusters of 5 buttons each - on marked TX and other marked RX.

The TX cluster allows you to select which source input you want the transmitter to access. The input source is also automatically fed out to the physical HDMI output for connection. H1, H2, H3, and H4 buttons refer to the 4 HDMI inputs, while the COMP button refers to the Component Video/Analog Audio combination input.

The RX cluster allows you to select which source input you want the receiver(s) to access. Just as with the TX cluster, the H1, H2, H3, and H4 buttons refer to the 4 HDMI inputs, while the COMP button refers to the Component Video/Analog Audio combination input.

Moving down the remote there ia another cluster of EDID buttons. The buttons carry the labels EDID1, EDID2, EDID3.

EDID1 button is used to change the video output resolution of both the transmitter and receiver to 1080p.

EDID2 sets the video resolution the highest common resolution of all connected display devices. In other words, if you can both 1080p and 720p connected, the resolution sent to both TVs will be 720p.

EDID3 sets the video resolution to the transmitter/receiver default settings, which is 720p.

The IR button activates the IR blaster function if desired (IR blaster cable needs to be plugged into the back of the transmitter).

The UP and Down arrow buttons select the source input to be displayed on the TV or video projector connected to the transmitter's physical HDMI output.

The Left and Right arrows select the source input to be displayed on the TV or video projector connected to the receiver's physical HDMI output.

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IOGEAR Long Range Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO - Review Summary

IOGEAR Long Range Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO - Hook-up Example
IOGEAR Long Range Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO - Hook-up Example. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Review Summary

Setup

Setting up and using the Long Range Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO straight forward. The transmitter has very slim physical profile that allows easy placement on a shelf, in a rack, or even on the wall without standing out as an eyesore, the same goes for the individual receivers, which have the same slim profile, but an even smaller footprint than the transmitter/switcher.

Once you settle on a placement option, and before you turn on the power to the transmitter/switcher, receiver, and source components, connect your sources to the wireless transmitter, connect the physical HDMI output to your main TV or video projector, then connect one, or more, wireless receivers to other video display devices. When you turn on the switcher/transmitter and the receiver that comes with your package things should sync up automatically. However, if you purchase additional receivers, you must manually synch-up each receiver the transmitter/switcher.

NOTE: One receiver is provided in the GWHDMS52MB package, and IOGEAR supplied a second receiver for this review.

If you have any difficulty, first check your HDMI cable connections and also make sure the units are within about a 200-foot distance. In addition, although line-of-sight is not required, line-of-site does make it easier, if that type of setup is possible. If you still have difficulty, perform (or redo) the manual pairing procedure. I initially had trouble with an additional receiver that IOGEAR provided for this review and it turns out that I had forgotten to perform the required manual pairing - once I did that, everything worked as advertised.

Operation

With the Long Range Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO, you can do the following:

1. You can watch the same source on two TVs if (using both the wired HDMI and wireless receiver).

2. You can watch one source on the wired HDMI TV and another via the wireless receiver at the same time.

3. If you add up to four wireless receivers - You watch one source on the wired HDMI TV and one other source via up to four wireless receivers (or you and watch one source on up to five TVs).

4. You cannot watch a different source on four TVs connected via the wireless receivers )n other words, the wireless transmitter can only send out one source at a time  wirelessly - it can't send four different sources to four wireless receivers to view on four different TVs).

For testing the package and one extra receiver I was sent, I had both a Blu-ray Disc and DVD player up and running as my sources and used two TVs and video projector as my display devices.

Video resolutions up to full 1080p and both 2D and 3D signals were sent through the system with no difficulty or hesitation. However, the smaller Samsung TV I used was 720p and would not display an image unless I reset the source Blu-ray Disc player to 1080i or 720p. I tried the EDID settings, but they were not effective on the Samsung TV. On the other hand, when I switched out the Samsung TV with a Vivitek Qumi Q7 Plus video projector, which is also a 720p display device, it had no problem receiving any signal coming from the receiver.

NOTE: The Long Range Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO is not 4K Ultra HD compatible at the current time.

On the other hand, I had no problem accessing standard Dolby/DTS, Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HD Master Audio, or uncompressed PCM audio. Using both wired HDMI and wireless HDMI connection via the Long Range Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO to the receiver, I did not experience any audio delay or lipsynch issues that could be attributed to the Long Range Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO.

The only additional problems that I did encounter during my time with the GWHDMS52MB package was sometimes I had an HDMI handshake issue with the Vivitek Qumi Q7 Plus video projector when switching between source inputs on the transmitter, and sometimes there was a delay for the projector start displaying an image. However, I did not experience any audio issues throughout the review period.

Taking all into consideration, if you are looking for a way to eliminate long HDMI cable runs within a room, and/or would like to place your HDMI-enabled source devices away from your home theater receiver or TV/video projector, and 4K is not an issue, then the IOGEAR Long Range Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO may be an option to consider. However, this solution is not inexpensive as you will see below.

Visit the GWHDMS52MB - Official Product Page or Check Prices

Additional Receiver(s): GWHDRX01 - Check Prices

Other packages featuring the Long Range Wireless 5x2 HDMI Matrix PRO transmitter/switcher:

GWHDMS52MBK2 (includes 2 wireless receivers) -  Check Prices

GWHDMS52MBK3 (includes 3 wireless receivers) -  Check Prices

GWHDMS52MBK4 (includes 4 wireless receivers) -  Check Prices

Additional Equipment Used for this Review

Video Projectors: Epson Powerlite Home Cinema 3500 and Vivitek Qumi Q7 Plus (both on review loan)

TV/Monitor: Westinghouse Digital LVM-37w3 37-Inch 1080p LCD Monitor

TV: Samsung LN-R238W 720p TV

Blu-ray Disc Players: OPPO Digital BDP-103 and OPPO Digital BDP-103D Darbee Edition.

DVD Player: OPPO Digital DV-980H

Home Theater Receiver: Onkyo TX-SR705

Read my previous reviews of devices that provide wireless HDMI connectivity:

DVDO Air3 WireslessHD Adapter.

Altona LinkCast Wireless HD Audio/Video System.

Nyrius NAVS500 Hi-Def Digital Wireless A/V Sender and Remote Extender

Cables To Go - TruLink 1-Port 60 GHz WirelessHD Kit

GefenTV - Wireless for HDMI 60GHz Extender

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